Daily Archive: December 3, 2012

National

Nichele Norris’ Race Card Project creates new type of conversation

by Jesse WashingtonAP National Writer She asked for just six words. Michele Norris, the National Public Radio host, was starting a book tour for her memoir, which explored racial secrets. Sensing a change in the atmosphere after the election of the first Black president, and searching for a new way to engage and listen, Norris printed 200 postcards asking people to express their thoughts on race in six words. ‘RACE CARD’–In this Thursday, Nov. 29, photo, National Public Radio host and journalist Michelle Norris holds one of the “Race Cards” that was sent to her by Maureen Folk, of Potsdam, N.Y., in her home in Washington where she is archiving her Race Card Project. Norris was on a book tour two years ago, and started passing out postcards a dozen or so at a time, asking people to share six words that express their thoughts about race. Now she has received more than 12,000 cards. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

National

Friend: Chiefs LB, slain girlfriend ‘seemed fine’

by Heather HollingsworthAssociated Press Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend briefly lived apart before he killed her and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager, a friend of the woman said Sunday. But Brianne York, 21, said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had gotten back together by Thanksgiving. TRAGEDY IN KANSAS CITY—Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Jovan Belcher smiles before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Kansas City, Mo. On Oct. 7. Police say Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, Dec. 1, in Kansas City, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

National

Son’s woes weigh heavily on the Rev. Jesse Jackson

by Sophia TareenAssociated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — In the cluttered office where he’s met with some of the nation’s top politicians and preachers, penned rousing speeches and planned civil rights marches, the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks so softly — and with so little enunciation — that one strains at times to hear him. CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND–Rev. Jesse Jackson, listens to fellow speakers during a news conference at Rainbow Push headquarters. At 71, Jackson Sr. still keeps a hectic schedule and speaks extemporaneously on civil rights issues of all kinds. But he struggles when addressing one thing: Jesse Jackson Jr., the son and heir to Jackson’s political influence who abandoned his congressional seat last week because of mental health problems and two federal investigations. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

International

Kenya village pairs AIDS orphans with grandparents

by Jason StraziusoAssociated Press Writer NYUMBANI, Kenya (AP) — There are no middle-aged people in Nyumbani. They all died years ago, before this village of hope in Kenya began. Only the young and old live here. Nyumbani was born of the AIDS crisis. The 938 children here all saw their parents die. The 97 grandparents — eight grandfathers among them — saw their middle-aged children die. But put together, the bookend generations take care of one another. In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, young schoolboys walk home at the end of the school day in the yard of the Hot Courses Primary School, in the village of Nyumbani which caters to children who lost their parents to HIV, and grandparents who lost their children to HIV, with the bookend generations taking care of one another, in Kenya. Saturday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day, and UNAIDS says that as of 2011 an estimated 23.5 million people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa, representing 69 percent of the global HIV burden, with eastern and southern Africa the hardest-hit regions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Sports

Charlie Batch, Steelers “steal” a road win over Ravens

by Perry GreenAFRO Sports Editor BALTIMORE (NNPA)–The Baltimore Ravens gave up a late 20-13 lead and let their arch rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers come back to steal a 23-20 road victory on Sunday Dec. 2 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The loss snapped the Ravens’ 15-game home winning streak, which was the longest home game winning streak of any active team in the NFL. It also marked only their second loss in the last 24 contests played at M&T Bank stadium. REDEMPTION IN BALTIMORE–Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch congratulates running back Jonathan Dwyer, right, after Dwyer’s 16-yard touchdown run during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Entertainment

Letterman, Hoffman, Zeppelin, Guy honored by Obama

by Brett ZongkerAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman’s “stupid human tricks” and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim Sunday night as the late-night comedian received this year’s Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, an actor, a ballerina and bluesman Buddy Guy. ROCK & BLUES LEGENDS–2012 Kennedy Center Honoree Robert Plant, right, talks with fellow Honoree Buddy Guy at the end of the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Opinion

Manhood, football and suicide

by Kevin Powell (CNN) — My cousin Aaron abruptly typed me the news while we were texting back and forth about other matters: a Kansas City Chiefs football player killed his girlfriend, then went to the team’s practice facility and committed suicide in front of his head coach and general manager. Left behind was the couple’s 3-month-old daughter, who was in another room when her mother was shot multiple times. Like so many Americans, we were stunned. KEVIN POWELL