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Sewage Plant Community Buyout, Still Working Through The Process And Hopefully Moving Forward Fairly For All

NAACP Mourn the Loss of Former Congressman Bill Gray

By: Mr. Gregory R. Mitchell Baton Rouge, LA - Dozens of residents from the University Place got to meet the real estate agents hired by the city-parish to assist them in moving away from the North Wastewater Treatment Plant. East Baton Rouge Parish will buy 41+ homes around the plant, demolish them, and install trees to mitigate the smell, at a total price of roughly $6 million. Now that the settlement is legally valid, Mitchell says he and his neighbors can finally think about getting into a new home in a much nicer neighborhood. The residents in the buyout zone got a letter earlier last week telling them about the meeting and informing them about which of the city-parish’s real estate agents would work with them. Mitchell said his biggest concern heading into that meeting was, “that the people of this community are not rushed into anything and that they are comfortable in the judgments that they are making.” The community meeting took place on Monday, July 1, at 6:00 p.m., at the Scotlandville Branch Library, which is located at 7373 Scenic Highway. Anyone with questions about a DPW project may call (225) 5885678, email help@brprojects.com, or visit brprojects.com. After decades of fighting the people who live in the University Place subdivision finally have a sense of hope. They met for the first time Monday with the real estate agents hired by East Baton Rouge Parish to facilitate their relocation away from the North Wastewater Treatment plant. Lacy Baaheth, Stephanie Black, Effie Carter, Agnes Chambers, and Ruba Thomas met with roughly five-dozen families, explaining how they will help everyone move into homes in cleaner and better areas. The meetings left residents with optimism that their living conditions will improve soon. “We are still in trouble, but hopefully, we can kinda see that we are moving forward in the right direction, “Hopeful” said, Greg

Gray served as the first black Majority Whip in Congress

Mr. Greg Mitchell, the major spokesperson for the University Place subdivision talk with another resident of the buyout.

This is an aerial photo of the homes that are in the buyout by the city of Baton Rouge.

Mitchell. He is the president of the Concerned Citizens Of University Place Subdivision association, which sued the city. The head of the Department of Public Works, David Guillory, and council members, Chauna Banks Daniel and Tara Wicker each spoke to the residents about wanting to see a positive resolution to a fight that had lasted nearly two decades. “We just wanted to come out tonight to let you know that, from the bottom of our hearts, our utmost desire is to make sure that everyone is taken care of,” Wicker told them. But it is impossible to erase all those years of bitterness with a short conversation. “She said everything’s fine,” Valery Thierry mentioned after his meeting with the agent assigned to his house. “I don’t know if everything will work out like she said, but she said everything’s fine. “Well, they’ve been at it for 20-some years, so they ought to bring it to a end.” Mitchell, who has formally represented many of his neighbors See Plant, on page 2

WASHINGTON, DC – The NAACP is deeply saddened by the loss of William Gray, the first black Majority Whip in Congress. Gray was a vocal advocate for civil rights throughout his career, including his tenure in Congress. “Bill Gray blazed a heroic path for national black political leadership a generation before Obama broke through as president,” stated NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “He went on to strengthen the UNCF at a critical moment for HCBUs. His visionary presence will be sorely missed.” “Bill Gray was a passionate advocate for social justice both here and abroad,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Advocacy & Policy for the NAACP. Shelton and Gray worked together at the United Negro College Fund and collaborated on civil rights issues while Gray served in Congress. “His work to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act and the end U.S. support for apartheid South Africa is an example of the depth and breadth of his successful congressional career, while his work to help support and grow America’s historically black colleges and universities was a clear demonstration of the passion he held for expanding opportunity for all Americans to enjoy the promises of our democracy. His legacy will continue to inspire

generations of leaders.” Gray represented Pennsylvania’s Second Congressional District. “Congressman William H. Gray, III was a political game changer who was able to build a working coalition of the city’s old-line machine ward leaders with the growing cadre of reformist liberals, into the most dominant political operation in Philadelphia in past quarter century,” stated Jerome Mondesire, is President of the NAACP Philadelphia and State of PA Branches and who served as Congressman Gray’s Chief of Staff from 19801991. “That coalition not only insured his re-election every two years for nearly six terms but also lead to the empowerment of local elected officials at all levels of local and state government; from state senator to council members to mayor. That same coalition style of politics propelled him to the highest elected post any African American politician had achieved in the last century; that of Majority Whip of the U.S. of Representatives, where he was supported by southerners almost as strongly as he was backed by other members of Congress from urban centers. Among his most important legislative achievements was the passage of his bill to increase sanctions against the apartheid regime of the old South See NAACP, on page 2

100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge Install New Leadership

100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge Install New President/Chairman of the Board. The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Ltd. held its investiture ceremony recently at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. About 75 persons were in attendance for this special event to including several elected officers and community leaders. Mr. Walter T. Tillman, Jr. served as the Master of Ceremonies. 100 Black Men member, John C. Glenn, delivered invocation; Occasion of Salutation was presented by Tillman; Statement of Valediction by out

coming 2009-2013 presidents and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Adell Brown. Community Commentary of Celebrations were presented by: Dr. James Llorens, Chancellor, Southern University – Baton Rouge Campus, John Carpenter, Director of Donor Services – Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Ollivette Mencer, a parent of a project Excel Mentee. Installation of Officers were conducted by Hon. Yvette M. Alexander, Judge, City Court – Division D; the prayer for leadership was given by Rev. Larry D. Smith, 1997-2001 Past President and Chairmen of the Board. Michael W. Victorian, 2013-2015 Presi-

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dent and Chairman of the Board gave the Presidential Address. The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Ltd. Executive Board Officers for 2013-15 are Michael W. Victorian, president and chairman of the board; Fred J. Sibley, vice president of operaSee leadership, on page 2

Hon. Yvette M. Alexander, Judge, City Court – Division D swearers in Michael W. Victorian as the 2013-2015 President and Chairman of the Board of the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, LTD as his wife Kathy and grandson looks on. Photo by Christopher J. Rogers

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Religion News Carolyn Gee has been named Promotions Director of WTQT 106.1 (formerly 94.9). The all new 016.1 has been redesigned and with that, came a promotion for a veteran in Gospel music broadcasting. .See Page 6

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BR Zoo Receives National Award Dozens of volunteers from across the community teamed up to beautify Istrouma High School as part of the sixth annual, nationwide United Way Day of Action..See Page 3

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo was recently selected to receive the National Kudo’s Marketing Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)....See Page 3

Twinkies are Back!

The new Hostess Brands’ Twinkies -- the cream-filled yellow-sponge cake that has delighted (and dismayed) Americans for 83 years -will now have an extended shelf life of 45 days when they return to stores..See Page 5

Venus Williams Hopeful Return

Don’t count out Venus Williams for a U.S. Open appearance. That is, if her recovery from a lower back injury that forced the former world No. 1 to skip Wimbledon allows her to play in a tune-up event before the next grand slam....See Page 8

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today, July 1, 2013, all juvenile detention facilities in the state of Louisiana are now licensed and inspected by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Today marks the first time that juvenile detention facilities in the state required to be licensed. “Licensing juvenile detention facilities is all about the safety of the children in these facilities,” said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. “Before today, Louisiana did not have quality standards for these facilities to meet in order to ensure the well-being of the children in these facilities. We are correcting that today.” State licensing of juvenile detention facilities became state law in 2010, after legislation sponsored by former state Representative Damon Baldone (D-Houma) was signed by Governor Bobby Jindal. R.S. 15:1110 establishes statewide standards for juvenile detention facilities, ensures maintenance of standards and requires facilities to be licensed. DCFS worked with representatives from juvenile justice, public safety and corrections organizations, state government and stakeholders to develop uniform licensing standards. “Creating, adopting and preparing for these new standards has been a journey that has lasted two and a half years,” said Dane Bolin, Director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services and chairman of the committee that helped created the licensing standards. “I have witnessed how these standards have raised the bar in all facilities across the state, creating a safer facility for both staff and juveniles. It has been a pleasure working with local, state, and national groups to achieve this goal.” “We are thrilled to see these juvenile detention standards be fully in effect, after years of hard work on the part of so many stakeholders across the state of Louisiana,” said Dana Kaplan, Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. “This was

it was an honor to work alongside the juvenile detention administrators, DCFS, and all of the members of the task force to develop a set of licensing standards of which Louisiana can be very proud. The development and creation of these juvenile detention center standards is one of our state’s most recent, and significant, accomplishments in this regard.” In 2012, after developing regulations, the DCFS Licensing Unit began working closely with Louisiana’s 15 juvenile detention facilities to prepare them for the licensing process. Before July 1, 2013, facilities were required only to meet fire marshal and health department approvals. “We worked closely with the facilities to make sure they understood the regulations, and provided training and technical assistance where necessary,” said Sonnier. “It has been a good process and the facilities have worked well with DCFS to meet all standards and request waivers where needed.” DCFS conducted onsite consultations with facility staff last year in order to prepare them for official inspections. Facilities were also able to apply for waivers for deficiencies that did not impact the health or safety of the children in the facilities. Most waivers dealt with existing building facilities that would be prohibitively expensive to change, such as ceiling heights. The 60-page licensing standards document, which is available on DCFS’ website, spells out requirements for the facilities to receive a license, ranging from staff training, child-to-staff-member ratios and nutrition and health services, to policies for visitation, behavior management, education and recreation. Each facility will be subject to inspection at least once a year in order to maintain its license. As of today, 15 facilities in the state are now licensed: • Assumption Parish Youth Detention Center, Napoleonville • Caddo Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Shreveport

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Juvenile Justice Services, Lake Charles • Community Receiving Home, Inc. d/b/a Renaissance, Alexandria • East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Baton Rouge • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, Covington • Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center, Monroe • Lafayette Juvenile Detention Home, Lafayette • Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility, Thibodaux • Rivarde Juvenile Detention Facility, Harvey • St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Chalmette • Terrebonne Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Houma • Ware Youth Center, Coushatta • Ware Youth Center, Bossier City Youth Study Center (New Orleans Juvenile Detention Center), New Orleans “The local and parish detention centers are key components in the overall continuum of care for juvenile justice-involved youth,” said Office of Juvenile Justice Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary L. Livers. “Standards for care and services developed for juvenile detention centers will ensure that youth remain safe and receive needed programming during their stay. At OJJ, we applaud the good work done by DCFS and the detention centers themselves, in developing and implementing the standards and ensuring that all detention centers in Louisiana meet and comply with them. This is a win-win situation for Louisiana’s at-risk youth and the citizens of our state.” Juvenile detention facilities will pay annual licensing fees based on number of occupants. Facilities with six or fewer juveniles pay $400, while facilities with at least seven, but no more than 15 pay $500. Facilities that hold more than 16 occupants pay $600. This fee structure is the same as the child residential program, also licensed by DCFS. Only one facility currently has a capacity of fewer than 16 residents. Please contact Lindsey deBlieux at 225-342-9091 for additional information.

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tions; Howard L. White, vice president of development; John Smith, vice president of programs; Gordon G. Bell, vice president of finance and Jenrick T. Nixon, Sr., secretary. Also, the 2013-15 Board of Directors include, Kevin C. Barnes, Bernell Boudreaux, Adell Brown, Jr., Earl K. Butler, Alvin J. Cavalier, Eugene L. Collins, Lorin J. Crenshaw, Ernie T. Hughes, Floyd Luster, Jr., and Matthew T, Valliere. The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Baton Rouge, Ltd. (“The 100”) is a local organization that was formally chartered June 14, 1993, as the 34th chapter of the 100 Black

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during the lawsuits and negotiations involving the sewer plant, was pleased after his sit-down with Ruba Thomas. “She had the information and she seemed to be very abreast of what’s going on,” he said. We will see and I hope all involved are on the positive right page, doing the right things to make sure every citizen / resident is satisfied. We didn’t cause the problems; we are just suffering from all the major problems today, even with the construction, which is going on now. “I don’t have no questions,” agreed Thierry. “I just want ‘em to move it along and do things fairly with our community”. The parish hired the real estate agents a couple months ago; to

Men of America. Brace B. Godfrey, Jr. served as founding president and a member of the national board of directors. “The 100” is a non-profit organization through which AfricanAmerican males step forward and assume roles of community leadership, responsibility and guidance. The mission is to give substance to a shared vision, which fosters and develops model programs that build our community by mentoring our youth focusing on the motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be.” For more information go to: www.100blackmenbr.org.

make sure the relocation process went as quickly as possible. A federal judge had to first sign the modified consent decree regarding the parish’s sewer system, which included the approximately $6 million settlement approved by the Metro Council in January. “If I were in your shoes,” Wicker said, “and I had the opportunity to relocate, these would be the ladies that I would entrust with my home and with my family because they really care about your quality of life.” The homeowners also want to move as quickly as possibly, so they do not have to wake up to the smell of sewage and chemicals, the sight of the sewer flies, and the illnesses they cause. But the one message they wanted to pass

Defense Department.” Please contact Derek Turner at (202) 292-3383 or by e-mail at dturner@naacpnet.org or @naacppress for additional information. on to the agents is that they won’t be rushed. “And we’re willing to work with her, but we, as we’ve always said, we will not be railroaded by anyone. So we’re going to sit and talk, and make sure that the information is coming across and everybody is on the same page.” said, Greg Mitchell. The agents and appraisers will do their walkthroughs of the homes in the next couple of weeks. Then they said the parish would come back with offers by the end of the summer. The meeting took place because a federal Judge Brain Jackson approved a modified consent decree that allows East Baton Rouge Parish to build a buffer zone around the facility to mitigate some of the health hazards associated with it.

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Capital Area United Way Join Community Partners Across Nation In United Way Day Of Action

ExxonMobil volunteers Chandra Stacie, Debbie Pitcher, Chris Tullos, Ginger Goudeau, AJ Dupree, and Paul Stoute served up jambalaya cooked by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. BATON ROUGE, LA – Dozens of volunteers from across the community teamed up to beautify Istrouma High School as part of the sixth annual, nationwide United Way Day of Action. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the day-long event included hands-on projects, health screenings, a community resource fair, distribution of book sacks and books by Capital Area United Way, and kid-friendly activities. More than 150 volunteers from local companies, including ExxonMobil, Entergy, Criterion Catalyst, and Enterprise Rentals, tackled several projects around the school in the morning, such as painting and cleaning the cafeteria and parts of the gym. Others constructed picnic tables and refurbished poles and railings around the campus. The afternoon consisted of hundreds of community members who attended a resource fair and took advantage of the free food and information offered by several collaborative partners and partner agencies of Capital Area United Way. Also offered were health and Audiology screenings, HIV testing and life enrichment & financial classes. Capital Area United Way, along with community partners, was able to provide the foll0wing on the United Way Day of Action: • 150 volunteers participated for a total of 752 volunteer hours • More than 400 people in attendance • 37 agencies and community partners participated in the resource fair

ExxonMobil employees and volunteers Edgar Soto and Troy Huynh helped refurbish the Istrouma High School cafeteria. • 41 children were screened by Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital / Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project Mobile Medical Clinic • Fresh produce was distributed to approximately 250 clients by the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank • More than 525 meals were served by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army • 23 Audiology screenings by the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation • 18 HIV tests were completed by YWCA and Family Services of Greater Baton Rouge • 30 booster seats were distributed by Alliance Safety Council and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center “Capital Area United Way is proud that ExxonMobil and its employees continue to be our largest

corporate contributor, both financially and through volunteer work, and has continued to sponsor the United Way Day of Action,” said Richard Williams, Interim CEO & President. “We greatly appreciate the efforts of ExxonMobil to give back to the communities we serve to advance the common good.” “ExxonMobil employees were glad to take action with Capital Area United Way to paint, build and clean up at Istrouma High School, one of our long-time partners in the North Baton Rouge neighborhood,” said Paul Stratford, ExxonMobil Chemical Site Manager. “This United Way Day of Action demonstrated the strong partnership between our company, the United Way and our community, that is helping to make the Baton Rouge area a better place to live.” Participants included: Alliance Safety Council; ALS Associa-

tion; American Diabetes Association; American Red Cross; AMI Kids; Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing; Bank on Baton Rouge; Big Buddy Program; Capital Area Agency on Aging; Capital Area United Way; Capital Area Asset Coalition; Catholic Charities; Entergy; Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge; Girl Scouts Louisiana East; Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank/Snap Coordinator; HOPE Ministries; Iris Domestic Violence Center; LA Care Mayor’s Health Initiative; Mid City Redevelopment; Mental Health Association; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; St. Helena Head Start; Teach for America; The Salvation Army; Volunteers of America; and YWCA. Please contact Kendall C. Hebert the Senior Director for Communications and Marketing at 225.346 for additional information.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Receive National Award for Marketing Campaign BATON ROUGE, LA BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo was recently selected to receive the National Kudo’s Marketing Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). NRPA will present the award publicly at a special reception at the association’s 2013 Congress & Exposition in Houston, TX on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Each year, NRPA National Awards are presented to individuals and agencies across the U.S. to honor their efforts—both professional and personal—in the field of parks and recreation. Recipients are selected from a pool of applicants by NRPA’s National Awards and Scholarship Committee, and are chosen for excellence in a variety of topics, including professional and voluntary service, programming, leadership, research and public outreach. The National Kudo’s Marketing Award is the only marketing award that the NRPA awards each year after receiving hundreds of applications. For BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, the overall message of the 2012 marketing campaign was “Geaux Wild.” This particular message was chosen for its double meaning: “Geaux” is the colloquial version of “go” in Louisiana as the word often

denotes support for something. Using the phrase “Geaux Wild” helped the Zoo create a message of “support our wildlife conservation efforts.” Geaux Wild’s second meaning was a call to action: go to the Zoo and see what is new at your community’s Zoo. “The Geaux Wild campaign was exceedingly effective in creating public awareness. Our community immediately identifies with the word “Geaux,” and the Zoo capitalized on this instant identification to lend authenticity, reconizability and likeability to our Zoo and parks system,” said Mary Woods, former Friends of the Zoo Marketing Director. A zoo creative team brainstorming session led to the 2012 “Geaux Wild” marketing campaign which was created, designed and implemented by Woods, Kris Bordelon, Graphic Designer for BREC and Erin O’Neill, Publicity and Marketing Manager for BREC. For more information, visit http://www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrec-magazine.org. It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.

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“That Gun Changed Our Lives Forever” By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist My heart was shattered while I was working at 60 Minutes when my only sister was shot and killed by her husband. There was a restraining order that stopped nothing. “She called me and told me she was worried he was watching her. The next night, April 15th, he invaded the house. Her children, my beautiful 11-year-old niece and 9-year-old nephew, witnessed their mother being shot in the head and in the stomach by their father. The murder was recorded on 911 because my little niece somehow had the strength and courage when her father was threatening her mother to call 911 and say, ‘You need to come right away because someone is going to get shot here.’ My big sister was buried on my 28th birthday. “My niece could not save her mother’s life, nor could she keep her father in her life. He serves a life sentence in prison in Pennsylvania. My niece lives with memories and loss every day and through every milestone in her life with grace and profound humility. With a deep and abiding faith, she has forgiven her father and given her husband and two sons a life full of faith and hope . . . She lives with the memory of her father pulling the trigger. We all live with how that gun changed our lives forever. “There are many days when she still aches to be folded in her

mother’s arms. There are days when she aches because her sons have never known their grandparents. Some wounds never heal.” Patti Hassler, the Children’s Defense Fund’s vice president of communications, shared this story of her own family’s heartbreak when a gun changed their lives forever. Pamela Jean Hassler Groff was a beloved sister, daughter, and mother. Now her children have grown up without her and her entire family has been left to wonder what might have been if her husband—still serving his life sentence in prison—had not gotten his hands on a gun. They are not alone. According to the Department of Justice, in 2010, at least 1,082 women and 267 men were killed by their intimate partners, and 54 percent of these victims were killed with guns. For the past 30 years, more intimate partner homicides have been committed with a gun than with all other weapons combined; more than two-thirds of victims murdered by a spouse or ex-spouse were killed by guns. Anger and jealousy do not last forever, but a gunshot fired in an impulsive rage often does. Easy accessibility to lethal guns makes a fatal difference over and over again. Pamela Jean Hassler Groff did exactly what she was supposed to when her estranged husband became a threat: she sought and obtained a restraining order. See forever on page 7

Limiting Women’s Right to Choose By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I was 20 years old when Roe v. Wade was decided. A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to abort herself and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized. I’ll never forget the blood on the floor of her room, and the anguished screams of her roommate. The young woman never returned to school, her promising future cut short because she could not obtain a legal abortion. Now, there is an effort to return to the days of back alley abortions, or the days relatively wealthy women left the country to obtain legal and safe abortions. Republican-dominated legislatures in several states are committed to limiting and perhaps even eliminating women’s right to choose. The same Republicans who would limit a woman’s right to choose, are the same who say there are too many government regulations. Some would dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, institute a flat tax, eliminate the minimum wage and dismantle affirmative action. In North Dakota, the governor signed legislation to outlaw abortion after only six weeks of pregnancy. The law may not be constitutional but its passage sends a dangerous signal to women who support choice. Texas State Senator Wendy

Davis garnered national headlines (and the appreciation of many women) when her 11-hour filibuster defeated (at least temporarily) a proposed law that would forbid abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If enacted, the Texas law would also require abortion clinics to have additional equipment, making them far more expensive to operate. The North Carolina legislature has presented a similar law to the governor, who promised not to sign such legislation when he ran for office. But the governor does not have to sign the legislation for it to become law, since his failure to sign will effectively ratify the law. Should Gov. Pat McCrory veto the law, there are enough votes to override his veto. Senator Marco Rubio is likely to introduce similar legislation in the United States senate, making the effort to limit women’s right to choose a national mandate. Meanwhile, a January Gallup poll indicated that just 29 percent of all Americans support overturning Roe v. Wade. Eighteen percent said they had no opinion, and 53 said that Roe should not be overturned. The Republican push to limit abortion rights, though, effectively limits or overturns Roe v. Wade. While many suggest that African Americans are more conservative See women’s right, on page 7

Letter To The Editor In response to the Letter by Elwin Bobby Burns in the June 27th edition, I must assert that his statements regarding homosexuality being a worse sin than others are incorrect. He takes the Bible out of its rightful context. In the first place, there is no one sin greater than another. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) You cannot be more dead or less dead. Every human has sinned (Romans 3:23). Therefore, if Christ’s death did not pay for ALL sin, then his suffering was for nothing. However, there is no indication in the Bible that homosexuality is a sin. All of the direct references to homosexual sex in the Bible are in the context of the worship of false gods, and being indifferent or rebellious regarding God. In fact, Romans 1, cited by Mr. Burns is speaking of the consequences of worshipping false gods. Idol worship makes people evil, wicked, greedy and full ff depravity. Worshipping false gods, not homosexuality is what got Sodom in trouble. The Sodomites wanted to rape the

angels in order to receive power from the God they served as they imagined they did when they worshipped idols. Ezekiel 16: 48-49 tells us that the Sodomites were arrogant, proud, haughty, and did not help the needy. (Like many political conservatives of today.) Apparently they also did not follow the dietary and communal living laws God had set up to distinguish God’s people from the heathens. Not following these rules were what “abominations” meant at that time. There is also no reference at all to homosexual orientation in the Bible. Straight men and women were engaging in sex with temple prostitutes in the time of Romans. It was part of how one did idol worship. Paul was warning the new Christians against all forms of idol worship. Since there is no direct reference to homosexual orientation in the Bible, and it would be unreasonable to think God would create a baby See letter, on page 5

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Becoming the New Thurgood Marshall By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist If you’re looking for the justice on the Supreme Court who mirrors Thurgood Marshall’s tenure on the bench, it is not Sonia Sotomayor, the “Wise Latina.” And it certainly isn’t Clarence Thomas. It is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. This became clear in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case. With Elena Kagan recusing herself, the court voted 7-1 to send the case back to court of appeals for additional review. The lone dissenter was Ginsburg. “The University of Texas at Austin (University) … has steered clear of a quota system like the one struck down in Bakke, which excluded all nonminority candidates from competition for a fixed number of seats….” she said. “ Justice Powell’s majority opinion in Bakke “rules out a racial quota or set-aside, in which race is the sole fact of eligibility for certain places in a class.’ And, like so many educational institutions across the Nation, the University has taken care to follow the model approved by the Court in Grutter v. Bollinger.” In sending Fisher back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the 7-1 majority emphasized that the lower court should apply a standard of strict scrutiny, meaning the University must prove that it has tried all available race-neutral approaches before allowing race to be con-

sidered a factor in admissions. Ginsburg wrote in her dissent, “I have said before and reiterate here that only an ostrich could regard the supposedly neutral alternatives as race unconscious.” Continuing to address the issue of race directly, Ginsburg said, “I have several times explained why government actors, including state universities, need not be blind to the lingering effects of ‘an overtly discriminatory past,’ the legacy of ‘centuries of lawsanctioned inequality.’ Among constitutionally permissible options, I remain convinced, ‘those that candidly disclose their consideration of race [are] preferable to those that conceal it.’” In Shelby County v. Holder, the Voting Rights Act challenge, Ginsburg filed a dissenting opinion that was joined by Stephen G. Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan. The conservative majority struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, effectively gutting one of the nation’s most effective tools to curb discrimination against Black voters. “In the Court’s view, the very success of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act demands its dormancy,” Ginsburg said. “Congress was of another mind. Recognizing that large progress has been made, Congress determined, based on a voluminous record, that the scourge of discrimination was not yet extirpated.” She explained, “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) has worked to combat voting discrimination where other remedies had been tried and failed. Particularly

effective is the VRA’s requirement of federal preclearance for all changes to voting laws in the regions of the country with the most aggravated records of rank discrimination against minority voting rights.” Quoting a 1966 decision in South Carolina v. Katzenbach, Ginsburg said, “A century after the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments guaranteed citizens the right to vote free of discrimination on the basis of race, the ‘blight of racial discrimination in voting’ continued to “infec[t] the electoral process in parts of our country.” The Voting Rights Act directly addressed that infection, Ginsburg stated. “Although the VRA wrought dramatic changes in the realization of minority voting rights, the Act, to date, surely has not eliminated all vestiges of discrimination against the exercise of the franchise by minority citizens,” she said. “Jurisdictions covered by the preclearance requirement continued to submit, in large numbers, proposed changes to voting laws that the Attorney General declined to approve, auguring that barriers to minority voting would quickly resurface were the preclearance remedy eliminated.” Ginsburg noted, “After considering the full legislative record, Congress made the following findings: The VRA has directly caused significant progress in eliminating first-generation barriers to ballot access, leading to a marked increase in minority voter registration and turnout and the number of minority elected

officials. But despite this progress, “second generation barriers constructed to prevent minority voters from fully participating in the electoral process” continued to exist, as well as racially polarized voting in the covered jurisdictions, which increased the political vulnerability of racial and language minorities in those jurisdictions.” She noted that Congress, not the judiciary, should have the final say on voting matters. “The Constitution uses the words ‘right to vote’ in five separate places: the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Nineteenth, TwentyFourth, and Twenty-Sixth Amendments. Each of these Amendments contains the same broad empowerment of Congress to enact ‘appropriate legislation’ to enforce the protected right. The implication is unmistakable: Under our constitutional structure, Congress holds the lead rein in making the right to vote equally real for all U. S. citizens. These Amendments are in line with the special role assigned to Congress in protecting the integrity of the democratic process in federal elections.” That’s language that would make Thurgood Marshall proud. 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 and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.

Obama Should Lead Fight to Revive Voting Rights Act By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled by the Supreme Court’s recent decision. All celebrate the 1965 Act as the most consequential civil rights legislation of the past century. Its passage was central to the building of the New South, opening the way to attracting foreign investment in auto factories, creating CNN, hosting the Super Bowl, even electing presidents. One afflicted with a poisoned heart is often blind to its effects. The South learned only after the civil rights legislation that segregation was blighting its own potential. In 2006, the Congress, after weeks of hearings and thousands of pages of testimony and evidence, overwhelmingly reauthorized the law by a vote of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House. Legislators chose to sustain Section 4 that identified which counties and states had a history of discrimination sufficient that

changes in voting rights would be subject to prior approval by the Justice Department or a federal court under Section 5. Preclearance not only blocked laws with discriminatory effect, but it also inhibited efforts to suppress the right to vote. But Justice John Roberts, writing for the court in a 5-4 decision, argued that “our country has changed.” He and the activist reactionaries on the court substituted their judgment for that of elected officials and struck down Section 4. Yet, the decision came after an election in which Republicans, particularly in Section 4 states, had pushed harsh restrictions on voting that would make it harder for minorities to vote. When the Miami Heat played the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA finals, the games were rough, but proactive referees kept them from becoming brawls. Justice Roberts’ decision, in essence, would pull the referees off the court. With Republican office holders increasingly worried by the growing numbers of AfricanAmerican, Latino, Asian-Amer-

ican and other minority voters, measures to curtail voting rights have spread. It is perverse that the chief justice thought this was the time to overrule the congressional judgment. Sen. Lindsay Graham (RS.C.) defended the court’s decision, saying that his state had witnessed “tremendous progress” in voting rights. Progress, no doubt, but in 2012 South Carolina passed a discriminatory voting act that was struck down by the courts. David Gergen said he was from North Carolina and “times have changed.” Change, yes, but in 2012, North Carolina pushed an aggressive agenda to curtail voting rights, including restrictive voting ID, elimination of early voting on Sunday, a ban on same day voter registration and more. Similar reforms in Texas, blocked by a Section 5 preclearance review, were immediately taken up again when the court’s decision came down. We need to keep the referees on the court. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already

pledged hearings to begin reformulating Section 4. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that he hoped the House would find a “responsible way forward.” The president should elevate this issue so that Americans can see who stands for voting rights, and who stands in the way. Over the past years, the new South has made progress, but that is in large part because the Voting Rights Act put referees on the field to enforce the law. Will Republicans join Democrats in reviving bipartisan support for remedying the Supreme Court’s wrong-headed decision? Or will they use the court’s decision to intensify their efforts to suppress the vote? By pushing hard for action, the president can help re-create the bipartisan support that is vital for our progress as one nation. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. is founder and president of the Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition. You can keep up with his work at www.rainbowpush. org.

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New National Website Walks Small Business Owners Through Ins and Outs of Health Coverage

Online resource gives small business owners step-by-step information on navigating healthcare market with new healthcare law about to take full effect Washington, DC—Today, Small Business Majority unveiled the Health Coverage Guide (http://healthcoverageguide.org), an online resource that provides small business owners with objective, stepby-step information on how to navigate the healthcare market with the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, taking full effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The healthcare landscape has been shifting significantly since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March 2010. In October of this year, open enrollment for state health insurance marketplaces begins, and the bulk of the law’s provisions—including that everyone have insurance—go into effect in January 2014.

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to be extra sinful, as if that were possible, then there is no way that being born a homosexual could be an extra ville sin. God does not punish us for who we are. We are punished for rebelling against God by not accepting Jesus as our personal savior. Jesus spoke a message of love and acceptance for all who choose to believe in him. He also demonstrated equality regardless of race, sex, immigration status, disability and, by extension, sexual orientation. There are many homosexuals who are Christians in Louisiana. Baton Rouge Pride Fest is partially sponsored by a local Christian church whose pastor is gay. Keith Mozingo is a powerful preacher and a born again Christian. Some, but not all of the members are gay also. It is time for all Christians to get past their fear of homosexuals and recognize them as their brothers and sisters in Christ and equal in every way just as the

real Christian churches banded together to work for equality for African-Americans in the 1960s. Remember, one of Martin Luther King’s top assistants and the organizer of the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, was gay. Dr. King set an example and his wife said that he was planning to come out for gay rights after he dealt further with the Viet Nam war. There is no one who can make you gay, Mr. Burns. You either are or you are not and nobody can change that. God does not make mistakes. Homosexuality is not a sin. It is how some people were made. They are still created in the likeness of God and not some evil creatures out to destroy America. Rhonda Browning – Teacher 5055 Enterprise Street BR LA 70805 359-9031

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The new Hostess Brands’ Twinkies -- the cream-filled yellow-sponge cake that has delighted (and dismayed) Americans for 83 years -- will now have an extended shelf life of 45 days when they return to stores on July 15, compared to 26 days previously. The shelf-life change has been in the making for years, The AP reports. The new owners of the iconic snack cake, investment firm Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management, have streamlined operations since buying the Twinkies and Hostess brands for $410 million last year. (Hostess Brands went bankrupt after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in early 2012; the company was forced to liquidate and sell off its brands to various bidders). The number of bakery plants was reduced to four from 11 and deliveries will now be sent directly to warehouses that supply retailers versus the stores themselves. That move should expand Hostess’ national reach, according to The AP. Some Hostess employees will return to the company but they will no longer

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Carolyn Gee Named Promotions Director of WTQT 106.1

Baton Rouge, La. — Carolyn Gee has been named Promotions Director of WTQT 106.1 (formerly 94.9). The all new 106.1 has been redesigned and with that, came a promotion for a veteran in Gospel music broadcasting. Carolyn has now accepted duties that will include 106.1

being more involved in the community in an effort to bring the community together. She states, “Many years of duration and hard work will pay off!” Sunrise with Carolyn Gee can still be heard on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Revival at Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Baton Rouge, LA Summer revival will be held at Greater Mt. Canaan Baptist Church located at 5820 Evangeline Street and Rev. Levie “Ash” Wright is pastor. On July 17 - 20, 2013 the

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Frame Your World by the Word of God By Donald Lee
 As children of the Most High God, we’ve been empowered by Him, our heavenly Father, to function in this earth in the supernatural, in ways that supersede natural or earthly abilities and that surpass human comprehension. While this statement may interfere with the theology of many people, the few who actually get this — and who search the scriptures and study the Word diligently — will find themselves discovering a whole other world coming alive to them. They’ll begin to perceive things that they couldn’t perceive or sense before; they’ll begin to see themselves as who God, our Father, created them to be — supernatural beings clad in natural (or earthly) bodies. Their way of thinking becomes transfigured — revolutionized. And there’s an uncanny boldness (see Ephesians 3:12; Acts 4:13) that comes upon them. It is with this new-found level of understanding of our relation-

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up residence within our inward man. And with this information, we learn how to flow in this earth as our Daddy commands. Hebrews 11:3 says: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (In your private study time, read slowly and meditate on each verse in the 11th chapter of Hebrews. Each shares how God moved on the behalf of those who put their faith into practice.) Now, let’s get back to this third verse in Hebrews 11. What’s key here is that we see in scripture that “the worlds” were “framed” by the Word of God. Everything we see and can’t see, everything both in this visible world and the invisible world, the things we can understand and the things we cannot: Everything was created by God’s Word. In the natural (realm), if we want to build a house, we’ve got get lumber from somewhere, right? We’ve got to pay a contractor — things like that. This is an example of us framing our world by our words with things that do appear. In order for us to build a house, the lumber we need is already here; it’s tangible; we can see it; it exists. So does the contractor. But God created all of these things from nothing. He spoke them and they appeared. The Holy Spirit

reminds us that God created us to be just like Him (Genesis 1:26). He loves us. He has adopted us as His children through the works of Jesus. Since we have crowned Him as Lord and Savior of our lives, we now operate in His splendor. Turn to John 1:1-14. Read the first 14 verses (King James Version), but start off by emphasizing the first three: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. The same three verses in the Amplified Bible say: In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. Jesus is the Word. Jesus was the Word of God made flesh. In other Words, the Word of God dwelt among the people here in the earth, in the person of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the sent One of God. We see the will of God through the example of His Word, Jesus the Christ. We’ve accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. Our mandate now, the charge that the Christ, the Word of See framE your world, on page 7

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Women’s Right

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concerned with the conditions at Jetson. it is happening there. What i do know is that most of these youth can be changed, from contrition in a prepatory school for Angola to rehabilitation for a positive life that may lead to a life of meritorious glory. That is the Way I See It!

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What’s Good Your Heart Is Good For Your Brain About TheirForHealth Care Options (NAPSM)-A survey commissioned The Centers for Medicare by two leading health organizations & Medicaid Services found that although two out(CMS) of three and The Institute(61ofpercent) Museum African Americans exand Library Services (IMLS) pressed concern about developing announced an initiative to get heart disease and two out of five (40 percent) expressed about librarians ready toconcern help people developing Alzheimer’s, only in every State learn about theabout new one in 20Insurance are aware that heart health Health Marketplace. is linked brain health. Thistoinitiative will provide the Alzheimer’s Association is public libraries with informajoining forces with the American tion about the health care law heart Association to educate and connect librarians withAfrican CMS Americans that managingapplitheir Navigators andbycertified cardiovascular risk, they may also cation counselors to help their strengthen their cognitive health. patrons understand the options “What’s good for your heart is for enrollment in the health insurgood for your brain,” says Jennifer ance through the Marketplace. Manly, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Associa“Libraries across thishealthy countion spokesperson. “every try are a tremendous resource heartbeat pumps about one-fifthfor of people in to their your blood yourcommunities,” brain to carry on said CMS Administrator Marilyn the daily processes of thinking, probTavenner. “People will likely lem solving and remembering.” turn libraries to the learn about “Bytothe year 2030, number of the Marketplace, and want African Americans age 65 we or older is to make tosure staff expected morethat thanlibrary double to 6.9 million,” saidtoemil M.D., has access theMatarese, tools and the American heart information to Association respond to spokespeople person. “Although is who want to sign Alzheimer’s up and enroll not coverage part of normal aging, age1.” is the for on October greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. So it is important that African Americans take steps now to decrease their risk of heart disease, which research has shown could also decrease the risk of cognitive Bdecline.” y Terry Blankenship

Did You Know? for quiet conversations—mak• Compared to the general public, ing them a natural for African Americans havelocation a higher risk outreach and education efforts. of diabetes, high blood pressure and “I am pleased that CMS is vascular dementia. reaching out40 topercent the library com• More than of African Americans blood presmunity sohave thathigh librarians are sure (hBP) and at risk for prepared to are respond tostroke, queswhich leadthe to Marketplace,” greater risk for tions can about developing other said SusanAlzheimer’s H. Hildreth,orIMLS, vascular director,cognitive Institute dementias. of Museum and • everyServices. year, more“Public than 100,000 Library librarAfrican Americans have a stroke. ies• having are trusted sources for health high cholesterol increases information. We know that for the risk for stroke and may increase millions Americans, the nathe risk forof Alzheimer’s. tion’s 17,000 public libraries are the ‘go Your to’ place Manage Risksfor information about health issues.”remember • Watch the numbers. The IMLS is primary that desirable blood pressure is less source of federal support the than 120/80 mmhg. Keep yourfor body weight in the recommended range nation’s 123,000 libraries and and makemuseums. sure that the total choles17,500 The initiative will help CMS munity in the United States and terol isCMS less than is on200mg/dL. target for open • healthy lifestyle include Navigators, certified application are recognized as a valuable com- enrollment in thechoices Marketplace, and1, physically accounselors, and others connect at munity resource. Libraries have staying which mentally begins Oct. 2013. Covtive, staying socially involved, reducthe community level and share a long history of helping people erage will begin Jan. 1, 2014. intake of fat and cholesterol information on health insurance access information about health ing your Contact the CMS Media and not smoking. coverage options. Public libraries care, offering public meeting Relations at (202) 690-6145 for Visit www.alz.org/heartbrain or additional information. are located in nearly every com- spaces, computers, and allowing call the American Stroke Association, a division of the American heart Association, at (888) 478-7653 or the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900 and you’ll receive a broResearch shows a link between heart and brain health, which means impaired chure with heart and brain health information and a free pedometer, heart function could lead to impaired brain function. addedsupplies costs. last. while • What products does the If you have diabetes and are on provider stock? A quality proMedicare, you have an important vider should offer a wide range of decision to make – and make fast. products so that patients can get a You have probably heard product that best meets their needs. that Medicare changed the system • Does the provider handle all through which you getanyour diabetes (NAPSi)-here’s alert worth ness of diabetes, particularly when increased physical activity can help able in english and Spanish by callthe paperwork? A quality provider testing onto: JulyAccording 1. So unlike payingsupplies attention to it is left undiagnosed and untreated. delay or prevent the onset of type 2 ing the ADA at 1-800-DiABeteS will handle any paperwork before, when you couldAssociation order sup- the day is held on the fourth tuesday diabetes. the American Diabetes (1-800-342-2383) or online atassociwww. ated with Medicare, saving patients plies from thousands order2 of every March. (ADA), learning your of riskmail for type Among the primary risk factors diabetes.org/alert. and effort with these confusdiabetes could save your life. can on that day, people are encour- for type 2 diabetes are being over- time though the Alert is a one-day companies, only 18 companies Diabetes a serious diseasesupthat aged to take the Diabetes risk test, weight, sedentary, over the age of call action, awareness about type ing to forms. provide youiswith your testing strikes nearly 21 million children either with paper and pencil or online. 45 and having a family history of 2 diabetes is important anytime of the plies today. • Does the provider deliver on and adults U.S. it is named free risk tests are Thereinisthe little question that the risk test requires users to answer diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, year, time so and forDiabetes free? Patients should the “silent killer”will because one-third online and by calling ADA this new system be better in the seven simple questions about age, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific available expect their provider to cover the of those disease--more year long. long run.with Thethe government willthan save6 weight, lifestyle and family history-- islanders are at an increased risk, as all costs of shipping and guarantee that million--do notwill know it. all potential risk factors for diabetes. are women who have babies weighing A free Diabetes risk test is availmoney and you seethey yourhave co-pay testing supplies arrive on many, diagnosis come People scoring 10 points or more are more than 9 pounds at birth. able all year long towill determine thetime risk andFor deductible amountsmay decrease. anddeveloping in proper condition. seven to 10 years after the onset of at a high risk for type 2 diabetes and the Diabetes risk test is availfor type 2 diabetes. 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Southern University 2013 Homecoming Parade Applications BATON ROUGE, LA - Southern University is now accepting applications for the 2013 Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26. The deadline to submit parade entry forms, information about floats and payment will be 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Parade spots are on a first come, first serve basis. Equestrian units must contact Christie Monroe at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for verification of your Equine Infectious Anemia Laboratory Test (Coggins Test) prior to the submission of your entry packet. Monroe can be contacted at (225) 771-4350 or at christie_monroe@suagcenter. com. Southern’s 2013 Homecoming Week will be October 20-26 ending with the Southern Jaguars taking on the Braves of Alcorn State University in A.W. Mumford Stadium at 6 p.m. The week leading up to the game will be filled with events including: the BET College Tour, Pep Rally Concert, Gala on the Bluff, Greek Show and much more. For parade entry forms and more information on Homecoming Week call 225-771-2940, email studentprograms@subr.edu or visit www.subr.edu/homecoming2013.

Monica Wright Engaged To Kevin Durant

Monica Wright Kevin Durant and Monica Wright were both highly touted Washington, D.C., -area prep basketball stars in high school, but the hour’s drive separating Durant’s home in Prince George’s County, Md., from Wright’s in Prince William County, Va., meant the two didn’t wind up actually crossing paths until the 2006 McDonald’s All-American national showcase in San Diego. What began there as a friendship has since developed into something more, as the 24-yearold Oklahoma City Thunder star and the just-about-to-turn-25-yearold reserve Minnesota Lynx wing player are now engaged to be married.

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Venus Williams WASHINGTON — Don’t count out Venus Williams for a U.S. Open appearance. That is, if her recovery from a lower back injury that forced the former world No. 1 to skip Wimbledon allows her to play in a tune-up event before the next grand slam. The 33-year-old missed the grass-court major after 16 consecutive appearances. Williams last played in May when she lost in the first round of the French Open. The injury also prevented Williams from rejoining the

prepared and hopefully come back some time before the U.S. Open.” Asked if she had a specific return date in mind, Williams said, “I’m just keeping my options open. ... I know with injuries it doesn’t always work out as you planned. When I’m back on the court, I’ll be ready and prepared to play. At 25 percent, it’s not a good way to be so I’m going to be ready when I come back.” The hard court major and final grand slam of the year begins Aug. 26.

Ryan Braun Didn’t Answer Questions Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun, who has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs, refused to answer questions during a recent meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection to Tony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, sources told “Outside the Lines.” The meeting took place June 29, a source said, and is one of several that MLB has conducted with players connected to the clinic. A source said New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has not been interviewed,

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Act continues bringing changes to our nation’s healthcare system, it’s essential to disseminate clear, objective information not only about the new law but about the system in general to help small business owners understand their coverage options,” said Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer. Frequently asked questions about how the Affordable Care Act impacts small businesses now, and which provisions will affect them in 2014 when the law is fully implemented.

Washington Kastles, the World Team Tennis franchise she played for last season. Williams spoke with media before the two-time defending champion’s season opener, attended by first lady Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King. “I’m feeling better, I’ve been working hard and rehabbing,” Williams said. “I just have to take my time until I feel 100 percent. It’s just difficult to play tennis when you have an injury. It’s hard to be confident when you’re not prepared. “I’m going to wait until I’m

The main issues to consider when deciding if it’s affordable to purchase health insurance for employees. Steps to follow if employers decide to purchase coverage, plus alternative healthcare options to suggest to employees if group coverage is financially out of reach. Tools such as a tax credit calculator, which estimates how much federal healthcare tax credit employers qualify for. “Our hope is that the guide allows employers, including those who are so busy that they only

but a meeting is expected to take place within the week. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that Rodriguez will meet with MLB on Friday but said the injured slugger likely will refuse to answer questions. The source also told ESPNNewYork.com that 10 players already have met with MLB but have refused to answer questions. Commissioner Bud Selig’s office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week’s All-Star break,

have a few spare moments, to find the information they need and to better understand the processes and laws involved in offering health insurance,” Arensmeyer said. “By placing this objective information at their fingertips, we hope to make the process of obtaining health coverage quicker and simpler for our nation’s entrepreneurs.” Visit the coverage guide at www.healthcoverageguide.org. “Families USA applauds Small Business Majority for issuing an unbiased health coverage guide to help small businesses navigate the Affordable Care Act. With fewer than 100 days until

for their roles in the Biogenesis case, several sources told “Outside the Lines.” As OTL reported, MLB started building cases against the players last month after Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators. The question is the length of the suspensions. Sources said the commissioner’s office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez, the punishment for a second offense, even though neither player was previously suspended for violating MLB’s drug policy.

October 1st, the beginning of the enrollment period in the new health insurance marketplaces, it is imperative that small business owners have an impartial source of information they can turn to for reference. The Small Business Health Coverage Guide walks small business owners through the process, step-by-step, and provides the kind of objective information they need to make important health care decisions.” Check out what other healthcare and small business experts are saying about the Health Coverage Guide at http:// healthcoverageguide.org/about/ testimonials/.

SU Launches The Nationunited Social Media Campaign Following the success of the 2012 #StandUnited campaign, which increased the department’s social media footprint to more than 4,100 Facebook “Likes” and 1150 Twitter followers, Southern athletics is working to revive the spirit of the Jaguar Nation fanbase through community involvement in 2013. Southern University athletics unveiled its #NationUnited social media campaign and game day promotions and themes for the 2013 home football schedule Monday. #NationUnited identifies Jaguar supporters as vital shareholders entrusted with upholding the traditions and mission of Southern University athletics. Throughout the athletic calendar, fans will be able to follow and share all news related to Southern sports by using the hashtag #NationUnited in an effort to enhance the presence of the “Jaguar Nation” on social media. “In addition to a terrific 5-game home slate featuring arch-rival Jackson State and first-time visitor Clark-Atlanta, we have exciting promotions to engage fans and entice participation from the Jaguar Nation,” said Southern Athletic Director Dr. William Broussard. “We’re thrilled to kick the new year off with this much excitement.” Fans can follow Southern athletics on Facebook at facebook.com/SouthernUJaguars and on Twitter @SouthernUSports. The pound symbol, or hash tag in Twitter terminology, helps Jaguar fans connect to all Southern athletics’ news and updates on several vastly popular social media sites and mobile applications including Instagram and Snap Chat. Five home games, including the Jackson State game on Sept. 28 and homecoming Oct. 26, highlight the 2013 home schedule. On Sept. 14, Southern welcomes Prairie View A&M for its 2013 home opener on Unite in White Alumni Day. Along with asking fans and alumni to wear white, Southern will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1993 SWAC Championship team, the first under legendary coach Pete Richardson, in a pregame ceremony. The Jaguars will enjoy a two-game homestand when they host Jackson State Sept. 28 on True Blue Hall of Fame

Day refreshed by Coca-Cola and Alabama A&M Oct. 12 on Think Pink Day made ice cold by Miller Coors. During Hall of Fame Day, the Southern sports Hall of Fame Board and 2013 Inductees will be recognized prior to the 68th meeting between the two schools. Fans who also attend the Jackson State game, also known as the Battle of the Big Cats, are asked to wear Columbia Blue, the school’s official colors. The first game in the month of October is designated as the Think Pink game in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Coaches, players and athletic department staff will sport pink in support of the fight against Breast Cancer. The Oct. 12 game is also Church and Non-profit day. Alcorn State will serve as the Jaguars’ “Royal Flush” homecoming opponent Oct. 26 before Southern concludes the 2013 home slate on Nov. 17 for the first-ever meeting against Clark Atlanta, where head coach Dawson Odums served as interim head coach in 2004. Cox Communications serves as Southern’s official sponsor for homecoming 2013, which features plans to commemorate the university’s 100-year anniversary by wearing special throwback helmets and limited edition royal blue jersey’s. The Southern University alumni band is schedule to perform during pregame festivities and the SU Football Alumni Association will conduct a jersey retirement ceremony. In the home finale, Southern will salute the brave and the bold on Heroes Day and provide 100 free tickets for military appreciation. Fans are asked to “Be Bold in Gold” and wear gold Jaguar gear to salute the 2013 senior class, who will play their final game in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Prices for 2013 season books range from $75 for north endzone seating to $190 for east and west box stadium seating. Single game tickets will not be available until the week of the first game and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-488-5252 when they become available. For more information regarding season ticket policies for the 2013 football season, contact the SU Ticket Office at 225.771.3171 or view the 2013 season ticket holder notice.

BRBVA/Team Automotive Group Sportsplex Announces Hometown Heroes Clinic BATON ROUGE, LA — BRBVA/Team Automotive Group Sportsplex will host a unique one day hoops experience called Hometown Heroes in Baton Rouge this summer for youth grades 5th and up on Saturday, July 20th. The clinic will feature an amazing lineup of former, current, and future LSU greats including Glen Davis, Tyrus Thomas, Nikita Wilson, Ethan Martin, Howard Carter, Garrett Temple, Stanley Roberts, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Ronald Dupree, Darnell Lazare, Col-

lis Temple, Marcus Thornton, and Leonard Mitchell. Each clinic will focus primarily on basketball skills, leadership & selfesteem. Campers are divided into groups according to age and rotated through the stations. Hometown Heroes will be unique experience, as campers will learn how to play the game from these greats, who will actually be working with the campers. Space is limited. Campers can register at www.teamsportsplex.net For clinic information contact Anthony Kimble at AnthonyK@aootmgmt.com or 225.936.5161. For Press contact Brock Kantrow at 225.328.6461 or pbkantrow@gmail.com

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