Daily Archive: January 8, 2013



Hall of Fame track coach resigns after admitting affair with athlete

Bev Kearney (CNN Photo) by Joe Sterling and Steve Almasy, CNN (CNN) — University of Texas Hall of Fame women’s track and field coach Bev Kearney, who resigned under fire after the disclosure of an affair with a female student a decade ago doesn’t understand why she was targeted for punishment and questions whether she’s being treated fairly.



Sheriff thinks Conn. tragedy a factor in bomb plot to blow up Black classmates

CHARGED–Derek Shrout, 17, appears at a court hearing to face an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at his school, Jan. 7, at the Russell County Courthouse in Phenix City, Ala. (AP Photo/Columbus Ledger-Inquirer, Joe Paull) by Bob Johnson Associated Press Writer PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama teenager who described himself as a White supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre and began building small homemade explosives, a sheriff said Monday. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told The Associated Press that he believed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a factor because the first date in the boy’s journal describing the plan was Dec. 17 — three days after the Connecticut killings.



Obamacare: A few changes coming in 2013

HEALTH CARE REFORM ADVOCATES–Holding a sign saying “We Love ObamaCare” supporters of health care reform rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, March 27, 2012, as the court continued hearing arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Jen Christensen (CNN) — Some 50 million Americans still lack health insurance. That will change for the greater majority when the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, as it’s more commonly known, rolls out over the next couple of years. While the bulk of the law goes into place in 2014, you’ll see a few changes this year. However, much of 2013 will be dedicated to health facilities and government offices getting ready for the larger changes coming down the road.



Ohio pastors learn to heal themselves

WORKING OUT–In this Oct. 2, 2012, photo, New Palestine Church Senior Pastor Rickey Baker works out with trainer Sidney West, not pictured, as part of a Pastor Fit Program at Body By Sid fitness center in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Chris Russell) by JoAnne Viviano The Columbus Dispatch COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pastor Rickey Baker was wrapping up a Sunday sermon at New Palestine Church in North Linden when he suddenly felt exhausted and weak, so much so that he eventually left the sanctuary and found a seat in the foyer.



Awesome: Student Gets a Perfect SAT Score

Cameron Clarke by Dr. Boyce Watkins (Your Black World)–Every stereotype you might have in your mind about the Black male or Black kids in general need not apply to what I’m about to tell you right now. Cameron Clarke is a senior at Germantown Academy in Philadelphia and has achieved the fabulous distinction of being one of a very small number of students to receive a perfect score on the SAT.



A year of destiny for Africans in America

by Ron Daniels Africans in America should be aware that 2013 is a year of great significance. It will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Medgar Evers and the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The question is whether 2013 will be a year of superfluous commemorations, ceremonies and celebrations, or will it be a year of destiny for Africans in America where we create new history? The recent State of the Black World Conference III was organized around the theme – State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities. We selected this theme to emphatically declare that we have yet to achieve the “dream” so brilliantly articulated by Martin Luther King, against the backdrop of the Lincoln Memorial a half century ago. Hence, the choice is clear, it is imperative that 2013 be a year of historical reflection on the deeds and events of the past as the foundation for concerted action to fulfill our destiny as a fully free and self-determining people in the U.S. and the world.