Daily Archive: December 18, 2012

Health

Fighting Depression: Recent tragedies unmask silent killer among Blacks

by Brandon A. Perry, Indianapolis Recorder (NNPA)–Popular Soul Train host Don Cornelius, influential hip-hop manager Chris Lighty and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had different lines of work. What they had in common, however, is one startling fact: This year they all lost their lives in a way that many believed was once uncommon among African-Americans. They took their own lives through suicide. Don Cornelius is seen at the 9th Annual BET Awards on June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. The “Soul Train” creator was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/File) Their shocking deaths raised awareness about the impact of depression and other forms of mental distress on the Black community.

International

Around world, massacres have spurred gun control

by Ben McConville and Jill Lawless Associated Press Writers DUNBLANE, Scotland (AP) — If there’s anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it’s Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain’s gun laws. ANTI-GUN CAMPAIGN–A woman passes a poster reading: ‘Weapons Monopoly for Criminals? No’ in Zurich, Switzerland. In September 2001, a man named Friedrich Leibacher went on a rampage in the regional parliament in the wealthy northern Swiss city of Zug, killing 14 people and himself, apparently over a grudge against a local official. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri, File) In March 1996, a 43-year-old man named Thomas Hamilton walked into a primary school in this central Scotland town of 8,000 people and shot to death 16 kindergarten-age children and their teacher with four legally held handguns. In the weeks that followed, people in the town formed the Snowdrop campaign — named for the first flower of spring — to press for a ban on handguns. Within weeks, it had collected 750,000 signatures. By the next year, the ban had become law.

National

Scott becomes South’s first Black Republican senator since Reconstruction

by Seanna Adcox Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate on Monday, making him the South’s first Black Republican senator since Reconstruction in a state whose politics is steeped in the history of slavery and Civil War. HISTORIC APPOINTMENT–United States Rep. Tim Scott, left, speaks during a news conference as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley looks on at the Statehouse on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) “It speaks to the evolution of South Carolina and our nation,” Scott, 47, said of his appointment to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative who reigned his post with four years left in his second term to head a right-leaning think tank.

National

Jesse Hill Jr., retired CEO of Atlanta Life Insurance Co., dies at 86

Atlanta business, government and civil rights leaders remember civil rights icon by Dion Rabouin Atlanta Daily World (Real Times News Service)–When Jesse Hill, Jr. the retired CEO of the Atlanta Life Insurance Co. and a legendary civil rights activist, passed away yesterday at the age of 86 the city of Atlanta mourned him. JESSE HILL JR. Leaders in civil rights, business and local as well as state government all had their lives impacted by the late business executive and community leader.

Sports

Sport can help lead us down a better path

by Paul Newberry AP National Writer There are times when sports bring out the best in us. Like Victor Cruz writing a heartfelt message on his cleats, dedicated to a 6-year-old victim of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There are times when sports bring out the worst in us. WORKING OUT–New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) works out before the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Dec. 16, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Entertainment

Lopez plays Santa for charity; talks about Rivera

by Nekesa Mumbi Moody AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez says she doesn’t look forward to getting gifts at Christmas — she looks forward to giving them. READY TO PLAY SANTA– In this Oct. 2 photo, Jennifer Lopez arrives for the presentation of Chanel’s ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection in Paris. Lopez has launched her “J. Lo’s Christmas Gift” drive, asking fans to donate to her three favorite charities (the Boys & Girls Club, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Red Cross). (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) “I love going and shopping for Christmas presents for everybody and making gifts for people and seeing their faces light up and surprising them; that’s where I get my joy,” the entertainer said last week.

Opinion

Has life in America gone insane?

by Bob GreeneCNN Contributor (CNN) — Taking attendance. That is the phrase used by the parent of a Sandy Hook Elementary School student, describing to a reporter what went on in the firehouse near the school as terrified mothers and fathers arrived in the minutes and hours after the shootings. FALLEN ANGEL–Ana Marquez-Greene was 6. She was the daughter of American jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and the granddaughter of Jorge Marquez, the mayor of Maunabo, Puerto Rico. She was close with her brother, 9-year-old Isaias, who was also at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday. (Twitter photo) The mothers and fathers looked anxiously for children who had lived through the shootings and had been brought into the firehouse. The surviving children and their parents found each other.