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Bond Proposal Remains on November Ballot Mayor Kip Holden says it’s not a victory yet, but at least it’s one step closer. “People should have a right to vote. We may disagree what’s on the ballot itself, then you vote no or you vote yes if you’re for that, but bottom line always has been to move this forward,” Holden said.
Stage set for Southern Homecoming Homecoming Festivites Already in Progress Southern University, Baton Rouge will celebrate its Homecoming 2009 week with a number of activities, including a gospel concert, spirit day, an electrifying Greek show, and the annual parade in Scotlandville, all leading up to the Saturday, Oct. 17 football game against Fort Valley State. Events kicked off with a convocation and gospel concert, Sunday, at 6 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union. Gospel recording artist and pastor William Murphy was the special guest. “Spirit Day,” was held Monday. All university faculty, staff, students, alumni, and fans were asked to wear blue and gold. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts held its’ Visual Arts Gallery Grand Opening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery of Frank Hayden Hall. The gallery featured works of art by Southern visual arts students. The exhibition will run from Oct. 13 – Nov. 25. Gallery hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Sabrina Whitney, was crowned Miss Southern University 2009-2010 during the Miss Southern University Coronation, Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center. See homecoming, on page 3
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Council voted 6-6 on Monday to keep Mayor Kip Holden’s nearly $1 billion bond proposal on the November 14 ballot. The vote comes just a week after three council members wanted to hold a special council meeting to remove it. Members Joel Boe, Trae Welch, and Chandler Loupe approached Mayor Kip Holden’s office last week to request Monday’s meeting. All three argue the mayor’s office was not up front about several issues surrounding the proposal. The majority of the metro council voted last month to put the proposal on next month’s ballot. The proposal includes money for parish infrastructure improvements, and the nature museum “Alive” on the banks of the Mississippi.
It would have taken seven votes to pull the plan off the ballot. At Monday’s meeting, it was standing room only for nearly four hours. The first portion of the meeting was a public hearing where people voiced their opinions. “It seems to me there’s a lot of deception, there’s a lot unknowns here. When you ask for a billion dollars, you’d better have your stuff together,” said resident Darryl Muhammed. “We have a vision for Baton Rouge. They may not all be the same but I believe we have visions so don’t take that from us, don’t take it because of politics,” said Catherine Scott Brown. The three council members say they See BOND, on page 2
Metro Council voted 6-6 on Monday to keep Mayor Kip Holden’s nearly $1 billion bond proposal on the November 14 ballot.
President Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Miss SU Coronation, Ball Held at Felton G. Clark Activity Center
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President Barack Obama makes remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, about being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his nascent initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and replace unilateral American action with international diplomacy and cooperation. Nobel observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency,
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which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama woke up to the news a little before 6 a.m. EDT. The White House had no immediate comment on the announcement, which took the
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BATON ROUGE - Southern University held the coronation and ball for Miss Southern University, Sabrina M. Whitney, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center. Whitney is 21-year-old senior criminal justice major with a minor in political science from Tallulah. She is the daughter of Rev. Fred L. Jones, Sr. and Ruby L. Williams. She is an honor student, was elected Sophomore Class Senator 2007-2008 and Junior Class Senator 2008-2009 and is a member of the Collegiate 100 Black Women of Southern University, Pre-Law Society and Student Ambassadors Program. Whitney is the executive director of “Up ‘Til Dawn,” a collegiate fundraising pro-
Brianna Andrews, Miss Sophomore
Erin Rogers, Miss Freshman
gram for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and the President/Founder of SU Feed the Children, a program that provides canned and nonperishable food items to Feed the Children sites throughout Baton Rouge. After graduation, Whitney plans to attend graduate school to pursue her Master’s in Forensic Science and a Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology. Sabrina aspires to be a forensic scientist/special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Members of her court include: Elyssa Lassiter, Miss Senior, a mass communications See coronation, on page 2
Millions of Americans suffer from headaches, stomach problems and other ailments like shortness of breath, abdominal pain, or even more long-term ailments like eczema and hypoglycemia. ...Page 9
Girl Scouts Extravaganza Southern University’s Marching Band and the Center for International Education will donate 20 new snare and tenor drums to the country of Belize as part of the departments’ Belize Music Project....Page 10
Over 1,000 girls and adults celebrated the beginning of the Girl Scout membership year at the annual Girl Scouts Louisiana East (GSLE) Extravaganza on September 26 at the Alario Center in Westwego, LA...See Page 3
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The Louisiana Economic Outlook for 2010-2011 was released today at the annual Biztech Top 100 Luncheon, providing a glimpse of what eight of the state’s large metropolitan areas have to look forward to in the years to come.....See Page 7
the Year of the Priest
The Immaculate Conception Church Parish in Baton Rouge honored their priest, Father Thomas Clark, S.J., Pastor and Father George Lundy. S.J., Southern University Campus Ministries.. See Page 8
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Local&State DSS Awarded $1.2 Million Grant for Adoption Program Achievements Funds to enhance programs for abused, neglected children and promote adoption BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded more than $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for exceeding past years’ efforts to move the state’s foster children into permanent adoptive homes. In Federal Fiscal Year 2008, 433 families adopted 587 Louisiana foster children, including 299 special needs children and 117 children over the age of nine. Louisiana’s award for 2008 totaled $1,206,559 and was the ninth largest amount awarded to the 37 states that met the criteria. “These funds, which will be used to enhance the state’s programs for abused and neglected
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for previous years. For Louisiana that baseline figure is 576. DSS credits specialized training of its adoption and home development staff and concentrated efforts to recruit new adoptive and foster families for the additional 168 adoptions in Louisiana over the state’s 2007 figures. In total, HHS awarded $35 million to Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Puerto Rico also qualified for an incentive award. There were 4,760 children in Louisiana’s foster care program at the end of September, cared for by approximately 3,000 foster families, as well as in residential programs. More than 300 of those children are available for adoption. DSS recruits year-round for foster families who can house and care for a child or children temporarily. Orientation meetings are held each month across the state. Orientation schedules are posted at www.dss.louisiana. gov/fostercare. Additional information on qualifications, the certification process and life as a foster family can also be found at the site.
“Although the first goal of foster care is to reunite the child with his or her biological family, a top priority for DSS’ foster child program is pairing children who can be adopted with families who can give them safe, permanent homes,” said Nichols. Along with more television, radio and newspaper features, an additional initiative hopes to link foster children who are available to be adopted with families. DSS launched a feature on its Web site, www.dss.louisiana.gov, in February that profiles foster children who are available for adoption. In the eight months that the feature has been active, six of the children profiled have been paired with families and have adoptions in progress. Some of the children currently featured on the DSS Web site include John, a mechanicallygifted 15-year-old who is considering going into the Air Force after high school, Breanna, an active nine-year-old who loves animals, and Jamal, a friendly 12-year-old whose smile lights up a room. The DSS Web site also features information for prospective adoptive parents, including guides to determine if families are ready to open their home to a child and instructions on how to start the adoption process. That information can be found at www.dss.louisiana.gov/ adoption, along with a link to a national adoption Web site, www. adoptuskids.org, which features information about Louisiana foster children and sibling groups available for adoption.
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will certainly work with the railroad company to see if we can settle those legal issues,” Jindal said. Mayor Kip Holden says it’s not a victory yet, but at least it’s one step closer. “People should have a right to vote. We may disagree what’s on the ballot itself, then you vote no or you vote yes if you’re for that, but bottom line always has been to move this forward,” Holden said. Council members voting to go forward with the bond issue were: Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker, Ulysses “Bones” Addison, Donna Collins-Lewis, Denise Marcelle, Ronnie Edwards and Tara Wicker. Those voting to remove the measure from the ballot were Chandler Loupe, Trae Welch, Joel Boe, Scott Wilson, Rodney “Smokie” Bourgeois, and Alison Cascio.
Bond from page 1 held Monday’s special meeting because of a liability issue surrounding the land for “Alive” and the railroad tracks that run through it. The state owns the land, but the railroad company, Canadian National wants to relinquish liability in case of an accident. Those in favor of pulling it off the ballot, say Holden never brought the issue up before the
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Homecoming from page 1 A Homecoming Pep Rally was held at noon Thursday, Oct. 15, in Seymour Gym. The Jaguar football team, marching band, and cheerleaders were in attendance. On Friday, Oct. 16, the 19th Annual Southern University Radiothon, “Students First,” will be held from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Citadel Broadcasting Network. An alumni reception will be held in the Cypress Room of E.N. Mayberry Dining Hall from 1:30 pm-3 p.m. This event is open to all SU Alumni. Admission is $25.00. For more information call 225.771.4200. Alumni “Remembering When” program honoring the class of 1959, will be held in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union from 3 p.m. - 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to all SU Alumni. For more information call 225.771.4200. The Pan Hellenic Council Greek Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center. SU sororities and fraternities will compete for a cash prize. The firstand second-place winners will advance to the annual Bayou Classic Greek Show. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 225.771.2940. Alumni Federation Annual Homecoming Reunion Dance, featuring Willie Clayton & “Mellow,” will be held in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union from 8 pm - 12 am. Admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more
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The Responsibility of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety wet road’s condition. Oil drops from autoI think that most mobiles on the streets people in Louisiana make it dangerous for think that the Louisiana motor cycles to stop. Department of Public Those daredevil stunts Safety is only reare dangerous to them sponsibility for the and other drivers. Louisiana roads and/ Hiding behind or byways. According the Freedom of choice to a bill that came up for in this case will not William repealment failed in our fly. Should it be left to Jones recent Legislative sesmotorist to drive as fast sion. It is a shame those as they desire? Should lawmakers see it ok for motorcy- it be ok for motorist to drink alclist to think that they should be cohol to their hearts desire and left to their own will and accord to drive? wear or not wear a helmet. Those Current law requires moriders that feel that they should torcycle operators and riders to not wear a helmet are not able to wear approved helmets or they think for themselves. I am certain would face fines. Not, mentioned most citizens in the state want is the danger it imposes for other riders to wear a helmet. vehicles driving along and all of a It is dangerous on motorcy- sudden a cycle goes out of control clists to not wear a helmet espe- skidding sideways with the rider cially when they are going at a sprawled on the road. high rate of speed. Lawmakers are to be comI hate to see riders weaving mended for up holding this in and out of traffic on these bikes stature. leaning to the side, disregarding That Is The Way I See It. By William Jones
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NFL’s Rooney Rule Could be Good for Business Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist With overall unemployment now at 9.8 percent and the African-American unemployment rate tipping the scales at a whopping 15.4 percent, it would be a tempting but fatal mistake for corporate America to take its eye off the ball when it comes to increasing diversity within its leadership ranks. In fact, I suggest that business take a lesson from the way the NFL has used the “Rooney Rule” in recent years to improve its historically abysmal record of hiring African-American head coaches. The Rooney rule, in place since 2003 and named for Pittsburgh Steelers owner and NFL diversity workforce committee chairman Dan Rooney, requires that any NFL team with a head coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate for the job or face a fine. I believe it’s time for corporate America to consider a similar approach to improve both quality and diversity in its CEO and upper
management ranks. Since the NFL’s adoption of the Rooney Rule for the 2003 season, the number of African American head coaches has jumped from two in 2002 to six today. Two Black head coaches -- Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin -- have won Super Bowl championships. And many of these coaches credit the Rooney rule for opening a long-shut door of opportunity. It is also clear that for several of their teams the rule has had a positive effect on team performance. It has allowed highly qualified head coaching prospects who would never have had the opportunity, the chance to make their teams better. The overall numbers are still low. African-Americans comprise about 70 percent of NFL players, while the percentage of Black coaches now stands at about 20 percent. But, the Rooney Rule has meant progress and it has been so well received by team owners that in June the NFL extended it to the hiring of General Managers See business, on page 7
America Finally Discovers Christopher Columbus By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist After institutionalizing the lie that in 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered what we now call America, some educators are finally beginning to tell students the truth: it was impossible for Columbus to discover a place where people were already living. The first time I heard that myth debunked was in 1966. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) leader then known as Stokely Carmichael said in a speech that not only should Columbus not be credited with discovering America, but he was actually lost when he landed in this hemisphere. Although he was in search of a new sea passage to Asia, historians say Columbus landed in the Caribbean, near the Bahamas. When he returned to Spain, he was crowned “Admiral of the Ocean Seas” by Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, who had funded the original mission. Columbus would make three more trips across the Atlantic, each time believing he was arriving in Asia. Yet we honor Columbus with a federal holiday the second Monday in October. Any pupil worth his or her lunch money has been thoroughly indoctrinated with the image
Only a Few Generations That Separate Michelle Obama From the Shackles By Rev. Al Sharpton NNPA Columnist They say you won’t get anywhere in life until you know where you’ve come from. But for the countless number of AfricanAmericans in this country, the simple act of knowing one’s history is a complicated and painful notion. Painful in the sheer sense that through the bondages of slavery, we have been literally stripped of our roots, and can only trace back to an era of America’s past that most of us would prefer to believe never existed. But it did exist, and it was ugly, and it’s about time we start facing that reality. A little over two years ago I sat down with Megan Smolenyak from Ancestry.com as we began to track my own personal lineage. In what was one of the most shocking and revealing experiences of my life, I discovered that my own great-grandfather was a slave in rural South Carolina. But what was even more troubling than this horrid confirmation was the fact that my great-grandfather ‘belonged’ to the family of Senator Strom Thur-
mond. A United States Senator whom I have interacted with, has his family ties with ownership of my own family. What an astonishing concept. Last week, Ancestry.com released an even more shocking discovery. It too contained a complex story of people sold as property, treated as objects and violated in every sense of the word. But what this newly released research also portrays is the irony and potential for progress in our country if we begin to embrace our past. It’ the remarkable story of our first lady Michelle Obama and her great-great-great grandmother Melvinia Shields – a woman born into slavery, valued at $475 and most likely forced to give birth to three ‘mulatto’ children. Despite the despicable, vile constraints of slavery, one of Melvinia’s children eventually went on to own a carpentry business, his own home and established two Churches. And in a final twist of irony, this son passed away 14 days before a descendent of his was born. This descendent is now the First Lady See shackles, on page 9
of Columbus, sailing burgh, fourth-graders from Spain across at Fort Cherry Elementhe Atlantic Ocean tary held a mock trial, with three ships – charging Columbus the Nina, Pinta and with misrepresenting Santa Maria -- to the Spanish crown and discover the New thievery. He was found World. guilty and sentenced In reality, he to life in prison. George arrived in the Old Other students E. Curry World. Native Amermay have difficulty icans – who were reaching that same subsequently called Indians verdict because of the way because Columbus thought he Columbus is depicted in textwas in India – had inhabited books. North America for thousands James Kratcht, executive of years before the birth of dean for academic affairs at Jesus. The arrival of Colum- Texas A&M College of Edubus in 1492 wasn’t a cause for cation and Human Develthanksgiving among Native opment, told the AP that he Americans. remembers a photo from one A recent Associated Press of his fifth grade books with story, headlined, “A darker side a picture of Columbus, who of Columbus emerges in US set out to find a new sea route classrooms,” observed: “In and spread Christianity along Texas, students start learning the way, coming ashore with a in the fifth grade about the large flag and a cross. ‘Columbian Exchange’ – which “The indigenous populaconsisted not only of gold, tion was kind of waiting excrops and goods shipped back pectantly, almost with smiles and forth across the Atlantic on their faces,” Kracht said. “’I Ocean, but diseases carried by wonder what this guy is bringsettlers that decimated native ing us?’ Well, he’s bringing us populations.” smallpox, for one thing, and That’s part of a larger ef- none of us are going to live fort, the story said, “to present very long.” a more balanced perspective of Very little has changed in what happened after Colum- textbooks. bus reached the Caribbean and For her University of the suffering of the indigenous Florida dissertation, Donna populations.” Sabis-Burns looked at 62 picThe story reported that ture books about Columbus. in McDonald, Pa., near Pitts- “…The majority were outdated
and contained inaccurate – and sometimes outright demeaning – depictions of the native Taino population,” the Associated Press reported. If we want our students truly educated – and that’s a big “if” – we should address the other lies and misreprentations in our history books. Two immediately come to mind. We should stop telling students that Abraham Lincoln “freed the slaves” because he believed in racial equality. In 1858, durin g one of his debates with Stephen Douglas, Lincoln said: “I will say then that I am not, nor have ever been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this, there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. “And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of See columbus, on page 7
Nobel Prize for Obama Deserved? Yes! By Ron Walters NNPA Columnist When the world woke up on Friday October 10 it was surprised that Barack Obama had won the Nobel Prize. But surprise should not have been a cause for derision. Instead, it should have been a cause for national pride, but right away, many in the media raised questions about whether it was deserved since he had been in office so few months that he had accomplished nothing and Republicans like Michael Steele dismissed it “meaningless.” I agree with those who believe that the Nobel Committee’s action was “aspirational” in the sense that it wanted Obama to continue the course that he had set. But I also think they had concluded that in setting a different and positive course for America that he also exercised the kind of outstanding leadership for the global system that merited the award. He had, in fact, turned the corner on the approach of George Bush to the international
system by announcObama, announced ing to the world in in Prague that the Berlin that the United United States policy States would renew would work toward its collaboration with the elimination of nations to resolve imnuclear weapons in portant problems, April of this year and rather than rattle our followed up in Sepsabers and go it alone. tember by proposing He followed up by a resolution that was Ron adopting a common adopted by the UN SeWalters approach in dealing curity Council and by with Iran’s nuclear beginning negotiations capability. with Russia to reduce nuclear The surprising result is that stockpiles. Iran has agreed to six-party He also eliminated the detalks in Geneva and given Rus- fensive nuclear shield in Eastern sia the right to enrich its ura- Europe which won him instant nium. Obama’s message to the credibility with the Russians Islamic world was that America and their assistance in dealing sees them as friends and allies with Iran’s nuclear capability. rather than enemies and that it Obama, far different from the would join them in any venture Bush administration, took the for peace of they would open position that climate change their hand in friendship rather was an urgent priority and that than the hand of jihad. it could not be resolved by the Then he followed it up by U. S. alone. adopting a negotiating frameSo he followed up by work with Iran to address its reaching out to China and nuclear capability and re-start- other countries that have ing the dialogue between Israel recently industrialized and and the Palestinians that was folded this priority into his dropped by Bush until the last own domestic policy to create minutes of his time in office. a green revolution and manage
energy differently. In his own country, Obama has continued to manage the actions begun by the Bush administration that have resulted in moving the American financial system back from the brink of disaster and toward solvency again. His actions have not affected a total recovery, but Obama should be given enormous credit for trying to stabilize the banking system, affecting a Stimulus Package to prop up areas of the economy and start job creation, stabilize the auto industry and obtain universal health care coverage, pull out of Iraq, reject torture and etc. Instead, here his actions have received persistent criticism at every turn. So, in nine months he has not only given some great speeches, but done some good things to back them up. Fundamentally what we are witnessing is the difference of opinion between American elites and Europeans who harbor a profound dislike for the fact that George Bush ruthlessly violated the common standards of deSee yes, on page 7
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Special Sales Tax Deduction for Car Purchases Available through End of 2009 WASHINGTON — With 2010 models arriving in dealer showrooms, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that purchasing a new car, light truck, motor home or motorcycle could qualify them for a special deduction for the state and local sales and excise taxes on their 2009 tax returns. Purchases made before Jan. 1, 2010, will qualify for this deduction under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The deduction is limited to the sales and excise taxes and similar fees paid on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of a new vehicle. The deduction is reduced for joint filers with modified adjusted gross incomes (MAGI) between $250,000 and $260,000 and other taxpayers with MAGI between $125,000 and $135,000. Taxpayers with higher incomes do not qualify. Taxpayers who make quali-
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fying new vehicle purchases this year can estimate the deduction with the help of Worksheet 10 in IRS Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Withholding? Lines 10a to 10k of the worksheet show how to take into account purchases above the $49,500 limit, as well as the reduced deductions for taxpayers at higher income levels. The special deduction is available regardless of whether taxpayers itemize deductions on their returns. Taxpayers who do not itemize will add this additional amount to the standard deduction on their 2009 tax return. For those that have questions about the deduction for sales tax and other fees, these questions and answers might help. A videovideo on the IRS Youtube.com channel and audio podcasts in English and Spanish are also available to help taxpayers take full advantage of the deduction.
Yes from page 6 mocracy shared by his allies and aspired to by other states in the global system. For many Americans this is a sign that there is some serious hang-over from the Bush years. I keep reminding my readers not to forget that 57 percent of Whites voted for John McCain which means that an awful lot of them were wedded to Bush politics and now feel some resentment that the international community has repudiated them so soundly by rewarding Barack Obama for changing course. For the many Blacks who support Obama, but also appeared surprised about Obama’s Nobel Prize, not to understand
the basis of the Nobel Committee’s decision is a sign that they may have been so mired in the crises that face America they have not paid much attention to the genuinely pro-American attitudes that Barack Obama has re-kindled in Europe and around the world. So, why not join the Nobel Committee in saying “well done” so far, even as we push the President to do better? Dr. Ron Walters is Professor Emeritus of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland College Park. His latest book is: The Price of Racial Reconciliation (University of Michigan Press).
Business from page 6 and other high level front office positions. Corporate America could well reap similar benefits by following the Rooney rule model. Black Enterprise Magazine lists just nine African American CEO’s in its 2009 listing of the 100 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America. The magazine also pub-
lishes an annual list of the top 40 companies in America for workforce diversity. But, by any measure, Black CEO’s and other African-American top executives are still a rarity at most Fortune 500 companies. Marc Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
Columbus from page 6 having the superior position assigned to the white race.” Secondly, we need a more balanced portrayal of the Founding Fathers, who fought for their freedom from Great Britain while denying freedom to the Africans they enslaved. Thomas Jefferson, for example, was the chief author of the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Yet, Jefferson owned nearly 200 enslaved people. Now that we’re beginning to tell the truth about Christopher Columbus, let’s not stop there. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com.
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Economic Outlook for 2010-2011 was released today at the annual Biztech Top 100 Luncheon, providing a glimpse of what eight of the state’s large metropolitan areas have to look forward to in the years to come. The report was prepared by a trio of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business’ finest: Loren Scott, a professor emeritus of economics; James Richardson, the John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and director of the Public Administration Institute, and M. Dek Terrell, Freeport McMoRan Chair of the Department of Economics and director of the Division of Economic Development and Forecasting. The eight areas the LEO forecasts economic conditions for, aside from Louisiana as a whole, are New Orleans, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Houma, Alexandria, Shreveport-Bossier and Monroe. These eight MSAs remain a picture of diversity not only in their basic makeup but also in their outlook for the future. According to Scott, the LEO forecasts are based on the assumption that real gross domestic will rise by 1.3 percent in 2010 and by 2.5 percent in 2011, long-term interest rates will rise by two percentage points, oil prices will average $85 a barrel and natural gas prices will average $4.50 per British thermal unit. “We remain very concerned about the Obama Administration’s planned tax increases on Louisiana’s important extraction industry,” Scott said. The LEO forecasts for each of the state’s eight MSAs are summarized as follows: • After losing an estimated 3,500 jobs in 2009, it is projected that seven-parish New Orleans MSA will add only 3,000 jobs in 2010 and another 2,500 in 2011. Construction spending – announced and on-going projects total about $9.3 billion – will lend critical support to this area, but a major loss of jobs at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and a weak tourism sector will act as a drag on Louisiana’s largest MSA. By the end of 2011, it is predicted this MSA’s employment will still be below its 1980 level. • An estimated $5.1 billion in construction projects will be a major factor in the future of the Baton Rouge MSA over the next two years. In addition there are several firms in the area that have announced expansions, including the new SNF chemical plant and the newly reopened Tembec paper mill (now Renew Mill). Worrisome issues for the region include possibly significant state government layoffs and the negative effects of the
cap and trade legislation being considered by Congress. It is projected this MSA’s employment will rise by 4,000 jobs in 2010 (1.1 percent) and by 5,500 in 2011 (1.5 percent), making it the fastest growing MSA in the state in absolute terms and the third fastest in percentage terms. • The Shreveport-Bossier MSA should experience two very different years over 201011, adding 3,000 jobs in 2010 (1.7 percent) but a lower 1,200 in 2011 (0.7 percent). Very significant boosts will come from the Haynesville Shale, U.S. Support, attraction of the Global Strike Force to Barksdale Air Force Base and boosts in construction from a major injection of highway funds and the
large SWEPCO gas-fired plant. Unfortunately, the region will suffer a blow in late 2011 when the large GM plant is likely to shut down. • Despite relatively high energy prices, the LEO projects rather lethargic growth for the Lafayette MSA over 2010 (700 jobs, 0.5 percent) and 2011 (1,000 jobs, 0.7 percent). President Obama’s proposed $33 billion tax on the extraction industry has sent a chill through this very energy-intensive MSA. About $30 million in construction projects will somewhat help bolster the MSA, but there are few new firms coming in to offset the extraction tax problem. If for some reason this federal legislation gets defeated, Lafayette’s future
will be much brighter than predicted here. • Louisiana’s other very energy-intensive MSA is the Houma MSA, and like Lafayette, its economy is expected to be dragged down over the next two years by the proposed $33 billion tax on extraction industries. Houma should fare somewhat better than Lafayette, however, due to major employment additions at the Edison Chouest shipyards and possible additions by the MSA’s large fabricators. This MSA is projected to add 900 jobs in 2010 (0.9 percent) and 800 jobs in 2011 (0.8 percent). If the president’s extraction tax is defeated, the Houma area economy will fare much better than these forecasts.
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Pre-Founder’s Day Celebration at the Higher Ground Outreach Church By Stephanie Anthony BATON ROUGE - The Higher Ground Outreach Church is having their PreFounder’s Day Celebration on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. The Higher Ground Outreach Church is located at 3515 North Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70814.
Our special guest speaker will be Bishop Tommie L. Triplett, Jr., of the Divine Providence Full Gospel Baptist Church. This service is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Higher Ground Outreach Church at www. highergroundoutreach.org or 225-273-6115.
Immaculate Conception Parish Celebrated the Year of the Priest By Jacqueline Hunt The Immaculate Conception Church Parish in Baton Rouge honored their priest, Father Thomas Clark, S.J., Pastor and Father George Lundy. S.J., Southern University Campus Ministries. The program and reception was held in the activity Center and sponsored by Wilfred B. Ricard Ladies Auxiliary and Junior Court #116.
Celebrating the Year of The Priest, declared by the Pope from June 19, 2009 to June 19, 3010, the parish community kicked-off and enjoyed entertainment from the children of the parish, the men’s choir, and others letting the pastors know just how much they appreciate and celebrate their service to the church community. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Hunt at 225-964-8836.
Religion “Time That Has Been...Part II” By Ida London
Certain men and women have made a decision to mentally change their gender and think of themselves as something they were not born to be. It’s like Satan had said, “go ahead try it, you’ll like it.” I say this because men and women made a choice to experiment in homosexual behavior, they knew they were doing wrong but stayed in this lifestyle. It seems that the closer time grows to an end, more and more young men and women have somehow gotten caught up in this lifestyle of homosexuality. Men who are on the “down low” or shall I say “undercover Brothers” refuses to believe that he’s a homosexual. But guess what? He is a homosexual. It doesn’t matter if he’s giver or the taker, he’s still a homosexual. Remember God does not sleep. It does not matter where he hides, God sees everything. That lifestyle is an abomination to God. It means that God hates it and it’s disgusting, nasty and sickening. Satan is well pleased
with such a lifestyle. a chance he will have He gets pleasure out of more visitors of no reseeing it happen. He turn. knows if he can get these This has to be individuals to continue very confusing and their lifestyle, they will hard to deal with. It soon be his guest. may be too difficult to It’s the same for even talk about what women. Women who they saw. Even with have been married and women, Satan still has Ida had children and single a good laugh because he London women who have had knows there’s a chance boyfriends who have or he will have more visihave not shacked with her, she tors of no return. have had children by the man and For the wrath of God is renow have a partner who the same vealed from heaven against all sex as she is. ungodliness and unrighteousness These children know who of men, who suppress he truth in their father is. They have seen unrighteousness. Because what their heterosexual parents to- maybe known of God is manifest gether at some time have seen in them, for God has shown it to them embrace one another. They them. may have walked in on them in Therefore God also gave an intimate encounter. Now the them up to uncleanness in lust table has turned in the other direc- of their hearts, to dishonor their tion, they now see mama doing bodies among themselves. Who the same thing with a woman. exchanged the truth of God for the This has to be very confus- lie and worship and served the ing and hard to deal with. It may creature rather than the Creator, be too difficult to even talk about who is blessed forever amen. what they saw. Even with women For this reason God gave with women, Satan still has a good them up to vile passions. For ever laugh because he knows there’s their women exchanged the natu-
ral use for what is against nature. Likewise also, men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men committing what is shameful and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:17-18 and 27 NKJV). In the Living Bible it explains in clearer detail of what the King James Version is saying in pain English for those who pretend that they don’t know or understand what god says about those who choose to remain in a lifestyle that goes against His will. So God let them go ahead into every sort of sex sin and do whatever they wanted to-yes-vile and sinful things with each other’s bodies. (Romans 1:2 TLB). While the homosexuals and lesbians need to seek God and change, so do those who commit fornication and etc. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind to do those things which are not fitting; See time, on page 9
The 79th Church Anniversary for the St. Mary Baptist Church
The Immaculate Conception Church Parish in Baton Rouge honored their priest, Father Thomas Clark, S.J., Pastor and Father George Lundy. S.J., Southern University Campus Ministries.
BATON ROUGE, LA Pastor Conway L. Knighton and the St. Mary Family of Eden Park area would like to announce their 79th Church Anniversary. This event is scheduled for the 3rd Sunday, October 18, 2009. The celebration starts with a musical at 2:-- p.m. under the direction of Reverend Edward Gaines and Reverend
Rheba Allen. The musical will feature the St. Mary Mass Choir and 100 ushers will serve during the worship. The color the anniversary is black. Worship service starts at 3:00 p.m. The guest speaker is the Reverend Nolan Albert and the Evergreen Baptist Church of Paulina, Louisiana. Dinner will follow the worship service at 5:00 p.m.
St. Mary was founded in 1930 by Reverend Henry Odell. Reverend Willie Leon Square, is known as the great builder of St. Mary, who followed Reverend Odell. The late Reverend Norwood T. Calvin, a nationally known preacher and evangelist placed St. Mary on the national stage. He served as pastor for 38 years. Reverend C. L. Knighton who followed
the late Norwood T. Calvin has made St. Mary a leading church in the community service and outreach. Please come and join us as we celebrate the 79th year anniversary. Please arrive early if you are going to attend the musical. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Joydell Rome at (225) 387-2926.
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St. Mary Baptist Church “The Church that Love Built” 1252 N. Acadian Thruway East • Baton Rouge, LA. 70802 Telephone (225) 387-2926 Rev. Conway L Knighton, Pastor Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship Service - 11:00 a.m. Lord’s Supper - 1st Sunday 11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Bible Study - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m.
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Mr. Willis V. Reed Homegoing Services Willis Vergious and community service Reed Sr., born Oct. involvement, mentioned 14, 1913, and a lifehere are just a few: Mr. long resident of Baton Reed was honorably disRouge, passed away charged from the Army peacefully at age 95 with three battle stars Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, he received for service at Our Lady of the in World War II, ran for Lake Regional Medistate Senate District 14 in cal Center. He was the 2007, was founder/presMr. Willis owner and operator ident of the First Ward V. Reed of the Baton Rouge Voters League, Oldest Post newspaper and Louisiana Black Publisha lifelong community activist. ers Award, Inaugural Committee The family would like to thank for President Richard M. Nixon Dr. Stacy Jones. Visitation will and Spiro T. Agnew, appointed a be held at Rabenhorst Funeral member of the U.S. Commission Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Civil Rights, chairman of the on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 p.m. Louisiana Council for Commuto 9 p.m. Visitation resumes at nity Action, Baton Rouge ChapOasis Christian Church, 4524 E. ter Council on Human Relation, Brookstown Drive, on Friday, regional deputy director, Knight Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. until religious of Pythagoras Mason, founder of service at 10 a.m., conducted by the Oscar J. Dunn Civic AssociaBishop Charles Wallace. Inter- tion, member of board Capital ment in Roselawn Cemetery. Mr. Area Legal Service Corp, chairReed is survived by four sons, man of a three-member commitWillis Reed Jr. and wife Myrtis tee that ended segregation in Eames Reed, Frederic Reed and state schools for blind and deaf wife Linda Stallworth Reed, and students and was also a prinRaphew Reed Sr. and wife Bob- ciple figure in the organization bie Granger Reed, all of Baton of the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott Rouge, and Warren Reed, of Cali- in 1953. He had received awards fornia; four daughters, Delores from the following: Gov. KathWright, and Audrey Reed Stew- leen B. Blanco, East Baton Rouge art and husband F.L. Stewart, all Parish Mayor-President Bobby of Baton Rouge, Carolyn Pruitt, Simpson, Clout Ministered Alliof California, and Pat Reed Smith ance of New Orleans, Sen. Cox, and husband Martin Smith, of Rep. Michael Jackson, Sen. MelTexas; 21 grandchildren and 15 vin “Kip” Holden, Lt. Gov. Megreat-grandchildren. Preceded linda Schwegmann, McKinley in death by his parents, Battiest High School Alumni, Istrouma and Martha Corey Reed; three High School and Delta Sigma sisters, Lessie R. Albert, Earnett Theta Sorority Inc. The family R. Milroe and Geneva Reed; and would like thank his physician, son, Battiste H. Reed. Because Dr. Stacy Jones, for her kindness, of the large number of awards caring and support.
Time from page 8 Being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, stife, deceit, evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, Who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32 NKJV). Time is coming to an end sooner than we think. The signs are more visible than ever and so many people are ignoring the signs. One day while watching Christian television, a lady bishop had a church with a large congregation of various types of ethnic background. She did a good service i the community. She and her members distributed food to the people in the community and those who came from other areas. All that was good, but there was a major problem. There’s nothing wrong with a woman teaching or preaching the word of God. But, this lady is a lesbian who suppose to be preaching God’s word and she’s misleading His people because she refuses to accept what God sas about her lifestyle. She did a good service, but doing good is not enough. And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pout out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV). I am sure she like many others have read what God says about sexual immorality, but they chose to ignore it and do as they
please. Contrary to what people believe, only good works, being nice all the time, always smiling and greeting others with a pleasant attitude will NOT get you into heaven. It takes that and much more. The motive for your doing good has to be right. Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matthews 7:21 NKJV). If we say that we are Christians (followers of Christ), we have to follow His rules, meaning all of His commandments and not on how we feel they should be, because when it comes to what God says to do, our feelings on what we think does not matter. Always remember, “TIME” waits on no one, it continues to move forward and do not go into reverse. The signs of the “END OF TIME” is visible and we don’t have much time left. We don’t know the exact day, month, year or hour, neither if it will be day or night when Jesus return, but there is one thing for sure, “HE WILL RETURN.” He is standing at the door of your heart knocking. He’s not going to force the door of your heart open, you have to be willing to open the door of your heart to let Him in. He’s standing there with open arms, ready to wrap His arms around you and forgive you of your sins. All you have to do is ask for forgiveness with sincerity, repent and be godly sorry. To be godly sorry means that you will respect God and be obedient. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20 NKJV).
Shackles from page 6 of the United States. Mrs. Obama, like her trailblazing husband, has not shied away from proudly acknowledging her African- American heritage. And at the same time she has openly discussed some of the nuances and struggles we as Black people have endured and continue to battle. During the days of the campaign she was actually attacked for highlighting some of these blatant issues. But this is a reality that we cannot continue to deny. The ramifications of slavery - including mental oppression, unequal access to fair housing, jobs and education – cannot be dismissed.
Yes, we have achieved greatly. Yes, we finally have a Black first family. And yes, we are progressing daily. But let’s not forget that there are only a few generations that separate Michelle Obama from the shackles of enslavement. Just as I was amazed to discover my own incredible past, we should all collectively study our nation’s true historical saga so that we may continue to progress beyond it. And progressing beyond it means openly and honestly tackling the plethora of ramifications that it produced so that we may counter produce more Michelle Obamas for years to come.
cannot wait. As SChiP comes up above and let those with scores of and adults in the U.S. it is named the risk test requires users to answer again for reauthorization in early 60 percent or below know you are the “silent killer” because one-third seven simple questions about age, 2009, we hope every Member of dissatisfied with their performance. of those with the disease--more than 6 weight, lifestyle and family history-Congress will insist on covering And please convey that same mesmillion--do not know theyOctober have it.15, 2009 all potential risk factors for diabetes. Thursday, • The Weekly Press • Page 9 every child and pregnant mother sage to each presidential candidate. For many, diagnosis may come People scoring 10 points or more are now by enacting and adequately We must demand that our leaders seven to 10 years after the onset of at a high risk for type 2 diabetes and funding the provisions of the All commit to children as a condition type 2 diabetes. early diagnosis is are encouraged to talk with a health healthy Children Act. of our vote. critical for successful treatment and care professional. Specious claims that we could can delay or prevent some of the An estimated 54 million Amerinot find the money—$70 billion Marian Wright Edelman is Presicomplications such as heart diseases, cans have pre-diabetes. those with over five years—to cover all dent of the Children’s Defense Fund blindness, kidney disease, stroke and pre-diabetes have blood glucose levchildren is belied by that amount and its Action Council whose Leave amputation. els higher than normal but not high spent in eleven months for tax cuts No Child Behind® mission is to that’s one reason the ADA holds enough to be diagnosed with type for the top one percent of richest ensure every child a Healthy Start, the American Diabetes Alert® Day, 2 diabetes. Americans and in seven months a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe a one-day wake-up call to inform the early intervention via lifestyle for the iraq War. 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Indications For Treatment: candidate and respected member of messageare we sending to our chilailments like short- dren, If you make theother African-American community oursuffer nationsymptoms, and our world? • Low Back Pain of breath, itina such point find election out why, and andness beyond, is a pettyabdominal thief reeks anto historic year, • Pinched Nerves or evenand more long-term seek outstand treatment to allow correct of pain, race-baiting negative ste- we cannot aside and • Pain in Legs ailments like eczema and hythe problem. reotyping of African-Americans individuals to use the airwaves poglycemia. 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Dr. Wangen said. “People need to arm themselves with the facts, and they need to change the way they think about their health so they can address diagnosis and potential treatment with their physicians. With the HMO’s attention to the over-utilization of healthcare services, many doctors and clinics are pressured to move patients through the system quickly, without addressing the patients’ needs more creatively. This is why so many people are still sick even after they see their doctor.” Because wheat gluten is such a common ingredient in foods we eat every day – including bread, pizza, pasta and others – it’s affects can sometimes go undiagnosed by many people, who just chalk their symptoms up to stress, over-eating or general fatigue. Dr. Wangen offered some tips for patients seeking answers to their undiagnosed health issues: Don’t self-diagnose because of TV drug ads – Many pharmaceutical advertisements may describe symptoms similar to yours, but don’t be fooled by them and simply ask your doctor for the prescription du jour. If traditional treatments haven’t worked, then ask your doctor to test for food allergies. Ask for Gliadin IgA testing (available from most major labs), Total IgA plus tissue Transglutaminase IgA (tTIgA) test pair (available from most major labs), ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) method IgG and IgE testing for gluten or the entire grain (wheat, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, etc.) Some of these tests may not be readily available. If your Paid for by: doctor cannot perform them, find one who will. Change your philosophy on health – People’s default position should be one of being healthy. 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SU to Donate Drums to the Country of Belize BATON ROUGE - Southern University’s Marching Band and the Center for International Education will donate 20 new snare and tenor drums to the country of Belize as part of the departments’ Belize Music Project. The university will ship the drums, each costing between $300 and $400 each, to the Caribbean country of Belize sometime in the next few weeks. Director of Bands Lawrence Jackson, began the music project in 2006 after he visited Belize to conduct an international marching band clinic and judge an international music competition. “I saw that they were in dire need of instruments,” said Jackson. “I told them that I would do my best to get some instruments for them.” When Jackson returned home, he began soliciting donations for instruments to help assist the country in establish-
Lawrence Jackson, Director of Bands at Southern University, poses with several snare and tenor drums in the university’s Isaac Greggs’ Band Hall. Southern’s Center for International Education will ship the drums to the country of Belize to assist in establishing full-scale bands in its’ schools.
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Jackson. Jackson’s trip to Belize was planned by Southern’s Center for International Education with officials in Belize.
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