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CBC Issues Offers Budget Plan BY MAYA RHODAN NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Congressional Black Caucus opposes a proposed House Republican budget for fiscal 2014 and instead offered an alternative budget that it said is faired to the voters the CBC represents. Referring to the Republican plan CBC Chair Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement, “It claims to put communities first. But instead prioritizes tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy over funding for the programs that many Americans rely on, such as Medicare and Medicaid, Pell grants, job training initiatives and much needed investments in transportation and

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infrastructure.� Under the House Budget plan, the deficit would be reduced by $4.6 trillion over 10 years, with $1.8 trillion of the reduction coming from the repeal of President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The GOP budget also proposes reforming Medicaid and food stamp programs by shifting most of that care to the states. Even if it passes the Republicandominated House, it is expected to stall in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The CBC’s alternative budget, subtitled “Pro Growth, Pro People, Pro America,� was submitted just days after the Republican– controlled House Budget Committee released their budget last week.

Not surprisingly, the GOP budget plan also falls in line with most Republicans pledging not raise taxes by calling for a reduction in the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, as well as lowering the top income tax rate to 25 percent. Instead of increasing revenue through taxes, the GOP budget proposal calls for a major reduction in federal funding to departments and projects they deem wasteful. Taking the opposite approach, the CBC drafted a plan it says can too reduce the deficit without cutting funds to areas that will help reduce poverty and preserve jobs. “We believe investing in eduSee BUDGET PLAN, on page 3

The Congressional Black Caucus opposes a proposed House Republican budget for fiscal 2014 and instead offered an alternative budget that it said is faired to the voters the CBC represents.

ATC Turning in 20 State Vehicles, 15 2013 MS Walk to be Positions and $1.4 Million Dollars Held in Baton Rouge

BY MIKE HASTEN BATON ROUGE — A ruling issued Monday that the Jindal administration’s teacher tenure legislation adopted last year is unconstitutional could be used to challenge another education law that has been ruled unconstitutional. Steve Monaghan, president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, which challenged the constitutionality of Act 1, said teachers across the state celebrated Baton Rouge Judge Michael Caldwell’s decision Monday throwing out the legislation because it violates a provision in the state Constitution that bills can have only one object. The federation will defend that ruling against the administration’s planned appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court, he said. He also said the ruling could help the organization’s contention that Act 2, a school voucher bill that has been ruled unconstitutional for other reasons, also has multiple objects that make it unconstitutional. Act 2 established a statewide voucher system and a method for creating numerous charter schools and a system to allow private or public education providers to offer courses for credit. “When the bill was filed, we knew it was unconstitutional. It’s very affirming to have that expressed from the bench,� Monaghan said, but he recognizes how Caldwell’s ruling, “affects the interpretation at the highest court See VOUCHER, on page 2

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BATON ROUGE, LA “Doing more with less� is not just words at the State Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control; it’s a reality. ATC is turning in 20 of its State owned vehicles (40% of fleet), giving up 15 positions (21% of

workforce), and will run a $1.4 million dollar surplus (1/4 of state budget) this fiscal year. These reductions are a result of the implementation of numerous efficiencies and cost saving mechanisms, such as performance based minimum

work standards for employees, new computer technologies, GPS devices, cutting positions, not filling vacancies, and focusing on private sector style business practices aimed at

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Visiting at a golf benefit for CASA are, from left, Capital Area CASA Board Chairwoman Michelle St. Martin, Lisa Smith, Robert Lacinak of Terracon, and Capital Area CASA Executive Director Liz Betz.

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Landmark Gun Bills Signed in Colorado DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms and signaled a change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from gun control debate in Colorado - a state with a moderate streak and pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance. Hickenlooper’s signature of the bills comes exactly eight months after dozens of people were shot in a movie theater in suburban Denver, the day after the executive director of the state’s Corrections Department was shot and killed at his home. Police were searching for the person who killed Tom Clements, and trying to figure out

if the attack was related to his job. The bills require background checks for private and online gun sales and ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. Hickenlooper was surrounded by lawmakers who sponsored the bills at the signing ceremony. Before signing the first bill, which requires purchasers to pay fees for background checks, he looked around with a solemn look on his face and then began signing it. Every time he signed a bill, applause erupted from lawmakers and their guests,

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clude information and referral services, self-help groups, financial aid, equipment assistance, wellness programs, education programs, youth programs, national teleconferences on research and treatment, caregiver relief, a lending library and professional counseling. Other fundraising events include Bike MS and Renaissance Party.

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Golf Benefit Supports for CASA BATON ROUGE, LA – The second annual Terracon Golf Benefit for Capital Area CASA Association was held Monday, March 11 at University Club Golf Course in Baton Rouge. The four-person scramble raised approximately $9,000 to support CASA’s advocacy work on behalf of abused and neglected children in East Baton Rouge Parish. Forty-eight additional sponsors took part in the event, which attracted 80 golfers. Firms participating included contractors, engineering firms, companies associated with solid waste and analytical testing laboratory services. The event was a fun-

Since it’s founding in 1946, the National MS Society has been the leader in the fight against MS. The National MS Society supports more MS research, offers more services for people with MS, provides more professional educational programs, and furthers more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Louisiana office is one of a 50-state network of chapters and branches that represent the Society. The office is headquartered in Metairie and we serve the entire state. We provide local programs and services to more than 4,000 Louisianans affected by MS. Programs provided in-

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Hinton Battle’s Love Lies, the musical “dramedy� about three women who arrive at a funeral, only to discover they were all engaged to the same dead man, kicks off a national tour schedule on April 2-7 in Washington, D.C...See Page 6

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BREC: CAMP FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS Recently, the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, in collaboration with the Agricultural Research and Extension Center, hosted a workshop for 30 High School counselors to encourage student enroll in the food and agricultural sciences at Southern....See Page 3

This summer, BREC will offer Camp Sunshine for children and adults with disabilities from June 3-July 26 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The fee is $85 per week and extended hours are available from 7-8 a.m. and 5-6 p.m...See Page 2

WELLS FARGO TO LEND $55 BILLION

Wells Fargo & Company, America’s No. 1 small business lender to women- and diverse-owned businesses, announced a commitment to lend a cumulative total of $55 billion to women-owned businesses in the U.S....See Page 5

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The Healthy Corner Store program is one of five projects partially funded through the Fresh Beginnings food access and fitness education grant project, developed through MayorPresident Kip Holden’s Healthy City Initiative...See Page 7

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Mu Sigma’s Expressions of Opal Beauties by Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority BATON ROUGE, LA - Mu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated celebrated eighteen years of introducing young women to the Baton Rouge community on Saturday, recently at Stage One. “Mu Sigma’s Expressions of Opal Beauties� was the theme of this year’s debutante cotillion as five young ladies were presented during the gala affair. Sorority member and Chaplain Tia Sibley delivered the invocation followed by the welcome from Sorority President Deborah Daniels. Sorority member Melissa Chavis served as the Mistresses of Ceremonies along with Master of Ceremonies, Darryl Charles. They were introduced by sorority member, Rochelle Howard. The official presentation was kicked off by the final promenade of 2012 Cotillion Queen Ronnice’ Danielle Washington. This was followed by the traditional Cotillion Grand March performed by the parents of the debutantes and the debutantes’ escorts to the accompaniment of the Leroy Pero Band. As the 2013 debutantes were presented, Chavis and Charles invited the audience to

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view the unfolding of five rare and esteemed beauties. The debutantes were spotlighted as a representation of the unique qualities of the many varieties and colors of opals. Their academic and social accomplishments were accentuated as positive indicators of the future growth of five precious young ladies. Carrying a bouquet of royal blue and gold roses, accentuated with gold and royal blue ribbons, the debutantes were escorted by their fathers or a significant male figure in their lives. Introduced was Queen Da’Jiaron Rochelle Houston, daughter of Jacqueline and Roland Houston, III and her father presented her. First Princess Ty’Nisha La’Sha Lodge, daugther of Tonya Lands and Frank Lodge, was presented by her grandfather, Samuel Lands. Second Princess Nyla Thomas Hall, daughter of Kim and Byron Hall, Sr., was presented by her father. Debutante Chelsea Mariah Maple, daughter of Charlotte and Dwayne Maple, Sr., was presented by her father. Debutante De’Leon Domineek Williams, daughter of Jacqueline and Rev. Anthony Burton, was presented by her father. Debutante escorts for the evening were Roland Houston, IV, Bobby Duncan, Jr., Byron Dwayne Hall, Jr., Dwayne Maple, Jr., and Breon Williams. Washington crowned

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(left to right) Queen Da’Jiaron Houston in front. Second Row - De’leaon Domineek Williams, First Princess Ty’Nisha La’Sha Lodge, Second Princess Nyla Thomas Hall and Chelsea Mariah Maple.

(left to right) front row - President Deborah Daniels, Aislinn Herrera, Deirdre Harris Stepter, Rochelle Howard. Second row - Charis Carey and Jacqueline Hunt.

Houston who was also presented a rhinestone scepter and a dozen yellow tea roses, the sorority’s official flower. During the Queen’s promenade, Houston greeted cotillion guests and her royal subjects. Roland Houston, III serenaded his daugther and her court with a special song in his daugther’s honor. Daniels and Deirdre Har-

ris Stepter, First Vice-President, recognized sorority members who had provided extraordinary assistance to the success of the debutante cotillion. Special awards were presented to Tobrina Jackson, Susan Washington, Tynette Hawkins, April Parkman and Heather Lewis.

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EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH – This summer, BREC will offer Camp Sunshine for children and adults with disabilities from June 3-July 26 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The fee is $85 per week and extended hours are available IURPDPDQGSP for an additional fee of $12 per week. Camp Sunshine is a summer camp designed for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities, ages 6-25. Camp Sunshine is for individuals who need to function within a staff ratio of 1:5. This staff is specialized, has experience in the field working with children with mental and developmental disabilities and is a very passionate for the work that they do with these children. BREC offers Camp Sunshine at different locations across the parish t his year at inclusive recreation camps to ensure that these children do participate in inclusive activities. Even though they will be with inclusive camps, they will remain with Camp Sunshine staff following the same recreation curriculum, recreational games, arts and crafts, music, outdoor adventures and field trips as the other camp. BREC conducts recreation assessments to determine if Camp Sunshine is the right choice for each child or if they should be at a typical, inclusive camp. These assessments begin April 9-11 from 2-6 p.m. in the BREC Interactive Room; 6201 Florida Blvd. Every child with a disability must have an

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is unknown.� Caldwell said in an earlier ruling that the portion of Act 1 that makes it harder for teachers to gain tenure and easier to lose it could survive. But portions that stripped school boards of some powers and required state review of local superintendents’ contracts were unconstitutional because they made the bill have multiple objects. The judge acknowledged Monday that he had misinterpreted the intent of the legislation and that the entire law, not just a portion, was unconstitutionally constructed. Monaghan said that although it was good for teachers “It’s a better day for democracy than for teachers,� the head of the teachers union said. He said he hopes that the Jindal administration realizes that putting multiple pieces of legislation into one bill is not the proper way to handle new laws, but he doubts it from the administration’s reactions.

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which included families of the victims of last year’s mass shootings in Aurora and Connecticut. They included Jane Dougherty, whose sister was killed in a deadly attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed in theater shooting in Aurora. Phillips, who lost her daughter Jessica Ghawi, reminded Hickenlooper that it was the eight month anniversary of the rampage. “You’ve given us a real gift today,� she told the governor. Later, Phillips added: “Thank you so much. You’re leading the entire country.� Dougherty also went up to Hickenlooper to thank him with tears in her eyes. After signing the bills, Hickenlooper hugged various lawmakers and victims. The bills thrust Colorado into the national spotlight as a potential test of how far the country might be willing to go on new restrictions after the horror of the Newtown and Aurora shootings. “I am happy the governor is signing common-sense legislation that reduces gun violence in our communities by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic violence offenders and the seriously mentally ill,� said Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, who represents the district where an assailant opened fire July 20 during a midnight showing of “Dark Knight Rises.� The shootings led Hickenlooper and other state Democrats to take on gun control, and they have succeeded where their party has not in most other states. This month, Washing-

ton State’s Democrat-controlled House couldn’t advance a universal background check bill. A bill requiring background checks at gun shows in New Mexico also failed in the Democrat-led Legislature. The bills getting Hickenlooper’s signature are centerpieces of a package of Democratic gun bills introduced this session. With his signature, gun sales and transfers between private parties and purchases conducted online will be subjected to background checks. Ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds will be banned and subject to criminal penalties. Both bills take effect July 1. Lawmakers debated firearms proposals after the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado in 1999, and began requiring background checks for buyers at gun shows. But nothing they did then was as sweeping as the proposals they took up this year. Republicans have warned that voters will punish Hickenlooper and other Democrats who voted in favor of the measures. “I’m telling you, they have overreached, and there are going to be electoral consequences,� said Republican Sen. Greg Brophy. A Colorado-based manufacturer of magazines plans to relocate because of the new restrictions. Republicans have bashed Democrats, saying their proposal to limit magazine sizes will drive jobs from the state, and ultimately won’t prevent criminals from getting larger magazines in other states. Some county sheriffs also opposed the new background checks, arguing they’re unenforceable and endanger people’s Second Amendment rights. Two ballot measures have already been proposed to try to undo the gun restrictions.


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SU Ag Center Host Workshop to Xavier University President to Boost Student Recruitment Speak at Scholarship Jazz Brunch

Chancellor Leofrey Williams welcomed counselors.

BATON ROUGE, LA – Recently, the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, in collaboration with the Agricultural Research and Extension Center, hosted a workshop for 30 High

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For further detail, please contact Renita Marshall at 225RUYLDHPDLOUHQLWDBPDUshall@suagcenter.com http://www.suagcenter. com/ Like us on Facebook as the Debutante Program Coordinator. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s mission is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the sorority’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact the society educationally, economically and civically. Congruent with our mission, Mu Sigma’s debutante program was designed to cultivate fine character, promote leadership development and prepare young ladies for a productive future.

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Sibley presented trophies and special awards to each debutante including recognition as honorary mayors and keys to the city from Mayor-President Kip Holden. Sorority member Melissa Smith Noel presented debutante scholarships to Houston, Lodge and Hall. Stepter and Cotillion Co-Chairperson, Aislinn Herrera, presented the coveted “Miss Congeniality� award to De’Leon Williams, an honor bestowed upon Williams by her fellow debutantes. The debutantes and their

BUDGET PLAN cation, saving the jobs of teachers and first responders, and rebuilding our neighborhoods while eliminating corporate tax loopholes and ensuring the wealthiest pay their fair share is the balanced way to put America back on the road to prosperity,� Rep. Fudge said. In a telephone conversation Friday with the media, Fudge said. ““We do not believe Congress needs to sacrifice our communities in order to balance our budget.� The CBC budget noted Congress and President Obama have already passed and signed into law $2.4 billion in deficit reduction for 2013-2022. It suggested that Congress only has to reduce the deficit by $1.6 billion keep with Obama’s goal of reducing the deficit by $4 billion in 10 years. The Congressional Black Caucus’s budget tracks a Senate

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School counselors to encourage student enroll in the food and agricultural sciences at Southern. The workshop was sponsored by USDA/NIFA grant entitled “JAGS in AG: Recruitment, Exploration, and Retention.�

escorts performed the traditional Cotillion Waltz. Parents were invited to join in the Dedicatory Waltz to conclude the presentation program. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a buffet reception with general dancing wrapping up the evening. Sorority member, Charis Carey, served as cotillion cochairperson with Herrera. The 2013 debutante cotillion committee included Daniels, Howard, Jacqueline Hunt, Enjoli Reynolds and Trudy Segars, now deceased. Stepter served

The president of Xavier University of New Orleans, Dr. Norman Francis, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch to be hosted by the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Xavier University Alumni Association from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Lod Cook Alumni Conference Center, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive on the LSU Campus in Baton Rouge. According to Vivian Guillory, president of the local Xavier University Alumni Chapter and newly elected president of the National Xavier University Alumni Association, all proceeds from this event help to provide scholarships and financial assistance to deserving Xavier University students. Tickets are on sale for a fee and are available by contacting Guillory at 225-205-1544 or by e-mail at vbg225@aol.com; or by contacting the chapter treasurer Karen Yarbrough at RUWKURXJKKHUH mail at karenyarbrough882@ gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. Guilllory said, “a silent auction will also be conducted at the activity which is officially called the Frank Hayden Memorial Scholarship Jazz Brunch and Silent Auction in honor of the deceased sculptor Frank Hayden who was a Xavier graduate. Dr. Norman Francis, who is also an alumnus of Xavier, is the university’s first and only lay president and has been guiding its destiny for 45 years. Today

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he is considered America’s longest serving university president and a respected leader in higher education circles. In fact, his peers have ranked him as one of the 100 most effective college and university leaders. As president of the nation’s only historically Black and Catholic university, Francis has seen Xavier more than double its enrollment, broaden its curriculum, expand its campus and strengthen its financial base and has helped to foster Xavier’s tradition of academic excellence. Francis’ tenure has also witnessed the successful completion of several capital campaigns and a dramatic increase in alumni giving. Xavier’s paltry 1968 endowment of $2.2 million has grown to more than $144 million. In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated its campus, Francis led the recovery of Xavier, making good his pledge to reopen in less the five months. In addition to

from page 1 Democrats budget proposal since 2009 that proposes $1 trillion in tax revenue increases over the next 10 years through an “across the board limit on tax expendituresâ€? claimed by the top 2 percent of earners. Under the budget outline by the CBC,$4.2 trillion in revenue would be raised as a result of closing tax loopholes, ending corporate subsidies, and gutting preferential tax rates for the wealthy. The budget also calls for the cancellation of the sequester which is set to cut spending across the board by $1.2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office VD\VWKHFXWVZLOOFRVWMREV this year alone. Other reports, including the one conducted by Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University in Virginia, suggest

the cuts could cost 2.14 million jobs and raise the unemployment rate by 1.5 percent over the next year. Add that on top of the cuts to unemployment benefits,( Blacks are unemployed at a rate of 13.8 percent); early childhood education programs, which benefit lowincome students; and the overall impact on jobs in the public sector, of which Blacks comprise over 20 percent of the work force; and sequestration’s impact on African Americans is all the more real. “Opposition to the sequester is nearly unanimous across the country, yet the Republican majority has refused to take sequestration off the table,� the CBC budget states. “Sequestration was delayed until March 1, 2013 by the American Taxpayer Relief Act, but it should be outright cancelled so that it does not continue to loom over our economy.�

a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in need of safe and permanent homes. The fundraiser enables Capital Area CASA Association to continue its efforts to provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one in East Baton Rouge Parish. Photo information: Visiting

at a golf benefit for CASA are, from left, Capital Area CASA Board Chairwoman Michelle St. Martin, Lisa Smith and Robert Lacinak of Terracon, and Capital Area CASA Executive Director Liz Betz. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Capital Area CASA Association’s mission is to advocate for timely placement of children in permanent, safe and stable homes.



  

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filled day with plenty of door prizes, contest hole prizes, food and drinks. CASA is fortunate to have the support of Terracon – an engineering and consulting firm providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services with a local office in Baton Rouge. All proceeds from the golf tournament support Capital Area CASA Association,

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that challenge, he accepted the role as chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority following Katrina. For his visionary leadership, he was awarded the United States’ Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2006. More recently, Francis and the Xavier campus were privileged to host President Barack Obama who chose the Xavier campus as the site to deliver his major address on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to his efforts on behalf of the University, Francis had done much to distinguish himself as a family man and a community leader. Moreover, during his career, Francis has served as an advisor to seven presidential administrations, as president of the American Association of Higher Education and as president of the United Negro College Fund. He has also been chairman of the Educational Testing Service and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to name a few. He has been awarded 40 honorary degrees and a host of other awards and citations. Just last year, Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine devoted an entire special issue to Dr. Francis, entitled “Living Legend.� He and his wife Blanche have been married more than 50 years and have reared six children. The Brian Murray Quartet will provide musical entertainment during the brunch.

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Decries Dangerous Cuts to Health Care, Education and Infrastructure Washington, D.C. - Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement on the budget introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: “I am absolutely disgusted by the “new� Ryan budget because once again, it confirms that House Republicans have chosen to neglect the most vulnerable among us and endanger hard-won health care gains, said Congressman Cedric Richmond.� “This budget is full of stale and dangerous proposals that gut programs that invest in health care, education and infrastructure, programs that Loui-

siana’s working families need. My Republican colleagues are focused solely on cutting spending when the best way to reduce the deficit and pay down the debt includes making smart investments. Infrastructure, education, dredging and innovation are all smart investments that would ultimately pay down the debt. This is how we take active steps towards investing in the American people. We need to prioritize those who look to our leadership to provide critical investments for their future and that of their families. The Ryan Budget completely discounts the importance of this.�

An Open Letter From Louisiana Clergy To Governor Bobby Jindal Dear Governor Jindal, We, the undersigned members of the Louisiana Clergy, are writing to express our deep concern about the tax proposal you are proposing for the upcoming legislative session. We serve in many different faith traditions, across a broad spectrum of people and communities in this State. As diverse as these traditions may be, we find unity around a few fundamental ethical principles: fairness, a concern for the least of these and an obligation to make our voices heard when matters of justice are at stake. Our concerns about the proposed tax plan are as follows. First, we are concerned that Louisiana already has one of the most regressive tax systems in the nation, putting a disproportionately high burden on low and moderate income families. Currently, families earning minimum wage (less than $16,000 per year) pay 10.6% of their income in state and local taxes; the average Louisiana family pays 10.1% of its income in taxes; while the wealthiest Louisiana families

(earning over $1 million per year) pay only 4.6% of their income in state and local taxes. That is unacceptable, as a starting point. Second, we are concerned that the reason we have such an unfair and regressive tax structure is our State’s heavy reliance on the sales tax. It is universally recognized that sales taxes create a disproportionate burden on poor and moderate-income families, who spend nearly all they earn. Louisiana already has the 3rd highest sales tax rate in the nation. Third, we are concerned that your tax plan seeks to increase our state’s sales tax rates even further. Any increase in the sales tax would deepen the root causes behind the unfair and regressive nature of our state’s tax structure and worsen the burden for poor and moderate income families in our community. Fourth, we are concerned that your plan proposes to use the increased revenue generated by a heavier burden on poor and moderate income families, not to fund any of the important needs See JINDAL, on page 5

Women and Sunshine Week BY MAURINE BEASLEY

As we celebrate Women’s History month, we should pay homage to a resolute group of women who deserve recognition during Sunshine Week, another March event. Sunshine Week calls attention to journalists who courageously brought to light information that governmental and other authorities prefer to keep hidden. Their notable ranks include women who have insisted for nearly two centuries on their right to cover the nation’s capital in spite of prejudice against their gender. Three decades before the Civil War, Anne Royall, an impoverished widow, started her own newspaper, Paul Pry, in Washington. As the name implied, she had no hesitancy in exposing abuses of power such as unauthorized use of government horses and carriages by public officials. Ridiculed as unwomanly and argumentative, Royall eked out a meager living as a Washington journalist for nearly a quartercentury, ending her career in 1854 with a prayer that “the Union of these States may be eternal.� She had only fifty-four cents when she died at the age of 85. Her successors also encountered hostility on grounds they had no place in the man’s world of political reporting. In 1850, Jane G. Swisshelm, the first woman journalist to insist on sitting beside men in the Capitol

press galleries, had to give up her seat because she dared publish unseemly details of the private life of Daniel Webster, one of the most famous senators of his day. Women did not actually find a place in the press galleries until the suffrage campaign that culminated in women getting the vote in 1920, but even then they were not always welcome. Although women replaced men in Washington journalism during World War II, when it ended editors resumed hiring practices that relegated many women journalists to social reporting. Relatively few women had access to news that told the public about the activities of its officials. In the 1950s, however, Maxine Cheshire, a social reporter for The Washington Post, investigated Mamie Eisenhower’s acceptance of gifts from foreign governments. Cheshire was among 10 Washington women journalists SURILOHGLQD&RVPRSROLWDQ article headlined “The Witches of Washington,â€? which pictured its subjects as competitive and unfeminine in their pursuit of news. Women were refused membership in the prestigious 1DWLRQDO3UHVV&OXEXQWLO and allowed to cover speeches of officials there only by sitting in a hot, crowded balcony, while men reporters took notes and dined See WOMEN, on page 5

A Southern Governor Breaks with the Past BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA Columnist There are some painful things from my childhood in segregated Tuscaloosa, Ala., that I will never forget. At the top of the list is Gov. George C. Wallace’s June 11, 1963 “Stand in the School House Doorâ€? at the University of Alabama. I had just completed my sophomore year at Druid High School when Wallace came to my hometown to prevent two African Americans – Vivian Malone and James Hood – from registering for classes at Foster Auditorium. In his inaugural address as governor, Wallace had promised, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.â€? In an attempt to maintain segregation, Wallace showboated at the university with a state’s rights speech in which he had the gall to mention that the federal government was formed on the premise that “individuals are endowed with the rights of life, liberty, and property‌â€? Of course, he was referring to White individuals, not people who looked like me. Deputy U.S. Attorney

General Nicholas Katzenbach asked Wallace to step aside and allow Malone and Hood to register. After Wallace refused, Katzenbach left and placed a call to President John F. Kennedy. The president federalized the Alabama National Guard and Katzenbach returned later in the day with Gen. Henry Graham, who was now under federal command. Graham told Wallace, “Sir, it is my sad duty to ask you to step aside under the orders of the president of the United States.� After a few more comments, Wallace stepped aside and Vivian Malone and James Hood registered as students. That was a joyous day on the west side of town, where most Blacks lived. A year earlier, riots erupted in the state immediately west of us when James Meredith desegregated the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Another segregationist governor, Ross Barnett, led the opposition to Meredith’s enrollment. U.S. Marshals and Army military police were called in to restore order. Two people were killed during the riots – a French journalist on assignment and a jukebox repairman. Mere-

dith graduated with a political science degree on August 18, 1963, about two months after Wallace’s Stand in the School House Door in neighboring Alabama. In 1966, Meredith returned to Mississippi to embark on what he called the “March Against Fear,� an effort to encourage Blacks in Mississippi to vote. Thirty miles into his 220-mile march from Memphis to Jackson, he was shot several times by a White sniper. Meredith survived the bullet wounds. On the east side of Alabama, Lester Maddox was elected governor of Georgia in 1966, largely on his reputation as a staunch segregationist. When Blacks tried to integrate his restaurant in 1964, Maddox confronted them with an ax handle. He sold his restaurant rather than comply with the 1964 Civil Rights Act. North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue broke with that racist past when she made the bold decision to pardon the Wilmington Ten just before completing her term. Upon issuing the pardons – the only ones she signed in office – Perdue said, “I believe the

Wilmington Ten were victims of the times, and victims of a deep-seeded prejudice and racism that circumvented any kind of likelihood that their trial was fair.� A federal appeals court reached the same conclusion in 1980 when it overturned their conviction on arson and conspiracy charges in connection with the firebombing of a White-owned grocery store. Although an earlier governor had commuted the sentences of the Wilmington Ten, only Perdue would issue pardons of innocence, which had the same effect of their never having been convicted of a crime. At a luncheon last week sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Perdue has honored for her courage. For all the talk of a New South, nothing symbolized a changed region more than Perdue sharing a stage with Ben Chavis, the leader of the Wilmington Ten, and Mary Alice Thatch, whose activist father preceded her as publisher of the Wilmington Journal. Mary Alice Thatch said, “I See THE PAST, on page 5

Missing Leadership and Core Values BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN NNPA Columnist

public accommodations to all citizens. President Mays taught us “It will not be sufficient for that “not failure, but low aim is Morehouse College, for any college, sinâ€? and warned that “the tragfor that matter, to produce clever edy of life is often not in our graduates, men fluent in speech and failure, but rather in our comable to argue their way through; but placency; not in our doing too rather honest men, men who can much, but rather in our doing be trusted in public and private— too little; not in our living above who are sensitive to the wrongs, our ability, but rather in our livthe sufferings, and the injustices ing below our capacities.â€? As of society and who are willing to students we hungrily internalaccept responsibility for correcting ized his unerring belief that we the ills.â€? were God’s instruments for help– Benjamin E. Mays ing transform the world, and President, Morehouse Col- like many others who heard him lege frequently, I often repeated his words. One of the many MoreBenjamin E. Mays, More- house students President Mays house College’s president from helped shape was Martin Luther VDLGWKLVDERXWWKH King, Jr. whom he lovingly eukind of men and leaders he ex- logized on that campus after his pected Morehouse to produce. 1968 assassination. As a student at neighboring Who are our Benjamin MaySpelman College, I heard and ses today – our moral compasses saw President Mays often and in crucial sectors of American had the privilege of singing in life? What a contrast the Mays Morehouse’s Sunday morning example is to that of a college chapel choir and hearing this president in the headlines regreat man’s wisdom. Of the six cently, James Wagner of Emory college presidents in the Atlanta University. He was criticized for University academic complex, SUDLVLQJWKHFRPSURPLVH Mays was the one students declaring that every slave would looked up to most. He inspired be counted as three-fifths of a and taught us by example and person for purposes of state stood by us when we challenged representation in Congress as Atlanta’s Jim Crow laws in the an example of “noble achievesit-in movement to open up mentâ€? that allowed Northern

and Southern White congressmen to “continue working toward the highest aspiration they both shared—the aspiration to form a more perfect union.� We have struggled for over two centuries to overcome the crippling birth defects and glaring hypocrisies between the eloquent words that “all men are created equal with certain inalienable rights� in our Declaration of Independence belied by slavery, Native American genocide, and exclusion of women and non-propertied White men in our founders’ deeds. That tragic hypocrisy resulted in a bloody Civil War that took more than 530,000 American lives and a post-Reconstruction era with Jim Crow laws, decades of struggle, and many lost lives, countless marches, lawsuits, and legislative efforts to achieve major civil rights legislation. And we must still be vigilant and fight to protect the hard earned social and racial progress over the last half century from being undermined by voter suppression, the cradle to prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and pervasive economic and educational inequalities. What kind of message did President Wagner’s words send to Emory’s Black students, who were quickly joined by some White students,

faculty members, and others in denouncing his endorsement of the decision that codified less-than-fully-human status as “5/5ths outrageous�? And what message did it send to students and citizens of every color when Mary Jane Saunders, the president of Florida Atlantic University, sold the naming rights to its stadium for $6 million to the private prison company GEO Group? At a protest rally on campus, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union cited GEO Group’s “well-publicized record of abuse and neglect,� and quoted from an order of U.S. Judge Carlton Reeves describing one of their correctional facilities for minors and older teenage prisoners in Mississippi as “a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions� and “a picture of such horror as should be unrealized anywhere in the civilized world.� I do not believe this is the ideal of universities producing leaders “who are sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings, and the injustices of society and who are willing to accept responsibility for correcting the ills� that President Mays sought and taught. Who are the successor leaders See LEADERSHIP, on page 7

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in comfort below. When federal equal employment legislation took effect LQWKHVDQGVZRPHQ journalists got new opportunities to cover the same assignments as men. But they still encountered barriers, including sexual harassment. Eileen Shanahan, an economics writer for the New York Times from WRGHVFULEHGIODJUDQW examples of harassment on Capitol Hill in an oral history interview. She cited an instance in which a senator directed her to his “hideawayâ€? office to get an important economics report and “actually tore a button off my blouse trying to get at me.â€? She fought him off, but remembered to pick up the report as she left. Today, women are estimated to represent about half of the Washington press corps and have proved themselves capable of carrying on the highest traditions of journalism. For example, Dana Priest

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of the Washington Post is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Along with Anne Hull, she exposed the degraded living conditions for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center, which led to the resignation of top officials and improvements in health care for veterans. She previously uncovered secret overseas prisons that the Central Intelligence Agency used for interrogation of suspected terrorists. Somewhat akin to Anne Royall nearly two centuries earlier, Priest is motivated to bring an abuse to light as a way of ensuring that democracy continues. In a television interview on secret prisons, Priest said, “We tried to figure out a way to get as [much] information to the public as we could without damaging national security.� Women have fought hard and responsibly for the opportunity to report significant news from Washington.

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don’t know if you remember Michelle Obama saying, ‘For once in my life, I’m proud of my country.’ I want to say to Gov. Perdue, for once in my life, I am proud of North Carolina. Thank you so much.� Perdue said she was only doing what was right. As we have seen, doing the right thing has not always been the hallmark of White governors in the South. The sight of the former governor standing beside Chavis and Thatch was another memory I will always cherish. I’ll never forget

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George Wallace, Ross Barnett or Lester Maddox. Nor will I ever forget Beverly Perdue, a Southern governor who had the strength and courage to make sure justice was finally served. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter. com/currygeorge.

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and services our State faces, but to decrease the tax burden for those members of our community who are most blessed with wealth and resources. That, too, is unacceptable. Fifth, we are concerned that your proposed tax plan will be unsustainable over the long term. Historically, sales have grown much more slowly than personal income, in our State and across the country. Swapping income taxes for sales taxes replaces a faster-growing revenue source with a slowergrowing revenue source. We worry that your proposal would

be “revenue neutral� in its first year, but “revenue negative� over the longer term. If our State begins to rely even more heavily upon a slower-growing portion of our economy for revenue, we will face deficits and service cuts down the road that make our current ones seem small. We believe that any proposed law that would increase the tax burden on low- and moderate- income families in order to decrease it for wealthy families must be judged an unjust law.

Wells Fargo Commits to Lending $55 Billion to Women-Owned Businesses by the Year 2020 SAN FRANCISCO – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), America’s No. 1 small business lender1 and a leading lender to women- and diverseowned businesses, today announced a commitment to lend a cumulative total of $55 billion to women-owned businesses in the U.S. by the year 2020, updating its lending commitment first established in 1995. The announcement will be made by Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo lead executive for Small Business and West Coast Regional Banking president, at the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) 22nd Annual Latina History Day conference in Los Angeles. March is National Women’s History Month, and Wells Fargo has a rich history of working with women business owners and providing them access to capital and financial services. Since introducing the women’s lending commitment 18 years ago, Wells Fargo has provided more than $38 billion in capital to women business owners, a group that grew in size by more than 20 percent from 2002 to DFFRUGLQJWRWKHODWHVW

Census data. Today, women, according to the National Women’s Business Council, own approximately 30 percent of businesses in the U.S. “Women-owned businesses are among America’s fastest growing segments, and we are honored to support their role in shaping the future of small business,� said Stevens. “As a leader in lending to women, Wells Fargo is dedicated to helping women succeed financially — in business and personally.� Wells Fargo’s first lending commitment in 1995 established a goal to lend $1 billion to women business owners over three years. Fueled by the continued growth of women business owners, the goal was increased, most recently in 2003. In addition to the cumulative lending goal, Wells Fargo

supports numerous outreach efforts to build relationships with women business owners and help them to succeed financially. Wells Fargo is a proud supporter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Women Presidents’ Organization, as well as several other organizations focused on the education, growth and advancement of women business owners. Wells Fargo provides the full array of financial products and services to satisfy all of the financial needs of womenowned businesses, such as banking, business loans and lines of credit, credit cards, payroll, merchant services, insurance, retirement planning, and online resources. For an example of how Wells Fargo helped meet the financing needs of one womanowned small business, see the story of GLAMGLOW, a Los Angeles-based consumer products company owned by Shannon Dellimore. Please contact Alice HartQHWWDWRUE\HPDLO at alice.hartnett@wellsfargo.com for more information.

Fed Says Economy Still Warrant Stimulus The dollar remained lower against the euro after the Federal Reserve signaled gains in employment aren’t yet sufficient for policy makers to move closer to reducing stimulus measures. The Fed said the nation’s unemployment rate will hit the central bank’s threshold for raising interest rates sometime in 2015. The Fed under Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will continue buying

$85 billion of bond per month, known as quantitative easing, or QE, as it seeks to reduce the unemployment rate that hasn’t fallen EHORZSHUFHQWVLQFH1RYHPEHU 2008. The euro strengthened from a four-month low against the dollar as Cyprus sought alternatives to the European Union plan to help the nation avoid a banking collapse. “I don’t see anything in

the statement that would talk about any difference for QE,� said Dan Dorrow, the head of research at Faros Trading LLC in Stamford, Connecticut, said in a telephone interview. “We’ll get the nuances for that in the press conference.� The dollar fell 0.6 percent to $1.2958 as of 2:04 p.m. in New York. It strengthened 0.4 percent to 95.52 yen.

Verizon Wireless Names New Associate Director

Norma Moreno-Bernal

BATON ROUGE, LA – Verizon Wireless has named Norma Moreno-Bernal associate director – Indirect Sales for the Houston/Gulf Coast Region of Verizon Wireless. Moreno-Bernal brings to this position more than fourteen years of wireless industry sales experience. She joined Verizon Wireless as field representative – Indirect Sales in ,QKHUPRVWUHFHQWSRVLtion as district manager – Indirect Sales for the Houston/ Gulf Coast Region’s Houston district, she led her region to achieve record-breaking productivity results. “Norma brings a wealth of sales experience to the Houston/Gulf Coast Region,â€? said Krista Bourne, president – Houston/Gulf Coast Region. “We’re excited to have her in this role and help build our continued success and community partnership in the region.â€? Please contact Gretchen :KLWDNHUDWRUE\ e-mail at Gretchen.Whitaker@ VerizonWireless.com for more information.

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The ‘Scariest’ Rapture Movie Ever? LOS ANGELES -- What many are hailing as the possible scariest Rapture movie ever, ‘Final’ is set to release in theaters in August 2013. “We wanted to show an extremely realistic version of the Rapture,� says director Tim Chey. “What would the Rapture be like in Tokyo or Buenos Aires?� Based on the groundbreaking novel, ‘Final’ was shot in six countries and captures the lives of four characters whose lives spin out of control in the days immediately following the Rapture. “This film is extremely violent, yet extremely evangelical,� says Chey. “It’s for adults only. The film will hopefully scare the living daylights out

of this lost world in these final days.� An ‘Adults Only’ warning is issued to those viewing the trailer. In the film, Colin Nelson desperately attempts to flee to Bora Bora. Keenly aware that he’s in the Tribulation period, his only hope is in a mysterious man named Frankie. In Tokyo, a prize-winning journalist, Masashi, tries to unravel the disappearance of millions of people as the government closes in on him. In Buenos Aires, Marie searches for her final relative as time runs out. And on a deserted island in the South Pacific, Tom Wiseman, an avowed atheist professor, attempts to be rescued after his plane goes down.

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“Hinton Battle’s Love Lies� National Tour to Host Gospel Choir Search in Key Markets Chosen choirs to perform with the play’s superstar cast

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Grammy Award nominee Brian McKnight (Harrison Brown), three-time Grammy Award nominee Angie Stone (Victoria Davis), actress Elise Neal (Kim Anderson), acclaimed for her performance in “Hustle and Flow�, season one winner of BET’s gospel music competition Sunday Best, Crystal Aikin (Mother Harrison), funny man and a regular on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Kier Spates (Funeral Director), newcomer Amber A. Harris

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Chad’s Day at Healing Hearts Grief Support Group BATON ROUGE, LA – The Healing Hearts Grief Support Group would like to invite the public to their 6th year “Chad’s Dayâ€? on March 23, DW&KRFWDZ'ULYH God has blessed them to be here to celebrate our love one’s

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clude Miami, FL (Knight Center), Baltimore, MD (Lyric Theatre), Chicago, IL (Arie Crown Theatre), Atlanta, GA (Fox) and Birmingham, AL (Civic Center), with additional venues and markets to be announced in the coming weeks. For the tour schedule visit: http:// www.loveliesthetour.com or http://www.youtube.com/ loveliesthetour Hinton Battle’s Love Lies is written/directed by Hinton Battle Produced by Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle

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today to Mays? Where are today’s moral leaders in other critical sectors who challenge and set the example for the rest of us? Where are today’s Abraham Joshua Heschels or Reinhold Niebuhrs or Eleanor Roosevelts or Dorothy Days? Where are Senators like Phil Hart and Wayne Morse who helped set a tone of political discourse too missing today in our legislative bodies? Where will the next leaders we can look up to as courageous and sacrificial champions of justice like Dr. King, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Medgar Evers, Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner, and James Chaney come from? At the same time that we have a crisis in visible servant leadership examples, we have a crisis in core values. Are we content to be a society where virtually anything is available for profit or for sale, including the sale over the counter at WalMart and other stores of deadly assault weapons capable of gruesome and senseless mass destruction like that which ravaged 20 small Newtown, Conn. children and their teachers? Are we content to have deadly assault weapons treated as normal consumer products like toasters or vacuum cleaners? How have we come to normalize violence and unbridled commercialization unmoored from common and moral sense and public safety? Is this the best we have to pass on to our children and grandchildren and the next generation of leaders the nation and world need today and tomorrow? Do corporate profits from dangerous products or harmful practices trump children’s security and safety in our nation? Is compromise that allows gross or some significant human injustice the best we can expect from American democracy? Isn’t it time to engage in a fuller discussion about the breakdown of core values in America and the values we do agree on and need and want to instill in the next generation? What does it mean to be an American? What does it mean to be a human being? Robert Kennedy said this to students at the University of Kansas in 1968 about the need to rethink how we measure success in America: “Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ‌ if we should judge America by that—counts air pollution and cigarette advertising,

and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.� Senator Kennedy continued: “Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.� I hope and pray we will not raise a new generation of children with high intellectual quotients and low caring and compassion quotients; with sharp competitive edges but dull cooperative instincts; with highly developed computer skills but poorly developed consciences; with a gigantic commitment to the big “I� but little sense of responsibility to the bigger “we�; with mounds of disconnected information without a moral context to determine its worth; with more and more knowledge and less and less imagination and appreciation for the magic of life that cannot be quantified or computerized; and with more and more worldliness and less and less wonder and awe for the sacred and everyday miracles of life. I hope as parents, educators, and faith, community, public and private sector leaders that we will raise children who care and work for justice and freedom for all. Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children’s Defense Fund whose Leave No Child BehindŽ mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www. childrensdefense.org.

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Southern Set To Face No. 1 Seed Gonzaga Thursday Courtesy Southern U. Athletic Media Relations Twenty year after Southern menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball posted its lone NCAA tournament win, the Jaguars will venture west looking to conjure up a historic, bracketbusting win. The Jaguars learned Sunday they are Salt Lake City bound as the No. 16 seed in the West Region to face No. 1 seed Gonzaga Thursday at EnergySolutions Arena. Tipoff for Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game is slated for 3:10 pm Mountain time and will air live on TBS. Southern (23-9) escaped a spot in the First Four game in Dayton, Ohio and will face a Gonzaga (31-2) team that finished ranked first in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. Southern will be making its first tournament appearance since 2006 and only the second appearance since 1993. An intimate crowd of fans and booster greeted head coach Roman Banks and the Jaguars, who pulled into TJ Ribs straight from their Garland hotel after defeating Prairie View A&M 45-44 Saturday to claim the SWACs automatic bid. Many in attendance vividly remember Southernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic run in the NCAA Tournament in 1993 in Tucson, Ariz. After stunning top-seeded Jackson State in the SWAC tournament final, Southern, which received a favorable No. 14 seed, turned the NCAA tournament upside down with an impresVLYHXSVHWRI1RVHHG Georgia Tech. The Jaguars, coached by Ben Jobe, fell short of a Sweet 16 berth after losing 90-80 to George

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Washington. The University of Utah will serve as the host site for NCAA Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball second- and third-round games on Thursday and Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena. Four second-round West Region games will take place on Thursday, two in the afternoon session and two in the evening session. The winners will meet in a pair of third-round games on Saturday at times to be determined. No. 8 Pittsburgh (24-8), out of the Big East Conference, will face No. 9 Wichita State (26-8) in Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening game at 11:40 a.m. MDT on TBS. Pitt is one of only seven programs nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the last 12 seasons. Wichita State fell to Creighton, 68-65, in

the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. No. 6 Arizona faces No. 11 Belmont in the first game of the Thursday evening session at 5:20 p.m. MDT on TNT. The Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for second in the Pac-12 Conference during the regular season. The Bruins, who won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in their first year in the league, join Kansas and Memphis as the only three NCAA Division I programs to earn NCAA Tournament automatic bids six of the last eight years. New Mexico, the No. 3 seed in the West, will take on No. 14 Harvard in the final game of the day at approxiPDWHO\SP0'7RQ717 The Lobos won both the Mountain West Conference regular

season and tournament titles for the second consecutive year. Harvard earned an automatic bid by winning the Ivy League regular season championship for a second straight year. The third round games will take place on Saturday. Game times and television information are still to be determined. All of the tournament games will be televised nationally on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The announcers for Salt Lake City are Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Doug Gottlieb (analyst) and Jamie Maggio (reporter). All-session and singlesession tickets are available at the EnergySolutions Arena box office. Fans can also log on to http://www.ncaa.com/finalIRXUWLFNHWVBKRVSLWDOLW\RUFDOO 800-888-8499.

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LSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Men Basketball Season Ends As Tigers Not Chosen For NIT BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team Sunday night was not selected for the 2013 National Invitation Tournament, thus putting the wrap on the 2012-13 LSU season. The Tigers finished with a 19-11 overall record and 9-9 in the SEC. It was the second consecutive overall winning record and the non-losing record in the expanded 18-game league season was just the seventh for LSU since the start of the 1993-94 season. The Tigers finished the season with a 1-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, defeating Georgia in the second round and losing in the quarterfinals to Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like a lot of other teams this time of year,â&#x20AC;? said first year Coach Johnny Jones, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we are certainly disappointed that our season has come to an end and that our seniors have played their last game. But this will serve as a motivator for our returning players who will start preparing for next season immediately. We look forward to continuing to build the LSU Basketball program to be able to compete in the future at the highest level.â&#x20AC;? Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 19 wins this season

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marked the second most victories by a first-year LSU coach in the last 60 years. LSU won three road games in the SEC, had eight victories in games of five points or fewer and won three games coming from double figure deficits to turn the game around in the Tigers favor. The Tigers started 0-4 in the SEC and won 9-of-thelast-14 games to get back to .500 for the league season. Information provided by LSU Athletics.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball: LSU Selected As Sixth Seed In NCAA Tournament BY TYLER NUNEZ The LSU womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team celebrated with fans Monday night in the PMAC as it was announced as the No. 6 seed in the Spokane region of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Tigers will take on 11th-seeded Green Bay, which enters the tournament on a 24game winning streak, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the PMAC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing that sixth seed up there; it is a great place to be,â&#x20AC;? said LSU junior forward Theresa Plaisance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in a great spot. We are going to come out, do our best and have a great run in the tournament. ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do-or-die now, and we are ready to go.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a familiar matchup for LSU fans, as a sixth-seeded LSU took on an 11th-seeded Green Bay in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. LSU won, 69-59. Also familiar is LSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely second-round matchup against third-seeded Penn State if it gets past Green Bay. LSU was ousted from the NCAA Tournament by Penn State, 90-80, in the second round last season. The Lady Tigers are excited about the opportunity to exact revenge on the Lady Lions, but they are not yet ready to look that far ahead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not saying anything [about a potential match against Penn State] until we get past that first game,â&#x20AC;? said LSU junior guard Jeanne Kenney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not jinxing

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anything, but we are going to be ready.â&#x20AC;? The Lady Tigers look forward to having the opportunity to play their first two games of the tournament in their home venue, a luxury most teams are not allotted. LSU has fared well in home games this season, going 13-3 in the PMAC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coming to our house, and this is a big [Southeastern Conference] house,â&#x20AC;? Kenney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look to take care of our home court. It is going to be a fight. I am glad it is at home, and I am excited.â&#x20AC;? LSU is one of an impressive group of seven teams representing the SEC in the tournament. Tennessee and Kentucky were both selected as the secondseeded team in the Oklahoma City and Bridgeport regions, respectively. Georgia will join LSU in the Spokane region as the fourth seed. LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said having faced all of those teams at some point this would likely help them succeed in the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The SEC really does a great job of preparing you for different types of teams that you may face in NCAA Tournament play,â&#x20AC;? Caldwell said. Still, Caldwell does not want her team to expect anything but the best performance out of any team they play, saying each team enters the tournament â&#x20AC;&#x153;zeroand-zero.â&#x20AC;?

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the other group began to lose some (but not all) of the weight gained in that first sleep-deprived week. Kenneth Wrightdirector of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep and chronobiology laboratory, said part of the change was behavioral. Staying up late and skimping on sleep led to not only more eating, but a shift in the type of foods a person consumed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found that when people werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting enough sleep they overate carbohydrates,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They ate more food, and when they ate food also changed. They ate a smaller breakfast and they ate a lot more after dinner.â&#x20AC;? In fact, sleep-deprived eaters ended up eating more calories during after-dinner snacking than in any other meal during the day. Over all, people consumed 6 percent more calories when they got too little sleep. Once they started sleeping more, they began eating more healthfully, consuming fewer carbohydrates and fats. Dr. Wright noted that the effect of sleep deprivation on weight would likely be similar in the real world although it might

not be as pronounced as in the controlled environment. The researchers found that insufficient sleep changed the timing of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal clock, and that in turn appeared to influence the changes in eating habits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were awake three hours before their internal nighttime had ended,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being awakened during their biological night is probably why they ate smaller breakfasts.â&#x20AC;? The effect was similar to the jet lag that occurs when a person travels from California to New York. Last fall, The Annals of Internal Medicine reported on a study by University of Chicago researchers, who found that lack of sleep alters the biology of fat cells. In the small study â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just seven healthy volunteers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the researchers tracked the changes that occurred when subjects moved from 8.5 hours of sleep to just 4.5 hours. After four nights of less sleep, their fat cells were less sensitive to insulin, a metabolic change associated with both diabetes and obesity.


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