Daily Archive: December 11, 2012

Health

Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

by Stacy A. AndersonAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad breakup. All three have launched individual campaigns that reflect an emerging priority for African-American women: finding creative ways to combat the obesity epidemic that threatens their longevity. AMAZING TRANSFORMATION–This combo image from Feb. 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, left, and Feb. 15, 2012 in New York, right, shows TV personality Star Jones. (AP Photos, File)

Metro

Corbett: Pa. lacks will to pass ‘right-to-work’

by Marc LevyAssociated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday that Pennsylvania apparently lacks the political will to become a “right-to-work” state, a key issue for conservatives as Republicans in fellow industrial state Michigan prepare to pass such a law over the protests of organized labor. PATH TO SUCCESS NARROWS–Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his budget address March 8, 2011 for the fiscal year 2011-2012 to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, Pa. November 2012′s election results have created a less friendly political landscape for Corbett as he prepares for his 2014 campaign, with Democrats newly elected to attorney general and auditor general pledging to hold the Republican governor accountable and a narrower Senate GOP majority that could complicate his path to success. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

National

Soledad O’Brien: Who is Black in America? I am

by Yaba Blay and Soledad O’Brien (CNN) — Yaba Blay, Ph.D. created the (1)ne Drop Project, a multiplatform endeavor that hopes to challenge perceptions of black identity. Blay, a consulting producer for “Who Is Black in America?” spoke to hundreds of those who may not immediately be recognized as “Black” based on how they look, including CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien. In this edited excerpt from her forthcoming book, Blay spoke to O’Brien about what makes a person Black, and why the conversation is important. SOLEDAD O’BRIEN

Entertainment

Toni Braxton released from LA hospital

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Toni Braxton has been released from the hospital after checking in last week over complications from lupus and blood clots. Writing on her official account on Sunday, Dec. 9, Braxton said: “Feeling a little better today, my nurse just left, just happy to be home!” HOSPITALIZED– In this Feb. 23 photo, singer Toni Braxton arrives at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night, at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s official residence in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Sports

Big knockout may set up Pacquiao-Marquez five

by Tim DahlbergAP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — No need for Juan Manuel Marquez to impress the judges. No need for the referee to count to 10. Marquez took care of all of his business Saturday night with a thunderous right hand that left Manny Pacquiao face first on the canvas with his remarkable career in question. KNOCKED OUT–Referee Kenny Bayless calls the fight as he kneels over Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, after he was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, during their WBO world welterweight fight Dec. 8, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Entertainment

List of music stars who have died in air crashes

(AP)—With hectic tours to often remote places, the music world has been hit hard by air tragedies over the years. On Sunday, Mexican singing star Jenni Rivera and six others were killed when their Learjet crashed in rugged territory following a concert in Monterrey, Mexico. Here are other notable musicians who lost their lives in air crashes: JENNI RIVERA, OTIS REDDING, ALIYAH, GLENN MILLER

Opinion

War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure

by Richard BransonSpecial to CNN (CNN) — In 1925, H. L. Mencken wrote an impassioned plea: “Prohibition has not only failed in its promises but actually created additional serious and disturbing social problems throughout society. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic but more. There is not less crime, but more. … The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.” RICHARD BRANSON