Daily Archive: May 23, 2013



Thunder star Kevin Durant makes $1M tornado pledge

Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball player Kevin Durant walks past tornado-damaged homes in a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., May 22. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) by John KrawczynskiAP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oklahoma City isn’t just a place where Thunder star Kevin Durant lives these days. It’s home. So as he watched the horrifying images Monday as a tornado ripped through suburban Moore, the emotions came bubbling to the surface and so did the need to help. Durant pledged $1 million for tornado relief through his foundation on Tuesday, eager to help a devastated area begin to rebuild.



Doctors save Ohio boy by ‘printing’ an airway tube

Kaiba Gionfriddo plays with the family’s dog, Bandit, outside his Youngstown, Ohio home May 21. Born with a birth defect that caused the boy to stop breathing every day, he can now breathe normally, with a first-of-a-kind biodegradable airway made by Michigan doctors using plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer. (AP Photo/Mark Stahl) by Marilynn MarchioneAP Chief Medical Writer In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. It’s the latest advance from the booming field of regenerative medicine, making body parts in the lab.



Sergio Garcia will pay dearly for Tiger remarks

Sergio Garcia grimaces during The Players Championshop golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tiger Woods walks to the 16th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla. Woods and Garcia don’t like each other, and are making no attempt to disguise their feelings. (AP Photo/File) by Tim Dahlberg AP Sports ColumnistSergio Garcia could have stopped after he whined about fans of Tiger Woods making too much noise on the golf course. He should have stopped after saying Woods is not a nice person who has been lying to the media since the first time he stepped into an interview room. That he didn’t close his mouth may end up to be Garcia’s biggest regret in a career already chock full of them.



Teen star Zendaya finishes 2nd on `Dancing With The Stars’

This May 13, 2013 photo released by ABC shows actress Zendaya Coleman and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy performing on the celebrity dance competition series “Dancing with the Stars,” in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Taylor) by Sandy CohenAP Entertainment WriterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kellie Pickler came into the final “Dancing With the Stars” episode in second place but finished in first. The 26-year-old country singer won the show’s mirror ball trophy Tuesday. Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya danced perfectly during the final two episodes, collecting the most points from the judges, but she fell short of the title. “I’m very proud and I’m very happy,” the 16-year-old Coleman said after the results were read. “And I get to leave here with an amazing experience.”



Many say Angelina Jolie’s actions were too extreme

ANGELINA JOLIE (AP Photo/File) Angelina Jolie is used to creating a buzz in the entertainment world, but now she has crossed over into the health care field with her recent announcement in a New York Times op-ed article. On May 14, in the op-ed “My Medical Choice,” Jolie announced that she had underwent a preventative double mastectomy after undergoing genetic testing and finding that she had a mutation of the BRCA 1 gene, which significantly increases her risk of developing breast cancer. In her op-ed, Jolie wrote, “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.” Jolie underwent the mastectomy, which is the partial or complete surgical removal of one or both breasts, in her case both, then had reconstructive surgery.While many are praising her for her preventative measures, others disagree with her actions, calling them extreme.



Pa. African-American Convention provides valuable information

A GREAT EVENT—Event organizers, Luther and Roxanne Sewell encompass Honorable Vanessa Lowery Brown, Pennsylvania state representative and president of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) Powerful and straight and to the point are adjectives that best describe the two-day Talk Magazine 2013 Pennsylvania African-American Network Convention; with Esther L. Bush, president of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown the first day, to Vera Cornish, president of Cornish and Associates and T. Rashad Byrdsong; CEO of the Community Empowerment Association the second day.



Bronx ‘ghetto’ tours stop amid residents’ outrage

A young man runs under an elevated section of subway tracks in The Bronx borough of New York, May 22. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by Verena Dobnik NEW YORK (AP) — A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City “ghetto” has stopped the bus rides under fire from an outraged neighborhood. Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx “from a safe distance,” issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there. Three times a week, the $45 bus ride took visitors past food-pantry lines, a housing project and a park a guide described as a pickpocket hangout.



Detroit’s emergency manager takes on critics in candid interview about city’s future

Kevin KEVYN ORR (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley) by Bankole ThompsonKevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency financial manager, unfazed by criticisms and mounting opposition, opens up to Michigan Chronicle editor Bankole Thompson in this exclusive sit-down interview about the difficult choices ahead for the city while sharing some of the city’s debt numbers. Orr said he is not an elected official bound to public opinion and that it is time to change course if the city is expected to make any progress. The future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s comments about Orr are two of the hot button issues discussed in the interview.



Jewish group: Detroit leaders abet Farrakhan bias

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks to Detroit City Council on May 17, in Detroit. Farrakhan said it’s time for his movement to join others to invest in the struggling city where it was founded more than 80 years ago. He called on residents and religious leaders to “pool their resources” to buy distressed properties and create economic opportunities. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) DETROIT (AP) — A leading national Jewish civil rights group criticized Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Wednesday for making anti-Semitic statements at a Detroit church appearance and called on a Michigan congressman and other leaders in attendance to condemn the remarks.