Daily Archive: December 20, 2012

National

Essay: Attack a school and you attack America

by Ted Anthony AP National Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pick a public elementary school somewhere in the continental United States and draw a half-mile circle around it. The odds are reasonable that you’ll encounter some combination of the following: BACK TO SCHOOL–A returning student smiles as his bus school bus pulls into Hawley School, Dec. 18, in Newtown, Conn. Classes resumed Tuesday for Newtown schools except those at Sandy Hook. Buses ferrying students to schools were festooned with large green and white ribbons on the front grills, the colors of Sandy Hook. At Newtown High School, students in sweatshirts and jackets, many wearing headphones, betrayed mixed emotions. Adam (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) A baseball field. A statue erected for war veterans. A municipal building. A community center. A polling place — probably the school itself. A library. A park. A basketball court crawling with kids playing pickup games.

National

President Obama is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012. “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America,” Time Editor Rick Stengel told NBC’s “Today” show, where he announced the selection on Wednesday. PERSON OF THE YEAR–In this image released Dec. 19, in New York by Time Inc., President Barack Obama is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. (AP Photo/Time Magazine) The short list for the honor included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head for advocating for girls’ education, as well as Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati.

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National

Polling of Black voters by NAACP reveal attitudes and trends unreported by media

(Target Market News)–At a recent press briefing, the NAACP, Latino Decisions, and pollsters at Silas Lee and Associates presented information from their exclusive polling data during the Nov. 6th Presidential election. The findings pointed out the significant — and underreported — role that African-Americans played in Barack Obama being elected to a second term. BEN JEALOUS “This data underscores the decisive role [African-Americans] played in key battleground states,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP. “It reveals opportunities for the GOP to improve its relationship with our community, and suggests the Democratic Party should not assume it will see the 2008 and 2012 levels of Black turnout in 2016.”

Metro

Early Christmas for Moore family…Who’s Your Brother renovates car

The Moores never expected that a few clicks of the mouse and strokes of the keyboard would change their lives forever. For several months the Moores dealt with a car that gave them nothing but problems, and when they would take it to be checked out and repaired, they got nothing but the run around. Darleen Moore kept putting money into it, but felt she was getting nothing back. HELPING ONE ANOTHER—From left: Wade Redcross, Mareena Moore, with daughter; Darleen Moore and Bob Jacinto stand in front of the Moore’s newly restored vehicle at the Who’s Your Brother holiday season Toy Drive Kick-Off event at Shadyside Honda.

National

Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn.

by Brady Combs Associated Press Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The reaction to the Connecticut school shooting can be seen in gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation: Anxious parents are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children while firearms enthusiasts are stocking up on assault rifles in anticipation of tighter gun control measures. BULLET PROOF BACKPACKS FOR KIDS–Rick Brand, Chief Operating Officer of Amendment II, holds a children’s backpack, left, and anti-ballistic insert at the company’s manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Dec. 19. Anxious parents reeling in the wake the Connecticut school shooting are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children emblazoned with Disney and Avengers logos, as firearms enthusiasts stock up on assault rifles nationwide amid fears of imminent gun control measures. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) A spike in gun sales is common after a mass shooting, but the Connecticut tragedy has generated record sales in many states. Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings, and some online retailers are removing assault rifles from websites in part because of diminishing supplies.

Lifestyle

Bullying: A Quality of Life Issue

by Merlin R. Langley, Ph.D. Florida A&M University MERLIN R. LANGLEY Concerns about bullying and its role in school violence, depression, and health have grown in the past decade. Bullying is different from the routine conflicts of childhood. It is intentional behavior meant to hurt and dominate another person. Internationally, the prevalence of bullying in elementary schools range from approximately 11 percent in Finland to 50 percent in Ireland. In the United States, 19 percent of children are bullied. Though bullying behaviors decline as a student progresses through school, the numerous physical, mental, and social detriments can last well into adulthood. Bullying also impacts academic achievement, school bonding and absenteeism. National media headlines during the last year indicate a need for a proactive approach to combat an issue that affects everyone’s quality of life.

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Opinion

Art that calls the fiscal cliff’s bluff

by Van Jones CNN Contributor (CNN) — Even as America reels from the horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the clock continues to count down toward the so-called “fiscal cliff.” VAN JONES In the face of a legitimate crisis, it is harder to stomach manufactured ones. And that’s exactly what the so-called fiscal cliff is.