Daily Archive: October 29, 2012

National

Ala. constitution: Vote looms on amending history

by Philip RawlsAssociated Press Writer MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Segregation ended decades ago in Alabama, swept away by the civil rights marchers who faced down police dogs and fire hoses in the early ’60s. But segregation is still mandated by the state’s constitution, and voters on Nov. 6 will get only their second chance in years to eliminate an anachronism that still exists on paper. GRIM REMINDER– In this May 3, 1963 photo, a 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance of Birmingham, Ala., is attacked by a police dog. (AP Photo/Bill Hudson)

National

Obama cancels Florida campaign trip, returns to DC

by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A strengthening Hurricane Sandy disrupted the campaign for the White House Monday, with President Obama canceling his political rallies and rushing back to the White House from battleground Florida to monitor the storm and get Air Force One safely back to Washington. IN CHARGE–President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate, right, at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA Headquarters in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Entertainment

Overheard: Halle Berry on reincarnation

by Breeanna HareFor New Pittsburgh Courier (CNN) — Among the many things you’ve probably heard about “Cloud Atlas,” one tidbit you’ve likely picked up on is that the expansive film tackles the idea of reincarnation. OSCAR PRESENTER–Halle Berry arrives on the red carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011. She is the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actress. She won in 2001 for her portrayal of Leticia Musgrove in “Monster’s Ball.” (CNN Photo/Tom Larson/File)

Entertainment

Rock hall of fame in Cleveland honors Chuck Berry

by Thomas J. SheeranAssociated Press Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Still rockin’ at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promised a comeback Saturday with six new songs, some written 16 years ago. STILL ROCKIN’–Chuck Berry performs during the tribute concert in his honor celebrating him as the 17th American Music Master Saturday, Oct.27, 2012 at the State Theater in Cleveland. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Joshua Gunter)

National

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against Blacks

by Jennifer Agiesta and Sonya RossAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first Black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward Blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not. HARD AT WORK–In this Oct. 25, photo, President Barack Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, in Cleveland Ohio. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Opinion

Sununu’s comment insults Black Americans

by Roland Martin (CNN) — When was the last time you heard someone say it’s important to hire a qualified White person for a job? No, seriously, I really want you to think about that question. Whenever there is a discussion about diversity, inclusion or affirmative action, we always hear folks say, “We do a great job of trying to find qualified minorities.” ROLAND MARTIN