by Krista LarsonAssociated Press Writer DAKAR, Senegal (AP)—The rumors started to swirl around Ghana in June: President John Atta Mills was ill, maybe too sick to seek re-election, and he was going abroad to seek medical treatment. Some radio stations went so far as to prematurely report his death. PROTECTING HIS IMAGE—President Barack Obama listens as the late President John Atta Mills of Ghana, left, speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 8. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Daily Archive: August 15, 2012
For the Week of August 15-21 August 15 1975—In another of those highly publicized “trials of century,” which frequently grip national attention, 20-year-old Joann Little is found not guilty of murder after she stabbed a White jailer who had entered her cell in Beaufort County, N.C., to sexually assault her. The trial had been moved to Raleigh because of widespread racial prejudice in the Eastern North Carolina area where the incident actually took place.
by Lynn ElberAP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP)—Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the “Tonight” spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenager already is thinking ahead to 2016. Host Jay Leno, who noted that Douglas’ last name was an anagram for “USA gold,” asked Monday if the gymnast intended to compete in the next Summer Games, in Rio de Janeiro. IN THE SPOTLIGHT—This Aug. 13 photo shows first lady Michelle Obama, left, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and host Jay Leno during a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Margaret Norton)
NEW YORK (AP)—Transportation Security Administration officers at Boston’s Logan International Airport are alleging that a program intended to help flag possible terrorists based on passengers’ mannerisms has led to rampant racial profiling, a newspaper reported last Saturday. The New York Times reported on its website that in interviews and internal complaints it has obtained, more than 30 officers involved in the “behavior detection” program at Logan contend that the operation targets not only Middle Easterners, but also passengers who fit certain profiles — such as Hispanics traveling to Miami, or Blacks wearing baseball caps backward.
AIDS in America. Is it really an epidemic, or just another sexually transmitted disease? Is it any more prevalent than herpes, gonorrhea or syphilis? There’s still no cure for herpes but at least you don’t die from it. There’s a cure for gonorrhea and syphilis, however, one can die from syphilis if not tested and treated in time. After following the International AIDS Conference held in D.C. a few weeks ago and reading the information from our reporter, Rebecca Nuttall, who was there, it’s very clear that AIDS is no longer an epidemic or in most cases no longer a death warrant like it was during the late 20th Century.
(NNPA)—The Olympic games are a celebration of excellence and athleticism. Whether we are cheering the Williams sisters in their gold medal-winning doubles match, or Serena with her gold, or the graceful Gabby Douglass in flight, or some of the many others, we are cheering their excellence, their indomitable spirits, their drive. We are also acknowledging the tens of thousands of hours that they have put into practice. Even as we cheer, there are lessons for each of us, both individually and in a social policy context. We’ve all heard, time and time again, “just do it” or “I worked hard for this.” Often the difference between a gold and silver winner is the one was hungrier, wanted the gold more intensely, and worked harder than the others. To be sure, some Olympians have good days, and others have days that are less than good. But there is no such thing as “luck” in the Olympics. Luck is the collision of preparation and opportunity.
(NNPA)—Regular readers of this column know that I am a “born again” baseball fan. I grew up on baseball in New York but lost interest during my teen years. In 2000, I reconnected with baseball through a reintroduction, of sorts, to the work of the late, great Curt Flood, the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who took on Major League Baseball over their system of indentured servitude called “the reserve clause.” As a resident of the Washington, D.C.-area, I was excited when Major League Baseball returned to the District. Even though I grew up on the NY Mets and remain a Mets fan, I adopted the Washington Nationals as my second team. While the Nationals remain my second team, and as much as I love attending baseball games, I find myself increasingly uneasy with the culture of the games and the atmosphere that is created.
Gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas and tennis star Serena Williams each won two gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Their athletic accomplishments are something to admire and celebrate. Yet the media have somewhat distracted from their accomplishments with stories on Douglas’ hair and Williams doing a so-called Crip walk dance in celebration. Both Douglas and Williams are surprised by the so-called controversies.
As a kick off to its 21 seasons, New Horizon Theater will be holding its third annual Summer Jamz event this Sunday, Aug. 19. “This is a great kick off because everyone in attendance gets to learn about New Horizon Theater,” said theater chairperson, Joyce Meggerson-Moore. “We hope that our volunteers get to know our patrons and the patrons get to know the volunteers that they see at our productions but don’t really get to interact with because we are so busy. This is also a way for us to raise money for this next season. Funding has been so bad this season that we had to come up with ways to raise additional funds. Everyone is really excited about it.” JOYCE MEGGERSON- MOORE
Thursday 16 Big George’s Wylie Avenue Kelli Stevens Kane presents “Close As Family” at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity AME Church, 2700 Wylie Ave., Hill District. This is part four of the reading and conversation series based on the manuscript “Big George’s Wylie Avenue: Wisdom of the Hill,” which celebrates the legacy of the Hill District in stories relayed by her late grandmother Georgetta Holmes Stevens (aka Big George). Kane encourages discussions on themes on family, community and home. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-979-2303 or visit http://www.kellistevenskane.com.