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APRIL 30, 2011 - MAY 6, 2011

Orange Unofficially In Redistricting, Wards 2, 7, 8 Will Change


Wins At-Large Race, By Erica Butler
AFRO Staff Writer
deviation from that total,
meaning each ward should
include between 71,455 and
residents, but fear the
stigma of poverty and
homelessness in those

Based on The parameters of Wards


2, 7 and 8 must be modified
to meet federal requirements,
78,976 people.
“Boundaries for the
wards must change,”
areas will impact the
decision, which Ward
8 Councilmember

Early D.C. Council members


said in the first Council
Redistricting Subcommittee
said Ward 2
Councilman
Jack Evans,
Marion Barry, D-Ward
8, said should be
stopped.

Results hearing on April 25. The


city’s population grew by
5.2 percent since the 2000,
who co-chairs
the redistricting
committee.
Barry called the
District a racially,
geographically
Seen here in 2004, totaling 601,723 in 2010. And it may be a and economically
while he served on Ward 2 has nearly 80,000 difficult process, he said. disheveled city
the D.C. Council, residents with Wards 7 “Redistricting makes people and said Ward 8 is
Vincent Orange may and 8 below the federal very angry.” usually a “dumping
become the city’s requirement. Traditionally, redistricting ground for the poor and
newest at-large The redistricting has been controversial, as most vulnerable citizens”
councilman, based committee, co-chaired by some neighborhoods want to of D.C. Ward 8 had the
on an early ballot at-large Councilman Michael maintain their identity and lowest population totaling
count. Brown, must divide the be represented by people 70,712.
AP Photo city into eight “compact they have elected, such as “We should use
By Erica Butler and contiguous” wards, their ANC commissioner redistricting to address the
AFRO Staff Writer according to the DC Official or councilmember. lack of diversity in Ward
Code. The model size for Residents in lower-income 8,” Barry told the AFRO.
Vincent Orange (D) will likely be the next at-large D.C. each ward is 75,215 with neighborhoods such as Map by Vickie Johnson “Moving the Ward 8
councilman after beating eight other candidates, of whom only a plus or minus 5 percent Wards 7 and 8 want more Continued on A3
Republican Patrick Mara came close in numbers during the
special elections on April 26.
With more than 55,000 voters at the polls, Orange raked in
a little more than 28 percent of the votes, with Mara, the only
Minority-owned H Street Businesses Decry Tax Increases
By Valencia Mohammed “The construction on H Street was more devastating to
Republican candidate, trailing with about 26 percent, according Special to the AFRO my business than the crack epidemic in the ‘80s,” said Jerry
to an early count. Speculators thought there would be a close Goldkind, owner of a men’s clothing store in the 900 block of
run between Orange and interim at-large Councilman Sekou Bachir Diop looked down the District’s H Street corridor at H St.
Biddle, who came in third with about 20 percent of votes. the clusters of large wooden barricades, orange mesh tape and Adding insult to injury, coalition members claim, tax
The SEIU MD/DC State Council, who has openly supported warning signs that dominate the streetscape, evidence of the 12 assessments have risen as much as 350 percent in three years,
Biddle, sent out a congratulatory statement to Vincent Orange, blocks of construction that have closed or crippled more than a forcing many businesses to end up in government tax sales.
asking him to fight for transparency and pay attention to hundred businesses and properties in four years and made way “If the minority-owned businesses are losing 75 percent
contracts. for new investors to acquire property at tax sales. of its customers due to the construction, why would the
“We congratulate Vincent Orange on his victory and call “It’s devastating,” said Diop, owner of property on H Street. government increase the tax rate except to push us out of
on him to join the Council’s effort to end an era of scandals Diop is among a coalition of minority-owned businesses business?” asked Pam Johnson, 49, a property owner.
by expanding transparency,” the statement said. “Now more and property owners who claim that many longtime daytime David Umansky, public information officer for the Office
than ever, DC should restore prosperity to working families by establishments have folded due to four years of disruptive of Tax and Revenue (OTR), confirmed that in 2009, there
ensuring that our tax dollars only create good jobs.” construction on the H Street corridor. Many have suffered up were 50 commercial and residential properties along the H
Orange, a lawyer and certified accountant who previously to 100 percent loss of revenue due to customer access being Street Corridor that went to tax sale and 56 properties in 2010.
represented Ward 5 on the Council for two terms, campaigned impeded by road blocks, barricades, parking restrictions and However, he disagreed that taxes should not have increased.
Continued on A8 zealous parking enforcement, they said. Continued on A5

INSERT
• Home Depot AFRO Captures 10 Gas Prices Put the Brake on
Press Assoc. Awards Local Businesses
Sports writers, Washington Bureau By Jamaal Abdul-Alim don’t think it’s exactly fair.” $4 mark, putting the District
journalists, graphic designers and Special to the AFRO Woods’ predicament among the four states in the
represents what many D.C. U.S. where gas cost that much
Hear the AFRO on The Daily
website land awards Not so long ago, business owners are facing or more.
By AFRO Staff Northwest D.C. florist Karen as gas prices in the District Among the most severely
Drum, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Woods could plan to spend continue to hover above the Continued on A8
The AFRO about $100 per week on gas to
American make whatever deliveries she
needed to make in the region.
Your History • Your Community • Your News
afro.com

Newspapers brought
home 10 Maryland, But with the recent surge in
D.C., Delaware, gas prices, the weekly cost of
(MDDC) Press gas for Woods has more than
Association awards tripled to close to $350.
April 22. Woods says she is
Sports journalist reluctant to raise delivery
Stephen Riley led fees and pass on the cost to
the AFRO award her customers, particularly
recipients with since the vast majority of her
three awards. Riley business is funeral work that
won two individual involves grieving families
awards, one in the already beset with the cost of
sports story category funerals and burials. “I don’t
for his “Gonzaga Clips DeMatha for ACIT Title” and the think the consumer should be
other in the online commentary or blog category for his “Is it penalized,” said Woods, who
Over Yet? Redskins Find New Ways to Disappoint.” runs Mary Woods Florist,
But it was Riley’s team effort with Sports Editor Perry located on the 900 block of
Green that won best in show in the non-daily sports column Kennedy St., N.W. “They’re
category for “Faceoff: With John Wall In, Should Gilbert in as much of a problem as
Arenas Stay or Go?” we are.” AP Photo/Susan Walsh
07 At the same time, Woods Gas prices above $5 a gallon are seen on a sign at a gas
Washington Bureau Chief Zenitha Prince won in the station in Washington, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Oil
feature story category for her story “Life, Death Converge said, something has to
give. “At the moment, I’m climbed above $111 per barrel Wednesday as the dollar
through Photographer’s Lens.” weakened and the government reported an unexpected
absorbing it,” Woods said of
Continued on A8 the rising cost of gas. “But I drop in U.S. crude supplies. Gas pump prices also edged
7 47105 21847 2 higher to $3.84 for a gallon of regular.

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A2 The Afro-American, April 30, 2011 - May 6, 2011

AFRO National Briefs daughter’s death.


Snow’s voice may have reached one of its largest audiences
Your History • Your Community • Your News NABJ Awards ‘Newsday’s’ Kimberley Martin, in the late ‘80s with the popular sitcom jingle “A Different
The Afro-American Newspapers World.” The brief song, and soul star Aretha Franklin’s later
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters Emerging Journalist of the Year
Kimberley A. Martin, a reporter at Newsday, was recently rendition, became synonymous with the show’s six-season run.
2519 N. Charles Street Snow also lent her voice to the “Celebrate the Moments of Your
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 conferred 2011’s Emerging Journalist Award at the National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) spring board of Life” jingle for General Foods International Coffees.
410-554-8200 • Fax: 1-877-570-9297 While Snow’s dark brown, tightly coiled hair led many fans
directors meeting.
www.afro.com to believe she was African American, the AP reports the singer,
On Aug. 6, Martin and other honorees will attend the
organization’s Salute to Excellence Gala in Philadelphia during born Phoebe Ann Laub, was born to White Jewish parents. She
Founded by John Henry Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892
NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair. never asserted or denied her ethnic background.
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II
Martin has been with the publication since November
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. 2007. The sports writer covers everything from Major League Civil Rights Groups Set Out to Fix Broadband
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222 Baseball to professional football and even NASCAR. - “I am Disparities
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200 honored to win such a prestigious award. To know that my Members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales colleagues value my work is as rewarding an honor as I could Rights, an amalgam of national civil rights and labor groups,
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289 imagine,” said Martin in a statement. are sounding off on what they call “vast disparities” in minority
susangould@afro.com Hank Winnicki, assistant managing editor of Newsday’s and underserved communities’ access to broadband Internet.
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 sports section, wrote, “Kimberley has become an indispensable In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 part of the Newsday team. This is a prestigious national award, (FCC) request for commentary about improving broadband
Advertising Account Executive
and everyone at Newsday is thrilled for Kimberley, she’s a access to these populations, the coalition asked the organization
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274
terrific writer and reporter and has handled every challenge to make greater use of programs like Lifeline and Link-Up,
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 thrown her way. This honor is well-deserved.” which offer low-income Americans discounts on phone bills
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265 Before coming to Newsday, Martin wrote for The Record and installation fees.
Director, Community & Public Relations in New Jersey. She began her career in sports journalism “This access is critically important for success in the job
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243 after earning a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and market, especially in a competitive job market where March
Editorial online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public 2011 unemployment was 8.8 percent, Black unemployment
Executive Editor - Talibah Chikwendu Communications at Syracuse University. She also holds a was 15.5 percent and Latino unemployment was 11.3 percent.
E-mail: editor@afro.com bachelor’s degree in psychology and African-American studies Broadband plays a critically important role in all parts of the jobs
Managing Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277 from Wesleyan University. pipeline – covering job readiness that includes obtaining skills
Washington Bureau Chief - Zenitha Prince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair will take
E-mail: dceditor@afro.com necessary for a job, job placement that includes successfully
place August 3-7. For additional information, ticket sales, and applying for a job, and job progression that includes retraining
Global Markets registration, please visit us at www.nabj.org. for advancing through a job,” the coalition’s letter read.
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220
The letter also recommends the following steps to enhance
bphillips@afro.com
Washington Circulation/Distribution Manager ‘Poetry Man’ Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60 the breadth of Lifeline and Link-Up programs:
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080, ext. 116 Blues singer Phoebe Snow, who made her mark in the - Move quickly to expand Lifeline and Link-Up to support
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager music industry with the 1974 hit “Poetry Man,” died from broadband services that can support voice as well as other
Sammy Graham - 410-554-8266 complications of a brain hemmorrhage in Edison, N.J. on April applications;
Production Department - 410-554-8288 26, her public relations representative told the Associated Press. - Expand Lifeline and Link-Up to support broadband
She was 60. services this year;
The singer suffered a stroke last year and faced blood clots, - Create a financial set-aside for competitive grants within
Washington Office congestive heart failure and pneumonia, her manager, Sue the Lifeline program;
1917 Benning Road, N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20002-4723
Cameron, told the AP. - Expand and simplify eligibility rules, create incentives
202-332-0080 Fax: 1-877-570-9297
The Grammy-nominated Snow released 16 albums and was within the program to reach target populations and reduce
General Manager
Edgar Brookins - ext. 116 nominated for the best new artist Grammy Award in 1975. waste and fraud, and mandate combined outreach (and possibly
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112 That same year, the Teaneck, N.J., native fell from the administration) of this program with other similar programs.
public consciousness after the birth of her daughter, who was The American Civil Liberties Union, Asian American
Customer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: severely brain-damaged. According to the AP, her husband left Justice Center, Communications Workers of America, National
410-554-8234 the family soon after the baby’s birth and Snow abandoned the Urban League, NAACP and National Coalition on Black Civic
Customer Service@afro.com industry to care for her daughter Valerie Rose. She released Participation were among the organizations who signed the letter.
Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226
her last album, Natural Wonder, in 2003, two years after her For more information visit www.civilrights.org.
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Economy Drives Increase in Homeless Count


By Alan King sport-utility vehicle sought in from a
AFRO Staff Writer connection with the murder of cious
Hudson’s mother and brother. the ve
Jennifer Hudson and other The white, 1994 Chevrolet dog. A
relatives positively identified Suburban with Illinois license Tribun
By Valencia Mohammed with their rent, take advantage of homeless multip
of the
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minorities, foreclosures, the rising cost of rent, D.C.’s rent control formula should be proces
utilities and fuel and extreme budget cuts are reconfigured. “It raised rents during an cians a
behind a rise in the area’s homeless population, economic upswing. Now we are in a recession was la
local homeless advocates say. An upcoming and that formula does not coincide with reality the Co
report by the Washington Metropolitan Council along with the fact that the ceiling cap has Exami
of Governments indicates the Washington been removed. It was the beginning of the end Hu
region’s homeless has increased to 11,988 for many people who are now homeless,” said memb
persons, mostly among families and African Dancy, who lived out of her car for one year Exami
Americans, and that’s largely due to the before securing permanent housing. noon t
hobbled economy. In 2010, during former D.C. Mayor Given
Jewel Stroman, 22, stands outside a Adrian Fenty’s administration, a Permanent ing dir
temporary housing facility in Northwest D.C. Supportive Housing Program (PSHP) was viewin
with her daughter, hoping one day for a place to developed and implemented to provide Courtesy Photos
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ACORN Fights Back


functional when we really aren’t. I mean, I have Kitchen in Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20, 2009. Services that provide resources services.
a felony record and history of mental illness. to the homeless, such as free cell phones, have been impacted by a growing homeless “Budget cuts on programs for the poor
I can’t do much more than live in the streets,” population and decreased funds. will weaken our ability provide the type of
said Jones. intensive care that is needed especially for
The count, which was conducted in the last Leader Calls Voter Registration Fraud Charge
the homeless with mental health issues,”
week of January 2011 by area governments for the Homeless, said unfortunately, Blacks represent 90 said Russell Snyder,and president and CEO
By Alan King Dallas Cowboys players No wo
and homeless service providers, found that the number of percent of the homeless population in the District due to the ofAFRO
Volunteers of American Chesapeake. “It makes it much
Staff Writer Tony Romo and Terrell Owens, trying
homeless single adults, like Jones, decreased by less than 2 economy and a depletion of federal funds for prevention and difficult to provide the type of intensive amongcare that is submitted
the names needed. “to group,
percent, while the number of homeless persons in families, rapid re-housing programs. Cardozo Heights
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Community Gen. Kip Ward, 1st Commander of U.S. Africa Command, Retires
By AFRO Staff

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,


College and US Army War
College. He holds a master’s
degree in political science
from Pennsylvania State
37th chief of staff of the
United States Army, hosted University and a bachelor’s
a retirement ceremony April in political science from
26 in honor of the former Morgan State University.
commander of U.S. Africa Ward’s awards and
Command (AFRICOM), badges include: the Defense
Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward Distinguished Service Medal
at Summerall Field, Fort (with Oak Leaf Cluster),
Myer, Va. Gen. the Distinguished Service
Ward served in Stuttgart, Medal, the Defense Superior
Germany, as the first Service Medal (with two Oak
commander of AFRICOM Leaf Clusters), the Legion Photo by Rob Roberts

from Oct. 1, 2007 to of Merit (with three Oak Gen. Kip Ward and his wife, Joyce, give honors during the
March 9, 2011. He was Leaf Clusters), the Defense playing of the National Anthem.
Meritorious Service Medal,
commissioned into the Leaf Clusters), the Army Badge.
the Meritorious Service
infantry in June 1971. His Achievement Medal (with Ward retires from military
Medal (with six Oak Leaf
military education includes Oak Leaf Cluster), the Expert after serving the nation for 39
Clusters), the Joint Service
the infantry officer basic and Infantryman’s Badge, the years. He was joined by his
Commendation Medal,
advanced courses, US Army Combat Infantryman’s Badge wife, Joyce and other family
the Army Commendation
Command and General Staff and the Master Parachutist and friends at the ceremony.
Medal (with three Oak

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H Street “The recent tax increase direct cause of many of the properties along the H Street to tax deferments, the Council approved a 2008 bill that
Continued from A1 was justified where property Corridor being on OTR’s tax sale list and, unfortunately, reduced property taxes on businesses valued at $3 million and
improvements are causing the several are in foreclosure court or have been foreclosed on.” less and approved $700,000 in direct assistance funds that are
sales prices of the properties to rise. By law, assessments are Johnson continued, “Why hasn’t the CFO raised a red flag currently awaiting implementation by the mayor’s office.
driven by recent sales. When average sale prices increase, our with the mayor, Councilman [Tommy] Wells or DDOT? Why Wells also pointed to the project’s community-wide benefits.
assessments also increase,” said Umansky. “A property tax hasn’t the CFO done an economic impact study to address “Over the last several years, the District has invested
deferral program was in place for the first-half 2010 billing this problem? The mere fact that more than a fourth of the millions of dollars in the H Street NE corridor – $50 million
which allowed property owners, upon application, to delay properties along the H St. Corridor have been consecutively in streetscape renovation, replacing and widening sidewalks,
paying first-half 2010 taxes until the end of the tax year.” listed on OTR’s tax sale should be alarming to the CFO,” said replacing curbs, improving the street’s infrastructure, replacing
The coalition said the government is treating the situation Johnson. aging utility lines and rebuilding the entire roadway; in addition
as if the businesses affected are making money to pay taxes. The coalition proposed solutions for merchants and property to over $1 million in neighborhood investment funds and grants
for façade improvements,” he said.
owners impacted by the construction to include:
• Tax abatement from inception to completion of the
streetcar project
• Maintain property taxes at pre-construction rate
• Create a property tax deduction for H Street properties
comparable to the Homestead deduction
• Use tax increment financing funds to retroactively provide
tax relief in the form of grants or against future tax
payments
• Offer government-sponsored, no-interest loans on the
assessed property value payable through property taxes
• Immediately disburse Streetscape survival funds
But the group said most councilmembers refused to
meet with them to discuss their ongoing concerns and
recommendations.
The AFRO also contacted Councilmembers Harry Thomas
(D-Ward 5), chairman of the Committee of Economic
Photo by Valencia Mohammed
Development; Michael Brown (I-At Large), chair of the
Unik Styles (center) located in the 700 block of H St.,
Committee on Workforce Development and Jack Evans (D-Ward
N.E., closed in 2010 due to ongoing construction and
2) chair of the Committee of Finance. Each refused to respond
increased taxes.
and referred all questions to Councilman Wells (D-Ward 6).
“We truly believe that Councilman Tommy Wells and
other members of the council are knowingly and unknowingly
“The tax deferment referenced was ineffective due to the facilitating the forced exodus of minority-owned H Street
administrator and intended beneficiaries not understanding it or businesses to accelerate gentrification of the area,” said Johnson.
not aware of its existence,” Johnson said. A spokesman from Wells’ office denied the allegations and
“We are not solely disputing the drastic increase in property claimed the councilmember has reached out to the minority
taxes over the last three years, but the indisputable fact that property owners.
taxes were increased between 200-350 percent during a four- “We have reviewed the complaints of these property owners Get $4,000*
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Community Calendar
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April 30, 2011 - May 6, 2011, The Afro-American A7

Child Watch
Opinion
Children’s Health on the Chopping Block
(NNPA) — Like many to administer medication to help him breathe and multiple
parents, California mother prescription drugs to prevent and treat his asthma. Several
Anne-Marie Skinner knows times a year, Alexei still ends up in the emergency room.  Last
“accidents happen.”  Her year, Alexei suffered an asthma attack and fell to the ground
active, athletic teenagers - while running in gym class, and was rushed to the hospital in
Constance and Lucas - are an ambulance.
both involved in a number Healthy Families has made it possible for Alicia to manage
of extracurricular activities, Alexei’s prescription drugs, doctor visits, and emergency
and both have unfortunately room visits and helped Anne-Marie through Constance’s
suffered sports-related injuries eye injury.  But, in recent years, changes in the state budget
that required serious medical for Healthy Families and California’s Medicaid program,
care. One of the worst Medi-Cal—including significant premium and co-payment

Marian Wright Edelman “The U.S. House of Representatives approved an unfair and
shortsighted budget that will assault vulnerable children and the successful and cost effective Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP) these and many thousands of California
accidents happened when a
basketball hit Constance in the low-income families.” families need. All this at a time when 50 million Americans,
face, requiring an emergency including more than 8 million children, are uninsured. The
room visit, an MRI, and follow-up care from multiple doctors, increases—have been making it harder for families to get House budget would repeal health reform that would reach
including a pediatric eye care specialist. Thankfully, both critical health care services for their children. Another round an additional 32 million people and 95 percent of all children
Constance and Lucas have been able to get the care they need of cost-sharing increases in the state’s 2011-2012 budget will during the next few years.  Children of color, who make up
because they are enrolled in Healthy Families, California’s cause real and lasting hardship for families like the Skinners more than half of the children served by Medicaid, would
version of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Alferezes, including the difficult decisions they will fare worst and be placed at risk of preventable suffering,
(CHIP)—low-cost health insurance for children, teenagers, face if the co-payment for an emergency room visit increases chronically poor health, and even death.  And, for what
and pregnant women.  Healthy Families makes Constance to $50 per visit. purpose? To pay for more tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals
and Lucas’s care affordable for their family. Anne-Marie has These two families are among the millions across the and corporations in America?
already cut her family’s budget back to bare bones in this country whose health coverage is “on the chopping block” President Obama said this last week about the House
economy, including spending less on buying food. “If it wasn’t twice over: once because of state budget cuts and a second budget for 2012: “There’s nothing serious about a plan that
for Healthy Families I would be buried in a blanket of medical time because of federal budget cuts. They all risk losing the claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax
debt,” she says. affordable, comprehensive health coverage their children cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s
Alicia Alferez faces a different challenge—keeping up with need to grow up healthy and strong. The U.S. House of anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those
her child’s chronic health condition. Her oldest son, 14-year- Representatives approved an unfair and shortsighted budget who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol
old Alexei, has severe asthma. Like Anne-Marie, Alicia is a that will assault vulnerable children and low-income families. Hill.  That’s not a vision of the America I know.” If this is not
California resident who relies on Healthy Families coverage It would make deep cuts in Medicaid, shift more costs to the America you want, stand up, and speak up and say no!
for her three children. With the Healthy Families coverage, states, and eliminate core protections for the 30 million
Alexei is able to access preventive care including a machine children served by the program. In 2013, it would de-fund Marian Wright Edelman is the president and founder of the
Children’s Defense Fund. 

Why Do Blacks Care about the Royal Wedding?


 African Americans seek of married Black Americans ages 20-54 dropped from 70.3 in joblessness, and global instability. Marriage affects other
committed relationships 1970 to 39.6 in 2008, according to the 2009 Marriage Index, more glaring social concerns in more substantive and direct
and marriage just as much a joint study by the Institute for American Values and the ways than those often-discussed headline issues. And yet,
as any other ethnic group. National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting the decline of marriage has been woefully absent from our
They, too, long for the pomp (NCAAMP). national debate.  This must change if we hope to stave off the
and circumstance that the And while the evidence may suggest a decline in the value wholesale cultural decline of America. 
world will witness April of marriage, for many African Americans, it is a testimony to The discussion of family values must move beyond its
29, when England’s Prince the difficulties in finding a suitable partner who is prepared traditional place as an exclusively conservative political action
William weds his bride and ready to make the commitment. Not surprisingly there item and be embraced in rural and metro America, discussed
Catherine Middleton. are convincing indicators that marriage’s status has declined among Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and native people,
It’s become standard throughout America. The percentage of all Americans ages and maintained across all faiths.
practice in recent 20-54 that are married also plummeted from 78.6 in 1970 to Our children need stable families and communities. It’s
time to elevate the marriage discussion to the national level
Michelle Drayton “[The] steady deterioration of humanity’s central relationship and draw attention to it from a broad range of communities.
is as much a crisis in America as the slumping economy, In the short term, we can defuse any youthful reluctance
generations for Black couples to discuss the importance of marriage with the timely
to ceremonially jump the joblessness, and global instability.” paparazzi surrounding the royal union. But once the nation
broom at their weddings. and its youth are aware of what must be done, we can only
The act exemplifies a delicate link between contemporary 57.2 in 2008. Analysis of government statistics also reveals hope that marriage – restored to its irreplaceable position – is
African Americans to the slave culture of their ancestors that rural Whites – long the bastion of marriage and barometer celebrated, cultivated, and continued with the same reverence
who resiliently sustained precious native marriage practices. of American middle class values – now divorce at the same as the old broom jumping ceremony that’s been carefully
Though weddings between slaves were not officially rate as Whites living in metropolitan areas. At the same time, passed down from the slave era.
recognized, the dogged continuation of matrimonial ties the percentage of births to married Americans tumbled from   
reflected marriage and family’s central position in Black 89.3 percent in 1970 to 60.3 percent in 2008, according to the Michelle Drayton is the president of Today’s Child
culture and community.  Marriage Index. Among African Americans, that same measure Communications – based in New York City – and a maternal-
And yet, recent surveys suggest that young African fell from 62.4 percent in 1970 to 28.4 in 2008. child health registered nurse and holder of a master’s degree
Americans, devoid of stable relationship role models, see This steady deterioration of humanity’s central relationship in public health. She is also the publisher of “Today’s Child”
marriage as something Whites do, not Blacks. The percentage is as much a crisis in America as the slumping economy, magazine now entering its 13th year.

Letters to the Editor


Wal-Mart—Perception or Reality? Baruti Jahi, Ph.D.
The perception of Wal-Mart varies, depending upon one’s perspective, social and/ Ward 4 resident
or political interests, or business viewpoint. Wal-Mart advocates call attention to more Washington, D.C.
jobs and increased tax revenues to justify Wal-Mart’s existence in urban markets.
Critics suggest that Wal-Mart monopolizes local markets which forces smaller
businesses to close and thereby contributes to the reduction of tax revenues and loss of Bullying in American Culture
jobs in metropolitan areas. I am really disturbed by out wide-ranging assessment of the horrors of bullying.
The basis for support of a Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 4, on the Old Now, please don’t get me wrong; I think that bullying can be debilitating emotionally.
Curtis Chevrolet site, is more political than practical. In 2008, under the guidance of And, as we’ve seen, it can actually lead to death. Our children are under so much
Mayor Adrian Fenty, the city put together the “Upper Georgia Avenue Great Streets pressure to dress, talk and engulf themselves in our materialistic, plastic, pop culture
Redevelopment Plan,” a document used to guide development on the Georgia Avenue that they struggle with simple, natural, human situations. The question we have to ask
corridor. The city’s plan states that the kind of retail recommended for development ourselves is how did we get this dark place?
would have to be competitive in the local market and not duplicate what can already be This is my take on it: 400 years of slavery in America had to have unlimited bullies
found in Columbia Heights. The Target in Columbia Heights is a big-box store very to keep this dehumanizing institution in place. Then, years of Jim Crow and Klan
similar to Wal-Mart. terror activities wrapped themselves in bullying tactics. The many years that followed
Moreover, the Institute for the Study of Labor examined Wal-Mart’s labor practices. brought about even more bullying. The murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and a system
It estimates that for every five jobs Wal-Mart creates, seven other workers in the of mental and physical imprisonment take on an air of bullying.
surrounding area lose their jobs because Wal-Mart can afford to have lower prices You see, we in America have a history of militarism and racism and our children
which in turn drive local stores out of business. have seen it and been taught it. Many people see taunting and bullying as a rite of
Wal-Mart’s record of discrimination against African Americans, women, and passage. Bullying is built into our American culture. How can we turn the table on
workers with disabilities is reason enough to question Wal-Mart’s role in community bullying where our children see it and hear it in many forms from parents as well as
and economic development. Why bring a business to Ward 4 that is currently facing leaders?
workplace-bias lawsuits for widespread discrimination against women employees, Our fine president did have a summit on bullying, but it goes deeper than that—
African-American truck drivers, and numerous other cases involving discrimination from police harassment to the horrendous inequities of our legal system. Our children
against workers with disabilities? see it day in and day out. Let’s face one fact: Bullying is an integral part of the
The same effort and perseverance that convinced Wal-Mart to come to Ward 4 can American culture.
be used to work with local and national business leaders to develop a business proposal
more inclusive of the concerns and recommendations of the Ward 4 community. Ted Moody
Richmond, Va.
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M
ore than 800 guests gathered at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel in School of Medicine adjunct professor; NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson
McLean, Va., to attend the 21st Annual Community Service and Scholarship and future neurosurgeon Tony Hansberry.
Awards Dinner hosted by the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL). Fifteen area high school seniors were awarded $5,000 scholarships
Steven Baker, dinner co-chairman,
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Preparing the Next Generation for a Global to attend the college of their choice. LeLand Melvin, NASA associate
presents the Leadership in
Economy,” awards were present to some of the world’s highest achievers administrator for education programs, was the keynote speaker and NBC4
Excellence Award in STEM field to
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. news meteorologist Veronica Johnson served as the evening’s emcee.
Tony Hansberry.
Honorees included Dr. Tshaka Cunningham, Virginia Department Special guests include Marc Morial, president/CEO, National Urban
of Veterans Affairs researcher and Howard University League (NUL); U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); U.S. Rep. James Moran
(D-Va.) and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William
Dinner emcee Veronica Johnson, Euille. Major sponsors include BET Networks,
meteorologist, NBC 4 and NFL Hall of Comcast, Cox Communications, Lockheed
Famer/former Redskins player Darrell Martin, NASA, Southwest Airlines and
Green the Stafford Foundation.
Roses were presented to
Lavern Chatman, president/
Marc H. Morial, president/CEO, NUL; Karen Price- CEO of NOVAUL, for her
Ward, Southwest Airlines and Alexandria, Va., Mayor unwavering and steady Mary Millben sings “The
Dr. Tshaka Cunningham receives
William Euille leadership. Impossible Dream (The Quest)”
the Excellence in STEM Award
accompanied by Kate Rodgers,
from Angela Moody, dinner co-
principal harpist, Fairfax
Dinner co-chairpersons Angela Moody, chairwoman.
Symphony Orchestra.
president/CEO, EDJ Associates and
Steven Baker, vice president, Business
Administration, Metropolitan Washington
Airport Authority

Gwen Tillman, corporate manager


and Jim Green, director, SEAS, both
with Northrop Grumman
Lavern Chatman, president/CEO, NOVAUL
and Congressman James Moran (D-Va.)
Lavern Chatman receives flowers for leading NOVAUL.

Keynote speaker Leland


D. Melvin, associate
administrator for
education programs,
2011 Scholarship recipients
NASA, receives the
Excellence in Leadership
Scholarship recipient award in the STEM field PepsiCo attendees: Johnny Johnson, Jennifer Vasquez,
Lena Nelson from West from Kenneth Bynum, James Crowder, Debbie Castro, Haroon Muhib and
Springfield High School Esq., chairman, board of Sabrina Simmons
gives the student directors, NOVAUL.
response.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)


Marie Dufore, David Temple Jr., Diana Brent, Attendees celebrate another successful awards dinner.
and Lavern Chatman, president/
Strfianie Conway, Eric Brent, Shawnn Conway, CEO, NOVAUL
James Conway and Virginia Williams
Photos by Rob Roberts

By Edgar Brookins
AFRO Staff

T
Donovan Stubbs
assists Soror he National Sorority Phi Delta Kappa’s (PDK) District-based Beta
Shellie Smith with Chapter recently hosted their annual luncheon and scholarship
door prizes. awards presentation at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.
After feasting on a sumptuous meal while listening to
melodious music, presentations were made to Joi Raines and
Natalie Porter-McCuiston for their extraordinary labor of
love as school teachers in the D.C. school system. The
program concluded with an up-tempo, couture, high-
style, glitzy fashion show produced by Lovely Lady
Boutique.
PDK promotes sisterhood among its members by
exhibiting a high level of professionalism, academic and
social ideals. They are America’s educators.
Models of all
ages work the
runway. A singer
entertains
Ministers Charles and Karen Bell (soror) the guests.

Chapter Basileus
Natalie Porter- Honorees Joi Raines and Natalie
McCuisten brings Porter-McCuisten, recipients of the
greetings. Outstanding Teacher Award for work
beyond the call of duty

Seated: Sorors Dorothea Hunter


and Carolyn Davis. Standing: Sorors
Soror Dianna Mayo-Neal, Elizabeth Mayfield (guest) and Soror Elizabeth C. Roberts Frances Watts-Henry and Mattie C. Martha G. Harrison (guest), Soror C. Delores Scott, past
Coates chapter basileus and Clara G. Wright (guest)

Past Supreme Basileus


Models showcase evening attire on the runway.
Members of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Margaret C. Nelson brings
greetings on behalf of
national and regional officers Courtesy Photos
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Who Should the Redskins Decisions Loom for Redskins in Critical Draft
Draft in 2011? By Stephen D. Riley
AFRO Staff Writer
Years of dodging the
draft in favor of signing
at their selections may not
match their pressing needs.
Gabe Carimi, (Wisconsin)
Anthony Castonzo
By Stephen D. Riley and high-profile free agents have Typically, when a team (Boston College) or Tyron
Perry Green Holes, holes and more finally caught up to a roster drafts for need instead of Smith (USC) would give
holes. If you look at the short on promising young best player available, NFL Washington a set of young
No one knows for Washington Redskins roster players and long in age. executives call that a reach. line wings to finish out the
sure who the Washington you’ll see a register in dire next decade with. But none
Redskins will select with need of some tweaking of the offensive tackles in
their 10th overall pick in
the NFL draft on April
and some talent. With the
10th pick in the NFL Draft
“If you look at the Washington Redskins this draft scream 10th pick
and if a team wouldn’t draft a
28, but one thing is clear: patiently waiting on a roster you’ll see a register in dire need of tackle that high then cross out
the list of possibilities is a decision from the pride of guard and center as well. `
long one. D.C., it’s a pivotal year to some tweaking and some talent.” With a draft deep at
With holes seemingly everywhere on the team other be a pigskin fan. There are defensive line, the front
than safety and tight end, Washington can go in a number of 11 different key positions three of the Redskins 3-4
directions in their attempt to rebuild the downtrodden franchise. on a football team, and Last offseason’s wheeling In Washington however, we alignment could definitely
Years of opting to build through free agency and trades, rather Washington needs a new and dealing has left the club call that the Redskins’ annual be addressed. As many as
than the draft, have left Washington’s roster depleted and the piece at just about nine with just two selections draft strategy. six linemen could all fit in
AFRO Sports Desk searching for answers. Perry Green and of them. Should they go (10 and 41) in the first five Personally, I’m a fan of the first round and securing a
Stephen D. Riley have gone into their own war room to weigh quarterback? Maybe they rounds of this year’s draft, finishing what you started. defensive end or nose tackle
the possible picks. should take a wide receiver? leaving Washington with Last season the club went (which is essential to running
Or perhaps they should take no choice but to score big offensive line and drafted a 3-4) is also on the list of
Green: Picking 10th in the first round gives Washington a linebacker or add to the on its first pair of picks. A super athletic left tackle priorities. This season’s
some options. They can trade down—which I feel is the best defensive line? The list of trade down would be ideal; Trent Williams. Another draft isn’t just heavy on the
option—or they can stay put and still get a very talented player. possibilities is extensive upon the team needs extra picks, bookend to compliment defensive line, it’s stocked
If they elect to remain at No. 10, then a pass rusher has to top further review. and the options available Williams such as tackles Continued on A8
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partly because they didn’t have the pieces to run it, but mainly
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By Gregory Dale Originally trained under a classical Now, fresh off the release of his Extended my mixtape entitled Before the
AFRO Staff Writer music curriculum, V. Rich used his innate Play (EP) album, Songs from the Album Addiction.
musical skills and became a piano wiz. After Addicted, the AFRO spoke to V. Rich about
In an industry where talentless artists relocating to D.C., he founded a band and his multifaceted musical style, his current AFRO: When can
come a dime a dozen, R&B vocalist V. Rich is later began singing back-up for artists Amel work and his future projects in the making. listeners expect the full
definitely in the minority. After being exposed Larrieux. Through this experience, he later album?
to music at a young age, the Michigan native went on to work with a handful of other AFRO: How did you get you get V Rich: It’ll be released
fashioned himself into a full-fledged singer, artists including Raheem DeVaughn, Mya and started in music? in the fall.
songwriter, arranger and producer. Lauryn Hill. V Rich: I started singing in
the church at 3 years old AFRO: Will it have
and then I started taking any notable features?
Film Review piano lessons at 5. Then, V Rich: Yes.
from 5 on, I played up until Singer Eric Roberson

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about piano is that I really
didn’t like playing when I
group] Little Brother.
I have a few other
artists but they’re not
first started. I actually hated solidified yet so I can’t
it, but it was a requirement really mention them.
in my family to do it [and] [Laughs].
you could only quit once
you got to a certain age or a AFRO: Often, some
certain level. Once I got to that might complain that
level, I didn’t want to quit. R&B music is not the
same as it used to be.
AFRO: Since you spent a lot Courtesy Photo What are your thoughts
of your formative years studying classical on that claim and how do
music, do you infuse that into your tracks? plan to go against it?
V Rich: I’m always infusing classical V Rich: I think now, genres are starting
music in my songs, more so during my live to mix together so much that most artists that
shows than in my recordings. But you can still are out, don’t even fit into the boxes [that
hear elements of my classical background. people put them in]. I personally don’t like
boxes in music because some of my songs
AFRO: Talk about your extended play are R&B, some of them are soul and some of
(EP) album, ‘Songs from Addicted.’ them are alternative. I even have some tracks
V Rich: It’s a five-song EP. I put it out on my mixtape that are basically smooth jazz.
to get a feel of what people like and get my So, I think the lines of genres are starting
feet wet in the industry. I got a great response cross, especially in the R&B, pop and hip hop
from it, and it’s just to lead up to my actual worlds. I think everybody has their lane. So,
Courtesy Photo/Lionsgate LP release. I [also] just recently released Continued on B4
Shirley (Loretta Devine, left), Byron (Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, center) and Tammy (Natalie
Desselle Reid, right) in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.

By Kam Williams (Isaiah Mustafa) for granted. is the baby-mama drama


Special to the AFRO Elsewhere, 18 -year-old surrounding his hypercritical
Byron (Bow Wow), Shirley’s ex’s (Teyana Taylor) demands
Hold onto your wigs youngest, is being pressured for more child support for
and fat suits, folks, because by his gold digger of a their son.
Tyler Perry is back in drag girlfriend (Lauren London) Care to hazard a guess
as America’s sassiest granny. to supplement his modest whose help Shirley enlists to
But don’t make the mistake income by selling drugs on slap some sense, both literally
of attributing the Madea the street again. Adding to and figuratively, into this
franchise’s enduring appeal the recent-parolee’s angst Continued on B4
to the loudmouthed hussy’s
bodaciousness alone, since
she’s as much beloved for her
timely sermonizing as for all
that trademark tomfoolery.
While undeniably
upping the ante in terms of
sheer frivolity, this sixth
installment is also grounded
by a bittersweet storyline.
At the point of departure, we
find Madea’s niece, Shirley
(Loretta Devine), being
informed by her physician
(Philip Anthony-Rodriguez)
about a resurgence of the
cancer that she’s been fighting
for the past seven years.
Despite the urgent
diagnosis, she declines
further treatment, explaining
that she’s simply too tired
to do another round of
chemotherapy. And with just
weeks to live, the devoutly
religious Christian resigns
herself to the will of the Lord.
What does still matter to
her, however, is seeing her
three children one last time
to break the unfortunate
news to them in person. The
trouble is that they’re all UNIVERSAL PICTURES PRESENTS AN ORIGINAL FILM/ONE RACE FILMS PRODUCTION
currently consumed by bad A JUSTIN LIN FILM VIN DIESEL PAUL WALKER “FAST FIVE” JORDANA BREWSTER TYRESE GIBSON CHRIS ‘LUDACRIS’ BRIDGES MATT SCHULZE SUNG KANG
relationships, each more in AND DWAYNE JOHNSON MUSICBY BRIAN TYLER BASED ON CHARACTERS
CREATED BY GARY SCOTT THOMPSON BY NEAL H. MORITZ VIN DIESEL MICHAEL FOTTRELL
PRODUCED
crisis than the next.
Daughter Tammy (Natalie
SOUNDTRACK ON
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WRITTEN
BY CHRIS MORGAN DIRECTEDBY JUSTIN LIN A UNIVERSAL PICTURE
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The Conversation About D.C. Mayor Names May 2011


Walmart Coming to DC Has Changed. Cultural Awareness Month
Passport DC highlights countries around the world

Don’t Let
By AFRO Staff Harper in a press statement. 35 embassies representing
“Only in Washington, DC, a six continents will welcome
District Mayor Vincent truly global city, could you visitors as
Gray has declared May 2011 have a celebration like this. they enjoy

Walmart
Cultural Awareness Month Both Cultural Tourism DC the art,
in honor of Cultural Tourism and Mayor Gray appreciate fashion,
DC’s Passport DC initiative, that Washington’s many music,
a month-long celebration of embassies and international food and
international culture. In May organizations influence the dance of
2010, former District Mayor culture of DC. Passport various

$hortchange
Adrian Fenty instituted the DC serves as a gateway for countries.
first Cultural Awareness exploring the world that is
Month in D.C. located in our own backyard.”
Passport DC is a series of This year’s Passport DC
street festivals, open houses, includes a new event, Kids

DC
embassy program, special World Cinema, with
performances and more celebrates A Passport DC
that celebrate the cultural international participant
expression of the international children’s makes
community. The events allow films on May traditional
District-area residents to 13-14 and May Ethiopian coffee
explore the food and spirit 20-22. Presented at last year’s
of countries like Spain, by Alliance program in
Nigeria, Brazil and dozens Francaise de Washington, All the District’s
of other nations without the cinema showcase also Passport Ethiopian
leaving the city’s confines. features an arts and crafts DC events embassy.
“Cultural Tourism DC is workshop for children ages are open to
honored that Mayor Gray 5-12 and is free to the public. the public Photo by
Kristin Gray
recognizes the significance of The initiative’s highlight and most
Passport DC,” said Cultural is the Around the World are either free or a low cost.
Tourism DC Executive Embassy Tour on May 14. For more information visit
Director Linda Donavan At this free, day-long event, culturaltourismdc.org.

Film Review
Continued from B3
V. Rich
Continued from B3

dysfunctional menagerie? is [R&B] different from the past? Of course it is–everything


Madea, of course, proceeds is always changing. But, there are elements of [old school] in
to browbeat her misbehaving music today as well.
extended family into shape
in her own inimitable style AFRO: What’s up next for you?
which simply will not be V Rich: The mixtape and the EP are out, so now I’m
ignored. working on the full album. I also have a few other projects that
Along for the ride, I’m working on under my label. I’m doing an album with my
purely for comic relief, are father who’s putting out a prayer CD. I’m working with artist
a couple of embarrassing Jay Hayden and he’s putting out another album. I did a song
relatives: Aunt Bam (Cassi with him last year that hit Billboard. I’m also doing a score for
Davis) and Mr. Brown a movie called The Talented. So, I’m working.
(David Mann). The former
For more information on V. Rich, visit: www.vrichmusic.com
is a feisty septuagenarian
or Vrich.bandcamp.com.
who smokes marijuana and
flirts shamelessly (“Are
you married?” “Are you Reader’s Corner
Ordinarily, Walmart plays by its own rules as the largest straight?”) with younger ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ bills… I KNOW that I will
men. The latter is a garishly- By Kam Williams be all right because I am
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words “prostitute” with have heard of me, life arises…
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with “carbon monoxide,” Carter, as is taken from
and even “colonoscopy” with having been a you by those
DC residents won’t tolerate another big bully joining “Coca Cola.” Such distracting professional who abandon
Congress in disrespecting our voice and our values. DC buffoonery notwithstanding, prizefighter. principle,
Madea as usual miraculously That, along you will
deserves a much better deal than that. manages to straighten with having ultimately win
everybody out, and right been a wrongly back through
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Faith Pulse
Church Briefs Local Ministers Conference Makes Donation
HU Chapel Services
Vernon Jordan Jr. will be the guest speaker during the
to Tornado-Ravaged HBCU
11 a.m. service in Cramton Auditorium on May 1. He is the By Brienne Davis support their restoration efforts,
senior managing director of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New Special to the AFRO in addition to our customary
York City. The Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson will preach on awarding of college scholarships,”
May 8. All are welcome. Call 202-806-7280 for additional
information.
Shaw University, a historically the organization said in a
Black institution and the oldest statement.
Women’s Day at Zion Black college or university in Organized in 1885, the
Women’s Day, sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of Zion the south, received $5,000 from Missionary Baptist Ministers’
Baptist Church, will be observed May 1. The theme of the the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington,
10:15 a.m. praise and worship service is “Women in Ministry: Conference of Washington, D.C. DC and Vicinity was founded
Mentoring to Care about Their Followers.”
The keynote speaker will be Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears,
Courtesy Photo and Vicinity on April 21. The to “promote the interest of
pastor’s assistant to the Rev. Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, of
Vernon Jordan Jr. will funds will assist the schools as the Redeemer’s Kingdom, to
Fellowship Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Music will be
preach at Howard
University on May 1.
it recovers from a destructive secure peace and prosperity of
provided by United Women in Song, directed by Karla Scott, tornado in Raleigh, N.C. local churches, the welfare and
also music director of the United States Naval Academy Gospel “One of the Missionary harmony of the members to
Choir.  Women of all communities and religious groups are welcome to attend. Baptist Ministers’ Conferences promote the cause of Christian
 Rev. Keith W. Byrd Sr. is pastor of Zion located at 4850 Blagden Ave., in Northwest
Washington and invites all to join us in worship.  For more information, call the church at 202-
is to support HBCUs annually, Education and Missionary
722-4940 or on the website at www.ziondc.org. through direct financial support Causes; to stimulate an artist in all
and the awarding of college denominational enterprises; and to
A Mother’s Day Dinner scholarships. This year, in light of advance the Kingdom of Christ,
The Women’s Fellowship at Peoples Congregational UCC will sponsor a Mother’s Day the devastation Shaw University for mutual intercourse for social,
Buffet Dinner from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8 at the church located at 4704 13th St. N.W., has suffered, we have decided intellectual, moral and spiritual
where the Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy is senior minister. Appearing will be Samuel Cromwell
and Shirlita Settles. Call Maureen Butts at 202-363-5309 for ticket and other information.
to give $5,000 to this school to improvements.”

Obituaries
Jessie Thomas, 100 Julius “Lester” Sturdivant, 85
Government Employee, Volunteer U.S. Foreign Service Reservatist
Jessie Shorter Thomas Hospital, she worked in the Julius Sturdivant was member of the Veterans of
was a proud and witty fourth- gift shop for over 20 years. born on Nov. 15, 1925, in Foreign Wars, a life member
generation Washingtonian. She also volunteered at Wadesboro, N.C. He was of the NAACP, and a member
On Sept. 16, 2010, she was Arena Stage, and the Joint the eldest child of the late of the American Legion.
blessed to celebrate her Center for Political Studies, Lester William Sturdivant He gave his knowledge,
100th birthday. Jessie’s life where she contributed for and Ethel Robinson time, and treasure to each of
journey began Sept. 16, more than 10 years. She was Sturdivant. these worthy organizations
1910. She was the fourth of also a dedicated poll worker. Affectionately called throughout his adult life.
five children born to Charles She worked on numerous “Lester” by family and Lester and Ella relocated to
and Jessie Freeman Shorter. political campaigns in the friends, he was diagnosed St. Helena Island, S.C., in
She was educated in the District and Montgomery with Parkinson’s disease 2008.
District of Columbia public County, Md. She would several years ago. And Lester is survived by his
schools. After attending proudly share that the although he waged a brave loving and devoted wife, Ella
Lucretia Mott Elementary participated in every march battle against this relentless C. Sturdivant; his sons, Brad
School, Jessie graduated in Washington for Equal disease, he succumbed to L. and Tim D. Sturdivant;
from Armstrong Senior High JESSIE THOMAS Rights until she turned 90. his illness on Feb. 16 in JULIUS STURDIVANT his daughter-in-law, Toni C.
School. (She remarked that Jessie’s service and the Beaufort Memorial Sturdivant; his grandsons,
there was no middle or junior high school contributions to the community did not Hospital, Beaufort, S.C. Services were held Jordan T., Justin D., and Jared C. Sturdivant
at that time.) Following high school, she go unnoticed. She received numerous at the Parish Church of St. Helena Episcopal and loving sisters, Ethel (Peggy) Reese,
completed one year at Howard University, expressions of appreciation and awards over Church, with interment in the National Katie Lee Butler, Helen McLendon, Rose
interrupting her education to begin her career the years. She was most recently honored Cemetery Beaufort, S.C. on Feb. 23. Young, and Ruby Baldwin. He was preceded
at the United States Government Printing with a feature article in the Washington AFRO Lester served in the US Army Air Corps in death by his sisters Lillie Mae Redfearn
Office. and recognized as an outstanding senior during World War II. He attended Howard and Hazel Edwards, and his brothers, Edward
Jessie married LeRoy Samuels in 1930. citizen of Ward 5 by Councilman Harry University and was employed with U.S. State and Osborne Sturdivant.
She and LeRoy had one daughter, her beloved Thomas Jr. Department for over 35 years. Through his His memory will be cherished by sisters-
BettyJane. This union ended in divorce. Jessie loved to swim. She would often service, he became a member of the United in-law Alva C. McNeal, Pearlie J. Chaplin
In 1956, she married Charles W. Thomas. share how she and her sister learned to swim States Foreign Service Reserve and in 1981 and Miriam T. Chaplin; his brothers-in-law
Together they traveled the world, collecting when city built a pool in the community. Her reached the pinnacle of his career, retiring as Charles Redfearn, Wendell Butler, Vernie
animals in conjunction with Charles’ position love her swimming continued throughout her the first African-American printing officer McLendon and Charles Young. Additionally,
as “unofficial ambassador” for the National life. At the age of 90, she participated in the liaison to the Government Printing Office. he leaves a host of nieces and nephews that
Zoo. Their travels were often covered in Life DC Senior Olympics at Howard University Lester had a wonderful partner on his life will all miss him dearly.
and Ebony magazines. Jessie and Charles and was awarded a trophy for being the most journey. He met and married Ella Chaplin Lester touched the lives of many people
were inseparable until he departed this life in senior lady swimmer. Sturdivant when she moved to Washington, with his charm and generosity and maintained
1991. No one was more devoted to her family D.C., to pursue her career as a registered his trademarked sense of humor and stoutness
Jessie was an active member of the Berean than Jessie. She could always be counted nurse. Lester and Ella enjoyed 53 spectacular of heart until the end. Although gone, he will
Baptist Church since her childhood. Her on for love and support. She cherished the years of wedded matrimony. Together, for never be forgotten.
father enrolled her in Sunday school when time she spent with her daughter Betty, and over 50 years, they were members of the
she was 5. She was a devoted member of the considered Betty’s husband Albert, her son. Episcopal Church of the
Berean family until her passing. At Berean Her granddaughter Tracy and later great Transfiguration in Silver Lillian M. Parker
Baptist Church, she was a member of the grandson Justin were truly the apples of her Spring, Md. Lester was On Monday, April 18, 2011 in
Missionary Society and the Gideon Club. eye. She was also delighted to have a loving a diligent church worker, Falls Church, VA. Lillian M. Parker of
She also filled the position of financial clerk grandson in Tracy’s husband Larry. She loved performing many duties Arlington,VA, mother of Captain Lutrelle
for the continued to serve as a Deaconess family gatherings, celebrations and quiet time within the church including F. Parker, Jr. USN Retired (Lillie) and Dr.
Wendell E. Parker(Margaret); foster mother
at its successor, the Historic Berean Baptist shared with the people she loved. vestryman and usher.
of Imani Bennett; mother-in-law of Helen
Church located at 14th Street and Montana The life of the party — that was Jessie. Lester was a life Parker; grandmother of Kimberly, Randall,
Avenue, Northeast. At the age of 90, she was She was known for her outgoing personality, member of Alpha Phi Lauren, Lutrelle III, Raymond II(Jericho)
honored as the first mother of the Church. quick wit and sense of humor. She was a Alpha Fraternity’s Iota and Roslyn Parker and Tiffany Jackson;
She remained a dutiful deaconess, serving great dancer and sparkling conversationalist. Upsilon Lambda Chapter sister of Doris Foggie(Cardell); sister-in-
law of Eunice Cobb, George Parker(Marie),
communication and caring for the sick and Always ready with a compliment, pat on of Silver Spring. Ritualistic
Thomas Mangrum and Helen Parker. She is
shut-in until her passing. the back and a wink of an eye, she would final rites were performed also survived by great grandchildren, foster
Jessie felt helping others was part of the make one feel comfortable and at ease. by the fraternity’s Xi grandchildren and a host of other relatives
rent we pay our creator. She often shared, Affectionately known as “Tots” and “GG,” Gamma Lambda Chapter and friends. A visitation was held on Monday, April 25, 2011 from 6 until
‘When the Lord blesses you, he looks for Jessie was a must-have on anyone’s guest list. of Beaufort. He was a life 8 pm and the funeral was on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 am at the Mount
Zion Baptist Church, 3500 S. 19th St, Arlington, VA 22204. Dr. Leonard
you to share the blessing.” She helped feed Her motto for a long life: Pray, give thanks, N. Smith, Senior Minister officiated. Interment was in Arlington National
and clothe many in need by assisting at the help somebody each day and eat chocolate.” Cemetery. Arrangements by Greene Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA.
Crisis Center at Berean Baptist Church. Her parents, Charles and Jessie; siblings,
Her dedication to serving others continued Ransellar, John, Evenly and Geneva, and
until her death. She was an active member daughter, Bettyjane, preceded her in death. Looking for a Church home?
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b. Real WAGSTAFF
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variety of home sites Gregory L. Lattimer
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sented to the under-
signed with a copy to the
www.heartlandexpress. from water frontage 1200 G Street NW heirs and heirs whose CREDITORS Washington, D.C.
202-879-0157 Register of Wills or filed
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com Washington DC 20005 UNKNOWN HEIRS
known shall enter their
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signed, on or before
ALL CASH VENDING
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$ 150.00
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believed to be heirs or
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starting pay for first 5 time sailing, swimming, CREDITORS cedent’s
cedent¬s will)will) shall
shall be
be was appointed personal Nicholas D. Ward legatees of the decedent
Candy All for $9995. AND NOTICE TO representative of the 1212 New York Ave. who do not receive a
877-915-8222 All Major teams with explosives fishing, exploring or just filed with the Register of copy of this notice by
UNKNOWN HEIRS Wills, D.C., 515 5th estate of Opal M. ToNW
Credit Cards Accepted! experience. O/OP teams relaxing at the commu- Tr a c i e R o b e r t s o n , Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wagstaff aka Opal Marie Suite 1000
place your ad, call 1-800-237-6892, ext. 262mail within 25 days of its
first publication shall so
welcome starting at nity center pool. Proper- whose address is 4018 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . (Walker) Wagstaff, whoPublic Notices
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one bill, one ad place- 9471 and offer ocean access, pointed personal repre- Claims against the de- serve without Court su- There is no OF flat rate — 1-800 (AFRO) 892 ship.
APPOINTMENT, Date 244of Publication:
ment - Reach 4.1 mil- mild climate, spectacu- sentative of the estate of cedent shall be pre- pervision. All For unknown
Proof of Publication,
NOTICE TO please call 1-800-237-6892, ext. April 22, 2011
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signed, on or before to such appointment (or
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Aviation Maintenance Afro-American CREDITORS Dr. Burke Syphax
with the Register of Wills Washington Law October 15, 2011, or be to the probate of de- Deceased
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shall be
be AND NOTICE TO
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UNKNOWN HEIRS
believed to be heirs or filed with the Register of Shelore Ann Cary Wil-
NOTICE OF
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October 15, 2011, or be Personal legatees of the decedent Wills, D.C., 515 5th liams, whose address is PROBATE
forever barred. Persons Representative who do not receive a Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 3215 13th Street, NW Notice is hereby given that
Lake Somerset Camp placement assistance. believed to be heirs or 202-581-3529 copy of this notice by Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Washington DC 20010 a petition has been filed in
Ground, Maryland CALL Aviation Institute legatees of the decedent TRUE TEST COPY mail within 25 days of its 20001, on or before was appointed personal this Court by Gregory C.
of Maintenance (866)
who do not receive a REGISTER OF WILLS first publication shall so O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . representative of the Syphax, Stephen W. Syphax
Eastern Shore. Leave copy of this notice by 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 estate of Alma M.
inform the Register of Claims against the de- Strange, who died on and Michael B. Syphax for
your RV on site all year. 823-6729. mail within 25 days of its Wills, including name, cedent shall be pre- standard probate, including
first publication shall so December 26, 2009 with the appointment of one or
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Centura College Personal Decedent destroyed will dated Novem-
202-431-9277 mail within 25 days of its Street, N.W., 3rd Floor ber 5, 1998 should not be
877-206-3353 Representative W. Alton Lewis first publication shall so Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
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TRUE TEST COPY admitted to probate as ex-
inform the Register of 20001, on or before pressed in the petition.
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address and relation- cedent shall be pre- Clerk of the Probate Division
ship. Date of First Publication
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APPOINTMENT,
the District of Date of Publication: signed with a copy to the
April 29, 2011
Names of Newspapers:
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boxes. English Dovetail. NOTICE TO PROBATE DIVISION Name of newspaper: with the Register of Wills Washington
District of Columbia CREDITORS
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Washington, D.C. Afro-American with a copy to the under-
signed, on or before
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Barbara J. Durham believed to be heirs or NW. Suite 1020
1120 Connecticut Ave.
Administration No.
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Jr., whose address is Clotilde Durham Personal legatees of the decedent Washington DC 20036
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LEATHER LIVING ing fields & gorgeous Roland Dewit Williams Washington DC 20019
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hardwoods with lots of Decedent Decedent 202-554-0184 copy of this notice by Signature of
ROOM SET. In origi- Wesley L. Clarke
was appointed personal
Nicholas D. Ward TRUE TEST COPY mail within 25 days of its Petitioners/Attorney
nal plastic, never used. wildlife! Hiking & ATV 1629 K Street
representative of the
1212 New York Ave. REGISTER OF WILLS first publication shall so 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
estate of Opal M.
Orig price $3000, Sac- trails throughout. Long Suite 300 Wagstaff aka Opal Marie NW 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 inform the Register of
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rifice $975. Can deliver. frontage on mtn stream Washington DC 20006 (Walker) Wagstaff, who address and relation-
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appearance in this UNKNOWN HEIRS Shelore Ann Cary the AFRO
Williams
dress is 3415 Manderes proceeding. Objections Barbara J. Durham, Personal
Place, Spring Dale MD to such appointment (or whose address is 1311 Representative
20774 was appointed to the probate of de- Delaware Avenue, SW 202-387-0772
personal representative cedent¬s will) shall be Apt S-229, Washington TRUE TEST COPY
of the estate of Roland filed with the Register of DC 20024 was ap- REGISTER OF WILLS
Dewitt Williams, who pointed personal repre- 4/22, 4/29, 5/6
June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at Property Services, LLC,
the Skagit County Superior which property is known as
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Washington, room number whose southwest boundary
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entitled action, answer the
Petitioner, and serve a copy
Valley Avenue, SE, and
whose northeast boundary
The Afro-American, April 30, 2011 - May 6, 2011, The Afro-American
of your answer upon the lies 25 feet from the
southwest boundary of 237
LEGAL NOTICES undersigned attorney for
LEGAL NOTICES
Petitioners at the office Va LEGAL
l l e y Av eNOTICES
nue, SE,
listed below. Washington, DC.
If you fail to do so, judgment The complaint states,
Superior Court of among other things, that the
the District of may be rendered against

www.afro.com
you according to the request amounts necessary for re-
District of Columbia of the Petition. demption have not been
PROBATE DIVISION The child was born February paid.
Washington, D.C. 26, 2011. Pursuant to the Chief
20001-2131 The child’s mother
The child¬s mother is
is Cap-
Cap- Judge¬s Administrative
Judge’s Administrative Or- Or-
Administration No. ricia E. Yarborough. der Number 02-11, it is this
YOUR FAILURE TO 19th day of April, 2011,
2011ADM327 ORDERED by the Superior
Alonzo Ware APPEAR AT THE
HEARING MAY RESULT Court of the District of
Decedent IN A DEFAUL ORDER Columbia that notice be
Attorney PERMANENTLY given by insertion of a copy
NOTICE OF TERMINATING ALL YOUR of this Order in the Washing-
APPOINTMENT, RIGHTS TO THE ABOVE- ton Afro-American, having a
general circulation in the
NOTICE TO NAMED CHILD.
District of Columbia, once a
CREDITORS Any non-consenting parent
has a right to be repre- week for three successive
AND NOTICE TO weeks, notifying all persons

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
sented by an attorney, and
UNKNOWN HEIRS an attorney will be appointed interested in the real prop-
Ruby L Willis, whose ad- for an indigent parent who erty described above to ap-
dress is 1921 Lawrence so requests. pear in this court by the 29th

College Park, Maryland


Street NE, Washington You are further notified that day of June, 2011, and re-
deem the real property by
DC 20018 was ap- your failure to file a claim of
payment of $1,056.40, to-
pointed personal repre- paternity within 30 days of
the first publication of this gether with interest from the
sentative of the estate of

ASSOCIATE COMPTROLLER
notice or to respond to the date the real property tax
Alonzo Ware, who died Petitioner within 30 days of certificate was purchased;
on February 5, 2011 court costs; reasonable
the first publication of this
without a will, and will attorney¬s
attorney’s fees; fees; expenses
expenses
notice is grounds to termi-
incurred in the publication
serve without Court su- nate your parent/child rela-
and service of process; rea- ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY:
pervision. All unknown tionship with respect to the
sonable fees for title search;
heirs and heirs whose children, and such relief will University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is the State of Maryland’s Flagship University. Located in close
all other amounts paid by
whereabouts are un- be requested at the court
Plaintiff in accordance with proximity to the Washington, DC and Baltimore metropolitan communities, the University enrolls approximately
hearing stated above.
known shall enter their One method of filing your
the provisions of D.C. Code
appearance in this ßß
§§ 47-1361
47-1361 and and 47-1377
47-1377 26,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate students. The annual budget is roughly $1.6 billion, including about
response and servicing a ((2001
2001
proceeding. Objections copy of the Petitioner is to ed.),e and
d . ) ,all aoutstanding
nd all
$400 million of sponsored research expenditures. The business operations of the University are highly complex
outstanding municipal due lien
to such appointment send it by Certified Mail with municipal lien amounts
amounts
and
shall be filed with the Return Receipt Requested. owing on due the and owing on
aforementioned and relatively decentralized among 12 colleges and schools.
the aforementioned real
Register of Wills, D.C., DATED this 18th day of real property
property - or - oranswer
answer the the
515 5th Street, N.W., April, 2011. complaint, or,or,thereafter,
complaint, a final
thereafter, a
ABOUT THE POSITION:
/s/ Richard M. Sybrandy
3rd Floor Washington, RICHARD M.
final judgment will be en-
judgment will be entered fore- The Associate Comptroller for Sponsored Programs provides strategic and operational leadership for the
D.C. 20001, on or be- tered
closingforeclosing the right of
the right of redemption in
SYBRANDY - redemption in the post-award administration of contracts and grants received by the University, ensuring compliance with all
fore October 29, 2011. the real property andreal prop-
vesting in
WSBA #25114 erty and vesting in the
Claims against the de- Attorney for Petitioners the Plaintiff a title in fee simple. applicable regulations and policies. Core responsibilities include post-award accounting, billing, collections, and
Plaintiff a title in fee simple.
cedent shall be pre- 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 J.E. Beshouri reconciliation activities. Further, the Associate Comptroller has the leadership role for effort reporting, the indirect
sented to the under- Magistrate Judge
signed with a copy to the Superior Court of (Signed in chambers) cost proposal submission to the Federal Government, and related negotiations. The Associate Comptroller is also
Register of Wills or filed the District of 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 expected to administer the annual OMB Circular A-133 audit, among others. Finally, the Associate Comptroller will
with the Register of Wills District of Columbia
with a copy to the under- PROBATE DIVISION LOOKING FOR ensure at all times the operation is highly responsive to the needs of faculty, researchers, and University staff.
signed, on or before Washington, D.C.
20001-2131 DIANE HOWE, NARDYNE JEFFERIES, NORMAN WIL- MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
October 29, 2011, or be LIAMS, BARNABUS BILLINGER & ANY FAMILY MEM-
forever barred. Persons Administration No. • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum of ten years’ progressively responsible
BERS OF CHILDREN KILLED MARCH 2010 AT 1333
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Gladys A. Bettis leadership in relevant functional areas in a complex organization.
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who do not receive a Decedent HOFF 703-589-2199. • Extensive understanding of regulations, policies, and accounting principles related to contract and grant
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Date of Publication: APPOINTMENT, DC Water Miscellaneous Facilities
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Name of newspaper: CREDITORS Opportunities are available for how a task can most appropriately be accomplished, and to establish management controls for follow up.
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Reporter
Ruby L. Willis Wanda Brownlee, Ulliman Schutte Construction, LLC construction expected at a senior management level in a major research university.
Personal whose address are 754 7615 Standish place,Rockville, MD 20855
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TRUE TEST COPY Washington DC 20011, Equal Opportunity Employer
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Washington, D.C. October 25, 2010 with a
20001-2131 will, and will serve (with,
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2011ADM344
James Edward Wood
Decedent
sion. All unknown heirs
and heirs whose
whereabouts are un-
in the
AFRO
W. Alton Lewis Esq known shall enter their
1450 Mercantile Lane appearance in this
Suite 155 proceeding. Objections

call
Largo, MD 20774 to such appointment (or
Attorney to the probate of de-
NOTICE OF cedent’s will)
cedent¬s will) shall
shall be
be
APPOINTMENT, filed with the Register of
NOTICE TO
CREDITORS
AND NOTICE TO
Wills, D.C., 515
Street, N.W., 3rd Floor
5th

Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C .
202-332-0080
UNKNOWN HEIRS 20001, on or before
Florence Ginwright, O c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 .
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Strictly Personal
D Street, SE Washing- cedent shall be pre-
ton DC 20003, was ap- sented to the under-
pointed personal repre- signed with a copy to the
sentative of the estate of Register of Wills or filed
James Edward Wood, with the Register of Wills
who died on March 21, with a copy to the under-
1995 without a Will. All signed, on or before
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Pen Pals
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with a copy to the under- Personal
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believed to be heirs or TRUE TEST COPY
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copy of this notice by
SUPERIOR COURT OF
mail within 25 days of its
first publication shall so
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inform the Register of
Wills, including name,
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Civil Action No. ($10.00), check or money order for
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each.
Washington Law vices, LLC;VLK, LLC;
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COURT OF THE STATE persons having or
OF WASHINGTON claiming to have any inter-
IN AND FOR est inthe leasehold or fee
SKAGIT COUNTY simple in the Property de-
IN THE INTEREST OF scribed as Square 6153
Baby Boy Yarborough Lot 0035,more commonly
aka, known as a vacant lotin
To answer a Lonesome Heart
Journey Christian the 200 block of Valley
Yarborough, Avenue, SE,whose
person under the
age of eighteen.
southwest boundary lies
25 feet from the northeast notice, enclose a check or money
No.11-5-00019-6
order for $2.00 for each letter
boundary of 229 Valley
SUMMONS AND Avenue, SE, and whose
NOTICE BY northeast boundary lies
PUBLICATION
OF PETITION AND
25 feet from the southwest
boundary of 237 Valley
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clude the fox number of the person
PARENT/CHILD Defendants
RELATIONSHIP ORDER OF
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To: Christopher Jenkins: PUBLICATION
There has been filed with In accordance with D.C.
the Clerk of the Skagit Code §47-1375,
Code ß47-1375,the
the object
object
County Superior Court, a of this proceeding is to se-
Petition for Termination of cure the foreclosure of the
All letters, queries and
the Parent-Child Relation- right of redemption in the
ship, praying that the parent/ following real property, lo-
child relationship between

notices should be sent to:


cated in the District of
the father and the above- Columbia and sold by the
named children be termi- Mayor to the Plaintiff in this
nated. action, described as Square
You are hereby summoned
to appear on the 3rd of
6153 Lot 0035 and as-
sessed to Havilah Real STRICTLY PERSONAL
2519 N. Charles Street
June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at Property Services, LLC,
the Skagit County Superior which property is known as
Court, 205 W. Kincaid a vacant lot in the 200 block

Baltimore, MD 21218
Street, Mount Vernon, of Valley Avenue, SE,
Washington, room number whose southwest boundary
to be announced, and de- lies 25 feet from the
fend against the above- northeast boundary of 229
entitled action, answer the
Petitioner, and serve a copy
Valley Avenue, SE, and
whose northeast boundary
NO PHONE CALLS
of your answer upon the lies 25 feet from the
undersigned attorney for
Petitioners at the office
southwest boundary of 237
Va l l e y Av e n u e , S E ,
PLEASE!
listed below. Washington, DC.
If you fail to do so, judgment The complaint states,
may be rendered against among other things, that the
you according to the request amounts necessary for re-
of the Petition. demption have not been
The child was born February paid.
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Pro Sports Commentary Local Boxers


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full of first round defensive talent and for last season’s 31st-ranked unit, the Redskins could use help just about everywhere event presented by Hard finish 6-0-1.
except for safety. Times Promotions at the D.C. With chants of “D.C.”
Don’t forget wide receiver and running back positions, unless you’re a believer in Ryan Torrain. I told you the need list Star nightclub. Seven local roaring throughout the
was extensive and quarterback (the most critical need on the team) hasn’t even been fully discussed. So many holes, so little fighters were on hand for the building, District heavyweight
draft picks—times like these make Washington fans wish they had 32 picks in the first round instead of just one. eight-bout event, which saw Maurice Byarm closed the
the area’s representatives night’s main event with a
fifth-round TKO. Byarm
(11-0, eight KOs) sent New
Jersey native Willie Palms to
the canvas with a punishing
body blow, forcing a stop to
the fight when Palms threw in
the towel.
“He was tough,” an elated
Byarm said of his opponent
after the fight. “They line
them up, I knock them down.”
The confident Byarm
didn’t need another knockout
to enhance his rising stock,
but the win certainly boosted
his résumé. The son of
Lionel Byarm, a Philadelphia
boxer who fought former
heavyweight champion
Evander Holyfield on the
1984 U.S. Olympic card,
smiled and even danced with
fans after the fight, celebrating
his latest victory. Byarm’s fan
base continues to grow, as
the local crowd supported the
clear fan favorite loudly and
proudly.
“I think a lot of people
just like to see a heavyweight
come in and show that he has
put in work outside the ring,”
Byarm said. “It was only a
one-day fight, but that one day
shows [how much work] we
did over the last five weeks.”

‘AFRO’ Sports
Desk Faceoff
Continued from B2

because they couldn’t rush


the passer. Regardless of your
defensive alignment, rushing
the quarterback is always first
on the agenda. Brian Orakpo
was a terror in his first season
but somewhat disappointing
in his second. His talent is
obviously there, but he needs
some help—maybe North
Carolina University defensive
end Robert Quinn or Purdue
defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.
Riley: No arguing with
you there. Honestly, any
decision the Redskins make
wouldn’t be a bad one. The
trade down to collect more
picks makes sense, as does
going defensive. Personally,
however, I’ve always been a
fan of sticking to one project
at a time. Last year the club
drafted offensive tackle
Trent Williams to add to the
offensive line and I think
they should finish, or at least
continue what they started
with him. Washington will
probably have first dibs on
offensive line prospects, as
no one at that position has
been projected to be drafted in
the first nine picks. It would
be a reach for the club to
draft a lineman that early, so
perhaps a trade down could
be in order. If not, Southern
California tackle Tyron Smith
may be the answer. He could
team with Williams to give
Washington an athletic set of
bookend tackles for years to
come.

Green: Going with the


hogs up front is always a
great idea. But, as you said,
that early, it could be a bit
of a reach, which makes
going with a pass rusher an
even better idea. This draft
is stocked with defensive
talent, and if you watched the
Redskins last year, defense
was a huge issue. Basically, it
was a nightmare on that side
of the line of scrimmage, and
considering the offenses and
quarterbacks that play in the
NFC East, you’re going to
need defense if you want to be
competitive in that division.

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