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Now, Mission Accomplished
Locals react to news of Osama bin Laden’s death
By AFRO Staff The news came just a little before midnight on May 1: Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the devastating terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was dead. After a decade of eluding capture by America’s and its allies’ forces, the al-Qaeda leader was killed in a U.S. special forces attack on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. “Justice has been done,” said President Obama in a press conference announcing the operation and its outcome. The announcement has sent shockwaves across the world, eliciting myriad reactions, questions about the circumstances of bin Laden’s death and burial at sea, and even conspiracy theories. Here, area residents and organizations share their thoughts on the matter: Continued on A4

News Analysis

Obama Got Osama – But Gets Little Credit for Doing It
By George E. Curry Special to the AFRO (NNPA) — In an Aug. 12, 2007 op-ed in the Mason City, Iowa Globe Gazette thenSen. Barack Obama declared, “If Pakistan cannot or will not take out these high-level terrorists targets and we have actionable intelligence about where they are, then I would take action to protect the American people. I firmly believe that if we know the whereabouts of bin Laden and his deputies and we have exhausted all other options, we must take them out.” On Sunday night, President Barack Obama made good on that promise, announcing that a team of elite Navy SEALs had taken out Osama bin Laden for good with two bullets, one to the chest and one to the head. The surprise attack on Public Enemy No. 1 took place shortly before 2 a.m. in

A TIME magazine cover—like many news outlets around the world—declares the death of longtime Public enemy No. 1 Osama bin Laden. Speaking to reporters at the White House, a subdued President Obama said, “Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.” Jubilant, flag-waving Americans gathered in front of the White House and at Ground Zero in New York to Continued on A4

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the East Room of the White House on the mission against Osama bin Laden, May 1. Pakistan, ending one of the worldwide manhunts in longest and most frustrating history.

GOP Makes Inroads in D.C. Politics Motorists, Pedestrians Targeted in New Anti-Litter Program
By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer The results of the April 26 special election may reflect a changing city that is increasingly open to a more diverse D.C. Council. Patrick Mara, the lone Republican in the at-large race, came in a close second, with 26 percent of votes, after presumptive at-large council member, Vincent Orange (D), who garnered 28 percent. • Home Depot The race was thought to be a showdown between Orange, who was endorsed by the local AFL-CIO and incumbent Atlarge Councilmember Sekou Biddle (D), who was endorsed by political bigwigs Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and Council Chair Kwame Brown (D). But, catapulted by voters, Mara, a member of the D.C. State Board of Education who was endorsed by the Washington Post and the DC Police Union, shot past Biddle in the polls. Hear the AFRO on The Daily “It’s an odd situation that we beat the incumbent and still By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer


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“...the recent second place showing of the Republican at-large council candidate is likely a harbinger of political times to come in the very near future.” – Lorenzo Morris, political analyst
lost,” said Paul Craney, the executive director of the D.C. Republican Committee. Still, Mara’s strong showing may reflect the electorate’s growing disillusionment with the city’s Democratic leadership. Detractors point to the fact that, for more than a year, the D.C. Board of Elections has not had a Republican member, violating a legal requirement for minority representation on the three-person board. The issue arose in March, when Biddle contested the validity of the signatures on Mara’s petition. After review, the Board determined that Mara had enough valid signatures above the threshold. “This process has also been a reminder that while Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown found the time to endorse my opponent, Sekou Biddle, they have not found the time to appoint and confirm a third, independent member to the Board of Elections and Ethics,” Mara said at the time. Continued on A8



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Visitors and residents of Ward 4 beware: that hamburger wrapper you unconsciously throw on the ground may warrant a ticket from D.C. police. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) kicked off a litter enforcement program May 1 for Ward 4 and part of Ward 5, targeting pedestrians and motorists. Ward 4 is home to nearly 80,000 residents, including the communities of Fort Totten and Petworth. Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman, said the wards were singled out due to the volume of complaints. “Because this enforcement required an entirely new form and adjudication process between MPD and the Office Stock Image of Administrative District Mayor Vincent Gray and the Metropolitan Police Hearings, we decided to run a test pilot before Department have launched a litter enforcement program targeting motorists and pedestrians in Ward 4 and part of Ward 5. launching citywide,” Crump said. “Littering was an often mentioned by an issuing officer. Nonshovels and 20 trash bags. concern in the community of cooperative violators will be A $20 refundable deposit is the fourth police district.” fined an additional $100 to required for all kits loaned Throughout May, the $250 by the D.C. Superior under the program. police department will issue Court upon conviction. During FY 2010, the warnings to those who litter, Currently, a citywide litter Helping Hand program Continued on A3 and work with community policy is already in place,

leaders to educate residents about program. Starting June 1, violators in the fourth district, which covers part of Ward 5, will be subject to arrests and tickets. According to a press release about the program, a $75 ticket will be issued to anyone who “intentionally or carelessly” drops waste on public space, waterways or private property, not controlled by the individual. Those who do not provide an accurate name or address can be arrested

where disposing of trash from a vehicle on public or private property is subject to a $100 traffic ticket. “The pilot enforcement only applies to violations that are not for vehicle drivers, sometimes called pedestrian littering,” Crump said. The Department of Public Works (DPW) sponsors the Helping Hand/Neighborhood Clean-up Projects on the weekend, where communities use tool kits, which include five rakes and brooms, two

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Debate is heating up in New Orleans, as Louisiana’s governor seeks to merge the city’s sole historically Black state-funded university with a mostly White, nearby institution in an effort he said will improve both schools’ educational conditions. According to The Associated Press, Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, is pushing a bill that would merge predominately-Black Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) with the University of New Orleans. Campuses of both higher education facilities, which are in close proximity to each other, were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the storm’s aftermath, enrollment and graduation rates at both schools plummeted, particularly at Southern University, whose graduation rate has significantly dropped. According to 2011 U.S. Department of Education figures, SUNO’s rate of graduation for students attending over a six-year period, rose to eight percent from the post-Katrina low of five percent, the lowest in the state and among the lowest for a public historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the country. The six-year graduation

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Nearly 10 years after former President George Bush vowed to capture Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, the terrorist was ambushed and killed under President Barack Obama’s watch. In an unexpected, late night speech on April 30, Obama shared news of bin Laden’s death with the world. “Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties,” Obama said. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.” In the days following bin Laden’s capture, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement warning law enforcement groups that his death may spark extremist attacks in the U.S. and worldwide. Meanwhile, transportation hubs like Boston’s Logan Airport tightened security for fear of a retaliatory attack from al Qaeda and bin Laden supporters. “The death of Osama bin Laden is an important success not only for the United States, but the entire world. Our efforts to combat terrorism, however, do not fixate on one individual, and we remain completely focused on protecting our nation against violent extremism of all kinds,” said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in a

As Comcast moves forward with its merger with NBC Universal, the media giant has pledged $20 million towards building minority owned digital businesses. In a letter last July to Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Comcast said it would, at the helm of the merged company, provide training, internships and mentoring to minority students as well as distribution and funding to business owners. The company is now in the verge of making good on that promise, company officials said recently. Comcast will also provide free video and high-speed internet service to schools and libraries in underserved and low-income areas, as well as low-cost internet service to 2.5 million low-income households. “Comcast is committed to providing opportunities for diverse businesses to expand and grow,” David Jensen, vice president of Content Acquisition for Comcast, said in a statement. “We look forward to considering a number of fresh and viable programming proposals from Hispanic and African American programmers to create new channels that will complement the robust lineup of programming choices we already offer our customers.” Leaders of several civil rights organizations praised Comcast’s initiatives, saying they will provide more diversity on and off the air. “This agreement represents a positive step in the right direction for the principle of diversity, inclusion and economic opportunity,” Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said in a statement. “We applaud Comcast and NBC Universal for its willingness to enter into written commitments toward the goal of building a first-class communications concern. We thank them for their insight and commitment.” Comcast plans on starting eight new networks that will be independently owned by Hispanic or African Americans. Two African-American owned networks are expected to launch by Jan. 28, 2013.

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Brown, Whiting M.I.A. from Cheh Hearing
By Alan King AFRO Staff Writer Jennifer Hudson and other relatives Butler By Erica positively identified AFRO Staff Writer
Brown stirred up even more controversy when he lobbed In the third wave of pay-to-play claims against D.C. Council hearings Gray, mentioning campaign investigating hiring missteps personnel Howard Brooks made in Mayor Vincent and Lorraine Green, who said Gray’s initial administration she will appear for the May on April 29, Sulaimon Brown 13 hearing. and Cherita Whiting were noBrown, along with shows, again. Whiting, a former employee Brown was among several that had a criminal record, employees caught in a was scheduled to testify at the dragnet initiated by the local hearing, but Councilmember press, which questioned the Mary Cheh said serving them hiring practices—including subpoenas has been a difficult allegations of nepotism, task. cronyism, excessive salaries “Capitol Process Servers, Courtesy Photos and the employment of her mom, Darnell Donersonof the company the Office who Jennifer Hudson and persons with as well as her brother, Jason.has contracted the Secretary was killed, criminal histories—of the Gray to serve the subpoenas, has administration. After he was reported that Sulaimon Brown plate X584859 was found on the body of her 7-year-old fired from his $110,000-salary and Cherita Whiting appear to Chicago’s West Side after nephew Monday, just hours job athis body was found in a be intentionally a 7 a.m. call police received avoiding being after the Department

A3 Jennifer Hudson and Relatives Identify Body of Her Slain Nephew
sport-utility vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother. The white, 1994 Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois of Healthcare Finance,license from a neighbor about a suspicious vehicle. The man noticed the vehicle while walking his dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, the boy had an e-mail served,” Cheh said in been shot multiple times in the back to the AFRO, though they seat of the vehicle. The SUV, regishave said they are available to tered to Hudson’s murdered receive the summons. brother, was towed with the Cheh added that it would boy’s body inside and is being be in theirby evidence techniprocessed best interests to comply toworkers. The body cians and prevent further action. “I removed andagain— was later invite them taken to come down and we’ll see that the Cook County Medical you receive office.subpoena,” Examiner’s your sheHudson andme be family said. “Let other very clear: We arrived atevery members will use the Medical Examiner’s office subpoenas effort to serve the mid-afternoon to identify the court and enforce them inbody. if Given the choice between looknecessary.” ingMeanwhile, former or directly at the body viewing it on a wall-mounted personnel director Judy Banks returned to testify last Friday, defending earlier testimony that seemed to contradict other witnesses’. With more video screen, the family chose than 30 years of human the latter. According to the resources experience, “Yes, Tribune, Hudson said, Banks, who initially testified at the that’s him.” posted fliers bearing his photograph around the city. On Sunday, Jennifer Hudson asked for the public’s help in finding her nephew. In Mayor Adrian bashing formerher MySpace blog, during the fans and supFentyshe thankedmayoral race. porters for their prayers and However, Brooks and his son, offered a $100,000 reward to Peyton Brooks, have exercised anyone who returned the boy the Fifth Amendment right to alive. silence. the investigation, Since “It’s – who gained stardom Hudson unclear what’s going to happen with on “American after appearing that,” said Jay Carmona, spokesman for Idol,” and then won an Councilmember for herCheh. Academy Award Mary role in the The next hearing is has movie Dreamgirls – scheduled of the publicat the stayed out for May 13 eye. The Building. Wilson Chicago Tribune reported that a parade of cars moved slowly past her family’s home MondayWOW! You can morning, past the news vans, reporters and curiearn up to $150 ous onlookers. donating sperm Neighbors stood quietly and reflected on You’ve gotten the violence. enough In front of the Hudson’s practice…why home, men not go pro? in heavy jackets and hooded sweatshirts came to kiss the twin white crosses baring the names of Donerson and Jason. “Everybody is sick of going through stuff like this,” Artisha West, a former resident of the area told the Tribune. “We all have to stick seeking healthy Is currently together. All these young children are dying, and college educated males 18-39 to participate in a for what?” 6-month Sperm Donation Program. Apply at:

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Since McCain’s comments, SQUARE HIGH ACORN’s 87 offices have been bombarded with threats and racist mail. The day after the presidential debate, vandals broke into the organization’s Boston and Seattle offices and stole computers. NOT ON THE LIST BREAD After a Cleveland representative appeared on TV, an e-mail was sent to the local office saying she “is going to have her life ended.” A worker in Providence, R.I., received a threatening call sayLEFT RIGHT ing, “We know you get off work at 9” and uttered racial epithets. A caller to one office left a message on the answering machine, saying: “Hi, I was just calling to let you know that Barack Obama needs to get hung. He’s a (expletive deleted) nigger, and he’s a piece of (expletive deleted). You guys are fraudulent, and you need to go to hell. All the niggers on oak trees. They’re gonna get all hung hon1 BANANA eys, they’re going to get assassinated, they’re gonna get killed.” Another message said, “You liberal idiots. Dumb (expletive deleted). Welfare bums. You guys just (expletive deleted) come to our country, consume every natural resource there is, and make a lot of everyone is looking for ways to save Today, babies. That’s all you guys do. And then suck up the welfare andThat’s why M&T Bank is offering a money. expect everyone else to pay for your hospital bills for your kids. I jus’ say let account. With M&T Totally great free checking Before age five, every room is a classroom. your kids die. That’s the best No minimum balance requirement move. Just let your childrenyou’ll also get many convenient learning opportunities are everywhere. Simple things like die. Free Checking, Fun Forget about paying for hospital counting and identifying shapes activate a child’s learning ability, bills for them. I’m not make do a little easier. Not to No monthly service charge1 extras that gonna life and help them enter school more prepared. That’s why PNC it. You guys are lowlifes. And I founded Grow Up Great and its Spanish-language equivalent Crezca hope youmention a strong bank in your corner. So raise all die.” Free M&T Web Banking® 2 con Éxito, a 10-year, $100 million program to help prepare young Hurd thinks the hate calls will children for school and life. Pick up a free bilingual Sesame Street™ cease soon. green flag. And know M&T is here to help. the Free M&T Mobile Banking3 LiveBaltimore-3.55x5 bw_AfroAmerican.indd 1 4/19/11 3:02 PM “Happy, Healthy, Ready for School” kit at a PNC branch. It’s filled “In two weeks, I think these with all kinds of simple, everyday things you can do to help a child attacks will be over. But I think it Stop by any branch today. learn. Together, we can work with our communities so an entire will be harder for us to get our generation won’t just grow up... but grow up great. name back on good graces Identification Statements because they really trashed us in Baltimore Afro-American — (USPS 040-800) is published weekly by The Afro-American the last few weeks.” Newspapers, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. Subscription Rate: To find out more, go to pncgrowupgreat.com 1-800-724-be Baltimore - 1 Year - $30.00 (Price includes tax.) Checks for subscriptions should be made But ACORN will not 3222 or call 1-877-PNC-GROW. payable to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD deterred. mtb.com/freechecking 21218-4602. Periodicals postage paid at Baltimore, MD. “We’ve been fighting for a POSTMASTER: Send addresses changes to: The Afro-American Newspaper Company, 2519 long time, for over 30 years, for N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. the rights of low- andincluding insufficient funds and overdraft fees, may apply to this account. 1 Transaction and service fees, moderateThe Washington Afro-American & Washington Tribune — (0276-6523) is published income people optional services provided through M&T Web Banking. 2 Fees may apply for all across the weekly by the Afro-American Newspapers at 1917 Benning Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 3 Your mobile carrier’s text messaging and 20002-4723. Subscription Rate: Washington - 1 Year - $30.00. Periodical Postage paid country,” Hurd said. “We’re data charges may apply. at Washington, D.C. Unless otherwise specified, all advertised going to continue to fight for offers and terms and conditions of accounts and services are subject to change at any time without notice. After an account is opened or service begins, its features and terms are subject to change at any time in accordance with applicable laws and agreements. Please see an M&T branch representative for full details. POSTMASTER: Send addresses changes to: The Washington Afro-American economic justice in our commu& Washington Tribune, 2519 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4602. ©2011 M&T Bank. Member FDIC. nities.” TM /©2008 Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. ©2008 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

to allow residents to collect unemployment benefits beyond the and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King usual 26-week maximum. Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, AFRO Staff Writer D.C. Council member Michaelamong the names submitted to Brown is introducing a bill election officials. Presidential candidate the to extend the benefits atJohn request of Mayor Vincent Gray. Hurd said those workers, who McCain’s attack many residents remain unemployed, and a $300 Brown says on ACORN – were doing those things without Associated Community weekly check can prevent people from losing their homes. Organizationwould allow residentsACORN’s knowledge benefits The bill for Reform Now – to collect extended or permission, were fired. confirmsthe end of the the Brown estimates it will benefit up the success of year. through “The evidence that has surorganization, the head to 10,000 people. of the faced so far shows they faked group says. The federal government reimburses the district for the “This is testimony to the work forms to get paid for work they benefits, which are paid out of an didn’t do, not to stuff ballot unemployment insurance we’ve done and success we’ve fund. Maude Hurd, president of boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. Hurd said the only things “When this attack started, we bogus are the charges themhad just announced that we had collected 220 tons of org Continued1.3 million new votselves. And factcheck. trash, registered from A1 according to DPW. The ers,” she said. “That’s just to say agrees. department collected 168 tons of litter from highways and 7, It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared 834 tonsof ACORN’s success.” ACORN nor its employees because of litter from more than 4,000 litter cans citywide.have been found guilty of, or even Trash not disposed in litter bins must be maintained by McCain, who is running for president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent business owners or residents if it is on private property, said votes.” et, lashed out the DPW in the Linda Grant, at ACORNspokeswoman. The problem came about prifinal debate against responsible for maintaining the public space Barack “Residents are marily said. of the way Obama, contending the group “iscurb,” shebecause“Businesses are from their property line to the on the verge of maintaining the ACORN operates. Rather than responsible formaybe perpetrat- public space from their property rely on volunteers, it pays peoing to 18 the greatest frauds in line one of inches from the curb into the street.” ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, Crump said there is no revenue projection for the project. ployed, to sign up new voters. maybe destroying the fabric of Instead, the police department’s primary goal is to deter people The idea was to help both those democracy.” from littering. a non-partisan being registered and those doing Factcheck.org, “Payments those claims to the registration. Web site, foundare made to the city’s general fund and are not handled by MPD.with “noimportantly,Maud explained, “We have a there is no target for the be “exaggerated,” More evinumber of tickets democracy- as the primary goal is simply to zero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such to be issued motivate people to help keep the District clean,”of registration.” ate falsification she said. destroying fraud.” Helping Hand tool kits can be obtainednews account neglect to Most by calling the Hurd believes the McCain charges Citywide Call Center point Mayor’swere politically motivat- at 311. out that ACORN is required by law to turn in all reged. istration forms. And they also fail She said, “Because it’s lowGet was the to note that it$4,000*organizaand moderate-income people, toward your and people of color, I believe the tion, in many instances, that first broughthome purchase the phony registrations McCain campaign thinks those in Baltimore City to the attention of authorities. voters are going to vote The McCain camp Fair & Democratic, BUYING INTO BALTIMORE Homebuyingapparently which is not necesAttend the isn’t interested in those fine sarily true.” Neighborhoods Tour event for the Western City neighborhoods points, preferring to air misleadACORN is no stranger to Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8:30am - 2pm at Polytechnic High School ing ads that seek to link Obama controversy. For 38 years, the non-partisan to ACORN, thereby undercutting his political support. organization has fought for social Attend homebuying workshops Tour Western City neighborhoods McCain: I’m John McCain and economic justice for lowView homes for sale and homebuyingthis message. I approve experts and moderate-income Meet Announcer: Who is Barack Americans. With 400,000 member families organized into more Obama? A man with “a political Register Online Now baptism performed at warp than 1,200 neighborhood chapwww.LiveBaltimore.com/bib speed.” $10 per person After colters in 110 cities nationwide, For only Vast ambition. ACORN has over the years seen lege, he moved to Chicago. its share of criticism while advo- Became a community organizer. There, Obama$5,000* met Madeleine cating for affordable housing, Talbot, part of the Chicago living wages, healthcare for the To turn a vacant home branch of ACORN.dream home underserved— and while organinto your He was so impressive 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 * To be considered for the $4,000/$5,000 homebuying awards, you must attend this event and have a valid homeownership counseling certiaway, sales contractsIntimidation date are not Disruption prior less than 50 awards are available to qualifying participantssignedbuy into event tactics. eligible for award two weeks cate. Home funds. Only who the designated geographic area. West/ of business. line proceed forced ACORN’s is de ned by the allege streets: From the north city/countyACORN south on Charles detractors following the East boundary Street to west on 29th Street to south on Howard Street tobanks Camden Streetrisky home loans. west on to issue to south on Russell Street. organization has engaged in mas- or call 410.637.3750. See website for full eligibility requirements and event details, The same types A loans fee of sive voter registration fraudrequired to guarantee event participation. ofper person that$10 Online pre-registration by May 10, 2011 is after applies; children discovery of refunds will be given. Live Baltimore financial crisis on-site No bogus the reported under 10 are free.registration participationcaused the reserves the right to limit we’re registration and/or increase on-site fees. in today. names, such as Mickey Mouse

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March 28 hearing, helped the April 7 that Ellerbie did not Gray administration facilitate know the younger Webb its hires and bore the brunt of until his placement in the questions regarding the hiring administration. of five children of employees, Councilmember David among other missteps. Catania challenged Banks’ But Banks maintained claim and asked Cheh to issue some hires were requested by a subpoena for all Banks’ other officials. e-mails during her short “Chief Ellerbie came to tenure. “I’m giving you the me to hire Brandon Webb,” opportunity to clarify what is she said at Friday’s hearing. otherwise perjury,” he said. “My testimony remains the “We have the e-mail traffic Julian same.” King, Jennnifer Hudson’s nephew.otherwise.” that suggests In earlier testimony Banks But, Councilmember A spokesman for the office the murders but is being held in had claimed Chief Kenneth Marion Barry defended her, told the newspaper that Hudson jail for parole violation after Ellerbe, of the D.C. Fire saying, “Chief Ellerbe could and Emergency Medical be the one that’s wrong.” Services, requested the hire Banks was supposed to of Brandon Webb, the son be accompanied by Howard of Rochelle Webb, a her famiBrooks, Gray’s campaign “remained strong for former being convicted of attempted cabinet was clearly its leader. head. However, consultant who Sulaimon ly” and murder and vehicular hijackEllerbie, Brandon Webb and “She held hands with her fami- Brown said gave him cashshow ing. Cook County records and Rochelle Webb testified “It on promised a job in exchange for ly,” the spokesman said. that he pleaded guilty to both was obviously a very emotional charges in 1999. He was also moment.” convicted in 1998 for possesThe boy – the son of Julia sion of a stolen motor vehicle. Hudson, Jennifer’s sister – had He was released from prison in WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak missing since Friday, birthday with a year-long been is celebrating its 40th 2006 after serving seven years celebration that begins this week. when a relative found Julian’s for the attempted murder and Gladys Knight kicks off the festivities May 5 with a grandmother, Darnell car hijacking charges. concert Obama’s campaign Beacon Theatre. She’ll also No wonderat New York City’sis Donerson, 57, and his uncle, The boy remained missing perform Saturday from the trying to distance himat Union Station in Washington.shot to death through a long weekend in Jason Hudson, 29, group, saying, is callingObama Amtrak “Barack Saturday “National Train Day,”home in in his grandmother’s and which police and volunteers Neverrail carrier with ACORN.” events in cities nationwide, the Organized is holding other the 7000 block of South Yale But Obama’sChicago, Los AngelesAvenue. including ties to ACORN run and Philadelphia. long and deep. He taught classes be the starting Alert – a desigAn Amber point for a The Washington event will Stock Image for ACORN. They evenaendorsed nation “exhibit train.” It nationwide tour of 40th anniversary for high-risk missing him for President. children – was baggage cars includes two locomotives and three renovated issued Friday displaying historic advertising. But now ACORN is in trouble. after Julian was discovered An Amtrak Bistro car will be used for exhibits and retail sales. Reporter: There are at least missing after Online: http://www.nationaltrainday.com.the murders. 11 investigations across the Police arrested William country involving thousands of Balfour, the missing boy’s steppotentially fraudulent ACORN father and estranged husband forms. of Julia, at his girlfriend’s Announcer: Massive voter Southside apartment several fraud. And the Obama campaign hours after the murders. paid more than $800,000 to an Balfour’s mother, Michele, has ACORN front for get out the vote told reporters that her son had efforts. nothing to do with the slayings. Pressuring banks to issue risky Balfour remains a suspect in Jason Hudson loans. Nationwide voter fraud. Barack Obama. Bad judgment. Blind ambition. Too risky for America.

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celebrate. The New York Daily News carried a photo of bin Laden the next day with the compound and conduct a room-by-room search for the terrorist mastermind. Before leaving to inspect tornado damage in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the president gave the green light to launch the attack. On Sunday, the operation was carried out in secrecy as Obama and his close circle of security advisers watched on a secure hookup. Amazingly, there were no leaks to the media in the nation’s gossip-crazed capital. Instead of being boastful, Obama struck a somber tone, praising those who had carried out the mission, both Democrats and Republicans and declaring, “Justice has been done.” In order to minimize the inevitable pushback from some Muslims in Arab countries, the administration noted that they had observed the Muslim practice of washing bin Laden’s body and wrapping it in a white garb before dumping it in the Arabian that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face.” If Obama had entertained any illusions about duplicating the short-lived post 9/11 unity, they would have quickly dissolved. Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times carried the headline, “Bin Laden’s sea burial fuels conspiracy theories.” The story observed, “Conspiracy theorists on both the left and the right were quick to insist that [bin] Laden was either still alive or had been dead for years, pouncing on the government’s decision to slide the body of the world’s most wanted man off a board into the Arabian Sea.” The new conspiracy theories about bin Laden emerged before the old ones about where Obama was born were put to rest. Although former President Bush applauded the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, other conservatives are belittling Obama’s accomplishment. Brett Decker, editorial page editor of the conservative Washington Times, wrote in a column that Obama made too many references to himself when he made the announcement about bin Laden’s death. “Not only is this consistent with his view that everything is about him, it also reflected the reality that this president is weak and perceived by the world to be a lackluster leader who has undermined American power,” Decker wrote. “He needs to grab any opportunity he can to make himself believable as a commander in chief. Crowds flocked to the White House gates to celebrate bin Laden’s demise, giving this unpopular president a rare glimpse of public support that won’t last long.” Judging by his critics, Obama won’t have support even when he accomplished something George W. Bush couldn’t. They have already resumed their attacks on Obama’s handling of the economy. Laura Ingraham, spoofing Obama’s comment that Americans can do whatever we set our mind to, tweeted, “Like spending according to my budget and raise the debt ceiling!”

Obama Got Osama
Continued from A1

headline, “Rot in Hell.” For some families, the death of Osama bin Laden, nearly 10 years after the murder of their loved ones, may put them on the road to closure. For others, however, it merely re-opened old wounds, wounds that may never fully heal. It was George W. Bush who boldly declared shortly after a plane crashed in Pennsylvania and the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon went up in flames, “I want justice. And there’s an old poster out West. I recall, that said, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’” In 2003, Bush stood on the flight deck of the USS Lincoln and declared, “ ... Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” Mounted on the ship was a huge banner that proclaimed, “Mission Accomplished.” Of course, the mission in Iraq was not accomplished – and still isn’t – and bin Laden was never found dead or alive on Bush’s watch. It was a patient, skilled and underrated Barack Obama who proved to be the real “decider” in the White House. By all accounts, he was directly engaged in all aspects of the carefully planned operation that ended bin Laden’s life without suffering any U.S. casualties. Obama was apprised that bin Laden’s hideaway inside of Pakistan had been pinpointed by CIA operatives last September. Over the next few months, additional intelligence information was developed and on March 13, President Obama held the first of five National Security Council meetings. When presented with the option of bombing the compound, Obama rejected it and instead favored a riskier plan to airlift Navy SEALS by helicopter, having them storm the

“...bin Laden was never found dead or alive on Bush’s watch.”
Sea within 24 hours of his death. On Monday, at a previously scheduled White House dinner of political leaders and their mates, President Obama tried to rekindle the national unity that was on display immediately following the Sept. 11 attack. “I know that the unity that we felt on 9/11 has frayed a little bit over the years, and I have no illusions about the difficulties of the debates that we’ll have to be engaged in, in the weeks ahead and months to come,” he said. “But I also know there have been several moments like this during the course of this year that have brought us together as an American family, whether it was the tragedy in Tucson or, most recently, our unified response to the terrible storms that have taken place in the South. Last night was one of those moments. And so tonight, it is my fervent hope

Now, Mission Accomplished
Continued from A1 “Kudos for the Obama administration for a successful mission. I’d hate to detract from the positivity of the situation, but the timing was almost too perfect, which presents a plethora of other questions [and raises] suspicion.” Ronald Jones, 23, systems architect, U.S. Treasury Department, Washington D.C. “The death of bin Laden does not mean much because terrorism is an ideology and you cannot kill an ideology.” “While I understand that Osama’s teachings of hate were responsible for many Americans losing their lives on 9/11, how do we ever have peace in the world if we don’t show love and forgiveness? There has got to be a better way. Killing off one will not bring back the lives of thousands.”

Dr. Donna Walton, 54, CEO of leggtalk.com, Washington, D.C.

Council on American-Islamic Relations, press statement

Morgan Thomas, 22, law school student, Maryland “Osama bin Laden’s death has made alQaeda furious. Though I am very happy about this accomplishment, I think that al-Qaeda is going to retaliate in a greater way than America can possibly imagine. We have some ideas of who their new potential leader will be, and it is important that we don’t let our guard down for even a second because they are going to attempt to get their revenge when we least expect it.”

“We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world, through the actions of American military personnel.”

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Community Calendar
May 5 Empower Happy Hour Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U St., N.W. D.C. 5:30-8:30 p.m. emPower Magazine hosts a happy hour at Tabaq Bistro to discuss social issues and challenge the community to take action. For more information: empowermagazine. eventbrite.com. May 6 Mother’s Day Music Fest Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets, N.W. D.C. 9 p.m. R&B legends, the O’Jays, perform at this Mother’s Day celebration. $75-$85. For more information: 202-397-7328. Pumps & Loafers on Capitol Hill Lounge 201, 201 Massachusetts Ave., N.E. D.C. 8:30 p.m. Don your favorite cool and slick garments and enjoy this event featuring special guests and music. Free before 10 p.m. For more information: pumpsandloafers. eventbrite.com. May 7 Ké Chic Boutique Grand Opening Celebration Ké Chic Boutique, 4500 Lehigh Road, College Park, Md. 12 p.m. Enjoy stylish fashion finds and fun as Ké Chic celebrates its grand opening. For more information: www.kechic. com. Growing Up Gullah The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 2 p.m. Dorothy Browner-Hubler, retired foreign language professor, tells about her experiences growing in various Gullah households in South Carolina and Maryland. For more information: 202-633-4820. Marlborough Day 2011 Main Street and Governor Oden Bowie Road, Upper Marlboro, Md. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy this annual festival held in historic Upper Marlboro. The day will feature a parade, arts and crafts vendors, live performances and more. For more information: Marlboroughday.org. May 8 Harp Felt Mother’s Day Tea Billingsley House Museum, 6900 Green Landing Road, Upper Marlboro, Md. 1-3 p.m. Tour this historic brick Tidewater Colonial plantation house and then celebrate Mother’s Day with a tea party. For more information: 301-6270730. May 9-15 GI Film Festival Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St., N.W. D.C. Various times. View films from various international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for American liberty. For more information: www. gifilmfestival.com. May 11 All-White Summer KickOff Party Hooked Restaurant, 46240 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling, Va. 6 p.m. Kick off the summer with this all-white party featuring a lavish buffet and smooth, old school hits. $30. For more information: 703-651-6436. May 12


Dance Workshop The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, S.E. D.C. 10:30 a.m. Audience members will learn dance movements inspired by the cultures of the Gullah, Geechee, Brazil and Sierra Leone. The workshop will

be led by Carol Foster, the executive artistic director and founder of the DC Youth Ensemble. For more information: 202-633-4844. May 13 Step it Up 2011 Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St., N.E. D.C. 8 p.m.

Witness this step dance competition showcasing the best talent in D.C. $5-$12. For more information: www. danceplace.org. Blue & White Mayhem: HU Graduation Celebration with Rick Ross Ibiza Nightclub, 1222 First

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Show Me Your Passbook
(NNPA) – I am glad that President Barack Obama has a sense of humor about the birthers. I don’t, and I am disgusted that Donald Trump, lacking in both sense and scruples, was able to push the president to releasing his “long form” birth certificate. Now that the birth certificate has been released, perhaps, we can get back to some of the business of government, except for the fact that those Julianne Malveaux who want to embrace their racism and believe that President Obama was not born here, did not star at Harvard (despite his position on the competitive Law Review) and did not “deserve” his election (which did not depend on hanging chads”) will continue to promulgate their nonsense. Meanwhile, President Obama was maneuvered into analogously showing his passbook, the very same passbook that Black South Africans had to show before the end of apartheid to prove their citizenship. They could be forced to show the passbook at any time by any White person who questioned their right to be somewhere. While I never quite saw Mr. Trump as one of the arrogant Afrikaners who perpetrated the apartheid system, his use of birther logic was similar to the logic that White South Africans used to maintain their supremacy. The birther demands remind me of the grandfather clauses of the post-Civil War era, when people of African descent were only allowed to vote if their grandfathers could. Since most of our grandfathers were enslaved and lacked birth certificates, the grandfather clauses were an effective way to limit, if not completely exclude, the Black vote. The Trump cry to “show me your birth certificate” is reminiscent of the grandfather clauses that impeded equal rights. The birthers who wanted to see President Obama’s passbook are not only challenging his legitimacy, but the legitimacy of many of African descent who live in these United States and have achieved positions of power and influence. In their minds, African Americans are not “real” Americans, those who have immigrated here are not “real” Americans, and (gasp!) those of different religions are not “real” Americans. Thanks, President Obama, for skewering them with humor and with a bit of an edge during your speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Masterful, to suggest that Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is Canadian. But, Canadians are White, and they’d never be asked, as Latinos often are in Arizona, to show their passbooks. They can pass. If the birthers want to see the passports of those who have come to this country from the African continent, they might try looking at the footprints of our nation’s capital, the same capital that enslaved people built, the capital from which they spew their distortions. If birthers want to see passports, they might want to go to the Underground Railroad Museum to look at the chains slaveholders used to contain others. In showing the chains, we show the passports. These birthers have a lot of nerve. They attack immigration, but they, too, are the descendants of immigrants. Just because they rode on the top of the boat (not in the hold, as cargo), does not mean they can claim superiority to those who have become immigrants just because they changed borders (remember, Texas and Arizona used to be Mexico). In demanding that President Obama show his birth certificate/his passbook, they are challenging the roots of our nation’s already flawed immigrant history. President Obama is a better American than I am. He put Trump and his birthers in their place with an incisive and biting humor while I have been hammering them with a silent rage.



That Mr. Trump could not manage to crack a smile speaks volumes for his nature, and that he would take credit for pushing the president into releasing his birth certificate shouts out his shallowness. Now, that passbooks have been shown, it is time to get back to the salt mines. Debt ceiling, anyone? Budget cuts? Back in the day Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Today, candidate Trump talks trash and incites invective while the real issues around the future of our nation are neglected. Now that the long form birth certificate has trumped Trump, are there legislators who will deal with education, employment, health care, and human services? Julianne Malveaux is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. Her most recent book is “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Days in Black Economic History.”


When Donald Trump began to make public overtures about his possible interest in running for president of the U.S., I thought he could be a substantive wild card in the race. I thought Trump could be a viable candidate because he does have a successful track record as a businessman. During next year’s presidential campaign, the economy will be the No. 1 issue – this would have played Raynard Jackson right into Trump’s strength. But, Trump has allowed himself to be hijacked by his own ego. He has allowed some Republican political operative to convince him that talking about whether Obama is a U.S. “citizen” or not is a way to help him with Republican primary voters. Now Trump is questioning how Obama got into Columbia and Harvard universities. He has accused Obama of being an “affirmative action” case – in other words, Obama didn’t earn his admission to these schools, but rather, was admitted only because he was Black. What a sad commentary when the media allows someone to make baseless charges, without being challenged. What proof does Trump have of this, since Obama’s records are private? Am I the only one who finds it quite amazing that none of the previous 43 presidents of the U.S. have ever had their

citizenship challenged, their religious faith challenged, or their educational achievement challenged? I will leave to your own imagination the one thing that separates Obama from any other president we have had. Success is not how far you have come, but rather, the distance travelled from where you started. By this standard, Obama is much more successful than Trump will ever be. Remember, Trump inherited his wealth from his father’s very successful real estate company – Trump increased revenues, but he began his journey with extreme wealth. Obama, on the other hand, started in dire poverty and ended up being president of the U.S. Now, tell me who is more successful? So, on April 27 I was totally astonished when Obama publically disclosed the long version of his birth certificate. He had refused to do so for the past three years and out of

“...the more Trump talks about crazy issues like birth certificates, college records, or whether Obama is a Muslim, the more he looks like a joker.”
nowhere, he releases it. Obama was trumped by Donald into releasing this personal data. Obama has once again given his enemies the impression he is weak and is afraid to deal with confrontation. The more Trump talks, the less credible he becomes as a possible presidential candidate. He has yet to give an interview were he offered a serious discussion on the issues of the day.

To no one’s surprise, the media is more interested in Trump the entertainer, not Trump the candidate. The media has yet to challenge Trump on some of the idiotic things he has said about Obama. Why has the media not asked to see Trumps college transcripts, financial statements, etc.? Trump doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming president. I hope he is not intoxicated enough to believe the polls that show him No. 1 or 2 in the Republican primary. These polls mean absolutely nothing – it is way too early to look at polls. Trump is in the process of destroying the one thing that is almost impossible to regain once lost – his brand. Donald may have trumped Obama by forcing his hand in regards to his birth certificate. But, the more Trump talks about crazy issues like birth certificates, college records, or whether Obama is a Muslim, the more he looks like a joker. Our country is facing too many serious issues to allow this type of foolishness to continue. If we, as voters, allow Donald to trump the seriousness of the issues we are facing with the tomfoolery Trump has exhibited, then we have no one to blame if our country falls like a house of cards. It will be too late to then say to Trump, “You’re fired!” Raynard Jackson is president and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine & U.S. Africa Magazine.

To Be Equal#18

Housing Counseling Budget Cut – An Assault on the Middle Class
“Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable, and energy efficient housing on fair terms.” —National Urban League I AM EMPOWERED pledge If there was any doubt that middle- and working-class Americans are paying more than their fair share in the deficit reduction battles, the budget cuts recently enacted to prevent a government Marc H. Morial shutdown make it absolutely clear. Everything from Pell grants for college tuition to heating assistance for low income citizens suffered serious cuts. One of the most egregious and unconscionable cuts was the elimination of total 2011 funding – $88 million – for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing counseling initiative. This cut comes in the midst of a housing foreclosure crisis that has hit communities of color especially hard. The current foreclosure crisis will likely result in the greatest loss of wealth for African Americans since Reconstruction. According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Lending, close to 20 percent of African Americans and Latinos may lose their homes by the time this crisis bottoms out. For the past several years, the National Urban League and others on the front lines of this crisis have offered free counseling assistance that has helped countless first time buyers negotiate fair terms, and thousands of others, modify their loans, avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. Housing counselors have also helped hundreds of thousands of seniors, many of whom are required to receive counseling before taking out a reverse-mortgage. Without funding support from HUD, many of these housing counseling programs will be forced to close up shop, cut back services or charge for previously free services. And, without the support of HUD-certified housing counselors, many more Americans will find themselves at the mercy of complex mortgage schemes, unscrupulous

“…without the support of HUD-certified housing counselors, many more Americans will find themselves at the mercy of complex mortgage schemes, unscrupulous mortgage negotiators or fraudulent mortgage loan scam artists.”
mortgage negotiators or fraudulent mortgage loan scam artists. A new study by the Mortgage Bankers Association shows that potential homeowners who participate in pre-purchase education and counseling programs may be more likely to pay their mortgages on time; and those who participate in default counseling are more likely to have their loans

modified. According to J. Michael Collins, one of the study researchers, “To the extent education or counseling supports stable homeownership, the public has an interest in expanding these programs to prevent the negative impacts of unsuccessful homeownership.” Foreclosures are not just a financial crisis for families who experience them – they can lead to blighted communities, an increase in crime, family instability; and a weaker housing market means fewer jobs in construction and many other housing-related areas. In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Geoff Smith, senior vice president of Woodstock Institute, a Chicago-based research and advocacy firm is quoted as saying, “One of the things that’s come out of this (housing) crisis is the importance of counselors, the importance of working with someone to help you understand the true cost of homeownership.” It is clear: The loss of housing counseling will lead to more foreclosures and fewer jobs. It is unconscionable that funds for housing counseling would be eliminated in the midst of the current housing crisis. We urge the Congress to reverse this assault on the middle class and restore HUD’s housing counseling funds in the 2012 budget. Marc Morial is the president and CEO of the National Urban League.


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“As gorgeous as sculpture gets anytime, anywhere.”
— New York Times

Continued from A1 That infraction compounds the other public scandals rocking D.C.’s most prized Democrats, including the investigation of Kwame Brown’s 2008 re-election campaign finances, and the quagmire of questionable hiring, bloated salaries and pay-for-play allegations that has enveloped Mayor Gray’s administration. Given those scandals, Mara said voters wanted someone who is “ethical.” “My focus on bringing ethical and fiscal sanity to the D.C. Council is what set me apart,” Mara said. “Ethics and independence was a big factor in this election…that’s what I heard the most from voters.” Craney agreed, saying Mara stood out because the at-large field lacked diversity. “[Mara] works very hard. He was the only Republican in

“Ethics and independence was a big factor in this election…” – Patrick Mara
the race. You had a bunch of Democrats who were part of the status quo…they were all kind of the same thing.” Observers also see Mara’s popularity with D.C. voters as another sign of the GOP’s resurgence across the nation. Locally, Craney said, the 2008 Council race between Mara and Carol Schwartz motivated Republican voters to be active. “What we saw in 2008 kind of woke up Republicans,” Craney said. “Those two people got endorsements over their incumbents.” Lorenzo Morris, a political science professor at Howard University, said demographic changes—including gentrification— also has had a major impact on the political ideals of D.C. residents. “With [the influx of] newer White residents comes the inescapable redistribution of city politics toward the national norm, including greater Republican political power,” Morris said. “Although the evidence of increased Republican power has been perceptible for some time, the recent second place showing of the Republican at-large council candidate is likely a harbinger of political times to come in the very near future.” The 2010 census revealed that D.C. has lost its Black majority, while Hispanic and White populations continue to grow. Since 2000, the Black population decreased by 11.5 percent, and the Hispanic population increased to a total of 9,796, while there are 50,286 more Whites. Orange still managed to gain the majority of votes in Wards 5, 7, and 8—populated mostly by Blacks—with Mara picking up 563 votes combined in all three wards. Whether potential political corruption or the growing population of minorities affected the outcome of the at-large election, Democrats in D.C. may have paved the way for the minority, Mara contended. “At the end of the day, I still will receive more Democrat and Independent votes than Republican votes,” he predicted. Absentee ballots are still being tallied for an accurate count. Initial results after the April 26 election are unofficial.

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Ruth Pullen and her daughter Cynthia Jones

A mother holds a special place in her children’s hearts. With today’s blended families, a mother’s role is not defined by natural birth, but a woman who has taken on the role of mentor, provider and nurturer. This often includes grandmothers, aunts, cousins and foster moms. The AFRO set out to ask children what they love about their moms in honor of Mother’s Day.

“ My mother is compassionate, with a heart of gold. She’s always there as a constant force in my life. She’s the matriarch of our family and we treat her like the queen she is.”

Katila, Delores and Malik Gales

Irvin Solomon, Denise Dixon, Sharon Eaton, Wanda Reed and Amelia Tabron (seated)

“To know and love a woman of her stature is awesome. What a blessing to have her as a mother. She’ll give you something she can’t live without – her heart.”

Aliyah Schools, Tiffany DavisSchools and Sean Schools
Malik loves his mom because she feeds him Fruity Pebbles cereal and milk. Katila loves her mom because “mommy loves” her.

Jordan Eversley, Kyesha Huff and Justin Eversley
Justin Eversley stated that his mother means everything to him. He loves his mother because she is a great mother. She cooks for him and helps him with his homework. Jordan agrees with his little brother, Justin, that he likes mommy’s cooking. But, Jordan finds his love for his mommy because she lets him and his brother sleep with her.

Erin and Pat Grier
Aliyah, 8, shared that her mom means a lot to her. She loves her mom because she is supportive and protective. Sean, 5, loves relaxing in bed with his mom.

“She’s nice. She gives me lots of things and she’s pretty.”

Wordchard and Marie Faustin Wilbert Reid and Denise Williams
“ She’s the best mom I could have. What do I need to describe?” “She’s always been on top of me and kept me grounded.”

Connie Tolbert and Florence Bennett
“I love and admire my mom for her strength, her ability to rise to the occasion of any challenge and her warm loving nature. She is my rock and always encourages me to be my best. People tell me that I am a fun-loving, happy person. I can only attribute these traits to the woman who taught me tolerance and the importance to live my truth no matter what obstacles you encounter in life. Mom is a mother of seven children, all raised in love and we all love her unconditionally.” Photos by Danita Delaney and Bill Tabron

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“My mom’s generosity and her soul food Sundays... helps keep our family connected.”

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“She spoils me. When I ask her for something, she says, ‘No.’ Then she turns around and gets it for me anyway.”

Johnnee, age, 8, stated that her mommy is loving and caring. She loves her mommy because she is beautiful and nice. Johnnee wishes everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.

“She’s a professor and she’s fun.”

Taya, age, 6, likes her mom’s beautiful clothes and loves when she assists her with brushing her teeth.

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New CRL Consumer Survey:
By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist In August 2010, the Federal Reserve Board directed banks to seek customer approval before enrolling them in high-cost overdraft coverage. Now nearly a year later, a new survey by the Center for Responsible Lending finds there are still lingering consumer misperceptions as to what consumers believe they were actually signing up for. Among consumers who opted in to overdraft, 64 percent thought they were getting coverage to avoid bounced checks even though overdraft only affects debit card and ATM transactions. For other survey respondents, overdraft enrollment was chosen as a means to stop a barrage of solicitations in varying forms. Comparing the difference between the numbers of bank customers choosing overdraft (33 percent) with those who


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Howard University, Petworth Community Sponsor Day of Health, Food and Fun
WASHINGTON -- It was a little idea that has grown into the big event. Lisa Colbert was on her way to work one December morning when her neighbor, Gwendolyn Matthews, stopped her with an idea “We need to have a community health day,” she told Colbert, who was then vying for a spot on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. Matthews was so passionate about the idea that the concept stuck

Cooking demonstration with Colbert, who in January became an ANC commissioner. After assuming office, she presented the idea to the commission, which adopted it.

So, on May 21, hundreds of residents from Ward 4 and the surrounding communities are expected to gather at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave., for a day of fun, food, and most of all health during Petworth Community Health Awareness Day in Association with Howard University. Dozens of Howard University physicians and health care professionals will provide free screenings and testing for a variety of health concerns – diabetes, blood pressure, obesity, HIV, dentistry, hearing and others issues. Meanwhile, fitness and physical rehabilitation experts will demonstrate ways to reduce stress and improve health through massage and

exercise. Colbert said she is expecting as many as 800 people at the event. There will be cooking demonstrations as chefs and local merchants show ways to prepare tasty and healthy foods. In addition, there will be lots of fun, prizes and games, including a hoola hoop contest and a fitness obstacle course. “We’ve designed it so people can get their health checked and really get good health care information,” she said, “but it also has a lot of fun components. There’s something for everybody, kids, adults – everybody. So, it should be a really fun as well as educational. “In the end, we hope it will increase the awareness of

healthy eating and living habits and teach our people how to make more healthy choices instead of spending money on more frivolous items.” Dr. Wayne Frederick, who oversees the Howard University Faculty Practice Plan, said Howard’s participation is part of the university’s ongoing effort to give back. “We have never lost sight of our mission, which is to eliminate the health disparity between African-Americans and the large community,” Frederick said. “This is who we are.” For additional information or to become a sponsor, contact Commissioner Lisa Colbert at lisacolbertanc@ yahoo.com or 202.200.0144.

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New Blog Tackles Age-Old Relationship Questions with Hint of Humor
By Courtney A. Bonaparte Special to the AFRO To some the spring season signifies the start of new things. Flowers are in bloom and love is definitely in the air. But whether it be striking up a new romance or simply rekindling an old flame, those looking for love often need help navigating the dating scene. District-area bloggers Lillian Prince and Lanre Ashiru, both 27, have created the perfect forum to air out all the confusion surrounding dating, sex, and relationships with allhesayshesay.com. The site, which aims to determine whether men and women share more commonalities than differences, takes a “Venus versus Mars” stance with dashes of humor. The blog also allows readers to raise questions that are answered by the bloggers and other readers as well. “Just as friends do, we would discuss different things about relationships. We would always have opposing views,” said Prince, founder of the blog. “We truly represent the average, everyday working male and female within our age range.” The blog stemmed from conversations Ashiru, an IT specialist and Towson University alum, and Prince, an editor and Morgan State graduate, would have about relationships while in college. They joined forces to publicly explore dating and relationships with a lighthearted forum. Although they don’t claim to be experts, Prince and Ashiru offer raw and honest responses to their readers’ questions. Describing themselves as charismatic writers, the blog offers humorous and insightful posts about relationships like “Top 10 Pet Peeves,” while readers can submit their own horrific dating experiences in the “Disaster Date” section. The site, which was featured on

Mindstream Radio, has garnered positive reactions from its readers and received over 20,000 hits since its launch in February. “From our peers it’s been nothing but praise,” said Ashiru. He attributed the blog’s success to its humorous, no-holdsbarred approach to relationships and their myriad complexities. “This is not a site where you are going to get statistics and these Dr. Phil facts,” said Ashiru. “We hit you with a comedic twist.” While the site’s target audience is D.C.area professionals in their late 20s and early 30s, the duo have snagged the attention of Web surfers well into their 40s and others living outside of the metropolitan region. The blog proves their approach could be universal and continues to create waves among daters in the DMV area.
For more information visit allhesayshesay. com and follow Prince and Ashiru on Twitter @ allhesayshesay.com.

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Veteran Performer Ben Vereen Continues to Shine
By Gregory Dale AFRO Staff Writer With his bubbling personality and his undeniable talent, Ben Vereen has undoubtedly captured the hearts of many throughout his 35-year career. He wowed audiences with his Broadway performances in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jelly’s Last Jam and Hair, and won a prestigious Tony Award for his role in Pippin. Additionally, he’s appeared in a string of television shows, including the classic Roots, in which he played the memorable role of Chicken George. Vereen got his start in theater at a young age and explained that throughout his life, the arts are what have kept him grounded. “The arts was the one thing that helped me make decisions in my life and what direction to go to,” Vereen told the AFRO in a recent interview. “It’s been very lucrative and I’ve been very blessed to go this way.” But while he’s experienced a great deal of success throughout his tenure in show business, he’s also endured a considerable amount of tough times. In the late ‘80s, Vereen’s life was shaken up after his daughter was killed in a car accident. The incident cast him adrift in a sea of despair and caused him to pick up a drug habit. “I fell into addictions,” Vereen said. “I went through a whole gamut of life…When you lose a child, you never get over that, you just learn to live with it. It’s a scar that’s permanent.” Then, a few years later, he was involved in an accident that left him countless injuries and forced him to go through months of rehabilitation. He explained that through these experiences, he ultimately relied on God to get him through. “I just realized that by myself, I could do nothing, but there’s a power greater than myself that could restore me if I trust it,” Vereen said. “[I] laid in the seed of prayer and surrender.” Adding to his string of hardships, he was later diagnosed with diabetes. But after putting his misfortunes behind him, he pushed forward and used the lessons he learned to help inspire and encourage others. He has become one of the most requested speakers on the lecture circuit among audiences of all ages. On May 16, Vereen will come to Baltimore to perform at the Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center’s annual fundraising gala at the Beth El Congregation Center. The event will raise funds for the center and allows it to continue its service to over 5,000 seniors in the community. At the gala, Vereen will perform many of his Broadway hits and also speak to audiences about his life and career. “[Attendees] can expect to

be inspired, uplifted and set free,” Vereen said, speaking about the event. Though he’s already appeared in a myriad of productions, television shows and movies, Vereen’s résumé continues to expand. In February, he released his first CD, Ben Vereen Stepping out Live, which comprises many of his most famous Broadway selections. Also, this summer will mark his return to Broadway, as he has quite a

few productions currently in the works. “I’ve been blessed in everything that I’ve done,” Vereen said. Life is good… It’s been a good run.” The Edward A. Meyerberg Center will present ‘An Evening with Ben Vereen’ on May 16 at the Beth El Congregation. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www. myerbergseniorcenter.org.

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Reader’s Corner
‘Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure’
By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO “If they’re being honest, most people who have ever succeeded in any human endeavor will tell you they learned more from their failures than they ever learned from their successes… Failure is an inevitable part of the human condition… Through my scars, I have been blessed to arrive at a place I never imagined. When you take the time to learn your lessons, when you use those lessons as stepping-stones to climb even higher than you were before, you transcend failure – you ‘fail up.’ In this book, I detail 20 of the most impactful lessons of my life…I’m a witness. You CAN fail up!” – Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. ix-xvii) Given Tavis Smiley’s lofty status as the host of a hit, nationally-syndicated, TV talk show, one might not suspect that he’d suffered any setbacks over the course of his meteoric rise. But contrary to appearances, the accomplished broadcaster /entrepreneur /publisher /philanthropist /author has definitely taken his share of missteps on his way to the top. And now he’s decided to mark his 20th anniversary in the business by writing a how-to, or should I say a how-not-to book recounting 20 of the biggest blunders he’s made in life. The point of the revealing exercise is ostensibly to give hope to the downtrodden and discouraged by illustrating how much more we can potentially learn from our mistakes than from our successes. In this warts-and-all memoir, Tavis owns up to a number of embarrassing doozies, ranging from getting arrested for writing bad checks, to padding his timesheets at a job, to graduating 15 years late from college because he flunked a course the second semester of his senior year. He also admits to mooching off former NFL great Jim Brown when he first arrived in Los Angeles and to almost moving back home to Indiana dead broke when, as Gladys Knight sings it, “L.A. proved too much for the man.” What I found most fascinating, nevertheless, is hearing Tavis expound on some of his more public falls from grace, such as being fired by BET Chairman Bob Johnson, being called a “House [N-word]” by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and, perhaps most painfully, being rejected by much of the Black community for his failure to embrace Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race. He addresses the Obama controversy in heartfelt fashion in a chapter entitled, “When Everybody Turns against You.” There he reflects upon the tears spilt after being thrown under the campaign bus by fans and colleagues alike, including radio DJ Tom Joyner, a longtime friend and colleague, who all but predicted his professional demise. But to his credit, Tavis has not only survived but flourished mightily. In fact, the brother proves himself here to be humble enough to air his most humiliating faux pas so they might serve as cautionary tales for anyone contemplating following in his footsteps.





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Redskins Celebrate at Annual Draft Party
12 NFL Draft picks generate excitement for Washington’s future prospects
By Stephen D. Riley By AFRO Staff Writer The Washington Redskins wrapped up the 2011 NFL Draft with their annual draft day party at FedEx Field on April 30. To the delight of many in attendance, fans were treated to performances from the Redskins marching band and cheerleaders as well as a tour of the locker room and a meet-and-greet with a selection of Redskins players, past and present. Barbecue, children’s games and a live audio feed of the remaining rounds of the draft also helped to entertain the many families who came to FedEx Field on a beautiful spring day in Landover, Md. Both die-hard fans and more casual supporters are among those who attend Washington’s annual draft celebration. However, with all eyes focused on the 2011 season, both groups were all smiles over Washington’s latest coups. “I like the approach,” said longtime Redskins fan Dennard Marbury about what appears to be a new draft design by Washington. “We normally trade away our picks to get some guy who used to be a superstar. Then, they come in here and stink so we’re back to the drawing board. Change is great.” Through a series of maneuvers, the Redskins selected a total of 12 players in this year’s draft, the highest number of any team and their biggest collection since 1982. “We did extremely well,” said Gary Jones Sr., draft day party attendee and 62-yearold Redskin devotee. “When you draft that many players, something has got to stick. Hopefully these young guys can come in and contribute.” Washington’s 2011 draft will go down as the year the team returned to basics and refocused on the draft. This year’s haul, led by first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan, is an assortment of talented and hardworking players who will have a legitimate shot at playing time as the team’s roster undergoes some major transition. After releasing running back Clinton Portis in late February, and with the expected releases this summer of last year’s prize addition, quarterback Donovan McNabb, and 2009’s big splash, Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins are in the market for a new team identity. With 12 new prospects and a collection of young, talented stars including Brian Orakpo, Trent Williams and LaRon Landry returning, Washington is set to enter the 2011 season as a team well on its way to rebuilding. The Redskins still haven’t found their quarterback of the future, but all signs point to a team finally headed in the right direction. “I felt we got 12 quality players and improved the overall depth of our team,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan told reporters. “You’re not going to be able to address all of your needs, but we have a board and we stayed true to that and drafted some good players.” Sixth Round, No. 178 (from Houston): Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU; Seventh Round, No. 213: Brandyn Thompson, DB, Boise State; Seventh Round, No. 217 (from Miami): Maurice Hurt, OL, Florida; Seventh Round, No. 224 (from Indianapolis): Markus White, LB, Florida State; Seventh Round, No. 253 (compensatory): Chris Neild, DT, West Virginia.

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Clemson University tackle Jarvis Jenkins was drafted by the Redskins in the second round of the 2011 draft.

Morgan State Knocks Off Howard, 15-9; Remains In Second-Place
By Kevin Paige Special to the AFRO A day after being swept by Howard in a doubleheader to drop its first season series against a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponent this year, the Lady Bears responded with a 15-9 victory on May 1 over the Lady Bison at Banneker Field in Washington, D.C. With the win, Morgan State managed to salvage a game out of three against Howard and retained its second-place slot in the league standings. The win also ended a 12-game losing skid to the Lady Bison and was Morgan State’s second win over Howard in the past 16 meetings dating back to the 2007 season. Morgan State’s victory also ended 11 straight road losses at Courtesy Photos/MSU Howard, dating back to the 2004 season and closed out the “Battle The Lady Bears of the Beltway” rivalry against the Lady Bison at Banneker Field, softball team sits in as next season Howard will begin playing their home games at a second place of the new facility. MEAC with only one The Lady Bears (15-23, 8-4 MEAC) series of games left were led by Gabrielle Gomez, who in the regular season drove in a game-high 4RBI and went scheduled against No 1 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs seed Delaware State on scored. Lydia Walther-Rodriguez May 7. (2RBI, three runs) and Devina Brown (two runs, RBI) also went 3-for-5 on the day for Morgan State which increased its hold on second-place in the league standings by two games over Howard and Hampton, who are tied for third. Jordan Eades earned the win and improved to 11-17 on the season. Eades, who pitched her 17th complete game of the season, surrendered nine runs on 14 hits and had three walks and no strikeouts. Eades was backed by Morgan’s offense, which scored 15 runs on 15 hits and had 14 RBI. The Lady Bison, who knocked out 14 hits to score nine runs, also committed six errors. Robinson led Howard with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, driving in 4RBI and scored three runs. Rebecca Kirshner went 2-for-3 with a run scored and 2RBI. Morgan State will now get ready for its season finale, as they host first-place Delaware State in a three-game MEAC series next weekend at Lois T. Murray Field. The series, which gets underway with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7, followed by a single game on Sunday, May 8 will be for the MEAC North Division title. The Saturday series will be Morgan State Epilepsy Awareness Games, and Sunday’s contest will mark Senior Day and the final home game for Megan Johnson and Tamra Griffin at Lois T. Murray Field.

Washington’s 2011 draft class:

First Round, No. 16 (from Jacksonville): Ryan Kerrigan, DE/LB, Purdue; Second Round, No. 41: Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson; Third Round, No. 79 (from Miami): Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami; Fourth Round, No. 105 (from Houston): Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska; Fifth Round, No. 146 (from Miami): DeJon Gomes, DB, Nebraska; Fifth Round, No. 155 (from New Orleans): Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska; Sixth Round, No. 177: Evan Royster, RB, Penn State;

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Mosley vs. Pacquiao Fight Only Days Away
Mosley enjoys a clear size advantage over Pacquiao, but the Filipino boxing icon is no The biggest professional boxing match of stranger to fighting bigger boxers. Pacquiao has the year so far is scheduled for May 7, a fight made a living fighting boxers that are larger between former lightweight, welterweight than him, but none of his opponents have been and middleweight champion Shane Mosley able to match his speed in the ring. Mosley, and current No. 1 boxer Manny Pacquiao. however, not only has size but also possesses The boxers will square off at the MGM Grand speed that Pacquiao isn’t used to facing. Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will air on Pay-Per- “Manny is going to come forward and I will View, followed by a re-airing on Showtime on hit him on the chin at some point,” Mosley told May 14. ESPN, recalling how he used his speed to hurt According to Floyd Mayweather Jr. reports, Pacquiao, with a hook during 32, is favored to their fight last year. win the fight against “His defense is not 39-year-old Mosley. like Floyd’s. Manny Yet, Mosley feels will come at me, and I he will surprise will knock him out.” naysayers and end Pacquiao Pacquiao’s five-year acknowledged the run of domination speed and skill shown in the boxing by Mosley in hurting world. Mosley’s Mayweather, but also former promoter, said Mosley didn’t Cedric Kushner, finish the job against feels the same way. a hurt Mayweather AP Photo/Chris Carlson when he fought him, “Absolutely, Shane Manny Pacquiao, center, of the Philippines, has a chance to and lost, in 2010. works out for the media in Los Angeles, April Pacquiao claimed he win,” Kushner told 20. Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his title Examiner.com. “I would have knocked don’t wish to speak in against Shane Mosley on May 7 in Las Vegas. Mayweather out. “I riddles so I’ll make it saw [how Mosley hit plain. I am picking Shane to win this fight over Mayweather], I did,” Manny said, according to Pacman. He’s been one of the great fighters of bloodyelbow.com. “If I can hit Mayweather like his generation and he retains his power. I also that, I will finish him off. I would continue the think that this might be the time, might be the attack in a way that Mosley did not. I [would] fight where as great as Manny is and has been, attack until Mayweather is gone.” he’s going to be impacted negatively from Perhaps Pacquiao will show Mosley what he’s fighting a bigger man.” talking about when fight night arrives May 7. By AFRO Staff




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Florida Avenue Baptist Goes Green with Solar Energy Project
Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Volt Energy and LeDroit Park Energy held a ribbon cutting ceremony May 3 to celebrate the instillation of a 10-kilowatt solar roof that will dramatically cut the Northwest church’s electricity costs and energy usage. In a press release, the Rev. Dr Earl D. Trent Jr., pastor of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church, said, “Care for God’s creation is one of the tenants of our faith. It is fitting that we step into the age of clean renewable energy. (Morguefile) Once installed, we will begin Florida Avenue Baptist Church recently celebrated the workshops on how members instillation of solar panels, which will help reduce energy can make their homes more costs and increase efficiency. energy efficient and further develop a Green Ministry.” He continued, “We are the first African American church in the District to install a solar power system and see this as a viable model for other churches to reduce their carbon footprint and their electric bill.” Gilbert G. Campbell III, co-owner of Volt Energy, said, “Volt Energy is proud to play a part in this historic project. This church is a pillar in the D.C. community and this project will not only reduce their energy costs but also serve as an educational model for church members and the surrounding community to learn more about the benefits of alternative energy.” Volt Energy , a full –service, renewable energy and energy efficiency company that develops, builds, operates and manages stateof-the-art energy projects for governments, businesses, school systems, non-profits, Does a 90 minute worship service work for your Sunday schedule? and utility companies, is Want to attend Bible Study from the comfort of your own home via conference call? headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C. with offices Then Join Us for Worship! in the District. Founded by two graduates of Howard University, they were featured in the December 2010 issue of Worshipping at Georgian Forest Elementary School Black Enterprise. Sunday Worship 11 am, Le Droit Park Energy, LLC is a private member limited Bible Class 10 am liability company formed by Bible Study, Wednesdays, 8-9 pm member investors of the Florida Ave Baptist Church and will 3100 Regina Drive • Silver Spring, MD 20906 own and operate the solar 4 blocks South of Georgia Ave & Aspen Hill Rd system.

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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM313 Lillian C. Smith Decedent Charles E. Walton Esq 10905 Fort Washington Suite 201 Fort Washington MD 20744 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Lutheran Smith, Reginald L. Smith, Sr., Yvonne Makell, & Barbara Ballen whose address(es) are Lutheran Smith 11916 Crestwood Ave South Brandywine, MD 20613, Reginald L. Smith Sr. 12707 Woodbridge Ct Bowie, MD 20721-4243, Yvonne Makell 6607 Oak Orchard Ct Clinton, MD 20735, Barbara Ballen 2869 Forest Down, Madis o n , W I 5 3 7 11 , w e r e appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Lillian C. Smith, who died on February 1, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 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 November 6, 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: May 6, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Lutheran Smith Reginald L.Smith Yvonne Makell Barbara Ballen Personal Representative(s) 301-292-8357 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Wed May 04 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

Ruth Williams-Lee, whose address is 912 Othman Drive, Ft. Washington MD 20744 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rufus Williams, who died on September 5, 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 10:40:11 EDTto2011proappointment NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL (or the bate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 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 November 6, 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: May 6, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ruth Williams-Lee Personal Representative 301-203-0358 TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET:OF WILLS REGISTER Wed May 04 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

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Agostino S. Buttinelli Sr, whose address is 2801 New Mexico Avenue NW, #602, Washington DC 20007 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Gerda S. Buttinelli, who died on January 19, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the 10:41:47 with 2011 undersignedEDT a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before November 6, 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: May 6, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Agostino S. Buttinelli Personal Representative 202-271-5908 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Wed May 04 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

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Jeffrey L. Rowan, whose address is 3251-C Sutton Place, NW, Washington DC 20016 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Vivien M. Rowan, who died on March 26, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 2011. Claims against the decedent Mary K. Robitaille whose adshall be presented to the dress is 10860 Bucknell undersigned with a copy to Drive, #201, Silver Spring, the Register of Wills or filed MD 20902 was appointed with the Register of Wills with personal representative of a copy to the undersigned, on the estate of Lawrence Amor before November 6, 2011, man, deceased, by the Oror be forever barred. Persons phan’s Court for Montgomery believed to be heirs or County, State of Maryland, legatees of the decedent who on March 14, 2011. do not receive a copy of this Service of process may be notice by mail within 25 days made upon Robert Chuey II, of its first publication shall so 426 N Street, NW, Unit B, inform the Register of Wills, Wa s h i n g t o n D C 2 0 0 0 1 including name, address and whose designation as District relationship. of Columbia agent has been Date of Publication: filed with the Register of May 6, 2011 Wills, D.C. Name of newspaper: The decedent owned District Afro-American of Columbia personal propWashington Law erty. (Strike preceding senReporter tence if no personal propJeffrey L. Rowan erty). Personal Claims against the decedent Representative may be presented to the 202-966-7576 undersigned and filed with TRUE TEST COPY May 04 10:43:06 EDT 2011 TYPESET: Wed the Register of Wills for the REGISTER OF WILLS District of Columbia, 500 In5/6, 5/13, 5/20 d i a n a A v e n u e , N . W. , Washington, D.C. 20001 Superior Court of within 6 months from the date the District of of first publication of this noDistrict of Columbia tice. (Strike preceding senPROBATE DIVISION tence if no real estate.) Washington, D.C. Mary K. Robitaille Personal Representative(s) 20001-2131 301-649-1860 Administration No. TRUE TEST COPY 2011ADM356 REGISTER OF WILLS Rufus Williams Date of first publication: Decedent May 6, 2011 Sandy V. Lee Name of newspapers and/or periodical: 4701 Melbourne Place The Daily Washington Law College Park MD Reporter 20740 The Afro-American Attorney TYPESET: Newspaper Wed May 04 NOTICE OF 5/6, 5/13, 5/20



Ruth Williams-Lee, whose address is 912 Othman Drive, Ft. Washington MD 20744 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Rufus Williams, who died on September 5, 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 filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before November 6, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be


Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM379 Willie Winthrop Stark, Jr Decedent NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS

Gail J. Stark, whose address is 10105 Baltimore Avenue, #3207, College Park, MD 20740 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Willie Winthrop

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 weeks CIVIL DIVISION $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 Civil Action No. per 3 weeks 08-6085 L(RP) $ 60 per insertion $ 360.00(Action6Involving per weeks $ 125.00 Real Property TYPESET: Wed May 04 Bukfol, Inc.EDT 2011 10:52:14 Plaintiff v. Havilah Real Property Services, LLC;VLK, LLC; Superior Court of Fabco Investment Corp. the District of $ 80.00 and Attorney Gena. Name Changes 202-879-1133 ;Mayor District of Columbia eral of the District of $ PROBATE DIVISION 200.00 b. Real Property Columbia; Washington, D.C. All unknown owners of the 20001-2131 TYPESET: Wed May 04 10:50:53 EDT 2011 property described below, their heirs, devisees,perAdministration No. sonal representatives, 2010ADM1156 executors, administrators, Umar Hassan Yusuf Superior Court of grantees, assigns or Decedent the District of successor sin right, title, NOTICE OF District of Columbia interest and any and all APPOINTMENT, persons having or PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE TO claiming to have any interWashington, D.C. TYPESET: Wed May 04 10:48:50 EDT 2011 est inthe leasehold or fee CREDITORS 20001-2131 simple in the Property deAND NOTICE TO Administration No. scribed as Square 6153 Lot UNKNOWN HEIRS 2011ADM383 003 Superior Court of a. Absent Defendant $ 150.005 , m o r e c o m m o n l y Mame Diarra Cisse, whose Bessie S. Page known as a vacant lotin the address is 6733 New Hampb.the District of Absolute Divorce Decedent $ 150.00 200 block of Valley Avenue, shire Avenue, #312, Takoma District of Columbia SE,whose southwest Park MD 20912 was $ 150.00 apPROBATE DIVISION c. Custody Divorce Attorney 10:46:53 EDT 2011 boundary lies 25 feet from pointed personal representaNOTICE OF Washington, D.C. the northeast boundary of tive of the estate of Umar APPOINTMENT, 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and 20001-2131 Hassan Yusuf, who died on NOTICE TO whose northeast boundary Administration No. December 14, 2009 without a CREDITORS To place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262l i e s 2 5 f e e t f r o m t h e will, and will serve without 2011ADM379 AND NOTICE TO Court supervision. All unWillie Winthrop Stark, Public Notices $50.00 & up depending on sizesouthwest boundary of 237 Valley Avenue, SE,Washknown heirs and heirs whose UNKNOWN HEIRS Jr Kelvin Page, whose Notices are $24.15 unknown Baltimore Legaladdress whereabouts are per inch. ington, DC Decedent Defendants shall enter their appearance is 1039 Higgins Way HyattsThere 20782, was ap- in this proceeding. 892 NOTICE OF ORDER OF ville MD is no flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO)Objecsuch appointment APPOINTMENT,Proof pointed personal representa- tions to1-800-237-6892, ext. 244 PUBLICATION For of Publication, please call filed with the Regisshall be tive of the estate of Bessie S. In accordance with D.C. NOTICE TO ter of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Page, who died on January Code §47-1375, the object of CREDITORS LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES 5, 2011 without a will, and will Street, N.W., 3rd Floor this proceeding is to secure AND NOTICE TO LEGAL NOTICES serve withoutNOTICES Washington, NOTICES the foreclosure of the right of LEGAL Court supervi- LEGAL D.C. 20001, on LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICES UNKNOWN HEIRS or before November 6, 2011. sion. All unknown heirs and redemption in the following Gail J. Stark, whose address Claims against the decedent heirs whose whereabouts real property, located in the is 10105 Baltimore Avenue, shall be presented to the are unknown shall enter their District of Columbia and sold #3207, College Park, MD undersigned with a copy to appearance in this proceedby the Mayor to the Plaintiff in 20740 was appointed perthe Register of Wills or filed ing. Objections to such this action, described as sonal representative of the with the Register of Wills with appointment (or to the proSquare 6153 Lot 0035 and estate of Willie Winthrop a copy to the undersigned, on bate of decedent´s will) shall assessed to Havilah Real Stark, Jr., who died on March or before November 6, 2011, be filed with the Register of Property Services, LLC, 13, 2011 without a will, and or be forever barred. Persons Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, which property is known as a will serve without Court subelieved to be heirs or N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, vacant lot in the 200 block of legatees of the decedent who pervision. All unknown heirs D.C. 20001, on or before Valley Avenue, SE, whose do not receive a copy of this and heirs whose southwest boundary lies 25 November 6, 2011. Claims notice by mail within 25 days whereabouts are unknown feet from the northeast against the decedent shall be of its first publication shall so shall enter their appearance boundary of 229 Valley Avepresented to the underinform the Register of Wills, in this proceeding. Objecnue, SE, and whose signed with a copy to the including name, address and tions to such appointment (or northeast boundary lies 25 Register of Wills or filed with relationship. to the probate of decedent´s feet from the southwest the Register of Wills with a Date of Publication: will) shall be filed with the boundary of 237 Valley Avecopy to the undersigned, on May 6, 2011 Register of Wills, D.C., 515 nue, SE, Washington, DC. or before November 6, 2011, Name of newspaper: 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor The complaint states, among or be forever barred. Persons Afro-American Washington, D.C. 20001, on other things, that the believed to be heirs or Washington Law or before November 6, 2011. amounts necessary for relegatees of the decedent who Reporter Claims against the decedent demption have not been do not receive a copy of this Mame Diarra Cisse shall be presented to the paid. notice by mail within 25 days Personal undersigned with a copy to Pursuant to the Chief of its first publication shall so Representative the Register of Wills or filed Judge´s Administrative Orinform the Register of Wills, 240-706-2230 with the Register of Wills with der Number 02-11, it is this including name, address and TRUE TEST COPY a copy to the undersigned, on relationship. TYPESET: Wed May 04 19th day of April, 2011, 11:02:38 EDT 2011 REGISTER OF WILLS or before November 6, 2011, ORDERED by the Superior Date of Publication: 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 or be forever barred. Persons Court of the District of ColumMay 6, 2011 foreclosing the right of rebelieved to be heirs or bia that notice be given by Name of newspaper: demption in copy of this Orlegatees of the decedent who SUPERIOR COURT OF insertion of athe real property Afro-American and vesting in the Plaintiff a do not receive a copy of this THE DISTRICT OF der in the Washington AfroWashington Law title in fee having notice by mail within 25 days COLUMBIA American, simple. a general Reporter J.E. Beshouri of its first publication shall so CIVIL DIVISION circulation in the District of Kelvin W. Page Magistrate Judge inform the Register of Wills, Civil Action No. Columbia, once a week for Personal (Signed inweeks, noincluding name, address and 08-6085 L(RP) three successive chambers) Representative 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 relationship. (Action Involving tifying all persons interested 301-559-1179 Date of Publication: Real Property in the real property described TRUE TEST COPY May 6, 2011 above to appear in this court REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Wed May 04 Bukfol, Inc.EDT 2011 10:52:14 Name of newspaper: Plaintiff by the 29th day of June, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 Afro-American v. 2011, and redeem the real Washington Law Havilah Real Property Serproperty by payment of Superior Court of Reporter vices, LLC;VLK, LLC; $1,056.40, together with inthe District of Gail J. Stark Fabco Investment Corp. terest from the date the real Personal ;Mayor and Attorney Genproperty tax certificate was District of Columbia Representative eral of the District of purchased; court costs; reaPROBATE DIVISION 301-345-4153 Columbia; sonable attorney´s fees; exWashington, D.C. All unknown owners of the penses incurred in the pubTRUE TEST COPY 20001-2131 property described below, lication and service of REGISTER OF WILLS TYPESET: Wed May 04 10:50:53 EDT 2011 Administration No. their heirs, devisees,perprocess; reasonable fees for 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 2010ADM1156 sonal representatives, title search; all other amounts executors, administrators, paid by Plaintiff in accorUmar Hassan Yusuf Superior Court of grantees, assigns or dance with the provisions of Decedent successor sin right, title, D.C. Code §§ 47-1361 and the District of NOTICE OF interest and any and all 47-1377 (2001 ed.), and all District of Columbia APPOINTMENT, persons having or outstanding municipal lien PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE TO claiming to have any interamounts due and owing on 10:48:50 EDT 2011 Washington, D.C. 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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011352 Gladys A. Bettis Decedent Dena C. Feeney Esq 1010 Wayne Avenue Suite 220 Silver Spring MD 20910 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Doris Hanford and Wanda Brownlee, whose address are 754 Kennedy Street NE, Washington DC 20011, and 10919 Jarboe Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, respectively were appointed personal representative(s) of the estate of Gladys A. Bettis, who died on October 25, 2010 with a will, and will serve (with, without) Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent´s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before O c t o b e r 2 9 , 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 29, 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 29, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Doris Hanford Wanda Brownlee Personal Representative 202-635-1762 301-592-9091 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER Wed May TYPESET: OF WILLS 04 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR SKAGIT COUNTY IN THE INTEREST OF Baby Boy Yarborough aka, Journey Christian Yarborough, person under the age of eighteen. No.11-5-00019-6 SUMMONS AND NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF PETITION AND HEARING RE TERMINATION OF PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP To: Christopher Jenkins: There has been filed with the Clerk of the Skagit County Superior Court, a Petition for Termination of the ParentChild Relationship, praying that the parent/child relationship between the father and the above-named children be terminated. You are hereby summoned to appear on the 3rd of June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the Skagit County Superior Court, 205 W. Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, room number to be announced, and defend against the above-entitled action, answer the Petitioner, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for Petitioners at the office listed below. If you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition. The child was born February 26, 2011. The child´s mother is Capricia E. Yarborough. YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING MAY RESULT IN A DEFAUL ORDER PERMANENTLY TERMINATING ALL YOUR RIGHTS TO THE ABOVENAMED CHILD. Any non-consenting parent has a right to be represented by an attorney, and an attorney will be appointed for an indigent parent who so requests. You are further notified that your failure to file a claim of paternity within 30 days of the first publication of this notice or to respond to the Petitioner within 30 days of the first publication of this notice is grounds to terminate your parent/child relationship with respect to the children, and such relief will be requested at the court hearing stated above. One method of filing your response and servicing a copy of the Petitioner is to send it by Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested. DATED this 18th day of April, 2011. /s/ Richard M. Sybrandy RICHARD M. SYBRANDY WSBA #25114 Attorney for Petitioners 4/29, 5/6, 5/13


Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM344 James Edward Wood 11:08:26 EDT 2011 Decedent W. Alton Lewis Esq 1450 Mercantile Lane Superior Court of Suite 155 the District of Largo, MD 20774 District of Columbia Attorney PROBATE DIVISION NOTICE OF Washington, D.C. APPOINTMENT, 20001-2131 NOTICE TO Administration No. CREDITORS 2011ADM307 AND NOTICE TO Alma M. Strange UNKNOWN HEIRS Decedent F l o r e n c e G i n w r i g h t , W. Alton Lewis, Esq whose address is 1710 D 1450 Mercantile Lane Street, SE Washington Suite 155 DC 20003, was apLargo, Maryland pointed personal repre- 20774 sentative of the estate of Attorney James Edward Wood, NOTICE OF who died on March 21, APPOINTMENT, 1995 without a Will. All NOTICE TO unknown heirs and heirs CREDITORS whose whereabouts are AND NOTICE TO unknown shall enter their UNKNOWN HEIRS appearance in this Shelore Ann Cary Wilproceeding. Objections liams, whose address is to such appointment (or 3215 13th Street, NW to the probate of de- Washington DC 20010 cedent´s will) shall be was appointed personal filed with the Register of representative of the Wills, D.C., 515 5th estate of Alma M. Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Strange, who died on Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . December 26, 2009 with 20001, on or before a will, and will serve withO c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 . out Court supervision. All Claims against the de- unknown heirs and heirs cedent shall be pre- whose whereabouts are sented to the under- unknown shall enter their signed with a copy to the a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s Register of Wills or filed proceeding. Objections with the Register of Wills to such appointment (or with a copy to the under- to the probate of designed, on or before cedent´s will) shall be October 29, 2011, or be filed with the Register of forever barred. Persons Wills, D.C., 515 5th believed to be heirs or Street, N.W., 3rd Floor legatees of the decedent W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . who do not receive a 20001, on or before copy of this notice by mail O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . within 25 days of its first Claims against the depublication shall so in- cedent shall be preform the Register of sented to the underWills, including name, signed with a copy to the address and relation- Register of Wills or filed ship. with the Register of Wills Date of Publication: with a copy to the underApril 29, 2011 signed, on or before Name of newspaper: October 22, 2011, or be Afro-American forever barred. Persons Washington Law believed to be heirs or Reporter legatees of the decedent Florence Ginwright who do not receive a Personal copy of this notice by mail Representative within 25 days of its first 301-341-5577 publication shall so inTRUE TEST COPY form the Register of REGISTER OF WILLS 04 Wills, including 2011 TYPESET: Wed May 11:06:41 EDT name, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 address and relationship. Superior Court of Date of Publication: the District of April 22, 2011 District of Columbia Name of newspaper: PROBATE DIVISION Afro-American Washington, D.C. Washington Law 20001-2131 Reporter 11:04:44 EDT 2011 Administration No. Shelore Ann Cary 2011ADM327 Williams Alonzo Ware Personal Decedent Representative Attorney 202-387-0772 NOTICE OF TRUE TEST COPY TYPESET: Wed May APPOINTMENT, REGISTER OF WILLS 04 11:10:02 EDT 2011 NOTICE TO 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO Superior Court of UNKNOWN HEIRS the District of Ruby L Willis, whose adDistrict of Columbia dress is 1921 Lawrence PROBATE DIVISION Street NE, Washington Washington, D.C. DC 20018 was appointed 20001-2131 personal representative Administration No. of the estate of Alonzo 2011ADM316 Ware, who died on Feb- Clotilde Durham ruary 5, 2011 without a Smith will, and will serve with- Decedent out Court supervision. All Nicholas D. Ward unknown heirs and heirs 1212 New York Ave. whose whereabouts are NW unknown shall enter their Suite 1000 appearance in this Washington DC 20005 proceeding. Objections Attorney to such appointment NOTICE OF shall be filed with the APPOINTMENT, Register of Wills, D.C., NOTICE TO 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd CREDITORS Floor Washington, D.C. AND NOTICE TO 20001, on or before UNKNOWN HEIRS O c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 . Barbara J. Durham, Claims against the de- whose address is 1311 cedent shall be pre- Delaware Avenue, SW sented to the under- Apt S-229, Washington signed with a copy to the DC 20024 was appointed Register of Wills or filed personal representative with the Register of Wills of the estate of Clotilde with a copy to the under- Durham Smith, who died signed, on or before on August 17, 2010 with October 29, 2011, or be a will, and will serve withforever barred. Persons out Court supervision. All believed to be heirs or unknown heirs and heirs legatees of the decedent whose whereabouts are who do not receive a unknown shall enter their copy of this notice by mail a p p e a r a n c e i n t h i s within 25 days of its first proceeding. Objections publication shall so in- to such appointment (or form the Register of to the probate of deWills, including name, cedent´s will) shall be address and relation- filed with the Register of ship. Wills, D.C., 515 5th Date of Publication: Street, N.W., 3rd Floor April 29, 2011 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Name of newspaper: 20001, on or before Afro-American O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . Washington Law Claims against the deReporter cedent shall be preRuby L. Willis sented to the underPersonal signed with a copy to the Representative Register of Wills or filed TRUE TEST COPY with the Register of Wills REGISTER Wed May TYPESET: OF WILLS 04 with a copy to the under11:07:29 EDT 2011 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 signed, on or before October 22, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons SUPERIOR COURT OF believed to be heirs or THE DISTRICT OF legatees of the decedent COLUMBIA who do not receive a PROBATE DIVISION copy of this notice by mail Washington, D.C. within 25 days of its first 20001-2131 publication shall so inAdministration No. form the Register of 2011ADM340 Wills, including name, Estate of address and relationDr. Burke Syphax ship. Deceased Date of Publication: NOTICE OF April 22, 2011 STANDARD Name of newspaper: PROBATE Afro-American Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in this Washington Law Court by Gregory C. Syphax, Reporter Stephen W. Syphax and MiBarbara J. Durham chael B. Syphax for standard Personal probate, including the Representative appointment of one or more 202-554-0184 personal representative. UnTRUE TEST COPY less a complaint or an objection in accordance with REGISTER OF WILLS Superior Court Probate Di4/22, 4/29, 5/6
vision Rule 407 is filed in this Court within 30 days from the date of first publication of this notice, the Court may take the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Ordered any interested person to show cause why the provisions of the lost or destroyed will dated November 5, 1998 should not be admitted to probate as expressed in the petition. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication April 29, 2011 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Joan M. Wilbon & Associates 1120 Connecticut Ave.

the action hereinafter set forth. 0 Ordered any interested person to show cause why the provisions of the lost or destroyed will dated November 5, 1998 should not be admitted to probate as expressed in the petition. Register of Wills Clerk of the Probate Division 11:05:38 Publication LEGAL NOTICES Date of FirstEDT 2011 April 29, 2011 Names of Newspapers: Washington Law Reporter Washington AFRO-AMERICAN Joan M. Wilbon & Associates 1120 Connecticut Ave. NW. Suite 1020 Washington DC 20036 202-737-7458 Signature of TYPESET: Wed May 04 Petitioners/Attorney 4/29, 5/6, 5/13

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