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. In-The Tampa Bay Area ,,, SEE PAGE 19 VOL. 67 NO. 39 TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 24 PAGES 75 Terminated Bus Driver Is aa-ck On The Job SEE PAGE 3 Buccaneers Fire Coach Raheem Morris SEE PAGE 15 Kevin White's Co-Defendant Unlit To Stand Trial SEE PAGE 3 HillSBOROUGH COUNTY BRANCH NAACP PRESENTS AWARDS DURING FREEDOM FUND BANQUO The Hillsborough County Branch NAACP Held its Freedom Fund Banquet last month at the Mainsail Suites. The theme was "Affirming America's Promise: Bridging Our Past To Our Future." The keynote speaker was Hilary Shelton, Director of NAACP, Washington Bureau. Branch President, Dr. Carolyn Hepburn Collins, and Banquet Chairperson, Stephanie Brazell presented awards to several individuals. From left to right, Dr. Collins, recipient Dr. Walter Smith, Ms. Brazell, Rev. Shafter Scott, Rev. Dr. C. T. Kirkland and Rev. Dr. Bartholomew Banks. (Photo by Julia Jackson)

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Nr-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Features i Woman Anempting Avoid Hining Dog Hits Fire Hvdrant ::J 1-A busy intersection was closed for nearly 24 hours after a woman struck a fire hydrant. She told police that she attempted to avoid hitting a dog that run out into the street. The accident took place shortly after 7 p m., Tuesday evening at the intersection of E. Waters Avenue and North Boulevard. According to police, Ms. Carmen George, 52, was driving her 1997 Toyota when the dog ran out the road. Ms. George swerved, left the road, and struck a fire hydrant, breaking the water main. Police said flooding in the area caused the power lines and traffic signal to fail. The intersection was closed due to extensive dam age and was not re-opened around 5:30p.m., Wednesday. Voter Registration Deadline Jan. 3rd! The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections said the deadline for anyone wishing to register to vote in the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary will take place next week. All change new voter and change of party registrations must be post marked by January 3; or delivered to any Elections Office by 5 p.m., on January 3, 2012. As a "closed primary" state in Florida, voters must be regis C tered members of a political party to vote for that party s candia: date. In the January 31st election, voters must be registered J.L. members of the Republican Party's presidential nominee. C Anyone wishing to register or update their information may do so at any Supervisor of Elections Office, public library, or dri> ver's license office. (/) w ::J 1-> a: w > w c w :::t: (/) :::i m ::J a.. z i= w ..J ..J ::J m ..J w z i= z w (/) < c a: 0 ..J J.L. Monday, January 16,2012 at 6:45A.M. Hyatt Regency Downtown Tampa Admission $30 -For Reserved Table of 10, Call (813) 546-3926 ... NO Tickets Sold At Door TICkets and Reserved Tables can be purchased on-line at TOBA-NEJWORK.ORG Keynote Speaker Doctor Paulette C. Walker National Rrst Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Purchase TICkets at the following locations: Downtown: The Law Office of Delano s. Stewart, P. A. 505 E. Jackson Street Suite 301 (813) 221-4454 West Tampa: Ray Williams Funeral Home 301 N Howard Ave. (813) 253-3419 La Tanya's Hair Studi o 2942 W Columbus Drive Suite 109 (813) 253-2282 East Tampa: African Extravaganza 1409 Tampa Pari< Plaza (813) 228-7'l72 East Tampa: Open Cafe 3222 N. 34th Street (813) 247-2628 Oriental Fish Company 3608 N 15th Street (813) 247-5128 North Tampa: Bible Based Fellowship 4811 Ehr1ich Road (813) 264-4050 Brandon: Sista Rise N' Shine 213 E. Robertson 51. (813) 662-ffi02 Riverview: Clinton Paris, Esquire Boardwalk of Riverview 10014 WaterWorks Lane (813) 413-7924 After 28 Years: School Bus Driver Retires BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer In 1983, Glenn Williams began his career as a bus driver for the School District of Hills borough County. After 28 years, he has retired. Before Williams started working as a bus driver he worked for the City of Tampa as a meter reader, and per formed other odd jobs. He said it was an acquaintance that got him started driving school bus. "I was undecided, but when I thought about the fact I would be helping young people get their education, I wanted to do it." Williams began by driv ing in the Riverview area. Later, he drove to Brandon and Buchanan, then started covering most of the elemen tary and high schools in the county. "I started making trips to Plant High School, and in 2007, I became the bus driver Glenn Williams, with his Outback Bowl tee-shirt on, holds a pair of tickets to the game. for their away games. "That's when I met Aaron Murray (now the starting quarterback at Georgia). He al ways sat in the front of the bus to my right, and we developed a friendship that continued until he left for Georgia. I told him I would come and watch him play, but I never got t he chance to do it." With Georgia playing in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium, Williams said he felt this was a game he had to see. "Aaron is a junior now, and I want to see him play be fore he graduates. "The first day tickets were on sale, I picked up two, and Aaron doesn't know I'll be at the game. But, I'm going to make sure we meet at Busch Gardens when the team visits the park." Williams said driving school buses was a secure job for him, and it was something he knew would be around in the future. "Now that I'm retired, one of my goals is to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Can ton, Ohio. I also want to travel to see some family members, and just generally relax." Currently, Williams is working part-time for Aiken's Funeral Home, and just enjoy ing his retirement. Caregivers Helping Hand To Host Health Fair Caregiver's Helping Hand, Incorporated is invited the public to join them for a Mini Health Fair on January 25, 2012 at the Barksdale Center, 1801 North Lincoln Avenue. The event will start at 10 a m. and end at 1 p. m. Caregiver s Helping Hand has established a community service organization that im pacts the community b y teach ing youth the importance of Sears Holdings Announces First Store Closings Last week, the Sears Holdings Company announced that between 100 and 120 of its stores will close because of poor sales. The company recently released the list of the first 79 stores slated to close. Ten of those locations are in Florida. According to the list posted on the company's website, 3 Grand/Essentials Stores in D eland, Stuart, and Port St. Lucie, are scheduled to close. The list also said the Sears Store in Crystal River will close. A tota l of 5 K-Mart Stores in Fernandina Beach, Call away, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine Orange City and Pompano Beach a r e a l so targeted for closing, volunteering and how they can make a positive difference in the lives of others by helping seniors with code violations with the city of Tampa by cleaning up and painting their homes. They also help young people understand aging and ageism issues like how important independence is for sen iors. "We dispel aging myths by having them interact with healthy seniors as well as dis abled adults," said Richedean Hills-Ackbar, Executive Director and Founder. "We are improving the lives in our community with posi tive intervention for youth and support services for local fam ilies and aging adults. Our mis sion is to always give a helping hand wherever we can in our community. The Florida Law States That You May Be Entitled To $10,000 For Loss Wages And Medicat care ... Service SUpport and Help from the beginning to the end. Splnalln)urtes Neck Pain Back Pain Hlp Pain Leg Pain Transportation Available Auto Repair Body Shop Specializing In: Car Accidents Pedestrian Incidents Motorcycle Ac.r:idftnb L I Truck Accidents Slip and Falls Bicycle Bus And More ... (PIP Insurance Needed) "Don't be victimized twice for an accident that wasn't your fault" Call Michelle B. Patty Local: 813-495-3702 Toll Free 1-866-352-4200 Available 24 Hours A /7 Days A Week MlchelleB. too.

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-1 Fceatures c Terminated HART Driver Judge Rules Detendantln Back On The Job Briberv case Not Competent BY GWEN HAYES Sentinel Editor Two days before Christmas, Vanessa Cephus learned that her termination had been overturned after a series of ar bitration meetings Ms. Cephus returned to work on Thursday and said she s looking forward to work ing with the new people that have been hired during her ab sence. It was in February, 2011, when she was terminated after being off from work February 15-18, 2011. She has asthma. Although she was cleared by her doctor to be off work until Feb. 21, 2011, she received 2 absences, which led to her termination. She had no discipline problems as a driver. As President of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1593, Ms. Cephus continued to conduct union business and fight for the jobs of other termi nated employees. Although she had to go through several levels of arbi-MS. VANESSA CEPHUS tration for her own case, Ms. Cephus said she never gave up. "It (the case) should have been settled long before this." Having spent 11 years (in June) at HART, Ms. Cephus says she survived the tough times by taking part time jobs and with the support of her family. She was looking forward to getting back on the job, but a little nervous, too. "There have been a lot of changes and a lot of new people that have been hired. But I'm looking forward to the new experience." Ms. Cephus returned to work with her benefits intact. Father's Wish For 20121s That Parents Share Positive Stories About Children BY GWEN HAYES Sentinel Editor Cedric (Coach Ced) Spencer is a 'proud' father of 2 adult children His son, Reginald T. Randall, who recently cele brated a birthday, has been em ployed with Hillsborough County as a Firefighter for 7 years. He is in the U. S. Air Force Reserves, stationed at MacDill AFB, and he has an A. A. degree in Fire Science from Hillsborough Community Col lege. He's currently pursuing a B. S. degree at USF. The 2002 graduate of Chamberlain High School has always displayed leadership qualities. He did so by encour aging his god-sister, LaMesha Mingo to pursue a career as a firefighter. She recently gradu. ated with the City of Tampa. His daughter, Cedricka Spencer, who made her debut in the Sentinel as an 11-year old Storyteller, is also a student at USF pursuing a degree Spencer, however, is not the only proud parent. He knows that parents are proud of their children. But, he says, there are more negatives out there. "So often we pick up the paper and read about the many negatives our young men and women have done These things are usually written by REGINALD RANDALL those who don t even have the slightest id e a of who our chil dren reall y are. Trust me, there are many positive stories that parents can share about their children. A message that Spencer says that he has shared with his children is that the choices they make today will decide their future. "They not only affect you today, but will affect your to morrows, he adds. Spencer believes that that's not a message that is shared often enough with young people. Therefore, our young people miss out on the opportunities and resources that are available to them. "I believe that if we share some positive stories about our children, it will make a differ ence in someone's life," Spencer stated Last week, U S Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson ruled that the co-defendant in a federal bribery case is not competent to stand trial. In stead, be was ordered into a hospital in Miami for treatment. George Hondrellis, 45, the owner of Tampa City Tow ing, was arrested in June as the co-defendant of former Hills borough County Commis sioner KeVin White. Hondrellis was charged with 1 count conspiracy to commit bribery; 4 counts of bribery; 1 count conspiracy to commit mail wire fraud; 1 count mail fraud, and Wire fraud. White went to trial in No vember. He was convicted of seven of the ten charges filed against him. However, a judge ruled that Hondrellis was incompetent and ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation. The indictment against Th&nday, Jarury 12, 2012 Rnancill Buslnesa 5emlnar Heritage Movie Night Q & A (Dr. Ben Chavis) Marsha Ambrosius at Straz Center for the Pwfonnillg Arts Friday, Jawary 13, 2012 Heritage Evening Gala at Straz Center for the Perfonnlng Arts featuring Black Violin Skate for Your Ufe Showcase and Competttlon Saturday, January 14,2012 2-0ay Heritage Street Festival This /IO!Xtay >KJekend IMJI1t iS the 1'18811811<1 sW of me ccmmunity. Too Street T-estiYal footuros a sll1g8 of /Q:sJ and 118/iotla/ et!l!lnakmmt as 11t1U as unii1111"V>'Iages. food 811<1 aan Old School Saturday: Headliner-Rose Royce and other local entertainment 5K Walk for cancer at Street Festival Drum Circle at Street Festival Soul Roll Invitational GEORGE HONDRELLIS ... Ruled not competent to stand trial Hondrellis stated that as part of a conspiracy, Hondrellis opened a towing company and was placed on the list for county rotation. He conspired with others, including white's father, Gerald White, to be placed on the ro tation list The rotation list contains the names of wrecker compaJanuary 12-212012 SUnday, January 15,2012 2-Day Heritage Street Festival Gospel/Jazz Qnlay: Headliner-Paul Taylor, Smooth Jazz Saxophonist and other local entertainment 271h Annual National Ml.K, Jr. Drum Major for Justice DIU11 Une'Extravaganza Soul RolllnvltatloOal Henry B. Plant Musewn -UPSTAIRS/DOWNSTAIRS at the TAMPA BAY HOTB. featuring ... Maggie Stroud, Laoodress, 1920 Maggie is a liY8Iy lind a.71bllrus IIQ'1l8IJ who has s sm a tllo 10 tell abaJt f8moos guests 8! the Tllt7l<3 81/y ltJ/8/Incv:lit"(l 001 Swah Bemllillcit As a pet'Stlllilf msii1. Maggie has_, SOI7I8 d tile ,._ t llilgs, 119. As kx tile 1!0( 'Ill she has her dailp$/rld her 1'8lglorJ 1118llietlp her /qJ8fli. Ad &ls8 8ial Slltxn Monday, January 16, 2012 TOBA 32nd Annual MLK, Jr. Leadership Breakfast Plant City MLK Festival Freedom walk 24th Annual MLK, Jr. Parade 271h Annual National Ml.K, Jr. Drum Major for Justice 011111 Une Extravaganza '""" ,_,..,:,l '''" nies used by police for towing l> purposes. The companies who qualify are placed on a list and rotated as their services are N 0 needed. ,. During his tenure as a member of and Chairman of the Public Transportation Commission, (PTC) White was accused of accepting bribes during his tenure as the Public Transportation Com mission (PTC) from 2006 to 2010. White served on the board first while a member of the Tampa City Council, and later as a County Commis sioner. The PTC oversees permits for vehicles such as taxis, limos, tow trucks, and ambu lances. White's father, Gerald White, who died May 23rd, was also named in the investi gation that spanned two years. I'\) Hondrellis is accused of initiating the bribery through ;:!! Gerald White. 0 :!! c 1 0-Day Celebration Heritage Free 2-Day Street Festival and more Tuesclay, January 17, 2012 LIYing History Eihlbit Reception ("Crowns" ., Michael Cunningham} u.s. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Wechtsday, January 18, 2012 First T1me Foreclosure Prevention Seminar Heritage Leadership LuncheOn {Rev. Dr. Royd Rake) Thursday, January 19, 2012 Genealogy Brown Bag Lundleon USF Lecture Series (Dr. Lamont Hill) friday, January 20,2012 Heritage Gospel Event st. John cathedral, 34th Street Fanta-c Offtclal Alllln Debut & Back In A Due Saturday, January 21, 2012 Saul'8 Juke Joint-A lbeatrlcal Musical Show Tear$ of Laughter Comedy Show )> en m z ::f z m r aJ c r r m ::f z ""0 c: aJ r c;; :::1: m c in < m -1 c: m en c ?< )> z c ., ::D c For more infolmation regarding times and locations for these events, please go towww.VIsltTampaBay.comi1'BBHF rAW .. ,____.. AWmA)tt

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N ... M' FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN become more willing to work > (USPS 202-140) together to improve the a: 2207 21st Avenue, Tampa Aorida 33605 (813) 248-1921 economy, create good paying c( Published Every Tuesday and Friday By ;:) FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN PUBUSHING Co., jobs and make life better for Z Member of National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) all Americans. c( and Amalgamated Publishers, Inc., New York. I h h h -, 1990_94CPlimelntematio"nal WIS m 2012, t at t ere >-POSTMASTER: Send Address Change To: A Posve ,.-s.on For 2012 could pe a mighty flood. One Aorlda Sentinel Bulletin, in which no one was injured en P.O. Box 3363 Tampa, FL 33601 or killed and one where W Periodical Postage Paid At Tampa, FL s the world moves I would hope for fewer guns th d ;:, ere was no property am-I-c. Blythe Andrews into the new year of on our streets, in the hands age. In fact, this flood I wish 1901-1971 (1945) 2012, I invite all to of criminals and out of the for would only flow across c. share with me a positive vi-waistbands and pockets of the hearts of all human bes. KAY ANDREWS, PUBUSHER sion for the year of 2012. children. ings and wash the racism c. BLYTHE ANDREWS Ill, PRESIDENT > The year of 2011 was not a I hope that the use and sale and hate from all of their AWSON WELLS..CLEBERT, CFO really good one for the world of drugs all across America hearts. GWEN HAYES, EDITOR IRIS HOLTON, crrv EDITOR as a whole. Life just has to will decrease to a point of alShould a study be done, I be-HAROLD ADAMS, CIRCULATION MANAGER get better in the new year. most non existence. A delieve it would reveal that BETTY DAWKINS, ADVERTISING DIRECTOR TOYNETTA COBB, PRODUCTION MANAGER Call it a vision, call it a creased use of drugs will many of our problems are a LAVORA EDWARDS, CLASSIFIED MANAGER dream, call it a prayer or call automatically bring about a direct result of the two above Subscriptions-$44.00-6 Months Both Editions: $87 .00-Per Year Both Editions. Opinions expressed on editorial pages of this newspaper by Columnists or Guest Wrners, do not necessarily reflect the editorial s1ance of The Florlda Sentinel Bulletin or the Publisher. Don't Rob 'Les' To Pav Paulo What do you mean you're not surprised we're supporting County Commissioner Les Miller's opposition to an Hispanic redistricting plan which would cut deeply into his African American constituents? If a coali-1:( tion urged powers-that-be to take 35 percent of your district C to begin a new district, no doubt, you'd oppose it, too. ff: Here's the deal. The so-called Hispanic Coalition has C asked the Hillsborough County Commission to consider z carving up what is currently Commissioner Miller's district.
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Horoscopes Horoscopes Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Now's when you fix that leaky faucet or do the home improvement you've been putting off. Discover something surprising in the process. It could even be fun. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You're learning quickly, but don't push your self too hard. Even superheroes need time to rest. You word's more powerful than you think. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)-Don't be shy. You re ally are an important voice. Keep playing a strong game, but don't forget to rest. Don't take what you have for granted. Aries (March 21-April 19) Responsibility may call, but outdoor action gets your joints loose and moving A little balance goes a long way towards providing peace of mind. Taurus (April 20-May 20) ....: Business and finances have potential to thrive, with dutiful responsibility. Spend time at home, and surprise yourself. Do something for only you. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Rely on a trusted friend to get you through ... your own judgment could fail you. Things are getting more beautiful, comfortable and interesting. Stay discrete Cancer (June 22-July 22) Play your cards close to your chest for a while. If you're stuck on a decision get expert help. Stick to what's important, but let the rest go. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Draw upon your inner strength today. Don't bend the rules, even if tempted. Renegotiate the terms, if nec essary. Do a job for someone else, and glow in the satisfac tion. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -A lovely, lazy day would be splendid. Carve out time for yourself, to move your body, your spirit and your heart. Add friends, food and nature for real treats. Libra (Sept. 23-0ct. 22) -If at first you don't succeed, take a break and try a different tactic. Interview observers to get feedback. Use the crowd. What does it take? Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Long-term thinking b ea rs fruit for future genera tions. Prepare the beds (or draw up the plans) for future see dlings. Plant a tree or an orchard. Share responsibility. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dcc. 21)-To really get inspir e d, hang out with kids They truly get creative. You'r e gaining support and re s pect from others. Pay the bills b efo re going s hopping Dorothy Dennis posed with her son, John who recited the "I Have A Dream" message by the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during a Black History Program. Arnica Maxine Douglas and Zeta Lila Nicholas relaxed at their annual picnic at a local park. The Florida Sentinel's "Around the Town" photographer took a picture of Rrapanza Dunner and Michael Turner dancing together. Smiling for the Sentinel's photographer were Cheryl Davis and Diane Anthony. They were guest at the BAB Banquet. Carolyn Miller (Recreation supervisor), Flora C. Dawson and Jean Mitchell were in attendance at a City of Tampa R ecreation Department reception. Elegantly dressed for an evening of food, fun and socializing with friends and from left: Juanita Cannon, Jackie Davis and.Romano Bush. Mrs. Willie Mae Burney, Mrs. Beatrice Buggs and Mrs. Mamie Dismuke were all smiles when they attending the Ebony Fashion Fair Show. ., 5 :D CJ) m ;3 z m r-IJJ c: r r-z ""0 c: OJ r-(j) ::I: m c m < m c: m CJ) g -< > z c ., :D g -< Members of the Frances Gilmore Chapter gathered for their annual celebration. Some of the attendees were: Debra Parker, Charlie Mac Kemp, Johnnit. Broner, Eula McNeal, Mary Finlayson, Frances McCloud, Mary Tory, Ernie Harris, Elizabeth C> Kendrick and Louise Goff. g:

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C\.1 All About You! Look Who's Turning One She celebrated with family and friends on 12-31-11. Her rna Angelina; her grandma, Janell; aunts, uncles and cousins; grandpa, Terry; godpar-ents, Angel and Lang.; but most of all her great grandma, Helen Willis. MS. A'l\fARI MARCUS 1-2-12 Our Militar,y Men And Women Private Graduates From Basic Training Army Pvt. Terrell K. Mond has graduated from basic com-bat training. The graduation ceremony was held at Fort J a ckson, in Columbia, SC. 0 Private Mond studied Army history tradition, physical fita: ness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills. U. He also learned about military weapons, chemical warfare and C bayonet training, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, basic first aid, and field training exercises. Private Mond graduated from Hillsborough High School in c 2009. en w ::J .... > a: w > w c w :::J: en ::i m ::J Q. Local Green Ridge And Delanev Creek Crime Watch Meeting The Green Ridge and Delaney Creek Estates Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2012 6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. at Winston Park 7605 Destin Dr Tampa 33619. z ;:::: w ...J ...J ::J m This committee has made a difference in our community and we can do sci much more with the support of all concerned citizens of these communities We are asking for your input and work in ...J helping us make our community a better place to live. Please join us January 3, 2012. Remember, filth follows filth. ;:::: The Coordinator is Mrs. Ola Lott, 626-4831. z w en < c a: 0 ...J u. Screenings Available During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month The month of January is design a t e d as Cervical Cancer Aware ness Month. And the Florida Dep a rtment of Health Breast and Cer vical Cancer Early Detection Progr a m w a nts women to know that cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening tests and fol low-up. Cervical cancer is also highly curable when found and treated early. Although cervical cancer occurs most often in women over age 30, all women are at risk. The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that can be passed from one person to an other during sex. Many people will have an HPV infection at some time in their lives, but because HPV usually goes away on its own, few will get cervical cancer. The screenings are free, or low cost if the person meets program eligibility requirements. To qualify a woman must be: 50 to 64 years old; Do not have in surance that covers the Pap smear tests; and meet the income guideline, which is a household income at or below 200% of the CD Federal poverty level. w For additional information about the screenings, call the Florida e, Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program in Hillsborough County call (813) 307-8015 Ext 3502. Eniov It While It lasts Here we are at the end of what is generally accepted as a calendar year And, I can't say that I'm disappointed to see it go. That isn t to say that 2011 an exceptionally bad year (as far as I'm concerned any year incarcerated is a horrible one). But, it's conclusion not only moves me closer to my re lease date, it also signals the end of the N.F .L. regular sea son, which means I won't have to suffer being embarrassed by watching another Buccaneer game for at lea s t 9 months. While those two things bring a slight sense of relief, I can t help but feel a little trepidation about entering this particular 12-month cycle. Because, well, it's 2012. And unless you ve been living under a rock re cently, y ou know that the fore cast for that year isn t exactly cause to do the Dougie. It all stems from this ancient Mayan prophec y that al legedly points to December 21 as the day a monumental game changer takes place that will supposedly alter the course of human history. Some specu late that it could be anything from Earth being struck by an asteroid to an invasion, Close Encounters style by a race of aliens known as the Anunnaki. Personally I think I'd pre fer being attacked b y the little green men because it would fi nally explain what George Clinton and Parliament have been singing about for decades. Even though most of these so-called "predictions" fall squarely inside the realm of Y2K paranoia bull--, I read an article recently that sug gests that there may be a little more to the hype. In the story, scientists from N.A.S.A claim that every 13,000 years the sun goes through a phase when it emits abnormally powerful solar flares into the solar system. During these periods the flares are said to be strong enough to not only raise global tempera tures, but could also, destroy power grids worldwide, whiCh means no lights, no refrigera tion, no temperature con trolled environments and of course no !-Phones. Basically it would be an immediate return to the dark ages. The fact that it would take 2-4 years to repair the damage, scientists estimate that mil lions would die from starva tion, hypothermia in northern regions and the spread of dis eases which couldn't be treated. In essence, such an event would change life as we know it forever. Sounds fun right? But wait, there's more. Ac cording to these same re searchers, 2012 will mark 13,000 years since the sun has behaved so violently. Going by their calculations, on December 21st, the Earth' s orbit will place us in direct proximity to the part of the sun. that will generate the most solar flare activity. They say it would be like Earth having a shotgun barrel aimed straight at it ..... Trust me, I'm not smart enough to make this stuff up. When I discussed this apocalyptic scenario with a friend who I can only describe as a foot stomping, Bible-tot ing, champion for Jesus, she told me that I shouldn't be con cerned with such nonsense As she put it, death is like a thief in the night." And, "since when do thieves let you know when they're coming?" Of course, she was right. The thieves who stole my car years ago didn't leave a voice mail saying, 'Yo, C.B., we're going to swing by around 2 a. m. _to hot wire your convertible. Hope it's no inconvenience? Does this all mean that these potential pre-warnings shouldn't be taken seriously? That is entirely up to each indi vidual The thing is, none of us are promised tomorrow anyway. It doesn t if it's December 21st, ten years from now or next week, we're all going to leave here some day. So why wait until you know you're going to die to live every moment like it's your last? Your best bet is to enjoy this journey while you can. And, I can't think of a better time to start living than right now. -So this weekend feel free to "party like a rock star" because, hey, you just never know ... Have an extremely Happy New Year's Eve. Anyone wanting_ to contact Clarence Barr can reach him at: Clarence Barr, II, 43110-018; Bennettsville F.C.I.; P. 0. Box 52020; Bennettsville, SC 29512; or by email at clarence.barr7Q8@JW1ail.c om. Reality On Ice is by the Florida Sentinel Bulletin Publishing Company. Author To Host Talent Showcase At Book Reading BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor On Saturday January 7th, a bay area author will host a free reading and presentation to the community. The event will take place at the Main Library, 3745 9th Avenue, N in St. Petersburg, from 11 a m. to 3 p. m. She has invited several authors from all over the Tampa bay area to participate in the event and showcase their talents. St. Petersburg resident, Ms. Swiyyah Nadirah Muhammad is the author of "Don't Call Me Crazy! I'm Just in Love." Ms. Muhammad, a pub lished author said she wrote her book to help people strug gling with mental illness. "I wrote my book to end the stigma on mental illness and to help the community grow mentally, spiritually, and fi nancially," she said. She further stated that 57 million Americans will suffer from a mental disorder this year and only 13% of them will SWIYYAH NADIRAH MUHAMMAD seek treatment. "Thirty thousand lives are lost each year because people are afraid to seek help. They are afraid to be la beled as crazy. "Don't Call Me Crazy! I'm Just In Love," is in spired by a true story. It teaches the warning signs of mental illness. "My brother committed suicide. If I would have known the warning signs, I could have saved his life, she said. Ms. Muhammad was di agnosed with the debilitating mental illness known as para noid schizophrenia. However, she refused to take the medica tion. "I always saw myself as normal and I thought that nor mal people don t get mental ill nesses. I have learned that normal people get mental ill nesses too, and you can still live out your dreams regard less of the disability," she said Eventually, and after sev eral hospital confinements, Ms. Muhammad began tak ing the medication. She also set about learning all she could about her own illness and helping others. She returned to school and earned a B. A. Degree in Psy chology. Now, she. seeks to help others come to terms with mental illness. She wanted the book to be accessible to everyone so she set a goal of having it placed in the public library system. She said it took two years, but she has accomplished that goal. For more information visit her website at www.SWIYYAH. com.

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CJ) Friends OJ libraries Eniov 'Harlem Citv Nights' Among those attending the event were seated: Carla Williams, Mary Staples, Mary James, Brenda Staton, and Myrna Shuman. Standing: Marcia Mejia, Steve Rosenstock, Nancy Gilbert, Alferstine Malone, Evelyn Holmes, Herman Broxton, Lakesha Carter, Clarence Mitchell, ill, and Luvator Nelson. Recently, Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries and guests take a break from raising funds to enjoy an evening of enjoyment. They assembled to enjoy "Harlem Nights at the Kotton Club," AKA Club Marti Maceo, in Ybor City. The group enjoyed an evening of socializing and entertainment. Several great musicians who have settled in Tampa were in attendance at the event. Some of the m included Ernie Calhoun, who was formerly with Jackie Wilson; Ms. Kitty Daniels, formerly with James Brown and Ray Charles; Majid Shabazz, formerly with John Coltrane; Edgar Wilcox, formerly with Dizzy Gillespie; and Michael Royal, formerly with John Coltrane. The Ada T. Payne Friends of the urban Libraries raises funds for the C. Blythe Aridrews Jr. the Robert W. Saunders, and the West Tampa Libraries. East Tampa Weed And Seed II Hosts Drug March Clay Daniels was instrumental in getting food for the march. The East Tampa Weed and Seed II, and their business partners, hosted a march on December 10th from Mount Carmel AME Church, 4209 These HOPE Center youth helped prepare signs for the drug march. Home provided a hearse and two drivers and Chloe Coney taught the march cadences. Speakers for the event were County Commissioner Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership Chair, Pastor Essie Sims, and Brother Mike of the Nation of Islam. Burney and tpe Center Youth participated. Rosalie Jones, of. No. rthview Hills, and Nedra Thompkins of Grant Park were volunteers. 34th Street. About So peo ple participated. The march cast a spotlight on the criminal activities in the Rainbow Heights com munity. Rainbow Heights resident, Clay Daniels, secured food from Sweetbay of Temple Terrace, manager Marilyn Beck, and Sam's Club, Highway 6o, where one of the managers, Oscar Johnson, provided the w atex:. Quality Inn and Suites on 18th Ave nue provided ice Aikens Funeral Les Miller, City Councilman Frank Reddick, District III Commander, Major Gerald Honeywell, East Performing for the crowd were the Nation of Islam men, 4-Men Mentoring Male Minds, Starr and The Jackson Heights Steppers. TPD Captain Hobley-Kim Miner, Weed And Seed II CooFdinator, was also recognized for her dedi cation and hard work over ;g the past two years. ......

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. Younu Man Writes Book About Suicides MUSANANGLE BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Stat'fWriter Musa Nangle has been a e writer since he was 13 years fE old. His specialty is poetry c and he became passionate about writing when he realized it gave him a way to express his feelings. In 2009, Nangle had an :::) experience that led him to t-the subject of his first book and what he envisions as his life's journey "My book is called 'Poems Of My Hearts,' and it is based on a relationship with a woman I was seeing who committed suicide in our home on Mother's Day. She was only28. Z "There were no warning ti signs and I may not have ..J recognized the signs beeause S I was naive about suicide. m My lady left a suicide note, irl and it was full of despair and z hopelessness." ffi UJ left behind two children and he wants to help them in any 0: way he can, including setting 0 up a trust fund so they can ..J I.L. go to college. "It took me 8 months to write the book, and I'm just now releasing it for sale. "I consider the book a teaching utensil and it's also a tell-all book. We were only together a little over a year." Nangle said he wants peo ple to recognize the signs of suicide "I've done a lot of studying on suicides, and I have a complete understanding of some of the causes, and what can be done to prevent it. "I've studied other cases of suicide, and discovered it is a tool that's used as an option for pain. It's mental and spiritual." Nangle said few people know that 20% of African American males commit suicide by use of a handgun, and depression is just one of the warning signs. Other signs are reckless behavior over sleeping, and people who have experienced a loss of income are at a greater risk for committing suicide. The numbers are growing and there have been 146 deaths attributed to sui cide in Hillsborough County since 2010. "Suicide is not an issue people like talking about, because they feel uncomfortable with it, said Nangle. Nangle said according to the information he' s gathered, suicide occurs more for people 15 to 24 years old as young adults, and 25 to 34 for older adults "Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and more males commit suicide than women. Musa Nangle was born in the Bronx, New York, but raised in the Suitcase City area of Tampa. He s a gradu ate of Wharton High School. Youth Computer Training Program Teaches Students To Give Back BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Several years ago, Ralph Smith left corporate America to launch a computer training program targeting inner city youth. He 'I''ecently restructured the program and will re-introduce it this month. In the past ; students participating in the Teen Computer Certification & Ownership Program, learned about hardware and software in the course. Upon completion, the students were allowed to keep their computers. Smith began the program to enable inner city children to compete in the world of technology. Now, he intends to expand the program by incorporating to teach the students the art of giving back to the community. "Students are going to do more than just attend class and receive a free computer. They will also gain invalu able technology skills while giving back to the communi-RALPH SMITH .. Founder and Executive Director of the Computer Mentors Group ty," Smith stated. Under the new program, students will perform 3 to 6 months of technology-based community service projects as part of their training. After completion of the course, the students will receive a computer. Some students will contin ue with the learning process and enroll in the advanced training program. Those who complete this program will earn incentives that include items such as iPhones, laptops, and Xboxes. Orientation classes for the Computer Certification & Ownership Program will take place on Wednesday, January 18th, Wednesday, January 25th, and Wednesday, February 1st, at 5:40 p.m. The orientation and classes will be held at the Computer, Mentors Group, Inc Office, 2802 E. Dr. M. L. King, Jr., Blvd. Students interested in par. ticipating must be accompa nied by a parent or guardian. They must be between the ages of 14 and 18; and attend school in Hillsborough County. The training classes will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., one night per week. There are current openfngs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday eVenings. -For additional information contact the Computer Mentors Group, Inc., at (813) 236-1191. Well ness Institute _ Promotes Sell Healing BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer Khaleelah AbdulKareem is the owner and operator of the Wellness Solution Institute, and said she deals with healing the mind, body and spirit, because you need them all. Ms. Abdul-Kareem grew up in New York, but attended Howard University the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Abdul-Kareem came KHALEELAH ABDUL-KAREEM educational, and they also do seminars and treats to reach people. "As a baby boomer, we grew up following the leads of our parents and grandparents," said Ms. Abdul-Kareem. "We actually didn't take responsibility_for taki._ ng care of ourselves. Personally, i _had to niake some Changes in my life, but those changes didn't come with help of med ications. Some issues are pro moted through generations of it being accepted as being alright." tches the catches. the to Tampa froni California to share her concept of the need for education, training and lifestyle so peo ple can see what their options are and improve the way they live. In February, Ms.-Abdul_ Kareem said she will be offering woman a support group where different topics will be discussed, and. they can work on their individual needs. "Self-assessment is what it's all about, and you can get exposed to different things, and realize they do have choices. Beginning January 8, 2012 First Baptist Church of Hill will introduce a Third ......... ,.r_ lO:OOam, & 1 Come Catch the W "Sometimes, you have to change things so you can feel better about yourself. I try to help people make decisions on their lives. "The Wellness Solution Institute is a place people can come to get recommendations such as what foods and liquids are better for them, and knowledge of what they can do to maintain their bodies. In today's society, people don t handle life stresses well, and we want to give people options. Ms. Abu-Kareem said a lot of what they do at the Wellness Solution Institute is "I try to present to people resources they" can use to get to where they are going. Economic self sufficiency is very important, and you must do what's right to sustain yourself." Ms. Abdul-Kareem said people try to struggle through situations instead of asking for help. "Sometimes, it can be very cleansing to talk to a third person.

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Local c Christmas Recital Features ladv Vanessa Banks The Christmas Recital at St. John Progressive M. B. Church featured Lady Vanessa Banks in "Sounds For Your Season" on December 18, 2011. Dr. Ada Davis was the Mistress of Cere monies Program participants included: Carl Bryant, Joyce Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Monroe, Delatorro MeN eal, Daisey Jones, M. Judge, Hannah Johnson, Gail Carter, Pam Blocker, Mary Baker; St. John School of Music featuring Karen Carter (piano solo), St. John Dance Presentation, Katrise Black. The finale was "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" by Andre' Crouch and arranged by Lady Banks. This rendition done with her husband, Rev. Dr. z c: )> JJ -< Bartholomew Banks, pastor. Lady Vanessa Banks presents an-Deacon and Mrs. Willie Monroe were in charge of the devotion. (Photos by Julia Jackson) nual Christmas Recital. Representing The Beginners" from the St. John School of Music, Karen Carter, who presented a piano solo. Concert Committee members Joyce Austin, Katrise Black and Mae Alice Judge made a flower presentation to Lady Banks. "The Voice Of Our Community Speaking For Itself ;,... ,t r I 0 Fl I I ) 1\ CALL TODAY & PLACE YOUR AD 2207 E. 21st Ave. FL 33605 3) 248-1921 Denise Youngblood attended the concert. "TT r-0 :!:! c )> en m z :::! z m r-aJ c: r rm :::! z "'0 c: m r-c;; :::t: m c m < m JJ The St. John Dancers, choreographed by Lady Banks, did a -< presentation. -of c: m en c )> z c "TT :!:! c Healing For The Sick Prophet ISAAC YOUNG www.

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Local M > a: < ::::::1 z < "") <( c (/) w ::::::1 1-Restaurant Owner wants To Create Opportunities For Ex-Felons c a: LL c z < c (/) w ::::::1 1-> a: w > w BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel StaffWriter When Darryl Anthony opened his restaurant in Ybor City in 1998, not only did he design the exterior of the business, but enjoyed al most instant success. What Anthony didn't anticipate was spending time in prison, forcing him to close his restaurant. He was released from prison in 2008 with several degrees and ex tensive computer training. "I immediately went look ing for work, but found noth ing," Anthony said. "I knew part of the reason was because I was an ex felon. So, I prayed to God, got a loan from my parents, and started selling barbecue from a truck in the Riverview area." Anthony said it was never his intention to open a restaurant in the city, be cause he felt he could be more successful in the county where it's less com petitive. God gave me a vision c w l: (/) :::; that men who have spent time in prison help a. they also need a JOb," satd z Anthony. tij "It has always been my ..J intent to find ex-felons like S myself, and give them a job. m ..J w z i= z w (/) < c a: 0 ..J LL I hire 6 ex-felons at my new restaurant, and I plan to ex pand into Riverview and hire more. We are hard workers, and ready to get started." Anthony's new restau rant, DaBest Restaurant, is located at 5802 North 401 h Street, and opened 2-1/2 years ag6. Anthony says he gives thanks his parents, Coretha and Frazier Williams, for never giving up on him, and the congregation at College Hill Church of God In Christ, Elder Charles Davis, Pas tor. DaBest Restaurant is open 7 days-a-week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Anthony said his Sunday dinners are the best in town, and always come with a serving of chitterlings and collard greens. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a. m. until6 p. m., Fri day and Saturday from 7 a.m until 9 p. m., and on Sunday from 7 a. m. until 5 p. m. USF Graduate Chosen As New Program Manager BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Recently, a local technol ogy organization hired a new Program Manager. He will also serve as the Marketing and Public Relations Officer for the orgap.ization. Among his duties, Keto Nord Hodges will under take as the new manager in cludes managing activities of the Teen Computer Certifica tion & Ownership program. This is the flagship program of The Computer Mentors Group, Inc., founded by Ex ecutive Director Ralph Smith. Smith said, "Keto is a great find for us because of his previous connection and he is well aware of what our mission is all about." ''I'm excited about the op portunity to return to Tampa and this position gives me the opportunity to work in the community and interact with the youth of Hillsborough County," Hodges said. The program allows teenagers to learn about com-KETO HODGES ... New Program Manager at Computer Mentors, Inc. puter technology by building a computer from the founda tion. AB the youngsters progress in the program, they expand their knowledge. This helps to encourage the stu dents to pursue careers in the field of technology. Once the students have completed the program, they / are presented computer cer tification. The youngsters are also allowed to keep the com puter they built. Since the in ception of the program, under Smith's guidance, about 6o high school stu dents complete the program each year. Hodges has the responsibility of restructuring the Youth Program to incorpo rate a service learning model. Beginning in January 2012, students will be required to perform technology-based community service projects as part of their training. They will also gain initial hardware and software certification. Hodges will also serve as Contract Manager for serv ices provided in the field in;teracting with government agencies. Hodges attended the public schools of Hillsbor ough County. After graduat ing from high school, Hodges enrolled at the Uni versity of South Florida, where he earned his B. S. De gree in Management Infor mation Systems in 2002. Three years later, he grad uated from the university \\'ith a Master of BQSiness Ad ministration in Entrepre neurship, Advanced Management & M.I.S. He also earned distinction as a Kauffman Entrepreneur Fel low at USF Center for Entre preneurship. Organization Hosts 10th Annual Tov Give-1-Wav BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor On December 23n1,just in time for the Christmas holi day, Children With A Vision, Inc., held their wth Annual Christmas Toy Give-A-Way. Tl!e event took place at N-E Where Transportation, 3808 E. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Ms. Tonya Lewis, founder of Children With A Vision, Inc., said this was the 10th year she has helped pro vide toys to children who oth erwise may not have any. "This year, we were able to help several agencies by pro viding 300 to 400 toys to each. We also helped about 250 individual families and each family had two or more children. We were able to service the most families in our history." She said the event was successful because of the many organizations who do nated toys. Ms. Lewis said she had wondered how things were going to turn out this year be cause of the economy. "But this has truly been a blessing. Among those helping to make Christmas a happy occasion for hundreds of children are from left to right: Ms. LaTonja Watson, of Black Butterflies; Ms. Keisha Pickett, of Pickett Public Relations Group; Ms. Nikki Taylor, of Children With A Vision, Inc.; John Amato, owner ofN-E-Where Transportation; Ms. Tonya Lewis, founder of Children With A VISion, Inc.; and Ms. Annie Avery, photographer. Just last week, I didn't know how we would get the toys we needed to help these families. MacDill Air Force Base came through for us in a major way and we are forever grateful," she said. Ms. Lewis founded Chil dren With A Vision, Inc., in 2002 to help improve the welfare of children and teenagers in the bay area. Since its inception, the pro gram has continued to help the less fortunate in the com munity. Each year, Ms. Lewis sponsors a back-to-school bash and health fair as well as the annual toy give-a-way. For more information about Children With A Vision Inc., visit www.childrenwith avisioninc.com .

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Taxi;:p scam Leads IRS To Program Strives To Give Change Filing Process BY Men 1 Second they i Sentinel StaffWriter are in crisis. I want them to BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor The official season will begin on January 1th, and several changes are under way. Dr. George Foxx, known as the Tax Doctor, shared information about some of the changes that are going to take place. A multi-agency criminal investigation that began last year revealed a scheme that has resulted in the arrests of several people. Known as the Drop Scam, the suspects used the personal informa tion of people living and dead to file false tax claims. Many of those who were victimized were unaware of the scam. This year, the ternal Revenue Service will issue 6-digit PINs to those victims. Dr. Foxx said, "If a per son was a victim of the drop and has not been contacted by the IRS by December 31t, that person should contact the IRS. They will be given a PIN to make sure that they are not victimized again. If they don't obtain that PIN before filing, it could possi bly delay the returns up to 90 to 150 days." Dr. Foxx said the DR. GEORGE FOXX ... The Tax Doctor changes pertaining to filing children for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) have also changed. He stated that peo ple are under the misconcep tion that they cannot claim more than two children. "A person can claim three or more children as depend ents. But, what they can't do is allow different people not connected by blood, law or court order to file their de pendents. The IRS has in creased the penalties for this. Anyone who is caught will be placed on a disallowed list for the future and will be re quired to complete a special filing. Dr. Foxx said the tax pre parers who do not exercise due diligence for EITC re turns has been increased by the IRS to $soo per return. CommunitY Activist Calls For Unitv BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer No one has been more outspoken about the crisis that exists in West Tampa than Dwight Bolden. He has lived in West Tampa his entire life, and witnessed the area deteriorating over the past two decades. Bolden says now more than ever is the time for unity so we can all move forward. "I understand each area has its own association or community groups, but as African Americans, we need to unite, regardless of where we live. "Our lack of unity is the reason it takes so long for us to be recognized as a com munity, and to get the things we need." Bolden said he thinks the biggest problem is our inability to communicate with each other. "We need to come to gether and work for the eco nomic improvement of all African American commu nities." Bolden said time is crit-DWIGHT BOLDEN ical for Mrican Americans right now, and we must step up before what little we have is taken away. "We must return to our roots. We must return to the days when we were prosperous, and had thriv ing businesses that supported the community instead of robbing it of valu able resources. "The majority of the busi nesses in African American communities are owned by people who don't hire us, or give anything back." Bolden said he's not ad vocating boycotting those businesses, but he is calling for more African American businesses to serve their own people. Keith Babb has been liv ing in Tampa since 2004. He carne here to attend the University of South Florida, where he graduated with de_ grees in social work and public administration Because of what he expe rienced as a teenager, Babb wants to help young men by giving them something they can use, instead of some thing just to get them out of the way. Babb is the founder and Executive Director of 2nd C.H.A.N.C.E Center 4 Boyz, a not-for-profit Christ cen tered juvenile delinquency prevention and diversion program. "Because of my own prob lems as a juvenile delin quent, I've always wanted to work with young Black males I know the impor tance of making young peo ple understand they have choices. "I think we've been doing our youth a great injustice, because we continue to pour millions into programs that don t work. Look at how many teenagers are being killed through acts of vio lence and you can see there is a problem, and with all these programs around, this F ax--Preparation. 3 Easy Ways PROSPI:RriAMPArGN t ) l t41II\,I\O .. ttUI.II l,(1h,ll KEITHBABB shouldn't be happening." Babb said we're missing an important piece of trans formation, and that's Christ. "I'm building a Christ centered diversion program that is completely Biblically focused. "We want to establish a facility where the offenders are court ordered into a pro gram where they can get al ternative education and something they can use so they don't want to get in volved with crime." Babb said what saddens him is a lot of the present residential programs are only jobs for the people who work there. The personnel at these places never really develop a connection with the youth. I want to develop relation ships with young men where call me before they make _!IJ that bad decision that may cost them the rest of their N lives. "Everyone with my pro gram is volunteering their time. My goal is to create a non-residential program, and I'm looking for a place that is centrally located. These young men need a beacon of hope, and we have to bring the services to I want older adults to estab lish relationships with the young men and share some wisdom with them." Babb said a lot of the ini tiatives that have occurred are good, but it's not enough. "We can't keep returning them to the streets with nothing new. We can't oper ate a revolving door system and hope these young men f! figure it all out for them-0 selves. :!! en m z -f z m "I've been mentoring young men since 2007, and we take them to football games and on tours of col lege campuses. But even with that, we need to do more." Babb said in January, rthey are going into the com-E munity with a petition let-Z ting people know what they "'tJ are trying to do, and what c: they need to get it done. en ::r: m c m < m -f c: m en c )> z c ., ::D c

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C") > a: <( :::::) z Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa was the site that the planning committee at Revealing Truth Ministries selected for the 2011 "Joy Of Giving" program, on Saturday, December 17th. Since 2008, Revealing ;rruth Ministries has been celebrating Christmas early with families and children all across the bay area. W Last year, the church donated gifts valued over $30,000. The purpose of the "Joy of Giving" is to ensure that every child c a: LL c z <( c en w :::::) has a gift to open on Christmas day, the planners say. Their goal was to give away 500 gifts to children ages 5-17 years old. All of it was free. The theme 'of the event was "Embracing Legacy." (Photography by BRUNSON) > ----0:: w > w c w :I: en ,::::i Ill :::::) D. z i= w ...J ...J :::::) Ill ...J w z i= z w en <( c a: 0 ...J LL w Adults with the Bay Area Youth Choir are Marcella Cook, Janelle Richardson, Maijorie Watson and Sheever Jones. Julian handled the grill duties. Na-Na and Kewi were also in the park to "Embrace The Legacy." Enjoying the weather and_ the park were: Kayla Vernon, Chayla Vernon, Melody Haynes and Margaret Jones. Annie V. Williams and Larry Dee. Candi, Tiffany, Kemiah, J akayla, Keon and King browsing through the park. Nancy Parker and Lena Satine. Terri Dickerson, Valerie Long and Joan Rouse.

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Holida1:;1 Events Andre And Brenda Walker Host Holidav Panv -i c m en c ?< Andre and Dr. Brenda Walker hosted family and friends at their Seffner home for a holiday party. (Photos by Lomax Mcintyre) Andre and Dr. Brenda Walker with Andre Young at their holidayparty. Jarryd Reid and Barbara Day attended the party. Dontae Williams and Officer Reggie Williams were in attendance. Keith Phillips and Brenda Phillips at the holiday party. Members of the 1972 and 1973 Middleton High School ClaSses: Otis Williams, Cynthia Nyles, Carolyn Harris, Barbara West-Shazier, Albertine Parker-Joyner, Belinda Carson-Roberts, Ida Booth and Pat Robinson-Lawson. Nita James was one of the invited guestS. Steven Marshall. Otella Edwards. Party hostess, Dr. Brenda L. Walker and her son, DeAndre Walker. ...a. (1.)

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. -rts Work On And Oft Field Earns Buc Plaver 'Man 01 The Year' Title DAVIN JOSEPH '2011 Man of the Year'. Last week, Davin Joseph was selected as the 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Man of the Year. The honor was bestowed upon him for his work on and off the football field. As the Buccaneers' nominee for this year's NFL Walter Payton man of the Year award, a donation in the amount of $1,ooo will be made in his name to the char ity of his choice. > Joseph joined the Bucs as icC a first-round pick during the 2006 NFL Draft. Since joinW ing the team, he has played the role of a consummate > professional During his a: season with the Bucs, Joseph has started all 15 W games at right guard. C Earlier this year, he was named to the 2011 Pro UJ Football Weekly Midseason :::::i All-Pro Team, and last week, became just the fifth ll. Buccaneer offensive player Z and second offensive lineman to earn multiple Pro Bowl selections while with the team. Joseph has also made a name for himself off the field. In 2007, he helped to develop an annual charitable initiated known as "Turkey Time with the 0-Line." The program is sponsored by the team's offensive line. Over the past five years, the organization has distributed nearly 3,000 Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the bay area. Last year, Joseph and teammate Jeremy Trueblood sponsored and participated. in a weekly $1,000 surprise shopping spree with different underprivileged families through out the season. He is credited with spearheading an effort to host a surprise holiday out ing and gift event for 26 sin gle mothers and their families last year. The women were victims of domestic abuse. Earlier this year, Joseph established the 2011 David Joseph Events for Cause Foundation. It was established as a not-for-profit organization serving his hometown of Hallandale Beach and Tampa. The foundation is devoted to enhancing athletic and performing arts programs in public schools. In August, Joseph's Foundation adopted both Middleton and Blake High School football teams. ..;,JIP ...J ::::: m Tampa Prep Wins Citv Cham o After temporarily being dethroned last year by Blake High School, the Tampa Prep Terrapins are back on top as champs of the City of Tampa championship. The Terps waltzed to the championship defeating King, Plant and Tampa Catholic Tampa Catholic was second, Plant was third and Chamberlain was fourth. Sickles Blake, Robinson and King rounded out the field. Prep senior forward Dontae Morgan was the tournament's Most Valuable Player Prep's Josh Heath, Tampa Catholic's Chivorsky Corbett and lsiah Thomas, Chamberlain' s Reggie Hart, Robinson's Justin Madison, Sickle s Eric Floyd, Blake's :;!: Clarence Peterson, King' s Clay Wright, and Plant's Sam Powers made the All Tournament team. Armwood Plays The Wait And See Game The Armwood Hawks ran the table in winning a state football championship. The Hawks fought a moun tain of injuries to finish the season 15-0 and won a state championship in the process. The Hawks have celebrated their success and now must play the waiting game. Armwood has been accused of playing an ineligi ble player who never really legally transferred to Armwood. The player and his family have said this accusation is not so. Armwood isn't saying much of anything The Florida High School Athletic Association is inves tig a ting. If the charges are true Armwood would have to forfeit all 15 wins and the championship Rumors Swirl Around Michael Jordan's Engagement MICHAEL JORDAN And YVE'ITE PRIETO There are reports that Michael Jordan and his longtime girlfriend got engaged over the Christmas weekend This follows similar reports two years ago that the NBA legend had not just proposed, but had secretly married Yvette Prieto, a Cuban American model who reportedly once also dated Julio Iglesias, Jr. Jason Tavlor Savs He'll ReUre JASON TAYLOR DAVIE FL -Six-time Pro-Bowler linebacker, Jason Taylor says he' ll retire after this season, his 15th in the NFL and his 13th with the Miami Dolphins Taylor, who made the announcement following practice Wednesday, leads all active players with 1391!2 sacks which ranks sixth alltime. He has six fumble returns for touchdowns an NFL record. He ll concluO.e his career Sunday against the New York Jets. It'll be his 204th game with the Dolphins, which ranks second to Dan Marino's 242 Deion Sanders' Wile learned 01 Divorce On Internet; DEI ON SANDERS And His WIFE PILAR Deion Sanders' wife claims the former NFL star didn't personally tell her he wants a divorce. She learned about the move by checking the internet. Pilar Sanders' lawyer, Larry Friedman, said she was "heartbroken and surprised when [she] read .. that Deion announced his decision to end their marriage." Pilar's la:wyer adds, "Pilar's sole focus and top priority for the last 12.5 years has been her marriage and children. Balon's Daaghter Goes OHORSiePDIIID Deion Sander's. daughter, Deiondra Sanders'' epi_ c Twitter rant about the divorce between her dad, Deion Sanders and stepmom, Pilar Sanders has put Pilar on blast. Thanks to this tweet: "#HowYouDidntJ(now BUt @ChaseNCashe chillin at my dads crib with the kids when he outta town??" Deiondra brought Chase N. Cashe of Surf Club into the mix. Deiondra put Pilar on blast with, "LIES! UES! ALL PILAR DO IS UE!! wait till i leave this office." A few hours later, followers .:: read Deiondra clowning Pilar's alleged ignorance to _, her own divorce with posts'' like, "#HowYouDidntKnow but yo got a video half naked at PhotoShoot now you know MY DADDY WOULDN'T ALLOW THAT IF YALL WAS WORKING ON YO MAR RIAGE or "# HowY oTopPriorityBeeri YO MARRIAGE AND YO KIDS when u flying out of town to see other nig**s ... . Yeah We Know." lou Williams Buvs Would-Be Robber A Meal Sixers guard Lou Williams is always cool in the clutch and it seems his ability to stay calm in tense situations extends to his life off the court as well. Williams' reputation as a good player on the court and good man off of it stopped an armed man from robbing _him in Manayunk on Christmas Eve. "A guy tried to rob me, but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community," Williams said before the Sixers opener Monday night. He's a Lou Williams fan so he didn' t rob me." The man had reportedly LOU WILLIAMS approached Lou Will's car, knocked on the driver-side window and demanded money. Lou did give the man money, but paid for a din:ner rather than for anything else.

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Sports_ .Buccaneers Fire Morris, Rest Ot.coachinu Stan The Tampa Bay Buccan eers fired Raheem Morns on Monday after three seasons as Tampa Bay's head coach. The team the change one day after a 45-24 loss to -the Atlanta Falcons extended the franchise's longest losing streak within the same season since 1977 to 10 games. Morris \Vent induding a 10-6 mar. k in 2010, when ilie Bucs (4 :. 12) narrowly inisse.d the playoffs. His eritire staff of assis tants was dismissed, too. "I have has a lot of respect and appreciation for the pas s ion coach Morris gave to_ our football this. c}lange is -one we felt was necessary," Mark Dom'inik said in a brief 'statement released by the team, which is owne4 by the Glazer "We want to thank coach Raheem Morris' Buccaneers lost their final 10 games of the season after starting 4-2. camp following the NFL loc\(.W.lVlf LEBRON JAMES.And SAVANNAH BRINSON' -. LeBron JameS' didn't just ring in theNew Year last night ... he put a ring on it, as in he got engaged!.. King James proposed to his longtime girlfriend,-. Savannah Brinson, who is also the mother of his two children. Th,e' tWo have oeen together since high school. LeBron popped the ques tion during a NYE party at the SL Nightclub in Miami. Miami Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted the couple well wishes, writing, "Congrats to @KingJames and Savannah so happy 4 u guys." CARl CHI N 0 """' N 'TI r 0 c l> en m z :::! z m r m c r r m :::! z "U c m r c;; Welcome to 2012, and this year's first Beauty Unlimited feature, Cara Cht The lovely 22-year-old is native of Tampa, and her are shopping, going to movies, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoy modeling. Cara Chi is currently majoring in pre":'. dental with dreams of becoming a den-: tist. Her philosophy of life is, "the best things in life are free, and living is 3:1 enough for me." The man in Cara Chi's c ::::t m c m < m -1 c m en c l> z c life must be confident, independent, and her very own super hero. Congratulations to Cara Chi as our first Beauty Unlimited feature for 2012. If you're Interested In being In the Beauty Unlimited or Spotlight, please send your Information and photo,.lnciud lng a contact number to: lcrews@flsentlnel.com.

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Loca E:ntertaiment (0 ,... Kappa Alpha Psi Christmas Dance Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity held its Chnstmas Dance at the USF Embass y Suites. (Photos by Julia Jackson) Kapp a Albert Coleman attended the dance. Radio Personalitv Jomama Retires A retirement celebration for radio personality Jomama was held recently at Club Atlanta. His family and friends were there to wish him well as he turns another page in his life. For at least 23 years, Jomama has been a voice on 95.7 'The Beat.' (Photos by Julia Jackson) themselves the 'Rat Pack,' Lawrence Hires, honoree Jom:ama, radio sales -rep, E. J. and Freddie Shellman. Club owner Saudi was also there to wish Jomama well. Aaron Johnson was at the celebration for Jomama. a<'"AMeJ'1,C4 Prophetess B. Shepherd, gospel radio announcer at the' sta--tion, joined her husband, Jomama at the retirement celebration. Also in attendance were .Lenox 'and Alex Jordann. 51211.1nnlllllve.. TlmJI. R 33883 t-813-878-5128 -.UIIIIIIIbtei.C8..,_ ........_,riiL ....... IbiWIIIeiJIIII.C. 1113-28J-.5187 Gene and Angela Cannon attended the celebration.

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inment Bradlev Cooper Is 'Totallv Dating' zoe Saldana Now here's someone who does not prefer Ryan Gosling to Bradley Cooper. The reigning Sexiest Man Alive (Bradley Cooper) and Zoe Saldana are dating and they 're extremel y happy about it. BRADLEY COOPER And ZOE SALDANA Dave Chappelle In The Bun Stop the presses! There's been a Dave Chappelle sighting. The notoriously private and far-from-prolific comedian was spotted at an ice cream shop in the Bahamas with his family. He appears to have buffed up considerably since his Chappelle's Show days. DAVE CHAPPELLE Katherine Jackson With Michael Impersonator In las Vegas No, this is not an old pho tograph, a weird, photoshop job on a new one or any sort of supernat'.lral snap. Although all those explanations may have been less creepy for Katherine Jackson. than the real story behind this picture. "JackSon and her family attended the "Legenqs In Concert" show at the Har rall's Hotel ii'I Las Vegas. She posed With William Hall, one of the best known Michael Jackson imper-KATHERINE JACKSON And MJ IMPERSON-sonators. Done up with mock-prosthetics and bleach white makeup to look like MJ in his final days. Is Bevonce Having Her Babvil Beyonce is in and has checked into a New York hospital, according to several unconfirmed reports. Beyonce is said to be moments away from giving birth to her first child. And the appearance of the star's mother Tina, 57, sister Solange, 25, and nephew Julez in the city has added weight to the report Nurses at New York 's St Luke's Roosevelt hospital have allegedly been told to prepare the labour suite for the arrival of a celebrity VIP. According to the report, Beyonce would be giving birth in the same suite that Alicia Keys used to deliver her o wn baby. The reserved area has enough space, re portedly, to deliver three ba bies, and can host up to a dozen people overnight. While St. Luke's Hospital was reportedly on high alert, piquing suspicion that Beyonce might give birth there, the pregnant singer apparently stopped by one more party before she went into labor. On Friday she and husband Jay-Z were spotted at SoHo hot spot W.i.P. for a bash celebrating youth arts program Creation Nation and its Creators Club, which will meet weekly in the space. Beyonce who r eports say is nin e months pregnant -and Jay-Z were spotte d sitting tight in a VIP booth and fielding greetings from friends. Beyonce was overheard saying that her pregnancy was "the best Christmas present po ss ible. T.l., Dr. Ore 'Creating Chemistrv' In Latest Collabortion No matter your stature in rap, working with Dr. Dreis a pretty big deal. Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent have marveled at Dre's in-studio work ethic. For T.I., how ever, simply working with the West Coast production king isn't enough. He wants to develop a tighter musical bond. On December 28th, Tip leaked a trailer for the mix tape da City Up that showed him and Dre work ing together in the studio. This isn't the first time that the King of the South has collaborated with the California legend. A few years ago, "Topless," a song that was said to be recorded for Dre's oft-delayed Detox, leaked onto the Internet. Ac cording to T.l., their most recent session was a fruitful one. Jav-z sued av workers Compensation Board Of New York c.. JAY-Z Jay-Z is getting sued, again. Hova has been hit with a lawsuit by the W-orkers' Compensation Board of New York for allegedly fail ing to pay worker's compen sation for a few months back in 2009. The employees weren't of his famed 40/40 Club, but domestic workers (cooks, maids, etc). Jigga corrected the mis cue after obtaining proper insurapce, but was neverthe. less fined $18,000. It's this outstanding amount J:4at he is being sued for. Safe bet that the part-owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets can afford to cut the check. How ever, the matter may all be due to a billing error. Jay-Z, Kanye West Paid $6 Million To Perform At Sweet 16 JIGGA And KANYE Jay-Z and Kanye West have been known to bring in the big bucks, and earlier this month the. Hip-Hop duo pocketed nearly $6 million to show up to a 16-year-old's birthday party. The Throne traveled to Dubai two weeks before Christmas and were paid $2.9 million each to perform at the birthday party of the niece of an Arab billionaire. The birthday girl comes from a wealthy fanllly which includes her uncle, multi -bil:lionaire owner of .the Man chester City Football Club, Sheikh Mansour. )> z c: )> 1\) 0 ...... 1\)

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MRS. BENNIE P. COLLINS In loving memory of our dear Mother, who we love and miss. Children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Earth Has No Sorrow, That Heaven Cannot Heal. "Our Business Is Service" 3000 N. 29th Tampa, FL 33605 (800) 605-3350. (813) 248-6125 wilson-funeralhome .com National Eddie long's School Forced To Shut Its Doors BISHOP EDDIE LONG And Soon To Be E x -Wife, VANESSA LONG A school affiliated with Bishop Eddie Long's Geor gia megachurch is shutting down. Parents received letters, just two days before Christmas, telling them the school would close on January 4th. New Birth Christian Acad emy, which enrolls students in kindergarten through the 12th grade, has been struggling fi nancially for years, officials said. A financial deficit and de clining enrollment left its board of directors with no other option but to temporarily close the school, said a church statement. Eddie Long's Wife; Vanessa Long, Files For Divorce, Then Retracts Statement A few hours after issuing a statement about her plans to divorce husband Bishop Eddie Long, Vanessa Long has withdrawn her petition to split from the New Birth Mis sionary Baptist Church preacher. Vanessa released a follow up announcement friday after noon explaining that she and her husband have agreed to "find healing." "I love my husband. I believe ) in him and admire his strength, and courage : My filing followed years of attacks in the media that frustrated and over whelmed me," she said. Bishop Eddie Long's wife, Vanessa Long, filed for divorce from the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church preacher on Thursday. "After a great deal of delib. eration and prayer, I have de cided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long," Vanessa said in a statement. Congresswoman Wilson To Introduce Federal Anti-Hazing Bill WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. FrederiCa. Wilson (DFL) plans to introduce a federal anti-hazing bill when Congress reconvenes in January. A staunch fighter of bullying and hazing during her career as a school principal and school board member, Rep. Wilson: decided that action is needed at the federal level to combat haz ing incidents like the tragedy that claimed drum major Robert Champion's life at Florida A & M University in No vember. Hazing is demeaning, dan gerous, and, sadly, deadly. It's time that we put an end to this horrible and humiliating ritual once and for all, so that no more students suffer the way that Robert Champion and others have," Rep. Wilson said. Rep. Wilson fought hazing throughout her four-year reign as the South Atlantic Regional Director for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first sorority founded by Blac'k. students on the campus of Howard Univer-C ONGRESSWOMAN FREDERIC A WILSO N sity in 1908. She was nicknamed b y a Miami Herald reporter as THE HAZE BUSTER" because of her very public stance to stamp out hazing on college campuses I am having policy discus sions now with presidents of historically-Black colleges and universities band members and presidents of Greek-letter or ganizations so that we will be able to craft a strong bill for traduction next month, Rep. Wilson said. Kilpatrick $25 Million From SkVtal Over Text Massage Scandal Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. demanded $25 million to settle his civil lawsuit against SkyTel Inc., the city' s former provider. Kilpatrick demanded $25 million to settle his civil lawsuit against SkyTel Inc the city's for mer text-mess age provider The d e mand revealed in a federal court filing obtained by The Detroit News on Tuesd .ay included $i4 million for statu tory damages $7 million in punitive damages $3 million in actual damages and $1 million for emotional distress and loss of future business and earnings The $14 million figure would have paid Kilpatrick $1,000 for each teict message released to the public. Crime Corrections OHicer Charged With Domestic Banerv POLK COUNTY Last Monday, a corrections officer for a state prison in Polk County was charged with as saulting a woman after a wit ness saw the couple fighting on the side of a road. Authorities charged Johnny Tucker, 28, with bat tery domestic violence. Deputies said a man and his wife were driving on North Combee Road when they saw a woman fall out of the passen ger side of a vehicle that w:as parked on the side of the road. Tucker was seen coming out of the passenger door and falling on top of the woman. The witnesses pulled over and reportedly saw Tucker sit on top of the woman with his fore arm on her neck: When the witness got out of his vehicle and confronted Tucker, he allegedly grabbed JOHNNY TUCKER the victim by her hair and pushed her into a vehicle. As Tucker drove off, the witness got his license plate number. The tag led a deputy to Tucker's home where he con fronted Tucker and the vic tim They told the deputy they had an argument, but it was not physical . After the deputy got state ments from the witnesses, he returned to Tucker's home and arrested him Photo Released 01 suspect In Fatal Shooting SEMINOLE Pinellas County Sheriffs investigators want to talk to a man seen wearing a black shirt about a fatal shooting at a food store. Investigators released new photos and video depicting a man they said shot and killed a clerk clf and go to a nearby home to call for help.

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Man Steals Ambulance To Drive Himself To Hospital HUBERT LEE CREDIT On Thursda y night, Tampa Police arrested a man they said stole an ambulance to drive himself to the hospital. Police said Hubert Lee Credit, 39 had reportedly been beaten up by four men, and took an ambulance that had responded to a call at 312 West Genesee Street at 10:30p. m. As medical personnel were inside the home with a patient, they heard the engine to the ambulance fire up and when they looked outside, they saw a man driving away with the emergency lights on, police said. Using a GPS unit inside the ambulance, police tracked the vehicle and were able to stop it at Tampa Street and 26th Avenue Officers said Credit told them he had been beaten up and he was going to drive himself to the hospital. Credit was treated at a local hospital for a puncture wound to his head. Police charged Credit with auto burglary and grand theft auto.-. He is being held in jail under. a bond of $4, z c: -)> ., r-0 Police arrested a man at 12:30 p. m after an officer spotted what he believed to be the stolen car used in the robbery and tried to stop it. The driver took, crashing into a fence at Oregon and Main Street. Two people were seen running out of the car. Twalla Killins suffered cuts after the purse snatch-en ing. m z A police dog tracked one of the men to a vacant apartment at 1521 West Green Street. That man was arrested, but police did not identi-fy him. ::! z m r-m c: r r-!!I z The robbery occurred at 8:30 a m. at the Sweetbay Store, 5050 East 10th beside her and someone reached out of the window and grabbed her purse. A truck driver witnessed the incident, and followed the car to write down its license plate number but it was .a stolen vehicle, police said The woman suffered cuts Avenue. to her face, arms, and legs. m Police (lrrested Luis Angel Rodriguez, 27, and :X Police said a 42-year-old woman was outside the store when a vehicle pulled up Felix Alexis Nieves, 24. 2J UNCLE SANDY .. Make sure you pour 8, 14,"17, 19 your heart into everything 22, 25, 28, 30 you do becaU.se in the end, 33, 35, 38, 40 that is how you'll be judged 44, 48, so, 55 WARREN DAWSON 221-1800 1461 TaPa Pall Plam @ Nabraua Ava. & scan St. J,1,C :::.1' .. .. Sc'c: ;C .. CCC1CC .. .:.cnc .:w ::qr.E ... :: :"' .:: .. J .... : : :\:: m < m c: m en c )> z c ."11 c Ci) m .... CD

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