Daily Archive: August 17, 2012


US wins gold, beats Spain 107-100 in men’s hoops

by Brian Mahoney LONDON (AP)—Great for most of the Olympics, just good enough for gold. The U.S. men’s basketball team defended its title by fighting off another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes for a 107-100 victory on Sunday and its second straight Olympic championship. And just like 2008, the star-studded Americans had to work for this one. GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOLD—United States’ Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, from left, display their gold medals following a ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 12, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) LeBron James capped one of basketball’s most brilliant individual years with a monster dunk and a huge 3-pointer in the final 2:50 that finally wrapped up a close, back-and-forth game that few would have seen coming after the Americans had been so dominant for so long in London.


Boosting Black women in corporate America

(NNPA)—The Executive Leadership Council recently hosted more than 200 African-American women executives for the annual Women’s Leadership Forum and Black Women On…Power series at Target Field in Minneapolis. The meeting focused on leadership development and increasing the representation of African-American women in senior leadership positions in corporate America. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT—Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers, Linda Johnson Rice, chairperson of Johnson Publishing with Yanick Rice Lamb during the Executive Leadership Council Women’s Leadership Forum in Minneapolis last month, which focused on leadership development and increasing the representation of African-American women in senior leadership positions in corporate America. (Courtesy of Stephen Allen) This event spoke directly to ELC’s mission and aspirational goals, a recently launched effort to promote corporate diversity. Over the next five years, the ELC will work with corporate America to add at least one African-American at the CEO level or one to two levels below at each Fortune 500 company, for a total of 500, and to increase the number of African-Americans on the boards of publicly traded companies by 200.


Census seeks changes in how it measures race

by Hope YenAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—To keep pace with rapidly changing notions of race, the Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat “Hispanic” as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term “Negro” and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners. CHANGES COMING—Copies of the 2010 census forms are seen during a news conference March 15, 2010 in Phoenix to kickoff a national drive as census forms are mailed to everyone. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)


Paul Ryan: The most conservative Congressman picked for VP in 100 years

(NNPA)—After studying the records of vice presidential candidates for more than a century, Nate Silver wrote in Saturday’s New York Times that Paul Ryan, the person Mitt Romney selected to be his vice presidential running mate, is “as conservative as Representative Michele Bachmann, the controversial congresswoman of Minnesota…Mr. Ryan is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice presidential slot since at least 1900. He is also more conservative than any Democratic nominee was liberal, meaning that he is the furthest from the center.”


17-year-old boxer Shields: ‘I might go into history books’

by Jim Litke LONDON (AP)—She has a boxer’s story: a troubled childhood, a brother in prison, a father who took up the sport to stay out of trouble yet couldn’t watch her fight at the Olympics because of a criminal record of his own. PRIDE OF MICHIGAN—United States’ Claressa Shields, leaves the arena after winning her fight against Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova, during the women’s middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 9, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Claressa Shields walked into the gym around the corner from her house in Flint. Mich., six short years ago, trying to cope with more heartache than an 11-year-old should. As she stood in the corridor of an arena half-a-world away, beads of sweat glistened between her braids, her smile every bit as bright as the gold medal dangling from her neck. The words poured out in torrents.


Homicides:?Shots ring loud through county in August

Many believe that violence is in the city, so they move to the outskirts for safer living, but Allegheny County, too, is falling victim to shootings all over, with certain areas being hit more than others. Only two weeks into the month of August, there have already been eight shootings, all of them outside the city of Pittsburgh and many of them involving young Black males who have lost their lives or taken the life of someone else. But one constant is that all the homicides were senseless.


Success Schools takes charge of 3 more schools

In the fall, three schools in the Pittsburgh Public School District will begin implementing an alternative education model in the hopes of transforming their school culture and creating a positive learning environment. At the beginning of July, the PPS school board voted to hire Success Schools, which currently operates Clayton Academy, the District’s alternative education school, to bring their model to King PreK-8, Faison K-5 and University Prep at Milliones 6-12. “This isn’t Clayton Academy; it’s a whole different concept,” said Jan Ripper, PPS director of student services. “The schools have chosen to contract with Success Schools to have a consultant in their schools and it’s going to assist the school staff with shaping the culture so that it’s a positive, safe, and welcoming teaching and learning environment.”


Fla. Lt. Gov. apologizes for remark about lesbians

by Brendan Farrington Associated Press Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)—Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll apologized July 26 for offending lesbians when she said “Black women who engage in those relationships don’t look like me.” Carroll, who was implying that Black lesbians aren’t attractive, made the remarks last month when she was asked about court documents in which a fired staffer claims that she walked in on Carroll and a female travel aide in a compromising position. Carroll denies that claim. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll


Mayo Clinic: Jackson has bipolar disorder

by Sophia TareenAssociated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP)—U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday. The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania, a less serious form of mania. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.


First lady tapped as women’s website guest editor

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Michelle Obama is turning online editor for a week. A website for women, iVillage, said Monday the first lady has agreed to serve as a guest editor, focusing on back-to-school issues. Obama has been working with iVillage staff members to address challenges, including healthy eating for students and how to balance busy family schedules, the site said.