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9/11 Memorial Ceremony Loss, Tension
Oil Rig Employees Urged to Apply for Financial Relief Program Offers Grants to Workers Affected by Moratorium BATON ROUGE – Oil rig workers suffering financial hardship because of the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling are urged to apply for a hardship grant offered by the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation. The Rig Worker Assistance Fund was established with a $100 million donation from BP. Under an agreement with BP, the program is limited to people who were working aboard 33 deepwater rigs on May 6, when the moratorium began. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Sept.
30, 2010. Grant awards will range from $3,000 to $30,000, and grants will be awarded by Oct. 31. Rig workers who believe they are affected by the moratorium can call (866) 5778141 or apply online at www. gcrpf.org <http://www.gcrpf. org> . The hotline is staffed Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation was created to help people affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and provide for the long-term sustainability of wildlife in the coastal ecosystem. Please contact Mukul Verma, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, mverma@braf. org, (225) 387-6126 Ann Edelman, Zehnder Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (225) 242-9000.
Two-year-old Luke Pavlenishzili, riding on the shoulders of his father George Pavlenishzili, offers a rose to New York firefighter Joe Huber, who was standing at the reflecting pool at ground zero during a memorial service commemorating the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Chang W. Lee
Elaine G. Davis Announces Candidacy for City of Baker School Board District 1
Thousands of relatives of the 9/11 dead gathered in a park near ground zero on Saturday morning for the ninth annual reading of their names as a nation debated whether a mosque and Islamic community center should be built near ground zero and a president pleaded for religious tolerance. They filled a makeshift plaza in Zuccotti Park, beside a construction site sprouting cranes and American flags where 4 World Trade Center is rising, carrying cups of coffee and bouquets of flowers, wearing the sweatshirts and T-shirts and ball caps of the Port Authority police, the New York State emergency medical technicians, the New York Fire and Police Departments and many
BAKER, LA - Elaine G. Davis announces her candidacy for election to the City of Baker School Board District 1. The election will be held on October 2, 2010. Mrs. Davis is a career educator who believes in a quality education, first class learning environments and safe schools for all children in the Baker School District. She also says that a strong relationship should be built between the School District and the community at large. Mrs. Davis is a retired school administrator from Special School District in the Louisiana Department of Education and she taught for 11 years in East Baton Rouge Parish as a helping teacher and speech pathologist. She feels that her prior
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A rose floats in the reflecting pool at Ground Zero during the annual 9/11 memorial service September 11, 2010 in New York City.
experience on the Baker Board from 1999-2006 helps her understand the needs and new chalElaine G. Davis lenges that lie ahead. Mrs. Davis has been given a favorable endorsement by the Greater Baton Rouge AFLCIO and SEIU Local 21LA. She is a member of the Louisiana Association of Educators, National Education Association, Life Member of the PTA, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church. She is married to Dr. Leroy Davis and they have twin sons and four grandchildren.
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Monroe Native Places Second at National Best Warrior Competition By Spc. Scott D. Longstreet Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office PINEVILLE, LA – Sgt. Jordan Jones, of Monroe, La., recently competed in the National Guard National Best Warrior Competition at Fort Benning, Ga. Having tested the limits of
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both his physical stamina and his mental toughness, Jones placed second overall for noncommissioned officers. Jones previously won both the state and regional competitions held at Camp Cook, in Ball, La., earlier this year. “It was truly a great honor and privilege to represent both
the state and region at Fort Benning,” said Jones, the Recruit Sustainment Program supply sergeant. “I fought hard and am very proud of my performance.” The monumental accomplishment will help the Louisiana National Guard recruit new Soldiers and retain existing ones. As a reward for his success at
the national competition, Jones will soon head to Air Assault School. “An accomplishment like this is important for recruiting,” said Command Sgt. Major James Mays, senior enlisted advisor, Army. “It will be a great tool to See competition, on page 7
The Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a Denver, Colo.-based nonprofit organization working to combat domestic abuse, offers alarming statistics of which we need to be aware....See Page 6
A Scholar and a Gentleman Members of La Capitale Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provided a jumpstart to the school year when they donated backpacks to students residing at Youth With A Mission\ Vision, a shelter for women and their children. The donation culminated the Chapter’s recent “Pack the Backpack” campaign, spearheaded by Services to Youth and chaired by Mavis Henderson-Lewis....Page 3
Ron Walters was a gentle man. Yes, he was brilliant, insightful, a political genius with a passionate love for African-American people and for our advancement. But he was also gentle and kind in a way that many with genius are not. ..See Page 4
Myron Williams Is ‘Thankful’
Award winning producer Myron Williams is back with his sophomore CD, Thankful. Scheduled for an October 5, 2010 release, the project is sure to please his fans with his signature style and songs of unwavering Worship & Praise....See Page 6
AIDS Orphans Fight Stigma
In Ethiopia, 5.4 million children are considered to be orphaned or vulnerable, according to government estimates. Many of these young people, who represent 6 percent of the country’s total population, live with sick parents ...See Page 7
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Community Improvement Plan Update: Melrose East After more than 45 years Melrose East area residents expressed their hopes and desires in July for the future of their neighborhood, initial results show that the community shares common ideas about both the positive aspects and challenges of their area. “The residents are one of the best resources we have for garnering ideas to improve the economic conditions of an area,” said Walter Monsour, President & CEO of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (RDA). “We were happy to see residents come out and tackle the difficult task of identifying the needed improvements to their neighborhood in a coordinated and unified manner.” The RDA and its consultant team, led by Phillips-Davis Legacy of New York and Brown+Danos landdesign of Baton Rouge, are designing five Community Im-
provement Plans, or CIPs, in the Baton Rouge area in 2010. The RDA’s Community Improvement Plan Visioning workshop for Melrose East was conducted at the BREC Headquarters on July 22nd. In addition to the Melrose East area, other areas undergoing community improvement planning include Scotlandville Gateway, Choctaw Corridor, Northdale and the Zion City & Glen Oaks. Baton Rouge Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis was in attendance at the workshop and worked side-by-side with her constituents to identify the area’s unique assets and challenges. “While the Melrose East area has many needs, it also has an upper hand in that there is strong community leadership from its business owners and residents,” said Councilwoman Collins-Lewis. Melrose East is bordered by North Ardenwood to
the west, North Lobdell Boulevard to the east, Renoir Avenue to the north, and Florida Boulevard to the south. This is approximately a 1.5 mile area populated by approximately 5,500 residents. The area was once anchored by retail merchants including the now closed Bon Marché Mall, which has since been converted into an economic development project, Bon Carré Technology Park, housing corporations including Cox Communications and Louisiana Center for Educators. When asked to list what they believe are assets and challenges in their community, residents who attended the July 22nd visioning workshop voiced the Bon Carré Technology Park as an asset, as well as area churches and the police substation, while vacant and blighted properties and crime were noted as the biggest challenges.
The RDA, a quasi-governmental entity, works to improve the quality of life for East Baton Rouge citizens through economic development and eradication of blight. Along with community improvement planning, the RDA administers other programs to stimulate economic development and improve neighborhood conditions, such as gap financing, rental rehabilitation and small business façade grants. While the Community Improvement Plans create community-inspired design that allow for the integration of beautification and smart-growth concepts with the coming of possible new developments, the RDA recognizes that plans alone do not improve a community for the better. “While we certainly have the tools to encourage and attract commercial projects to the area, development will still be driven by the market,” reminded Monsour. The workshop will be held at the BREC Headquarters at 6201 Florida Boulevard on Thursday, September 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. . Refreshments will be provided at the workshop. Residents and businesses can learn more about the CIP project and other RDA programs, such as small business façade grants and rental rehabilitation, by visiting their website at www.ebrra.org.
Hill Named Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
BATON ROUGE – Michelle Hill has been appointed interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. Hill previously served as Executive Associate to the Chancellor at Southern. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Southern University.
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Knowing good and doing good are different things in many ways. Cecil CONGRATULATIONS TO SHILOH’S MUSICAL HONOREES! All of you, and especially to my hometown musical genius Everette Parker! We know you and admire the good work you do for our community and beyond this community. Keep up the good work and savor this moment of recognition. Remember, one honor always deserves another honor! Best wishes ANOTHER TEACHER OF THE YEAR has been brought to our attention. We salute Ms. Marissa Bulger who was named by her peer as their Teacher of the year at Ascension Catholic High School. There she teaches English 10-12 and in her first, very first full-time teaching job. (Would you believe the very first and won this covet honor?) This says a lot for the teacher and her work that she is doing. Best wishes to you! “Beauty and the Beast”
is being put on by area students and Jarred Baker. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University and his major was theatre. His major study was musical theatre and was in several professional must productions. THANKS TO THE ST. JOSEPH ALTAR PARTICIPANTS, from Ms. Lorraine Smith Landry. This annual feast presented to the students the history and purpose each year. According to Lorraine lots of good food and dishes were brought and donations continue to come in. “Thanks to everyone”, she says. HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW OBAMA T-SHIRT with the Psalm scripture on it? If you check it out the scripture is not for Obama but against him. Do not be partisan and keep a level head about our national leaders. Don’t buy it! THANKS TO STEVEN SCHNEIDER FOR THE ART WORK See Marge, on page 5
9/11 Memorial from page 1 other agencies. And on another crystalclear September morn, a few degrees cooler than the one engraved on a city’s heart, they held aloft posters and photos of the departed whose captions told the story of that day and of this one. Angel Luis Jarbe Jr.: “Always in our hearts.” Lt. Philip S. Petti, FDNY: “Remembering.” James V. DeBlase Jr.: “Where are OUR rights?” Joon Koo Kang: “We love you!! Islam mosque ‘right next to ground zero??? We should stop this!!” From the stage, however, the ceremony kept strictly to remembrance and steered clear of politics. “No other public tragedy has cut our city so deeply,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said moments before a firefighter rang a silver bell at 8:47 a.m., signaling the moment the first plane hit the first tower. “No other place is as filled with our compassion, our love and our solidarity,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “It is with the strength of these emotions, as well as the concrete, glass and steel that is brought in day by day, that we will build on the footprints of the past the foundation of the future.” Family members of the 9/11 victims at the reflecting pool during the ceremony of ninth anniversary of 9/11. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Family members of the 9/11 victims at the reflecting pool during the ceremony of ninth anniversary of 9/11. After the mayor spoke, pairs of readers, some poised, some tearful, took turns reading a dozen or so names apiece – one reader was a victim’s son or daughter or widow, the other an iron worker or architect or electrician on the mammoth project to rebuild the area. Periodically, other politicians ascended the stage and offered brief readings. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey read Langston Hughes’s eight-line poem “Dreams.” Former Mayor Rudolph W.
Giuliani recited the conclusion of Tennyson’s “Ulysses”: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” The vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., read from a poem by Longfellow called “The Builders.”: “Make the house, where Gods may dwell / Beautiful, entire, and clean. / Else our lives are incomplete.” The actor Kristin Chenoweth belted out “Borrowed Angels,” a song for the fallen. But mostly, the morning belonged to the victims and the simple litany of their names – 2,752 were read aloud, flowing unstoppably from the mouths of those who mourned them yet. An older woman burst into tears as she finished her reading. “Let today never ever be a national holiday. Let it be forever somber.” Nearby, weeping women in funeral dress and sunglasses, men in uniform and children in T-shirts emblazoned with photographs of smiling faces dropped roses, one for each name, into a circular pool of water until the sharp blue sky reflected in it was blotted out by a carpet of bloom. At 9:03, the bell was rung again to signal the moment the plane struck the south tower. In the silence that followed, a See 9/11 memorial, on page 7
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Katrina V - A City Rebuilding Itself notable improvements in the levee system, and a sweeping overhaul of (NNPA) - Last the New Orleans police month, I joined the peodepartment whose ple of my beloved homeactions after Katrina town of New Orleans earned it the label as in commemorating the one of the worst and fifth anniversary of Hurmost corrupt in the ricane Katrina, a natural nation. and manmade disaster This is especially Marc H. of biblical proportions painful for me because Morial that claimed 1800 lives my successor Ray Nagand caused more than in’s inept leadership $100 billion in damages. Katrina completely dismantled the reV, as this year’s remembrance has markable police reform that took been called, is a tale of two cities. place when I served as Mayor of According to a new report from New Orleans from 1994-2002. In Brookings and the Greater New an 8 year period of reform crime Orleans Community Data Center, dropped by 60% and corruption “Despite sustaining three shocks was snuffed out. This will hopein the last five years [Katrina, the fully begin to change due to the reeconomic downturn, and the Gulf newed confidence in government oil spill], greater New Orleans is that will come with the election in rebounding and, in some ways, February of a capable new mayor, doing so better than before.” Mitch Landrieu. But in places There is no doubt that due like Pontchatrain Park, where I to the extraordinary resilience of grew up and in the Lower Ninth New Orleans citizens, coupled Ward, which suffered the worst with sustained assistance from a damage from the storm, progress steady stream of volunteers, and has come much too slowly, and a more effective response from much more needs to be done. all levels of government, large I saw some of these dispariparts of the city are coming back. ties first-hand last Sunday durSigns of hope include the alloca- ing my attendance at a rally and tion last week of $1.8 billion in memorial for the people of the federal funds for New Orleans schools damaged during Katrina, See katrina v, on page 7 By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist
Jefferson Thomas and the Courage of Children By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist (NNPA) - “[Jefferson] Thomas was just a teenager when he became one of the first AfricanAmerican students to enroll in Little Rock Central High School. Yet even at such a young age, he had the courage to risk his own safety, to defy a governor and a mob, and to walk proudly into that school even though it would have been far easier to give up and turn back. And through this simple act of pursuing an equal education, he and his fellow members of the Little Rock Nine helped open the doors of opportunity for their generation and for those that followed. The searing images of soldiers guarding students from those days will forever serve as a testament to the progress we’ve made, the barriers that previous generations have torn down, and the power of ordinary men and women to help us build a more perfect union. Our nation owes Mr. Thomas a debt of gratitude[.]” This is part of the statement issued by President Obama about Jefferson Thomas, who passed away on September 5th. In 1957, he and eight fellow Black students at Little Rock Central High School made history as they helped make our nation live up to the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, the end of legal segregation in public schools. As President Obama has said before, he himself was among the next generation of Americans who were able to step through those doors of opportunity the Little Rock Nine helped open. In reminding us that Thomas and his fellow students were just teenagers when they endured daily harassment and physical threats just to go to school each day, he raises another key point: our nation owes a debt of gratitude not just to the ordinary men and women who took a stand during the Civil Rights Movement, but to the extraordinary children and youths who were frontline soldiers in the war to end Jim Crow in American life. Children and young people in the Movement taught us to be courageous and stand up against injustice and showed uncommon dignity, maturity, and grace that was often a direct contrast to the hate-filled adults around them. Dr. Robert Coles, in his children’s book The Story of Ruby Bridges, describes Ruby’s loving forgiveness and courage when faced with the ugly screaming White mobs who jeered and taunted her
as she attended alone, only six years old, a previously all-White school in New Orleans boycotted by Whites. Ruby astonished her teacher when she asked Ruby why she had paused and talked to the crowd of White adults one day. “I wasn’t talking,” said Ruby. “I was praying. I was praying for them.” Historians like Taylor Branch and David Halberstam recount the incredible courage and determination and grit of children and youths like Ruby Bridges, Thomas and his classmates at Little Rock Central High, and others who subjected themselves often to the violent resistance we witnessed in Little Rock and New Orleans to end discrimination in the American South. Their names were not just in the court papers filed by their brave parents in dozens of school desegregation cases. Children were the shock troops who parted the milling, jeering, and threatening crowds and weathered daily the hateful isolation and ugly epithets encouraged or ignored by some White adults who taught their children to spurn and insult Black children. Children faced fierce police dogs and fire hoses and filled the jails in Birmingham and Selma, Alabama when most adults hesitated to respond to Dr. King’s call for fear of their jobs or personal safety. Children withstood arrests and tough treatment in Jackson, Mississippi and harsh treatment in Southern jails where they were detained. They were sometimes beaten by police for standing up for freedom. High school and college youths sat down until lunch counters across the South were desegregated. And four little girls had to die as a sacrifice in Birmingham before the nation assured Black citizens the right to vote. As Taylor Branch said at a Children’s Defense Fund/Black Community Crusade for Children forum, “There is no precedent that I know of in recorded history for the power balance of a great nation turning on the moral witness of schoolchildren…A movement that rode through in history on the spirit of children now looks to how we treat our children [decades] later. Now we have adults who, in effect, need to pay back children.” How will we do that? When will we do that? Giving children fair treatment, leadership, and protection today is our nation’s chance to honor the debt we owe young people like Jefferson Thomas whose life made such a difference to us all.
President Barack H. Obama’s Strong Leadership By Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. NNPA Columnist (NNPA) - Be careful on what you pray for, because God will answer your prayers. Millions of African Americans and others prayed for a President of the United States who would lead America in a more just and fair direction both domestically and internationally. Many believed two years ago that the world would never witness a Black man and woman in the White House. Unless we are too quick to forget, prior too November 2008, the U.S. economy, world image, and national social divisions were all in pretty bad shape after eight years of failed leadership from President George W. Bush. Today as we approach the mid-term 2010 elections across the United States, it is very important for us not to lose our memory or sense of perspective. This is also certainly not the time to become complacent or to take the importance of voting for granted. Yes, the vast majority of African Americans are proud of the leadership and progress that has already been accomplished by President Barack H. Obama.
Once again, the vital dent is not to be judged role of the Black press solely by media coverre-emerges on the naage or by sheer poputional scene. Most of larity. Presidential leadthe established media ership should be judged in the U.S. thrives off by how well a president of cynicism and negaleads the nation fortive media coverage. ward, not backward. We believe in objecIn 2010, even with the Benjamin tive reporting and persistent economic F. Chavis constructive critiand unemployment cism. Yet, the probchallenges, the U.S. lem is there appears to be more under Obama’s leadership has subjective criticism of President moved in a forward, progressive Obama than is warranted after manner in terms of foreign and only two years in office. domestic policies. We pause, therefore, to It goes without saying that salute the excellent and thor- we understand that the Presiough broadcast of the Tom dent of the United States has the Joyner Morning Show that responsibility to act and lead in featured President Obama live behalf of all the people of the U.S. on Friday, September 10, 2010. One of the reasons why we attest Joyner’s skilled interview of the to President Obama’s strength President exemplified the best as a national and world leader is of the Black press tradition of that while he has held the office providing timely and crucial in- with high dignity and integrity, formation to the African Ameri- and has well represented all of can and other communities who the people in the U.S., he has demand more objective truth in not forgotten about the Black the media. Most of all, what was American community in terms clear from that broadcast was of public policies, budget allocathe outstanding leadership of tions, and other governmental President Obama on a number actions. of key issues critical to improvDuring the Tom Joyner ing the quality of life of African Morning Show interview, PresiAmericans. dent Obama in summary stated, The leadership of a presi- “What we’ve been trying to do is
build a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity in our communities… Now, what we hve done over the course of two years is laid the foundation. Put in place some key reforms… I mentioned health care reform. That’s going to mean millions of African Americans and Hispanics and people of every stripe across the country who did not have health care… now are going to have health care. Number twom in terms of one of the keys that we’ve always talked about in terms of job growth - long term - is education. We have done more to reform education in our communities in the last two years than had been done in the previous 20 years, and that’s at every level K-12... But it goes all the way up to higher education, where HBCUs are getting $850 million dollars over the next 10 years… So, no we’re not where we need to be. But at least we’re moving forward, and what we can’t start doing is moving backwards.” Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is a national civil rights leader, Senior Advisor to the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and President of the Education Online Services Corporation.
Ron Walters - A Scholar and a Gentleman By Julian Malveaux NNPA Columnist (NNPA) - Ron Walters was a gentle man. Yes, he was brilliant, insightful, a political genius with a passionate love for African-American people and for our advancement. But he was also gentle and kind in a way that many with genius are not. He balanced life skillfully, caring for issues, but also for people. He was my friend, sometime my partner in activism. I will miss him. Indeed, I cannot my disbelief upon learning of his death. He was sick, and in these last months, even frail. We were together when dr. Ron Daniels convened a Capital Hill meeting of the Shirley Chisholm Commission on Presidential Accountability, a group on which Ron Walters and I both served. He came in, looking a bit thinner than usual, with a voice softer than usual, and when I voiced concern, he said he had been ill. While there was evidence of illness in his physical countenance, there was none in his spoken presentation. Indeed, he was awesomely incisive in raising questions about issues of accountability and questions that must be raised to judge the Obama Administration. Always fair, he was also clear that the Chisholm Commission was not
about holding this ers and keeping things administration to a together. One of the harsher standard than San Francisco radio staany other. Indeed, he tions had asked that a was clear that accountJackson, Mondale, and ability is something Hart representative do that is to be expected a morning conversaof any leader. tion each day during O n S a t u rd a y the convention about morning, at the Naits happenings. Ron Julianne tional Council of Walters asked me if I’d Negro Women prayer speak for Rev. Jackson Malveaux breakfast, the gatherand I, of course, ening was abuzz with news of Ron’s thusiastically agreed. I’m as Friday evening death, voices volatile as Ron is calm, so after somber and shaken at the mag- my first radio appearance I got nitude of our loss. We have lost some coaching on how to “tone a phenomenal analyst, a caring it down”. The coaching was ofadvocate, an inspirational men- fered so gently that it had to be tor, and a dazzling teacher. Ron considered. I still chuckle at the Walters was not only a leader; he memory. was an advisor of leaders. His We worked together, again, relationship with the Rev. Jesse during the 1988 Jackson camJackson, whose 1984 and 1988 paign. I’m not sure what all campaigns he played pivotal Ron Walters had me doing, but roles in, is an example of the I remember both writing about groundbreaking work he has the convention and running done, both as a political scien- from one meeting to another tist and as a political activist. At to be helpful to the campaign. the NCNW breakfast, someone Our paths continued to criss asked how long I’d known Ron cross over the years, more so Walters. After some reflection, I when I moved to Washington had to reply that I simply didn’t in 1994 and we saw each other know. more frequently. We presented I do remember a call from on panels together, worked on him, though, back in 1984. We causes together, and sometimes didn’t know each other well, connected just because each of us then. I was a professor in San needed to bounce ideas off a likeFrancisco and had been involved minded colleague. Whether we in the Jackson campaign. He spoke one on one or in a group, was one of the campaign lead- my recollection is that Ron had
plenty to say and was measured in how he said it. Again, the word “gentle” comes to mind. Our gentle friend left a legacy of excellent and thorough political analysis. He was more than a political analyst and teacher, though. He was the “scholar activist” that WEB DuBois so often spoke of, the person who takes information and data and uses it to empower a people. Ron Walters was not about the bloodless political analysis that manipulated numbers to come up with results. Nor was he about the passionate pronouncements some pundits offer that often come out of nowhere. Instead, he balanced the two with gentle grace. He cared about black people, about inequality and injustice. He cared about historically black colleges and universities. (A graduate of Fisk University, he spent much of his career at Howard University. When we last spoke, he was considering an invite to come to speak at Bennett College for Women in the spring). We will miss his gentle caring. We will miss a gentle man. And we are so very aware of how blessed the African American community has been to have him with us for the 72 years of his amazing life. Julianne Malveaux is President of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Rubicon, LLC, in Geismar is Ready for Reuse Preparing for an IRS Audit Tax Challenges for Small Businesses:
NEW ORLEANS — Tax day has come and gone for most people, but your dealings with taxes may not be done, especially for small businesses. Small businesses have an average of four contacts with the IRS each year. Self-employed individuals may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments. If the business has employees, employers will need to deal with quarterly employment taxes. But what if you receive a notice that your income tax return has been selected for a tax audit? Here are frequently asked questions to help you prepare: Does the IRS ever contact a taxpayer or the tax preparer via e-mail to initiate an audit? The IRS does not contact an individual via e-mail for an initial appointment. Contact related to being selected for an audit will be made via telephone or mail only, due to disclosure requirements. Where will the audit be held? It depends on the type of audit being conducted. Audits by Mail/Correspondence Audit: Some audits are conducted entirely by mail. If the audit is conducted by mail, you will receive a letter from the IRS asking for additional information about certain items shown on the tax return such as income, expenses, and itemized deductions. In-Person Audits are audits conducted either at a local IRS office or at your business location. Can you request the audit be conducted at the IRS office instead of at your place of business? If the audit has been scheduled to be conducted at your location, it will generally be conducted where the books and records are located. Requests to transfer the audit to another location, including an IRS office, will be considered but may not
be granted. Can the audit be transferred to another IRS office? You can request a transfer of an audit if you have moved. Several factors will be considered such as your current location, the location of the business and where the books and records are maintained. If the audit is by correspondence, you can request a face-to-face audit because the books and records may be too voluminous to mail. How long should the records related to a business or other long-term asset be kept? In the case of an asset, records related to the asset should generally be kept for as long as you have the asset plus three years. If the asset was exchanged, the basis for the new asset may include the exchanged asset so the records for both assets will need to be retained until the new asset is disposed plus three years from the file date of the tax return for the year of disposition. How long should payroll records be kept? In general, payroll records should be kept for six years with a review of the file to see if any items relating to current employees should be retained with current records. It’s time for my appointment and I’m not ready. What do I do? If you do not have all the information requested, contact your auditor at the number reflected in the notification letter to discuss what information is currently available. It may be possible to begin the audit with the information available rather than postpone the appointment. The quicker the audit begins, the quicker it can be resolved. In addition, if the initial appointment is scheduled beyond 45 days from the initial action, managerial approval is required.
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BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Rubicon, LLC, celebrated the completion of a Ready for Reuse project in Geismar today. Rubicon was awarded a determination letter and certificate by DEQ and EPA signifying that a portion of the Rubicon facility in Geismar is Ready for Reuse. A Ready for Reuse Determination is an acknowledgment by both agencies that environmental conditions on the property are protective of human health and the environment based on its current and anticipated future use. The Rubicon facility in Geismar is a chemical manufacturing plant located along the east bank of the Mississippi River on Louisiana Highway 73 in Geismar. The property encompassed by this Ready for Reuse Determination consists of the north and south Ponds. These former surface impoundments, with a closed area of approximately 2.75 acres, were used by Rubicon until 1988 as retention ponds for the storage of process wastewaters prior to deepwell injection. Both impoundments have achieved closure and are currently under post-closure monitoring in accordance with Rubicon’s Hazardous Waste Post-Closure Permit. “Rubicon, LLC, has been steadfast in their work to demonstrate that a clean environment is important to them. This ceremony is a testament to the work many people have put into cleaning up this property while meeting
the state and federal guidelines in doing so,” said Peggy Hatch, DEQ Secretary. “The Ready for Reuse program brings both an environmental and an economic benefit to the state, as land that
was once contaminated can be put back into productive use again.” Carl Edlund, Director of the EPA Region 6 Multimedia Planning and Permitting Divi-
sion, stated, “We are pleased to partner with LDEQ to deem this property Ready for Reuse. One of the key purposes of the Ready for
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Myron Williams Tells the World He Is ‘Thankful’
Award winning producer and CEO of Flow Music & Entertainment Myron Williams is back with his sophomore CD, Thankful. Scheduled for an October 5, 2010 release, the project is sure to please his fans with his signature style and songs of unwavering Worship & Praise. For almost 2 years now, Williams has found himself in a hail storm of obstacles, and battles but in the midst of it all he remained the pillar of strength and dignity God called him to be and the result of his commitment is his new offering Thankful. “The songs on this CD speak to the hearts of people that have endured and suffered, but never moved away from their faith. I wanted to inspire others to stand when trusted friends forsake them, financial burdens overwhelm them, and their spiritual faith gets tested,” said Williams. The Stellar Award Nominated Producer says “Thankful” is similar to the formula that has made the past projects Williams produced on the independent label successful. Projects like
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Juanita Bynum’s A Piece of My Passion, Gospel Goes Classical and his own Made To Worship. Taking the time he needed to
produce a project that reflected his good and bad experiences over the past 16 months he found the testimony in each defeat and
victory. A warm collection of songs that take you to church, he knows how to transform a car, living room, or office into
a place of worship. Williams is known in the Gospel Music industry as the go to writer and producer when
projects need warmth and intimacy. Having worked with the likes of Marvin Sapp, T.D. Jakes, Juanita Bynum, Kim Burrell, Micah Stampley, and many others he has the ability to pull the best from those he works with, and ultimately does the same for himself. Thankful will have people shouting and praising God all over the nation; proclaiming victory in all things. For more information about Myron Williams, or other Flow Music & Entertainment projects visit, http://myronwilliamsministries.com/home.html. GIC Public Relations is a full service firm specializing in media outreach, crisis management, and event coordination for all facets of the entertainment industry, political campaigns, sports figures, non-profit organizations, and corporate projects. For additional information visit us at www.gicpublicrelations. net. Please contact Amy Malone, GIC Public Relations at 323-972-4081 or by e-mailing her at amy@gicpublicrelations. net.
When a Couple Works as a Team, More is Accomplished Part XVIII in Marriage, Relationships Series By Donald Lee In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 King Solomon writes, Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. With that having been said, anyone considering marriage should be mindful of this scripture, particularly, because it tells of the power of two. And when the two become one, or they’re on one accord, they can accomplish anything. This is why it is so important that singles be very particular in the mate-selection process. When the two are equally yoked, they work with one another to accomplish things in life. But when they’re unequally yoked, their house is
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. - Hebrews 10:25
divided. Aside from the usual When a man uses God’s physical attraction, some peowisdom as his guide in seple’s only other prerequisite for lecting the woman who best selecting a mate is whether the complements him and his Godperson they’re considering is ordained purpose, he chooses “saved” or is “a believer.” not only his soul mate but his And while the Word does teammate for the work of the say that we should not be unministry. equally yoked with unbelievers “God’s plan for couples (those who aren’t Christians), Donald has always been for them to it is equally true that it is posLee co-labor together in ministry. sible for two “believers” to be This is one of the key reasons unequally yoked. Yes, they share why we should be ‘equally yoked’ with the same belief --- that Jesus is Lord, but believers in the marriage,” says Bre Eaton, one person may be diligent in his (or her) an intercessor and associate pastor at service to God while the other shows little God’s Guiding Light Christian Center interest in kingdom matters. in southeast Houston. “It’s important “Someone may marry somebody that we ask God to hook us up with the because that person is ‘saved,’ but we ‘equally yoked.’ We should also be ask- should marry someone that’s close to ing God for someone to complement the our level of understanding, spiritual ministry work He has called us to.” experience and who has the same key
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desires for the things of God,” Pastor Bre says. “Team ministry is all about how to minister to one another and keep the dialogue going in the marriage. If a couple is going to be effective in marriage, there must be talk about their concerns and vision,” Pastor Bre says. “God wants the husband and wife to flow in unity and oneness. This requires spiritual discernment and being able to sit down and talk effectively at all times. “Couples in ministry really need to make it their business to encourage one another publicly. It’s so important to use public settings to compliment your spouse or future spouse, your teammate,” Pastor Bre says. “Let others see the love you have for one another.” When a couple works together as a See team, on page 7
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Visit www.alz.org/heartbrain or call the American Stroke Associadiscrimination,” said the now 22- gardens in the town of Hawassa, struggled since her father died a division the American heart year old Mehari in a recent inter- situated in a region with more tion, 11 years ago.ofShe was referred Association, at program (888) 478-7653 or view. “They bullied me because than one million orphans. to the garden through the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) my mother died from HIV. I was At the largest site, on two- an outreach program for vulnertrying so hard to find an organi- and-a-half acres of land donated 272-3900 able kids.and you’ll receive a broheart andofbrain health zation toshows support but there thehealth, government, dozens of chure with “I was afraid the area beResearch a linkme, between heart andby brain which means impaired a freetopedometer, wasn’t anything children gather after school to information cause it wasand so close the water, heart function couldlike leadthat.” to impaired brain function. supplies last. anything about So five years ago, he water, weed and add compost to while and I didn’t know started one himself. Along with the lush mini-farm overlooking it,” she says. “But once I started six other young people who had Lake Hawassa. The 141 children working and learning, I began lost their parents, he founded who take part in this program not to enjoy it.” the Fiker Behiwot Orphans and only eat the cabbage, Swiss chard, Mehari plans to create anYouth Association, a name that beets, lettuce, sweet potatoes and other garden in a nearby area in means Love Life. The group, the peppers they grow but also earn the next couple of months and ness of diabetes, particularly when can help able english andconstruction Spanish by callonly organization of its kind in increased money byphysical sellingactivity the vegetables willinalso begin on it is left undiagnosed and untreated. or prevent the onset of type 2 ing the ADA at center 1-800-DiABeteS Ethiopia, raises awareness about delay in nearby markets and shops. a community later in the the daythat is held on the fourth tuesday diabetes. or online www. issues orphans and vulner“The kids get psychologi- (1-800-342-2383) year. He says he’s mostatproud of every March.(OVCs) face and calAmong the primary risk factors able children support by working with diabetes.org/alert. of the two dozen members of on thatassistance day, peopleand aresupport encour- for typekids 2 diabetes being overthe Alertwho is ahave one-day provides other like are them,” says histhough organization enaged take thepeople Diabetes risk test, age of to action, awareness type to 542toyoung between the weight, Mehari,sedentary, standingover in athe patch of call rolled in colleges andabout universieitherof with paperand and17. pencil or online. 45 and having a family history of 2ties. diabetes anytime of the ages eight bright green cabbage. “Instead He’sis important one of them: Mehari the riskMost test requires users to answer diabetes. Africantime Americans, so free Diabetes risk tests are recently, Mehari of spending doingLatinos, some- year, recently graduated from a post turned his attention to urban thing else, they are hereand learning secondary agricultural education seven simple questions about garage, Native Americans, Asians Pacific available online and by calling ADA dening as a way educate the islanders to do something for themselves. program. weight, lifestyle andto family history-are at an increased risk, as all year long. children he risk serves andfor teach them are Because haverisk a huge all potential factors diabetes. womenit’s whoincome-generating, have babies weighing A free“We Diabetes test responis availlife skills and10 lessons. they get nutrition and eco- able sibility,” surrounded People scoring points orThrough more are more thanboth 9 pounds at birth. all yearhe longsays, to determine the risk the USAID benefit.”risk test is avail- for by developing a knot of giggling, barefoot at a high risk Urban for typeGardens 2 diabetesProand nomic the Diabetes type 2 diabetes. gram, he has established three Even before first lady Mi- children. “The mentality of are encouraged to talk with a health chelle Obama was photographed the society is that OVCs don’t care professional. An estimated 54 million Ameri- last year breaking ground at the support themselves or others; cans have pre-diabetes. those with White House garden, urban gar- they only need support. But the pre-diabetes have blood glucose lev- dening had grown in popularity work we do shows that we can els higher than normal but not high in the United States. But it’s rare take care of ourselves. Once we Oscar-winner Olympia Du- in Ethiopia. show our strengths, we can do enough to be diagnosed with type kakis has partnered with Novo “I didn’t like it at first,” anything.” 2 diabetes. Nordisk to launch avia newly-enLinda Villarosa is the proearly intervention lifestyle says Emebet Getachew, a tall, hanced Web site, AskScreenchanges such as weight loss and thin 14-year-old with braids that gram director of the journalism Know.com, encouraging seniors graze her shoulders. Speaking in department at the City College to get screened for diabetes. Amharic an interpreter, New Yorkscreenings. and is contributing Nothrough appointment requiredoffor most Site visitors can take a dia- her arms draped around two girls to a documentary about HIV/ betes risk assessment, review her age, she said her family has AIDS in Black America. If you do not have a doctor and have not been healthy recipes from Olympia’s screened in the last 12 months, these cancer kitchen and even send e-mails from Olympia reminding somescreenings are available to you for free. one to get tested for diabetes.
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