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< -.. Ta'rffpa Bay Are a .. I c:c Q -a: c . "" . on mm1 SEE PAGE 22-A VOL. 6_7 NO. 56 FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 48 PAGES 75 Communitv Asked For Ideas To Memorialize Sit-Ins SEE PAGE 3-A Sex With 12-Year-Oid lands Teacher In Jail SEE PAGE 23-A lanauer Wins Coveted 'Service Hero' Award SEE PAGE 8-A WilBERT DAVIS CENTER HOlDS BlACK HISTORY CElEBRATION Recently, members of the community gathered at the Wilbert Davis Boys and Girls Club for their Annual Black History Celebration. The youngsters participating in the program thrilled the audience with a skit, step show demonstrations, and solos of popular songs. During the program, several businesses from the African American community were also recognized and presented awards. Shown from left to right are: Jason Jenkins, Unit Manager of the Wilbert Davis Boys and Girls Club; William Knowles, Derrick Brooks Char-ities; Sol Davis, Sol Davis Printing, Leon Crews, Florida Sentinel Bulletin; Daryl House, Classic Gentlemen; James Lee, House ofHitz; and Cornelius Hamilton, Big Bru Barbecue. Other award recipients known shown are: Big John's Alabama Barbecue, WMNF 88.5 FM Soul Party, Oriental Fish Company, Wilson's Funeral Home, Aikens Funeral Home, and Barbecue King. (Photography by BRUNSON).

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C\1 c; Features C\1 C\1 :I: () a: < :;:E > <( c a: u. c a: u. c z <( c UJ w ::J 1-ft w > w c w .:I: UJ ::::i m ::J ll. z tu west Tampa Leaders Want Assurances In Redevelopment Plan BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel StaffWriter The Land Use Com mittee has completed its as sessment of the West Tampa area, and presented their pro posals to Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other members of the committee. West Tampa CDC Redevelopment Manager, Michael Randolph, said they were asked to put together a list of leaders from the West Tampa area. "We asked for an update on the economic redevelopment plan for West Tampa, because we needed to know what the plan consisted of. "There will be a series of public meetings to address the concerns and needs of the peo ple, and that will go into what ever we submit to city officials. Randolph said they must make sure West Tampa gets what it has been denied for decades. "Our top priority has to be job creation. You can't have economic development unless certain social issues are ad dressed, like crime and sub stance abuse. We are grateful that invi tations were sent out for us to attend the meetings with the Urban Land Use group. In its final report, the Urban Land Use Group stated among the challenges for rede veloping the Riverfront and West Tampa areas will be so cial issues and safety, real and perceived, negative perception about the area's identity, and a lack of local services, retail, jobs, and amenities. Among the goals of the Also, to create new community gathering spaces, meeting places, places to go, explore the future of the Presbyterian Village as a connection be tween nearby Blake High School and the community, and invite new building types to include mixed use and mixed income units. The proposal to revitalize Main Street will include creat ing an entranceway node at North Willow with retail, cof fee shops and arts, create a cir cular transit and bicycle access area, and creat e local job op portunities and entrepreneur ship. "We understand that North Boulevard Homes is being looked at as a primary area for redevelopment," said Randolph. "Although it appears the Tampa Housing Authority (T H.A.) has committed itself to replace the existing structures with mixed income units, our top concern has always been what's best for the peo ple. The people must be given top priority before any plans are finalized." LEROY MOORE part of the study We wanted to look at how in the future this area can be develop / ed. The challenge is getting the landowners to cooperate to make the project possible We're reaching out to everyone in the area on this project." Moore said the group looked at areas along the river to create more residential spaces, redevelop public hous ing, and create a safe place for families along the river. We want people to enjoy the space along the river, and give the public greater access to the area. This is just in the concept stage right now. "THA's plan is to redevelop the N.B. Homes and Robles complexes. We hope within the next 5 years to get started. We think N.B. Homes will go first." Moore said 3 years from now. N.B. Homes could be de molished, and all the residents relocated. "The Robles complex will be a few stages behind the N.B. Homes a_rea, because that area is not located in a projected zone for rapid redevelopment." Moore said the reality is, there's no money for any rede velopment projects right now. Community Activist, plan is to expand the Martin ..J Luther King, Jr. complex to inelude a county service center, ..J ..J :::;) m T.H.A. Senior Vice President and C.O.O., Leroy Moore, was a part of the Urban Land Use Group comand said the group is reviewing their plans for rede veloping areas of West Tampa. "We selected the North Boulevard Homes area to be a Dwight Bolden, said he's also organized a group that wants a seat at the table when final discussions begin on the future of West Tampa. i= z w UJ <( Q a: 0 ..J u. <( I C\1 w Make ordering your invitations EASY for. one LOW PRICE with SOL DAVIS PRINTING! 5205 N. Lois Ave.-Tampa. FL 33614 (813) 353--3609 0 N ... GRADUATl WlNSTON LIOltTBODY Packages Include: Invitations w/Personalized Photo Name Cards SEVERAL COVER DESIGNS & VERSES TO CHOOSE FROM. Envelopes Councilman Honored For Years 01 Service BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Fourteen yea rs ago, one Tampa man was appointed to serve on a local governing board. He continued to serve until changes in his personal life prevented him from con tinuing. On Monday, members of the Hillsborough County Hos pital Authority Board paid tribute to City Councilman Frank Reddick for his 14 years of service. The board is the primary governing agency for Tampa General Hospital. Councilman Reddick resigned from the board after winning the City Council seat during the election last March. A current 'State law prevents him from serving on the board. Board members recognized Councilman Reddick for his years of service and contribu tions. He was appointed to the board in September 1997. Dur ing his tenure, Councilman Reddick contributed in sev eral ways to improve the over-COUNciLMAN FRANK REDDICK ... Honored by Hillsborough County Hospital Authority Board all quality of health care for the citizens of Hillsborough County. As Chairman of the Griev ance Committee, Councilman Reddick. was responsible for listening to the concerns of hospital patients and addressing those issues. He also played a role in estab lishing the Minority Business Enterprise component of the purchasing process currently . in use by the hospital. Urban land Institute Issues Final Report For Developing Tampa's Urban Core The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has pu_blished the ULI Advisory Services Panel's rec ommendations, made in Octo ber, for developing a vision for Tampa's downtown urban core. Mayor Bob Buckhorn requested an ULI Panel to as sist in developing a vision and master plan for the urban core, and .the ULI conducted the Advisory Services Panel in Tampa from October 9 to 14, 2011. "This report gives me a working blueprint on how to best jumpstart community in vestment and stimulate new development in downtown. Tq_ truly be a city of the future, we must our urbim core," said Mayor Buckhorn. "I appreciate the ULI panel for assembling this report and look forward to implementing the best ideas we discussed for Tampa." The report outlines Tampa's opportunities and challenges, as well as development strategies and best prac tices for implementation of the recommendations The ULI Advisory panel was composed of economic de velopment, land use, real estate development, and government operations experts from around the world who volunteer their time to help communities solve difficult de velopment or related public policy problems. .To view the full report, please visit tampagov net/Mayor. Do \ ou \vant t o nl;lkc ;\ differ<.:ncc in a child's life? If So, p/eiNie contact our ottlce to learn about becoming a licensed foster paiBIJt to children In need ofstable, loring homes. Orientation scheduled at your convenience. Training classes forming NOW! Basic Foster Parent Requirements: Are you at 18ast 21 years old with favorable background checks. Have adequate ineome to meet your family's curnmt needs. Participate in Free Pre-Service and Therapeutic Training. Eam $30.00 to $120.00 per day, once licensed. 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'TI Communitv Asked For suuuesuons On Woolworth/Kress Sit-Ins Memorial BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor dents, Arthenia Joyner, Gwen Miller, Clarence Fort, Delano Stewart, and_ Walter Smith, among others City Councilman Frank Reddick said the developers want to in clude the suggestions from the community when they appear before sit-ins," Councilman Reddick said. The first successful sit-in took (') in Baltimore in the mid 1g5os, ::::t In protest of the treatment African Americans received in a segregated so ciety, sit-ins were effective non-violent protests, shut down businesses for sev eral hours. land, followed by another in Witchita, ,!') For decades, the Woolworth and Kress 5 IUld 10 Stores have been va cant. Now, the owners of the property are in the process of redeveloping it. However, they are seeking ideas from the community on how to memorialize the historic site. Council next month. Kansas By February 1 1960, "The lunch counters are gone, but the buildings are still there. The devel opers want to memorialize those two stores and they are asking for sugges tions from the community. They want to were taking place throughout N United States. Some young adults and students who participated in the sit-ins in Tampa included now prominent Tampa resifind a way to preserve the history of the Councilman Reddick is anyone wishing to submit a to send it to him by March 21, 2012 Frank.Reddick@TampaGov.net. c REPRINTED FROM THE FWRIDA SENTINEL, .TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 1960-Sit-Downs Hit Tampa WRITIENBY THE rATE C. BLYTHE. ANDREWS, JR. Editor and Publisher The l,llidespread sit-down demonstrations against segre gated lunch counters in the South hit Tampa Monday after noon when two groups of Blake and Middleton High School stu dents descended upon Wool worth's downtown snack bar. There were startled looks, accompanied by mixed verbal expressions in the store during the two separate demonstra tions, which lasted a total of Bo minutes. The first request for service occurred at 4;30, when forty five students, led by Clarence Fort, president of the NAACP 's. Youth Guild and the two rank ing student leaders at both schools entered the store and sat quietly for 15 minutes. Three white and two Negro employees behind the counter milled and talked anxiously among them selvesfor several minutes before "Lunch counter closed signs were erected by Miss Estene Johnson, counter supervisor. Words Exchanged There was one temper-flare up during the orderly procedure and it occurred when one of the signs was placed in front of Car men Grinan and Flerida Gonzalez, both students at Blake. Miss Gonzalez pushed the sign aside and claimed the counter man ager told her, you can't tell me how to run this lunch counter. Miss Gonzalez said she and Miss Grinan replied, you can t tell me how to sperid our money either, because ours is just as good as anybody else's. The counter supervisor then placed the sign under the counter. The students filed out quietly at 4:55. At the time Rev. A. Leon Lowry president of the State NAACP, was talking to a white newsman and was nidely jos tled by an elderly white man and small child with him. Rev Lowry turned, nodded to this writer, smiled and continued to converse with the newsman. The same white man was with a blackjack during the second demonstration thirty minutes later, but remained sev eral feet away from the stu dents. Back In Ten Minutes At 4:55, the student group had swelled to a total of 6o. They quietly filed back into the store and took seats at the counter. Six white patrons were there, and all but one immedi. at ely departed. A woman seated near the Sentinel Bulletin's teen editor Arthenia L. Joyner, re mained about two minutes to finish eating a slice of pie. Mo ments later, the "closed" signs were again placed on the counter. During the final 65 minutes of the sit-down, the prf{TTlises was nearly filled to capacity by white and Negro adults in small groups. While the students amused themselves "ordering" from each other the numerous delicacies on the menu, and discussing an approaching basketball game between the two schools, flash bulbs popped and news reel cameras were roaring at both ends of the counter. It also appeared that every newsman in town was at the scene. Sentinel Bulletin photogra pher George A. Pindar was asked by a man who identified himself as the store s manager, "to please don't take any pic tures here ." Pindar replied, man you're late, because I've taken more than I'll need." The store manager, Thomas G Greene was later involved in a brief scuffle with a white news man who attempted to take his picture Rev Marion L. (Scoop) Newman of the_ Sentinel Bulletin was also present taking pic tures but was not approached by the manager At 5:20, agroupofsixwhite youths seated themselves at the west end of the counter, eight seats away from the demon strating students. They left after five minutes. Police Enter The first policeman entered the store at 5:30. A jew minutes later three uniformed officers and three detectives arrived. Two squad cars circled the block thereafter, until the students filed out at 6 PM. Indications are that the lunch counter protest will spread to other area communi ties, and that what the students have done is to pass along the protest to their elders with prayers that they are "acting in good faith to bring about an equitable solution to the conflict. Forte, who read in a Bible while seated at the counter, is a 1956 graduate of Shell High in Hawthorne and works in a bar ber shop on 29th Street. He told thi s writer that he suggested such a demonstration last Tues day and was surprised at the number of students who were wholeheartedly for it. "We kept it as secretive g s possible to prevent advance press notices and a lot of fan fare," he continued. "We are going to have a second meeting but I don't know exactly when." Rev. Lowry said he had no part in the organization oj the demonstration and was only at the scene to see that the students were treated "fairly." "I just wanted to be around in case there was an emergency," Rev. Lowry concluded. Attorney Francisco A. Ro driguez, legal counsel for the NAACP, arrived midway through the iecC?nd demonstra tion. He greeted two white lawyers standing nearby, spoke to Rev Lowry and exclaimed, I just wanted to see if they needed me for anything. 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Nl----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------N :I: 0 a: < :a: Black Hospital Authoritv Board Members want Increased Contracts For African Americans c a: LL BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel Staff Writer Three members of the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority Board that oversee Tampa General Hospital, criticized the private hospital's spending history with African American businesses. A recently published article referred to the problem as being with minority contracts. However, Board Vice-Chair, Eddie Adams, Jr., County Commissioner, Les Miller, and Tampa Housing Authority CEO, Jerome Ryans are more specific in their observation that it is Africap American participa tion that is lacking. >-. "I thought it was humorous minority participation was ffi not acceptable to me. On the > surface, it like quotas W and goals were met, but I fa know they meet their goals by :I: giving the bulk of the work to white women. I'm not satisffi fled at all with the results." Adams said the hospital Z recently awarded a large coni= tract to a white female who w wasn't considered a minority, j because she didn't want to be ffi listed that way._ ..J "However, white females W are getting the majority of the business. z "The reason the Civil Rights battle was fought was to < make sure equality was a fact, C not a dream or idea." ii: Adams said the minority g program at TGH is underLL EDDIE ADAMS, JR. ..... Board Member Minority ClftegOry Tor./ $ C.t.egoty Tor./ $ MBE Percentage VEABTOPAIE Minority Category Total $ C.tegriry Total $ MBEPercentage COMM. LES MILLER ..... Board Member Tampa General Hospital Minority Business Relations 201 0-2011 Participation Report Fii'St Out!!rter (January-March) 1,214,478 $ 3,098,353 $ 39.2% 1,214,418 $ 3,098,353 $ 39.2% $ 6,709,051 $ 14.6% 976,526 $ 6,709;051 $ 14.6% 147,337 $ 3,837;359 $ 3.8% 147,337 $ 3,837,3$9 $ 3.J% Availability 16.9% 11.8% 6% (n defined by the minority bu.lneaa and utilization etudy) JEROME RYANS . Board Member &e0,103 14.123,189 4;Q% 3% "Their response that they have someone doing the job and the numbers are good isn't true. When you look specifically _at African American participation, it is lacking horribly." Jerome Ryans said he thinks on a long term basis, TGH needs to look and let people know business is available. "They need to do more outreach and let people know what they need to know to do business with TGH. They have goals set, but I think they are low. "They need a more active effort, and they need to host meetings and conduct work shops. Everyone deserves an opportunity, and the African American community needs to know that." Ryans also said he thinks TGH needs to have a manag e r at the upper level who responds directly to the pres ident. "They need to raise the level of that position. "When you're a private institution, there are rules you don't have to adhere to like public places. We must know the that are available, and I believe it can be handled very professionally." This hospital spending chart was provided recently to the board. Ryans said he didn't like what he saw when he looked at the numbers, and for TGH to just do what's right. staffed, and under-managed. "They must restore credibil ity to the program. This will be an ongoing battle, because the resources are there to do it right. They must do busi ness with Black folks." Comm. Miller said the numbers across the board weren't good for African Americans. "We questioned the vice president of procureq1ent as to what he was doing to increase the numbers. "Part of the problem is they have a coordinator doing it by herself, and they are failing to get the word to the Black community, urging them to do business with the hospital. The lack of person nel to properly manage this aspect of the hospital is also a problem." Comm. Miller said there are a lot of factors involved as to why TGH isn't doing busi ness with African Americans. "When you fook at the minority breakdown, it's clear that African Americans aren't doing well in any of the categories. The word isn't getting out as it should, and they aren't providing the proper technicaJ. assistance. The other members of the Board are: Lesa Alkire, Jon (Managing Director), Madeleine Courtney, Lisa Decossas, Johri Evans, Atty. John Grant, Jr., County Comm. Ken Hagan, Dr. Ismail Kazem, Victor Leavengpod, and Professor Karen 1. JACQUES A. DARIUS. P.A ATTORNEY 813/930 2222 Accident & Injuries Employment Civil Rights FamilyLaw 7211 N; Dale Mabiy Hwy. Ste 228 .,...._.,,low),aotfor ___ .. ....,...,..,..._. __ BARBARA 1. PITTMAN Practicing Law In: Cr:ititinal Defense Family Law Personal Injury Attorney & Counselor At Law Cypress Point Office Park 10014 N. Dale Mabry, Suite 101 Tampa, F1orida 33618 (813)269-9706 Fax: (813)960-0641 The hiJ:iDR ot a lawyer ;. on importMt' deci si on d1a t no t be baed solcly upon ad"c:niscmcnts Before ask tiS send flee writtul about

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Editorials/Columns :B FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN need state help and should :< (USPS 202-140 ) t "t :::oo 22 07 21st A ve nu e,-Tampa Florida 33605 (8 1 3) 248-1921 ge I ;::;. Pub li shed E v ery Tuesday and Fr iday By Some of the dumbest and )> FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN PUBLISHING Co., :::C Membe r o f Na ti onal Newspaper Publishers Assoc i ation (NNPA ) money-wasting projects I 0 a n d Ama l gamated Publishers Inc N e w York ever hear. d of are funded in 1990 94 CP Timelnternational .!..., POSTMASTER: send Address Change To: these Legislative In N Florlda.Sentlnel Bulletin, an effort to prevent this, g P.O. Box 3363 Tampa FL 33601 1\) Period i cal Postage Pa i o At Tampa FL SOme Carefully COnsidered c. Blythe Andrews Pork, Pie_ ntilulln Tallahassee rules and limits should be 1901-1977 (1945) devised to deal with the rec Blythe Andrews, Jr. I II b "ll" d "II f quest cor pork. 193o-201o (1977) L egis a tors go to Ta a$1.4 I Ion an mi ions o 1 s. KAY ANDREws, PUBLISHER hassee every year and dollars will go into the The pork spending isn't c. mqst of them try to get budget to fund these gifts to limited to the State of GWEN HAYEs, EDITOR money for proiects in their legislators ; Florida. The pork files are IRIS HOLTON, CITY EDITOR J HAROLD ADAMS, CIRCULATION MANAGER district, city of county. The The more power you have just as plentiful in the United BETTY DAWKINS ADVERTISING DIRECTOR c th . . I In the leaislator, the bi"gger States Congress. Of course, TOYNETTA COBB, PRODUCTION MANAGER momes !Of ese SpeCia b. LAVORA EDWARDS, CLASSIFI ED MANAGER projects have been labeled pot of pork you can get. For they hate the turkeys in Subscriplions-$44.00-6 Months Both Ed i tions : $87 00-Per Year Both Editions Opi nions expressed on editorial pages of this newspaper by CoiumniS1S or Guest Writers do not necessarily reflect the editorial stance of The Florida Sentinel Bulletin or the Publisher. HB 1355: A Termite In The_House.OI Democracv Q uestion: When do hens cackle the loudest? Answer: When the fox is already in the henhouse. In this situation, the. fox is Florida House Bill 1355, the infamous amendment, which was passed and signed by the Governor and which has set a smoldering fire to the voting rights of citizens thro1,1ghout the state of Florida." And who are the chickens? If you're age 18 or older, and you have not yet, registered to vote, LOOK IN THE MIRRORf . This editorial is an S.O.S, not simply to our readers, but sincerely for our Democracy. For, indeed, if our read. ers, the citizens of the democratic societY of Florida, do not take heed of the coming battle, we warn that the free-dom o( their children's future is at Remember House Bill1355. With one stroke of Gover-. nor Sc9tt's pen, this new rule has shortened early. voting from 14 days to eight days (more than so% of Florida's Black voters voted early during the 2008 election); it early voting on the Stmday before election (On theSunday before Election Day, Black folks comprised 32% of voters); and it permits elections supervisors to o:ffer as little as 48 hours of early voting (contrary to the 96 hours). A blind man could see the impact of this new rule, which is designed to destroy rather than to promote the power of public voting rights. Churches, sororities, fraternities, freemasons, or whoever has ears, now is the time for men and women of I goodwill to step forward and-to right thing. Do not let what happened in 'Germany be repeated in America. For, the fii.st thing to go is always the right to vote. Once inore, we sound a warning. chickens, the fox is at tl.te gate! 1 Chardon, High: Ghost 01 Columbine Certainly, one of America's darkest hours was the day, one decade ago, when high school students boldly walked into their school cafeteria and as if they were on a fieldtrip began shooting fellow students and teachers for the 'glee of the moment. Columbine High School will forever remain in our memory as one of America's most misunderstood moments. B.ut years later, we must put Columbine aside. Recently, we have been given another example of classroom savagery. Its name is Chardon High School. The name could have been anytlling, and though Chardon High School is in Ohio, the place could have been anywhere. Members of our editorial staff, upon getting bits and pieces of the newsbreak about a student murdering fellow students at random, were immediately -whipped into a frenzy. Each of us wanted to know, "Is it one of our schools?" How relieved were we to discover none of the schools, which held our children, grandchil-. dren; or children of parentS we knew, happened to be the target of this most recent act. What caused a teenager in Ohio to. turri his gun on people he knew? Our children are killing themselves and each other, but the closest we have come to a cure is a debate on budget cuts.-We are a violent society. How could it not filter down to our children? Instead of money, we suggest common sense and sincerity. will save our children. turkeys or pork. those with little or no power, Washington and the master Bothofthesenamesimply it helps tohave friends in planeveryyearistogetridof bad news So man.y people high places in the State Leg-the pork. Yet, the pork keeps rail against these pork or islature. on rolling. turkey projects every year. In a budget cutting move During every election Every election cycle candi-the Legislature will close sev-. cycle, candidates for federal dates run for office plateral state prisons In the office promise to get rid of form to get rid of these pork meantime it will spend the hated waste oftaxpayer's projects. 250,000 to help Flagler mdney. Yet millions of dollars are County build a new 500 bed Those earmarks are un-allotted for these projects. prison . necessary and only add to This year is no exception, beWithout going into who is the nation's deficit. The odd cause once again,millions of. getting what in pork barrel thing about earmarks on the "T1 dollars will be tucked into spending let us look into federal level is those legisla-:-0 the budget for pork projects. whether earmarks are good tors who complain the most :::c As this year's legislative or bad. The answer is, some about pork projects are usu-session moves toward a are good and some are not ally the biggest recipients of en close, the pork is flying in Local governments at the pork mqney. l don' f m Tallahassee. The word eartimes have good projects that know for sure, but is appears will make their political area that 110 matter how-: .lfi mark is also used to describe these local projects It is interesting to note that the Floiida Legislature is slated to cut the budget by a better place to live, work, anybody complains, the. pork r-. play, be educated in and to is here to stay. . Can you sa y pork, pork J= pork? ... ;. : gJ z enjoy. These kinds of 0 inion Should Black America afi H aouv -'{{ .. .. . < That 'The Help' Didn't-Wili;l. -: _. and to get the comes With winning."_, . During Oscar sea soil, Despite debate among African-Americans over the merits of the segrega tion-era movie "The Help," niost still hoped that Viola Davis, who plays a maid, would have become just the second Black winner of the best actress Oscar And so there was wide spread disappointment when Davis lost the Academy Award to Meryl Streep on Sunday night. Besides regret that the ranks of Black Oscar win ners remained small, many felt relief that a role viewed as stereotypical was not honored. Few, if any, Black Holly wood executives have the power to "green-light" a film for production. Of the 5, 765 people who vote on the Oscars, nearly 94 per cent are white and 77 percent are male. The median voter age is 62 Wrote the screenwriter and author James McBride: "It s the same VIOlA DAVIS .. the 2012 Oscars old story: Nothing in this world happens unless white folks say it happens." Watching "The Help. was torture for Toure, Cultural Commentator for Time. But as a man, he was disappointed that' Davislost. "I hated film, but respect .Viola's immense talent, he. s aid in an inter view "I wanted her to get recognition for her .talent DaVis cated fo.r a Wider range of _, 0 Black roles. 1'l've played a _:;B lot of addicts," she c said in an i.ntervtew .Wi. Terry Gross of NPR. And she told Tavis Smiley that Black people who are ambi v alent about "The a that is "absolutel y stroying the Blac k artist-,, because it force s Bfa ck ac:.. .tors to water dbwn" their :-to chara cter fla:Ws offend 6 versensitive Black . : _, "The Black artis t can.._ not live intlie in revisionist place ; : tol4 smiley. "Th e BiacJc artist can only tell the tpith about and < . .. Pii or to. o'itly .ts ... : : lYwood's highesthon<_>r in t_he Oscars' 84:-year ; tory. ,..

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Nr--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A Child 01 Miserv Even though Mother's Da y is still a few months away, I'm going to take this time to acknowledge my ap preciation for the mother I was given. As a matter of fact, I think that every person reading this who was raised by someone who took the time to show just a little nurturing, should be thankful that they had a mother who cared about them at all. While we're at it, it prob ably wouldn't hurt for us to give our fathers (regardless of how present or absent they were) a shout out for being wise enough to plant their seeds in rich soil. Their judg-ment made all the difference. C Every so often I get the ff urge to express this kind of 0 gratitude when it occurs to z me that, even though I made < decisions to mess up my own life, I was at least given a chance. That is a lot more w than I can say for -the -iinfortunate children who, through > no fault of their own, were a: w > w c w ::1: en :::i m :::) Q. z i= w ...I ...I :::) m ...I w z i= z w en < c a: 0 ...I u.. THOMAS E. PARNELL, ESQ.. born to women w ho would be considered unfit to care for a cactus Compared to what these children have gone through, most of us hit the maternity ward lotto. For me, it's hard not to feel this way when I run across newspaper stories like the one about an 8-y ear-old boy whose mother was ar rested for child neglect after it was discovered that he was missing overnight before she decided to notify the author ities. Fortunately, he was found the next day staying with a neighbor who as sumed his mother knew his whereabouts. Judging by the reportedly deplorable condition of his mother's apartment, it ap pears that the youngster took it upon himself to find a place where he could at least sleep in a bed and eat a de cent meal without having to share it with cockroaches The environmen t was al legedly so unkempt that the Department of Children and Families took custody of the boy and his three younger siblings Cases like these make me wonder why some women even attempt to have children in the first place. The idea that they can allow themselves to carry a life inside of their bodies for nine months and then treat it like crap is beyond my ability to comprehend. With birth con trol options and contracep tives easily available in this day and age, it really makes very little sense that a woma n would have multiple children that she neither wants or can afford. It also makes me wonder about the men who impreg nated these women as well. What were they thinking? I mean, as a man, I under stand the doggish nature that overtakes us from time to time and makes the conquest of any female satisfying. But to knowingly reproduce with women who have recogniza ble issues means that the fathers of these children are either just as ignorant as the mothers or could care less about what they left behind. In either case, it ends up being all bad for the little ones who are forced to live in a world where lo"e and affection have no meaning. And all we can O.o is watch their turmoil from a distance, shake our collective heads and thank God that it was them and not us. 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.barr798@gmail .com. Reality On Ice is by the Florida Sentinel Bulletin Publishing Com pany. < I CD w (!J NURSING H OM' E NEGLECT OR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. All SERIOUS INJURIES. (813) 975-4444 1-800-711-5452 722 E. 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Local Anti-Shackling Bill 'Commissioners Missed Great Heads To House Floor Opponunitv' Savs Chaner BY LEON B. CREWS N SentinelStaffWriter Review Board Member g A bill that would put in place 1\:1 humane rules for the restraint BY LEON B. CREWS furnishing an office." of incarcerated pregnant Sentinel StaffWriter White said as far as the women in correctional facili-redistricting is concerned, ties passed its last committee Hillsborough County he has a feeling the Attorney stop Friday, and i!:l on its way Charter Review Board mem-General's Office will not to a final vote on the House ber, Gerald White, said he approve the plan. floor. and the other Board mem-"When they' kick it back, The bill was sponsored by b t d then we can take it back to State Re-presentative STATE REP. ers were presen e a pro-Reed, and passed BETIYREED posal of creating a district the table. I think the unanimously in a House judi-that would give Hispanics Commissioners are in a ciary committee Friday never brought to a final vote representation. bully mode right now." If passed, the law would set in the House before the leg' We reviewed the propos-"I want them to under-standards that would outlaw islative session ended. al, and unanimously we stand they can't get around the shackling of a woman in Rep. Reed said throughou t thought it was a great idea. the Civil Rights Act, and labor and create uniform and the process, there were con"We understand how the Hispanics may feel they're humane standards for all jails, cerns, but they worked Hispanic population in being denied their voting prisons and detention centers through them to keep the bill in Florida. moving. Tampa has grown, and it rights." Advocates for women's "The Department of would only be fitting they White said he thinks the GERALD WIDTE -health have supported the bill, Corrections and the Sheriffs have a face on the Board Commissioners voted not to because it would protect the Association had issues with they can identify With." maintain their Republican r health of pregnant women the bill," said Rep. Reed. White said he was sur-representation on the Board. majority on the Board. who are incarcerated across "Senator Arthenia prised that the Board of "I think they don't want to "I predict the Board will c -the board. Joyner and 1 met with the County Commissioners expand the Board because of change in the future. They )> The bill already passed in DOC Secretary, Walter voted no on the proposal -the additional cost of anoth-can't just ignore people's 0m the Senate, and now only McNeil, and a representative requires passage in the House from the Sheriffs Association. that was presented by er commissioner's salary an;,d not expect reper-before it makes its way to We were able to come out of Commissioner Les and staff, not to mention cuss1ons. z Governor Rick Scott's that meeting with a bill every-Miller. ---------------------J!! desk. one could live with." "We think they (board m Last year, a similar bill Rep. Reed said right now, members) missed a great c: passed in the Senate and the bill is headed to the House opportunity. They had the J= through all its committee floor, and she looks forward to chance to push something to m stops in the House, but was passing it. the ballot to give Hispanics Tired of driving, high gas and the stress of congestion? Let HART get you to your destination. HART is a clear, dean and inexpensive alternative to the automobile. I HART has more than 20 Park-n-Ride tots and transfer centers. The concept is easy. Park your car in the lots and take a HART bus. Even if you don't have a car, these centers service many of our routes. HART is hard at work serving our community with improvements including, our Yukon Park-n-Ride transfer center, located between North Central Avenue and North Seminole Avenue. In the HART Yukon Park-n-Ride transfer center, HART is doubling the number of bus bays, adding public restroom facilities, and improving traffic circulation for better school bus drop-off For more information on fares, routes, and how HART can make your life easier visit our web-site www.goHART.org, or call the HART information line: (813} 254-HART (4278}. Ride HART. Be Smart. ., c: m r en ::1: m c m < m -4 c: m en c )> z c :a c G) m ...... I )>

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0 Loca N -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Manager Wins Coveted 'Service Hero' Award 0 a: LL c BY IRIS B. HOLTON Sentinel City Editor Five years ago, Verizon began recogmzmg its employees who went above and beyond duty. They call the year-long recognition "Service Heroes." Last week, Ms. J eanmarie Milia, Verizon's South Region Operations announced the name of its 5th "Service Hero." Ms. Zabrina Mitchell was named a "Super Hero." She is also a multi-year Platinum Club winner. In addition to having the recognition for an entire calendar year, a larger than life-sized photograph of Ms: Mitchell adorns the front of Verizon's Zack Street building in downtown Tamp a Bob Elek, Manager of Media Relations said of Ms. :i Mitchell, "Her proactive > app r oach to engaging customers and solving prob-. en lems is helping to drive customer loyalty, builds service 1-culture credibility with her team and helps maintain w high morale in her store. [ij Zabrina is a Verizon ZABRINA MITCHELL c w J: en ::i m :;:) ll. z t= w ...I ...I :;:) m ...I w ... Her image will remain on the side of the building for a year. Service Hero .that lives the role everyday through her strong unwavering commitment to our customers evi-UNITY M.B. CHURCH 3111 Ybor St. Tampa,FL 33605 (813) 248-5955 Phoph. House and Soul Revival z New Messengers of. Christ Traveling Stars Unity Gospel Links ELDER H. H. HUNT, PASTOR Sunday School 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship 11 A.M. g &,Many More ....1 Let'.J Prai.Je tbe Lord together. Bible Study Tues. 7:30 P.M. .. a. ......... THE PUBLIC IS INVITED ct I 00 w F.E.A. THE (J li.t \ . ( ;-. T-JJ >mn FAITH. EMPOWERMENT. ACTION. LIFE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES AT 7:30AM. to:OOAM, & ll:OOPM li.EAR.ING I MPAtR.H} I NHIWR.HMION A Y AHAt\U t 3838 N. 29TH STRUT ... TAMPA. fl. 33610 Like us on 8lJ.l.8.6600 .. WWW.fftCCH.Ol\G Iii 01\. $. lVAN 8UUOWS, SlNIOR P.ASTOJ\ .. dent through her daily actions, teamwork, and overarching service focused business strategy." During an interview with the Sentinel, Ms. Mitchell said she was surprised that she won the award. All of the company s employees were in competi tion for the title. "It feels good to be recog nized for the contributions. For a customer service rep resentative, it means every thing, she said. A Tampa native, Ms. Mitchell attended the pub lic schools of Hillsborough County. After graduating from Robinson High School she continued her education at St. Leo University, where she majored in Criminology Mitchell joined Verizon in 1999, and has worked in several capacities throughout her tenure. She was promoted to management in 2004 with the company. Her current role in management requires her to work with 33 stores throughout the state. When time allows, Ms. Mitchell enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family. 26th International Women's Convention Of the Pentecostal Followers of Jesus Christ International Ministries, Inc. BISHOP WINFRED HAMLET, International Chainnan, Plesiding Bishop Wednesday, March 14, 2012-Friday, March 16, 2012 Held At: Re-Birth Baptist Church, Inc. (Dr. Z. S. Hudson, Pastor) 1924 E. Comanche St. Tampa 33610 Theme: Lovest thou me more than these? St. John 21:15 Order Of Service Wednesday-7:30 p. m. Evening Worship Service -Thursday & Friday -12 p.m. Mid-Day Service & Wor1mt Formal Gowns & Tux (After-Five) $30 for adults (13 & older) $15 for youth (4-12) 3yrs. & under are FREE on sale now thru March 18, 2012***

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:D Wisdom From The Beginning This week's lesson focus es on the origin of wisdom. Proverbs 8:22-35 gives a poetic description of wisdom and its origin. Solomon depicts wisdom as a person not merely a thing or some thing to have The belief for the Christian Church is that wisdom will dwell in among all believers. Solomon writes that wis dom was brought forth as the first of God 's works (vs.22). The first person forth was wisdom Wisdom was established from the beginning of time to be around until eternity (vs. 23). God's desire for His people was to live the entirety of life with wisdom. God establishes as a model for His people that before any work is begun, to bring forth wisdom. The church must begin its works with wisdom. Throughout the work wisdom must be manifested. When the work is completed wisdom must still be present. To establish the origin of wisdom, Solomon writes that before there were oceans, springs, the establishment of mountains or hills wisdom was there (vv 24-25). He further contends that before there was earth and fields or du.st wisdom was there (vs.26). Before the heavens were created and boundaries were established, wisdom was there (vs. 27-29). Through all of this it is clearly established that wis dom was there to see the cre ation of all things. If wisdom was there before all things were made or established then wisdom is knowledgeable of all of the things of God. Wisdom knows the word of God and the power of God's word when He speaks it. The best reference for the people of God to have is that which was there from the beginning, which is wisdom. Wisdom knows the limits and the boundaries of all things. No matter how high the waters of life may rise wisdom knows its limits. Wisdom will give yo u comfort faith, and trust in God. Why? Because she knows God! She was there before all things. Solomon writes that wisdom was the craftsman at God's side. Wisdom had a firsthand view of all the things God did. When you have to go through something and you need someone to help you, wouldn't you want someone who has firsthand knowledge or experience of what you are dealing with? Wisdom then becomes the best choice. Solomon 's charge to the people is to listen to his words. He declares that those who listen to him and keep his ways will be blessed (vs. 32). Blessings will be the end result for those who live and walk in wisdom. It is difficult to not be blessed listening to the counsel of the per:son who was there from the beginning with God. Wisdom has seen it all and survived it all. Wisdom has stood the test of time and has been :victorious in every challenge. Wisdom knows God and the power of God. If you want to be blessed get and follow wisdom! Miracle Faith Revivals Church, Inc. 2726 E. 15th Ave. Tampa, Fl 33605 HONORARY WEEK In Honor Of A Very Special Woman Of God! "Mother Linda Lou Hickmon" Dear Faith Partners, Members & Friends: You a1 e cordially Invited To Join Us On MARCH 7th -MARCH 11th To Celebrate With Us In Hon01 Of A Very Special Woman Of God! Mothcl' Linda Lou Hickmon, co-founder of The Mit11cle Faith Rev ivals Church, Inc. Established Since 1974 In Tampa, FL. Service nights will be Wed., Thurs., and Friday at 8:00 P.M. Concluding on SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 3 P.M., MARCH 11th, 2012 Come Bring Your Family & l l riends. We are looking to see you THERE! EVANGELIST CYNTHIA DEJESUS ASST; .PASTOR THEME: "TOLD FORA MEMORIAL OF HER" .Matt. 26: 13 THE EXCITING GOSPEL WARRIORS otTampa SUildayAfternoon 3P.M -.March 10,2011 Abe Brown Ministries, Inc. 2012 Family Trip Schedule March2012 1ST SATURDAY TRIP MONTHLY ChUdren: $12.50 DEPARTURE -5:00A.M. l.awtly C.I .............................. .LawtiJ. R. .... RMr c.L (East& West) -... .Ralfonl, A. Florida Staa Prison. & w.c ........ Ralfoill, A. Uldoll C.I .... ,-....... Ralfonl, A. No. A. Ctr. 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N 'I"'" 0 N N J: 0 a: < :lE >< c a: u.. c a: LL c z < c ffi ::: 1-w > w c w J: en ::::i m ::: ll. z i= w ..J ..J :0 m < I 0 ..... Tampa Bay Black Nurses Association, Inc. will host a Scholarship & Awards Banquet March 31, 2012 7:00p.m. Doubletree Hilton Tampa Westshore Airport Keynote Speaker: National Black Nurses Association, Inc. President Dr. Deidre Wal.on "The Politics of HeaHh Care: The Role and Responsibility of Nursing" Tickets: $37.00 I Person Contacts: Rev. Pauline L Cole, Chair -813.442.4156 Rosa M Cambridge,. President -813.767 A Ministry of: Re-Birth Baptist Church 1924 E. Comanche Ave. Tampa, FL 33610 Rev. Dr. Zachery S. Hudson Founder/S r. Pastor (813) 237-:1..924 Cyrus Greene Community Center 2101 E. Dr. MlK Jr., Blvd Tampa, Fl 33610 Tickets: Adults -$35 Children -$15 A Night Of African Class & Culture Featuring: Dinner Dancing Entertainment r.y.J. Local Middleton Alumni Members To Meet Athlete Participates .In _National Track And Field Competition Members of the Middleton High School Alumni Associ ation will hold a meeting on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. The meeting will take place at Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd Street, and new members are wel come to attend. Springfield College Presents Free Seminar FREE seminars, "The Youth Athlete: Physical, So cial and Cognitive Dev." by Ted France and "Coaching and Training the Youth Athlete" by Sue Guyer, are being held March 2nd, 1-5 p.m. and March 3rd, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at Springfield Col lege; Tampa Bay Campus, 10117 Princess Palm Ave. The Campus is located in the Atrium building of Tampa's Sabal Park (MLK). R.S.V.P. with Ms. Betancourt at (S13) 626-3831. Markais Neal is competing in the National Track and Field Competition at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, today, (Friday). Neal won a place in the nationals after winning on February 18th at Emory Rid dle Last Chance Meet held in Daytona Beach. He is a student at Webber International University and a record-setting graduate of Armwood High School. (Photo courtesy of Rice Rollins .LAST SE II LEMENT SEEMED -LIKE CRUMBS? MARKAIS NEAL Wry wX t}() di/femrtiy ths time? We keep it simple, so you won't ever have to settle for crumbs again. Every third Saturday, Compassion Care for Pain & Injury holds workshops to educate the community about their personal injury protection. If the mone y you received from your settlement was like cookie crumbs, you will want to meet us every lh 1rd Saturday at Candy lowe's Tea Time, 904Yz E. Henry Ave., 10 A.M.-12 P.M. Topic on March 17, 201 2 Keep it Simple! Keep your money!" Caii1-855-MY-MUNEE to register.

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Former Gaither Student WorksHis wav Through College c a: LL BY LEON B. CREWS Sentinel StaffWriter Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Ashton Graham was always fascinated with basketball. When he carrie to the United States, he quickly found a place to polish his skills. Graham was a freshman at G;iither when he niet former Tampa Bay Buccaneer players -Donnie Elder and Mark 'Carrier at, a local YMCA. "I start:ed going to his high schq' ol .games, and Mark and I. hecame automatically interested iii' him." said Elder. "Ashton is a good kid and passionate about what he 9 wants to do." fE Elder said Graham c moved in with him following his senior year of high > school, because he needed <1: advice on some legal mate en ters. "We just stayed together t-after that. -"Ashton walked on at the Uniyersity of New ASHTON GRAHAM Hampshire, but the coach never offered him a scholarship. He walked on at the University of Tampa, and they offered him a scholar ship." During his entire career at the University of Tampa, Graham, now 23 worked at a local Papa John's Pizza to achieve his dream of playing college basketball, and 'his quest for a college Security Specialist Classes Security is one of the fast_ est growing industries in our nation. Take the. first.step and become a Security Specialist by_ registering for one of our classes D class, K class and /or Requa! classes. For more information visit our website @ www.sableoneinvestigations.com or call '(8i3)621-7225 Weddings& Special Event Packages $100.00 Off. Call (813) 728-3537 Limited Time Offer. Restrictions Apply. degree. In his final two games for the Spartans,. Graham scored 28 and 32 points. On Senior Night his high school teammates and college teammates were-here as his high school teacher walked him out on the floor as one of three seniors. Although Graham's mother, Uvalyn Graham, -and brother, Eric McClean, still li\'e in. Canada, he expects to stay in the United Btates when he graduates. Elder said he is Graham's mentor, Graham lives with him, has his own key, and he's always there if he needs him. "One of his former teachers at Gaither and myself have been his second family. My son and daughter are in their 20s, and he's just like a member of the family. "Ashton has expressed an interest in playing profes sional basketball, and hope fully, he will get there." Graham said living in Canada, he was not in the best of environments. "I was rebellious, and my grades weren't that good. 1 in the sth grade a lot, and I knew basketball was taken more seriously in the United States than it is in Canada." Grahani came to Tampa to stay with his dad, against -the better wishes of his mother. "She wasn't happy with it, because my: dad .isn't easy to get along with. In the end, she left it up to me. "I lived with my dad until half way through my senior year, and I moved out. I moved in with a friend until I graduated." Graham said he got a job at Papa John's through an acquaintance, and since he got no money from his dad, he wanted a job of his own. 'Tended up keeping it for four years. I stillwork there now." Graham said because he's not aU. S. citizen, he's using his visa to stay in the coun try. He plans on getting citi zenship, and later trying to get onto a professional basketball team. Graham, 6 4 tall, is an accounting major, and was named Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Playe r of the Week for leading the Spartans to a pair of confer ence victories, averaging 27 points, 3-5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game In The Spotlight APRYL-Lets give a big shout out a nd happy birthday to this week's Spotlight feature; Apryl. She will be celebrating her birthday Sunday. This young lady enjoys swimming and reading and she says she's fulfilling her dream of being a busi. ness owner since she opened "My Little Secret." Apryl is much more than what you see on the surface a nd the man in _her life has to be fun, educated, great with kids, and have an awesome credit score. ,Congratulations to Apryl as this week's Spotlight feature, and once again, Happy Birthday! Joining the USF Team is now easier than ever with our on-line application/ MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN USF Maint. & Special Allocation Responsible for general and maintenance on USF buildings, structures and equ1pment; perfonn preventative and repair maintenance to keep all buildings and equipment in good operating condition. Completion of an approved apprenticeship for multiple_ trades; a high and four years of multiple trades' expe.nence. Appropnatc vocahonal/tecluucal tnurung may substitute at an equivalent rate for lhe required experience. Prefer one year commeteial niaintenance experience; knowledge o_f repair door closuresllwdwan:, electrical work, carpentry, pamling and plumbmg. BIISlc computer experience. To apply. please go to: bttps://employment.usf.edu and seatch fur Posting Number 080'7000. I UNIVERSITY oF SOUTH FLORIDA

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FYI USFOHers FreeMemorv Screenings The University of South Florida will offe r free m emory screen ings The screenings will take pl ace at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, 4001 E. Fletcher Avenue. The screenings will take place from Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23. The screenings will take approxi mately 30 minutes. The results ofthe screenings are confiden tial and will be conducted by trained professionals at the In stitute. Individuals wishing to un dergo the screening must make an appointment. Anyone wish ing to make an appointment or to obtain additional informa tion should call (813) 974 1 3969. communitv Walk Planned To Cure Lo-. Gehrig's Disease On Saturday March 17, 2012, more than 1,000 people will gather at the University of South Florida in Tampa to join the fight to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a disease that pro gressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and path ways in the brain or spinal cord. ALS has no known cause or cure. Individuals afflicted by the disease only have two to five years to live. Among those par ticipating in the 2-mile walk include wheelchak-bound, p a tients, their families a nd friends. Others walk in' mem ory of a loved one whoJost the : battle with the disease. Anyone interested in ticipating should call 888-257-171 or register on line at www.WalktoDefeatALS.org. Organizatietn To Host Teen Expo JOBS 4 USA, Incorporated is having a Teen emergency Summer Job health and Wealth Expo. The event is intended to provide employ ment, opportunities, and resources to area teens. The focus of the expo is to educate teens on how to sur vive the current economic, fi nancial career education, and health crisis that plagues our urban communities The effort will be to educate teens on legal ways of earning money. The Teen Eme rgency-Summer Job, Health and Wealth Expo will be held at the Tampa ParkCommunity Center, 1417 North Nebraska Avenue, on Wednesday, March 14th frorri 12 noon until 5 p : m. For more information on this event, contact Jo Anna Williams at or email Jobs4USA.felons teens@gmail.com. NAOMI KIM ORA SMITH Ms. NayNay. The most precious gift from heaven above is the gift of a daughter for a mother to love. NAOMI KIM ORA SMITH Ms. NayNay To our princess that fell from heaven a year ago. Love, mommy and papa . Sending His Love NAOMI K. SMITH Ms. NayNay MS.NAYNAY Daddy sends his love, even though I couldn't be here to share this beautiful day with you, my angel. I love you dearly. Milt Milt. Beautv And The Beast The Beast MISS ASHLEY WITH DADDY It's a dirty, dirty world we live in but I do know that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. So, therefore, I live with no fear of man and because of that I want to tell the Lord thank you for my strength and freedom to be able to celebrate my birthday with my baby, Lady Ashley! 'TI r 0 :::tJ c )> C/) m z ::::! z m r aJ c: r r m ::::! z "tt c: aJ r c;; ::::1: m c m < m -i c: m C/) c )> z c :B c "tJ. )> C) m ...a. w I l>

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arts N :I: () a: < ::2: Ex-Falcon Plaver Charged With Murder < Sharpe was arreste d Thursday afternoon by mem bers of the Sheriffs Fugitive Squad for the fatal shooting of Christopher Galloway at his home near Stone Mountain. c a: LL < I o::t ,... GLENN SHARPE Former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Glenn Sharpe, 28, is being held in a Dekalb County, Georgia jail on mur der charges. He was formally t;harged last Friday afternoon and is currently being held without bond. -After playing for the University of Miami, Sharpe joined the Falcon s as a f r ee agent in 2008. He also played for th e Indian apolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. Sharpe's preliminary hearing is scheduled in DeKalb County Superior Court for March 28. HOME OF THE .OWNER: BUY1GET1 A 813.443.8354 2314 N. Dale Mallry Ave. 813.978.8090 2002 E. Fletcher Ave. 813.239.2239 2901 E. Hillsborough Ave. NFL Plaver Rescues Group Of People Trapped In van BEN PATRICK PHOENIX-Ben Patrick, who played tight end for the Arizona Cardinals from 2007 to 2010, rescued a group of people trapped in a van that flipped over in Phoenix, Arizona. Patrick w;:ts ,driving on the highway when he noticed the van laying on its side and pulled over. After smelling gas, he began pulling people out of the van. Kobe Brvant Now Has A Concussion ToGo With Broken Nose KOBE BRYANT When NBA's Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant played in last Sunday's All-Star game, little did he know what he was in for. Now it is being reported that the basketball star not only received a broken nose, but he also has a concussion. The famed All-Star game is when the best NBA players of the year are matched against one another and are divided by conferences, the East vs. the West. Bryant, who played for the Western con ference, suffered a nose fracture by a hard foul shot from the Miami Heat's star guard Dwyane Wade. l}lthough Bryant's nose became bloodied, he stayed in the game to see the Western conference win over the East i s2-149 The bailer did not, however attend the media session after the game was over. Barrv Sanders Files For Divorce From Wile 0110 Years Retired NFL play e r Barry Sanders filed for divorce from his wife of 10 yea rs, TV anchor Lauren CampbellSanders, last Friday. The couple have three chil dren together, and are said to be seeking joint custQ.dy, according to Sanders' attor ne y He sites a breakdown in the marita l relationship" as the cause of him seeking a BARRY AND LAUREN SANDERS divorce. Patriots Ask Ochocinco T o Restructure Contract The New England Patriots have asked wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to restruc ture his contract. Ochocinco joined the Patriots last season and the results were disappointing, to say the least. He had just 15 receptions all season and was a forgotten man in the New England offense Given that the Patriots are asking him to redo his deal even if it means a pay cut Ochocinco should probably be grateful that the Patriots still are considering having him around for another year. Ochocinco is currently scheduled to make $3 million in base salary for 2012 with a cap number currently of $4.68 million. COME SEE BIG MIKE HAPPY AUTO MART 10906 N. NEBRASKA AVE e ..TAMPA, FL 33612 813-972-9200 BUY HERE PAY HERE Over 100 Vehicles To Choose From Financing Available View Inventory At HAPPYAUTOMART.COM I

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9 Bedrooms, Full-Size Coon: Michael Jordan Home For Sale MICHAEL JORDAN HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois Michael Jordan's longtime personal residence in suburban Chicago is for sale for $29 million. The sprawling estate is in Highland Park, along Lake Michigan and has more than 56,000 square feet of living space. That inCludes nine bedrooms, 15 baths and five fire places. There' s al s o a three-bedroom guesthouse pool area, outdoor tennis court and three climate-controlled multi-car garages. An indoor basketball com plex features a full size regulation court with specially cushioned hardwood flooring and competition-quality high intensity lighting. It has a sound system -set up to provide perfect acoustics the court space. 49ers Sign lB Brooks To S44.5M, & Year Extension SAN FRANCISCO Ahmad Brooks always wanted to stay in the Bay area, a place that has become a new home after all those pai nful memories of getting cut by Cincinnati four years ago, and the San Francisco 49ers sure made it hard for him to le a ve. Now two are tied together long term. Brooks signed a six-year, $ 44-5 million contract extension with San Francisco on Tuesday that will take him through the 2017 season and keep one of the NFL's best linebacker units intact. The deal is worth $17.5 million guaranteed, sai4 his agent, Greg Williams. -Terrell Owens Facing Foreclosur e On His Condo Retire d NFL playe r Terrell Owens, is, like m a n y other aver a g e A meric ans, facing foreclosu re on h i s home. Accordin g t o his p ro file in GQ, O wens has lost nearly all o f his e arn i ngs from his career as a NFL wide receiver, due to poor investments and steep monthly child-support payments. Realty Trac, a real estate company that tracks foreclosure filings, says that his two Dallas condos will be TERRELL OWENS auctioned off on March 6. Terrell Owens has earned $8o million over the course of his career Donald Driver Joins 'Dancing With The Stars'-GREEN BAY, Wis. -The Green Bay Packers' all-time leading Donald Driver joins the cast of the ABC show "Dancing With the Stars. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver will be part of a celebrity lineup that includes actor Jack Wagner, actress Meljssa Gilbert, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and _Motown great Gladys Knight. The new cast and their pro fessional dance partners were DONALD DRIVER revealed on ABC's "Good Morning America Tuesday. Season 14 of "Dancing With the Stars" begins Monday, March 19.

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