Daily Archive: November 5, 2012

National

President Barack Obama: My vision for America

by Barack Obama (CNN) — For the past few days, all of us have been properly focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetimes. We mourn those who were lost. And we pledge to stand with those whose lives have been turned upside down for as long as it takes them to recover and rebuild. STILL FIRED UP–President Barack Obama begins to rub his throat while speaking to supporters during a campaign event at Fifth Third Arena, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

National

Obama and Romney: Rivals stress differences and bipartisanship hopes

by David EspoAssociated Press Writer HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Two days from judgment by the voters, President Barack Obama raced through four far-flung battleground states on Sunday while Mitt Romney ventured into traditionally Democratic Pennsylvania, seeking a breakthrough in a close race he mused aloud he might lose. STAR POWER–President Barack Obama starts to move to the music of performer Stevie Wonder who was off-stage performing at the end of the campaign event at Fifth Third Arena, Sunday, Nov. 4, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

National

Parents want to collect injured son’s sperm

by Chase PurdyThe Roanoke Times ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The root of the issue is simple. If 19-year-old Rufus McGill II dies, his parents want his memory to live. They want grandchildren. ON LIFE SUPPORT–Rufus McGill II, 19, of Roanoke, Va., was critically injured in a car crash on Oct. 14. His parents, Rufus McGill of Lumberton, N.C., and Jerri McGill of Roanoke, Va., want to collect his sperm so they can have grandchildren someday. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Roanoke Times)

National

Ex-Ala. rep convicted of misconduct with student

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — Former state Rep. James Thomas has been convicted of having sexual contact with a student, but acquitted of a felony sexual abuse charge.The victim, now a 19-year-old college student, testified that Thomas, 69, kissed her and forced her to touch his “private parts” in his office at Wilcox-Central High School in Camden in November 2010. CONVICTED–Former state Rep. James Thomas is pictured Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 during his sexual abuse trial in Camden, Ala.

Sports

HBCU Spelman College chooses fitness over athletics

by Christina AlmeidaAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Sports began on American college campuses as a way for students to blow off steam and be healthy. Over the last century and a half, athletics have transformed into something very different: a handful of elite athletes, showered with resources and coaching, competing against other schools while the rest of the student body cheers from the stands. DR. BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM PRESIDENT, SPELMAN COLLEGE

Opinion

Our Christianity and the 2012 presidential election

by Rev. Shane Austin The Church of Jesus Christ is a very diverse organism composed of individuals from many different ethnic groups, nationalities, cultural backgrounds and, as quiet as it kept, people with varying views on some issues on which even Christian scholars differ. REV. SHANE AUSTIN