Volume 121 No. 38
APRIL 27, 2013 - MAY 3, 2013
D.C. Officer’s Stepson Charged with Killing Him The Associated Press Police in Maryland said Tuesday that a 27-year-old man accused in the fatal shooting of his stepfather, a District of Columbia police detective, has surrendered to authorities. Prince George’s County police said Tuesday evening that Antwan James surrendered and was being held at police Slain D.C. police Newell’s stepson, headquarters. He is accused of killing 46-year- Detective Joseph Antwan James, old D.C. police Detective Joseph Newell on Newell who was arrested Monday night following a dispute over yard for the murder work at their home in Upper Marlboro, Md. Authorities say the entire incident was captured by surveillance cameras at the home. Police said James, a former District of Columbia firefighter, was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder. Authorities had been searching for him after they said he ran away after the shooting. Before the shooting, Newell had asked James to help him with some yard work, and James refused, Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis told a news conference. As Newell stood on a stepladder outside his garage while screwing in a light bulb, James approached him from behind and shot him in the back, Davis said. He fell to the driveway, and James stood over Newell and fired several shots, Davis said. Continued on A3
Washington View Bonds Beats Back Critics
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Obama, Patrick and Holder Dazzle as Crisis Unfolds
Gen. Lloyd Austin(left) and Col. Donald West pinning the stars on the newly promoted Maj. Gen. Nadja West.
Army General Receives Second Star By Frank J. Phillips Special to the AFRO
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Anita Bonds, a political insider and former aide to Marion Barry who was selected in December to temporarily fill a vacancy on the District of Columbia Council, was victorious in her bid on April 23 to hold onto the seat. Bonds (D-At Large) won out over five other candidates—three Democrats, a Republican and a Statehood Green Party candidate. At a victory party April 23 at the Channel Inn at the waterfront in Southwest Washington, Bonds’
Anita Bonds and well-wishers
“We care about the city. We care about where we live. We care about how we live and we care about how we want to live in the future.”
Nadja Y. West, who serves as deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Army Medical Command, has become the Army’s first African American active duty woman officer to be promoted to two-star general.
West was honored at a promotional ceremony held April 19 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, establishing her place in military history. In front of about 200 guests, including several military dignitaries and her family, Maj. Gen. West was pinned on the left
closest supporters gathered to celebrate her win. Among the revelers were Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who danced with other supporters. Bonds, 68, chairman of the District of Columbia State Committee, which selected her to fill the vacant seat, works as an executive for a D.C. contractor. At the victory party, she pledged to represent the entire city, though she struggled to create a coalition that included all of its wards during her campaign. Most of the people who voted for her were African Americans. Her victory in the diverse field demonstrated the continuing voting power of Blacks in the city, political watchers said. “We care about the city,” Bonds said to supporters at the celebration. “We care about where we live. We care about how we live and we care Continued on A3 side of her shoulder board by Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander, U.S. Central Command, and on her right by her husband, Col. Donald West, commander, Northern Regional Medical Command, as military tradition dictates. “Part of the history that marks the walls of this memorial were written by
42 Snubs Role of AFRO’s Sam Lacy in Breaking Baseball Color Barrier
Bonds victory speech
people like Nadja,” Austin told the audience. “I knew she would reach this rank and this promotion validates her potential to serve.” The promotion was the latest milestone in a storied journey that Maj. Gen. West started as a child in Germany five decades ago. She came into the world a
mischlingskinder or “brown baby”—one of many children borne of liaisons between African American servicemen and German women. Orphaned as a baby, she was adopted at nine months by Oscar and Mabel Grammer. Oscar Grammer worked as a chief warrant officer in the Continued on A4
Twelve HBCUs Mobilize for Campus Sexual Assault Awareness
By Moses J. Newson Special to the AFRO
By Zachary Lester AFRO Staff Writer
The hit movie 42 talks plenty about Jackie Robinson, baseball’s color barrier and fair play but snubs AfroAmerican Newspapers’ legendary sports editor Sam Lacy, who played a key role in the baseball integration saga. Included among those who believe Lacy, a leader in the media push in the 1940s to integrate baseball was
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Students from 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) came together April 24, wearing jeans and a ‘Denim Day at HBCUs’ t-shirt as a visible sign to support ending sexual violence on college campuses.
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