The Weekly Press Week of 05-12-11
Flooding, new legislation and homelessness, top subjects on this week's cover of the Baton Rouge Weekly Press
baton rouge, louisiana THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011 A people'S pUblicATion Vol. 36 � No. 02 Resilience and memories Run Strong in louisiana flood Zone Calling it Cajun engineering, Gerald Gaudat builds a makeshift levee around his home in Stephenville, Louisiana Resilience got Louisianans through what's known as the Flood of 1973, and it will again, says everyone from the governor to local residents once again facing the threat of floods. "It's a marathon, not a sprint, but we're working together," Gov. Bobby Jindal said this week. "And I know it feels like Louisiana's been through a lot, but we're going to get through this. We're going to fight hard. We're got tough, resilient people." Jindal spoke as residents along the Atchafalaya River braced for possible flooding as the Army Corps of Engineers considered opening the 4,800-foot-long Morganza Spillway above Baton Rouge. Opening the spillway could help spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans from some damage, but it would flood populated and rural areas in the swampy Atchafalaya Basin. Floodwater pours toward "last place on Earth that needs" it Memories of the 1973 flood run strong in the basin, which is home not only to the river but to myriad tributaries as well. Neighbors along the river were farther and fewer in between back then, but "there was a lot of flooding areawide," said Mark Rogers of Gibson. "Folks had flooded houses and rural property" all along the Atchafalaya. At the house of his wifeto-be in Gibson, in Terrebonne Parish, "there was 2 feet of water in their yard for two months," Rogers said. "That's just a typical example. Some people might have had more." See flood zone, on page 2 BATON ROUGE - May 11, 2011 Barbara Thomas, the founder of North Baton Rouge Women's Help Center, will announce her candidacy for Louisiana State Representative for District 63 this Friday, May 13, 2011. The announcement will take place at an 11:30 a.m. press conference followed by a campaign kick-off reception at Collections & Payment Services, 1364 Swan Avenue in Baton Rouge. Thomas and her husband Charles R. Thomas, II founded North Baton Women's Help Center in 1991. The organization has been recognized and benchmarked by other women's centers across the country for its work in offering intervention counseling, medical, and support services to women and their families. The organization has been a leader in providing support services for expecting mothers, as well as, G.E.D. tutoring. In addition to Thomas' work as a non-profit leader, she holds a number of leadership positions such as a national board member with L.E.A.R.N. and she is an elected member of the Louisiana State Republican Central Committee. "While my work in the non-profit sector has served my passion for empowering Barbara thomas to Run for legislature Barbara Thomas and strengthening families, I feel that now is the time to take my experience to the state capitol to help create policies to ensure that Louisiana puts Families First!!!" As a candidate for District 63, Thomas will focus on creating policies to strengthen Louisiana in the areas of education, public safety, economic development, and transportation. Barbara and Charles have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. For more information on the Citizens to Elect Barbara Thomas and the campaign for the District 63 representative seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives, please contact Sable International at 225.408.9323 or visit www. barbarathomas.net. $2 million in New grants for Homeless programs in louisiana announced NEW ORLEANS � U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $1,978,594 in new grants to eight homeless programs in Louisiana. The grants announced today are an investment in local projects that have never received HUD homeless funds in the past, providing critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families. Today's grants are in addition to the $26 million HUD awarded this past January to renew funding to 153 existing Louisiana homeless housing and service programs. "Today, we build on this Administration's goal to prevent and end homelessness in America," said Donovan. "This funding will make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of people and provide resources to put them on the road of independence." HUD's Continuum of Care grants fund a wide range of transitional and permanent housing programs as well as supportive services such as job training, case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families are also funded through these grants. There are three categories of CoC grants: Supportive Housing Program, Shelter + Care and Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program. The new grants for Louisiana are all under HUD's Supportive Housing Program (SHP), which offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible. Last year, 19 federal agencies in the Obama Administration announced a plan to end all homelessness through See grant, on page 2 peterson New River Raising on the Bluff vice chairman Sen. Karen Cater Peterson Sen. Karen Cater Peterson, D-New Orleans, a leading critic of the administration, is the new vice chairman of the Senate committee that handles confirmation of top gubernatoSee peterson, on page 2 A veiw of the Mississippi River from Scotts Bluff at Southern University in Baton Rouge. The President's house sits on the river, in a week the river may be in the president's house. The historical Mississippi River is predicted to crest in Baton Rouge is about a week away. Photos by James Terry III, Photojournalist Nfl vetS eNcouRage la. guaRd'S ycp cadetS State & local NewS BuSiNeSS NewS HealtH NewS otHeR NewS Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard's 769th Engineer Battalion are constructing sand-filled basket barriers as a precautionary measure to the rising Mississippi River...See Page 8 INDEX SaiNtS aNNouNce KicK-off timeS In a special visit to Camp Beauregard in Pineville, National Football League veterans from YourFootballNetwork.com met with youth from the Louisiana National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Program to talk about never giving up and believing in yourself, April 27...See Page 2 The Saints have announced the dates and kickoff times for their entire 2011 preseason.In Week 1 of the NFL preseason slate, the Saints will host the San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome on August 12 at 7 p.m. CT.....See Page 3 Fatima Gautier, Assistant to the Executive Vice-President at the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau earned Certification as an Administrative Assistant in April 2011....See Page 5 cvB employee ceRtificatioN HutcHiNSoN ReceiveS awaRd Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program in Southern University's School of Nursing has been awarded the 2011 Legacy of Caring Nurses Award...See Page 7 Local & State ...........................2 Commentary............................4 Business...................................5 Religion ...................................6 Health ......................................7 Other News .............................8 claSSified Buying or selling a service, looking for a good job or a good used car? Check out the classifieds . THEWEEKLYPRESS.COM Celebrating 36 Years Of Service To The Baton Rouge Community 225.775.2002 Page 2 � The Weekly Press � Thursday, May 12, 2011 LocaL&State NFL Vets Encourage Louisiana Guard's YCP Cadets Flood Zone from page 1 sandbags on the weekends. ... I saw some pictures the other day of not just the men, but the ladies that worked at City Hall coming out and filling sandbags. Of course, the national Guard and the army Corps of engineers were here in great numbers." The worst of the area's damage came from rain rather than the opening of the spillways, Von Werder said. It poured, and many residents had to deal with a foot of rain at home. This time, "I would say people are concerned, a little apprehensive," Von Werder said. "People are taking defensive measures, but it looks like we'll be OK." a piece of the seawall is now in downtown Morgan City, marking the 1973 flood level. "People here are resilient," said alvin Cockerham of the city's fire department. Fire Chief Morris Price was 10 years old at the time and lived in Morgan City. He remembers going to fill sandbags at a sand lot created by state emergency officials. "We were kids. We thought we were having fun" filling the bags, Morris said. He and his two teenage brothers filled sandbags that were offered to worried residents in Morgan City, a town of about 13,500 people. "The river came up on the docks and the seawall held back the water," said Gen Price, the chief's mother. "I feel like we'll be fortunate again (this time), because the seawall is 20 feet high now." Cockerham said preparations being made this time are reminiscent of 1973. "It was like it is today -- a beehive of activity," he said. Dump trucks were everywhere in 1973, and the army Corps of engineers was busy building temporary extensions atop the levy to handle the crest, he said. The Corps rebuilt the levy in 1984-1985, raising it to 20 feet. Back in 1973, the flooding brought trouble as well as good fishing. "Tell you what, it was a good crawfish season," Cockerham said. We were fishing in water 12, 13, 14 feet deep. That's my rough recollection, of course." Typical crawfishing in those parts happens at 3 to 4 feet, he said. Craig Nall, originally from Alexandria and one of nine Former National Football League veterans, speaks to cadets from the Louisiana National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Program at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, La., April 27, 2011. The veterans work with YourFootballNetwork.com, a full-service coaching and mentoring program specifically designed to help youth and high school football players achieve success in sports and in life. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Rebekah Malone, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office/Released) By Sgt. ReBekah Malone Louisiana National Guard, Public Affairs Office PIneVIlle, la � In a special visit to Camp Beauregard in Pineville, national Football league veterans from YourFootballnetwork.com met with youth from the louisiana national Guard's Youth ChallenGe Program to talk about never giving up and believing in yourself, april 27. nine nFl vets drove motivating themes home to eager ears as the cadets near graduation in READER INFORMATION How to Reach Us Noal Scarlett, veteran defensive lineman for the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, jokes with cadets of the Louisiana National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Program at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, La., April 27, 2011. Scarlett is a member of YourFootballNetwork.com, a full-service coaching and mentoring program specifically designed to help youth and high school football players achieve success in sports and in life. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 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All money orders or checks should be made payable to The Weekly Press, P.O. Box 74485, Baton Rouge, La. 70874 six weeks from YCP, a program that offers at-risk adolescents an opportunity to change their future in many ways, including the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Former Green Bay Packer, Craig nall, initially reached out to the program to speak to the youth. The former alexandria senior High and northwestern state University quarterback also met with youth at the Camp Minden location as part of YourFootballnetwork.com, a full-service coaching and mentoring program specifically designed to help youth and high school football players achieve success in sports and in life. "[We] got into town today and made it a point to come over here and talk to the kids at the YCP program," said nall. "... Just to talk about some adversity and things that we've had to go through in our careers and our lives and inspire some kids to keep pushing." Many of the successful athletes shared stories that mirrored many of the youth at the program � stories of drug affiliation, violence, jail stints and lack of family support. Drafted in the seventh round, nFl veteran noel scarlett, a defensive lineman that played for several teams including the Minnesota Vikings, told the kids his life was on the wrong track with stints in jail at a young age; but he never stopped believing in himself. "That's life," he said. "You are either going to sit down and hoSea'S New pRiceS Fax: (225) 775-4216 E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed Saturday, Sunday email@example.com 1283 Rosenwald Road Baton Rouge, La. 70807-41 Phone: (225) 775-2002 Hosea's Cleaners, InC. DRycLeaNiNg � LauNDRy � expeRt aLteRatioNS and all Major Holidays 841 N. 22nd Street � Baton Rouge, La. 70802 225-387-1717 do nothing, or stand up and do something." Capt. Jackie Manton, director of YCP's Camp Beauregard location, explained that for the youth to see successful people from all walks of life is an important lesson. "It's good for the youth to hear that some of these nFl players have been at rock bottom, but they fought their way back to the top," said Manton, a Pineville resident. "every person has their ups and downs, but we help teach the youth to make a plan that can help change their lives." With graduation around the corner, 17-year-old cadets, skioushia Glaude from Opelousas, and Katie Battaglia from Monroe, glowed with confidence in the lessons they have learned about themselves and the motivation to attack life to achieve their goals. Battaglia credits her happiness with all she has learned about herself since arriving at YCP. she said the message the nFl players brought was inspirational. "Don't let [negative] people tell you what to do," said Battaglia, about her take-away from the guest speakers. "always follow your dreams." "You don't often meet people that do bad things and See nfl, on page 3 said leroy Breaux of amelia: "I was living right where I'm living now. We didn't have a levee system like we do now. "People sandbagged and purchased pumps, but they took on water in the lower areas." The water reached his steakhouse, flooding part of the building. The same building still bore a watermark from flooding in 1927, which Breaux's grandmother had shown him. It's not likely that all 125 gates of the Morganza spillway would be opened this time. In 1973, the last time the Morganza was opened, only 42 were opened. If the gates are opened now, officials expect water to take one day to fully reach Morgan City near the coast, said russell Beauvais, operations manager of the complex that includes the spillway. are you there? share your photos and videos from the scene, but please stay safe allan Von Werder, managing editor of the Daily review newspaper in st. Mary's Parish, remembers the 1973 flood. He was 19 or 20 years old at the time. "It was tense. The seawall was a lot lower then" -- 7 to 8 feet high, compared with 20 now. "a lot of people didn't know what to expect, because the Morganza had never been opened before. People were terrified about a wall of water coming in." "It was almost like the city was under siege," he added. The army Corps of engineers and the national Guard were all over town, helping with preparations. Many of the area's residents have extended family nearby, so those who evacuated stayed with family members. "Most people stayed put, but they were paying close attention to the news," Von Werder said. "Businesses on the river side of town took on a lot of water." schools closed five weeks early, he recalls. Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte remembers likewise. "school let out early in april," Matte said. "I was a junior in high school. We were encouraged and recruited by (the mayor) to come out and fill sandbags. and most of the guys, you know, they didn't ask the ladies, the girls, to fill Grant from page 1 egy. To date, HPrP has allocated $1.5 billion to prevent more than 875,000 people from falling into homelessness or to rapidly rehouse them if they do. HUD's homelessness grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in america. Based on the Department's latest annual Homeless assessment report (aHar), chronic homelessness has declined by 30 percent since 2006. This decline is directly attributed to HUD's homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing for those who might otherwise be living on the streets. It was also reported in the aHar that the number of homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession. 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All rights reserved. rial appointments. she replaces on the senate & Governmental affairs Committee sen. David Heitmeier, D-algiers, who has gone back to the Health & Welfare Committee. among the confirmations to be heard later this session are the governor's appointments to the Board of regents, whose earlier all-white racial composition prompted a lawsuit challenging the board's constitutional authority. The governor later made one african-american appointment. Thursday, May 12, 2011 � The Weekly Press � Page 3 BATON ROUGE - A measure to enhance the TOPS program came out of a House committee Tuesday morning at the Capitol. With the help from Governor Jindal, House Bill 390 flew out of the House Education Committee. The bill commits tobacco settlement dollars to fund the program. TOPS' spending last year was over $130 million. This bill would continue to dedicate funds to the TOPS Funding Bill Passes college tuition program. "People understand the severe financial pressures on the state. They want to make sure TOPS continues to be there for future generations of kids. Make no mistake about this this is all about TOPS it's about securing the future of TOPS," said Jindal. The measure passed 15-3. It goes to the House Civil Law Committee for their consideration now. Science in the School Day with Mayor Holden Team up along with Dupont and U.S. Conference of Mayors to Bring Engineers to EBR Schools BATON ROUGE - More than 500 fourth graders at eight East Baton Rouge Parish public schools will participate in Science in the School Day on Wednesday, May 4. MayorPresident Melvin "Kip" Holden invited Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP), a partnership between Dupont and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, to bring the popular math and science education program to Baton Rouge. The program will feature Dupont field engineers who will lead the children in fun-filled projects that illustrate engineering principles. Mayor Holden will participate in programs at three of the eight elementary schools. "We are indeed honored that the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Dupont selected Baton Rouge for this important Science in the School Day program," Mayor Holden said. "Our Baton Rouge-area schools value science and math education, and we're hoping to plant the seeds of inquiry and discovery with 567 elementary students across the city. mobiles" cars, using everyday materials like straws, lifesavers, paper, tape and paper clips. To move the puff mobiles, students must simulate wind by blowing on them. Students will then race their inventions to determine the fastest puff mobile in the school. The schedule for the East Baton Rouge Science in the School Day programs for Wednesday, May 4, is listed below. The asterisks indicate the three schools where Mayor Holden will participate in the program: Progress Elementary, 855 Progress Road (70 students), Westdale Heights Academic Magnet, 2000 College Drive (70 students), Audubon Elementary, 10730 Goodwood Blvd. (79 students), Polk Elementary, 408 East Polk Street (30 students), Scotlandville Elementary, 9147 Elm Garden Drive (73 students), Villa Del Rey Elementary, 9765 Cuyhanga Parkway (100 students), Baton Rouge Center for Visual Arts, 2040 South Acadian (70 students) and University Terrace Elementary, 575 West Roosevelt Street (75 students). To date, the Science in the School Day program has visited more than 50 cities across the nation, and has reached more than 14,000 kids. For more information, visit the CUSP website at http://cusponline.org/scienceintheschool.html. NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Saints have announced the dates and kickoff times for their entire 2011 preseason. In Week 1 of the NFL preseason slate, the Saints will host the San Francisco 49ers at the Louisiana Superdome on Friday, August 12 at 7 p.m. CT. Former NFC West rivals from 1970-2001, New Orleans and San Francisco have played 71 times in the regular season, but this will be only their third preseason matchup. The contest will be the debut of 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was hired shortly after the conclusion of the 2010 regular season. The game will serve as a re-match of the Saints' lastsecond 25-22 win against the 49ers in Week 2 of the 2010 regular season when Saints kicker Garrett Hartley converted a 37yard field goal with no time left on the clock to help the Saints improve to 2-0. New Orleans will travel to face the Houston Texans on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. CT. The Saints and Texans have played each other every preseason since 2008, with the Saints owning a 2-1 record in those contests. New Orleans is also scheduled to host Houston in the regular season on September 25 in the Louisiana Superdome. New Orleans Saints Announce Pre-Season Dates and Times In Week 3, the Saints will travel to the West Coast where they will face the Oakland Raiders, led by first-year Head Coach Hue Jackson, on Sunday, August 28 at 7 p.m. CT in a contest televised nationally by NBC. When the Saints defeated the Raiders 45-7 in their last preseason meeting on August 29, 2009, they set franchise records for most points and largest margin of victory in a preseason game. The Saints will close out the preseason at the Superdome against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m. CT. With 27 previous meetings, the Houston Oilers/Titans franchise are New Orleans' most common preseason opponent. Mike Munchak will be the third first-year head coach the Saints will face in the preseason. The two teams met last season in Nashville, which also marked the final week of the NFL preseason, with the Titans capturing the finale, 27-24. In the regular season, the Saints are also scheduled to travel to LP Field in Nashville on December 11. The finale will be the final tune-up before the Saints open the NFL's regular season a week later on Thursday, September 8 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden "We hope this experience will encourage our students to consider a career in math or science, and perhaps one day aspire to become engineers," the Mayor added. This will be the third time that CUSP has held a Science in the School Day in East Baton Rouge Parish at Mayor Holden's request. Both previ- CorreCtioN CORRECTION FOR WRONG PICTURE : BATON ROUGE, LA � Dr. James L. Llorens was selected as the next chancellor of the Southern University at Baton Rouge Campus; however, the picture in the May 5, 2011 edition had Charles F. Bolden, Jr., who was the commencement speaker for Southern University Spring graduation. ous events occurred in 2008 and included schools from all four schools districts in the parish. In all, the three local events will have reached more than 2,000 elementary school students, including the programs scheduled for Wednesday. The program features hands-on projects designed to teach engineering principles, like the construction of a dome using gumballs and toothpicks. Another project, borrowed from the popular children's television show "Zoom," involves the construction of wind-powered "puff firstname.lastname@example.org eMAiL YouR neWs ARtiCLes to Q106.5 With Major Reginald Brown every sunday at 5:00 p.m. Listen to MAJoR toPiCs on NFL from page 2 continue on to do great things," Glaude said. Glaude said she was surprised to discover all of the opportunities YCP had to offer once she started the program and wants to join the LANG one day. "I know I made a good decision to come here," she said. At the ceremony commemorating 100,000 graduates nationwide held at Camp Minden in Minden earlier this year, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu said YCP was created to help meet the needs of our society's youth. The National Guard took that need and turned it into opportunity. "There was a gap in filling the needs of our young people, and the National Guard stepped in to help," said Landrieu. "That's what the National Guard does; they see a need and they stand in the gap when no one else will." For more information regarding Youth ChalleNGe Program, please call (800) 226-7543 or visit www.ngycp.org. RIB & CHICKEN BAR -B-CUE (BAD TO THE BONE) BEST DAIQUIRIS IN TOWN. COLDEST BEER WED & THURS HOT WINGS $.35 cents each DINE IN ONLY 4:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M. SUMMER HOURS: MONDAY & TUESDAY 11:00 A.M. TO 9:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY 11:00 A.M. TO 10:00 P.M. SPECIAL ONLY BRING AD IN FOR DISCOUNT OFF LUNCH OR PO BOY. 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(225) 356-1558 Commentary Thursday, May 12, 2011 � The Weekly Press � Page 4 The Way I See IT to 9:50 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Last week Chrison Saturday. Anyone tian Bible College held interested in contacting its 9th Annual Christian the college in person Conference. The theme can do so by coming by of the conference was on Tuesdays or Satur"Building Tomorrow's day at 720 South Blvd., Leaders Today." The Baton Rouge 70802. conference included Instructors insinging, preaching, clude the following William and classes all about well known preachJones uplifting the word of ers, teachers and lecGod. turers here in the Baton Christian Bible College is a Rouge area are: Dr. Henry L. college that teaches directly from Goines, Dr. Bill Rogers, Dr. A. W. the Holy Bible. It teaches sound Azoney, Dr. Larry Hood, Apostle doctrine. The college is designed Leroy Banks, Dr. Thomas Bessix, to teach all Protestant religious Dr. Ronald Sutton, Evangelist denominations. It teaches gen- Emma Wells doctoral student, Dr. eral educational Bible studies MacHenry Wallace, Rev. Alvin including theology degree, as- Johnson, doctoral student, and sociate degree, bachelor degree, Dr. Jasper Roper who serves as master degree and doctorate President of the college. degree program. Classes are If you desire to enhance held every Tuesday and Satur- your faith knowledge in the day except holidays or as oth- Lord and Savior Jesus Christ erwise specified. Class hours pay it a visit. are Tuesday's from 6:00 p.m. That Is The Way I See It. By WilliaM jones Christian Bible College 9th Annual Conference By GeorGe e. curry NNPA Columnist Donald Trump is a Celebrity Racist nothing to do with his defeat as a victory race. But how come and bragged that he she had such a tiny was not required to "acpiece of the vote? And cept persons on welfare you know, it's a very as tenants unless they sad thing," Trump qualified as any other said. "I have a great tenant." relationship with the Three years later, Blacks. I've always the Justice Department had a great relationhauled Trump back into George ship with the Blacks. court for violating the But unfortunately, it settlement by telling E. Curry seems that, you know, the Blacks they had the numbers you cite no vacancies when, in are very, very frightening num- fact, there were openings. bers." After a group of four AfriThe Blacks? Who uses that can-Americans and one Latino, kind of language? And Trump aged 14 to 16 years old, were didn't just say it once � he said arrested in 1989 for allegedly it twice. raping a White female jogger Well, let's see how Trump in Central Park, Trump took treated the Blacks that he claims out a full-page ad in the New to have such a great relationship York Times calling for the death with. penalty. That would have been a In 1973, the United States terrible mistake � all five teenagJustice Department sued Trump ers were later exonerated. Management Corp. for violating John R. O'Donnell, forthe Fair Housing Act by refusing mer president of Trump Plaza to rent to some potential tenants Hotel & Casino, cited racist and because of their "race or color." anti-Semitic remarks made by Trump, who had taken over as his former boss. In his book, president of the family busi- Trumped, the former company ness by then, reacted in typical official said Trump disparaged Donald Trump fashion � he sued a Black accountant at Trump the government for $100 million, Plaza by asserting "laziness is claiming the family business had a trait in blacks." According to been defamed. The judge dis- O'Donnell's book, Trump also missed the suit, saying Trump said, "Black guys counting my and his lawyer, Roy Cohn, for- money! I hate it. The only kind mer chief counsel to Senator Jo- of people I want counting my seph McCarthy, were "wasting money are short guys that wear time and paper." yarmulkes every day." Trump signed a settlement In an interview with Playrequiring that vacancies in the boy magazine in 1999, Trump 15,000 apartment complex, tried to dismiss O'Donnell as a which was approximately 95 loser, but acknowledged, "The percent White, must first be stuff O'Donnell wrote about me offered to people of color. He is probably true." agreed not to engage in further Evidently not content steracial discrimination. In a pre- reotyping of Blacks and Jews cursor of what was to come after who worked for him, Trump was Obama released his long-form inclined to reduce the president birth certificate, Trump described to being a Black athlete. MaThIS' MInd Ex-Offender Discrimination By juDGe GreG MatHis NNPA Columnist When pundits discuss America's still too high unemployment rate, they usually tell stories of individuals with impressive work histories and college degrees who are having a hard time finding a job after being downsized. Or, they relate tales of former manufacturing employees lost in our new, more tech-driven economy. Rarely does anyone share the plight of the more than 65 million Americans with some sort of criminal past who have a hard time finding work. We need to talk about this population more often and come up with solutions to help them secure employment. The reality is that more and more people with criminal histories are trying to enter the work force but failed background checks keep thousands of people from getting hired, some for offenses that are decades old and as minor as disorderly conduct, drinking and having too much fun in the street with friends. Some of those being denied work have never been convicted of a crime, only arrested. Every year, more than 700,000 people are released from state and federal prisons: they all need to find work so that they may support themselves and their families, contribute to their communities and to ensure poverty, frustration and desperation don't force them to return to a life of crime. There are no federal laws that protect individuals with a criminal past from being discriminated against by employers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, however, does suggest that employers take into account the severity of the offense, the amount of time that has passed since the crime was committed and how the crime relates to the position being applied. We need more than EEOC guidelines. There has to be a conscious effort by the business community to weed out practices that discriminate against ex-offenders. Most accept that some with a criminal past will not be able to work in certain sectors; for example, a child predator cannot work with children. But there are countless other positions this individual can hold that won't present a danger to society. Employers also need to understand that, just because someone committed a crime once does not mean they'll do it again. In fact, research shows that the farther back the crime occurred, See ex-offender, on page 7 To Be equal Housing Counseling Budget Cut An Assault on the Middle Class By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist "Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable, and energy efficient housing on fair terms." National Urban League I AM EMPOWERED pledge If there was any doubt that middle and working class Americans are paying more than their fair share in the deficit reduction battles, the budget cuts recently enacted to prevent a government shutdown make it absolutely clear. Everything from Pell grants for college tuition to heating assistance for low income citizens suffered serious cuts. One of the most egregious and unconscionable cuts was the elimination of total 2011 funding -- $88 million � for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) housing counseling initiative. This cut comes in the midst of a housing foreclosure crisis that has hit communities of color especially hard. The current foreclosure crisis will likely result in the greatest loss of wealth for African Americans since Reconstruction. According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Lending, close to 20 percent of African Americans and Latinos may lose their homes by the time this crisis bottoms out. For the past several years, the National Urban League and others on the front lines of this crisis have offered free counseling assistance that has helped countless first time buyers negotiate fair terms, and thousands of others, modify their loans, avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. Housing counselors have also helped hundreds of thousands of seniors, many of whom are required to receive counseling before taking out a reverse-mortgage. Without See budget, on page 7 There is one area in which Donald Trump is no celebrity apprentice � racism. After being exposed as a publicity-loving idiot after he questioned the authenticity of President Obama's birth records, Trump quickly shifted away from the discredited birther attack and began raising wild and unsubstantiated charges about Obama's academic achievement, a record that includes the future president finishing in the top 10 percent of his class at Harvard Law School and being elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Although journalistic lapdogs are willing to parrot Trump's ridiculous and increasingly outlandish charges about President Obama, few have chronicled his racist behavior and comments. Trump may have escaped scrutiny partly because he donated free office space to Jesse Jackson once upon a time and frequently makes the rounds with Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy. In one of the few times he has been confronted about his racism, Trump told TMZ.com, "I am the last person that such a thing should be said about." No, Donald, you should be one of the first. And, I will tell you why. One would never know that Trump ever hung out with African-Americans, judging by his language. In a radio interview with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 in New York, Trump complained about the difficulty Hillary Clinton had winning over Black voters. "You'll hear a political reporter go on and say it had "If you look at what he's doing in Libya, which is a total disaster, nobody even knows what's going on in Libya," Trump asserted. "If you look at what's happening with gasoline prices where he said he has no control over prices, which he does. If he gets on the phone or gets off his basketball court or whatever he is doing at the time." It turns out that while Trump was attacking Obama on Libya, for playing basketball, and raising false charges about Obama's birth certificate, the president was thoroughly engaged in planning a top-secret operation that would lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was Trump who didn't know what was going on. In view of Trump's record, it is difficult to believe him when he says if he could do it all over, he would come back as an African-American. He told Bryant Gumble as part of a two-hour television special on race: "If I was starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated Black because I really do believe they have the actual advantage today." Not as much of the advantage enjoyed by a run-of-the-mill White male who inherited his wealth from his father. By the way, Donald, there is a welleducated African-American in the White House. And, look how you and those of your ilk are treating him. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com You can also follow him atwww. twitter.com/currygeorge. By Dr. BenjaMin.cHavis, jr. NNPA Columnist Black American Economic Progress by the "private sector" and for the establishto the U.S. economy. ment of new and inThe private sector novative businesses is that part of national within our commueconomy made up of nities throughout the private enterprises. It United States. includes the personal Many of our sector (households) national leaders and and corporate seccommentators contor (companies), and tinue to rightly focus Benjamin is responsible for alon the devastating F. Chavis locating most of the impact of Black unresources within an employment even economy according to the Busi- amidst the current economic ness Dictionary definition of recovery in the United States. key economic terms. What is Unemployment further sushappening, therefore, with the tains poverty, hopelessness, Black American private sector high rates of imprisonment, in terms of producing and pro- and self-destruction. But we viding new job opportunities must do more than describe for Black Americans? Too often these problems and social ills we have been too dependent that are derived from both the on economic forces outside our history of racial and economic community to provide economic discrimination against Black upward mobility. There is no Americans. Yet today, we better time than now for the have to be more discerning of expansion of currently African what are the solutions to Black American owned businesses economic progress in America If there was ever the best contemporary time to advance the economic status and condition of the African American community it is now. As of May 2011, the American economy continues to steadily recover and rebound. The stock market in the United States is up and the largest U.S. corporations are reporting record profits. But, the disproportionately high unemployment for Black Americans is still twice the unemployment of White Americans. Black unemployment remains more than 16 percent across America. But, President Barack Obama just announced that during the month of April 2011, there were another 258,000 jobs added by the private sector. In fact, during the last 14 months more than 2 million new jobs have been provided and throughout the world. I believe, more than ever before, with our brother in the White House, Black Americans should be focused with laser intensity on the steps, plans, tactics and strategies to secure a long-lasting sustainable economic development of the Black American community. We cannot afford just to complain about high unemployment. We have to get busy ourselves and make a difference concerning this issue. All of our national organizations, not just a few but all, should be making the economic development of our communities, in addition to education, one of the top priorities for African Americans in 2011. From the NAACP to the National Urban League, from the National Action Network to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, from the National See progress, on page 7 The views expressed in the editiorial columns are not necessarily the veiws of The Weekly Press or its staff. Address all opinions and comments to: Letters to the Editior, P.O. 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Ina NASHVILLE, member became an active TN � Oneof found that children can and will million children each year will learn about prayer and how to Wesley United Church at an experience divorce.passing. early age until her Many of pray if they have significant these will not receivingin the adults in their lives who are She was educated the spiritual guidance necessary willing to teach them. Children public school system attended to help overcome the related who have consistency, support Leland Elementary in Baker and and spiritual guidance in their familial challenges reports McKinley High SchoolRecon- lives will be more likely to overthe current issue of graduating in a LifeWaydid her higher come the challenges related to sider, 1940. Ina publication education at of today's Black divorce. for the leaders Leland College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Churches. 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And maybe you Texas Southern Uni"While you're up, would (Jesus) and her salvaleading turn with me to the book Olive Baptist Church and Glo- versity; UnMeasurablelesson." you up to a Finale Concert. tion," Dr. Furtch said. learned your Praise Festivities kick-off with a from the UniversityFurtch added, of 1st Samuel?" says Dr. E.E. ryland Baptist Church. "And we're looking Dr. of New Or"Local Choir Night" at 7 p.m., Doors will open at 6 p.m. leans; Higher Level Gospel Choir Furtch, who pastors The here in the second "But you know that we Nov. 19, at Living Faith ChrisA "College Day Finale and from McNeese State University; Anointed 6375 Winbourne Workshop"of the book from 9 the University of Louisiana at Church, 3210 Mary chapter will be held have the same type of tian Center, Ann Drive,recording artist a.m. - 4 p.m., onand we in the Monroe Interdenominational in Fort Worth with of 1st Samuel Nov. 20, individuals in those Ave. Gospel his wife, Prophetess Rosetta auditoriumHannahStewart Hall Ensemble; New Beginnings see that of W.W. has relationships. It's the Wess Morgan will be the speDonald Davis-Furtch. is the writer onathe SU campus. The event Multicultural Gospelbut just `Song.' same spirit, Choir cial guest. Morgan of the song,TheChoose toChurch's will featureneed to tell music Lee from Texas different (person's) As "I Anointed Wor"I an array of a A&M University; ship." Other guests willguests from seminars and`It's in the members, along with include somebody, choir rehearsals Strong Tower Gospel Chorale name. In other words, the KingdomFamily Christian Cen- in preparationare athe of folk who from Grambling Statesame type Showers Living from HamLord.' There for lot "College (some people) get the Univermond,in Dallas, stood for the read- Day Finale Concert,"going on in sity and Southeastern Louisiana ter the Gospel Soul Children have some things at 7 p.m., of individual. (They're) just of Newof scripture on the beautiful at their Light Baptist Church, University's Gospel Choir. of Orleans and the Jackson New lives," Dr. Furtch said. attracted to the same type ing morning of Sunday, April 3, 2011, "Do you know anybody who person. It's a spirit. It (such a Dr. Furtch said: "We're going to has some friends (with) things relationship) never worked; it look at the second chapter and going on in their lives? never will work." the first verse. "There is trouble in their "Somebody say, `It's in "Can somebody say, `The way; there is trouble in their the Lord,' " Dr. Furtch said. glory of God' " ("The glory of lives," Dr. Furtch said. "You ever "It's in the Lord," the church God," the people of God re- see folk and they're trying very responded. sponded) "is in this place," Dr. hard to fix the problem that they Taking the church back to Furtch said as those at the pews have? But they're trying to fix the scriptures, Dr. Furtch said: responded, "is in this place." it in their own strength. Have "Y'all know Hannah. Hannah "And FORD PA: Edyou ever tried his credit as was Samuel's mother. Y'all reCHADDS it reads," Dr. Furtch platinum records to fix a problem live concerts, Donald Lawrence mondson`And Hannah prayed, a a music executivethe harder you and the Tri-City Singers' "Finale" said, " Communications, and yourself, and working with member: She went to Shiloh, full-service entertainment pro- artists such as Quincy Jones, Ray concert, thedidn't haveShekinah said, My heart rejoiceth in the tried the worse it got? and she gold-selling any chilmotions mine horn is exalted in the Charles, and Gladys Knight.to Glory Ministry's majesticproblem; Lord, company, will launch "Some of us have tried dren. Hannah had a concerts, a new division,to use for a subject, "We offer them the opportunity and even the legendary Mighty Lord.' I want Adonai Video fix some relationships, haven't Hannah's problem was that she Ministries, a global pay-per- to watch a concert or a special Clouds of Joy in concert. There `It's In the Lord.' " we?" Dr. Furtch said as people couldn't bear any children." view video-on-demand service, feature on their PC or TV at their are also dynamic sermons such "I15, 2010. don't know what you own leisure the pews$9.99. On as "Money Is went to Shiloh and sitting in for only uttered re"She My Friend" and "I November need, but (whatever it is): `It's in the other hand, many music ex- Love You But I Don't Understand sponses of agreement. "In the she began to call on the name of The new firm will offer first place, it was looking for the Lord," Dr. Furtch Evans, Topthe Lord,' " Dr. Furtch said. "This ecutives have been the wrong re- You" by Bishop David G.recalled Christian and gospel conis Hannah's `Song.' And in Luke, ways to increase their said, `This who pastors a 27,000-member lationship. But you revenue from the scriptures. "She began certs, sermons/church services to seek God's face. Philadelby chapter one, verses 46and a as thing's gotta work.' And you put church outside of the She began dynamic preachers, through a result of dwindling record wide-ranging variety That's Jesus' sales. A label can now increase its phiatalk to God herself. She was 55 is Mary's `Song.' of Chris150 percent in it and the other to area. The atalog will expand tian-oriented programming. "The sales by offering videos and it. mother. It's called a magnificat one put zero percent in other monthly as more companies make in Shiloh. She was in the place economic downturn has made visual entertainment through this their products available. (pronounced magnifcot), but she "And I'm hoping you're where the Ark of the Covenant it taxing for people to afford to service." today that maybe you was.Today's top Christianpresgot it from 1st Samuel, chapter getting So she felt that God's entreat their families to a night out Some of the initial titles tertainment companies such as two, verses one through 10. shouldn't have gotten in it ence was there. on the town," says founder Al that viewers can watch include Abundant Harvest Entertain"She understood that `it's Grammy-winner Smokie Norful's ment, Rosyl Productions, Emtro in the first place," Dr. Furtch "You've got to know that Edmonson, who has 27 gold and SU InterdenominationalStandChoir set for of is `in the Whatever You Gospel in Need "Finale" Concert Lord,' Dr. E.E. Furtch tells God's People Edmondson Communications Launch Adonai Video Ministries New Firm Will Bring Church To The Living Room With Christian/ Gospel Concerts, And Sermons 24 Hours A Day! The workshop is free and open to all college students and the public. The "Finale Concert" will be held at 4 p.m., Nov. 21, at New Gideon Baptist Church, 2542 when you get in place where Balis Drive. Theaconcert will featureglory is, that's the time of God's the melodious voices to former SU Him," Dr. Furtch said cry out to Interdenominational Gospel Choir members from as "Amen!" was heard from the 1987-2010 and musicians Greg many churchgoers. "When you Jones, Cecil Houston, Michael get to the place where the glory Temple, Alfonso Waters, George of God, the presence of God, is Chesterfield, Willie Richard, Reuthere, you're in the perfect posiben Griffin, Shantran Hawkins tion, the perfect timing for you and Ricky Draper. to begin to pray and callSU DiLawrence Jackson, on the rector of Bands, will also make name of the Lord. a special musical tribute during "Nobody has to come and the concert. you, nobody has to lay hands on All events are free even has pray for you, nobodyand open to the public.that you are there," to recognize Dr. Furtch, filled with and led by the Spirit of God, said. "But if you would just say, `I came in this place and I'm going to call on the name of the Lord. I just want to get in Him.' " Dr. Furtch, explaining what happened with Hannah, said: "She began to cry to Him and it looked kind of weird to Eli, the priest, because he could see Gospel, David G. 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Wed. @ 6:00 PM Bible Study...........................................................................Wed- @ 7:00 PM Radio Broadcast 1st & 3rd Sunday WXOK at 8:00 am Mission Statement: New Hope Baptist Church is a family of baptized believers who worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth, teach the saved to reach the lost and minister to the needs of others, while encouraging one another through acts of love and living in obedience to Gods Word Thursday, March 6, 2008 � The Weekly Press � Page 7 Thursday, May 12, 2011 � The Weekly Press � Page 7 tantRum from page 6 AwArd from page 5 apart. You must continue to hold therefore, humble yourselves Bank,your faith and stay before affordablemighty hands of God, on to including more than under the housing projects in $2.2Lord. But, itLouisiana, the Louisiana and Mississippi. In the million in may be that to that he may exalt you in due time, support 284 housing units 2011 FHLByour cares upon him, time has come when you may "casting all Dallas is offering within the state. More than $10.5 million in AHP grants need to take some quality time for he cares for you,"(1st Peter $1.9yourself and spend grants through its member institufor million in AHP some of 5:6-7). was awarded God. that time with through Whit- tions. Grantfinished having your After you recipients will be ney Bankyour knees before God announced this summer. Get on in 2010 to support tantrum. You may have a stopped and tell him of how you are feel- up nose and swollen eyes and ing inside. And maybe the words mucus running down your lip x ffender from page 4 wont come out exactly as you and dried tears on your face, but wish but you can have a good you'll feel better after emptying the less likely the offender will hurts the individuals in question, weeping, wailing crying falling, yourself of those things which be totantrum that mistake.those it damagesheavy on your heart. out repeat and give all had been America's long-term economic health.We're losing problems to him. Sometimes we go for weeks Current hiring practices are or months workers take matters While you are praying, you millions of trying to and need to locking forget some of the things help our hands and try to solve our might millions out of the work into keep our country moving force. vexed you but God knows forward. that This discrimination not only own problems. We are not super what you are going through. he humans; we can't handle everycan udget which page 4 thing alone. We need God's help. read the pain, from flows through your tears. even though We have to let go of those situhe knows what's troubling you, ations and let God handle them. fundingwants to tell him about who experience themwe they he still support from HUD, there are some things � can't many of these housing coun- can lead to blighted communiit and bring your problems and humanly do anything about. seling programs will be forced ties, an increase in crime, famburdens to him. to close up shop, cut back ser- ily instability; and a weaker vices or charge for previously housing market means fewer free services. And, without jobs in construction and many the support of HUD-certified other housing-related areas. housing counselors,page 4 In a recent Chicago TrihildRen from many more Americans will find bune article, Geoff Smith, sethemselves at the mercy of nior vice president of Woodering all mortgage the citizens of the Chicagocomplexchildren. schemes, stock Institute, a nation must the CDF Action Council, build- demand that our leaders free our unscrupulous mortgage nego- based research and advocacy ing on the best practices in states children from the saying, "One tiators or fraudulent mortgage firm is quoted asfalse ideological and scam learned and political that's come out loanlessons artists.about children of the thingstugs of war among fallingnew study by the Mort- of this (housing) crisis is the A through the bureaucratic those who put excess profits ahead cracks of Medicaid and SChiP, of children's of gage Bankers Association importancelives.counselors, strongly urged Congress homhow well did Congress protect shows that potential to enact the importance of working the All healthy Children Act, children in 2007? to help you eowners who participate in with someoneNot well enough: S. 1564/h.r. education and 276 Members of true cost of pre-purchase 1688, introduced understand the Congress had by representative Bobby Scott good CDF Action Council Concounseling programs may be homeownership." (D-VA) in the pay their mortmore likely tohouse and Senator gressional Scorecard scores of 80 It is clear: the loss of housBernie Sanders and those who percent or higher, will lead to gages on time; (i-Vt) in the Sen- ing counselingand 198 of those ate. the measure would provide had stellar scores of and fewer participate in default counsel- more foreclosures 100 percent. comprehensive likely including But 231 members scored 60 percent ing are more benefitsto have jobs. It is unconscionable that dental and mental health, Ac- or lower--a failing grade from our their loans modified. simpli- funds for housing counseling fied bureaucracy, and Collins, school be eliminated in the cording to J. Michael a national would days. eligibility study families up to Whether Members of Congress one of theplan forresearchers, midst of the current housing 300 percent of the federal poverty are liberal, conservative or mod"To the extent education or crisis. We urge the Congress counseling supports stable to reverse this republican or level. We thank the 62 house co- erate; Democrat, assault on homeownership, the public the middle class and restore sponsors for their support. how- independent, children need all of has an interest inneither a single HUD's vote, lobby,counseling ever, we regret that expanding them to housing speak for and these programs to nor any other funds in theAdults budget. house republican prevent the protect them. 2012 need to listen negative joined themunsuccess- carefully to what candidates say Senator impacts of to push for ful homeownership." coverage for all children. theyMarc H. Morial is the Presiwill do for children and famiForeclosures are not just lies and CEO of are in office, the CDF Action Council strongly dent and, once theythe National asupports long overdue health cov- Urban League. them accountable. financial crisis for families we need to hold erage for everyone in America as Please thank your Members of Consoon as possible--because children gress with scores of 80 percent or rogress from page 4 cannot wait. As SChiP comes up above and let those with scores of again for reauthorization in early 60 percent or below know you are 2009, we hope every National dissatisfied with their performance. Business League to Member of lions of Black Americans. Congress will insist on covering please President Obama Bar Association, and from the AndWhen convey that same mesevery child and Black Caucus sage to each presidential candidate. Congressional pregnant mother recently visited Indianapolis, now Hip-Hop and adequately We must demand manufacturto theby enactingCaucus to the Indiana to a localthat our leaders funding the provisions of the All commit to children as transmisHip-Hop Summit Action Net- ing plant that builds a condition healthy Children Act. of our vote. work, we all have work to do. sion for hybrid buses, he used Specious claims be we could And, we all shouldthatworking that event to emphasize the not find the money--$70 billion Marian Wright Edelman is and together for the economic uplift importance of increasingPresiovermillion Black Americans. expanding America's manufive years--to cover all dent of the Children's Defense Fund of 50 children U.S. Census counted and its Action Council whose Leave The 2010is belied by that amount facturing base through innospent in eleven months for tax cuts No Child Behind� mission de45 million Black Americans, vation and new business is to for the and I know that richest ensure every We a Healthy Start, but youtop one percent ofwe are velopment. childshould not be Americans and in seven Plus, a Head Start, Fair Start, a the always undercounted. months bystanders oraspectators to Safe for the iraq War. We do of our Start and recovery now life and if you add the millionsnot have economica Moral Start in taking a money and sisters who are successful passage to adulthood brothers problem in America: We place in the nation. There are have priorities we are more with scientific caring families Blacka Latinos, and political will manythe help of and engineerdeficit. million for all United and communities. than 50 it is time in the adults to ing geniuses in Black America protect Yet, this is not about States. the health of our children. and we need to encourage our how we just count ourselves best minds and talent to take numerically. This from page 4leadership in the developalk adio is about how we should be empower- ment of new "clean energy" ing ourselves economically. technologies and businesses. all Black American appropri- we forget Obama is right on Thefunny or remotely "private President o'reilly's less-thanate about the use of a lynching informed comments regarding sector" has to be strengthened target when he asserts thata reference about In every state, dinner he technologies with substantially. Michelle obama,'' these newshared last year will he should be building new Sharpton at Sylvia's in harlem? we said. `'it's - i'm speechless.'' produce the new jobs in the As President Bush pointed out o'reilly expressed surprise over businesses and financing those America of the future. Now is so eloquently during the Black how similarSylvia's was ready businesses with more of the the time that we must beto other history Month event, dollars restaurants the challenges and one trillion consumerthe noose to meet bothin New York restaurepresents `'more than a tool of rants. that we spend annually. We the opportunities to make more murder but a tool of intimidation'' `'there wasn't one are the "richest" poor people economic progress. person in to generations of African-Ameriin the world. Black American Sylvia's who was screaming, cans. Nooses not only robbed some spending power needs to be `M-Fer, Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. Dr. i want more iced tea,''' of their lives real Black of their he said. translated into but many Amer- is Senior Advisor to the Black peace of mind. As the for Educational Opican economic power through Alliance Washington Post's rob`'As a civil society, we must inson sadly observed on MSNBC new business and community tions (BAEO) and President of understand that noose displays in February, `'All you can Coreconomic development projects Education Online Services go by that will train and employ mil- poration. and his actions. And and lynching jokes are deeply is his words offensive. they are wrong. And he keeps saying these things that they have no place in America sound pretty darn racist to me.'' today,'' he said. has talk radio learned anything Neither o'reilly nor ingraham from imus' decline and fall? of has been reprimanded by their re- course not, because it didn't take spective employers even though imus too terribly long to get a the Fox News personality did offer new gig. a half-hearted apology. our nation's media outlets At least ingraham didn't drop should not provide a platform for the l-word but her suggestion that racialhostility and hateful speech Sharpton, a former presidential now or in the future. What kind of candidate and respected member of messageare we sending to our chilthe African-American community community for over andyears serving the Baton rouge dren, our nation 30 our world? and beyond, is a petty thief reeks in such an historic election year, of race-baiting and negative ste- we cannot stand aside and allow 6920 Plank road � Baton rouge 70811 � (225)-356-0253 reotyping of African-Americans individuals to use the airwaves Bordelon's pharMacy hours: and black men in particular. as an outlet for insensitive and monday-Friday: 8:30a.m. to 8:00p.m. � But it's hardly the first time ei- misguidedcommentary. if you sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1"00 p.m. thersaturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. �hear something that offends you, has ventured into questionable and offensive territory. how can speak up. e -o B C BATON ROUGE - Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, Associate Pro(NAPSM)-A survey commissioned fessor and Chair of the Graduate by two leading health organizations Nursing Program in out of three found that although two Southern University's School of Nursing African Americans (61 percent) exhas been awarded thedeveloping pressed concern about 2011 Legacy of Caring Nurses Award (40 heart disease and two out of five by the Association of Nurses Workpercent) expressed concern about ing for Our Patients. only about developing Alzheimer's, Hutchinson received the one in 20 are aware that heart health award during the recent annual is linked to brain health. ANWP Banquet and Walking the Alzheimer's Association is Wounded Retreatthe American joining forces with held at the Bishop Robert Tracy Catholic heart Association to educate African Life CenterthatBaton Rouge.their Americans in by managing According to the ANWP, cardiovascular risk, they may also the recipient ofcognitive health. strengthen their the award must demonstrate a "commitment to "What's good for your heart is a person's right to says Jennifer good for your brain," choose; be an advocate for personal health Manly, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Associathrough protecting a person's tion spokesperson. "every healthy right to self-dignity, choice, auheartbeat pumps about one-fifth of tonomy and your brainrespect on your blood to control; to carry of individualism; andthinking, probthe daily processes of evolving the human race and remembering." lem solving through the forward progression of healthcare." of "By the year 2030, the number "I am humbled to receive African Americans age 65 or older is this award," said Hutchinson. expected to more than double to 6.9 "For mesaid emil Matarese, M.D., million," the award represents recognition by my colleagues American heart Association spokesas having been a Alzheimer's is person. "Although caring advocatepart of normal aging, age is the not for nursing students and patients." factor for Alzheimer's greatest risk " The is important that Afdisease. So it award symbolizes my belief that individuals have rican Americans take steps now to a right totheir risk of heart choices decrease make informed disease, to improve their healthcare and which research has shown could that nurses must alwayscognitive also decrease the risk of work to decline." SU's Sharon Hutchinson Receives LegacyForCaring Award What's Good For Your Heart Is Good of Your Brain Did You Know? � Compared to the general public, African Americans have a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and vascular dementia. � More than 40 percent of African Americans have high blood pressure (hBP) and are at risk for stroke, which can lead to greater risk for developing Alzheimer's or other vascular cognitive dementias. � every year, more than 100,000 African Americans have a stroke. � having high cholesterol increases the risk for stroke and may increase the risk for Alzheimer's. Manage Your Risks � Watch the numbers. remember that desirable blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmhg. Keep your body weight in the recommended range and make sure that the total cholesterol is less than 200mg/dL. � healthy lifestyle choices include staying mentally and physically active, staying socially involved, reducing your intake of fat and cholesterol Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Nursing Program in Southern University's and not smoking. School of Nursing. Visit www.alz.org/heartbrain or call the American Stroke Associarespect the cultural individualism Nursing from the LSU Medical tion, a division of the American heart Nurse Educator. of those for whom we provide Center (now known as the LSU Association, at (888) 478-7653 or For more information, care," she said. Health Sciences Center) and her the Alzheimer's Association at Pratt please contact Edward (800) Hutchinson earned her Ph.D from the University of New 272-3900 and you'll receive a broor LaKeeshia D. Giddens Bachelor 's and Master 's in and brain health, which means impaired chure with heart and brain health Orleans. She is also a Certified 225.771.4545. Research shows a link between heart information and a free pedometer, heart function could lead to impaired brain function. while supplies last. HEALTH health VA to Take Be At Risk? for New Caregiver Program Applications Could You (NAPSi)-here's an alert worth paying attention to: According to NEW ORLEANS Association the American Diabetes -- Tuesday, staff at the Department of Veter(ADA), learning your risk for type 2 ans Affairs published the interim diabetes could save your life. final rule for a serious disease that Diabetes is implementing the Caregivers and21 million children strikes nearly Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. named and adults in the U.S. it is This new because provide the "silent killer"rule will one-third additional support to eligiblethan 6 of those with the disease--more postmillion--do not know they receive 9/11 Veterans who elect tohave it. For many, home setting from their care in adiagnosis may come seven to 10 years after the onset a primary Family Caregiver. of type 2This is a great step in prodiabetes. early diagnosis is critical for the well-being of and viding for successful treatmentour can delay or I encourage of the Veterans andprevent some every complications such as heart diseases, Family Caregiver to apply for blindness, kidney disease, stroke and this service," said Jimmy Muramputation. phy, acting director for Southeast that's one reason the ADA holds Louisiana Veterans Health Care the American Diabetes Alert� Day, System. wake-up call to inform the a one-day The new about the builds American public programseriouson the foundation of Caregiver support now provided at VA and New program enhances VA services for Family Caregivers ness of diabetes, particularly when it is left undiagnosed and untreated. reflects is held on the fourth tuesday the day what families and clinicians have long known; Family of every March. Caregivers in people are encouron that day, a home environmentto take the Diabetes risk test, aged can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA either with paper and pencil or online. care. test requires users to answer the risk Additional services for seven simple questions about age, primary Family Caregivers of weight, lifestyle and family history-all potential risk factors for diabetes. eligible post-9/11 Veterans and People scoring 10 points or stipend, servicemembers include amore are at a high risk for type 2 diabetes and mental health services, and access are encouraged insurance, health to health care to talk with aif they care professional. are not already entitled to care or An estimated 54 million Ameriservices under a health care cans Comprehensive Caregiver plan.have pre-diabetes. those with pre-diabetes have blood glucose levtraining and medical support are els higher than normal but not high other key components of this proenough to be diagnosed with type gram. 2 diabetes. Veterans and via Family early interventiontheirlifestyle Caregivers can apply for lossnew changes such as weight the and services starting May 9 at HYPERLINK "http://www.caregiver. increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 va.gov"www.caregiver.va.gov. diabetes. Wendy Rachel, Southeast LouisiAmong the primary risk factors ana Veterans Health Care System's for type 2 diabetes are being overcaregiver support coordinator is weight, sedentary, over the age of also available to assist with of 45 and having a family historythe application process and direct Vetdiabetes. African Americans, Latinos, erans and their Asians and Pacific Native Americans,Family Caregivers to more at an increased risk, as islanders arethan two dozen other are women who have babies weighing programs that VA offers Family more than 9 pounds at birth. Caregivers for support. the"Caregivers provide aavailDiabetes risk test is valuable service for Veterans and are partners with VA in providing excellent health care. My goal P Have You Been Screened? Email Your NEws articlEs to able in english and Spanish by calling the ADA at 1-800-DiABeteS is to expand Caregiver at www. (1-800-342-2383) or online support locally and to provide informadiabetes.org/alert. tion to Veterans and caregivers though the Alert is a one-day on to action, awareness services," callVA and communityabout type Rachel said. 2 diabetes is important anytime of the year, soAssistance and informafree Diabetes risk tests are tion on online and by calling ADA available additional resources are also available all year long. to family caregivers A free VA's National Caregiver throughDiabetes risk test is available all yearLine,to determine the risk Support long 1-877-222-VETS for developing typeand caregivers (8387). 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Michael l. OwenS 241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment NEW ORLEANS � Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard's 769th Engineer Battalion are constructing sand-filled basket barriers in Morgan City, beginning May 9, as a precautionary measure to the rising Mississippi River. Approximately 15 Guardsmen, assigned to the 927th and 928th Sapper Engineer Companies, are conducting the mission of adding three feet of protection to a levee using HESCO baskets to help protect residential areas near Lake Palourde from flooding that could occur if the Mor- ganza Spillway is opened later this week. "Flood waters may top the levee, so we are adding three more feet to the top of the levee in an attempt to keep water out of this residential neighborhood," said Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Samson, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the mission. As of Tuesday afternoon, these Guardsmen had constructed approximately 650 yards of HESCO and approximately 60 percent of them are filled with sand. 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Photo by James Terry III photojournalist Girl Scouts Partner with Experts on Bullying to Educate Parents, Professionals at June 4 Seminar NEW ORLEANS -- News stories of teenagers committing suicide because of unrelenting episodes of bullying are becoming all too frequent as parents struggle with the fear their child could be a victim of this growing problem. While face-to-face confrontation used to be the norm, bullies now hide behind technology posting vicious attacks on social media sites and through texting. Children frequently live in silent fear, afraid of retaliation by their tormentors if they seek help from adults. Girl Scouts Louisiana East is partnering with experts on bullying to present a one-day seminar for parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals to learn more about this devastating epidemic among today's youth. Funded in part by the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund, the Girl Bullying � Awareness to Action seminar is being held Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the New Orleans Marriott Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Boulevard. "By partnering with leading experts on relational aggression (female bullying) and cyberbullying, we are using our voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of bullying and its effect on our children, particularly girls," said Yvette Hairston, vice president of membership for Girl Scouts Louisiana East. "We are encouraging all adults, including our Girl Scout parents, to learn more about how to recognize the warning signs of a child being bullied, as well as, the tools and resources available to address this issue." Breakout sessions throughout the seminar are facilitated by experts in family therapy, psychology, law enforcement, and other areas in the field of bully prevention. Keynote speaker, Dr. Allan L. Beane, internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author of The Bully Free Program, will focus on the nature of bullying, the rationale for preventing it, and the warning signs. Registration is required with a pre-registration fee of $25 per person or $35 for onsite registration. Visit the Girl Scout website at www.gsle. org to register for the seminar and for a schedule of activities. For more information, contact Yvette Hairston at 504-733-8220, ext. 2238 or gsconference@gsle. org. www.theweeklypress.com VISIT US ONLINE @ BATON ROUGE, LA - Paul Pastorek announced he will be stepping down as State Superintendent of Education later this week. After more than four years, Pastorek will be leaving the appointed post to become Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary for EADS North America, the North American subsidiary of the world's second largest aerospace and defense company. While the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has not made an appointment, BESE President Penny Dastugue stated the intention of the Board is to select a replacement promptly - an individual who can ensure Louisiana remains focused on implementing critical and proven reforms. Dastugue's commitment to reform was echoed by Governor Bobby Jindal. Governor Bobby Jindal said, "Paul has been a bold reformer who has never wavered in his support for doing what's best for Louisiana's kids. Because of Paul's passion and vision for improving education in Louisiana, we've made historic gains in academic achievement, increasing the graduation rate and reducing the dropout rate. But as Paul is quick to point out, our work won't be complete until every school in Louisiana is a high-performing school, every student in our state is at grade-level or better, and every high school student graduates with the ability to thrive in their college and career pursuits. We wish Paul well, and because of his leadership, we are well-positioned to build upon his success to provide our kids with the world-class education they deserve." In Louisiana, the position of state superintendent is appointed by a two-thirds vote of BESE. State law allows BESE to extend the employment contract of the state superintendent through the term of its elected and appointed members, which will end January 9, 2012 for the current Board. In fact, Pastorek's initial appointment was for a ten-month period, following the death of Cecil Picard. However, Pastorek, who served as a member of BESE from 1996-2004, including three years as President Paul Pastorek Announces Departure from Role as State Superintendent of the Board, was re-appointed State Superintendent in January 2008 when a new BESE took office. In her remarks, Dastugue expressed gratitude for Pastorek's service to children. "Pastorek's tenure as State Superintendent was marked with urgency from the beginning, as federal, state, and local officials worked aggressively to rebuild the infrastructure of communities destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August 2005. His aggressive approach, experience as a litigator, and ability to get things done became a hallmark in our fight to secure funding and manpower for the restoration and rebuilding of more than 200 schools across the state that were severely damaged or completely destroyed by the storms. His appointment also came on the heels of legislation and subsequent BESE decisions that resulted in the transfer of 100 New Orleans schools to the jurisdiction of the Recovery School District in 2004 and 2005," Dastugue said. "When I was called on by Governor Blanco, Senator Landrieu, and BESE, I was an unlikely candidate," Pastorek said. "But, we were in the midst of transforming K-12 public education. Louisiana needed a reform-minded leader, the City of New Orleans was in desperate circumstances, and the fledgling Recovery School District was teetering on the edge. We were warned it couldn't be done, but committed to try. With Governor Blanco and Senator Landrieu's support, Paul Vallas was hired to come to New Orleans. Paul Vallas stemmed the confusion and lack of coherence and immediately began to increase academic achievement growth at an unparalleled pace. In 2007, I never intended to stay beyond the initial ten-month time frame. Now, four years later, I can't imagine any other path. But for everyone there is a time and place when it comes to an end, and this is my time and place. While it's very difficult for me to leave, it's the right thing for me and my family. I will miss working daily for the children of Louisiana. But now it is someone else's turn to take it to the next level." During Pastorek's tenure and Bobby Jindal's term as Governor, Louisiana has passed some of the nation's most aggressive legislative policies, including: � Act 54, which became law in 2010. The new statute, which will be fully implemented in the 2012-2013 school year, requires educators to be formally evaluated every year and evaluations for all educators to be based in part (50 percent) on the growth students make during the school year; � The removal of the state's cap on the number of charter schools that can operate in Louisiana. Currently, there are 90 charter schools operating statewide, and 11 more are scheduled to open next school year. This represents a significant increase from 2008, when 65 charter schools were operating statewide; � The Red Tape Reduction Act, which allows school districts to waive policies, statutes and other regulations, allowing for a more productive classroom environment and increased academic achievement; � A law that required BESE to establish a letter grade policy for schools. The statute and companion policy adopted by BESE will take effect in October 2011 and for the first time attribute a letter grade to the performance of each school, in much the same way that students get a letter grade. This new grading system will replace the current star rating system. Likewise, Pastorek, who has consistently called for data-driven decision-making, has garnered an impressive report card of his own. "I want to encourage every adult who is associated with this work on behalf of school age children - to keep up the effort. In the inimitable and immortal words of Winston Churchill during those dark days when Britain was being bombed, `Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'"