Daily Archive: May 21, 2013



Stop the hate on Twitter

Obeidallah: It’s inexcusable when people engage in racist, sexist, homophobic rants by Dean Obeidallah (CNN) — For some, Twitter is a social media platform that enables you to keep up with breaking news, raise political issues or offer amusing thoughts. But for many others, including myself, Twitter has become the new “Fight Club.” It has in essence become the cyber version of the basement of “Lou’s Bar” from that 1999 classic film.



Audra McDonald returns with new, personal CD

Singer-Acress Audra McDonald’s new CD,” Go Back Home” includes classics like Stephen Sondheim’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Edelweiss,” and “First You Dream,” from the John Kander and Fred Ebb show “Steel Pier.” (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file) by Mark KennedyAP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — If either her husband or daughter is calling, Audra McDonald knows without looking at her phone. That’s because the five-time Tony Award winner has programed the ring tone for both to be The Carpenters’ hit version of “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” “It’s cute, right?” the 42-year-old actress-singer asks. It is indeed.



Virginia GOP nominates conservative Black Minister for Lt. Gov.

E. W. Jackson delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for Lt. Gov. at the Virginia Republican convention in Richmond, Va., May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) by Bob LewisRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans have chosen firebrand conservative minister E.W. Jackson’s for lieutenant governor, the first Black candidate the party has nominated for statewide office since 1988.



Questions linger in shooting of NY college student

In this photo copied from the 2010 Sleepy Hollow High School yearbook, high school student Andrea Rebello is shown. (AP Photo/Sleepy Hollow High School) by Frank EltmanAssociated Press Writer MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — As a family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer’s bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether officers should have confronted the gunman or waited for help, including a hostage negotiating team.



Our ‘outrageous dream’: Bringing diversity to science

by Freeman A. Hrabowski III (CNN) — Fifty years ago this month, I chanced to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I was a mild-mannered kid with a speech impediment and a love of math. That day, I was focused on solving math problems, not issues of justice and equal rights. But King broke through to me when he said this: If the children of Birmingham march, Americans will see that what they are asking for is a better education. They will see that even the very young know the difference between right and wrong.



Calif. doc gets 14 years for promising cancer cure

Dr. Christine Daniel gives a flu shot to patient Amparo Villaluazo at Daniel’s Sonrise Medical Clinic in Mission Hills . (AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News, Hans Gutknecht) by Greg RislingAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles doctor was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison for bilking patients out of more than $1 million by promising them that an herbal supplement she hawked could cure late-stage cancer and other diseases.



Inside Conditions…Sibling rivalry between Bucs, Pens and Steelers?

Lamar Woodley and Mike Tomlin celebrate win in Super Bowl XLIII Money, money, money, money! No, I have not acquired the royalty rights from the O’Jays’ iconic song, nor am I referring to the most paranoid person on the planet when it comes to Black Americans in general and President Barack Obama in particular. The person that I am referring to is none other than probably the biggest scammer and “sham” artist in the history of finance, Donald Trump.