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. Celebrating.67 Years In The Tampa Bay Area eena ers ace er an o oo c:c c -a: 0 -I LL. SEE PAGE 19 VOL. 66 NO. 35 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20,2011 24 PAGES 75 FAMU Alumni Pres. Calls Hazing A National Problem SEE RELATED STORIES ON PAGE 7 Local Artists To Open For GucciMane SEE PAGE 2 WomanGets3 Years For Selling Others Information SEE PAGE 2 CHURCH MEMBERS HOST PROGRAM IN CElEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS HOliDAY Recently, membe r s of Greate r Bethel Missionary Baptis t Churc h hos t e d its Annual Christmas C elebration Program. This iii year, church m embe r s f eature d a skit entitle d "The King I s Coming" during the program. Mrs Marion Jones, a Tampa hair stylis t produce d and directe d the performance Members of the Greate r Beth e l Mass Choir who p erforme d during the skit were seated: Mrs Marion Jones Mrs Janet W1ight M1s Mildre d Watson, Mrs D eborah Johnson, and Mrs. Willie Lee aa Brown. Standing from left to right arc: Sandy Wright, DcArthur Godwin, Wanda Williams, Nadina Johnson, Fonda Holmes, Elmira Curry, and Joe Reid. Rev. Oscar Johnson i s the Senior Pastor of Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. (Photography by Chow and Scott Keepsakes).


:; features 0 N IX: w m :E w () w c Missing Teenager Returns Home Mrs. Stefeney Black C said not lon g afte r h e r daughter 's picture appeared in the ::> FloT"ida Sentinel Bulletin as 1-...J w z i= z w en < c IX: 0 ...J u.. missing she returned home. Tiffany Williams, 16, was reunited with h e r mother last Thursday after she had been reported miss ing by her moth er. Mrs. Black sai d she's happy to h ave her daughter home with the rest of the family for th e holidays, and even happier Tiffany was not harmed during her absence Williams was brought home by a family friend Thursday and Mrs. Black said she and her husband will talk with her to find out why TIFF ANY WILLIAMS ..... missing teenager returns home. she left and to do whatev e r it takes to make sure s he doesn't l eave again Christmas Package 1-8x1 0, 2-5x7 & 16 Wallets For $16.99 or 30 Greeting Cards For $16.99 :t 813-728-3537 In 1 Hour The Aorida Law States That You May Be Entitled To $1 0,000 For loss Wages And Medical Care ... Service =:::: tD An AttorneY wll come to you lit home or work-No F-e Investigators If there Ia dlepuW on how the accident oocurad Transportation Available Auto Repair BodV&hop Medical Care .. Specializing In: Car Bus Bicycle Motorcycle Slip& Fall Pedestrian Incidents LoaaWagea Wrongful Death And_Mora ... "'"""._. ....., _________ Call Michelle B. Patty Local: 813 Toll Free 1 Available 24 Hours A Day /7 Days A Week Michelle B. Inc. .Local Artists To Open For Gucci Mane BY GWEN HAYES Sentinel Editor Two groups that had their beginning in Central Park Village Public Housin g Com plex, will be the opening acts Friday night December 23, 2011, when Gucci Mane ap pears in concert. Gucci Mane, who is set to p e rform at midnight, will be in concert at Vanity Ultra Lounge on West Waters Ave. HBIC Events, Inc., which is hosting the Welcome Home Christmas Bash," says they are excited about using the hometown guys to dis pla y their tal e nts before the hom e town audience. Fatty Duke and the members of Jitt World Entertainment hail from Cen tral Park Village. Fatty Duke says he turned to music as a way to vent when h e was faced with tribulation s Being the only child of early divorced par ents, Fatty Duke was easil y spoiled a nd grew to b e r e b e l lious. Though he was a star foot ball player who made good grade, Fatty Duke was at-FATIYDUKE tracted to the street life. He had his first brush with the law at age 15 for stealing a car. What set Fatty Duke apart from other young hus tl e rs was his sharp business sense. He opened several lu crative businesses, such as a clothing store, fencing com pany and a beauty supply store Currently, Fatty Duke is promoting his hot single, Resume' debuting on Talkin Cash Sh Jitt World Records s tarted as a vision that con s isted of childhood friends and family -Ronald Gordon, Chester Carithers, Justin George and JITT WORLD RECORDS Fredrick Johnson-all of whom were born and raised in Central Park Village Hous ing Complex. After many years of set backs and losing close friends to violence and crime, it be came their motive to start a movement of positivity, doing something they all had a passion for music. As of 2011, Jitt World Records officially became an independent hip-hop and R&B record label, based out of Tampa. Jitt World Records is currently working on an album planned for release by Spring 2012. The group is also forming a non-profit or ganization -Jitt World Out reach to act as role models to young men in the local community who deal with daily struggles in life. Driver Charged With HiDing 2 Cars And Pointing Gun At Motorists A 32-year-old Tampa man was arrested on several charges on Friday. He was ar rested after striking two cars pointing a gun at another motorists, and l ea ding police on a chase. Following hi s arrest po lic e identifie d th e driver as Anthony Phillips, of Wes ley Chapel. According to police shortly after 8:30 Friday morning, Hillsborough County deputies were noti fied that a man was driving in a reckless manner and wav ing a gun out of the window. Deputies observed the hot pink car in the area of 139th Avenue and N. 25th Street, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. At that point, the man fled the scene and a pursuit en sued. During the course of the pursuit the man was traveling eastbound on 109th Avenue when h e report e dl y ran the stop sign and at t empte d to turn on N. 30th ANTHONY PHILLIPS ...Facing several charges Street. He reportedly struck a 2005 Jeep Cherokee, causing it to rotate. The driver was not injured. The man then struck a 2002 Chevrolet Van, belonging to Boyte Plumbing Company in the back, caus ing it to flip on its side. The driver of that vehicle was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with injuries. The man continued driv ing until he r eac h e d the area of 9th Avenue and Annie Street, where he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Police used a helicopter and the man was observing going into an apartment in the 9600 block of N. wth Street He entered the apartment but apparently tried to hide in the ceiling, but fell through. Police observed him through a window, kicked the door in, and arrested him without further incident. Po lice said a gun was recovered at the scene. Phillips was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property dam age; leaving the scene of an accident with injuries (2 counts); being a felon in pos session of a firearm; aggra vated assault with a firearm; aggravated fleeing and elud ing; resisting arrest with.out violence; and driving while license suspended There was also an outstanding warrant for his arrested for driving while his license were under suspension, police said.


Features c m woman Gets a Years FAMU Alumni President Calls Hazing A National Problem DR. JAMES AMMONS ... PresidentofFAMU BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor On Sunday, Tommy Mitchell, Sr., Florida A & M University National Alumni Association, held a press con ference on the steps of Lee Hall. During the press confer ence, Mitchell addressed the recent death of a drum major, the call to suspend the president, and the problem with hazing. During a telephone interview, Mitchell spoke of the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion. "Florida A & M University alumni all over the country and I are devastated by the death of Drum Major Robert Champion. Our he'arts go out to Mr. and Mrs. Champion, their family, FAMU family, and friends. "His death is a tragedy and we are very sorry that one of our own has died. He was an alumni." A National Problem Mitchell further stated that the school plans to put methods in place to address the issue of hazing. "Hazing is something we are going to have to do something about because it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. However, Mitchell pointed out that most of the incidents of hazing, including the incident that allegedly ied to Champion's death, does not take place on campus "Most of this takes place away from school and the stu dents are going to have to put a stop to it. We can address any issues that happen on campus, but it is very difficult to control when it happens somewhere else. The incident with Champion happened on a bus in another city." Mitchell said while all of the attention is on Florida A & M University, hazing is a national problem. "There has been 15 cases of hazing repor.ted this year, I know because we did the research. Jush last week, on December 13t a student died at Bowling Green University. "I'm not trying to minimize Champion's death because we are very sorry and he is one of our own, but why is TOMMY MITCHELL, SR. ... President, National FAMU Alumni Association this one case getting so much attention?" The case in which Mitchell was referring took place at Bowling Green State University last Tuesday. Joseph Monroe died after he was discovered unrespon sive in the fraternity house of Pi Kappa Alpha. Police have not released a cause of death and the inves tigation is continuing. Mitchell further stated that his research includes hazing records dating back as far 1838. "Name another president who has been fired over hazing. There has never been another incident." Students Support President Last Wednesday was the final day of classes for students at Florida A & M University before the winter break. However, on Thursday evening, nearly 1,000 students marched to the Governor's mansion after learning that he was calling for the suspension of Dr. James Ammons, president of the university. Mitchell said he was aware of the march and was not opposed to it. They were sup porting our president who is being mistreated. This is why we need the support of our alumni, when things occur we need the body, he said. In response to the march, Governor Rick Scott denies treating Dr. Ammons unfairly. Scott called for the Board of Trustees to suspend Dr. Ammons. Scott said Sunday, "I have not and will not try to influ ence their decision I simply offered my advice and opin ion based on the events and the facts I was made aware of." During a second meeting Monday, since death on November 19 the Board of Trustees decided not to suspend Dr. Ammons. Board Issues Statement The Board of Trustees issued the following statement: As a board, we are vested with the power and authority to govern and set ROBERT CHAMPION ... Death ruled a Homicide policy for Florida A & M University. To clarify any concern we are fully aware of our authority. As is always th e case, the board will act with the best interests of the University in mind and will not be influenced by pressure from political or other outside forces. Our deliberations on all matters are underscored by our commitment to pursuing the right path for the University and its future. "F urthermore it should be noted that the board is closely monitoring all ongoing inves tigations. Until information and results from the ongoing investigations are made avail able to the board, enabling it to effectively conduct a fact based deliberation on the role of the administration and the President in these matters, the board is deciding to leave the status of the President unchanged. The board is committed to convene and act promptly, as soon as information from the investigating agencies becomes available. Cause Of Death The state medical examiner recently released the cause of death in the Champion case. It has officially been ruled a homicide. According to the medical examiner, Champion was severely beaten and died within an hour of the beating. The report stated that Champion suffered internal bleeding that caused him to go into shock. He reportedly had bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back. Anti-Hazing Steps Taken In addition to the steps being taken by the university, a group of African American ministers have also formed a task force to battle hazing at all historically Black colleges and universities. Additionally FAMU student leaders have launched an ini tiative as well. They are encouraging every student, club, and organization to sign an anti-hazing agreement. Those who refuse risk being sanctioned by the student government. For Selling Others Personallnformauon i A Tampa judge sentenced a 40-year-old woman to 3 years in state prison Thursday. She was charged with 3 counts of fraudulent use of personal information earlier this year. According to the State Attorney's Office, Ms. Rachel Amones entered a plea of guilt and elected to serve a longer prison sen tence to be followed without probation. Mark Cox, spokesman for the Hillsborough county State Attorney's Office said Ms. Amones was employed at a security company and had access to personal information. MS. RACHEL AMONFS ... Sentenced to 3 Y ears in state prison in the turbo tax scheme." Ms. Amones was serving probation on five counts of uttering a forged bill when she was arrested on April 1st. She had been arrested l:J "She was supposed to destroy the information, but sold it to people implicated on those charges in April ;!! 2009, jail records sho wed. Club Manilla To Host Tov Giveawav BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer Club Manilla/Celebrity's manager, Freddie Shellman, said they will once again take the lead and do what no other club in the area is doing. On Friday 23rd from 3 p m. to 6 p. m., Club Manilla/Celebrity's will host a toy giveaway event for kids at the club on 7th Avenue. Shellman said the event is in line with the club's code of giving back to the communi ty. "This is the second time we've done this at the club, and we will be doing other things in 2012 to show our appreciation to the communi ty for their support." Shellman said o n Friday will have Mr. and Mrs Claus, Christmas music, Christmas lights, and snow for the chil-dren. There will also be plenty of kid games and a jumping cen ter. Parents must accompany their children to this event, and no one will be turned away. Club Manilla is located at 2620 East7th Avenue. News Alert: The Florida Law States That You May Be Entitled To $1 0,000 For loss Wages And Medical Care. Call Michelle B. 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-o to vote. We cannot just sit N (USPS 202) idle and wait on a court de-wr::t 2207 21st Avenue, Tampa Florida 33605 (813) 248-1921 CI.si"on. Thi"s matter 1s so VI"tal Published Every Tuesday and Friday By FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN PUBLISHING Co., that we must adopt the ..:; Member of National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) W and Amalgamated Publishers, Inc., New York. highly touted Slogan Of 'by frl 1990-94 CP Timelnternational any means necessary'. C POSTMASTER: Send Address Change To: It is documented that Florida Sentinel Bulletin, P.O. Box 3363 Tampa, FL 33601 Black voters always turn out Periodical Postage Paid At Tampa, FL in large number for presi-ffi c. Blythe Andrew More Than Voter Rallies Needed dential elections. ;:, 19o1-1on (1945) The 2012 election will be t-c. Blythe Andrewe, Jr. Voter rallies against the required to present before no exception unless we in 1930.2010 (19n) s. KAY ANDREWS, PUBUSHER new Republican voter poli-and documents that they some way learn to master c. BLYTHE ANDREWS m, PRESIDENT cies designed to prevent mi-don't have. these voters' restrictive ALLISON WELL5-CLEBERT, CFO "t" "t" For some, these docu-mandates of the Republ1. can GWEN HAYES, EDITOR non IeS, semor Cl Izens, IRIS HOLTON, crrv EDITOR poor people and especially ments are difficult to get and party. Blacks from voting are good for some they are almost im-It is projected that these TOYNETTA COBB, PRODUCTION MANAGER and very necessary. They are possible to get. Therefore, laws would prevent as high LAVORA EDWARDS, CLASSIFIED MANAGER th t h th th th" as 25% of all Black voters Subscriptions-$44.oo-8 Months Both Editions : $87 00-Per Year Both Editions Opinions exp stiCks and stones may break your bones, words are what can W killyoul However, maybe before ordering Ammons' demise, our J: 'good governor should take a look in his own mirror. Given en all his goofs and gaffs, where would he be if someone pulled :::; m the plug on him, so soon? ;:, So, we recommend Governor Scott and others stop ringQ. ing the dinner bell for President Ammons' consumption. lnZ deed, Ammons should survive as the Marching 100 will survive and as FAMU itself must survive. And no one's head ..J shall roll unless the King of Heart's head rolls first (if you S know who we mean): m A Moment That Will live In Hlstorv i= In years to come, a member of a yet, unborn generation ifj may ask, "Where were you when it ended? What was the en date and time when you read, or heard the news that the Iraq war was officially over? The date will be recorded as Deit cember 15, 2011, 5:15AM, "a day that will live in history," as 0 a former president might well have said. ..J But a current president -our president Barack Obama -&L is the one who will have had his say. For, he will be remem-bered in history as a peace-maker ... a man who ended a war that was killing Americans, one-by-one and two-by-two. However, the fight will not have ended in an Iraqi desert. It will end if at all, in Washington, D. C. When the troops come home, unfortunately, there will be little celebration on Capitol Hill. Not for one moment will the adversaries of President Barack Obama pause to thank God or the President for the end of a war that was unnecessary from the first day it was fought. Such is the way of politics during the beginning of an election year. "No good deed goes unpunished," especially for America's first official Black president who finds being young, gifted, and Black is as much a curse as it is a commendation. Then there are the issues of men and women coming home to heal their wounds and pick up their broken lives. Is America really ready to welcome them wholeheartedly? wm they have jobs when they come home? wm counseling services be available for them who suffer from Post Traumatic Syndrome? Will their loved-ones be happy to see them after the second day? When the parades are over, what t;text? Indeed, where were you when the fighting stopped? And W what were you prepared to do when our troops came home from the ravages of war? America, how shall we answer A; these questions? so necessary a more sue ere are o er mgs we organized and educational must do in addition to voter from voting if allowed to demonstrations are needed. rallies. stand as is. At the same time, more than The first thing that needs We need to make people voter rallies are a must. to be done is to file a suit very aware of these laws and This is a very serious mat. against every state that has their true effect on their ter. It is serious because passed these restrict and unright to vote. This must be a these new rules for voting constitutional voting laws. loud, constant and far will hinder the right of large These suits must be filed reaching conversation. groups of people to vote. We and pursued very aggresElected officials who voted must remember that the sively in court. Coalitions of for these horrible laws right to vote is so fundamenpeople need to be organized should be part of this contally important until many and dedicated to educating versation. people, Black and white, and helping voters to be sure The efforts to counter the died fighting for this right that they are registered to Republicans attempt to for all eligible voters. vote under the new laws and block the vote of so many At the root of the pro-to help others to get ready to can use all of the defensive blems caused by the new vote. action mentioned here, but laws is requiring potential Voters need to be ready in thought must be given to all voters to present documents case the courts don't over-other strategies legal in that they have never been turn these laws before time order to cast our vote. Chrisas In Nigeria Have you ever wondered who and what you would have become if your ances tors had not been stolen or sold into slavery? During the Christmas sea son my thoughts always take me to Africa and lead me to explore what I would be doing if my ancestors had re mained in Africa. The Christian population of each African nation has similar, yet different traditions and ways of celebrati11g Christ mas. This year, let's take a look at Christmas in Nigeria, a West African country. Since only half of Nigeria's population is Christian, Christmas celebrations are not as highly publicized or commercialized as in Amer ica. Nigerians use the holi day season primarily to renew family and friendship bonds. Many Nigerians who left their small or rural ancestral communities return home to visit their families. Attending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services and gatherings with friends and family for Christmas dinner are Nigerian highlights of Christmas cele brations. Mor:e emphasis is placed on the celebration of the birth of Christ. Church serv ices may include a Christmas sermon, a nativity scene, and singing Christmas carols, fol lowed by drumming, dancing, and feasting. An Ekon play, performed by a drama team who dances from village to village or from one section of town to another section of town, presents a baby doll repre senting the newborn baby Jesus to eagerly anticipating villagers. Villagers accept the baby doll, give the drama team gifts, and then return the doll to the drama team who moves on to the next community. As for presents and gift giving, Nigerians who can afford to give gifts do so. However, new clothing is the most common gift given along with candles, soap, cloth, school books and other p,actical Sifts. Toys for children are not major gifts in small and rural communities. The new clothing is usu ally worn to the Christmas day church service. Homes, streets, and churches are decorated with bright lights, colorful decora tions and with both woven and unwoven palm fronds, which are symbols of peace that Jesus' birth brought. Artificial Christmas trees are found most often in West ernized communities and are modestly decorated compared to American trees. Live trees are not available because of heavy deforestation of the countryside. Santa Claus, mistletoe, and wre;aths are not major deco rative items for the Foods for the family and community feasts include spicy jollof rice, with chicken or beef, fish stew, rice and beans, beef stew, bean cakes, goat and other delicacies. Visiting friends and family on Christmas Day includes taking homemade foods to each other's homes, greeting each other, and spending quality time together. Similar to "Trick or Treat," children go from house to house asking, "Where's my Christmas?" Snacks, candy, soft drinks, or a small amount of money are given to the children. The children may perform dances or other forms of entertainment while moving .through the streets from bouse to house. Indeed, celebrating Christmas iii Nigeria is similar to celebrating the holiday in America with minor cultural differences. So, I bid you all E kU odqn, e bu lye' dunt (Yoruba for Merry Christmas) and Harambee!


oroscopes/' oaps I Horoscopes Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -You' re wealthi e r than you think, when you measure your wealth in friendship. Open the door to your community and be reenergized. Pass on what you know. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -The rules can't be ig nored. Learn by experience. Follow directions to succeed. Be cautious with resources, decisions and practical actions. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)-Success today comes from tapping into your sense of organization and fulfilling menial duties. Your discipline is admirable, and it pays off. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -An authority approves, and money comes in when you take care of business. It's simple. Keep it organized, and doors will open. Aries (March 21-April19)-Don't be afraid if you don't know how. Take baby steps towards achieving your goals, even if you might fall on your face Commitment brings peace. Taurus (April 20-May 20)-Don't try harder, just be smart. Have a clear goal Obstacles are minimal. Meet with in fluencers, and share your aspirations. Let your network know what's needed. Gemini (May 21-June 21)-Make that list, and check it off twice. Keeping things organized allows for holiday ease and flow, as well as saving money. Keep things in perspective. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -Keep checking stuff off your list and you re really making progress (and mon e y). Focu s o n long-term goals instead of instant gratification Your kid s will thank you. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)-Keep things sensible and ord erly and handle your priorities. Take time off from your bus y sch e d ule for a hike in nature or a stroll around the park. Find moti vation in love. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Business ideas are flowing Take advantage of moneymaking opportunities. Start a new marketing campaign. Think outside of the box. Libra (Sept. 23-0ct. 22) -When you re hot, you're hot, and you know it. Take all the credit you deserve. Don t forget to acknowledge who helped you get to where you are. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Conserve resources, and hang in there a bit longer. Everything's about to make a turn for the better. Your confidence is about to get a boost. Soaps BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL -Deception threatens the strength of a burgeoning romance; Stephanie remembers the former foster kids she met and then begs forgiveness from a new friend; Eric worries about the future of Forrester Creations. Pam surprises Jackie and Nick by decorating the Marone mansion for the holidays; Katie defends Nick to Donna and suggests she give him a second chance; Stephanie remains affected by her run-in with Beverly and the stories she heard while at Pathways.Donna becomes the unsuspecting target of Pam s jealous prank; Liam gets resounding marital advice from Rick; Marcus gives Thomas an idea about how to sweep Hope off of her feet; Jackie warns Nick about how his involvement with Donna. DAYS OF OUR LIVES-EJ promises Nicole there are nosecrets between them; Rafe and Carrie encourage John to use the Alice's secret IOU against Stefano; Madison receives a suspicious phone call and keeps it from Brady. Maggie s gift to Daniel is met with a very different reaction than the presentation Hope makes to Stefano; Daniel turns to Lexie for medical results and support ; Marlena is torn by her friends' request. Marlena has a hard time believing new evidence could actually exonerate John ; Sami won ders if Kate's offer is legitimate; Brady and Madison grow closer as they open up about their troubled childhoods. GENERAL HOSPITAL-Michael tries to comfort Sam; Jason makes his way to Chicago; Matt interferes with a potential Christ mas family celebration for Liz and Lucky. Maxie takes matters into her own hands; Carly takes Shawn to the hospital; Lucky and Liz have an argument. Dante and Lulu decide to take a sobering trip to Manhattan; Matt makes nice with Maxie; Sonny takes on a new role. ONE LIFE TO LIFE -Roxy's wildest dream comes true. Clint has t 9 decide between Viki and Kim; Tea tries to get John to open up about Natalie. David comforts Viki; Shane reveals that he s hop ing to give dad the best gift ever: justice for Gigi. David comforts Viki; Shane reveals that he s hoping to give dad the best gift ever: justice for Gigi. YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Nikki's drinking lands her in jail; Phyllis, Ronan and Nick team up to help Victor. Chloe fear s Ange1ina s singing will ruin her wedding; Nikki vows to find the truth about Diane's murder. Sharon s accidental meeting with Adam infuriates Nick; Devon gets a Christmas surprise from Katherine. Ursula Davis and Soranda Turner were crowned queen and runnerup,respectively, during the annual Mt. Moriah Day. Toni Davis and Michael Jackson, respresentatives of Naomi Sims Skin Care, were two of the vendors at the First Friday Networking Event. Florida Sentinel's "Around the Town" photographer captured Ms. Sarah Del Vaile and Ms. Vivienne Davis at an event. Florida Sentinel's "Around the Town" photographer took pictures of Dr. Margaret Fisher and Ms. Kimi Gray Of Chicago at a charity event. DACCO sponsored a youth seminar at a local recreation center. Among those in attendance were, Back Row Oeft to right): Howard Brady, George Robinson, Nekayla Bacon and Jorge Gonzalez. Front Row: Jessica Robinson, 'Lisa Ryan and Tonya PittmaJt. 'TI r-0 ::c C/) m z m r-aJ c: rr-gJ z "'D c: m r-c;; ::::t m c m < m m :J> z c 'TI ::c m en


All About You! 0 C'\1 a: w CD w (.) w c Pen Pal >=<( c en w :::::1 1-c a: LL c z <( c en w :::::1 1-> a: w > w c w :I: en :J CD :::::1 Q. JEREMIAH WATERS z ;:::: w COREY And 'IWILA ..J ..J It takes a strong woman to ..J wear that title and baby you w wear it well. Enjoy your day, Corey. z w en <( c a: 0 ..J LL With time comes pa tience and understanding of self. But, with growth and maturity comes value and morals that are price less ... Jeremiah Waters, 485-44-018 FCI, P. 0. Box 1031, Coleman FL, 33521. 1+1 =2' COREY And 1WILA As you see, there's no room for 3, I've got you and you've got me In your pocket is where I'm going to be. Happy birthday, Corey. Merrv Christmas. AndHappv New Year We wish everyo ne a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!! We pray God's contin ued blessings on you and yours. Always in Christ, Vision Of Harmony. VISION OF HARMONY Our Militar_y Men And Women Completes Private Graduates Basic Combat With Distinction Training Army National Guard Pvt. John D. Akins, II, has com pleted a 9-week Basic Combat Training course. He partici pated in a graduation cere mony held at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. Pvt. Akins was a l so re cently promoted to the rank of Pri vate Two. He is the son of Ms. Renee M. Graham, and grandson of Ms. Ruth Saffour, both of Tampa. Pvt. Akins graduated from Spoto High School in 2010. Private Completes Basic Training Army Pvt. Shaneequa A. Vandecruise recently grad uated after completing basic combat training She partici pated in a graduation cere mony that took place at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. Pvt. Vandecruise at tended Wharton High School and graduated with the class of2007. Army Pvt. Devin A. Froseth recently graduated from Basic Combat Training course. He earned distinction as an honor graduate during the ceremony took place at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. He is the son of Ms. Susan Berg, of Land O'Lakes, and grandson ofHisaho Nott, of Tampa. Pvt. Froseth graduated in 2011 from Wesley Chapel High School. 3 Complete Militarv Training Atlackland Air Force Base Three military personnel with ties to the bay area recently completed basic military training. All three graduated during ceremonies held at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. The airmen were required to complete an intensive, eight week program that included several areas related to the Air Force Branch of the military. Airman Andrew A. Hicks is the son of Phyllis Goss, of Colorado Springs Colorado, and James Hicks, of Tampa. He graduated from Sierra High School in Colorado Springs in 2006. Airman 1st Class Stephanie D. Kincaid earned distinc tion as an honor graduate She is tl1e daughter of Mark Kincaid, of Hampton, Vir ginia, and Donna Kincaid, of Tampa. She graduated from Salem High School, in Virginia Beach Virginia in 2008. Airman Daniel C. Ramize is the son of Roinelia Naranjo, of Tampa. He is a 2011 graduate of Ocean Springs High School in Mississippi. Cadet Completes Armv ROTC Course Army Cadet Janice S. O'Brien has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge," at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington. The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army National Guard, or Reserve. Cadet O'Brien is a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massa chusetts. She is the granddaughter of Hope LeFrancis, of Chester, NJ, and the daughter of Kerry LeFrancis, ofTampa. Cadet O'Brien graduated in 2008 from West Morris Mendham High School NJ.


-i Readers Share Opinion About Future Of FAMU President 0 m (") BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Last Thursday, Governor Rick Scott called for the im mediate suspension of Florida A & M University president, Dr. James Ammons. By Thursday night, of F AMU students marched to the Governor's mansion to protest Scott's request. Earlier last week, the Board of Trustees decided to reprimand Dr. Ammons rather than suspend him. The con troversy stems over the occur rence of hazing after a drum major died last month. Some Tampa residents shared their opinion of whether the sus pension of Dr. Ammons is warranted, prior to the com pletion of the FDLE investiga tion. Dr. George Foxx said, "Though it is tragic what hap pened at FAMU, but to jump to conclusion before the full FDLE investigation is com pleted is a rush to judgment. President Ammons did not actually commit the wrongful act himself, though he is the ultimate leadership authority at the school. "The final investigation out come should be the determin ing factor for the Board of Regents to decide and not Gov. Scott's jumping to con clusion. My deepest sympathy is with the Robert Champion's family." Andre Walker said, No, Senator Calls On Governor To Withhold 'Rush To Judumenf GOVERNOR RICK SCOTf TALLAHASSEE State Senator Arthenia Joyner (DTampa) on Friday called on Republican Governor Rick Scott to withhold judgment in Florida A&M University's haz ing controversy, and rescind his recommendation to sus pend Dr. James Ammons, president of the historically Black institution. "As a state official and as a degree recipient from FAMU' s undergraduate and law school programs, I have great con cerns over the governor's haste to recommend suspending Dr. Ammons while simultane ously admitting he has no knowledge of any wrongdo ing," Senator Joyner said. "It's particularly galling that the governor justifies his action as a way to assure peo ple the university i s fully coop erating. This i s the sam e Rick Scott who had no s imilar com punction to immediat ely s t e p DR. JAMES AMMONS aside as CEO of HCA when the FBI launched its probe into what became the largest health care fraud case ever in this country's history. Senator Joyner added that any action against officials and employees of the univer sity should be withheld until the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has had time to complete a thorough investiga tion into the death of FAMU marching band drum major Robert Champion, and any financial irregularities cur rently under question. "The governor s knee -jerk reaction inflicts wide-ranging damage but brings us no closer to the truth as to what hap pened in Mr. Champion's tragic death," s aid Senator Joyner. "H e ne e d s to a llow hi s age n c y to c ompl e t e th e inv est i ga tion h e r e qu es t e d b ef or e r e n d e rin g h i s v e rs ion of j u s t ice." they must wait until investiga tion is over But, he should be reprimanded for his actions against Dr. White." Mrs. Sherrie KoonCollins said, "Absolutely not. There is a system of jus tice established --innocent until proven guilty. Does this not matter? As with any orga nizational president, he or she delegates duties and trust that the individuals put in place to oversee and maintain various responsibilities do so accord ing to the designated rules, regulations and policies. "I believe Dr. Ammons has taken the necessary pre cautions to avoid such unfor tunate incidents however he cannot do it alone. No Dr. Ammons should not be suspended before a proper inves tigation has taken place." Dr. Sam Wright, Sr., said, "Based of the structure of the University system, the Board of Trustees has the fidu ciary responsibility to govern Universities. I believe Governor Scott should rely on the expertise and judgment of those professionals serving F AMU in that capacity. In fact all the facts should be gathered and the investiga tion should be final before the Board of Trustees and/or the Governor intervene(s). After all, due process is the order of the day!" James Ransom said "Is a person guilty until proven in nocent? While I believe that Dr. Ammons deserves due process and should be forded an opportunity to spond to any charges The question not be whether or not should be retained, sus.perl<1ei11 or fired, the question must should we save the of the school or save his job? "Whatever Dr. did or did not do his should not be decided haste. If he acted in a ntoJ.J.-U.Jl-o formed, appropriate, sible, and timely manner, should be praised and m s: Ill m ::0 ported. If the facts reveal "'T1 leadership on his part, 6 Ammons should accept ::0 sponsibility and spare 0 SChOOl from the )> negative impact that cause great damage." z Three Held In FAMU Band Member's Alleged Beating ::::! z m r-Ill c: rrm ::! z ., A freshman Florida A&M Uni vers i ty band member was r e portedl y be a t e n s o badly, s h e c o uld barel y w alk becau se s h e was all egedly se en as the l ea d e r of th e ple dge for a sec ret gr oup of Geo rgia n atives known a s R e d Dawg Ord e r," acc ording to authoriti es T h e victi m w as on a full s c hol a r s hip at FAMU and b elieved s h e h a d no ch o ice but to b e part of th e h azi n g ritual s Bria Shante Hunter was r e portedly punch e d in the l e g s and hit with a sp a tula note book binder and rulers on con secutive days because she tried to get out of a group meeting, and she could not properly recit e information about the club according to her attorney. She was hospital i zed with a broken thigh severe bruising and blood clots. Three band members all males, have been charged in Hunter' s beating Police said Hunter, who played clarinet was b eaten about three weeks before drum major Robert Champion died in Orlando during what was said to hav e been a hazing on a band bus. He was also a le a der clarinet player and like Hunter, from Georgia Hunter will surrender her four year $82 ,ooo scholarship to transfer to another s chool according to h e r attorne y who als o s ai d the y will b e s uin g the univ ers ity Polic e in Talla h assee sai d the thre e b a nd m e mb e r s re s pon s ibl e f or the hazi n g wer e a r res t e d a t a n o ff-ca mpu s c: Ill r-(i) m 0 m < m ::0 < -i c: From left to right: Aaron Golson, James Harris, and Sean Hobson. m 0 c apartm ent. Sean Hobson, 23 Aaron Golson, 19, and James Harris, 22 were charged with hazing. The police report states Hunter was targeted October 31st by other members of the Red Dawg Order because the men believed she was lying about a meeting that conflicted with a club gathering She was reportedly punched on the tops of her thighs b y Golson and Hobson, according witnesses. Hunter was lined up 11 other pledge ordered to her legs as if were abo.ut march, and hit again again, police said TP,e pledge were also struck on back of the head for not KlliOW ing iDformation about group or '!>eing unable to poems for the order. Prevention & Education Extractions Crowns & Bridges Dentures Partials Root canal Therapy Repair & Relines Gold Crown (Real) Available Patient Relaxation l> z c "'T1 c


a: w lXI :iE w 0 Cahoon Elementarv Has Annual Christmas Concert w C The students at Cahoon Elementary School celebrated the Christmas season with its annual concert at Lowery Park. Family members and friends were there to enjoy the program (Photos by Julia Jackson) C/) w ::J .... Principal Joanne Griffiths and lead teacher, Diana Wittorf share their excitement about the Christmas program. Hermione was one of those in the choir. William Andrews, IV was part of the program. Adam Andrews was also one of those in the program. Church ___ eei-Bbrates Pastor's 5th Anniversarv Under the Blood House of Prayer celebrated the 5th anniversary of its pastor recently. (Photos by Julia Jackson) Rev. Barbara and Kathartis Neal celebrating her 5th anniversary. The speaker of the evening was Evangelist Rethel Burns of New Life Ministries, Georgia. The welcome was given by Mother Irene Green. The step team, Divine Inspiration also performed. The Under The Blood Praise Team opened the service.


ocal Alpha House Uses Holidav Season To Empower Young Moms BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Thirty years ago, a group of volunt eers opened an office to help pregnant women in crisis. The office was transformed into a maternity home dedicated to empower ing teenager and young adult mothers. The mission of the Alpha House of Tampa is to em power pregnant and parent ing women in crisis, help them to break the cycle of poverty, and abuse, and be come self-sustaining for themselves and their fami lies In the past, the Alpha House of Tampa has ac cepted gifts from the com munity to provide holiday cheer for the women. How ever, this year, Ms. Ellen Hochschwender, Director of Development and Com munications, said they are using a different approach. The Alpha Angels Pro gram accepts the gifts on be half of the pregnant women, some who are minors them selves. "Our hope for each of our Alpha House moms and their babies and children is that they will receive the sup port and gain the skills they need to be independent and self-sufficient parents when they leave the Alpha House of Tampa. "To help achieve this goal, we have instituted a new pol icy regarding holiday gift do nations that empowers each mom to provide a meaning ful holiday experience for her family." She further said that the organization is accepting gift cards in the amount of $25 or less from major national retailers. This will allow the young mothers to shop for their own children and learn ing about managing finances while working within a budget. Ms. Hochschwender further stated that the organ ization accepts cash dona tions year -round to benefit the mothers. Anyone wishing to contact the Alpha House of participate in the Alpha Angels Program can call (813) 875-2024, or visit the website at w\vw.a lph ahouse oftampa.org. New Book Shines Spotlight On Our Plight BY TAMECA JOHNSON Freelance Writer Back in the 1970s, Marvin Gaye asked the ques tion, "What's going on?" Today, questions about our present and past continue, only this time they're being asked by two local writers in a newly released book. Florida Sentinel colum nist Randolph Kinsey, along with Dr. Carl Warren, Sr., recently penned a book entitled: The Burning Question for Blacks: Who Are We? "We feel Blacks have lost the concept of who they re ally are," says Kinsey. "We remind readers who Blacks were, who we are supposed to be, who we are today, how we became this way and the things we must do to get back on the right track." Kinsey says the book takes readers from Africa to the White House and beyond. He feels Black Amer ica is causing a lot of internal damage, with s uch things as black-on-black crime, going against the very nature of who we are as a people. We are pa ss ionate car ing and very moral people, but we've gotten hook ed into things that l ead u s astray. We let other people define who we are and we act out the part. The book 's co-author agrees. "We must stop com plaining and blaming other people," Warren says. "Rather than complaining about what others are doing, we need to get busy taking care of ourselves, our com munity, our children and our families." Both men believe one of the primary culprits in the plight of Black America is our children's inability to read. According to Kinsey, if a child can t read, a textbook means nothing to them. "When they come to class and there is a discussion about a book or article they have no idea what the teacher is talking about, so they act out." For more information call (813) 335-6361. Ada T. Pavne Friends Of The Urban libraries Celebrates With Holidav Dinner ADA T. PAYNE FRIENDS AND THEIR GUESTS The members, family and friends of the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries gathered at the Colonnade Restaurant re cently to celebrate the Christmas Holidays with a festive dinner and liv e l y conversation. Those in attendance were: Lovie James, Lonnie Carson, Herman Monroe, Dr. Aaron Smith, Deloris E. Lewis, Gerogette Johnson, Annie Mae Blake, Myrna Shu-CHALLENGING TRADITION EMBRACING THE TRUTH ... man, Darlene Harris, Lou Henry Davis, Robin Gibson, Fran Costantino, Renelda Sells, AI Malone, Kim Malone, Howard Harris, Ethel Harris, Bev Bouchee, Mr. Bouchee, Earl Adams, Gloria Andrews, Kathryn Quarles, Wilhemena Albury, Mary James, Brenda Staton, Julia Jackson, Susie Milner, Yvette Lewis, Kim Malone, John Hartman, Julie Hartman, gra nd son Timee and Mike Sells. The Friends of the Urban Libraries is a dedicated non profit organization that sup ports the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr., Robert W. Saunders and ., West Tampa Libraries. r-Each year, the "Friends" fund educational plays, com-0 munity programs, youth ac-l> tivities, extra equipment books and many other useful z services that compliment the ::! z libraries programs. m Howard Harris is pres-r-ident of the organization. r rm ::! z 'lJ c CJ c CJ) ::I: m c m < m ::rJ -< ---4 c m CJ) c FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011 )> z c ., ::rJ c Pre-registration before Thursday, December 22nd at 7 P.M. guarantees a gift for your child. Requests for toys after 7 P.M., Thursday, December 22nd are not guaranteed. Please 4 P.M. 8 P.M. @ G'S PLACE COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER leave the following infonnation on our voicemail: Parents name, zip code, each child's age and sex. Children must be present to receive gift. LOTS OF DOOR PRIZES FOR EVERYONE AND GREAT TOYS FOR EVERY KID. PRE-REGISTER FOR THE EVENT AND BE THERE BY 4 P.M. TO ENSURE A SEAT.


a: w Appreciation Celebration Honors Minister Janice Nunn-Nelson m :E An appreciation celebra-W tion was held December 6 to () w celebrate 18 years that C Minister Janice Nunn c en w ..... Nelson has been musician at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Zephyrhills. The program was held at Northside Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Ricardo Robinson, Pastor. Minister Isaac Ruffin was the Master of Ceremony. A native of Tampa, she was educated in the Hillsborough County School System. She attended Hillsborough Community College and Southern University. A member of Macedonia M. B. Church in Zephyrhills where her father, Rev. Eddie Nunn was the pastor, Minister NunnNelson was the Minister of Music, organist, Bible C instructor and fE Administrative Assistant for c the pastor. Minister z <( c en w ..... w > w c w l: en ::::i m D.. z i= w ..J ..J ::;:) m ..J w z i= z w en ct c a: 0 ..J u.. Senica Lowe sang for the honoree. Nunn-Nelson began her Christian life at St. John Progressive M. B. Church. The mother of 3 biological children and several adopted children, Minister NunnNelson has written, direct ed, produced several plays and other events. Musically, she has sang and recorded with the Florida Mass Choir, under the leadership of Dr. Arthur T. Jones and Milton Biggham, Patti LaBelle, AI Green, Shirley Caesar and more. In 1973, Minister NunnNelson was Miss Black Florida and went on to earn the 3rd place title in the national competition, Miss Black America. Minister Nunn-Nelson is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Eddie (First Lady Geraldine) Nunn, Sr. and the wife of Alfred Nelson. (Photos by Lomax Mcintyre) Carlton Brown participated on the program. The honoree, Minister Janice Nunn-Nelson. Minister Isaac Ruffin was the Master of Ceremony. James Robbins paid tribute to the honoree. Parents of the honoree, Rev. an

2oth Annual Aritha Scon Christmas Dinner Held On Sunday, December nth, members of the Progress Village Community gathered for the 26th Annual Aritha Scott Senior Citizens' Christmas Dinner. The dinner was held at the Progress Village Recreation Center and hosted by the Progress Village Civic Council. Those in attendance enjoyed a holiday meal, prayer, and music. The highlight of the event was the Annual Hat Fashion Show, and many of the models wore hats they designed. (Photographs by Isaac R. Parsons). Ms. Linda Washington is the President of the Progress Village Civic Center where the Christmas Party took place. Ms. Emma Chatmon-Williams and John Singleton were among those in attendance at the festive annual dinner. State DHSMV warns Customers AboutUnnecessarvFees TALLAHASSEE -The Flo-rida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has issued a warning to its customers about decep tive websites that lure people into paying a fee to access DHSMV's online motorist services. The official-looking websites require their cpstomers to pay a surcharge for their assistance. DHSMV does not require a surcharge for any of its websites. The owners or creators of the misleading websites have paid a fee to search engine companies to ensure their links are at the top of the webpage when Internet users search for DHSMV's online services website, GoRenew.com. When customers go to the websites, they are asked for a name, contact information and credit card information, and then are charged just to get to DHSMV's websites. Ms. Julie Jones, DHSMV Executive Director said, "To say the websites are misleading is an understatement. They provide small disclaimers that state they are not affiliated with the department and then proceed to charge customers anywhere from $25 to $so. It is an unbelievable racket." DHSMV officials said the websites are technically legal because they add a disclaimer stating that they are not affili ated with the department or government. "The Department wants to arm our customers with information about these illusive websites so they are not duped into paying unnecessary fees of any kind. The websites are legal, but unethical," Ms. Jones said. The models created some of the stunning designs featured in the Annual Hat Fashion Show. The models shown seated: Ms. Jackie Mix, Ms. Sharon Jackson, Hat Show Moderator; Ms. Lavyonne Culbreath, Hat Show Coordinator; and Ms. Twanda Bradley. Standing were: Ms. Barbara M. Collins, Ms. Alice Singleton, Ms. Vonshanita Kilpatrick, Ms. Kimberly Bell, Ms. Gail McCall, Ms. Debra Jackson, Hat Show Coordinator, and Ms. Shirley Davis D'Ante Ford helped serve the food at the annual holiday dinner. Ms. Denise Johnson and Elder Leland Johnson attended the dinner and admired its grace and beauty. AUTO ACCIDENT AT FAULT, NOT AT FAULT, PICK UP SERVICE AVAILABLE LAROCCA INJURY CENTERS, LLC Call First 727-797-7090 .... ....


Local c) N a: w m w (.) w c Howard w. Blake's Poets Shine >On Thursday, November cn 10th the Creative Writing Department at Howard W. 1-Blake High School held its c a: LL c Z <( c C/) w ::> 1-w > w c w :t: C/) :::i m ::> a.. z i= w ...I ...I ::> m ...I w z i= z w C/) <( c 0 ...I LL N """ most successful and most relevant Poetry and Prose reading to date. An audience of over 300 individuals gath ered to enjoy a Multimedia Movement. The annual reading is planned by the graduating seniors and the class of 2012 did not disappoint! This event focused on perform ances of original poetry and stories based on the effects of technology on the lives of today's youth. rhe perform ers were in grades 10 through 12. Some poems were serious, others light hearted and funny. The stage was set up as a cyber cafe and the sets in cluded poems about Twitter, Facebook, CNN and Pan dora. One of the high points of the evening was when foot ball star and creative writing major, Marcus Carter per formed his poem, "Shattered by Shouts" and skyped him self on screen. The show employed many uses of technology, in cluding iPods, iPads and iPhones. The Director and teacher for the program, Casey Curry performed an award winning poem about texting entitled "Ictus and Breve' Loss." The performers dressed in uninterrupted white tops and blue jeans and ended the show by pow ering off complete with the sounds used in standard computers shutting down. The 150 students that major in Creative Writing at Blake High are now planning the next event, their annual Spring Reading to be held on April 11th where the 9th graders have the opportuni ties to take the stage as well. (Photos by Lomax Mcintyre) Director of Creative Writing, Casey Curry perfonning on stage. Elena Stephenson, Azhany Haynes and Atlanta Beasley. Seniors Martha Velegas, Carte.r, Meghan Flyn, Catherine Tinker, Alex Scott, if Tovonnia Lewis, Shaquia Alexis Welcome, Heather Mills celebrate a successful per-fonnance. .. School Receives $100,000 Contribution Last week members of New York Life Insurance Company presented a $too,ooo check to St. Peter Claver Catholic School. From left to right: Stefan Kooistra, Assistant Vice President; Thomas Toomey, Vice President; and Steven Kramer, Managing Partner at the New York Life Tampa Office are shown with Doug Tuthill, President of Step Up For Students (center holding check). The scholarship recipients at St. Peter Claver Catholic School are: Precious Norton, Teaira Jackson, Antwan Wells, Anthony Horton, Ciera Sims, Keionne House, JaDaya Walker, and Justin Sims. BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Last week, students at St. Peter Claver Catholic School became the recipients of a $10o,ooo d ontribution. The donation is part of a national movement to provide educa tional opportunities for lowincome students throughout the state. On Tuesday, representa tives from New York Life Insurance Company visited St Peter Claver Catholic School and met with some of the children who would benefit from the contribution. The funding is part of the Step Up For Students Initia tive that provides scholarship for students based on need and not academics. The con tribution will provide scholar ships for 24 low-income children to attend the school that best meets his or her in dividual learning needs. Doug Tuthill, President of Step Up For Students said, "Thanks to New York Life Insurance Company's generos ity, more children will have the opportunity to fiild the school that best fits the way they learn. Through. this partnership, New York Life is en abling our organization to continue to change lives, and we couldn't be happier to have their support. St. Peter Claver Catholic School is one of 1,200 schools in the state who will benefit from the program. This year, members of the New York Life Insurance Tampa Office partnered with Step Up For Students to redi rect their tax liability to fund scholarships for students from k;indergarten through 12th grade. In turn, the com pany will receive a 100% tax credit for their donation. The Scholarships for Step Up For Students ate funded by corporate tax redirections. This year the organization has approximately 38,ooo students on scholarship. ((The Voice of Our Speaking for Itself" I. (813) 2481921


L-aJ State ffi en asoniclodges Distribute Food Boxes Feds Reiect Florida's $100M Earlv learning Grant Request r a J M as oni c s i s t e r s brothe r s came t ogethe r t o with the community Pleasant L o d ge # 13, Roo Fos ter Council #3, u a C h apter #32, I da h o ende r y # 6 Hill s b o r o #242, and Unit y C h a p55 n g those w h o h e lp e d b oxes and b ags of we re: Barbara Griffin, a Nurse, Hope Sherry Tolbert, Yates, Christina !i' past member Jacobs, Byron n Tangi Gavin, us Bryant, eon Bennett, WorMatron Theresa Green-Johnson, Frank Tillman, Steven Effler and Bobby Jones Not shown, Worshipful Mas ter Calvin Atkinson and Andrew Bennett. at American Teach In At Riverhills Elementary School Seve r a l m e mb e r s fro m th e communi ty s t op p e d by River hill s E l e m e n tary School l ast mo n th for Grea t ca n Teac h In Sentinel p h o t ogra ph er, Lomax Mcintyre was one of t h e g u e s t s (Photos b y Mcintyre) These community guests are Andria N. Thomp(Adjunct Professor Paralegal), Jason Mims Institute) and Adrienne Brown (Science ReTeacher). Mrs Jones with her 5th grade class: Anthony, Bria, Asia, D equarius, M ailin, I sabel, Amerie and Denecia. """a"'TI"" White (musician), Cori Pflugradt, Joe AfJronti (Mayor of Temple Terrace), Captain Ernest (Delta Airlines Pilot), and David Smith, Jr. (musician). (') TALLAHASSEE -Gov. Rick Scott sa i d the federal govern-m ment rejected Florida's bid for a $100 million early l earning gran t 3:: m because he wou ldn't accept the money i f there were "strings at-m tached." ::D Scoring sheets released by the U.S. Education and Health and Human Services departments, though, indicated many other fac t ors 1\) also combined to doom the bid. The Republican governor said the state was asked for a commit ment of state dollars to maintain the effort to benefit at-risk children after the federal money runs out and for adoption of burdensome regulations on private providers." "We s tuck to our principles, and unfortunately our insistence against irre s ponsibly using one-time dollars for recurring govern ment programs did not win favor of the administration in Washing ton, Scott said F l orida received low marks for articulating the rationale for its agenda and goals, statewide coordination, access to high-quality progress, effective use of assessment systems, statewide standards and a common statewide quality-rating and improvement system. Scott's stance, though, disappointed advocates of early learn ing. "The money would have allowed our state to take a lot of discon nected parts in early learning and connect them, said Suzanne Gellens, executive director of the Tampa-based Florida Association for th e Education of Young Children. I don t know that there was anything that would be burdensome to private providers. u.s. Anornev General Goes After States Challenging Voting Rights Act ..... "T1 r-0 ::D c )> en m During a speech given in Texas last night, U S Attorney Gen-z eral Eric Holder criticized legal challenges launched by states -::::! including Florida-againsj: the section of the Voting Rights Act that requires approval of election laws in certain areas Holder also af-rfirmed the need for vigilance against laws aimed at rolling back vot-m ing rig hts ?= Accordin g t o a dr aft of hi s s p eec h r e l ea sed to th e pre ss Holder ralso said that he was taking a thorough look into Florida s centro-versial new elections law. z "We're also examining a number of changes that Flori d a has "tJ made to its electoral process," he said, "including changes to the C procedures governing third-party voter registration organizations, as well as changes to early voting procedures, including the number (i) of days in the early voting period." ::::S::: "Although I cannot go into detail ab out the o ngoing review o f these and other state-law changes," he continued, "I can assure you m that it will be thorough-and fair. We will exanline the facts, and < we will apply the law. If a state passes a new voting law and meets its burden of showing that the law is not discriminatory, we will fol-< low the law and approve the change. And where a state can't meet this burden, we will object as part of our obligation under Section 5 m of the Voting Rights Act. en Florida has not been the only state facing scrutiny from the fed-eral government. Holder also mentioned interest in other states ....... such as Texas and South Carolina. Both states were among several l> z that enacted new photo ID requirements to vote. c Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season! r for Supervisor of Elec tions Hillsborough County "T1 ::D c


rl:s Plant Panthers Win State ChampionshiP Plant players Antonio Crawford (left) and Austin Roberts join students in the stands celebrating their 4th state title in six years. For the fourth time in six years, the Plant Panthers are winners of the 8A State Football Championship. The Panthers defeated a tough Miramar High School squad 31-20 at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. > Plant head coach, Robert Weiner, said he feels they got what they deserved LL because of their hard work. Because of their big-name < prospects, including All American cornerback, Tracy Howard, Plant was expected to fall big time but after th e game, it was felt that Miramar (13-1) may have taken Plant lightly in the early stages of the game. Panther quarterback, James Few, didn t have his best game completing s-of-14 passes for 47 yards, but he did contribute 57 rushing yards. >1-------------------------------------Armwood Wins Class &A State Title Armwood head coach, Sean Callahan, gets a lift from his players after they defeated Miami Central for a state title. Armwood completed their undefeated season (15-0) by a: bringing home the State 6A football title Armwood defeated Miami Central 40-31 to join Plant High School as the second team in Hillsborough County win a state title this season. Armwood's Matt Jones grabbed an So-yard touch down pass in the fourth quar ter to lift his team to victory after a tough Central team made it close in the second quarter, closing the gap to 16-14. A 36-yard field goal b y Central's Emilio Nadelman made th e score 30-24, and Jones answered with the big So -yar d score. Bucs lose ath Straight To Cowbovs After the Dallas Cowboys sprinted to a 28-o lead last Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers all they had to do is hold on for a 31-15 victory, and send the Bucs to their 3th straight loss. The Bucs turned in another mistake-filled game and looked like the young, inex perienced squad some had said they were at the begin ning of the season. Th e final two games or the Bucs will be against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panth e rs, and Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. BarrvBonds Sentence Staved, Pending Approval BARRY BONDS A judge has stayed Barry Bonds' sentence of 30 days of house arrest and 2 years of probation pending an appeal. The 47-year-old Bonds was sentenced Friday fol lowing a federal conviction on obstruction of justice charges. Bonds was convicted in April of giving misleading testimony to a grand jury. The former Major League Baseball star faced up to 21 months in prison and prosecutors had asked for a 15-month sentence. In handing out her sentence, the judge observed that she agreed with the jury that Bonds tried to obstruct justice. Just that he failed. She noted that he did not threaten witnesses, for exampl e When I first read his grand jury testimo ny three and a half years ago I observed the same thing. You can tell Barry wanted to perjure hilJlself. He just was pretty damn bad at it. The judge also noted that the sentence took into account that Bonds has a strong record of philanthropy, much of which is unpublicized For now, Bonds' sen tence is on hold pending appeal. Yellow Jackets Pan wavs With Head Football Coach After three seasons, Howard W. Blake head football coach, Harry Hubbard will be leaving According to reports released Tuesday, Hubbard was terminated from his position. Hubbard recorded a 9-21 record in three seasons at Blake, only winning 8 games the last two seasons, includ ing this yea r playing in the 9-team Class sA-8 with Jesuit, Robinson, Lakewood and Spoto. The Yellow Jackets last won a state championship in football in 1969 when it was still a predominately Black high school under the lead ership of the late legendary coach,-Abraham (Abe) Brown. Since that time, the team has made it to the post season once, in 2000. Hubbard followed Sean Washington as Blake's head coach. He had been head coach at G. S. Middleton High school where he was credited with HARRY HUBBARD building their program from scratch. His 2004 team actu ally advanced to the Class 4A regional final, losing to Armwood. Hubbard is said to be a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Chamberlain High School, where he was an instructor for 14 years from 19SS to 2002. Hubbard and Blake Athletic Director, Jesse Salters, couldn't be reached for comment. Dunuv Said Change Not Alwavs The Answer With Head Coaches Last Wednesday, Tony Dungy tried to calm down fans in Tampa by saying change is not always the answer when it comes to getting rid of a head coach. Dungy made the statement in light of the displea sure of fans with Tampa Bay Buccaneer head coach, Raheem Morris, and the team 's 4-10 record. Dungy was asked again if he would consider returning to coaching, and once again, he said he's finished. In his six seasons, Dungy led the Bucs to the playoffs four times. In 1996 when I got here, we started off and lost the first five games and ended the season 6-10," Dungy said. "The tough thing is, every one has questions about it, but you want to just stay the course and do what yo u believe in and keep building. The Bucs had a 4-2 record TONY DUNGY and were celebrating a NFC South victory against their rivals, the New Orleans Saints on October 16th. Since then, the Bucs have lost 8 straight games. Coach Morris still has the support of the players, but that ma y not be enough as the Glazers will have the final word on whether Morris returns next season, or will he join Todd Haley, Tony Sparano, and Jack Del Rio as un e mplo ye d head coaches.


Soorts ffi BEAUTY UNUMII ED_:-VI L.A. Police Recover Bears sconie Pippen Plaver's Stolen SB Ring Defamation LOS ANGELES Police say the stolen 1985 Super Bowl ring of Chicago Bears wide receiver Willie Gault has been recovered from a downtown Los Angeles jewelry store. Los Angeles police said in a statement Saturday that Gault's ring from the Bears' victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX along with a wedding ring and five stolen watches were found Thursday. The jewelry was stolen in a Nov. 8 home burglary. Police say 46-year-old store owner Ramin Cohan of Beve rly Hills was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property. He was released Friday after posting $2o,ooo bail. Kobe Brvant's Wife Files For Divorce ... NoPrenup KOBE BRYANT And Wife, VANESSA Just when you thought it was all good as the NBA sea son is finally about to begin. Kobe Bryant suffered another loss this week. After Lamar Odom was traded to Dallas this week, his wife, Vanessa Bryant is also allegedly packing her bags. According reports, Vanessa filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." Sourc es say Kobe de s perately" wants to win Vanessa back and will do "whatever it takes" to save their 10 1/2 year marriage. Vanessa could walk away with half his fortune. According to the legal docs, Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their 2 daughters 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Giana but Vanessa is ask ing that Kobe get visitation rights She's also requesting spousal support and Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition, says he will pay her spousal support. Vanessa signed the divorce petition on December 1. Kobe signed his response on December 7. Bears' Hurd Denies Allegations Of Drug Distribution To NFL Plavers SAM HURD CHICAGO The attorney for Sam Hurd said Friday that his client had never sold drugs to other NFL players, hoping to put any rumors to rest as the wide receiver without a team prepares to fight federal drug charges that could put him in jail for 40 years. Less than an hour after Hurd was cut by the Chicago Bears, defense attorney Brett Greenfield told reporters that his client planned to fight the charges and wanted one thing made clear. "Sam has asked me to address one point, with respect to the rumors that Sam has been supplying drugs to other members of the NFL, out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to team mates anc} out of respect to other play e rs, he 100 percent denies that allegation," Greenfield said. "It is patently and totally false. It just didn't happen." League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL was closely monitoring the situation. Asked about a report that authorities have a list of NFL players with ties to the drug case, McCarthy said: "We are not aware of such a list." SCOTTIE PIPPEN Scottie Pippen took legal issue this week with several media outlets who he says falsely reported he filed for bankruptcy. The former Bulls star filed a $9 million federal lawsuit Tuesday in Chicago claiming the reports earlier this year were wrong and damaging according to the Chicago SunTimes. CTC Basketball Tournament Stans Wednesdav Th e 10th Annual City of Tampa Championship (CfC) Basketball Tournament starts Wednes da y, D ecember 21, 2011. All games will be host ed by Tampa Prep at Walter Athletic Complex 727 Cass St. The Blake Yellow Jackets return as the 2010 CTC Defending Champion. First time participants will be the Sickles Gryphons and the King Lions. Wednesday's Games: 3 p. m. -Blake vs. Chamberlain 4:30 p m. Tampa Catholic vs. Sickles 6 p. m. Robinson vs. Plant 7=30 p m. -King vs. Tampa Prep Thursday's Games: 3 p. m Game 1 and Game 3 losers 4:30 p m -Game 2 vs Game 4 losers 6 p. m. Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner 7:30 p. m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner Friday's Games: 3 p. m. Game 5 vs. Game 6 losers 4:30 p m. Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 6 p m. Game 7 loser vs. Game 8loser 7:30 p. m. -Game 7 vs. Game 8 winners The Mayor's Cup trophy will be presented to the win ning team and the CTC 2011 Most Valuable Player trophy will be presented. For additional information, please call251-8481. HANNAH The more we feature Hannah, the more requests we get from our Beauty Unlimited readers to bring her back again. So to grant your holiday wish, we are featuring Hannah. Remember, this young lady is self-assured and confident, and demands the same from those she comes in contact with. Hannah enjoys posing for the camera and just generally being the focal point whenever there is a crowd around. In the future, Hannah wants to be so successful that people will know who she is simply by saying her first name. The man in Hannah's life must be strong, handsome, respectful, ambitious, and prepared to not give up when the going gets tough. Congratulations to Hannah as this week's Beauty Unlimited feature. If you're Interested l,n being In the Beauty Unlimited or Spotlight, please send your lnfonnatlon and photo, Includ Ing a contact number to: Jcrews@flsentlnel,com. m :::c 1\) 0 1\) 0 "'T'' r-0 :::c c l> en m z :::! z m r-aJ c: r rm :::! z "tJ c: tD c en ::I: m c m < m ::D -< -4 c: m en c l> z c "'T'' :::c c


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Entertainment c l.:..:.:ea:.....d_s_S_c_re_e_n_A_ct-o-rs--:--N-ic-ol-e s-c-he-rz--in-ue-r -:--=-Sn_o_o_p j Honors With 4 Nominations Held At Gunpoint For Smoking Weed In lebanon The Deep South drama The Help cleaned up with four nominations Wednesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, among them honors for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. The adaptation of the best-selling novel also was nominated for b est ensemble cast, along with the si lent film The Artist," the wed ding comedy Brid es maids ," the family drama The De-VIOLA DAVIS AND OCTAVIA SPENCER scendants" and the rom antic fantasy "M idnight in Paris. Davis i s up for best ac tress and Spencer for sup porting actress. Slim Duncan Murdered In Atlanta Recording Studio Brick Squad MC Slim Duncan, 24, was murdered Friday night inside an Atlanta studio. According to investiga tors, the rapper, whose real name was Mario Hamilton, was shooting a video at the studio when trouble arose. Police said they have questioned about e ight people who were at the studio at the time of the shooting, but the y are not ready to name a sus pect in the Police are still trying to find out who the shooter was and Slim was rushed to SLIM G r a d y DUNCAN Memorial where he was pronounced dead. Slim ha s appeared on numerous records with Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka. Singer Ena James Is Terminallv 111 Blues singer Etta James, who has been suffering from chronic leukemia, is terminally ill, her doctor said. Dr. Elaine James, who is unrelated to the singer and has been living with her since March 2010, is now asking James' fans to pray for her. Court documents show that James also suffers from and kidney failure. The 73-year-old entertainer, who is most famous for the hit song "At Last," is now under the 24-hour care of Dr. James, who was hired by the singer's husband, A r t i s Mills, 2001. In 111 ETTA JAMES the 1960s and 1970s, James was in and out of rehab programs for a heroin addiction In 1974 she spent 17 months in the hospital after she was arrested for drug possession and sentenced to drug treatment instead of prison time. Jav-z To Buv Armored car To Protect Unborn Babv Father-to-be rapper JayZ is planning to splash out on an armored vehicle to protect his unborn baby. His wife, Beyonce Knowles is pregnant with the couple"s first child and Jay-Z, 42, is so determined to keep the child safe, he has asked Tom Cruise for advice on th.e safest mode of transport for the family. "Jay is looking at action movie style vehicles like Tom's and wants to make sure they are bullet-proof and 100% safe. He won"t be taking any risks that"s for sure," a source said. In addition to the armored car, the rapper is also planning to splurge on a new home for him and his family in Florida and has told his popstar wife that money is not an object. "'They went house hunt ing together last week and he made it clear that she can pick whichever one she likes. All Jay will care about is that it''s s ecluded and very well protected. "He said to her that even if the house of her dreams costs him 12 million pounds, he"ll buy it. He sees it as a thank you for making his dream to b e a father come true," it said. NICOLE SCHERZINGER After voting off Rachel Crow from X-Fac tor Nicole Scherzinger h as come under fire. While filming a video for her new s ingl e "Try With Me, Nicole and crew d e cided to drive around Mex ico which ended up b e ing a very bad idea. Juice' Actor Busted For Buving 200 Lbs. 01 Marijuana JERMAINE 'HUGGY' HOPKINS Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins has been poppe d in Arizona for allegedly buy ing 200 pounds of marijuana from an undercover detective The actor who starred alongside Tupac in Juice and Morgan Freeman in Lean On Me was charged with two felon y counts of possessing, transporting and trying to sell marijuana. Huggy, 38, reportedly lives in North Carolina now but went to Arizona to make the buy. Police say Hopkins told them h e got involved in th e drug deal to provid e a nic e Christmas for his family. Hopkins is being held on $35,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison. Snoop Dogg is currently under inv es tigation for sparking up in the middle of Lebanon, then featuring the smoke session in a video. The video is entitled "That's ThaHomie." Apparently a big time concert promoter in Lebanon, Roger Kalaouz, was supposed to be Snoop's Middle East rep, which never officially came to fruition. Kalaouz is L-"--..t...ll c m 0 m s: tD m ::c s e e k i n g SNOOP DOG ...... $280,000 ....... and a committment from Snoop to perform two shows in the Middle East Plies Civillv Liable For Nightclub Shoo,ing Plies can breathe a littl e easier now as the troubles from the 2006 nightclub shooting h ave come to an end. Plies and his brother, Ron ell Levatte were found liab le for the 2006 club shooting have to fork over $2ooK to the victims. The award is a far cry from the $10-mill ion the victims were seeking. Plies lawyer also stated that the victims would have PLIES actually came out better as Plies tried to previously settle the case out of court with f! an offer higher than what the 0 jury awarded. ::C en DMX And Wile Agree To VH1's 'Couples Therapy' m z :::! z m r-I:D c rrm Just one montl1 after his appearance on Dr. Drew's lifechangers, DMX is at it again, but this time he brought his wife with him. X and his wife, Tashera have been married for twelve years and have four children together but have been sep a rated for over a yea r. On December 8 2011 the couple began filming a new reality show entitled -"Cou ples The rapy" that will air on VHl. 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c LL c z c( c en w 1-w > w c w :I: en :::J m D.. z i= w ...J ...J m MR. JOSEPH LEEANDREW FLOWERS Mr. Joseph Leeandrew Flowers of Tampa, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. A celebration of life and homegoing service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at 1 p. m. at Harmon Funeral Home, 5002 N. 40th St., Tampa, 33610, with Rev. Aubrey Hodges of St. James M. B. Church, officiating; and Pastor Spencer Pittman of Straight From The Heart Ministry, eulogist. Interment will be made in Rest Haven Memorial Park. Mr. Flowers was born in Tampa and attended Hillsborough County public schools. He lived in Philadelphia, Pa. for 10 years, and returned to Tampa, where he resided until his demise. He succeeded with his passion for his independence which he maintained. He always had a smile and a welcome heart. He was loved very much by many and will be sadly missed by all. He was preceded in death by: both parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leamon (Argie Lee) Frank Flowers, Sr.; two sisters, Mrs. Azzie Lee Flowers Ransom and Mrs. Betty Jean Flowers Stuckey; three brothers, Mr. Leamon Flowers, Jr., Mr. James Robert (Pig) Flowers and Mr. Walter Bernard (Blue) Flowers; and nephew, Henry Flowers. He leaves to cherish his memory: a son, David Flowers Doe; three sisters, Willie Pearl Jenkins of Fort Lauderdale, FL, ...J and Delores Valdez and Mary W Louise Williams ofTampa; godz son, Mr. John Williams; a long i= time and caring friend, Ms. Carz man Monteque; and a host of W other relatives and friends. en VISitation for Mr. James Leec( andrew Flowers will be held Tuesday evening from 5-8 p. ... m. at Harmon Funeral Home. 0 Friends attending the homegoing service are asked to as-semble at the funeral home at 12:45p.m. A HARMON BURIAL MR. JAMES LEE DALE ('POP') Mr. James Lee Dale ("Pop") of 8717 Morrison Oaks Court, Tampa, peacefully fell asleep on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at Florida Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at 3 p. m. at Mount Sinai A. M. E. Zion Church, 2909 North Nebraska Avenue, Pastor, Rev. Lillian Zakay, with Rev. William Tolbert, officiating. Interment will follow in Orange Hill Cemetery. Pop was a native of Eufaula, Alabama, and a resident of Tampa for more than 35 years. He attended Tampa Adult Day High School and Saint Leo College and was a member of the V. F. W. as a loyal patriotic member. He served in the United States Army for 12 years. He was preceded in death by: 5 brothers, John L. Dale, Charlie Dale "Cat," Edmund Dale "Buddy," Eddie Dale "Crab" and Early Dale "Son;" sister, Mittie Comer; and his beloved younger daughter, Natashia C. Dale "Boobie." He leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved and wonderful wife of 43 years, Merion Frances Dale of Pelham, Georgia; his oldest son, Brandon D. Dale of Tampa; his oldest daughter, Lesa Nasser of Bloomington, Illinois; and his youngest son, Leonardo Dale, also of Tampa; his son-in-law, Jeffrey Nasser (Lesa); daughters-in-law, Genine Dale (Brandon) and Denise Cox-Dale (Leonardo); 5 handsome grandsons, Christopher Mack oflndianapolis, Indiana, Reese and Roman Nasser of Bloomington, Illinois, and Alexander and Anthony Dale; and his only precious granddaughter, Celine Marie Dale, all of Tampa. He also leaves behind: 4 sisters, Rosie B. Tolbert, Dora A. Dale, Esther B. Thompson (Willie) and Minnie B. Ross; 2 brothers, Jessie L. Dale and Richard Dale (Fanny) of Tampa; 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Bradley (Jack) of Atlanta, Georgia, Martha Dykes and Luci Samples of Pelham, Georgia; brother-in-law, William Clark (Merdice) of Atlanta, Georgia. Along with count-less cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends, he also leaves behind his niece Beate' Ramadhan (Kimio) of New York; and nephew, Kenneth Clark of Tampa, whom he loved like his own children. He will never be forgotten and will forever live in our hearts. His remains will repose from 4-7 p. m., Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, and the family will receive friends from 6-7 p. m. Arrangements entrusted to RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners. www.raywilliamsfuneralhome.com. MRS. LORETHA HARRIS NASH Mrs. Loretha Harris Nash of 2195 Advana St. NE, Palm Bay, FL, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011, at home with her loving daughter, Karen right by her side. Homegoing services were held Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 11 a. m at Miracle Temple Church, 2001 N. Albany Avenue, Tampa, with Pastor Laura Hargrove, officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery. Mrs. Harris was born in Fort Valley, GA, on January 11, 1932. She was an only child. She moved to Miami, FL, at the age of 17. A year later she moved to Tampa, where she met and married Mr. Isaac Nash, Jr. There are just not enough words to accurately describe Mrs. Nash. She was kind, sweet, gentle, giving and thoughtful and always saw the best in others. She was the kind of person that would give her last to even a stranger. But, most importantly, she was an ordained minister who served God well. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Isaac Nash. Jr.; daughter, Kathleen Williams; and son, Timothy Nash. She leaves to mourn her passing: sons, Isaac (Jeanette) Nash, III, Ronald Nash, Michael (Jackie) Nash, and Kenneth (Jeanna) Nash; daughters, Cynthia Vance, Mary (Charles) Vance, Karen (Timothy) Brown, Deborah (Michael), Lampkins, and Anita (Nathaniel) Butler; grandchildren, AleJIIjandro, Samuel, Natasha, Tamika, Richard, Venson, Jr., Vontrea, James, Charles, Jr., Vontavia, Michael, Isaac, IV, Priscilla, Nika, Eric, Teresa, Donnell, Ronald, Jr., Brittany, Karen, Timothy, Jr., Kennethia, Colleen, Aretha, Tiffany, Alvin, Jr., Eliot, Dawn, Monique, Mark, Arrell, Deanna, Calvin, Jr., Jeremy, Michael, Jr., Shereeta, Stetson, Courtney, Kenneth, Jr., and Kayla; and a host of great, great-great and great-greatgreat grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends. The remains reposed on December 16, 2011, at Stone Memorial Funeral Home, 5016 N. 22nd Street, Tampa, in the Fannie B. Stone Memorial Chapel. Friends weree asked to assemble at the church at 10:45 a. m. on December 17,2011. Arrangements entrusted to Stone's Memorial Funeral Home, 5016 N. 22nd Street, Tampa in the Fannie B. Stone Memorial Chapel. "A FANNIE B. STONE TRADmONAL SERVICE" "Our Business Is Service" 3000 N. 29th Tampa, FL 33605 (800) 605-3350 0 (813) 248-6125 '!'fWW, wilson-funeralhome.com BIRTHDAY MEMORIAM OTIS F. PADGETT Alpha: December 16, 1934 Omega: July 23, 2004 It has been seven years since you .transitioned this life to dwell eternally in the presence of our heavenly Father. We miss you, love you and cherish the time we had with you. We thank God for having given you to us. "Happy birthday" December 16th! We will always keep you in a loving, warm and special place in our hearts. Love always, your wife, Mary; children, daughter-inlaw, son-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren. National IN MEMORIAM MARJORIE LOVETT 01/08/34-12/19/06 In loving memory of our beautiful mother/grandmother. We still love and miss you as much today as we did the day our Lord called you home. Loving you now and always. Until we meet again. Your fanilly. Correction In the memoriam on Friday, December 16, 2011 for Elder R. H. Howard, the word 'life' was misspelled. The statement should have said, "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 2:10. Senate Oks Pavroll Tax Cut Extension: House GOP Irked WASHINGTON-The Senate voted Saturday to temporarily avert a Jan. 1 payroll tax increase and benefit cutoff for the long time unemployed, forcing a reluctant President Barack Obama to make an election-year choice between unions and environmen talists over whether to build an oil pipeline through the heart of the country. The action set up a House vote Monday on the legislation, and some Republicans there were balking. With the still-reeling economy serving as a backdrop, the Senate's 89-10 vote belied a tortuous battle between Democrats and Repub licans that produced the compromise two-month extension of the expiring tax breaks and jobless benefits and forestalled cuts in doc tors Medicare reimbursements. Pres. Obama Campaign Rolls Out Re-Election Plan Top campaign advisers for President Barack Obama laid out a road map to re-election in a press briefing last Tuesday. Campaign manager Jim Messina and chief strategist David Axelrod identified a va riety of different paths to reach the necessary 270 electoral votes. The strategies assume Pres. Obama will carry at least as many states as John Kerry did in 2004, now worth 246 electoral votes. "The Western path to victory adds Colorado, New Mexico, Ne vada, and Iowa, which would give the president 272 electoral votes. The southern path starts with those Kerry states and adds North Carolina and Vir ginia, good for 274 electoral votes. The Midwest path adds Ohio and Iowa, which gives Pres. Obama 270 exactly. The Florida path, just win Florida. That gets him 275. And the cam paign thinks it can expand the map further in a state like Arizona." A noteworthy move, the cam paign plans for President Bill Clinton to take an active role in the re-election effort. "Campaign manager Jim Messina said ... he and top strategist David Axelrod 'got to spend a little time with President Clinton about a month ago, discussing his involvement in the campaign. It was a great time to get his advice, and I think you'll see the president out there with us next year."' Boasting of what he predicts will be another powerful grass roots effort for Pres. Obama, Messina said he believed the president's re-election campaign has "more staffers on the ground in Iowa than any of tl1e other [Republican) campaigns.


Crime c Three Teenagers Arrested For Gun Possession DARIUS ANTHONY FUNCHES ... Charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm Police arrested three teenagers last Thursday after they learned of a plot to shoot a high school student. The teenagers were arrested after deputies conducted a traffic stop and found guns in th e vehicle. According to police, the School Resource Officer at King High School learned that the teenagers inside the vehicle were allegedl y going to shoot a student. The shooting was supposed to take away from the school. After learning about the alleged plot, Hillsborough County deputies stopped the white 2003 Hyundai shortly after 2 p.m. Deputies report edly found t"wo weapons in the car during a search. A .22 caliber handgun was located on the backseat and a .38 cal-MARQUEZ D. OQUENDO ... Charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm iber Rossi handgun was found under the front passen ger's seat, police said. A spokesperson for the Sheriffs Office said they don't have any additional informa tion b eca u se all three were uncooperative. She said Oquendo is a senior at King High School. Police arrested 19-year-old Darius Anthony Funches, Marquez D-Magio Oquendo, 18, and a IS-year old juvenile who was booked at the Juvenile Assessment Center. Funches and Oquendo were booked at the Hillsborough County Jail. Funches po se d a $10,000 bond and Oquendo posed a $2,000 bond, jail record s showed. Police Charge Two Men With Carjacking Elderlv woman DAVID JONES Tampa Police arrested two men Thursday night after they allegedly carjackcd a 7 5-year-old woman. Tampa Poli ce repor that David Jone 1 8, approached th e victim wlth fl handgun after s he pull' nw the driveway of h r hom Jones reportedly litru th woman in th wl h th weapon and g.rabb d h purse. Po&e taJd o. the vidim' fJ v tJV roJJowtul by W n suv driven by Green,JB, Green I repgttj ing a. a Jookotl Utf d j '"'ur a P 9flr th WI 1 Jo 18 in the or a of G r a n S tr t nnd North Jloul vnrd wh r h o jump e d out ond tl'l d to run, hut Wfllllll 'f'{l I d Offl o r found 11 IIIH I th vi tim' pur nt tho Duo Charged With Craigslist Robberv Tampa Police report that on December 4th, a man traveled from Winter Haven, Florida to Tampa to purchase a cell phone that JAMES was advertised HOLDER on Craigslist. The victim traveled to 1501 East Humphrey to buy a phone and met with a Black male in the apartment com plex parking lot to complete the transaction. He was reportedly told to wait there while the suspect went to get the phone. At that point, police said a second man approached the victim, and pointed a hand gun at him, robbing him of his money, car keys and an older iphon e The victim fled to a n earby gas station where he called police. The subsequent investigation identified Tavaris Johnson, 21 and James Holder, 20, as the two men involved in the incident Johnson was charged with possession of marijuana and robbery. Holder was charged with robbery with a firearrn Both men are being held without bond Police Arrest Man for lewd Molestation On December 12t at s:30 p m. Lakeland Police arrested Darryl Taylor, 25, and charged him with three counts of lewd molestation of a child under 12, 8 counts of lewd molestation of a child 12 to 16, and 2 counts of lewd battery of a child under 15. Detectives said an investigfh tion began on November 14 when the father of one of the victims contacted police and r eported his child had been sexually molested by Taylor. The victim revealed to an e ld r at the Born Again C hurch of God in Christ that h e had b e n molested by Taylor. The e ld er contacted Lh c hild 's fath r An inv es tigation was con duc t d and information I v a led three other victim's of Taylor. D tcctivcs were abl e to I L onnin that mo s t of th e n ss n ult s oc urred at Taylor's JW vlous nddress, with th last lncld nl oc lilTing nt his cur tant ndclr Rs on o rum Loop Ron d Aut: hot'\1:1 R nls o nrr st d lht oth t m non hnrg s of hi\ I Q wit h nnd rng d hlldt n t ............. .. l ll J Ins I l J r i !!t !U1 n t i I m Judge Dismisses Charge.ln 'Stand Your Ground' (J) c c m 0 m 3: m m :::tl 1'1) 0 A Hillsborough County judg e dismissed an attempted murder charge filed against a security guard. The man shot another man earlier this year. Circuit Court Judge Ashley B. Moody ruled that Carlos A. CatalanFlores, the security guard at Flash Dancers Strip Club, is immune from prosecution under the "Stand Your Ground" law. The law allows people to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel their lives are in danger. Catalan-Flores became involved in a confrontation on May 21st with a group of men as they were leaving the club at 4202 W Cayuga Street. Catalan-Flores told the men they could not take beers with them. One of the men, Uriel PenaGuiterrez, reportedly poured out the beer he was carrying, but had two full cans in his pockets. He allegedly forced the men to pour out the bever ages before leaving. But, the men did not leave, but were sitting in the club parking lot, drinking. As he attempt ed to confiscate the beers, an argument erupted with CARWS A. CATALANFLORES ... Cleared of Attempted Murder Charge Pena. At some point during the confrontation, Pena alleged ly began cursing CatalanFlores and then threw a 1'1) 0 beer bottle at him. f! As Pena allegedly pre-pared to throw a second bot-C tie Catalan-Flores pulled )> his weapon and fired six (J) shots. Pena fled the scene and collapsed a short dis-:::! tance away. Catalan-i!ii Flores called 9-1-1. Pena r survived his injuries. Catalan-Flores bad pep-r per spray, a baton, and his weapon in his possession, :::! but said he was afraid the Z men would overpower him and feared for his life. m c Intruder Drains YMCA Pool (J) :::z:: m c Tampa Police report that a Tampa YMCA had to spend $3,000 after someone emptied the pool. m Police said the incident was discovered by a worker Monday, and the intruder tampered with the valves. -f Police are investigating the incident and no suspect informa-tion has been released. fg WARREN DAWSON ''. ---------)> z c :::tl c


,.... ,.... 0 C\1 0 C\1 a: w ID :E w () w 0 0 C/) w Classi-fieds 0 a: LL. 0 z < 0 C/) w ::J 1-> a: w > w 0 w l: C/) :::l ID ::J Q. z w ...J ...J ::J m ...J w z z w C/) a: 0 ...J LL. 0 N w a.: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 08-CA-00170 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY Plaintiff, vs. SAMUEL D. HARRIS, BERNEL J. HAMILTON-HARRIS AIKA BERNEL J HARRIS, et al Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in this cause by the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County Florida the property described as : LOT 6, BLOCK 10, HERITAGE ISLES PHASE 2D, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 89, PAGE 85, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA will be sold at a public sale to the highest and best bidder for cash, on January 9. 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the George Edgecomb Courthouse 800 E. Twiggs St., Tampa FL 33602 "If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, Ms. Nancy Yanez at 800 E. Twiggs Street, Room 604 Tampa, FL 33602; telephone number 813-272-6457, two (2) working days of your receipt of this notice; if you are hearing impaired call the Florida Relay Services at 1-800-955-8771 (TTY); if you are voice impaired, call the Florida Relay Services at 1-80Q-955-8770 Dated this day of November. 2011. PAT FRANK CLERK OF THE COURT By: /s/ JENNY ALVAREZ As Deputy Clerk GET NOTICED ... Place Your Ad In The Vi Business Directory Contact LaVora @ (813) Fax To: (813) 248 or Email: ledwards@flsentinel.com PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT INVITATION TO BID The SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Florida, seeks sealed bids from qualified bidders for several roof renovation projects, with project costs in the ranges listed below Separate bid documents will be issued for each project, and separate bid responses are required Qualified f i rms can submit bids to the Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Procurement Department on the 3rd Floor of the Raymond 0. Shelton School Administrat ive Center 901 East Kennedy B oule v ard, T a mpa Flor i d a 33602 u ntil bid op e ning at the times indicated below Construction Project Bid No. Designer Cost Range Site Visit Bids Due 3 Sites ( Dickenson, 0219F A C Weber & T inne n P A $670,000 to Note 1 3 :00p. m Coleman, Alexander) $1,000,000 Jan. 5 2012 Claywell 021 8FAC W e b e r & T i nnen P.A. $950,000 to 1 :00 p m 3 : 00p.m $1,430,000 Dec. 15, 2011 Jan. 6 2012 ROSSAC 0 2 1 7FAC C B Goldsmith and $580,000 t o 9 :00a.m. 3 :00p. m Associate s Inc. $870,000 Dec16 ,2011 Jan. 11,2012 Robi nson HS 0 2 1 6FAC C B Goldsmith and $850,000 to 1:00 p.m. 3 :00p. m Associates, Inc. $1,275,000 Dec 16, 2011 Jan 12, 2012 3 Sites (Van Bure n M emori a l Mort) 0220FAC C. B Goldsmith and $525,000 to Note 2 3 :00p. m A ssociates, Inc. $790,000 Jan. 13,2012 Note 1 : Alexander : 9 :00a. m ., 12/14 /11; Coleman : 1 : 00 p m 12/14 /11; Dickenson : 9:00 a m 12/15/11 Note 2 : Mort : 9 : 00 a.m., 1 / 3 / 12 ; Memorial : 1 : 00 p m 1 / 3/12; Van Buren: 1 : 00 p m 1 / 4/12 HCPS will host a non-mandatory pre-bid conference addressing general requirements for all projects at 8 :30a.m. Wednesday December 14 2011 at Alexander Elementary School, 5602 North Lois Avenue in Tampa Subsequently prospective bidders will be afforded an opportunity for site visits according to schedules indicated in the table above The bid documents ident ify specific requirements for bid security surety bonds and insurance. HCPS mainta i ns general requirements applicable to all construction-related bids on the HCPS web site at http :l/ 168 254 1 35 / document s/ standardslindex htm Bond and insurance requirements are detailed in HCPS standard contract available on the HCPS web site Bidders may obtain up to two (2) complete sets of bid documents in PDF format on CD at no cost from the respective designers identified in the table above. HCPS reserves the right to award the bid to the lowest and/or best responsible bidder to waive any informality or irregularity in any bid or to reject any and all bids received. II Condo Pond View Near Hillsborough And Busch 1 Bedroom/1 B a th $600 00 / Monthly Swimming Pool A cces s L a undry F a cility Wat e r And S e w e r Includ e d (813) 390-4169 THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA FOR RENT Waterside Condo 43rd & Sligh 3 Bedroom / 1 .1 Bath WDH CHA Til e Throughout Section 8 Ok Avail able Now MARYELLEN EllA SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS Must See Charming 2 Bedroom Condo II Pool Washer / Dryer Included Owner P a ys W / S/G S ec tion 8 Accepted Ava i lable Call Marie (813) 784 3360 Call (813) 96Q-8490


II 1.!;;;;;;;;;;11 =LE=GA=L N=OT=IC=E ;;;;;;;;;!Ill 1.!;;;;;;;;;;11 II HOMES FOR RENT II 1!=11 F;;;;;;;;;;.OR-=R=EN=T ====--II NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Hillsborough Community College is accepting subm i ssions for the following : RFQ # 2599-12 Continuing Service Contract for Construction Management Services Due Date: 1-25 -12 before 1 :00 p .m. For more information please visit our website at: http :// www hc cf l ed u/ gwsc/admi nand f in an ce/d e partm en t s/ pu r ch as i ng aspx and click on Compet i tive Solicitations and then Current Opportunities." EMPLOYMENT II scdff Admmions and Student Records Specialist (Job #0152) New Pod Ridley Campus CU5llml seMm skis; rOii1y in -mSttllliil Disbby cmm 1mv ro lrtm 0 regmly oroeciled il!lilufim. 1M 0 right rJ \l8laUn's prelerm rMI rJ e/igililly oro otttxh ij to t!M!ir babe rOOWJi rJ th! owlicDtioo deodh dole. Prelened: Moster's degree; 0 rririnun cl!wo .m in o cdlege I lJiwGily fOOlfds m. rmilirtm! Solory fOOj8 is $36,ml omoolly I $1,415 .38 APPlY ... 00 11m th! .lorloy 6 Woo ot All UPIIEIW./ AIIDIIIOIIIUPPUCAJDI IMJEIW IU5'I lii.OADED VIA THE OIUI APPUWIOII SlS1B1 1118: (l) o OMrlenir, (2) o G.ll8'l mme, (3) cl (4) 00-214 (if OOIIi'J 't1!lem's peletm), ... be o1IDd1ed 1o 1he online oppi"KD1ion befcn ........ of .................. 111! review mn be iritided with h rJ loeer, dbll!omaiiJ!s rMI be rQ,ej beflre the inleMew.Hawe oftldal ll'alscrlpts ... 10 ......... lasouRis Oflkl (adcl!ess fu!ro.HeoooOO Coomrily Cdlege Alln: H1m111-res0flice Qoo #0152) 10230 Ridge Rtol New Port RidJly, Fl34654-5 199 All APPUCAHTS MUST SUBMIT AN ONUNE APPUCATION, COVER lfTTER, RESUME, TRANSCRIPTS AND VETERAN'S PREffRENCI DOCUMflfTATION OF APPUCABL) NO lATER 1HAN JANUARY 6 for help wilh m oppi"KD!ioos, COOkKt th! HIKilOO Resources Office ot n? 816-3169 or nl-816-3425. THE COUfGE IS UOSED DECEMBER 15 THROUGH JANUARY 2 FOR WllfTER BREAX. w.bslle: ww.!fu.edt{jObs II HOMES FOR RENT II Grant Park Section 8 Only Large 5 Bedroom/2 Bath Fenced Yard, Burglar Bars Call Sam (813) 417 3455 II Nursing (PN) (Job #0140) Search Reopened Brooksville Campus Posro-Hemondo Community College (PHCQ i s accepting opplirofions for full-fime, forulty. Ardiopomd Simi dole: J

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