by Paul NewberryAssociated Press Writer ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP)—The South Africans have a new soundtrack of success. The drone of the vuvuzela has been succeeded by the skirl of the bagpipe. One week after beaming in pride at its historic hosting of soccer’s World Cup, the nation torn apart by apartheid just a generation ago had another reason to stick out its chest: Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open in a dominating romp. On Nelson Mandela‘s 92nd birthday, no less. SHADES OF BAGGER VANCE—South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen celebrates on the 18th green with his caddie Zack Rasego after winning the British Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, July 18.
Daily Archive: July 21, 2010
HEROE’S WELCOME—Former South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel wave to the crowd during the closing ceremony before the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, July 11. JOHANNESBURG (AP)—Nelson Mandela waved to the crowd and Shakira had fans dancing in their seats as South Africa began saying farewell to the 2010 World Cup in emotional and pulsating fashion. The anti-apartheid icon, who celebrated his 92nd birthday July 18, had kept a low profile during the month-long tournament, having decided against attending the opening game following the death of his great-grand daughter. Driven in a small golf cart alongside wife Graca Machel, a smiling Mandela was welcomed by a thunderous mix of vuvuzelas and roars from the crowd. He shook hands with officials before leaving the field a few minutes later.
by David Espo WASHINGTON (AP)—Far-reaching legislation aimed at reining in Wall Street marks the latest and likely the last major achievement by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, an 18-month partnership that strove simultaneously to fix a battered economy and enact sweeping changes to health care, education and more. MADAME SPEAKER—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, reaches out to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., left, Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., right after signing the financial reform legislation bill on Capitol Hill, July 15. Whatever the longer term impact—the most far-reaching changes in the health care legislation won’t start until 2014—the immediate aftermath is unemployment that scrapes double digits and deficits far deeper than Obama and his allies inherited in January 2009. The Republicans who worked ceaselessly to thwart the president’s agenda are emboldened, while Democrats who voted it into law brace for majority-threatening election losses.
by Mark S. Smith BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP)—President Barack Obama and the first family said goodbye to Maine on Sunday after an energetic weekend vacation along the Atlantic coast. The president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha boarded a small military jet serving as Air Force One and took off from the Bar Harbor airport, returning to the White House by midday. BACK TO WORK—President Barack Obama waves to media as he and first lady Michelle Obama, and their children Sasha and Malia Obama, second left, arrive on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after a weekend vacation on Mount Desert Island in Maine, July 18. The Obamas spent much of their time hiking and biking in Acadia National Park. They also played tennis, went boating and enjoyed the food in the resort town of Bar Harbor. From the moment they arrived on Friday, it was clear they were determined to make the most of their time, much of it spent in the park.
by Rebecca Boone BOISE, Idaho (AP)—Vernon Baker, a Black U.S. soldier who belatedly received the Medal of Honor for his World War II battlefield valor after historians concluded he’d been wrongly denied the military’s top award because of his race, died at his home near St. Maries, Idaho. He was 90. UNCOMMON VALOR—Vernon Baker of St. Maries is seen in this March 1, 2005 photo. Baker, the last living Black soldier who belatedly received the Medal of Honor for his role in World War II, died at his home near St. Maries, Idaho, July 13. He was 90. Baker died July 13 of complications of brain cancer, Benewah County coroner and funeral home owner Ron Hodge said. President Bill Clinton presented the nation’s highest award for battlefield valor to Baker in 1997. He was one of just seven Black soldiers to receive it and the only living recipient.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)— Vonetta McGee, who costarred in 1970s blaxploitation movies such as “Blacula,” has died at 65. Family spokeswoman Kelly Nayo says McGee died Friday at a Berkeley hospital. She had been on life support for two days after going into cardiac arrest. VONETTA McGEE
NEW YORK (AP)—Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and actress LaLa Vazquez have tied the knot in New York City. Michael Gagliardo, a publicist for Vazquez, confirms that the wedding took place July 10 at the Manhattan restaurant Cipriani. He provided no details. Left: LaLa Vazquez enters Cipriani’s for her wedding ceremony in New York. Right: Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony enters Cipriani’s for his wedding ceremony, July 10, in New York.
For the Week of July 23-29 July 23 W.E.B. DUBOIS 1900—The first Pan African conference took place in London, England. Blacks from throughout the world gathered to plot strategies for bringing about rights for all people of African ancestry, independence from colonialism for African countries and international Black unity. This “conference” was the precursor of all the subsequent Pan African “Congresses.” Among the most prominent names present in 1900 were African-American activist and intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois and West Indian lawyer H. Sylvester Williams.
A former Justice Department lawyer has alleged that the department reduced the scope of a voter-intimidation case involving New Black Panther Party members in Philadelphia last year because his former colleagues do not want to protect White people’s civil rights.“We abetted wrongdoing and abandoned law-abiding citizens,” said J. Christian Adams of the decision to scale down the case, which he had helped to develop. Adams, who recently resigned from the Justice Department’s civil right division, has been critical of the department’s handling of the case.
Allegheny County Community College is preparing to break ground on a $22 million building that will be named after K. Leroy Irvis, an elected official who demonstrated a deep abiding concern about education, particular that of community colleges. The state-of-the-art building will be officially named the K. Leroy Irvis Science & Technology Center. Mr. Irvis was also deservedly known as the Lion of Pennsylvania and knowing him as well as I did it would be a grave injustice if M/W/DBEs were denied their fair share of contracts.