Daily Archive: October 29, 2013

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National

1960 Md. sit-in case remembered as part of history

In this Dec. 4, 2006, file photo, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell listens to arguments in the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File) by Jessica GreskoAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert M. Bell was 16 years old when he recruited classmates to join a sit-in at a downtown Baltimore restaurant. The sit-in was Bell’s first, and he remembers being a little nervous. On the afternoon of June 17, 1960, the group entered Hooper’s restaurant, and a hostess said she wouldn’t seat them. “I’m sorry, but we haven’t integrated as yet,” she said. The group pushed past her and sat anyway. Police were called, and 12 demonstrators, including Bell, were charged with trespassing. Eventually, the case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Lifestyle

Detroit pastor steps down, ponders future after announcing same-gender marriage

BISHOP ALLYSON D. NELSON ABRAMS by Donald JamesThis article is part two in a series exploring sexual relationships in the African American clergy. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 was not a typical day of worship for Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams. For the first time in more than five years, she no longer stood in the pulpit as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, near downtown Detroit, to preach one of her patented fiery sermons that the congregation had become accustom to hearing.

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Business

Three Black Women named among most powerful in business

URSULA BURNS, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF XEROX (NNPA)–Three African-American women were among those feature in Fortune magazine’s annual “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” released in late October. Ursula Burns, CEO and president of Xerox; Rosalind Brewer, CEO and president of Sam’s Club; and Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” are among the top movers and shakers in business, according to the magazine.

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Sports

Track stars Lauryn Williams, Lolo Jones one step closer to Winter Olympics

American bobsled team Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator, right, earned a spot on the World Cup team.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) by Greg Botelho (CNN) — It’s a good bet that Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams won’t be wearing singlets for this Olympics. But it’s also safe to assume that — once again — they’d be plenty fast. These two U.S. Track and Field stars got one step closer Saturday to another Olympic Games, this time in wintry Russia. They are among the women named Saturday as “push athletes” for the Americans’ six-women bobsled team, according to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

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Lifestyle

Not happy with work? Wait until you’re 50 or older

In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2013, Oscar Martinez, 77, center, greets diners at the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sedensky) by Matt SedenskyAssociated Press Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Not happy with your job? Just wait. A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. Older workers reported satisfaction regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level. Consider Oscar Martinez. If Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth, Martinez may be one of its happiest workers.

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Opinion

The bridegroom who couldn’t marry

LZ GRANDERSON (CNN) — Winamac, Indiana,is pretty much how it sounds. Small — home to fewer than 2,500 people–rural, and it has more churches than libraries, schools and liquor stores. About 20 minutes north is a similar town by the name of Knox. This is where Thomas Lee Bridegroom was born. And just on the edge of Winamac — between West Main and West Adams — is a small cemetery by the name of Crown Hill. This is where he is buried.