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The awful downfall of the school librarian of the year
The path that took Deven Black to his bloody
death in a gritty homeless shelter was as baffling
as it was tragic.
This was a suburban dad, a nationally recognised
school librarian. In just three years, he had become
destitute. He had derailed his career with an inappro-
priate encounter with a female student, had blown
up his marriage by giving thousands of dollars to
paramours online and had gotten involved in a bank
fraud scheme for their sake.
Doctors diagnosed depression. Relatives and
friends tried to help, confronting and struggling to
get through to him.
A year after his death at 62, renowned brain experts
have confirmed that more than depression was at
work. They recently presented his case as "the may-
hem of a misdiagnosis" of a rare disorder. His es-
tranged wife had suspected it, but his doctors hadn't
pushed to test him, and at least one had concluded
he didn't have it.
"I'm just so angry that this happened to him," says
his sister, Loren Black. "And I really wish that we could
have figured out how to protect him."
Black's career hit a high point at a black-tie gath-
ering in the fall of 2013, when got a national award
for school librarian of the year.
A smart but contrarian high-school dropout, he'd
been a radio reporter on Cape Cod, a bartender and
the manager of a popular British-themed pub in Man-
hattan for nearly two decades. After going back to
college, he became a New York City public school
special-ed teacher in his 50s, then turned around an
outdated middle school library.
He and Jill Rovitsky Black, who'd met on a blind
date, marked their 30th anniversary in 2013. They
had a son in college, and a home in Nyack, a historic,
artsy town on the Hudson River.
But the seeds of Black's decline were germinating.
School investigators had recommended disciplining
him after a student said he'd told her she looked sexy
and sometimes put his arm around her shoulder, re-
cords show. He gave investigators a different account
but was suspended without pay for two months in
2014 and removed from his librarian job to substitute
Deven Black holds his Bam!E prize for top school
librarian in the country, at an awards ceremony in
Washington, DC. The path that took Black from
suburban New York dad and nationally recognised
school librarian to a room in a gritty homeless shelter
---and to a bloody death at the hands of his roommate
---was as baffling as it was tragic. AP PHOTO
Feeling down as the investigation played
out, he turned to online relationships while
withdrawing from real-world ones, accord-
ing to friends, relatives and court records.
And his wife started finding receipts
showing he'd sent thousands of dollars to
people mostly in Ghana and Nigeria.
He said it was an investment. She warned
him he was being scammed. Friends urged
him to cut off his online contacts. But he
plunged deeper into a web of virtual ro-
mances. He was so broke by the fall of 2014
that his wife paid his first month's rent and
security deposit when he moved out.
A few months later, Black was under ar-
rest in a Bronx jail. At the behest of an online
"girlfriend" he said invited him to start a
cocoa business, he had deposited a series
of fraudulent checks, withdrawn more than
$146,000 in cash and given most of it to
her, court papers say.
What was Black's problem? His wife kept
thinking about an unusual disorder she'd
heard about through her job at a medi-
Frontotemporal dementia often emerg-
es in patients' 50s or 60s and can scram-
ble their personality and behaviour while
leaving memory intact, at least for a time.
"Behavioral variant" FTD patients can
become uncharacteristically impulsive,
behave inappropriately and make bad fi-
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FTD affects an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 or so people
nationwide. It can be diagnosed in living patients by
psychological tests and brain scans, but symptoms are
frequently misattributed to depression, bipolar disorder or just
a midlife crisis, experts say.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
INVITATION TO TENDER No. 05/2017
Provision of Insurance Brokerage Services for the TTCAA
The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) invites sealed tenders for the Provision of
Insurance Brokerage Services.
Interested eligible candidates may obtain complete tender documents from the TTCAA Administrative
Building, Caroni North Bank Road, Piarco, during normal working hours (Monday -- Friday 9:00 am
to 3:00 pm) over the period Monday April 10 -- Thursday April 20, 2017 upon payment of a non-re-
fundable Tender Collection Fee of TT$900.00 payable by LINX or Credit Card ONLY.
Meeting and Site Visit will be held on April 27, 2017 at TTCAA Administrative Building, from 9:00 am.
Completed tender documents in plain sealed envelopes, marked Tender No. 05/2017 for the Provision
of Insurance Brokerage Services should be addressed to:
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY
CARONI NORTH BANK ROAD
and deposited in Tender Box No. 1 (the Red Tender Box) at the TTCAA's main reception desk by 2:30 pm
on Friday 5 May, 2017. Tenders will be opened in the Safety Regulation Meeting Room of the TTCAA
Administrative Building at 3:00 pm on the same day, in the presence of candidates' representatives
who choose to attend.
This procurement process is not intended to create and shall not create a formal legally binding bidding
process and shall instead be governed by the law applicable to direct commercial negotiations. For
greater clarity and without limitation:
1. The RFP/Tender shall not give rise to any "Contract A"-based tendering law duties or any other
legal obligations arising out of any process contract or collateral contract: and
2. Neither the Tenderer nor TTCAA shall have the right to make any breach of Contract, tort or any
other claims against the other with respect to the award of a contract, failure to award contract
or failure to honour a response to the RFP/Tender.
The TTCAA reserves the right to reject or accept any tender and is not bound to give reasons
for its decision. Late tenders will not be accepted.
The TTCAA also reserves the right to cancel the bidding process in its entirety or partially
without defraying any cost incurred by any tenderer in submitting or preparing to submit a
Chairman, Tenders Committee
Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority
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