Daily Archive: July 1, 2013

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Entertainment

5 memorable moments from the BET Awards

From left, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Lion, and Pharrell Williams pose backstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 30, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/Invision/AP) by Chris TalbotAP Music Writer Charlie Wilson’s red coat. Kendrick Lamar and Miguel. Nicki Minaj’s chair. And just where did Chris Tucker go? There were a lot of memorable things about Sunday night’s BET Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that are worth talking about Monday morning. Here are five to reflect on:

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International

Millions worldwide share difficult Mandela vigil

A South African girl holds a poster showing former South African President Nelson Mandela, while her family and other well wishers gather at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File) by Jesse Washington AP National Writer As Nelson Mandela lingers in a hospital, yet another remarkable moment is helping to seal his legacy: Millions of people around the world, united by respect and gratitude, are preparing for this beloved man to die. The preparations take many forms: Prayers and vigils, pictures and candles, headlines and YouTube videos. All are measurements of his legend, and yet as the 94-year-old Mandela’s hospitalization continues, the anticipation has left many caught in an awkward limbo, sharing on a global scale what is usually a private scenario. There is no one in the world like Mandela — a victim who both governed and forgave his tormentors, a figure so universally admired that his countless honors include both America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Union’s Order of Lenin.

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Sports

NHL has two Black players picked in the top seven

Seth Jones, a defenseman, pulls on a Nashville Predators sweater after being chosen 4th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) by Dan Gelston and Ira Podell AP Sports Writers NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Seth Jones won’t be going home to Colorado when his NHL career begins, however he will be heading to his famous father’s home state as a member of the Nashville Predators. After being rated No. 1 among North American skaters in pre-draft rankings, Jones was bypassed by Colorado, Florida and Tampa Bay before being chosen by the Predators at No. 4. The NHL had two Black players picked in the top seven with Jones at No.4 and Donovan McNabb’s nephew Darnell Nurse going to Edmonton at No. 7. The son of former NBA player Popeye Jones seemed happy in his bright yellow Nashville jersey, and will be able to learn about playing NHL defense from new teammate Shea Weber. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about going to those teams, but at the same time I’m excited to be a Predator, and obviously Shea Weber is there,” he said Sunday about slipping a few spots. “He’s a great player, and they have a lot of other great players, and I’m happy to be a part of the organization.” Popeye Jones is friends with one of the Predators scouts, and he said he was told that his son wouldn’t fall past Nashville at No. 4. “I know he was probably sitting up there thinking, ‘Oh wow’ because somebody said you may go one, you may go two,” he said. “When I got drafted in ’92, I didn’t get to come to the draft. I was just glad to be drafted. I knew how nerve-racking it was watching it at home when I went 41. I am sure it was nerve-racking, but I’m sure he tried to stay calm and cool to see where he was going to go.” Now Seth Jones has something else to prove, beyond the usual drive draft picks have to show that they belong in the NHL. “I think professional athletes or athletes in general are always looking for something to motivate them because there is always going to be dog days where you may not want to lift or do extra crunches,” Popeye Jones said. “But you will look at this and say, ‘I got drafted fourth. Maybe I need to get to the weight room again and try to prove guys wrong that I should’ve went first.’ “You are also looking for that extra motivation.” So now Popeye Jones, drafted by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1992 and traded to Dallas, knows what NHL team he will be throwing his support to. “There is no disappointment in going to Nashville. It is such a great franchise,” he said. “It is my home state. I’ve got to get my Preds hat.”

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National

Traffic cameras bring tiny Ohio village to a stop

Catherine Jones sits outside her namesake restaurant, in Elmwood Place, Ohio. Jones understands the community’s need to install speed cameras to quell speeding, but now she is among many small business owners worried that the cameras have given the village a speed trap stigma. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File) by Dan Sewell ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio (AP) — This little village had a big problem. Each day, thousands of cars — sometimes as many as 18,000 — rolled along Elmwood Place’s streets, crossing the third-of-a-mile town to get to neighboring Cincinnati or major employers in bustling suburbs or heavily traveled Interstate 75. Many zipped by Elmwood Place’s modest homes and small businesses at speeds well above the 25 mph limit. Bedeviled by tight budgets, the police force was undermanned. The situation, villagers feared, was dangerous. Then the cameras were turned on, and all hell broke loose.

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Metro

Think Tank uses personal stories to explore academic success among Black men

REV. WILLIAM CURTIS We frequently hear about Black males failing in school; what can we learn from the stories of Black men who have been academically successful? Robert Morris University’s Uzuri Think Tank recently presented “Perspectives: A Community Focus Group On Black Male Educational Success”. It was an evening filled with stories about struggle, overcoming difficulty, and the ingredients of academic success.

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People

Iconic ‘Enter the Dragon’ actor Jim Kelly dies

This 1973 photo released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Jim Kelly as Williams in a scene from “Enter the Dragon.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment) SAN DIEGO (AP) — Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.

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Sports

Red hot Pirates win 9th in row, top Brewers 2-1 in 14th inning

Russell Martin (55) gets a face full of cream from a towel in celebration from A.J. Burnett after Martin drove in Gaby Sanchez with the game-winning hit in the 14th inning of the baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Chris Adamski PITTSBURGH (AP) — As Gaby Sanchez “trucked” around third some 6 1/2 hours after the game began, one thought went through his head. “‘This is enough,'” the 216-pound first baseman said after the game. “‘I’m tired. It’s been a long day.'”