Daily Archive: September 10, 2009


First stage of Winfrey school scandal trial ends

SEBOKENG, South Africa (AP)—The prosecution finished presenting witnesses Sept. 2 in the case of a woman accused of abusing six teenagers at Oprah Winfrey’s school for poor South African girls, presenting a picture of a short-tempered, jealous young woman. The testimony from the last prosecution witnesses wrapped up the first stage of the trial, which began more than a year ago. ON TRIAL—South African Tiny Virginia Makopo stands in a dock at the start of a trial at the Sebokeng Magistrate Court, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, July 29, 2008. The defendant, Tiny Virginia Makopo, allegedly tried to kiss and fondle the victims and is also accused of assaulting one of the girls as well as a fellow supervisor. The 28-year-old pleaded innocent to 14 charges of indecent assault, assault and criminal injury.


Nigerian radio protests piracy

(GIN)—Foreign music was on the air this week as radio stations in Lagos honored a call by Nigerian artists for a “No-Music Day” to protest piracy and the non-payment of royalties. Rampant reproduction of CDs selling at heavily discounted prices has left many African musicians broke and frustrated. Last week, a group of Lagos musicians organized a hunger strike to protest piracy.


White South African wins refugee status

(GIN)—A South African who claimed he was persecuted because he is White has been granted refugee status by Canada’s immigration board. William Davis, chair of the Canadian immigration board, said that evidence presented by the White exile Brandon Huntley showed “a picture of indifference and inability or unwillingness” of the South African government to protect “White South Africans from persecution by African South Africans.”


Muslims allowed at Black Eyed Peas gig

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP)—The Malaysian government has agreed to let Muslims attend a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars Black Eyed Peas, reversing an earlier ban imposed because the show is sponsored by an alcoholic beverage company, officials said. Ticket sales opened to Muslims last Wednesday for the Sept. 25 show, backed by Irish beer giant Guinness, said Bonor Seen, marketing manager for organizer Artiste World Entertainment.


Controversy over remarks fells Obama’s environmental adviser

WASHINGTON (AP)—The White House environmental adviser under fire for inflammatory statements made before he joined the administration resigned after what he called a “vicious smear campaign against me.” Van Jones “understood that he was going to get in the way” of President Barack Obama’s agenda, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday. EMBATTLED ADVISER RESIGNS—Van Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs,” is seen at the National Summit in Detroit, in this June 16 file photo.


AP: Layoffs toughest on workers young, older

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Marcus Wells and Shirley Walker view their economic prospects from opposite ends of the age spectrum. Wells, 25, was initially optimistic about his prospects for finding a new job after he was laid off as a systems analyst in January in San Jose, Calif. Now unemployment has begun to wear on him, and he believes his age has factored into his frustration. SEARCHING—Marcus Wells prepares his job resume in his bedroom in San Jose, Calif.



This Week in Black History

For the Week of Sept. 10-16 September 10 1847—John Roy Lynch was born into slavery on this day near Vidalia, La. Lynch would be among the first group of Blacks to serve in the United States Congress after slavery. He represented the state of Mississippi. Lynch would even serve as temporary chairman of the Republican Party National Convention. During this period, the Republicans were the more progressive and friendly-to-Blacks party. FATHER DIVINE But as the period of Reconstruction faded and Southern politicians made it virtually impossible for Blacks to remain in political office, Lynch moved to Chicago and practiced law. He died in 1939 at the age of 92.


Guest Editorial…Militias returning in fear of African-American president

(NNPA)—The 1990s saw the rise and fall of the virulently anti-government “Patriot” movement, made up of paramilitary militias, tax defiers and so-called “sovereign citizens.”Sparked by a combination of anger at the federal government and the deaths of political dissenters at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, the movement took off in the middle of the decade and continued to grow even after 168 people were left dead by the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City’s federal building—an attack, the deadliest ever by domestic U.S. terrorists, carried out by men steeped in the rhetoric and conspiracy theories of the militias.



Anti-Obama parents need parental guidance

(NNPA)—No one questioned President Barack Obama’s right to deliver an address Wednesday night on health care to a joint session of Congress. However, his decision to address students the day before on the importance of excelling in school drew criticism from some right-wingers who charged that he was trying to exploit students for political gain. If anyone was exploiting students, it was ignorant parents in need of parental guidance. Let’s call it for what it is: Many of these parents simply hate President Obama and will use students, or any other excuse, to bring him to his knees. We have the best educated president and first lady duo in history—each has two Ivy League degrees, including a law degree from Harvard—and some of these idiots who can’t spell the letter “a” were saying he should not be allowed to address the nation’s students.



Grandparents Day: Admiration, respect, love

On Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Heinz History Center, there will be an affair paying homage to grandparents. It is a tribute to an overwhelmingly important segment of all communities that is long overdue. It is sponsored by Your Sisters Project, an organization that has demonstrated by its involvements they really and truly are committed to the people. Grandparents have provided people of all races throughout this nation with love, guidance and positive direction. Grandparents were a stabilizing factor to the immigrants who came here from Europe and settled in the big cities and those who traveled to the Wild West.