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Mayor Gray Addresses Arrests, Cheh Hearings
By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer It’s been a turbulent three months for Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D). The city’s executive was arrested April 11 along with the other “DC 41”—local officials and activists who protested riders in an agreed upon 2011 federal budget that impinged on the District’s autonomy. Before that, Gray had to shoulder criticism for his initial administration’s questionable hiring practices and exorbitant salaries. Heads did roll, mainly that of former chief of staff Gerri Mason Hall, who, in recent hearings led by D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, admitted to wrongdoings, from setting salary caps, to not letting the mayor know about the hiring of five employees’ children to different posts in the administration. While the mayor did not seem to be directly implicated during the two days of testimony, the extent of the political fallout remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Gray continues to juggle the demands of his job, including gaining passage of his proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget, which includes tax hikes and cuts to close a $322.1 million gap, and

focuses on the four priorities of fiscal stability, quality education, jobs and economic development and safe communities. In a one-on-one interview with the AFRO, Mayor Gray addressed all of these subjects and reiterated his administration’s commitment to Washington, D.C., despite recent shakeups. Continued on A3

By Erica Butler Staff Writer

Youth Activism Rises in D.C.

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Washington Mayor Vincent Gray gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, April 12 in his office in Washington.

Budget Vote Brings Back Polarizing School Vouchers
By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer Last week’s congressional and White House approval of a budget that includes the $100 million, five-year renewal of a D.C. schoolchoice program is stirring controversy between local officials, unions and residents. Detractors say the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which provides private school vouchers for low-income District students, has not borne the promised fruit and siphons off funds that can be used to nurture the city’s public and public charter schools. Proponents, however, argue the program boosts student scores and makes available better learning environments for disadvantaged children, and say it has been unjustly dragged through partisan turmoil. Incepted in 2004, the program became the first in the nation to provide low-income students with federally funded K-12 Continued on A4

With black bands wrapped around their mouths and sporting T-shirts that read, “ Taxation Without Representation,” nearly 80 students stood in front of the Senate building last Friday to fight for Washington, D.C.’s autonomy, even though some participants were not D.C. residents. “D.C. was silenced in the Senate and that’s why we wore the gags,” said Corryn Freeman, 21, the organizer of the protest and intern Continued on A8

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Nearly 80 protestors, most young, lined in front of a Senate building April 15 to protest federal impingement on D.C.’s autonomy and riders in the new budget deal, which banned federally funded abortions and imposed a schools vouchers program.

N.C. Faces Massive Cleanup as Death Toll Rises to 22
From remote rural communities to the state’s secondlargest city, thousands of residents hit by the most active tornado outbreak recorded in North Carolina’s history were clearing away rubble and debris, repairing power lines and BONNETSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Shards of glass from old facing a recovery that will cost tens of millions of dollars. bottles and furniture smashed by a tornado that tore through The storms that chugged across the South last week killed town littered the concrete floor of Rhonda Carter’s antique at least 45 people in six states, but the worst devastation came store, shattering her plans to open an auction house in nearby over about four hours Saturday in North Carolina. Officials Salemburg. A storage area in the back was flattened. were still tallying the toll, with police in Raleigh announcing “I just had a feeling something bad was going to happen, that a 6-month-old child who had been in the hospital ended and it did,” Carter said of Saturday, when storms raged through up dying from her injuries. Bonnetsville and other parts of North Carolina, killing at least 22 “In the blink of an eye, so many people have been plunged and damaging or destroying more than 800 homes. “Now I’m into grief and crisis,” said Preston Parrish, executive vice starting over.” president of ministry at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which dispatched its disasterresponse teams to four areas of the state. One was Bertie County in the state’s northeast corner, where the ministry also deployed volunteers just seven months ago, after floods devastated the county seat of Windsor and surrounding communities. At least two tornadoes hit the county in rapid succession, one doing enough damage to kill 11 people. The twisters descended suddenly, with only about 15 minutes of warning. “I saw it coming, we got in there, and as soon as we hit the door, boom, it hit,” said Roy Lee, whose house AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds was destroyed. “About three June White searches through what is left of Moore’s Family Care Home in Colerain, minutes max it was over.” N.C., April 18 after a tornado ripped through the area Saturday. Continued on A5 By Brock Vergakis and Mitch Weiss Associated Press

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Hip Hop Caucus’ “One Planet. One Voice.” campaign is celebrating Earth Day, April 22, by honoring 350 African-American pacemakers who, through their professions, passions and service, are making the planet a better place to live. As part of an effort to reshape the brand of environmentalism, the “350 For Earth Day” list highlights leaders in media, entertainment, sports, law, politics, education, and business. Some notable honorees include Kanye West, Soledad O’Brien, Ambassador Susan Rice, AME Bishop Vashti McKenzie and environmental activist Van Jones. “Communities of color are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns, yet the studies show that we are amongst the most adversely affected by pollution and climate change,” said the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, in a statement. “This Earth Day we are standing up as good stewards of the earth because this is about the health of our families and future generations.” From the “350 For Earth Day” site Hip Hop Caucus supporters and the public will be able to organize and promote education and awareness events nationwide. These activities will comprise the largest Earth Day mobilization within the African-American community in the 41-year history of this international day. The “350 For Earth Day” honoree gallery is available on a mini-site at www.hiphopcaucus.org/earthday.

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Hours before a New York woman drove her vehicle off a boat dock into the Hudson River on April 12, drowning herself and three of her four children, she posted a Facebook message apologizing for the murder-suicide. “I’m sorry everyone forgive me please for what I’m gonna do…This is it!!!” Lashandra Armstrong, 25, wrote. According to the New York Daily News, the distressed mother and Jean Pierre, the father of Armstrong’s three youngest children, had an angry confrontation at her Newburgh, N.Y., home before the murder-suicide. A neighbor told the Daily News, “[Pierre] was banging on the door real loud. He called to her, ‘Open the f------ door!’ He was there about a half an hour; he was on the phone as well.” According to reports, Pierre was served with an order of protection earlier in the day stemming from an incident in February when his 2-year-old son was left at home alone. The barefoot toddler was found wandering the streets, which were covered with snow. Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said no charges will be filed after police questioned the father of the deceased children. The man reportedly had a dispute with Armstrong at her house in Newburgh, N.Y. just before she piled the children into their black minivan shortly before 8 p.m. that night.

By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California Republican Party official is apologizing for distributing an e-mail that included an altered photo depicting President Courtesy Photo Obama as an ape. An e-mail allegedly sent by The e-mail sent by Republican Party official Marilyn Marilyn Davenport, a Davenport shows an image tea party activist and of President Barack Obama GOP central committee alongside chimpanzees. member, shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama’s face artificially superimposed on the child. Text beneath the photo reads, “Now you know why no birth certificate.” Davenport, when reached by The Associated Press, said she would provide a written statement with her response, but several hours later she had not issued one. The alternative newspaper OC Weekly first reported the story, and was told by Davenport that the e-mail was “just an Internet joke.” She also asked the Weekly, “You’re not going to make a big deal about this are you?” Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh told the AP on Saturday that he wants an ethics investigation into the incident. “It’s just highly inappropriate, it’s a despicable message, it drips with racism and I think she should step down from the committee,” said Baugh. Davenport, a 74-year-old grandmother, issued an apology on April 18, asking for forgiveness for her “unwise behavior.” Her statement read: “To my fellow Americans and to everyone else who has seen this email I forwarded and was offended by my action, I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior. I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the email, I didn’t stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive. “I am an imperfect Christian lady who tries her best to live a Christ-like honoring life. I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity. Everyone who knows me knows that to be true.”

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A3 Jennifer Hudson and Rela Maryland Political Icon William Donald Schaefer Dies at 89
April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011, The Afro-American
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer

Former Governor, State Comptroller, Baltimore Mayor, and Baltimore City Council President
He led Baltimore through four terms, as the AFRO endorsement of Schaefer in the Sept. 8, 1979 Baltimore AfroAmerican noted: “He has shown qualities approaching genius at marshaling often diverse and warring elements of this city into a collective machinery that is causing the very face and soul of Baltimore to be radically transformed. ... Baltimoreans are beginning to like Baltimore.” Since the news of his death, tributes have been pouring in from across the state. “William Donald Schaefer lifted us up as a City and restored our pride from the neighborhoods up. I was president of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation in 1972, when he launched the Mayor’s Station program in our community, bringing us and other neighborhoods a direct link with City Hall without leaving home,” said Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, in a statement. “With

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“William Donald Schaefer lifted us up as a City and restored our pride from the neighborhoods up.”
Mayor Schaefer, we were all family, and, for all the occasional disagreements, family always came first. As he wished, we will remember best that, ‘He cared.’” To Baltimore he brought the Inner Harbor project and officiated the opening of the aquarium and other projects to create a better Baltimore. He was also at the table when the Colts pulled out for Indianapolis. But, he nevertheless had more than his share of critics for how his advancements for Baltimore didn’t seem to reach into all neighborhoods. Such criticism, however, didn’t slow his political career in the state, as he was elected to two terms as governor beginning in 1987. His tenure at the head of the state of Maryland included a redistricting, the consolidation of Maryland’s state colleges under a single administration, the Reach the Beach and beach replenishment and the beginning of the light rail project. “Here in Baltimore, he gave use a new sense of selfconfidence. ... His relentless approach to a ‘do it now philosophy,’ shook up, not only the city bureaucracy, but it spread like a culture throughout our community. We all wanted to do it now, and all do it right. ... He had the heart of a reformer,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski.” After a four-year break he returned to state wide politics as the comptroller, serving in that capacity for eight years before exciting the political area for good. “This is a sad day for the people of Maryland – and for me, personally. ...It is as if each of us has lost a member of our family,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., in a statement. “As a leader, Donald Schaefer’s greatest strength was that he was a Baltimorean to the core of his being. He exemplified the

determination and the pride in hard work well done that is at the heart of our character as a community. “Even on those occasions when we disagreed on policy, I never doubted that he had the public’s well-being at the forefront of his mind. With Donald Schaefer’s passing, an era has ended in our community. He will be missed.” Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said in a statement, “Don Schaefer was an indomitable force who dedicated his life to the people of Maryland. …There was no problem that was too small for his attention and his forceful ‘do-it-now-style’ focused attention on finding solutions and getting results. Personally, it was a privilege to have known him and he leaves a legacy of strong, visionary leadership that transformed a city and a state.” Schaefer, despite being a good politician and public servant, was best known for his brazen nature and outrageous Courtesy Photos comments. Gov. Martin O’Malley, on April 19 ordered state Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson at the flags flown at half-staff and said Schaefer will lie in state who was killed, as well as her Baltimore’s City Maryland State House and at brother, Jason. Hall. “Governor Schaefer’s life was spent in service to the communities he7-year-old his unrelenting drive was found on plate X584859 to ‘do it now’ the body of her loved, and was a constant pursuit of a better Maryland West Side afterhe Chicago’s for the people nephew Monday, just hours served,” body Governor O’Malley.police receivedfitting that as “And so it is a 7 a.m. call after his said was found in a we mourn the loss of Maryland’s indomitable statesman, the people of Maryland can celebrate his legacy properly.”

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Maryland political icon William Donald Schaefer is being remembered this week for his contributions to Baltimore and Maryland. By AFRO Staff Longtime Maryland and Baltimore politician and character William Donald Schaefer died April 18 at his home outside Baltimore. He was 89. Schaefer served on the Baltimore City Council for 16 years before being elected to his first of four terms as mayor of Baltimore in 1971. In his first inaugural address, according to a story in the Dec. 7, 1971 edition of the AFRO, he told the crowd, “I have worked 16 long, hard years to be able to stand here today—I can lead this city. And lead it, I shall.”

Mayor Gray
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“This was a protest of inappropriate congressional interference. We were treated like another agency when in fact we are not. Congress determined it was going to make decisions for the city.”
AFRO: Why did you participate in the April 11 protest led by D.C. Vote? GRAY: “This was a protest of inappropriate congressional interference. We were treated like another agency when in fact we are not. Congress determined it was going to make decisions for the city.” AFRO: Your actions are usually aligned with Del. Eleanor Norton (D-DC). Is there anywhere you all don’t see eye-to-eye? GRAY: “On this budget issue, we are certainly aligned. We are both focused on determination for the city. She should have a vote in the House of Representatives… [D.C.] should be a state.” AFRO: Cheh hearings are now over. Some officials, specifically Gerri Mason Hall, in your initial administration have admitted to missteps. How do you feel about this? GRAY: “I think we have indicated we would cooperate with Cheh hearings. There are things that should have been done different…Of course we wish those things wouldn’t have to happen, but we have taken steps to make sure they don’t happen again.” AFRO: Why should D.C. trust your administration after admitted missteps? GRAY: “I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector. I’ve worked on the City Council… We’ve been open, honest, transparent servants…On these issues (missteps in hiring practices), we have been very forthcoming.” AFRO: What’s the next step for your administration? GRAY: “Clearly the budget will be ongoing for a month and a half. Secondly, we are going to focus on education…creating an effective system, reform of special education, rebuilding education, trying to build the best public safety.” AFRO: Did your experience on the Council help shape your proposed budget? GRAY: “There’s no question to that being on the Council was very helpful. Our budget director on the Council when I was chair is the budget director for us now.” AFRO: Tell me more about your thoughts on the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act that will reauthorize the D.C.

Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). GRAY: “I support all the kids in the program

until they finish, but I’m a huge proponent of public education.”

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and Dallas Md. Baltimore, Cowboys players Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, among the April 26 names submitted to Schaefer will lie in state at election 9 p.m. Presidential candidate John 9 a.m. – officials. the Maryland State House, Hurd will lie in state McCain’s attack on ACORN – Schaefersaid those workers, who Annapolis, Md. were doing those things without Associated Community at Baltimore City Hall, ACORN’s Md. Organization for Reform Now – Baltimore,knowledge or permis2 – 5 p.m. success of the sion, were fired. confirms the A procession head of the “The organization, thewill drive April 27evidence that has surthrough faced so far shows they faked group says.all Schaefer’s Memorial Service, Old St. favorite areas of Baltimore forms Church, Baltimore “This is testimony to the work Paul’s to get paid for work they City. didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve Burial, Dulaney Valley boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of Memorial Gardensthe perpetravictim of fraud, not ACORN, said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we In a announced that we had bogus are the charges themhad just tribute to Schaefer, Maryland Public Television will show at 8 1.3 million newavotselves. And factcheck. org registered p.m. April 27 one-hour special, Citizen Schaefer, looking at his“That’s just topublic service. Following the special, ers,” she said. 51 years of say agrees. MPTsomeone’s running scared on the former mayor, that will air a live panel discussion It concluded, “Neither ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” comptroller and governor. been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about prifinal debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of The idea was to help both those democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyThese are fraud.” ate falsification of registration.” destroyingreal people who hunt down $1 pints of Natty Boh. People who take believes the to free movies on Federal Hill. People like you. to Most news account neglect Hurdthe CirculatorMcCain point out that ACORN is charges were politically motivat- Simple. City home prices are historically How can you afford a home here? required by law to turn with ed. low and interest rates are, too. At Live Baltimore, we’ll match youin all reghomebuying incentives, renovation istration forms. And and also She said, “Because it’s low- information, neighborhoods,theymore. fail So if you’ve ever told yourself, “Someday I’ll own my own place,” to note that it was the organizaand moderate-income people, and people of color,getbelieve the tion, in many instances, that first I in touch. Because someday is now. brought the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those to the attention of voters are going to vote SomedayBaltimore.com authorities. The McCain camp apparently Democratic, which is not necesisn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting organization has fought for social his political support. McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowand I approve this message. and moderate-income Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapspeed.” Vast ambition. After colters in 110 cities nationwide, ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the branch of ACORN. He was so underserved— and while organimpressive that he was asked to izing voter registration drives. train the ACORN staff. But none has been as withering What did ACORN in Chicago and baseless as this one. engage in? Bullying banks. With the presidential election Intimidation tactics. Disruption less than two weeks away, of business. ACORN forced ACORN’s detractors allege the organization has engaged in mas- banks to issue risky home loans. sive voter registration fraud after The same types of loans that caused the financial crisis we’re the reported discovery of bogus in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

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Nia, Ideal Public Charter Schools Challenge Proposed Revocation
By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO Two community-based public charter schools are challenging their proposed closures by the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) on the basis of process and fairness. Nia Community Public Charter School (Nia CPCS) and Ideal Academy Public Charter School (Ideal APCS) were cited by PCSB on March 30 for failure to meet the goals and student academic achievement expectations set forth in the charters. Both schools were also cited for failure to design and implement the educational program described in their applications. Additionally, the board claimed that Nia failed to submit an annual report in compliance with the School Reform Act and Ideal allegedly failed to comply with all federal requirements related to educating English language learners. Management and supporters at both schools claim the board’s process is not fair when almost a dozen or more schools fall into the same category but are not being slated for closure. “In fact, I was quite surprised when the announcement was made by the board that a school with consistently lower scores than Ideal was being recertified,” said Paulette BellIman, founder of Ideal APCS. “The board’s process is not equal or fair. “Over the years, if you look at the schools being targeted by the charter board for closure you will notice a focus to close community-based schools because most have little resources to fight back,” Bell-Iman continued. “The board does not challenge schools that do poorly that are owned and operated by corporations or businesses with a wide-range of resources.” According to the Friends of Choice in Urban Schools’ (FOCUS) website, almost a dozen other schools including Hope PCS, Hospitality PCS, Howard Road PCS, Hyde PCS, Friendship PCS – Chamberlain Campus also fell under the 50 percent efficiency in reading and math for 2010. However, these schools were not cited for closure. “Revocation is at the discretion of staff and proposals are made by staff to the board members. There is no official policy that governs the selection of schools for potential revocation. It is strictly based on the decision of staff,” said Martina James, a former program officer of the chartering board. Audrey Williams, public affairs manager for the Public Charter School Board, wrote in a statement to the AFRO on April 4, “Pursuant to the authority granted to it in the School Reform Act (SRA), the PCSB regularly monitors each public charter school to determine if it (1) has committed a violation of applicable law or the terms and standards outlined in the individual charter agreement negotiated with the school, (2) has failed to meet the goals and student academic achievement expectations set forth in the school’s individual charter agreement, and/or (3) is fiscally mis-managed.” Williams continued, “Based on these determinations, which are unique to each charter school’s operations, the Board uses its discretion as an expert body to propose revocation of legislation, 14 representatives from local D.C. organizations —including President Nathan Saunders of the Washington Teacher’s Union—wrote a letter to congressional lawmakers voicing disapproval. Alluding to church-run private schools, the letter stated, “Using taxpayer funds to support religious education and to empower churches to expand their religious outreach is contrary to basic American values.” But supporters of the measure, such as Virginia Walden Ford, executive director for the DC Parents for School Choice, said this program is about opening the doors of opportunity. Students should not be denied the “best education” due to financial struggles, she said. “The OSP is about all options being on the table,” said Ford, who added she felt compelled to become the voice of school-choice after sending her son through the program. “The OSP is about ensuring that children from low-income families have the same educational opportunities as their higherincome peers.” Ford said she believed parents’ success stories struck a chord with legislators, aiding the passage of the bill. Stories like that of Shelia Jackson, who said she has been pleased with her daughter’s progress since her enrollment in the fifth grade. “I’ve seen a great improvement…I’m glad that I was able to put her somewhere that works for her,” the mother said. Disabled and on a fixed income, Jackson said she wanted to put her daughter in a different school than the one that was close to where she lived. “The school was a failing school and no longer exists,” she said. “She was not doing well in math.” The Education Department’s evaluation offered no clear distinction in math and reading scores between students who received vouchers and their public and public charter school peers. Patrick Wolf, the principal investigator of the report, said there were a slight increase in achievement— for certain students. “The program appears to have increased reading achievement modestly, especially for certain subgroups or students, but there is some uncertainty associated with that finding,” Wolf said. Still, the program did report other gains. Dropout rates were reported to be lower. “The offer of an OSP scholarship raised students’ probability of graduating by 12 percentage points and the use of a scholarship by 21 percentage points,” according to the report. And, students who were offered or used the scholarships were slightly more likely to graduate, a finding Wolf deemed “very important.” “The change is important schools that violate the law or terms and standards outlined in their charter agreements or that fail to meet the goals and student academic expectations set forth in their charter agreements. Note that the Board, under the SRA, has a duty to propose revocation of charter schools that are fiscally mismanaged.” Washington Teachers Union President Nathan Saunders said targeting Nia and IDEAL was unfair. “The entire group of failed public charter schools should be addressed, not just two of them,” he said In 2006, Nia Community Public Charter school founders proposed a program that would infuse culturally relevant teaching practices in its program. The school’s founders envisioned a school that had an “Afro-centric” approach. In the face of closure, Nia leaders assert that traditional perspectives for charter school evaluations are the greatest barriers to change and progress. Martina James, the executive director of Nia CPCS, said the process has not been fair – nor has the board been supportive of efforts to improve. At Nia, the school’s board of trustees hired its own technical assistants, she said. “PCSB staff has not acknowledged the effort of the trustees to solicit experienced professionals [and] the PCSB denied the opportunity for consultants to participate in the SY2009-2010 review to provide insight on the state of affairs at the school.” Both schools claimed there was no technical support given to the school by PCSB or any other entity.

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Continued from A1 scholarships of up to $7,500 to cover private school tuition. But the program came to a halt in spring 2009 when Democrats killed its reauthorization amid reports questioning its outcomes. “Rigorous evaluation over several years demonstrates that the D.C. program has not yielded improved student achievement by its scholarship recipients compared to other students in D.C,” said the Obama administration. The 2010 U.S. Department of Education’s “Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program Final Report” slightly supports the statement. After four years, there were “no statistically significant impacts on overall student achievement in reading and math after at least four years,” according to the report. Now revived by Republicans, who have long championed the program as an example of “school choice,” the initiative is

being decried by local leaders such as Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and Del. Eleanor Holmes (D-D.C.) as not only unneeded, but also a setback to the city’s selfdetermination. “I acknowledge that people of goodwill can and do disagree about vouchers. What is unconscionable to me, however, is what this program’s continuation represents,” Gray said in a statement right after the vote. “And what it represents is the use of the District and her 600,000 residents, once again, as bargaining chips in political negotiations and guinea pigs for the favorite social experiments of important congressional leaders.” Gray also said that with 52 charter schools operating on 98 campuses across the District, the city has one of the more of the nation’s most robust public school-choice systems. Other dissenters argue the plan defies the constitutional division between church and state. Before passage of the

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Marcus Campbell, 12, holds a sign at a rally on the state Capitol grounds in support of a school voucher program, Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Salt Lake City. because graduating from high school instead of dropping out is associated with a large number of positive life outcomes including… a lower likelihood of experiencing unemployment and incarceration,” he said, later calling the program the “most effective drop-out prevention program ever rigorously evaluated by the U.S. Department of Education.” Lindsey Burke, the education policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the vouchers program has a long-range, corporate effect. “School choice has a community effect,” she said. “We’ve worked very closely with parents who received the voucher…Most of them have many offers to college.” In the Georgetown University School Choice Demonstration Project, the study shows that overall, parents who have their child enrolled in the third year of the program are satisfied. “The majority of parents expressed general satisfaction with the OSP,” it read. But, there were also a few concerns the study said was important to mention. The “availability of slots at the higher grade levels,” was difficult for those who wanted to enroll in the program again. Parents sometimes felt that there was a “degree of stigmatization” when students were identified as “scholarship student [s]” at meetings. One parent said they felt pressured to join the religious affiliation of the private school. However, the study notes these concerns to be “infrequent and isolated events.”
For more information about the program, go to: washingtonscholarshipfund.org/ programs/opportunity/index.html.

April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011, The Afro-American


McDonald’s Hiring Day Draws Crowds, High Hopes
By Christina Rexrode AP Business Writer McDonald’s Corp. went on the offense Tuesday against critics who complain that it’s a lousy place to work. The world’s largest hamburger chain held its first National Hiring Day and was awarded with a strong response from job seekers. Thousands showed up at restaurants nationwide to apply for jobs mixing shakes and serving Happy Meals. The company planned to hire 50,000 new workers in one day, boosting its staff by about 7 percent. McDonald’s painted the event as a boon for an economy where more than 13 million Americans are looking for work. But the real purpose, industry experts said, is that McDonald’s needs to portray itself as a decent employer. That will be a challenge for a company whose name is often synonymous with “you-want-fries-with-that” jokes. “McJob” even has a place in The Oxford English Dictionary, defined as “an unstimulating, low-paid job with few prospects.” But to people who need work, any stigma is beside the point. Managers at a McDonald’s in Cincinnati said a dozen or so applicants had lined up by 7 a.m., an hour before the restaurant planned to start interviews. By 10 a.m., the store had interviewed 100 people and had 25 more waiting. Tiwian Irby, 28, was hoping for a full-time job and wasn’t particular about what it would entail. He said he’d had trouble finding regular work since getting laid off from his construction job two years ago. “A job is a job to me,” said Irby, a father of three. “I’ll take whatever is available.” McDonald’s and other fast-food chains, once an entry point into the work force for teenagers, appear to be turning into an employer of more adults, a legacy of the recession, industry watchers said. The average age of a fast-food worker is 29.5, up from 22 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Danitra Barnett, McDonald’s U.S. vice president of human resources, said she couldn’t specify what proportion of the 50,000 new jobs will be full-time, or what they will pay. When it was over, Lee’s neighbor, 60-year-old Peggy Leary, was dead. Continued from A1 The National Weather Service said April 19 that its preliminary analysis has identified 25 different tornadoes in North Carolina. That’s three more touchdowns than during a March 1984 event that included more powerful systems and killed twice as many people but was largely isolated to the Interstate 95 corridor. Saturday’s outbreak spread across more than half the state, from near Winston-Salem to the Outer Banks. Gov. Beverly Perdue and other officials toured the damage Monday, pledging prompt support to rebuild. Charities, religious groups and emergency shelters sprang into action, offering their services to residents well-versed in disasters like hurricanes, who suddenly found themselves in the path of a very different type of storm. Bertie County so far is the only county with a monetary damage estimate available. Property damage was at least $2.5 million, but that figure doesn’t include infrastructure damage or the loss of crops. See full story on Afro.com.

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As part of McDonald’s National Hiring Day job seekers fill out applications before being interviewed at a downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s restaurant April 19. Pittsburgh area McDonald’s are looking to hire 1,500 new crew and restaurant management positions. About 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants are owned by franchisees, and the company doesn’t control what they offer in wages or benefits. Barnett said most franchisees pay more than minimum wage, which is $7.25-an-hour nationally. $7.25 an hour would amount to about $15,000 a year for a full-time worker, according to government formulas. McDonald’s said it and its franchisees will spend an additional $518 million in the coming year because of Tuesday’s hiring. That amounts to just over $10,000 per new employee. Spokeswoman Danya Proud said the company preferred to focus on the net economic benefit of the new hiring, including the money that employees will spend in their local economies. In Senate testimony last year, McDonald’s said that about 75 percent of employees at company-owned restaurants are part-time, averaging 18 hours a week. Restaurant employees tend to stay an average of 17 months, HR chief Rich Floersch testified in December.

But McDonald’s also touts how its jobs can grow into bigger opportunities. According to the company, 30 percent of its executives started in restaurants, as well as more than 70 percent of restaurant managers. Salaried managers for company-owned restaurants can make between about $32,000 and $50,000 annually, Proud said. That’s slightly less than elementary school teachers, who average $53,150, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s more than bank tellers, at $24,780. The average annual salary in the U.S. is $43,460. McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner made $9.7 million last year. Cortney Gatewood, 16, was looking for part-time work at a Cincinnati McDonald’s on Tuesday. She said she wanted to save for college and didn’t hesitate to consider the fast-food chain. “I think it’s a good place to work,” Gatewood said. “I come here almost every day to eat anyway.” Though the 50,000 jobs are new, McDonald’s usually staffs up for summer anyway, and it’s constantly gaining and losing employees. It added 50,000 new workers in April last year, so Tuesday’s blitz amounts to typical hiring, albeit compressed into a day. With 14,000 U.S. restaurants, Tuesday’s planned additions amount to about three or four new employees per restaurant – the amount that each store is probably usually looking for anyway, said Sara Senatore, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. For Richmond, Va., area franchisee Sue Durlak, National Hiring Day was an opportunity to expand the applicant pool for her 10 restaurants, and maybe even find someone who can follow in her footsteps. She started part-time in 1982 while working as a middle-school health teacher in Illinois to supplement her income. She has since worked her way up to owning several locations. I do look at anyone who applies, as well as the rest of my team, as the potential as a lifer,” Durlak said. McDonald’s is expected to release the final hiring count next week. AP Business writers Dan Sewell in Cincinnati and Michael Felberbaum in Richmond, Va., contributed.


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Schaefer’s ability to transform Baltimore’s harbor and downtown business areas was, however, matched by his political acumen. Schaefer was a master political engineer and he used that ability to cement much of his Black support during his terms as Baltimore’s mayor. He reflected the old school approach of creating political alliances that generated mutual benefits for his supporters. In the Black community, such was most visible through his partnership with Clarence du Burns, Baltimore’s first Black City Council president and, later, first Black mayor. It was Schaefer’s well-crafted support that enabled Burns to leverage his Black East Baltimore political coalition to defeat Mary Pat Clark in the tumultuous 1983 citywide election for City Council president. In that same election Schaefer once again demonstrated his own ability to capture the Black vote in securing his fourth and final term as Baltimore’s mayor by outpolling the young, mesmerizing “Billy” Murphy to capture an absolute majority (51.8 percent) of the Black vote. Burns was not the only Black to benefit from the Schaefer largesse. Benjamin L. Brown, a prominent Black lawyer, was Schaefer’s chief legal counsel for 13 years as Baltimore’s city solicitor. Bishop Robinson was selected by Schaefer to be Baltimore’s first Black police commissioner and followed Schaefer to Annapolis in 1987 to become his secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional


William Donald Schaefer (1921-2011)
With the passage of William Donald Schaefer on April 18, an epoch of the last half of Maryland’s 20th century political world has come to a close. No other person during that time span dominated the political environments of Baltimore and as completely as Schaefer. With his initial election as Baltimore’s mayor in 1971, Schaefer enjoyed a complex relationship with the city’s Black community during his four terms as mayor. His defeat of the then-City Solicitor George L. Russell – who was Black – in the 1971 Baltimore mayoral race was a bitter pill for the Black community to digest, but it reflected Schaefer’s ability to attract enough Black votes to secure the citywide victory. This ability to “split” the Black vote was a feat he repeated throughout his four terms as Baltimore’s mayor. While it is clear that many Black folks loved Schaefer, there were many others who found his tenure to be an immense frustration, stemming from his perceived failure to focus on issues endemic to Black neighborhoods. Such frustration was amplified when the numerous highly visible municipal projects that transformed Baltimore were compared to the looming social problems that began to germinate and eventually consume many of Baltimore’s inner-city Black neighborhoods in the 1970s and ‘80s. Thus, many in the Black community perceived Baltimore as consisting of two distinctly different cities during this period.

“Schaefer was a master political engineer and he used that ability to cement much of his Black support during his terms as Baltimore’s mayor.”

Services. Indeed, Schaefer clearly was not hesitant to open government’s doors of opportunity to allow Blacks to achieve never before levels of authority. Therein lies Schaefer’s ambiguity. During his terms as the Maryland state comptroller, Schaefer too often let his mouth slip, using terms or offering opinions that offended a variety of people, such as women, AIDS patients, immigrants, Hispanics and Koreans. Given the duration of his service, the magnitude of his accomplishments, and the enormity of the change he created for his electorate, many were inclined to overlook these momentary lip slips. Many, however, could not—which may be one of the reasons why he finally tasted defeat in his 2006 campaign to continue as Maryland’s comptroller. Regardless of how Schaefer the man is judged, it is his contribution to making Baltimore and Maryland far better for us all that deserves to be honored; as we do at his passing.

What about the Workers?
(TriceEdneyWire.com) President Barack Obama is adept at walking a tightrope. That’s what he did last week when he talked about the budget, chastising both Democrats and Republicans. He spoke to the need for government to stand in the gap for the needy even as he understood the ramifications of the Ryan budget. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chair of the House Budget Committee, is bound Julianne Malveaux and determined to reduce the size of government. He will do it on the backs of the poor and the needy, and he will, if he has his way, eviscerate the role that government plays in providing a safety net for those at the bottom. President Obama has to negotiate all of this. He is in charge, but then he isn’t. His bosses, the folks that he has to run stuff by, are not in his corner. He can’t appoint a cabinet member without getting approval from people who have openly said they are not in his corner. He has veto power, but there are but so many vetoes he can manage. He is in charge; he is not in charge. Let’s add, or let’s not add, the matter of race. These tea party people seem committed to ideas and ideals, but there is a race component to the ways that they approach this president. When people say they want to take our country back, I wonder what they want to take it back to, especially when there is this celebration of the Civil War that I, frankly, cannot understand? Why are we celebrating renegade states that chose to leave our union because they felt that strongly about slavery? Is there no sensitivity to those who are descendents of slaves? Back to the budget. Back to the funding cuts. Back to the exaggerations about the many ways we are on a “spending spree.” If we tell the truth and shame the devil, former President Bill Clinton racked up a surplus that President Bush spent profligately. And now, in the middle of an economic crisis, when spending is necessary to stimulate the economy, the same Republicans who encouraged the Bush spending are now crying foul. Those Republicans who are toeing the line on spending correctly note that we are borrowing about 43 cents for every dollar we spend. Yet they don’t note that this amount ebbs and flows with the business cycle. Further, programs like the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which hires poor seniors to work and earn, will be cut by nearly half, putting at least 50,000 poor old people out of work. Is this compassionate? Does it reflect our national values? Should it actually occur? Indeed, if we are really concerned about our budget shouldn’t we be creating jobs, not eliminating them? There are 14 million officially unemployed Americans, half of

R.I.P., William Donald Schaefer.

whom have not worked for more than half a year. They are struggling, scrapings, trying their best to survive. And they aren’t paying taxes or anything else. Why not put them to work, make an investment in their survival and then, indirectly, in the survival of our nation? Because if we don’t put people to work now, there will be nowhere to work later. We are being battered by the rest of the world, and we refuse to make the same investment in the future that they have made. We are like greedy farmers eating our seed corn today instead of investing in tomorrow. And our young people will resent our decisions as we move into the future. We spend more on the elderly than we do on youth. I am at the age when I look forward to the possibility of social security, but I do not look forward to the possibility that the young person who tends to me in a nursing home will drop me out of the pique she feels that I was part of a generation that did not invest in her future. Respecting our president, as I do, I understand that he offers, in Cornel West’s words, “hope on a tightrope.” Still, what about our nation’s workers? What about our students? What about the young people who have been kicked to the curb by a series of budget choices? What about the elderly poor? Why has defense (which could be called an offense) been taken off the table when we speak of budget cuts? Julianne Malveaux is President of Bennett College for Women and author of “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History” (www.lastwordprod.com).

Donald Trump’s Baseless Challenge to Obama’s U.S. Citizenship
Donald Trump, who is again flirting with the possibility of running for president on the Republican ticket, has garnered widespread publicity by repeating thoroughly discredited claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president of the United States. He has hired private investigators to look into whether Obama was born in Hawaii. George E. Curry Trump should save his money. There is no doubt that Obama was born in the United States. The only people who refuse to accept this truth are ignorant, brain dead or decline to let facts get in way of their right-wing politics. In this case, Donald Trump might fit all three categories. In a letter to the New York Times, Trump wrote, “There is a very large segment of our society who believe [sic] that Barack Obama, indeed, was not born in the United States.” For the record, Barack Hussein Obama was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu. His parents were Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Hussein Obama Sr. What is the source of this information? Obama’s official birth certificate that was issued by Hawaii’s Department of Health. The birth was registered Aug. 8, 1961 and the “Certification of Live Birth” notes that Obama’s mother was Caucasian and his father was African. In addition to the official birth document, Obama’s entrance into the world was recorded in both local newspapers, the Aug. 13 Honolulu Advertiser and the Aug. 14 Honolulu StarBulletin. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump said on April 7: Well, guess what? His grandparents probably put in a thing because everybody wanted to become a Unites States citizen, more so than today to be honest with you, because they were more proud in those days. But for purposes of hospitalization and welfare, you want to become an American citizen. So, the grandparents living in Honolulu, living in Hawaii, probably put it in. It’s a very simple explanation.” It may be a simple explanation, but it is a wrong one. The Honolulu Advertiser noted, “In November 2008, the Advertiser reported that the first mention of the future president appeared in a Sunday Advertiser birth announcement that ran on Aug. 13, 1961: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hgy., son, Aug.4.’ “The identical announcement ran the following day in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. “Birthers” wave off those birth announcements, saying that Obama family members 48 years ago could have phoned in false information to both newspapers. “Such vital statistics, however, were not sent to the newspaper by the general public but by the Health Department, which received the information directly from hospitals, [Health Department spokeswoman Janice] Okubo said.” Trump was also wrong about relatives on the father’s side. He asserted in his letter to the New York Times, “His grandmother from Kenya stated on tape, that he was born in Kenya and she was there to watch the birth. His family is fighting over which hospital in Hawaii he was born in they just don’t know.” Not true, according to FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania whose goal is to “reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” It noted, “He [Trump] claims the president’s grandmother says Obama was born in Kenya. In fact, the recording to which he refers shows Sarah Obama repeatedly saying through a translator: “He was born in America.” The site further confirmed that the future president was born in Honolulu’s Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital. In an April 7 interview on “The Today Show,” Trump charged, He [Obama] doesn’t have a birth certificate or he hasn’t shown it. He has what’s called a certificate of live birth. That’s something easy to get A certificate of live birth is not even signed by anybody. I saw his. I read it very carefully. It doesn’t have a serial number, doesn’t have a signature.” Again, any apprentice should have known better. FactCheck.org stated, “Had Trump looked at our 2008 article, he would see the signature stamp of Alvin Onaka, certifying the document is a true copy or abstract of the record

on file, issued to Obama June 7, 2007 as he was preparing to run for president. Furthermore, the serial number (actually a “certificate” number) shows quite clearly in our photos. The number is 151 1961-010641, for whatever that’s worth.” It added, “Trump is also mistaken about what legally qualifies as a “birth certificate,” which is actually a broad generic term with no specific legal meaning. The U.S. Department of State uses the term “certified birth certificate” to refer to exactly what Obama produced, which Hawaii calls a “Certification of Live Birth.” The State Department accepts a state-certified photocopy of a hospital-generated document, as was commonly used in the past. But Hawaii, like many states, now uses computer-printed documents instead, and Hawaii’s form also meets State Department standards for establishing citizenship.” Ironically, when pressed for a copy of his birth certificate, Trump also produced a “Certificate of Birth.” It shows that Donald John Trump was born at 10:54 a.m. on June 14, 1947 at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, N.Y. In an interview on “Good Morning America,” Trump claimed, “He [Obama] grew up and nobody knew him. Nobody ever comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in life. It’s very strange. The whole thing is very strange.” What is strange is that Trump never saw the many television programs and newspaper articles about Obama’s early years in Hawaii. For example, the Maui News published a story Jan. 21, 2009 in which it quoted Aimee Yatsushiro, who was a student teacher in Obama’s kindergarten class. She remembered 5-year-old Obama as a “cute, likable, heavy build child.” Katherine Nakamoto, who retired as a teacher at Noelani Elementary School, said, “We called him Barack. He was very well mannered, respectful, confident and independent.” Trump struck out at every turn. FactCheck.org stated, “If Donald worked for us, we’d have to say: ‘Donald, you’re fired – for incompetence.’” George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of “Emerge” magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.


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groups and organizations said, is one sign of a burgeoning youth activism in the District. Young adults and students in the D.C. area have swollen their membership rolls in the past two years, they said. Most fight for D.C. autonomy or simply lobby D.C. officials for more student rights, as they refuse to be called temporary citizens. Leah Ramsay, spokeswoman for activist group DC Vote, said more young people have reached out to this organization this year. “We have seen a marked increase this year in the number of young people, local college students and recent graduates, who have approached our organization asking to intern and volunteer,” she said. Ramsay said after the 112th Congress was sworn in and some representatives threatened D.C.’s advancements toward home rule, more young people wanted to get involved. “There was a significant increase in the number of unsolicited internship resumes this year,” she said. Threats to the District’s self-determination on local marriage equality laws, AIDS prevention programs, Medicaid coverage of reproductive health care and other issues have motivated young people to get involved. The student-led protest on April 15 followed a similar protest April 11, in which 41 people were arrested, including Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown. In a scramble to prevent a government shutdown, Republicans and Democrats agreed on a budget April 9, which included the imposition of a schools voucher program on the District and a ban on federally-funded abortions for low-income women in D.C. Protestors were also upset that a needle exchange-program—used to stop the spread of AIDS— would be banned, but the final 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR) budget on April 14 did not include the rider. “Congress knew we didn’t want this and pretty much threw us under the bus so we could pass the budget,” Freeman, a Howard University student from Columbia, Md., said. “As much as I love Barack Obama, I’m very, very, very disappointed in our president.” Freeman added that residents of D.C. should be able to govern their own affairs, even though the city does not have statehood. Norton commended students who participated in the student-led rally, in which three people were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. The city is elected one representative in U.S. Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who still cannot vote on legislation, which angers some residents as they continue to pay taxes. The representative, who was a former member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), commended students for their activism. “With their daring spirit and their freedom from the past, students can lead in ushering change,” Norton said in a statement. “I applaud students for giving meaning to Emancipation Day by acting to emancipate the District from continuing congressional violation of our rights.” D.C. has seen its share of political protests. In 1988, students at Galludet University, a school housing predominantly deaf students, shut down their campus and demanded a deaf president. In 1965, organizer Marion Barry and members of SNCC boycotted D.C. transit when told fares would be raised. SNCC said that 130,000 to 150,000 fares were lost that day. “You don’t necessarily have to live in the District to be specifically impacted by the things that happen here,” said Ben Marcus, 27, a senior at the University of District Columbia and chair of D.C. Student Alliance. Marcus said his organization has existed for 15 years “on and off,” but in 2009, students from George Washington, American and Howard universities decided to restart the organization or “bring it back from the dead,” as Marcus said. “There was no single voice for students,” he said. “Our central focus is the District and how the District’s policies will affect how people live in the area.” Currently, the organization is fighting a noise ordinance the organization calls “unreasonable” and has delivered a letter to Gray, Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and other officials.

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The Crown Prince Award goes to Rodney A. Beverly, who is accompanied by his wife. Alfonzo Powell makes the presentation.

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and his wife, Christa Beverly

The Prince George’s County Gamma Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity recently hosted its annual Mardi Gras at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. Under the leadership of Gordon Everett, basileus, and Alfonzo Powell, chairman of the Mardi Gras Planning Committee, family, friends and supporters were treated to an evening of fun and merriment coupled with sumptuous cuisine, some downtown dancing on the ballroom floor and old school stepping. A Mardi Gras king and queen were crowned along with other best costumes winners. Some of the special honored guests included Dr. Andrew Ray, grand basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Dr. Mickey Burnim, president of Bowie State University.

Chapter members conduct the 50/50 raffle.

Best couple winners are Earline and Tony Lee.

Dr. Andrew Ray, grand basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, receives a token of appreciation from the Gamma Pi Chapter Basileus Gordon G. Everett (right).

Fraternity brothers Radul Alverez, Mike Colclough and Ian Alverez. Second row: Coldrtland Smith, Tony Lee, Chris Jackson and Stanley Stancil

Best female costume winner is Angelique Best.

Chapter Basileus Everett Gordon (left) and fraternity brother George Edwards (right) with the Mardi Gras King Dr. Lester Miles and his daughter Kenneth Rodgers, second district representative, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and his wife Best male costume winner is Dr. Harrison Foy. Brother Alfonzo Powell, Mardi Gras president; LaVera Levels Burnim and Bowie State University President Dr. Mickey Burnim

Fraternity brothers step.

Seated: Marion Floyd, Deborah Shaw and Faye Belt. Standing: Frederick Belt and Larry Quarles

Omega men and their guests

Volunteers Chelsea Bedward, Brittany Shaw, Will Jackson, Dives Richards and Denise Swan

Dressed for Mardi Gras: James and Stephanie Lock, Orlando McDowell and Kimberti Motley

By LaShaunda Ford Special to the AFRO The Federal City Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (FCACDST) recently held its annual STOMP D.A.T. competition at the Howard University Cramton Auditorium. STOMP D.A.T. started in 2002 as an educational step show established to augment the Washington metropolitan area’s drug and alcohol prevention efforts as well as provide a fun learning activity for D.C.- area youth.

STOMP D.A.T. is open to the public and attended annually by hundreds of children and adults. The art of “stepping” is a form of percussive dance in which the participant’s entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word and hand claps. This competition provides middle and high schoolaged youth an opportunity to

express themselves though “stepping.” Teams of students and youth groups compete in this event and are awarded a prize based on their educational

message, showmanship and spirit. This event also encourages participants to use and learn discipline, positive thinking, teamwork and healthy physical activity through the art of stepping.

Essence Step Team, Garfield High School, Woodbridge, Va.
Photos by Rob Roberts

Dymond Evolution of Friendship Collegiate Academy Kappa League, Washington, D.C.

Emcees Sheila Stewart (left), director of community affairs/ news anchor, Radio One-DC and Tracee Wilkins, news reporter, NBC4

Sophisticated Show Stoppers Step Team Calvary Christian Academy Step Team, Washington, D.C.

Renee Allen, Sheila Stewart, Tracee Wilkins, Rosie Allen-Herring, chapter president and Shayna Calandro

Rosie Allen-Herring, Tracee Wilkins, Austine Fowler (charter member/ first president, FACAC), White House staff member David Mineta (center), Office of National Drug Control and Policy; Sheila Stewart, Guy Lambert, Terri Johnson, LaShaunda Ford and Shadonna Logan, co-chairwoman

Judges Mukhtar Raqib, Angel Aiston, Guy Lambert, Rodrick Hobbs, Charles W. Curtis, Tameeka Pickett, Chris Etienne, Tannikka Richardson, Tamara Holmes and Tasheen Stallings

Second-place winners, Dymond Evolution

First -place winners, “Shades of You” step team, from Herndon High School, Herndon, Va.

The Delta Gems

Third-place winners, Essence Step Team


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Ford Motors Targets Urban Market with Latest Campaign
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer With gas prices steadily climbing toward the $5 mark, the Ford Motor Co. is going full speed ahead with its efforts to pepper consumers with fuel efficient vehicles. But Ford is also looking to tap into a broader arena that generally goes unnoticed—the urban market. Starting this spring, Ford will push its new Ford Focus with radio, TV and print ads using popular Black forums such as the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” the “Steve Harvey Morning Show”, BET, TV One and magazines Essence, Upscale, Vibe, Sister 2 Sister Magazine, Juicy and Rolling Out. Ford’s newest campaign titled the “Inner Child,” was put together by the UniWorld Group, Ford’s African-American advertising agency. With more motorists electing to purchase vehicles that are easier on gas, the marketing style and decision to broadcast along the urban market for the “Inner Child” comes at an opportune time for the leading car company. “The principle behind it is really us trying to find a unique way that connected the vehicle to the targeted consumer with

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Ford’s new “Inner Child” campaign for its 2012 Focus is set to broadcast on popular Black media using radio, TV and print ads. The Focus’ new commercial features a Black woman recalling her childhood as she drives the new vehicle.

emotions and nostalgias,” said Ford’s Multicultural Public Relations team export member Michelle Matthews-Alexander. The promo commercial for the 2012 Ford Focus features a mid-20s African-American woman recalling when she first learned to ride a bicycle as a little girl. Then the commercial fast forwards to present day with the girl, now a woman, raving to her friend about the Focus’ new features in the voice of her younger counterpart, while the two women take a drive. Ford Co. representatives explained the reasoning behind the commercial was that driving the new Focus registered a childlike reaction from its test drivers. “What we found in doing in research and focus groups, was that people who [drove the vehicle] got extremely excited about it. It was more like a child-like reaction that you see some times when you think about how you felt when you first learned to ride a bicycle without training wheels,” MatthewsAlexander said. “So we thought that it would be pretty cool to channel that sort of emotion into the new campaign.” For more about the 2012 Ford Focus and its latest campaign, visit www.fordurban.com.

April is National Car Care Month
By Rich White Special to the AFRO National Car Care Month in April is the time of year to give your car some extra attention. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the line. The Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best: • Check the oil; filters and fluids should be checked regularly. Oil should be changed per the owner’s manual recommended intervals. Your car’s filters need regular inspection and replacement. • Inspect hoses at each oil change and have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen or restricted. • Check the brake system every year and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change. • Check that the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. If it is three years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary.

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Basic maintenance can keep your car on the road for years. • Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay. • Schedule a tune-up that will help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions. • Check the car’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. • Inspect the steering and suspension system annually, including shock absorbers and struts, and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components. • Check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and cuts and bruises along the sidewalls. Have your car’s alignment checked at least annually to reduce tire wear and improve fuel economy and handling. • Test exterior and interior lights and have bulbs that are not working checked immediately. Replace windshield wiper blades every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering for optimum wiping performance and safety. Rich White is the executive director of the Car Care Council. To help you drive smart and save money, visit www.carcare.org and check out the free digital Car Care Guide.





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‘Kam’s Kapsules’: Weekly Film Previews

‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ Depicts Black Life During Revered Harlem Renaissance
Recent production marks African Continuum Theatre Company’s 15th Anniversary

B. Smith’s ‘Discovers’ Powerhouse D.C. Talent
By Kristin Gray AFRO Managing Editor Nervous energy pulsated throughout the lofty corridors of B. Smith’s Restaurant at Union Station, a popular eatery known for its sumptuous southern-style food and most recently, the “B. Discovered” singing competition. Conceptualized by famed restaurateur B. Smith and restaurant general manager Andres Hayes, the face-off provided a weekly platform for 20 singers and one rapper to showcase their talents. For four week, the contestants belted out tunes ranging from Prince’s iconic “Purple Rain” to Richard Smallwood’s stirring gospel hit “Total Praise.” But on April 18, the crème of the crop serenaded several judges and an overflow crowd of supporters with their most competitive selections. In her signature sultry voice, WKYS 93.9 radio host and event emcee Jeanie “Kitty of the City” Jones read an impressive list of prizes the night’s winner would receive – $1,000; opportunities to perform at B. Smith’s restaurants in the District, New York City and Sag Harbor, N.Y. and showcases at area lounges. As Jones prepared to read the winner’s name, anxious audience members called out, “Come on!” and “Read it!” Meanwhile, the five contestants – Shaun Mykals, Kimberly “Kima” Aldridge, Amyunique Garner, Gina Rose and Marquita Benton – Marcus Johnson, BRE stood nervously on the stage Magazine publisher Sidney as photographers swarmed them with flashing lights. The night’s victor was powerhouse gospel singer Kimberly Aldridge, a D.C. native who sang an a capella rendition of Mary Mary’s “Yesterday.” The singer, who has performed with noted artists such as Kim Burrell and Amel Larrieux, appeared stunned as the room erupted with cheers B. Discovered winner and applause. Kimberly “Kima” “I’m thankful Aldridge sings for the platform ... “Yesterday” by Mary I’m grateful and I Mary. Photos by Rob Roberts thank God for this,” Aldridge told the Marcus Miller, entertainment audience. blogger Giovanni, GrammyThe event’s nominated artists Carolyn judges praised Malachi and Christylez Bacon, Aldridge’s reality TV star Omarosa and performance, recording artist V. Rich. calling her a After the overwhelming remarkable success of B. Discovered, talent with a the restaurant’s managers multifaceted are preparing to launch B. voice. The Talented, a competitive venue judges have for local poets. included vocal coach Ellisha For more information on “Tea Pot” B. Discovered, B. Talented McKinney, and B. Smith’s restaurant, musician visit bsmith.com.

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Sky Sasha Lighbourne as Della; Maryam Fatima Foye as Angel and Joshua David Robinson as Guy in the African Continuum Theatre Company’s production of Blues for an Alabama Sky. By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer From the illustrious masterpieces of jazz artist Duke Ellington, to the landmark collections of writer Langston Hughes, the Harlem Renaissance undoubtedly spawned a multitude of African-American poets, musicians and artists. Now, a play capturing the momentous period in Black history has made its way to the District and is being presented by the African Continuum Theatre Company (ACTCo). Blues For an Alabama Sky made its debut at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on April 14 and arrives as ACTCo celebrates its 15th anniversary. The production was directed by Black theater veteran Walter Dallas. Set in 1930s Harlem, the play explores the lives of five creative residents and their grappling with AfricanAmerican issues of the time. With some of the characters obeing southern natives, Blues takes a look at their encounters as they reside on Harlem’s famous 125th Street. While the play not only focuses on the characters’ relationships with each other, it also shows how the evolving times impact their daily lives. The play’s writer, Pearl Cleage, said that she initially aimed to craft a story dead-set in the Harlem Renaissance period, but she later realized that she wanted to base it slightly after, so that she could also tie in the Great Depression. “I wanted to write about right after the renaissance when the Great Depression started, because it had a great impact on those artists who had been making a living with their artistic work during the Renaissance, “ Cleage told the AFRO during a recent interview. The production also explores many then-provocative and heavy subjects like Planned Parenthood clinics, political activism, poverty and homophobia. Cleage said even though the play is set nearly a century ago, many of its topics are still relevant today. “I think that people are always confronting the same problems,” she said. “So, I think what they will see in this play are situations and challenges that they are looking at in their lives every day.” And ultimately, she hopes audiences will empathize with the characters and hold on to their lessons long after the play is over. “I would like for people to really care what happens to these people,” Cleage said. “That’s the best thing that a playwright can do is to create characters to make you feel like they really are alive somewhere. So, I hope people will actually believe that they spent a couple of hours with these characters and carry them out of the theater.” Blues marks ACTCo’s 15th production and Cleage explained that she felt honored that The District-based organization chose her work to be performed. Since its inception, the resident theatre company has been committed to producing a full season of work that celebrates the African theatre legacy and nurtures new pieces created by Black artists. “The Continuum Theatre does very high quality work by African-American playwrights and I think that all American theater-goers enjoy the productions that they do,” Cleage said. “They do one production a year which really keeps the tradition of Black theater alive in Washington in a really good way. I just appreciate the fact that for their one production a year, they chose a play of mine.” “Blues for an Alabama Sky” debuted at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on April 14 and runs until May 8. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www. africancontinuumtheatre.com.

B. Discovered contestants perform “Sweet Thing,” by Chaka Khan.

Hollywood Comes to HUH to Film New Movie
By Kiara Walker Howard University News Service WASHINGTON -Hollywood came to Howard University Hospital as film and television stars Lawrence Hilton Jacobs and Vernee’ Watson took over part of the hospital for an afternoon to film a new faith-based movie, Nocturnal Agony, the story of a young woman’s triumph over adversity. The movie tells the story of Patty, who overcomes a drug addition to finish college, marry and have an uppermiddle class life, only to relapse into addiction. There are some surprises in the film, as well as redemption. “It shows how we all have being beaten over the head with the message. “It really shows the emotion that people experience in situations, without being preachy,” Jacobs said. “Sometimes the faith-based plays are a little over the top in that regard.” Watson, who has appeared in hundreds of television commercials, and appeared in movies and numerous television shows, plays Lois Helms, Patty’s mother. Probably best known as Will Smith’s mother in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” when not acting, she teaches acting, writes and directs shows and writes books and makes DVDs for children. Watson and Jacobs, who film to bring in more viewers. “When you have a history, a body of work, that helps,” he said. “Fortunately, that never really dissipates, and that becomes an asset.” While few of the cast and crew live in the Washington area, they have a dizzying number of ties to Howard University Hospital, Howard University, and Washington, D.C. For instance, Shuaib Mitchell, the film’s producer, director and screenwriter, is a graduate of Howard University, as are the first director, the director of photography and the co-producer. Los Angeles-based Watson’s nephew and niece are graduates of Howard and

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Nocturnal Agony’s Lawrence Hiton Jacobs and Rae’Ven Larrymoore Kelly skeletons in our closet, but through faith, anything is possible,” Watson said. Jacobs, who has toured the country in faith-based plays, said this film is one that people can relate to without is probably best known as Joe Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, the movie Cooley High and the television series “Welcome Back, Kotter,” are expected to help bring their star power to the her grandson was born in Howard University Hospital on Christmas day in 2008. Deidre LaWan Starnes plays the lead character, Patty. Starnes was born in Freedmen’s Hospital, now

Howard University Hospital. Annette James, who plays Patty’s best friend, is also a graduate of Howard, a former Prince George’s County police officer and is married to Chief Leroy James, head of the Department of Safety at Howard University. Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly, who played the young Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It, the young rape victim in A Time To Kill and has appeared in numerous television roles, now lives in Los Angeles, but she was born in Fairfax, Va. The crew has been filming in and around Washington for the past two weeks. Aside from the hospital, they have filmed from a home in Fairfax, Va., and locations in Prince George’s County. Nocturnal Agony is the second commercial release for Mitchell, a 1985 graduate in film and production. His first film, Too Saved, was also faith-based. It is out on DVD and has done well for an extremely low-budget film. “We’ve paid off our investors and everybody made money,” said Mitchell, who spent $15,000 on the production and shot it in four days. “I say this film is low budget; that was no budget.” Too Saved also won the best film category at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival in Atlanta. Starnes, who has been seen in numerous plays around D.C., said that through this new film, she wants people to realize that they don’t have to be ashamed of making a mistake. “I want them to see that the Christian life isn’t always a perfect life, but that it’s filled with victories and overcoming” says Starnes.


The Afro-American, April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011

Local Tennis and Learning Center to Miss Black D.C. Pageant Welcomes Host 10th Anniversary Gala Featuring Newest Winner Katori Brown Venus and Serena Williams
and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the center has worked to provide at-risk youths with many educational programs and tennis training. The “tennis scholars,” as they are commonly known, are held to exemplary standards in academics and sport. As a result of the facility’s impact, SETLC youths have gone on to win several United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournaments, (AP Photo) including the 2010 USTA Junior Team Tennis MidAtlantic Championship. Additionally, more than 27 students have earned four-year tennis and academic scholarships at colleges and universities nationwide. “Serena and I are proud to be a part of this 10th anniversary celebration as we have watched the growth of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center from its groundbreaking,” Venus Williams said in a statement. “The sincere and heartfelt efforts of Ms. Barry and everyone who have contributed to the SETLC through the years mean a lot to us as we see ourselves in these children.” The Tennis Ball II will be held on April 28 at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave., S.E. D.C. For more information, please visit: http://www. recreationwishlist.org/. By Blake Bryson Special to the AFRO The Miss Black District of Columbia Pageant competition has concluded, and the victorious contestant was Georgia native Katori Brown. The Alabama State alum has lived in the District since 2008 and recently received a master’s in mass communication and media studies from Howard University. She works at the Middle Eastern Broadcast Network and is a dedicated volunteer at her church. The AFRO spoke with Brown about being named Miss Black District of Columbia, her future plans and a cause that motivates her pageant win. AFRO: With you hailing from Georgia and getting your undergraduate degree from Alabama State, did it take you some time to get acclimated to D.C. and its culture (or weather)? Katori Brown: I actually interned at the Voice of America during the summer of 2007, and absolutely fell in love with D.C. and its diversity and culture. It was then, that I decided it would be a great place for a new start after graduating from college. So, I was well prepared for the change when I moved to D.C. and excited about it. AFRO: In preparation for becoming Miss Black D.C., what processes did you go through? KB: Since there is no state-level pageant—Miss Black DC USA is selected through interview. I always try to keep myself informed on current affairs and current trends. I also try to make wise decisions when it comes to eating and exercise. It’s really just a lifestyle that I chose for myself as opposed to preparation for a pageant. I think pageants are about becoming the best you [that] you can be, and that’s what I’ve done as Miss Black D.C. USA, and will continue to do as I prepare for Miss Black USA in August 2011. AFRO: What advice would you give to young women in the DMV area about pursuing their goals and aspirations? KB: Persistence is the key. If you keep

Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams By AFRO Staff International tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams will help the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) commemorate a decade of shaping young future tennis greats at the Tennis Ball II, an anniversary gala on April 28. The Williams sisters will be the event’s guests of honor and Mayor Vincent Gray will serve as the honorary guest chair. “In the past decade, the Center has become an invaluable institution in Washington, D.C. as we have served thousands of youth through our tennis and education programs that have successfully changed children’s lives and the future of our community,” Cora Masters Barry, CEO of the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC), said in a statement. Since its creation in 2001 by the RWLC

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Katori Brown persistence, you will yield results. Afro: What do you intend to do now that you have won the award? Do you intend to give back to any charities or communities in anyway or form? KB: Service is something that is so important to me. It’s my goal to live a lifestyle of love. So I’m always searching for ways to volunteer my time or serve the community. My platform is Alzheimer’s awareness and research. The Alzheimer’s Association is something that is really near to my heart because my grandmother passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. So personally, I’ve fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Association in the past and I’m so excited to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association as Miss Black DC USA 2011. Afro: Now that you have accomplished obtaining your master's degree and have won Ms. Black D.C., do you intend on staying here in the DMV for a while or is it on to conquering another city or state? KB: I love the District of Columbia, and I can honestly say that my season here is definitely not nearing an end.

DCPS Students Celebrate Global Youth Service Day Through Revitalization of Johnson Middle School
On April 16, the Mayor's Office on Volunteerism joined City Year Washington D.C. and over 100 District of Columbia Public School Students to commemorate the 23rd Annual Global Youth Service Day, a revitalization project a Johnson Middle School. In the picture, City Year Washington, D..C young heroes Sadiah Crawford, Naje Crawford, Levi Johnston and Shonte Crawford and City Year Washington, D.C. members Brian Alexander and Aaron Kurz greet volunteers. Global Youth Service Day is an international initiative created to celebrate and encourage youth who improve their communities through service. Activities included grounds and classroom cleanup, mural painting, planting gardens and the creation of a school museum to honor the Congress Heights community.

Applications for White House D.C. Scholars Program Due April 24
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House is accepting applications for this summer’s D.C. Scholars Program. The program reaches Washington, D.C. public and charter high school students committed to public service and learning more about the White House. The D.C. Scholars internship program is an unpaid part-time internship inside the Obama White House. In addition to having a hands-on experience with government at the Federal level, D.C. Scholars will also have an opportunity to attend a weekly lecture series led by White House staff, interact with college-aged White House interns, be paired with a mentor, and work on a summer service project. For more information go to http:// www.whitehouse.gov/dcscholars.

Laurel Fair in Town Through May 1
By Blake Bryson Special to the AFRO Spring has arrived, and with it the Laurel Fair, which opens April 15 at Laurel Park Racetrack in Laurel, Md. The fair, which provides unusual but amazing entertainment, will be open on weekends and will run through May 1. This year, there will be over 100 attractions for customers to enjoy, from Courtesy Photo rides such as The Orbiter, Area residents can expect the usual—and unusual— Wacky Worm Roller Coaster carnival attractions at the Laurel Fair in Laurel, Md. and The Giant Wheel, to an extraordinary educational session with animal rescuer and trainer Michael Sandloffer. There will be a showcase of the proclaimed World’s Largest Horse, and also sessions where an Arabian stallion will walk across a 60 foot arena on his hind legs. No matter how young or old the amusement seeker is, organizers said, there will be multiple attractions to keep them entertained. Fair manager Ron Weber states, “The Laurel Fair is a family-friendly event that while it is especially fun for kids, people of all ages will enjoy the Great American Frontier Show, the Wolves of the World Show and the Old West Theatre, and no one will want to miss Lance Gifford’s Magic and Illusion Show with his amazing illusions and sleight of hand tricks. Everyone loves fair food like funnel cakes, corn dogs and gyros.” For those that maybe a little skeptical and feel that all fairs and carnivals are created equal, Weber wants them to know something else. “The Laurel Fair will be more fun than people expect. It will offer families a variety of entertainment and performances, thrilling amusement rides, and traditional fair food, and the fireworks on Saturday night will be spectacular, a real treat for people of all ages.” The Laurel Fair will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 15-17, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 12 p.m. on all other days. The fair closes at midnight every day. Admission to the Laurel Fair is $8. Buy one get one free admission coupons are available at www.LaurelFair.com. For a schedule of events, directions and for vendor information, please visit www.LaurelFair.com or call (631) 920-2738.

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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer It’s not often that the NBA has a chance to “one-up” the NFL, but that’s exactly what’s going on this basketball postseason. With the NFL Draft just a week away, the aura around this time of the year usually swirls all around the incoming football crop. But with the NFL currently under a lockout and the prima donnas and billionaires of the league clamoring for more cash, a cast of superstars has tilted all eyes on the NBA. Even if you prefer a helmet over the hardwood, it’s hard to not to be star struck by basketball’s new branded boys: Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Russell Westbrook. Add that crop to the usual cast of premier characters in LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Dwyane Wade, along with the usual star teams in Boston and San Antonio, and what do you have? You have perhaps the most intriguing mix of superstars and teams that the NBA and its fans have seen in decades. The first weekend of the 2011 playoffs was nothing short of phenomenal. Comebacks, upsets, questionable calls, superstar performances—you honestly can’t squeeze anymore out of a postseason than what we saw in the first two days. Thanks to the revival

“It’s not often that the NBA has a chance to ‘one-up’ the NFL, but that’s exactly what’s going on this basketball postseason.”

of classic NBA teams and cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Boston, the NBA may finally out of the shadow of Michael Jordan. But, another case of money mishaps could cause it to revert back to the basics. Basketball’s nearing a fork in the road right now. In one direction you have a bright future laced with some incredibly humble and incredibly talented stars. In the other direction there’s a pending lockout that threatens to wipe away all the work that the NBA has put in to become arguably the second most popular sport behind football. The excitement over this season’s playoffs is unreal and it would only benefit the league to keep the momentum going into next season. But what if there is no next season? The last time the NBA endured a lockout was the 1999 season where a shortened 50-game season and a Spurs title just didn’t seem or feel quite right. Basketball was just one season removed from Jordan retiring and the lockout helped lure the casual NBA fan right into the waiting arms of the NFL. Now, with both the NFL and the NBA facing potential time off next season, this is the time for NBA Commissioner David Stern to push his product out in front. Instead, a league brimming with marketable talent and renewed interest is about to drop the ball. It’s too bad that a conflict over coin won’t allow the NBA to capitalize on the opportunity.

By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer The 38th annual Capital Classic added another exciting chapter to its storied history, as the longestrunning high school all-star event in the nation came to the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., on April 17. The event divides its cast of high school stars into four squads: the U.S., Suburban, District and Capital All-Stars. The Suburban, District and Capital all star teams are made up of local players from the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia regions, respectively. The U.S. team is comprised of top talent from around the country. Many in a late-arriving crowd missed the day’s first game, the District AllStars against the Suburban All-Stars, a matchup which turned out to be the most competitive game of the afternoon. The Suburban team pulled out a 104-97 victory, using a 21-3 run in the second half to open up a large lead—but one that still almost wasn’t enough to seal the win. Prince Okoroh, a standout at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md. who will attend Howard University next year, was named MVP of the early contest, adding 16 points and five rebounds. “It’s a great honor to come out with a lot of great kids who can really play who are all going on to the next level,” Okoroh said. “Just to come out and get MVP that’s all you can ask for.”

Bowie State’s Greg Goings Named President of National Association
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Engagement Workshop at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis on June 1-3, according to the Bowie State University Sports Information BSU announcement. Director Gregory Goings runs everything “I am very excited and grateful for the sports media-related on the HBCU campus opportunity to serve as president of the in Bowie, Md. Now he’ll be responsible for a Division II Sports Information Directors national agenda, too, as he was recently named Association and thank my colleagues president of the Division II Sports Information throughout the country for their support,” Directors Association (SIDA). said Goings, who will replace Rich Herman, Goings, Bowie State’s SID for Clarion University. “I SID for the past eight years, look forward to working with will take office at the end the NCAA, the D-II Athletic of June during the College Directors Association and our Sports Information Directors Conference Commissioners.” Association (CoSIDA) With more than 280 Workshop in Marco Island, members, the Division II SIDA Fla. He will serve a two-year was created to serve as a liaison term, with responsibility that assists in strengthening for overseeing the board of communication between sports directors and maintaining information directors and bonds with the Conference other administrators of college Commissioners Association sports communications. Goings and the Athletic Directors will be the third president to Association. lead SIDA; before Herman, Goings will transition Kentucky Wesleyan College from his current position as SID Roy Pickerill served as Courtesy Photo/BSU first vice president during the first president, holding the Gregory Goings the NCAA Community only Division II SIDA officer

Guard Larry Savage of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., a recruit to the University of Delaware, led the District with 21 points and four rebounds. He was followed by Malcolm Clark, Washington D.C.’s Cesar Chavez High School star guard, who totaled 16 points and three rebounds. Clark AFRO Photo/John Moore helped spark a run that The Capital All Stars played erased a 21-point lead in the second half, bringing well, but fell to the U.S. All Stars, 136-115, in the 38th annual the Suburban team Capital Classic high school all within four points late in the contest. Clinging stars basketball game. to a 95-91 lead, Okoroh buried a three-pointer to was very competitive. They put the game out of reach. played hard and it was a great The day’s second game day for friends.” pitted the Capital All-Stars Heading to West Virginia against the U.S. All-Stars in the fall, Hinds closed the and was featured as a book on a distinguished heavyweight bout, but turned high school career that saw into an early knockout. Led him win Mt. Vernon’s Mr. by point guard Jabarie Hinds Basketball Award, the third of Mt. Vernon High School player to win the award since in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the U.S. NBA stars Elton Brand and ran their way to a 136-115 Ben Gordon. Eager to start win. Hinds tied for a gameat West Virginia, Hinds said high 19 points and added five after the game he has set his rebounds to bring home the goals for the coming year. . game’s MVP award. “Just working hard and fitting The U.S. leapt out to a in where I can fit in [and] 66-50 halftime lead behind hopefully I get some playing a jaw-dropping display time,” he said. from Hinds, whose array Point guard Tyrone of shimmies, shakes and Johnson of Montrose crossovers kept his team Christian in Rockville, Md., at least 10 points ahead for was honored after the game much of the half. Reluctant for leading his school to a to label the game a blowout, tournament victory in the Hinds said the aggressive ESPN Rise National High play of his U.S. team led to School Invitational. Johnson, the victory. committed to Villanova, “It was a really paced the Capital team with good game,” Hinds said 17 points, five rebounds and “Everybody on the court four assists. organization and where we need to go in the future. I wish him all the best and will support his presidency any way I can.” Bowie State Athletic Director Anton Goff said the university is very excited about Goings’ new title. “This announcement is truly exciting for Mr. Goings, the Athletic Department, and the university,” Goff said. “The appointment to president of a national organization, such as SIDA is just a testament to the level of talent and dedication Mr. Goings has displayed his entire career. It says a lot when your peer members vote you into this type of position. This is yet another example of how Bowie State University faculty and staff are leading the way in a number of different fields.”

position for several years. Pickerill left the position in 2009 and SIDA has used an officer rotation since. Goings is qualified for the position, serving more than 20 years in the field of collegiate sports communications. The Washington, D.C. native graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1977 and earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Virginia State University, where he served as SID 12 years before joining BSU. “I believe Greg Goings will be a great president for D-II SIDA,” Herman said. “Greg has the experience, knowledge and dedication to represent Division II in a first class manner. He has also been part of the board for five years and knows how far we’ve come as an

Washington Wizards Basketball
By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer

Young Wizards End Season on High Note
It took nearly six months, but the Washington Wizards finally gave their fans something to be proud of this NBA season. After sleepwalking through the majority of the year, the Wizards closed their 2010-‘11 campaign on a high note, winning five of their last eight games, and finishing the season with a 23-59 record. With two games left on the NBA calendar during the second week of April, Washington turned in a pair of strong performances to give fans some hope heading into the summer. In their last home game of the year, Washington suited up to face the Championshipcontending Boston Celtics on April 11. Boston rested most of their starters in preparation for the playoffs, but the Wizards played all of their own to snatch a 95-94 overtime victory. Washington’s rookie backcourt of John Wall and Jordan Crawford played 46 minutes each and combined for 41 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. A tying basket from Crawford late in regulation sent the game into overtime before his three-pointer gave Washington breathing room in the extra period of play. Boston’s collection of All-Stars—guards Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, forward Paul Pierce, center Kevin Garnett— all sat out Washington’s home finale. Washington recorded its first road win of the season on Feb. 13 at Cleveland, so it was only fitting that the Wizards tried to duplicate that effort to finish the year in their final road game on April 13. Despite building a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter, Washington dropped its

last game of the season, 10093, to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wizards coach Flip Saunders elected to give his reserves a final audition for next season. Crawford was the only starter to play more than 24 minutes. Forward Andray Blatche led Washington with 20 points AP Photo/Mark Duncan and seven rebounds and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Ramon Sessions, left, defends forward Maurice Evans added Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) in the third quarter of 15 points in the loss. an NBA basketball game on April 13 in Cleveland. Washington seems set to claim another high draft pick, as they finished with the fourth-worst record in the league. The mid-season acquisition of Crawford —with Wall, Blatche, center JaVale McGee and swingman Nick Young — gives the Wizards a nice quintet of young pieces to build around. Adding another prized player in the draft could set the Wizards up for the long haul, if they can find another talented player such as Wall and Crawford. The decision in the offseason by Wizards ownership to rebuild the team with youth in the wake of the Gilbert Arenas era forced a rocky season, but players said they are already looking forward to next year.

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Persons Claims against the deReporter address and relation- believed to be heirs or cedent shall be preLeo Anthony Brown legatees of the decedent sented to the underPersonal ship. who do not receive a signed with a copy to the Representative Date of Publication: Superior Court of copy of this notice by Register of Wills or filed 202-526-3914 April 15, 2011 the District of mail within 25 days of its with the Register of Wills Name of newspaper: TRUE TEST COPY District of Columbia first publication shall so with a copy to the underAfro-American REGISTER OF WILLS PROBATE DIVISION inform the Register of signed, on or before 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Washington Law Washington, D.C. Wills, including name, October 15, 20011, or Reporter 20001-2131 Tracie Robertson address and relation- be forever barred. PerSuperior Court of Administration No. Personal ship. the District of sons believed to be 2011ADM266 Representative Date of Publication: District of Columbia heirs or legatees of the Charles Hill 202-638-0095 April 15, 2011 PROBATE DIVISION decedent who do not reDecedent Name of newspaper: TRUE TEST COPY Washington, D.C. ceive a copy of this noNOTICE OF Afro-American REGISTER OF WILLS 20001-2131 tice by mail within 25 APPOINTMENT, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Washington Law Administration No. days of its first publicaNOTICE TO Reporter 2011ADM274 tion shall so inform the CREDITORS Superior Court of Maria Green Register of Wills, includShantee Parker AND NOTICE TO the District of Personal ing name, address and Decedent UNKNOWN HEIRS District of Columbia Representative relationship. Gregory L. Lattimer Leo Anthony Brown, 1200 G Street NW PROBATE DIVISION 202-257-9730 Date of Publication: whose address is 225 Suite 800 Washington, D.C. TRUE TEST COPY April 15, 2011 Channing Street NE Washington DC 20005 20001-2131 REGISTER OF WILLS Name of newspaper: Washington DC 20002, Attorney Administration No. 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Afro-American was appointed personal 2011ADM248 NOTICE OF Washington Law representative of the Superior Court of Roland Dewit Williams APPOINTMENT, Reporter estate of Charles Hill, the District of Decedent NOTICE TO Bruce McNeil who died on March 9, District of Columbia Wesley L. Clarke CREDITORS Personal 2009 without a will, and PROBATE DIVISION 1629 K Street AND NOTICE TO Representative will serve without Court Washington, D.C. Suite 300 UNKNOWN HEIRS 202-581-3529 20001-2131 supervision. All un- T r a c i e R o b e r t s o n , Washington DC 20006 TRUE TEST COPY Administration No. known heirs and heirs whose address is 4018 Attorney REGISTER OF WILLS 2011ADM292 whose whereabouts are E Street, SE WashingNOTICE OF 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Louise M. Carey unknown shall enter ton DC 20019 was apAPPOINTMENT, Decedent their appearance in this pointed personal repreNOTICE TO Wendell C. Robinson proceeding. Objections sentative of the estate of CREDITORS 4308 Georgia Ave. NW to such appointment (or Shantee Parker, who AND NOTICE TO Washington DC 20011 to the probate of de- died on May 6, 2008 UNKNOWN HEIRS cedent¬s will) shall be without a will, and will Maria Green, whose ad- Attorney NOTICE OF filed with the Register of serve without Court su- dress is 3415 Manderes APPOINTMENT, Wills, D.C., 515 5th pervision. All unknown Place, Spring Dale MD NOTICE TO Street, N.W., 3rd Floor heirs and heirs whose 20774 was appointed CREDITORS Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . whereabouts are un- personal representative AND NOTICE TO of the estate of Roland 20001, on or before

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM249 Gloria Jeanette Rogers Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Edward Johnson and Dennis Alphonso Johnson, whose address are 804 Randolph Street, NE #3, Washington DC 20001 and 2471 Rushland Ct. Waldorf MD 20603 were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Gloria Jeanette Rogers, who died on January 12, 2011 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 October 8, 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 October 8, 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: April 8, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Willliam Edward Johnson Dennis Alphonson Johnson Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/8, 4/15, 4/22




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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIVIL DIVISION 2011 CA 002249 L(RP) Action Involving Real Property Wolcott, LLC 2885 Sanford Ave SW #16558 Grandville, MI 49418 Plaintiff, v. Paul Hester 4840 Pisgah Road Cumming, GA 30028-3696 and GreenPoint Mortgage Funding, Inc. 100 Wood Hollow Drive Novato, CA 94945 and Suellen Wohlfarth Green Point Mortgage 5032 Parkway Plaza Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28217 and Salta Group, Inc. c/o CT Corporation System 1015 15TH Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20005 and Maximum Developers Investments, L.L.C. c/o Rose Reeder 631 Atlantic Street SE Washington, D.C. 20032 and Estate of Jane T. Norris Serve: Ray M. Norris, Personal Representative 14929 Chelsea Circle Mount Airy, MD 217718423 and Patricia Sweeney 21772 Watson Road Leesburg, VA 20175 and The District of Columbia Serve: Attorney General of the District of Columbia Attn: Darlene Fields 441 4TH Street NW Washington, DC 20001 and All unknown owners of the Property described below, their heirs, devisees, personal representatives, and executors, administrators, grantees, assigns or successors in right, title, interest, and any and all persons having or claiming to have any leasehold or any other interest in the Property and premise situate, described as: Square/Lot 4560/0216, Address of 304 19TH Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. Defendants. ORDER OF PUBLICATION In accordance with D.C. Official Code ߧ47-1375 Official Code 47-1375 (2001), 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: Square 4560, Lot 0216, Address of 304 19TH Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, in the subdivision known as KingmanRosedale in North East Washington, D.C., and more particularly described as: Lot numbered Two Hundred Sixteen (216) in Jacob S. Gruvners subdivision of lots numbered One Hundred NinetyEight (198) and Two Hundred Seven (207) in Square Numbered FortyFive Hundred Sixty (4560), as per plat recorded in the Office of the Surveyor for the District of Columbia in Liber 111 at folio 12, Subject to the sewer easement granted to the District of Columbia by Deeds recorded in Liber 2497 at folio 287 and Liber 2497 at folio 289, and as condemned by proceedings in the District Court Cause numbered 595, in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, Address of 304 19TH Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. The Complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge¬s Administration Judge’s Admnistration Order Number 02-11, it is this 25th day of March, 2011, ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, that notice be given by the insertion of a copy of this order in the Afro American, having a general circulation in the District of Columbia, once a week for three (3) successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described above to appear in this Court by the 27th day of July, 2011, and redeem the real property by payment of $51,985.33, together with interest from the date of the Certificate of Delinquency; court costs and attorney’s attorneys¬ fees; exfees; expenses incurred in the publication and service of process by publication and for reasonable fees for the title search; all other amounts paid by the petitioner in accordance with the provisions of D.C. Code ß47-1361 §47-1361 and all outstanding municipal lien amounts due and owing on the aforementioned real property, or answer the complaint or, thereafter, a final judgment will be enacted foreclosing the right of redemption in the real property and vesting in the plaintiff a title in fee simple. BY 4/8, 4/15, 4/22

Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM268 OPAL M. WAGSTAFF AKA OPAL MARIE (WALKER) WAGSTAFF Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Arthur Wagstaff, Jr., whose address is 3347 Clay Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Opal M. Wagstaff aka Opal Marie (Walker) Wagstaff, who died on November 12, 2006 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 O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 . 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 October 15, 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: April 15, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter William Arthur Wagstaff Jr Personal Representative 202-431-9277 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/15, 4/22, 4/29

Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO LEGAL NOTICES UNKNOWN HEIRS Shelore Ann Cary Williams, whose address is 3215 13th Street, NW Washington DC 20010 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Alma M. Strange, who died on December 26, 2009 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . 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 October 22, 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: April 22, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Shelore Ann Cary Williams Personal Representative 202-387-0772 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

The Afro-American, April 23, 2011 - April 29, 2011, The Afro-American
CBE, Women and Minority Owned Business Subcontractor Bids or Material Quotes Requested for the following trades: Masonry, Steel Stairs, Operable Partitions, Flag Poles, Parking Control Equipment, Fireproofing, Kitchen Equipment, Loading Dock Equipment Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. Washington, D.C. Tuesday, May 17, 2011 3:00 pm Hensel Phelps Construction Co. 4437 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Suite 207 Chantilly, VA. 20151-1691 Phone: 703.828.3200 Fax: 703.802.1580 Our Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage and actively solicit bids from qualified Minority and Women subcontractors and suppliers on all our projects.


Clark Construction invites you to attend our Local Small Business Fair and Workshop for All Trades for the CITYMARKET AT O STREET PROJECT, WASHINGTON, DC. Roadside Development has awarded Clark Construction the contract to perform the 1 millionsquare foot urban infill project that will include over 87,000 square feet of retail, 629 residential units, and 500 parking spaces. Enterprises¬ for ALL TRADES, including (but not Enterprises’ for ALL TRADES, including (bot not limited to) Surveying, Demolition, Excavation, Foundations, Site Utilities, Site Concrete, Asphalt, Concrete, Structural Steel, Masonry, Misc. Metals, Rough and Finish Carpentry, Metal Panels, Roofing, Spray Fireproofing, Joint Sealants, Doors/ Frames/Hardware, Glass/Glazing/Windows, Drywall & Studs, Flooring, Painting, Appliances, Swimming Pool, Mechanical/Plumbing, Electrical and Final Cleaning for a Pre-Bid Meeting which will consist of the bid process, award process and opportunities for small and local businesses. We would like to meet Contractors, Suppliers and Vendors, particularly CBE Certified Business

A Construction Opportunity Fair is being held on Thursday, April 28, 2011 beginning at 6:00 PM and ending at 8:00 PM, at Shiloh Baptist Church-Gregory Family Life Center at 1510 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. You¬re invited to join us to find out about opportunities available on the project. For more information about this event please email sdg@clarkconstruction.com.
MBE/WBE Subcontractors and Suppliers Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC, Rockville, MD is interested in receiving quotes from qualified MBE/WBE subcontractors and suppliers for the DC Water Miscellaneous Facilities Upgrade Phase II, bidding on May 11, 2011. Opportunities are available for Specifications Divisions 1 thru 16. Please Fax quotes to 301-545-0810. Contact telephone 301-545-0750. Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC 7615 Standish place,Rockville, MD 20855 www.ullimanschutte.com Equal Opportunity Employer

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM307 Alma M. Strange Decedent W. Alton Lewis, Esq 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shelore Ann Cary Williams, whose address is 3215 13th Street, NW Washington DC 20010 was appointed personal representative of the

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM316 Clotilde Durham Smith Decedent Nicholas D. Ward 1212 New York Ave. NW Suite 1000 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Barbara J. Durham, whose address is 1311 Delaware Avenue, SW Apt S-229, Washington DC 20024 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Clotilde Durham Smith, who died on August 17, 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 O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . 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 October 22, 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: April 22, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Barbara J. Durham Personal Representative 202-554-0184 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/22, 4/29, 5/6

Concrete General, Inc. is seeking MBE subcontractors & suppliers who perform various types of work relating to highway, bridge, & utility construction in the Maryland area. Call Mark Miller 301-948-4450. EEO

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ENGINEER TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER V- ENERGY MANAGER MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (MAA) SALARY $63,409 - $78,173 Open until filled The position is a team leader and expert in the field of Energy Management, Energy Analysis and Modeling of Energy-related projects for all systems and buildings. The position will manage the Energy Performance Contract (> $20,000,000) for the MAA at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall and Martin State Airports; will be involved with all new construction projects, rehabilitation, and maintenance of all facilities, including but not limited to the mechanical systems, HVAC and control systems, electrical and airfield-related lighting controls. The position will also be responsible for commissioning of all energy-related projects. Additionally, the position will prepare and manage the Utilities Division budget. Energy Manager Certification (CEM) is preferred. Requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering bachelor¬s from an accredited college or university w/ Five (5) years experience in the Energy Management Field. To receive a complete job bulletin and an application, call Maryland Aviation Administration at 410-859-7618 or visit the MDOT¬s MDOT’s website at https://jobs.mdot.state.md.us Please send the application materials to Ken Acker Recruitment/ Examinations and Employment, P.O. Box 8766, BWI Airport MD 21240. MAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Passion Services Passion Week services at Peoples Congregational Church will include Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. on April 21 and Good Friday services at noon on April 22. Fish and chicken dinners and Easter lilies will be available. An Easter Vigil Jazz service will be held at 7 p.m. on April 23, and an Easter sunrise will service will be held 6:30 a.m. followed by the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. service at the church located at 4704 13th St. N.W. Call the church office at 202-829-5511 or visit peopleschurchucc.org for additional information. HU Chapel Services The Rev. Kanika Magee will preach during the 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise service on April 24 in Andrew Rankin Chapel located at 6th St. and Howard Place N.W. on the Campus of Howard University. He is associate Dean of The Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. will preach during the 11 a.m. service in Cramton Auditorium on the same day. He is pastor emeritus at Olivet Institutional Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Vernon Jordan will be the guest speaker on May 1. All are welcome. Call 202-806-7280 for additional information. ‘A People’s Forum’ {Courtesy Photo} Zion Baptist Church presents “A People’s Forum, Mentoring The Rev. Dr. Otis through Discipleship,” April 29-30, at Bolger Center, 9600 New Moss Jr. will preach at Bridge Drive, Potomac, Md., sponsored by the women’s Ministry Howard University on and the Mighty Men of Zion Men’s Club. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Patricia H. Fears, assistant to the pastor at Fellowship Easter Sunday. Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. It’s a family affair. The presenters will be Dr. Leslie C. Cooper, senior nurse advisor in the Division of Research Infrastructure (DRI) at National Institute of Health and her daughter Lt. Kami Does a 90 minute worship service work for your Sunday schedule? Cooper, a neonatal nurse Want to attend Bible Study from the comfort of your own home via conference call? practitioner in the US Public Health Service. Then Join Us for Worship! Additionally, Dr. Alfonso Campbell Jr., chairperson, Department of Psychology at Howard University and Worshipping at Georgian Forest Elementary School his son Minister Alfonso Sunday Worship 11 am, Campbell III, a recent Bible Class 10 am psychology graduate of Howard University, will Bible Study, Wednesdays, 8-9 pm present. 3100 Regina Drive • Silver Spring, MD 20906 Registration has already 4 blocks South of Georgia Ave & Aspen Hill Rd begun. To make your reservation, call 202-434-3118 Healing Prayer After Every Service or 202-330-1389.

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