Daily Archive: November 15, 2012


Are charter schools becoming the wave of the future?

by Steve Kastenbaum (CNN)—More students are attending class at charter schools across the U.S. than ever before, and the number is expected to continue growing in the coming years. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently released a report saying that more than 2 million children are enrolled in public charter schools this year. The nonprofit resource for charter schools said that more than 500 charter schools opened their doors across the country in the 2011-12 school year.


Atlantic City’s poor endure storm quietly, humbly

by Wayne ParryAssociated Press Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s poorest residents had next to nothing going into the storm, and they came out of it with even less. In the shadow of multibillion-dollar casinos that now boast of having come through Superstorm Sandy just fine, urging gamblers to return with their wallets, many of the seaside gambling resort’s least fortunate endure hardship with quiet resignation — even gratitude for the help they’re getting. NO HEAT OR HOT WATER–Lonzie Tolbert warms himself in the sunshine of a 66-degree day outside his home in Atlantic City N.J on Nov. 12. The 84-year-old resident has no heat or hot water in his home following Superstorm Sandy, and burns bits of wood and paper inside his home to stay warm. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)


Obama blasts McCain and Graham: ‘They should go after me’

by Ben FellerAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting an unflinching tone for his second term, President Barack Obama on Wednesday accused two top Republicans senators of lobbing outrageous criticism at his United Nations ambassador instead of confronting him directly over a deadly attack on Americans in Libya. FACING THE MEDIA–President Barack Obama answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Romney: Obama won with ‘gifts’ to Blacks, Hispanics and young voters

by Douglass K. DanielAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the “gifts” he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president’s effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. CAMPAIGN EVENT–Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event in Manchester, N.H. on Nov. 5. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)


Steelers praise parenting at Urban League forum

In 1996, while Pittsburgh Steelers back-up quarterback Charlie Batch was attending college at Eastern Michigan State University, his sister was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Homestead. While Batch’s experience unfortunately mirrors that of many Pittsburgh area youth who have lost loved ones to gun violence, many youth do not have a parental support system to overcome these tragedies. JEROME BETTIS AND MOTHER, GLADYS BETTIS


General demoted for lavish travel and spending

by Lolita C. BaldorAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday. GENERAL DEMOTED– This 2008 photo shows Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaking at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)


Attorneys seek new trial for teenage killer

by Travis LollerAssociated Press Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old she shot and killed a 43-year-old man who had picked her up for sex. Brown claims she was afraid of Johnny Allen, who she said was behaving strangely and had a house full of guns. Prosecutors in Nashville say Brown killed Allen in order to steal from him — she left with his pants, containing his wallet, and some guns. Cyntoia Brown reacts during her hearing in Nashville, Tenn.,Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Brown was 16 years old she shot and killed a 43-year-old man who had picked her up for sex. At her 2006 trial, the jury sided with prosecutors, convicting Brown of first-degree murder and sentencing her to life in prison. Brown’s attorneys argued that Brown deserves a new trial for reasons including that her attorneys at the original trial were deficient, specifically in advising her not to testify. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Jae S. Lee) NO SALES


Man recants story of teen sex with Elmo puppeteer

by Frazier MooreAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In a quick turnabout, a man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy now says they had a relationship as adults and it was consensual. The man, who has not identified himself, released his statement Tuesday through the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm Andreozzi & Associates. It is not known why he made the accusation. RELIEVED– In this Jan. 24, 2011 photo, Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash poses with the “Sesame Street” muppet in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)


Even in defeat, Republicans still don’t get it

(NNPA)—With the elections now over, I am stunned with the postmortem coming from the Republican Party and the lack of substantive analysis from its operatives. Those who follow my writings know that I have written extensively about the shifting demographics of our country and the need for Republicans to adequately address this issue. For this, I have been constantly criticized by fellow Republicans, not for the substance of what I wrote, but for sharing my views with the public.