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Rainbow PUSH Coalition Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over 40 years after Marva Collins opened Westside Preparatory, Veriner James, a former teacher, and principal for Chicago Public Schools, is following in her footsteps and opening her own school after being disheartened by the dwindling resources in public education. Photo Credit: Exousia Learning Academy for Girls




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Naperville Students Win National Science Bowl® Regional Competition, Secure Spot in National Finals in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team of high school students from Naperville, Illinois won their regional competition for the 2018 National Science Bowl® (NSB) recently and will advance to compete in the NSB National Finals this spring in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), who sponsors the NSB, announced. The NSB brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines.


Black Couple Launches Disruptive Health Tech Company Tech entrepreneurs Jamie and Jilea Hemmings who are also married to one another have launched a disruptive new platform called Best Tyme (besttyme. com), the easiest way for physicians and medical sales reps to coordinate meetings. A sleek work-hack for life-science professionals, the app allows clinicians to set preferences for when and how sales reps meet with them, and sales reps to structure their day by zip-code with an automatic calendar, meals and even routing function. The app is available on iPad, Android, iOS and web. Free trial downloads are also available on the Apple & Google App stores.


Rush Introduces Resolution Designating the Week of ‪February 12 through February 16, 2018‬ as ‘‘Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week’’ WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced, H. Res. 722, a resolution supporting the designation of the week of ‪February 12 through February 16, 2018‬ as “Black Women’s Heart Health Awareness Week” to raise awareness and understanding that heart disease is the number one killer of women and that it disproportionately affects black women. As the country celebrates Black History Month and American Heart Month this February, it is critical to elevate both the cultural significance of the month and the awareness of the health crisis directly impacting black women. “This is an issue that hits close to home, as I lost my beloved wife and best friend, Carolyn, to heart disease last year,” said Rush. “I am personally committed to doing what I can to help educate black women about their health risk and how to prevent this disease from impacting their lives. Black women are leading the way in our country and we must do everything we can to not only promote their successes but protect their hearts.”

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Over 40 years after Marva Collins opened the Westside Preparatory School on the second floor of her home in Garfield Park, Veriner James, a former teacher, and principal for Chicago Public Schools is following in her footsteps and opening her own all-girls middle school after being disheartened by the dwindling resources in public education. Before opening Westside Preparatory, Collins worked as substitute teacher for Chicago Public School. She was motivated to open her own school for the children who were being failed by the public school system. The school was small at first and open to any and all students, for a minimal tuition fee, who were not receiving the education they needed from Chicago Public Schools, according to Marva Collins biography published by The History Makers. “I was inspired by Marva Collins. I didn’t realize until I started doing interviews to promote my school, that she was the first African American to not only found a school, but to own and operate her own school independent from Chicago Public Schools. I also didn’t realize that I would be the second African American woman to do that,” said James. Like Collins, James was disappointed in the variances in the quality of public education from neighborhood to neighborhood. She thought moving from teaching to administration would give her a better platform to create some of the change she was hoping to see in the school system, but she was

again disappointed. “The more impoverished areas, they lacked the resources in comparison to a better neighborhood in regards to Chicago Public School’s system. Therefore, students are not provided the same quality of instruction so I was disheartened by that,” said James. “From an administrators position I thought that I would be able to make a difference, but then I realized that there was a political aspect where you’re really not in charge. That means the changes you want to see you’re not able to make because again, there is a system in place that hinders you from doing what you need to do to get results.” These experiences led James to found Exousia Leadership Academy for Girls. The all-girls school is set to open Sept. 4, 2018. Her goal is to provide young girls from all different backgrounds the opportunity to explore their interests in a way public education isn’t offering right now. “Exousia is open to all girls from all areas and backgrounds, but I do feel that African American girls are at a disadvantage in regard to being exposed to STEAM related curriculum, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math,” said James. “If our girls are not presented with that curriculum how will they develop in those fields and how do we begin to cultivate a generation of girls who take technology and engineering to the next level?” For more information about Exousia Learning Academy for Girls visit

Black Panthers Connected Nutrition To Education Long Before Serving Breakfast in Schools Became Popular By: Katherine Newman

poison the minds of ghetto children with anti-white propaganda and to cloak the illegal activities of the Black Panther Party The second paragraph of a with some segment of respectability.” memo from the Federal Bureau of But there was no ulterior motive, Investigation (FBI) Counter Intelligence Brooks said. The children were going to Program, dated June 17, 1969, reads, school hungry so the Panthers found a way “The Black Panther Party is a notorious to feed them. black extremist group which advocates “They came and ate and went to school. and practices violence. This group has We did not have any other process at all initiated a program to feed breakfast to because it was so many of them. We were ghetto children.” rushing them in, they would get their food, The Black Panther Party of and then they were off to school. There was Chicago emerged on the city’s West Side very little time to do anything else,” said in 1968, according to the Encyclopedia Brooks. of Chicago. Billy “Che” Brooks, deputy Positioning the breakfast program as a minister of education for the Black brain-washing initiative was something the Panther Party of Chicago, remembers FBI did to vilify the work that the Panthers opening Chicago’s first free breakfast were doing in their communities, according program for children in April of 1969 to Brooks. at the Better Boys Foundation, 1512 S. “As far as the city of Chicago was Pulaski Rd. concerned the breakfast program was The program was initiated because probably one of the most horrific programs the Panthers saw that children in their that they had ever seen. That year, they neighborhoods were going to school arrested party members who were out hungry and knew that it would effect collecting donations. They raided our office their ability to focus and learn. in May of 69, they came back again in “Research had been done and it June of 69 and raided the office again. was determined the young students They destroyed all our donations,” said would learn more proficiently if they Today, it is common to see breakfast served to children at Brooks. had nutrition in them. A lot of our school, but in 1969 when the Black Panther Party began The raids never prevented the young kids at that particular time went serving breakfast to children in Chicago, a Federal Bureau of Panthers from providing breakfast to school hungry. There was absolutely Investigation (FBI) Counter Intelligence memo characterized because they had a community behind no programs that would allow children the Panther’s breakfast program as an attempt to, “poison them that didn’t want the program to the minds of ghetto children with anti-white propaganda...” to eat once they got to school,” said Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture fail. If the offices got raided, people in Brooks. the neighborhood would come together Despite the Panthers’ consistent to make sure the kids got their breakfast effort to improve the quality of life in because they knew it was a vital program, according to Brooks. their community, “They wanted to portray us as something other than what we were. the FBI Counter Intelligence memo continued, “The announced We were able to pull it off basically by enlisting community support,” said purpose of [the free breakfast program] is ‘humanitarian.’ The real Brooks. purpose is, among other things, to gain control of the ghetto community,


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Pritzker, Stratton, and Rush Release Statements Regarding Leaked FBI Tape

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently in Washington Park to celebrate the beginning of construction on the KLEO Art Residences. Photo Credit: KLEO Community Center

New Housing Development Designed For Artists By: Katherine Newman

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently in Washington Park to celebrate the beginning of construction on a new 58-unit mixed-income housing development known as the KLEO Art Residences. The project is located at the corner of South Michigan Ave. and Garfield Blvd. and aims to house South Side artists and their families. Torrey Barrett, founder of KLEO Community Center, worked with developers to design the new Art Residences The KLEO Art Residences will be a 58-unit mixed-income housing development specially designed after working with the to cater to the needs of local artists. community and realizing Photo Credit: Brinshore Development, LLC that there were several the positive effect art could have on the community. artists coming to the “If you come to the KLEO Center and participate neighborhood, to work and socialize, who didn’t live in in an art project and now the instructor is your the community. neighbor, it creates more of a bond. Our goal for “Artists are coming to the neighborhood and providing housing in the neighborhood was to further spending money in the neighborhood and doing develop the relationships that are currently being made programming in the neighborhood, but they don’t through the programming at the KLEO Center,” said actually live in the neighborhood. We saw a need to create some housing that would allow them to live in the Barrett. In addition to housing units, the building will neighborhood that they work and spend money in,” said provide gallery and studio space for artists. The hallways Barrett. and community spaces will all be available for artists to The KLEO Community Center works with display their work, according to Barrett. a mission of eradicating violence by bringing While the idea is to provide affordable housing for opportunities, according to Barrett. They do this mostly artists, all are welcome to apply for a unit in the building by targeting the youth population, ages 16 through 24, upon its completion in 2019. There is no age, gender, with after-school programs, family fun days, open mic or career requirement to be eligible for occupancy, nights, GED prep classes, and resume writing classes. according to Barrett. Through his work at the community center, Barrett saw

Chicago Tribune recently released a controversial FBI wiretap which showed Illinoisans a new side of J.B. Pritzker, democratic candidate for Illinois governor. On the tapes, you can hear Pritzker talking with then-Governor Rod Blagojevich about who should be nominated to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, according to an article published by the Chicago Tribune Feb. 6. The phone call was recorded in late 2008 by the FBI during an investigation of Gov. Blagojevich who was later convicted of attempting to sell the Senate seat, according to a Chicago Tribune article published on Aug. 23, 2016. Pritzker suggests Secretary of State Jesse White should take the seat and says he is “the one that’s least offensive.” Pritzker tells the Governor that nominating White “covers you on the African American thing.” Pritzker also stated that White would be a good option for the empty seat because moving him would open up the Secretary of State position which he calls a “key spot” and then goes on to tell the governor “you don’t have to put an African American in that spot.” The recording can be heard on the Chicago Tribune’s website. Pritzker immediately released a public apology. “I’ve been longtime friends with Jesse White for more than 35 years. He is one of our great statesmen and one of the most respected public servants in the history of Illinois. I think now as I did then that he would have made a great United States Senator,” Pritzker stated. “Today, I want to be clear about one thing. I wasn’t my best self on that call, and I apologize for that. I regret some of the things I said and some of the things I didn’t say, but that is not what is in my heart and those are not my values.” Pritzker’s running mate, Juliana Stratton also spoke on his behalf saying, “I joined this campaign because of JB’s values, his record of helping people, and his compassion. All along, JB and I have had countless frank conversations about race, the challenges we face as a state and a country, and the path forward. He is someone who really listens and seeks to understand,” Stratton stated. Congressman Bobby Rush, who previously endorsed Chris Kennedy for governor of Illinois, released a statement on the matter saying, “It was discouraging to hear the despicable conversation between J.B. Pritzker and former Governor Rod Blagojevich, as they discuss leaders in the African-American community in such a dismissive and disrespectful manner. It was particularly jarring to listen to this audio as the country celebrates Black History Month and reflects on the historical and cultural accomplishments of our community.” “To hear these men describe the ways in which they believe they are covered, ‘on the African-American thing’ is simply outrageous. Black people are not ‘things’ nor is the black community a collection of political pawns on a chessboard to be moved around and manipulated by privileged white men. In that regard, former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr. refused to accept his apology and the AfricanAmerican community deserves a more committed and sincere expressive change of heart. This type of rhetoric and thinking has no place in public discourse and should be widely condemned,” Rush stated.

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REALTOR® Magazine Seeks Nominations for 2018 Good Neighbor Awards WASHINGTON - Realtors®, members of the National Association of Realtors®, not only help people find the right place to live, they are also committed volunteers who give back to their communities. Seventy-one percent of Realtors® volunteered in their community last year, according to NAR’s 2017 Member Profile. NAR is currently accepting applications for REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards from Realtors® who have made an impact on the world through community service. Entries must be received by Friday, May 4, 2018. Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine and will receive a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organizations. The winners will be recognized at the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Boston, receive travel expenses to the conference, and gain national and local media exposure for their cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will each receive a $2,500 grant. “Every year Realtors® across the country are raising the bar and working harder than ever to make a difference in their communities through volunteer work,” says NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall, CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty in Columbia, Missouri. “For almost two decades, more than 180 Good Neighbors have shown outstanding dedication to their causes, which has had a tremendous impact on their neighbors and community.”

Since 2000, the Good Neighbor Awards program has donated more than $1.1 million to Realtor®-led nonprofits around the country. The success of the program has been possible through the support of primary sponsor® and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. “We are honored to renew our commitment to support the amazing volunteer work of the

Good Neighbors,” said Luke Glass, executive vice president of®. “Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate these individuals who invest their time and their personal touch to make a substantial and lasting impact in their community and in the lives of those they benefit.”® also sponsors the Web Choice Favorite component, an award that will confer additional grant money to the three finalists who get the most votes from the public. Last year’s Good Neighbor Awards winners contributed thousands of hours and raised millions of dollars for their causes. More than 5,000 Realtors® and guests were on hand to show their appreciation to the winners during the 2017 annual

conference in Chicago. The 2017 winners were Bryson Garbett, Garbett Homes, Salt Lake City, Utah, founder of Foundation Escalera; Howard “Hoddy” Hanna, Howard Hanna Real Estate, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founding chairman of the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund; Kay Wilson-Bolton, Century 21 Troop Real Estate, Santa Paula, California, founder of the SPIRIT of Santa Paula; Louise McLean, RE/MAX Solutions, Merritt Island, Florida, founder of Space Coast Association of Realtors® Foundation; and Sal Dimiceli, Lake Geneva Realty, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, founder of The Time Is Now to Help. Previous Good Neighbor Awards winners expressed that their charities continue to benefit from the grant money and media exposure that resulted from winning the Good Neighbor Award. “Winning the Good Neighbor Award is an incredible honor that has enabled us to help even more Space Coast families and bring awareness about the homeless children in Brevard County and statewide,” says 2017 winner Louise McLean. “We are now seeing nearby associations become actively involved in volunteering.” Nominees are considered for the award based on their personal impact on the community through volunteer work. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. Good Neighbor Award entries must be received by Friday, May 4, 2018. For more details, judging criteria and a nomination form, call 800-874-6500 or visit

More Students are Going to Grad School: How are They Paying for It? (StatePoint) Career aspirations are driving more students to graduate school these days, and nearly two thirds believe an advanced degree is the new minimum standard level of education for any professional occupation. According to “How America Pays for Graduate School,” the new national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos, an independent global market research company, nearly all grad students (95 percent) said an advanced degree is necessary to enter, advance, accelerate or remain competitive in their chosen career. Cost is less of a factor in the enrollment decision than it is at the undergraduate level, as more than eight in 10 surveyed based their enrollment decision on a school’s academic offerings, prestige, location, campus culture, or other personal consideration. However, eight in 10 grad students said they took more responsibility for paying-for-school decisions than they had for their undergraduate studies. “It is human nature to plan for what you value, and that includes graduate school. Today’s students see graduate school as their ticket to a successful and prosperous career, and most have a plan to pay for their advanced degree before they enroll,” says

Raymond J. Quinlan, chairman and CEO, Sallie Mae. “That planning pays off: the overwhelming majority are confident in the financial decisions they’ve made about how to pay for their graduate education.” How much did they pay? Students spent an average of $24,812 on grad school in academic

year 2016-17, and more than three-fourths of them (77 percent) paid for it, at least in part, by borrowing. Funds borrowed by students covered more than half of the cost (53 percent), while money students earned, including income and savings, paid for 24 percent. Grants, fellowships, scholarships, and tuition waivers accounted for 15 percent, while eight percent of grad school costs came from funds borrowed or contributed by parents or others. The study also reveals that scholarships and grants are less available for grad students than for undergrads, accounting for just 15 percent of grad school costs. In response, Sallie Mae announced a new Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students that will award four $20,000 scholarships in 2018. Students may apply by Feb. 14 by visiting To view the complete report, visit SallieMae. com/HowAmericaPaysGrad and join the conversation using #HowGradsPay. As a graduate degree continues to become the educational norm, students will continue to plan and find creative ways to meet the cost.

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L’Oréal Paris Debuts Second Phase Of Elvive Hair Care “Comeback” Campaign NEW YORK, L’Oréal Paris launched Elvive Hair Care to help revive all forms of hair damage – whether from heat styling, dryness or color processing. The brand knows everyone loves a comeback and believes hair deserves one too. The newest phase of the brand’s “Comeback” campaign, which celebrates the power of a comeback, is rooted in the fact that dry hair can make one too. To bring this to life, L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman and singer-songwriter Camila Cabello shares her personal and hair comeback stories. “I think a comeback is defined as struggling through something and having the strength and resolution to push past it,” says Camila Cabello. “For me, it was about taking chances, aiming high and believing that I was worth it. I can now finally hear everything my heart was telling me.” “We are very proud to partner with Camila for the launch of Elvive,” says Tim Coolican, President, L’Oréal Paris USA. “Elvive was designed to address the 80% of women in the U.S. who experience some form of hair damage daily. The line builds on L’Oreal Paris’ commitment to creating innovative products, services and experiences that help people look and feel their best every day.” Elvive is a treatment-led hair care line that has active patents until 2026 and contains powerful ingredients that are proven to revive damaged hair. The treatments are supported by tailored shampoos and conditioners to complete the regimen.

The Extraordinary Oil collection, which Camila’s campaign focuses on, targets dry and undernourished hair. Daily actions such as brushing or styling can actually cause hair to become dry and brittle. In Camila’s case, her hair often goes through multiple hairstyle changes – including brushing, curling, straightening, teasing and more – in just one performance. A leave-in or hydrating treatment can help mitigate this type of hair stress and keep hair silky and luminous. The hero treatment within the Extraordinary Oil line is the Extraordinary Oil Treatment which is a multi-use, leave-in product infused with camellia and golden sunflower oils. In just one use, hair is left ten times more moisturized with no greasiness or weigh-down. It has been tested on all hair types and can be uniquely integrated into hair routines in a multitude of ways including: as a post-shampoo detangler to mitigate friction when brushing, used preblow dry to reduce flyaways and as a finisher for added shine. The Elvive products are available nationwide. All Elvive shampoos and conditioners have a suggested retail price of $4.99 and all treatments have a suggested retail price of $6.99. Directed by Roman Coppola, Camila’s “Comeback” campaign premiered recently and will live on social, digital and in print media in the following months.

New commercial celebrates L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman Camila Cabello’s personal comeback story. • 52 years of serving the Black community

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How to inspire your teen to expand their horizons and find their passion (BPT) - With mounting pressures and expectations, the high school years can feel overwhelming - for students and parents alike. Teens grapple with questions like: Which colleges should I apply to? What should I choose as a major? What do I really want to do with my life? What if I don’t have a clue? As a parent you naturally want to give advice and steer them in the right direction, but you also know it’s a tricky balance. It’s their life, after all, as they’ll often remind you. So how can you help? Encourage them to explore different interests, with no strings attached. Look for activities beyond the usual choices. Research extracurricular programs at your school, in your community, even overseas so they can see the breadth of what’s out there. Expose them to a range of possibilities and see what they pick. Does your teen already have a clear focus? Look for innovative programs that allow them to dig even deeper in real-world settings. Or maybe your son or daughter is shy or stuck in a rut and needs a gentle nudge to try something new? It’s amazing how a change of scenery can inspire students and tap hidden talents. Over time they’ll gravitate toward one thing or another, and the journey will be rich with selfdiscovery. From local to global, there are many valuable paths that help spark new interests while building self-knowledge, confidence and 21st century skills along the way. Global clubs and activities spark interest in the world at largeMost high schools offer a range of extracurricular opportunities to get involved in a topic of interest or try out something new, from sports and theater to robotics and debate. Many offer programs with an international theme as well. After-school language clubs provide a chance to practice conversational skills in a relaxed environment while joining in cooking and other cultural activities. And bonding with other language enthusiasts inspires many to want to travel to experience different cultures first-hand! Larger high schools offer more languages, from French, Spanish and German to Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese, while teens with more limited offerings can often find regional programs a bus ride away.

Model UN is another valuable program that teaches students about the world around them, and builds confidence as well as leadership and communication skills. A new activity picked up on a whim may turn into a lifetime source of joy or even a career. If options are limited at school, branch out. Urge your teen to get involved in the local community, meet new people, and bond with others who share similar interests. They’ll see what’s out there in the bigger world while demonstrating to colleges and employers that they’re engaged beyond the standard classroom requirements. Service programs help teens gain valuable perspectiveWhen teens offer their time and talent to nonprofits and worthy causes, they gain more than just real-world experience for their college resumes. They gain maturity, perspective, practical skills and a greater appreciation for what they’ve got. Volunteering can be customized to one’s own interests, whether it means walking dogs at an animal shelter or building a website for an environmental T:9.5” group. Adventurous students can take it one step further by S:9.5”

participating in service programs abroad. Whether working to raise social awareness, lending a hand with environmental and conservation project, or mentoring underprivileged youth, teens grow exponentially during a summer far away from their usual routine. Study abroad transforms the way a teen looks at fields of study - and lifeStudying abroad is not just for college. More and more high school students are making the leap overseas for summer programs or for a semester or gap year. As many students, parents and guidance counselors have discovered, this is an opportune time to develop valuable lifelong skills, learn a new language and discover career interests in a way that is not possible in an everyday classroom environment. Perhaps the ultimate opportunity for personal growth, studying abroad also expands communication skills and helps students understand different cultures and ways of living. Not sure study abroad has crossed your teen’s mind? Surf the web together for resources and get on mailing lists for brochures. CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), a nonprofit that operates high school study abroad programs in more than 30 global destinations, is a good place to start. Transported to a world far different from their own, teens find themselves fully immersed in a new topic and a foreign culture. Programs range from three weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year. Planning ahead is key. By involving a teacher or counselor in the discussion early on, you’ll ensure a smooth transition to and from the study abroad experience. It also gives you more time to plan finances and research scholarships to make the opportunity possible. Do your research sooner rather than later: Organizations like CIEE offer scholarships based on merit and financial considerations, but be sure to check the application deadlines so you don’t miss out. To learn more about CIEE’s Global Navigator High School Study Abroad program and available scholarships, visit globalnavigators.


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In Celebration of

Black History Month

Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955.


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had shared hotel rooms on multiple occasions. Despite their knowledge of the relationship, Cosby lawyers alleged that prosecutors stood silent while Constand testified under oath that she didn’t know Jackson, and they persuaded the court to bar the defense from exploring the topic with Constand through cross-examination. Judge Steven O’Neill also denied Cosby’s lawyers’ motion to call Jackson as a witness. “The cumulative effect of the wrongdoing in this case, and the politically and emotionally charged context of this case, elevates the misconduct to a level of a constitutional violation and prosecutorial overreach depriving Cosby of any meaningful right to a fair trial,” Cosby’s attorneys wrote. “Such misconduct warrants dismissal of the charges.” In another motion, Cosby’s attorneys argued that prosecutors also have failed to prove that they brought the case within the 12-year statute of limitation and there’s no way to prove it, because they admittedly are unsure

As Montgomery County prosecutors continue to pursue a verdict in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, lawyers for the entertainer have filed several motions, including two arguing that the case against him should be dismissed. And, while such motions are considered procedural and are rarely granted, the “Uptown Saturday Night” star has presented a compelling case for dismissal. According to court documents filed by Cosby’s lawyers, the court should dismiss all charges against Cosby because, by Montgomery County, Pennsylvania prosecutors’ own admission, they have not only failed to disclose evidence, but have also destroyed exculpatory evidence. “Specifically, the prosecution recently disclosed for the first time that, prior to the first trial in this case, a prosecutor and two detectives interviewed a critical witness, Marguerite Jackson who told them Bill Cosby’s lawyers want the judge in his sexual abuse trial to dismiss the case. (POOL PHOTO) that in 2003 or 2004, the complaining witness, Andrea Constand, a co-worker and friend, had told Neither Cosby’s attorneys nor prosecutors offered comment. of the timeline. her that she had not been sexually assaulted, but she could say that Cosby’s team also argued that it’s reasonable to infer that the Constand alleged that Cosby assaulted her in early 2004— she had, file charges, and get money,” the bombshell filing said. prosecution allowed Constand to testify falsely at the first trial that though previously she admitted their encounter could have been It continued: “Yet, the prosecution failed to disclose to the she did not know or remember Jackson. in 2003. Prosecutors didn’t file charges until 2015. defense that they met with [Jackson] and that they destroyed the Also, based on a Jan. 17, 2018 telephone conference call with It’s unclear when O’Neill will issue a ruling on the motions. notes of their meeting.” the court, Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan admitted Jury selection has been scheduled for March and the trial is Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt released the court that he and two detectives spoke with Jackson and learned that expected to begin in April. documents to the NNPA Newswire on Thursday, January 25. Constand and Jackson worked together, had been friends, and

Screen Time Is Here To Stay! (NAPSI)—Halle Stanford, President of Television at The Jim Henson Company and mother to two boys, ages 19 and 6, shares her views on navigating the kids’ TV landscape. As a producer at The Jim Henson Company and a mom to two boys, I have a unique perspective on screen time. I’ve also explored this issue in one of my shows, Dot. This animated preschool series created by the fabulous Randi Zuckerberg addresses how technology can enhance a kid’s everyday adventures. We were lucky to be advised by Yalda Uhls (author of Media Moms and Digital Dads) on creating a show curriculum that encourages kids and their families to be excellent digital citizens, to come up with a family media agreement, and to talk openly about screen time. My personal philosophy on this issue is simple: Viva la screen time! I encourage my kids to enjoy movies, television, videos, apps, and more. Like my hero Jim Henson, I believe in the positive transformative power of media. As a producer, my goal has always been to create television and films that enrich, educate, and entertain. So I have always encouraged my boys to love the shows and games that they are drawn to, but also Jim Henson’s Family Hub is the home to some of to discover programming that informs them on issues television’s favorite preschool stars. © Henson and ideas they are curious about. Favorites in our house range from Phineas and Ferb, Sarah and Duck, Reading youngest have? It has changed with his age and often Rainbow Skybrary, Despicable Me, Star Wars to depends on what’s happening that day. In the summer, Westworld, Nathan For You, Game Of Thrones, and The he’s allowed screen time in the morning AND in the Walking Dead. (Remember, my boys are 13 years apart!) afternoon, but it’s more limited during the school year. As a momma, how much screen time do I let my

True confession: I don’t have a set amount of time he always gets, but it’s usually no longer than an hour. And we do talk about how long he’ll be watching the shows before he settles in to viewing. And when that last show starts, he gets a reminder that his screen time is almost up. Yes, there have been times when he grabs the phone or remote when screen time is over and runs around the house laughing, but I’m as quick as a cheetah. My 19-year-old is an adult and at this point in his life, I trust him to regulate his own screen time. And still, the best I can do for both my boys is to model good screen time habits myself. When we are together, I do my best to use my phone only to snap those memorable photos or answer an urgent message. And I tell them why I am taking the time to focus on my screen and not on them. I also never answer the phone during meals or playtime. But, once they’re asleep or out and about, I love having my own time to turn on my latest favorite show (hello, Outlander!). We are in a new golden age of television and I would embolden parents to find shows that will delight and inspire their kids. It will take time (because there is so much content out there), but get involved with customizing your family’s viewing experiences together— it’s FUN! (And, if it happens to be Dot., Splash and Bubbles, Dinosaur Train, Doozers, Word Party, or Julie’s Greenroom…even better!). Discover your child’s next favorite show. Visit www. to explore The Jim Henson Company’s award-winning programs for all ages.

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New book promotes spiritual growth and righteous living TAMPA, Fla. — While compiling lessons he taught his five children over the years, Walter Gormley decided that the lessons are things everyone should know and experience. His new spirituality book, “Return: The Way of Perfect Love” (published by Balboa Press), lists all the lessons he taught his children over the years. A guide to spiritual growth and righteous living, Gormley’s book is intended to be a path for everyone to “return to their birthright: the perfect love of the Almighty God and each other.” Promoting inclusivity, “Return” puts the focus on the idea that the life one leads is proof of the beliefs they hold and imparts teachings from a variety of religions. “Our conflicts over religion, politics, race, culture, and morality persist and there seems to be no solution,” Gormley says. “The problems continue despite growing evidence that we can all trace our ancestry back to a common source. When we begin to perceive each other by those things that we have in common: not merely biologically, but in our very essence---our souls--- we open the doors to respectful interaction.”


“Return” By Walter Gormley Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781504391276 Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 178 pages | ISBN 9781504391252 E-Book | 178 pages | ISBN 9781504391269 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble About the Author Brooklyn born and Long Island grown, Walter Gormley was raised in a deeply spiritual household and greatly influenced by his tough, yet funny and purpose-focused mother and by the short life of his younger brother. For nearly half a century, Gormley devoted his life to seeking, learning, and living truth. His research and participation has taken him through several religious denominations. While none had everything, each had something. Through studying, practicing, and reaching beyond the “miresome” comfort of most religions, he has been able to draw out the most important themes and share them with his five children. He continues to do so near Tampa, Florida.


Ephesians 4:32 - And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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The prophet writer of Isaiah shared that just as the rain and snow fulfill the purpose for which each is sent, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Likewise, our words do not return to us void and these same words are filled with the power to accomplish what we speak. So whether we realize it or not, we never really outperform our conversation. If we want to change our lives, we have to change the way we think of ourselves and if we want to change the way we think of ourselves, we need to change the words we say to ourselves. Life is already full of issues and challenges. Why add to them by discouraging yourself every day with negative selftalk? Beneath the surface, each of us has an inner voice on a loud speaker trying to convince us of something about ourselves. What does your self-talk sound like and what is it saying to you? Is it a blessing to you? Do you encourage you? Alternatively, do you curse and criticize yourself ? Become your own encourager, your own cheerleader. Every time you do a good job, do not just let it pass; give yourself a compliment. Every time you choose discipline over indulgence, encourage yourself; recognize how much you are helping you. When you make a mistake, learn from it and improve but do not beat yourself up and relive the mistake without getting the lesson. The help, boost, and acceptance you have been looking for might be found in the things you say to yourself! Speak life, especially to yourself! Address: 11901 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60643 Phone: (773) 568-2282

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