Daily Archive: September 20, 2013



Steelers’ captain Clark teams up with Pitt and UPMC to fight Sickle Cell

INVOLVED IN A BIG WAY—Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark stands on the sidelines late the fourth quarter of a Steelers’ 13-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh in 2012. Clark has never been afraid to speak his mind. That blunt honesty—and a work ethic forged from a decade in the NFL—is one of the reasons his teammates made the veteran a captain for the first time in his career. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Physicians and scientists at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are developing better treatments for children and adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). Their ultimate goal is to find a cure.



Black consumers remain strong supporter of Dodd-Frank

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)—A recent consumer survey shows that support for financial regulation, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is strong. Nearly five years after America’s financial meltdown, a nationwide summer survey of likely 2014 voters found that voters trust the CFPB more than banks and credit card companies by a 3-1 margin. Further, support for financial regulation spans across age groups, racial lines and partisan preferences. The strongest support for financial regulation rests with consumers of color. Among African-Americans, the CFPB is viewed as protection from dangerous financial products and its cop-on-the-beat monitoring by 72 percent. Among Latino respondents, this same support was found with 78 percent of respondents.



Holder expands changes in drug-case policy at CBC forum

Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks about the mandatory minimum policy at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2013 annual legislative conference in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Pete YostAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expanding a major change in federal drug sentencing policy to cover pending drug cases, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday.



Spike Lee to receive $300,000 Gish Prize

In this June 10, 2013 file photo, Spike Lee attends the eighth annual Made in New York Awards in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) by Jake CoyleAP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee will receive the 20th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which carries a reward of $300,000.



An inside look at our rotten prison system

HARRY C. ALFORD (NNPA)—In the interest of full disclosure, I have a bachelor’s degree in Correctional Administration from the University of Wisconsin. During the summer of 1969, I did my required internship at the Wisconsin School for Girls in Oregon, Wis. These were underage offenders who were found guilty of petty crimes or “bad behavior.” My ambition was to change bad human behavior into honorable behavior. The curriculum I was reading promoted the best models of rehabilitation. I was so pumped but the internship showed me the reality of our system of corrections.



Congress is eating away at food stamps

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—Steven and Laurie, a White married couple that lives near Richmond, Va., work at a big box store. She is a cashier; he works in the storeroom. Each earns about $9 an hour but neither works 40 hours a week. Indeed, they are lucky to pull 40 hours a week combined. Sometimes weeks they are fortunate enough to pull 45 hours a week between them. Some weeks their combined hours are just 30. I met Steven and Laurie (not their real names) on a telephone press conference in April. They said they had three children and also mentioned that they were White because “everybody thinks only Black people get these benefits.”



Visual Artist SAINT JAMES creates painting to commemorate Anniversary of March

SYNTHIA SAINT JAMES Although artist Synthia SAINT JAMES was only a teenager when the March on Washington occurred, she still felt the impact that the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade had on African-Americans. “I was in Los Angeles in the 1960’s and I felt excitement and fear and hopefulness,” said SAINT JAMES, 64. “I felt a connection through Angela Davis and what she was doing and I appreciated the people who were willing to sacrifice.”