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62 Years In The T ampa Bay Area Feedback eeded To Decide Bar's Fate SEE PAGE 3 INSIDE THIS EDITION ........... -' NAAGP Offers Use Gf 1&: eom p uterS. : -:--. SEE PAGE 8 Star: Play Jo Benefit MiniStry -. SEE PAGE 8 .. i Disparity Group HaS. A : Lot To Do j'. SEE PAGE 2 ,, Trio Charged With Robbery SEE PAGE 27 SECRETARY O f EDUCATION VISITS DUNBAR SCHOOL U. S: of Education Margaret center, was .the guest. of hono r last Thursday a t Dunbar. Magnet School. She was there to meet the teachers, parents and students to .discuss the importance of the "No .. Chi l d Left Behind Act." Accompanying her on the tour Of the school were, School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb, ,I left, and Dunbar Principal, Krystal Carson, right. Also them were Superintendent MaryEllen Elia and School Board Chair, Dr. Jack R. Lamb. (Photograph' by Brunson)


,... 0 0 N r-: FEATURE J)isparity Study rask Force .:Meetings Getting 'Spirited' A Task Force chosen by Mayor. Pam Iorio. to J"eyiew W the City of Tampa's Disparity Study, has met for the third and according to a cou ple of. members, the meetings have gotten pretty heated Task Force member Harry Howard of Howard And Associates Architects, said left the last meeting very frustrated. HARRY HOWARD ..... Howard & Associates JAMES EVANS ..... Tampa Bay Academy Of Hope "S. ome of the members are looking at the stud'y with blinders and taking it person al. I think we're being too spe cific at what we're looking at. Ifs. become an outlet for individuals looking {>uLfar their DaVis, who made some excelown interests instead of hav' met, we want that reflected ln lent points." ing a broader view .. Howard said he thinks their performance reviews." 'T t)link the city is lis.tening, they have at least two more Stokes said everything in hut.when you start dealing h d 1 d the meetings seemed to be with specifics, it .. in. akes their meetmgs sc e u e "We're looking at 30 recomfocused around construction, ioJi4 i.f?cult." ':,. .. mendations, and when I )eft and there are other Black-> Howard members db I d

FEATURES -1 c m (/) Town Hall Meeting Scheduled For Future Of Gene's Bar Site ACT -so Competition Planned For High School Students c ., m CD :lJ c )> INTERIM COUNCILMAN FRANK REDDICK sAM KINSEY The East Tampa Revitalization Partnership Reddick said HARTline. is Committee has scheduled a Town Hall also looking at the site as a terminal center, Meeting on March 13th. to determine the and some people in the community would like future of Gene's Bar. to see it become a green space/park area. The meeting will be held at St. Matthew M. "I'd like to see the building torn down and B. Church, 3716 East Lake Avenue at 6:30 -,we start from square one ori the site." p.m. Residents are asked to come and express The property was purchased by the East their opinions on the future of Gene's Bar. Tampa Partnership Group with the use of Tax "We are looking for ideas and recommenda-Incriment Finance dollars (TI'F) at a cost of tions on what to do with the site," said $200,000. Interim City Councilman Frank M r Sam Kinsey, CEO of the Partnership, Reddick. said he and his group will be at the meeting "An environmental assessment is being done and are open to any suggestions on the future on the building by the city, and because of of the site. some abatement issues, there is a possibility Reporter Leon B. Crews can be reached the building will be torn down. That would be at (813) 248-0724, or e-mailed at less cost effective to the city." leon@jlsentinfl.com. On Saturday, March 3rd, high school students will participate in the Hillsborough County Branch NAACP ACTSO Competition at Blake High School, 1701 E. Boulevard, in 'the Fine Arts Building Any student in grades 9th through 12th is eligible and encouraged to take part in the event. However, event planners said there will be no late registration without prior approval. The areas of competition are: Sciences (Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, PhysicsElectronics, and PhysicsGeneral); Humanities -(Music Composition, Original Essay, Playwriting, and Poetry); Performing Arts -(Dance, Dramatics, Music Instrumental and Classical, Instrumental Contemporary, Vocal Classical, Contemporary, and Oratory; Visual Arts ..--Drawing, FilmmakingNideo, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture; and Business ship). Experience Chair, Tampa City Council, 2004-present Member, Tampa City Council, 1995-present This year Dr. Olivia N Shepherd, Site Administra-.tor for North Tampa Alternative School, is chair-ing the competition. Joe Reid, Assistant Principal of Administration at Middleton High School is the CoChairperson. "The purpose of the compe tition is to highlight the academic successes of African American students. We have a number of talented students and the Competition brings them all together on a national level," Dr. Shepherd said. On Sunday, March 4th, an awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., at Middleton High School. At that time, the winners of the competition will be revealed, Dr. Shepherd said. An yone 'Yishing to obtain additional information can contact Dr. Shepherd at (813) or Joe Reid at (813) 233-3360. Reporter B. Holton can. be contacted at (813) 248-1921 or by e-mail at iris@flsentinel.com. .., 6 2J (/) m z -1 z m r-1 CD c r-. rm'ii -1 z -"0 c CD c (/) :I: m c President and CEO Miller, Miller & Associates, 1994-present Human Relations Specialist, Hillsborough County Schools, 1970-94 Elementary School Teacher Hillsborough County Schools, 1957-70 '.../,. !,. .... :. m < m :lJ < -1 c m (/) c proud to be endorsed by Florida lenllliil Billllllnj and ne -elect La Gaceta )) -. Gwendolyn Gwen .... _,-_..,. .... Miller TAMPA CITY COUNCI L D ISTRICT 1 Awards & Honors Milestone Award, Tampa -Hillsborough Urban League Hank Warren Memorial Award, Community Relations Office, City of Tampa Points of Light Awa(d, National Association of Counties Outstanding Service Award, Kappa Alpha Psi Education Florida A&M University, Master's and BaChelor's d egrees in educali _on Endorsed B y Tampa Firefighters Hillsborough County Firefighters U S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor State Senator Arthenia Joyner State Representative Betty Reed State Representative Michael Scionti Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Alvarez Hillsborough County School Board Member April Griffin Hillsborough County School Board Member Susan Valdez The Honorable Helen Gordon Davis Atty. Stacy Frank Ms: Matilda Garcia M s Delia S a nchez West Central Florida Federation of Labor Paid Politicai .Add paid for and approved by Gweri Milll e r Candidate for r e-e lection City Council District 1 )> z 0 ., :lJ 6


f:; 0 N > a: <( ;:, a: m w LL. FLORIDA SENT I NEL BULLETIN (USPS 202 40) 2207 21e1 Avenue. Ta"1)a Florida 33605 (813) 248-1921 Pubilhed Evety T uesdoy and Fridoy By FlORIDA SENTlNEl BUu.ETIN PUBLISHING CO., Meri:ler ol National Newapapet Pl.A:IIishen Asaocialion (NNPAJ and Amalglli'Tlated Publishers, Inc ., New York C 1980 94.CP Tirnelf,lfnlemalional POSTMASTER Send Add .... Change To: .F.JorJda SendneiBulleUn, P.O.Box 3383 Tmpo FL 33801 Periodical Postage Paij At T ll"l'll, FL EDITORIALS I COLUMNS ( (1) 1874-te3t (1818) W C Blythe And- ;:, (Series) if we fight together. Other Americans may for-.... c a: LL. c z <( c (/) w ;:, ...... w > w c w (/) :J m ;:, Q. z i= w ..J ..J ;:, m ...:. w z z w (/) a: 0 ..J LL. C. BLYTHE ANDREWS, JR., CHAIRMAN S KAY ANDREWS, PUBLISHER C BLYTHE ANDREWS Ill, PRESIDENT/CONTROU.ER GWEN HAYES, EDITOR BETTY QAWKINS ADVERTISING DIRECTOR KEmt GEORGE ClfiCULATION DIRECTOR Subscriptlonr$44.QO..Per Year Both Editions: $87. QO.Per Year One Edilion. "Other families may be for-get such times of freedom in l:::!h s::d : .. : ::;rMartin Luther King danger. Our families, as we today in foreign affa i rs. But Jr. ever read was a great have seen are different let us show our greatest-... one Here is 'an from has again and by following, ____ ...:...:_ _____________ __;_I one: "" !ill '' agai'n i divided and splt'ntered reclatmmg some of thts OpHorw ""l>niSied on edllortal pagao O! this MWBP-by Coh.wmiats or 0-t Writers, h f "A hundred' times t We are people .. eroes 0 Research Needed On Child Molestation! :rom all news reports, it appears child : r !abductors, child molesters and child murderers : are on the rise. They are reaching pandemic prop ortions. Establishing child safety zones serves to protect children in certain areas. However, these days most abductions don't take place in parks, schools, playgrounds or daycare centers. The bizarre natUre of this sickness makes. us believe research on sexual predators and child predators ne_eds to become a national priority. beexi' asked why we era to era. 1 h allow'ed _little' childrEfll 'iq .logical, moral and psycholl>g-!"' 0 ; atmd wd ca t h d II c 1s na wn was 10un e 10r marc m emonstratwns, to tea y constructive 10r us to b tt t h th b 1 d D fr d ffi t d e er an e e ove r. eeze an su er m Jal s, o restst oppressiOn umte as M t' L the K'ng Jr b d b II d f 'I' 0 f h' ar In u r 1 e expose to u ets an. am1 tes. ut o t 1s umty, All who admire him have a dynamite. The questions. out of the bond of fighting lot in common with him. imply that we have revealed together, forges will come. We all admire him because a want of family feeling a strength and was a great Christian in recklessness toward famtly mtegnty will make us whole his works. He reminds me of security The answer is sim-again." that great childhood ple. Our children arid our Somehow, we must reclaim Christian lyrics: "I want to b e families are maimed a little the .unity that was ours more and more like Jesus, in every day of our lives. If we when Dr. King was leading .my life can end an incessant torture the struggles. Back in 1967, Remember the Mountain by a single climatic con-when we were riding the vic top speech. "Just know that frontation, the risks are tories from the Civil Rights Martin Luther King, Jr., acceptable. Moreover, our Bill of 1964 and 1965 (Voting .. tried .to )ove somebody ... (To family life will be born anew Rights Act) be continued.) .. From all accounts, child molesters and sexual predators have a very low cure rate. the need for research to deal with the probleJn of sexwli pr:edators and in our society is impera-' j 1 to the corner' store. Parents live in fear that their. : 1 children will'be' harmed,. or worse by stai'iing vet'ts who make movie monsters' seem like house cats. We view child safety zones as merely band aids for a growing mental health problem in this nation. childten have been abducted, .raped, murdered orsexually .abused to merit taking urgent act.on to put a halt to national trend. Yes, we know research will cost money. But how much.is a child's life worth? How long must we accept that there is no cure for sexual predators, thereby. releasing. in any of them from prison, and dooming them to the same offense? Therefore, our to contact your state and congreS!fiional legislators, demand that they support fwids for research on a cure for the iilness of child molestation! Don't think about. it. Just pick up your get oli internet, and for the love and safe-ty of bur children,. pass it on. 1 i On Planet Americans-are beginning to wake up and action {Q. stop a downward spiral to glodestructio_ n Scientists believe that by the year 2050, a million species will b e extinct, there may no fish in the sea and sea .. levels can rise by m 'ore: than 20 Global warming is becoming a more important issue everyday, and the Bush Administration to act the prQblem. More than -100 American corporations have joine d former Vice president AI iji' an effort to do America's part s.iop the the world as w e know it. .. Lowering carbon from fossil fuels burned to electricity, travel and heat could slow; the impact of global warming. Constructing earth-fr.iendly buildings, reduCing greenhouse gas emission s finding alternativ e sources for heating, cooling and gasoline and changes in -she Hasn't Been .. 'Idol' weekend,: pete among the top ten final-ter screening process, but he Jennifer.' ists. She. was eliminated doesn't because he takes par" walked away again. ticular joy in humiliating the with an Oscar for Best But instead o f taking the competitors Supporting Actress in the defeat to heart, Hudson But we must be proud o f "Dreamgirls" mov ie prodi.l c decided not to b e idle" and J ennifer Hudson. Although tion .. In the movie, which is pursued her An,d this his comments may have been loosely based on the life of the morning, hopefully, Simon hurtful at the time, she didn't Diana Ross and the Cowell is being served up a let it stop her and 'she proved Supremes, Jennifer played huge plate of crow with-all them all wrong the role. of Effie White. the trimmii1gs. There is only on e positive Prior to the Oscars, Cowell is known for his d h point about the sho w an t at Hudson had already taken less than kind remarks to the is, by enduring the insults home a Golden Globe contestants. It seems that h e and crpelty, those with real Award and a Screen Actors takes personal satisfaction in Guild That's pretty being mean, hurtful, and talent have an opportunity to good for a girl who wasn't, cruel to those hoping for star-, sh?w off _their .'J good enough for dom. !J ,.; 5:, y:-, ,So Hild.f.Clm Idol," right? And )1e :has be Hudson competed in the d efended 2 003 season of the show.( She really is no justification .fQr r e jected by "Al'ttliedn was vot e d off amid controv e r some of, the h e;jf 14ol. b l'essingJinl (!'i\ti? sy and brought back to com makes. He should have a betguise. :2 .bC1 human behavior must b ecome priorities for all of America, if not the world. feel it is our duty to alert you to the changes you can make to do your part to stop global warming, and also save your bank account: First, replace all of your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs Lowe r your thermostats by two degrees in the winter, and raise them by two degrees during the summer. Also, clean and replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners on a regular basis. Also, insulate your heaters and s e t the thermostats no higher than 120 degrees. Install low tlQw showerheads to r educe the use of hot water. In addition, turn off and unplug all your elect:iica'l appliances (televisions, clock radios, etc.) whe n not in use. Last but. certainly not least, .since cars, trucks and airlines account for one third of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, consider reducing the number of miles you drive by walking, biking, car-pooling or by using HARTLine. Make sure you keep your. car tuned up, and yotir tires properly inflat-. ed. Don't forget to use the City's blue recycling boxes for paper, glass, plastics and aluminum. You say you love your You say you love yourself. You say you love this earth that God has given you. Talk is c heap! Put your money where your mouth i s Pass it on!


The Florida Sentinel Endorses: The Sentinel Editorial Board has conducted candidate interviews over the last several weeks. The candidates were asked questions appropriate for the office they are seeking. Whether or not you agree with our choices, we encourage our readers to VOTE on March 6, 2007. Mayor Of Tampa Pam Iorio City Council Dist. 1 Miller .!i '"" City Councii Dist. 2 : Mary Mulhern City Council Dist. 4 Julie Brown City Council District 5 Rev. Thomas 'Tom' Scott City Council Dist. 6 CharUe Miranda City Council Dist. 7 No Recommendation L-----... -_ .. _--_ .J "')T. h .. COLUMNS -Another.. View -f c m CJ) c m m :::0 c I How Strong Is Support For Light Rail? I I)( remember that almost office and they will tell you i / 20 years ago, an that they support light rail. ) entourage of HARTLine What do they mean when Board members, staff, city they. say they support light council, county commissioners rail? Do they mean that they and some key citizens did will do what is necessary to some extensive traveling. The -begin th_e process t o bring purpose was to get informa. light rail into our-city or our tion on a feasible light rail county? I :wonder if anybody system for Tampa and knows how much light rail Hillsborough County. costs? I wonder if anybody The assumption was that has an idea where the rail this area was ready. We tra-. veled to Montreal, Toronto,. system will travel to and from? Quebec, Vancouver and British Columbia to view Do they have a route in some rail systems and talk to mind? I know downtown and light rail. officials. We also vis-Westshore are destinations, ited San Jose, California, but how will the rail system -Portland, Oregon, Miami and ,ge_t from one place to the Disney World to loo.k, listen other? Just as important, I and learn about ljght rail syswonder if anybody in Tampa terns. or Hillsborough County has Today, we are no closer to a any id_ea .where the money light rail system than we will come from to fund a light were .then. Ask any candidate rail system? for city government or county The time is right, and both government and they will tell the COunty and the city aFe in you that they support light dire need of a light rail sysrail. Ask those currently. in tern: Most major have them, and Tampa needs to keep up with the Jones', the Atlanta's and the Miami's. To those government offi cials who support light rail, do something. Get the ball rolling to bring light rail to our city and county. Idle sup port or support with no.posi tive actions is no good. Sure there are other things that this city needs. But, we can no longer afford to operate in a one track mode. It has been nearly 25 years since we spent all the taxpay. ers money for absolutely no reason at all because nothing productive has come ou.t of those trips. I hope with all this support and supporters, it won't take nearly 20 more years to get a move on. It is fashionable to say I support light rail. Talk is 0 cheap, and making it happen :::0 is where it really counts. Tampa, the question is sim-CJ) ple: light rail or not? m z -f hundred years; and the Easter church never did!" r;Back to Black History! tD Defip.itively,_ history is "a ? lA Seci-et That RUins Livest I __ ... I ---I nation OJ' institution) often z teve Stanton is facing -daughter-went home her Leap Into Our Hstoryl including an explanation of "tt a moment of truth that parents. the way 1t had C .has caused many men .. always been: But this time, .. their Then, today, m to take their own lives. No for whatever reason, her hus. r wonder where leap w1th 366 IS based _.February 27, 2007 is extreme-r-doubt, you read the paper, or band begged to accompany d/or how the term on the assumption that the ly significant and offers much .have seen the six. o'clock her. She laughed, kissed him year" developed? tr,ue year is exactly 365.25 explanation. --m news. Steve Stanton has on his cheek and said, "No." Shortly, 2007 Black History _days long," Hist()ry of the And in the second month, on C beEm City Manager for the He gave her. no response, just Month. celebrations (as, the Gregorian Calendar and Leap the seven and twentieth day of City of Largo almost since the looked and plotted his next. calendar year goes) will come Year, the month, was. t[l.e earth m beginning of recorded memomove. to an end. But, does the cal--:Nevertheless, man, in his dried. Go forth of the ark; ry ... or so it And all of No doubt you-can guess endar indicate "time is up" to quest ati.d pursuit of superiorthou, and thy wife, and thy -t those years. on1y one or two what he did. When she pur-continue tribute? If it's as ity has done everything in his sons, and thy sons' wives with knew Steve Stapton wanted chased her ticket to go home, simple as that, what made it power to reign supreme over thee. Bring forth with .thee_ UJ to be a woman. Now, everyhe purchased a similar ticket impossible for a few African the earth. Yes, not only have every living thing'that is with C body knows, and Stanton is for a later flight... to the same slaves to shout, "Game over! -"the namea been changed to thee, of all fl. esh,. both of "owl, Pleading for his life. destinati9n of course. What a T' t t h d d t t th t" d t '' 1me 1a ou wo un re pro ec e -1nnoc-en a es and of cattle, and pf every .. -'Yes, Stanton's predicafoolish,immature thing to do, years is long enough." havEtseen alterations as well. z mtmt is bad, but other folks but one can only believe he "The reason for leap yea'r is Now, intellect is not somecreeping thing that creepeih have known worse. couldn't help himself. 'of course tO' keep. the solar thing. that Our-Creator upon the earth that they may :::0 --Let me tell you a story And so, he ?er and year in time with the sidereal bestowed upon us all. Yet: breed ab_undantly tn 6 about a woman who had (ound her.sittiqg .. day-which is another way of one should reckon that its eq.rth, g.nq __ fr.ui_tful, an. d everything.iBHe liact"a:tgoO'd at dinner. He barge_d ,_, saying_ tfuit the' time it tak.es s.ear.ch. is as individual as ___ uf_. ?Jl./he job, a rigHt m and beheld what his for the earth to rotate on 1ts md1v1dual. However, free will They leap' Ollt of the ark:-r-. (a, day) does.not divide is God's 'gift to man._ :. ,., :,.._ dren, home a_!ld in the midst of her family, .. evenly into the time it takes Unfortunately, a 'problem Historyis more thaW-an all unbeh,evably s}\aring food and fellowship; for the earth to arises when one proposes to accumulation of-1 husband. She had what mil-it was clear to her 'husband .. S dl .. h. f. 1 1 f 1 d around the sun (a year). So selfishly impose upon_.anoth-uppose y, 1-t 1s trut u wns 0 romance rea -that his wife had been keep-ers dream about each and .. we need another day er's. Long story short, "after Knowing the differen, ce can .every night .. But there was a mg a deadly and four years to make up the dif.Henry VIII formed .ihe either make or break a h't h secret. It :was a secret so vile ference. Julius Caesar Anglican Church because the of people. In Black American 1 and her hus-and repulsive _almost made made this law in 46 B.C. (the Pope wouldn't let him lega:lly History, understanding goes band went' on vacation him puke all over his wife's year 709 in the Roman divorce one of his six wives,

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