Monthly Archive: May 2010

National

Ex-Detroit mayor spends first night in prison

by Corey Williams DETROIT (AP) – Kwame Kilpatrick spent his first night in prison after the former Detroit mayor known for his exceptional speaking skills failed to persuade a judge to show him compassion and send him home to his family. SENTENCED—Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is placed in handcuffs at his sentencing hearing in Detroit, May 25. All Kilpatrick’s swagger and professions of love for family, God and the city did not sway Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner. The judge sentenced Kilpatrick to up to five years in prison Tuesday for violating his probation stemming from his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff. Kilpatrick, 39, asked Groner to show him compassion during the hearing, but Groner said “that ship has sailed.”

National

Protesters decry Paul’s comments on civil rights

by Roger AlfordAssociated Press Writer FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Protesters carried signs outside Kentucky’s Republican Party headquarters decrying U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul’s comments on civil rights May 22 while GOP leaders met inside to pledge their support for the candidate. The meeting was organized to rally the state GOP behind Paul after a bitter primary campaign in which much of the Republican establishment backed his opponent. Rand won by a lopsided margin earlier last week. YOUNG PROTESTER—Seven-year-old Jeffery Parker Jr. holds a sign as he stands with other demonstrators across the street from a Republican Party unity rally in Frankfort, Ky., May 22.

National

Lawyer airs unpublished intro to Malcolm X classic

by Jennifer PeltzAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Decrying American race relations as a near-war, Malcolm X expressed hope that his tumultuous life story could help Blacks and Whites, according to a never-published introduction to his best-selling autobiography. The introduction, read publicly for the first time May 19, underscores the ambition, personal-as-political power and foreboding of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” published shortly after the civil rights leader was assassinated in 1965. COMPELLING FIGURE—In this photo from March 5, 1964, Malcolm X is seen during an interview in New York.

National

Maya Angelou throws garden party for 82nd birthday

by Martha WaggonerAssociated Press Writer WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP)—Poet Maya Angelou celebrated a belated 82nd birthday May 20 with a few celebrity friends and a few choice words about political divisiveness in the United States. Singers Naomi Judd and Martina McBride sang “Happy Birthday to You” to Angelou, who sat at a table in her newly refurbished backyard garden, while hip-hop artist and actor Common improvised a song to honor her. MAYA ANGELOU

National

New Texas school curriculum rewrites American history

(NNPA)—The Texas Board of Education on May 21 voted to change the state curriculum of social studies and history classes to reflect a more positive view of capitalism, the military, Christianity and modern Republican figures in American history. The reform was approved in a 9-5 vote, which split along party lines. Supporters believe the move merely evens out textbooks which were already “left-leaning.” Conservative board member Cynthia Dunbar told those who attended the vote that the changes need to be made because America was founded as “a Christian land governed by Christian principles.”

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National

This Week In Black History

Week of May 28-June 3 May 28 1831—Although little known today, one of the most effective “conductors” of the “underground railroad” Eliza Ann Gardner was born on this day in 1831. The “underground railroad” was a series of roads, paths and safe houses used to enable slaves in the South to escape to freedom in the Northern United Stated or into Canada. “Conductors” were those persons who either led the escaped slaves to freedom or operated the safe houses. BETTY SHABAZZ 1936—Betty Shabazz, the widow of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X, was born on this day in Detroit, Mich. Shabazz was born Betty Jean Sanders and raised by foster parents. She attended Tuskegee Institute (now university) and became a registered nurse. In 1994, she created a national controversy when she linked Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan to the assassination of Malcolm X. However, she and Farrakhan reconciled in 1995 and she spoke at the historic Million Man March. She died June 23, 1997 as a result of injuries received in a house fire set by her grandson.

National

Analysis: Political parties— evolve or fade

by Liz SidotiAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Since the birth of the American political party, its primary mission has been to amass power by recruiting candidates, raising money and spreading messages. In short, a holding company that elects people—with a monopoly for a century and a half by Democrats and Republicans. But a chain of events in recent history—from the Internet’s astonishing ascent and a Supreme Court ruling on political money to today’s maelstrom of voter anger—is changing things.

National

Guns claim kids’ lives in both urban, rural areas

CHICAGO (AP)—A new study finds that children in America’s most rural areas are as likely to die by gunshot as kids in the biggest cities. Murders involving guns are more common among city youth. But gun suicides and accidental fatal shootings level the score: They are more common among rural kids. “This debunks the myth that firearm death is a big-city problem,” said lead author Dr. Michael Nance of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “This is everybody’s problem.”

National

AP-Univision Poll: Hispanic discrimination high

by Alan FramAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Who’s discriminated against in America? More people say Hispanics than Blacks or women—and it’s far from just Hispanics who feel that way. An Associated Press-Univision Poll found that 61 percent of people overall said Hispanics face significant discrimination, compared with 52 percent who said Blacks do and 50 percent who said women.

Opinion

Too big to fail… what about us?

“Too big to fail.” Lately, those words refer to financial institutions in the corporate industry receiving lifelines. People are perplexed when they think about large businesses (with many resources) continuing to receive additional resources. What about Main Street? What about the heartbeat of America, the mom and pop businesses that keep the fuel pumping in this country? Well, this way of thinking isn’t isolated to the crash of Wall Street and the corporate industry. Smaller, community-based nonprofits would venture to say, business as usual.