Daily Archive: October 9, 2012

National

High court looks at race in college admissions

by Mark Sherman WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine years after the Supreme Court said colleges and universities can use race in their quest for diverse student bodies, the justices have put this divisive social issue back on their agenda in the middle of a presidential election campaign. DIVERSE CAMPUS–Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas. This giant flagship campus – once so slow to integrate – is now awash in color, among the most diverse the country if not the world. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Nine years is a blink of the eye on a court where justices can look back two centuries for legal precedents. But with an ascendant conservative majority, the high court in arguments Wednesday will weigh whether to limit or even rule out taking race into account in college admissions.

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Metro

Committee Co-Chair: Reapportionment may cause loss of Black school director, Black district

Normally, the census-required reapportionment of Pittsburgh School Districts creates none of the fanfare seen in city, state or congressional redistricting battles. But Shawn Carter, chief-of-staff to Councilman Ricky Burgess, and Reapportionment Committee co-chair warned that this year’s reapportionment is far from normal. Due to population loss, he said, the district could see the loss of a Black board director or even the loss of an entire Black district. REV. RICKY BURGESS “Since 1985 there have been three historically minority-majority districts, and a lot of people fought to get them,” he said. “Currently, even with four Black directors, only two districts have majority Black total populations, and none have voting-age Black majorities. They are diluted now, and this reapportionment will dilute them further.”

National

Charter school superintendent steps down after joke about first lady ignites media firestorm

by Eliz Dowdy (NNPA)–During the weekend of Sept. 14-15, Michael Hayhurst, a local school administrator who also moonlights as a rodeo clown, was in Creaston, a community in the San Luis Obispo area; he was a participant in the rodeo that weekend. Michael Hayhurst Hayhurst took to the microphone and told a joke that bottomed out. The local attendees did not think it appropriate or funny. In this technology-driven atmosphere the remarks circled the globe and VictorValley residents began to find the joke on their Facebook walls and in email attachments. Hayhurst’s inappropriate remarks were: “Playboy offered Ann Romney $250,000.00 to pose for them; the White House is upset because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50.00.”

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National

Nielsen Study: Black media more ‘relevant’ to Black consumers

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Companies that fail to advertise with Black media are missing an opportunity to effectively reach nearly 43 million African Americans whose $967 billion annual buying power is projected to exceed $1 trillion in three years, according to the new study released by Nielsen and the NNPA. “Still the largest racial minority group in America, with a projected buying power of $1.1 trillion by 2015, Black consumers remain at the forefront of social trends and media consumption,” the study found. The findings were released last month at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

National

Dymally broke racial barriers in Calif. politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mervyn Dymally broke racial barriers during his more than four decades in California politics but also was dogged throughout his career by a variety of corruption allegations. The Trinidad-born trailblazer who rose to become California’s highest-ranking Black politician died Sunday at age 86 in Los Angeles after a period of declining health, his wife said. TRAILBLAZER–In this Jan. 24, 1978 file photo, California Lt. Gov. Mervyn Dymally announces his candidacy for re-election at a press conference in Los Angeles. Dymally, a one-time janitor who rose to become the first black to serve in the California Senate and as the state’s lieutenant governor, has died at the age of 86. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) A self-described civil rights champion, Dymally decorated his Sacramento office with black-and-white pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. He introduced the bill that lowered the voting age in California to 18 and wrote the resolution by which California ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.

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Metro

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

State Rep. Jake Wheatley crosses the finish line of the Pittsburgh Great Race 10k. Jake’s time was 49:38. The first place winner’s time was 30:46.…