Daily Archive: October 14, 2011

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Lifestyle

Just plain rude

Have you noticed that people are much ruder now than before? Some days I just can’t get over it. People seem so self-absorbed. One of the things that I notice most is people are so caught up on their cell phones. Recently I watched a group of young ladies, and I use this term loosely, walking in the middle of a public walk way. They were totally unaware of the people around them, the ones they were walking into, bumping into and stepping on. They were so busy texting and talking they didn’t see what was in front of them. Isn’t there an unwritten rule that you should stay to one side of the street or the other? The same rule applies to stairs. You go up the right and come down the left, not the middle. Please don’t stand in the middle of the stairs holding a conversation when people are trying to come up and down. Move—get out the way.

Lifestyle

INROADS graduates reunite

It’s no secret that for years, people of color—Blacks, Hispanic/Latinos and Native-American Indians—were noticeably absent from the ranks of corporate North America. By June of 1970, it was time to make a change. It was at that time that Frank C. Carr, the late founder, planted the seeds for what INROADS has become today. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech, Frank quit his executive-level corporate day job and committed to taking swift and decisive action to increase ethnically diverse employees in corporate management in the U.S. and to help change the way these candidates gained entry into the business world. ALUMNI—From left: Frederick Duca, Michael Conners, Paul Winters, Archie Kimbrough, Saeeda Hafiz, William Wharton and Thomas Brooks. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Health

Study: Worst hospitals treat larger share elderly Blacks

by Carla Johnson CHICAGO (AP)—The nation’s worst hospitals treat twice the proportion of elderly Black patients and poor patients than the best hospitals, and their patients are more likely to die of heart attacks and pneumonia, new research shows. Now, these hospitals, mostly in the South, may be at higher risk of financial failure, too. That’s because the nation’s new health care law punishes bad care by withholding some money, says the lead author of the study published Oct. 5 in the journal Health Affairs.