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Jewel to offer ‘taste’ of Black History Month with VIP event Defender Staff Report Local JEWEL-OSCO grocery stores will celebrate Black History Month this February with its annual “A Taste of Black History” program, which honors the contributions and achievements of the retailer’s African American vendor partners. The initiative will kick off with a VIP shopping event for customers Thursday at the JEWEL-OSCO at 1655 E. 95th St. “A Taste of Black History” customer tasting events will continue throughout February at select stores. The kickoff event will feature live music by Chicago band Zzaje and appearance by celebrity Chef Josh


Marks, who was the runner-up on the third season of the FOX reality cooking show “MasterChef.” Marks, now the national spokesman for JEWEL-OSCO African American vendor Real Men Cook, will prepare dishes for customers to sample and will be available for pictures and autographs. There will also be a chance to win gift cards. Additionally, Jewel will donate a total of $10,000 to three community

organizations, including Chicago’s St. Felicitas Church Food Pantry and Grant A Wish Food Pantry, which were chosen for their commitment to hunger relief. Customers will help select the third donation recipient by casting votes for their favorite African American vendor products during the kickoff event. “ ‘A Taste of Black History’ gives us an opportunity to thank our African American vendors for

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LOCAL 2 dead, 1 injured in South Shore area high-rise fire Two men died Tuesday morning in a high-rise fire that injured one other person and drove some residents onto their balconies, bundled in coats and scarves amid single-digit temperatures. The fire took place near the lakefront and the South Shore Cultural Center in the South Shore community on the South Side. Fire officials said the fire started on the seventh floor and was extinguished about 45 minutes later. Flames were visible outside a seventh-floor window. Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas said firefighters conducted a floor-by-floor search of the 16-story condominium building. Firefighters found one person collapsed in the lobby when they arrived. That person was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. A fire department spokeswoman said the two men who died were found on the seventh floor and were taken to hospitals where they were pronounced dead.

Officials were still investigating the cause of the fire Tuesday afternoon. "The fire was brought under control relatively quickly," McNicholas said. The search took longer. "We did a systematic search not only of the stairwells and hallways, but also every single unit in the building. All 16 floors were thoroughly searched before fire personnel left the scene." Elevators stopped working, so the firefighters had to climb stairs during the search, McNicholas said. Sixty firefighting companies responded, with nearly 200 firefighters on the scene, he said. Frigid temperatures in Chicago, with wind chills dipping below zero, didn't hamper the firefighting effort. "We didn't have any water problems which sometimes we'll get during this subzero weather," McNicholas said. "All the equipment performed without any incidents at all." AP

Shooting at CSU

The Chicago State Univerisity Police chief spoke to reporters Jan. 17 outside the university the morning after a teen was shot there following a high school basketball game. Morgan Park High School student Tyrone Lawson II, 17, was shot multiple times and died late Wednesday after his school played Simeon Career Academy.Two men have been charged.Defender/Worsom Robinson

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Lester McKeever, right, principal at the accounting firm Washington, Pittman, and McKeever was honored Jan. 16 with a street renaming outside a building he owned near 67th and Oglesby. He is pictured with his wife Nancy. Defender/Worsom Robinson



Summit generates ideas to make Ill. schools safer by Regina Garcia Cano SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Pat Quinn, school administrators and mental health and public safety experts said Tuesday that they left a school safety summit with pages of ideas, including improving resources for mental health and encouraging students to speak up if they hear about potential threats. "We want to educate all of those who come through the school building, including the students, that being silent about potential violence is a very dangerous thing," Quinn said at a news conference after the summit. More than 50 people gathered at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in response to a call from the governor following last month's Connecticut school shooting. He said that shooting and one in a Colorado movie theater last year served as an "alarm bell." Quinn described the summit as an early step in an ongoing conversation to find measures that could

prevent violent episodes in schools. Quinn cited existing efforts in communities across the state that could be adopted by other towns. The governor said teachers and school staffers receive training regarding violence in the classroom. "If there are any problems of violence such as bullying, hazing going on, we have to address those. We cannot look the other way," he said. Quinn also said he will be looking into whether adequate mental health services are available to educators and students to prevent violence. Quinn said some of the ideas discussed at Tuesday's summit may lead to legislation and that the topic also is likely to come up in his State of the State address next month. He didn't delve into specifics, but he said districts could make the decision about whether to implement some initiatives, while others could be adopted statewide. He said implementing some measures in all of the state's 870 public school dis-

tricts could be challenging. Information sharing between schools and law enforcement authorities was a key point discussed at the meeting. Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter, the acting president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said attendees discussed how and when educators, mental health professional and authorities must communicate about red flags raised by community members that could end in an outburst of violence. Quinn, a proponent of a statewide ban on assault weapons, did not mention gun control in his remarks after the meeting. When asked why members of the National Rifle Association did not attend the summit, he said the invitation to the meeting was only for people in the education and public safety fields. He added that he would be "happy to listen" to ideas from the group. "Anybody in a democracy has a voice," Quinn said. AP

Chicagoans bundle up against frigid temperatures by Don Babwin and Tammy Webber Homeless advocates opened warming centers, children bundled in parkas and scarves, and wind-lashed commuters quickened their pace Tuesday as brutal cold gripped Chicago and all around Illinois. Temperatures in northern Illinois fell below zero Tuesday morning for the first time in almost two years, with wind chills as low as 15 to 20 degrees below zero, the National Weather Service said. Readings across the state ranged from a low of minus 7 in Mundelein, about 50 miles north of Chicago, to 18 degrees in Carbondale, in southern Illinois. A low of 1 degree was recorded at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport just before 8 a.m. Ariana Laffey, a 30-year-old homeless woman, sat on a milk crate near Chicago's Willis Tower, determined to brave the cold that sent most people scurrying indoors until

she collected at least $40 from passers-by. Her husband, she said, was working another corner a few blocks away. "We're just trying to make enough to get a warm room to sleep in tonight," said Laffey, tugging a scarf around her face. She said she was wearing three pairs of pants and six shirts along with a warm jacket. She said she and her husband slept under a bridge Monday night, huddling under six blankets. But she said she's luckier than other homeless people who have no blankets and "go to the emergency room and make something up so they can stay warm." "There are a lot of us out here," she said. Matt Smith, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, said the city planned to count its homeless population Tuesday night, a process repeated every two years. In 2011, the count found 6,598 homeless people in Chicago, with 4,873 staying in

shelters at the time and the other 1,725 living on the street. The city was using six community centers as warming centers during the day, and other facilities could be opened if necessary. Twenty-one senior centers were open to older residents, and numerous churches and other organizations were providing shelter, he said. The city had more than 3,700 beds available for those who need a place to stay overnight, Smith said. The Illinois Tollway planned round-the-clock patrols until at least Thursday to help stranded motorists, and had assisted 180 motorists between Saturday and Tuesday, officials said. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Friedlein said temperatures will climb to the lower or mid20s on Wednesday and Thursday, considerably higher than earlier in the week but still below normal for this time of year. AP




Lawyer: Ex-Gov. Ryan to be released by Jan. 30 by Sophia Tareen Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who has served six years at a federal prison for wideranging corruption charges, is scheduled to be released to a Chicago halfway house by the end of January, his attorney said Tuesday. Ryan is set to leave the federal facility in Terre Haute, Ind., on

Jan. 30 as part of a work release program, said one of his attorneys, Albert Alschuler. That's about five months ahead of his official release date, though it's common for inmates to be eligible for work release early. In a twist illustrating perhaps the worst of Illinois politics, Ryan will overlap at the federal prison for several days with convicted former powerbroker William Cellini. The

longtime Springfield businessman, who knows Ryan well, reported to the Indiana prison Tuesday. Jurors in 2011 convicted Cellini of trying to extort the producer of the film "Million Dollar Baby" for a $1.5 million political contribution intended for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign. Blagojevich is serving a prison term in a Colorado prison for multiple corruption counts. Ryan, 78, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI. The Republican was accused of steering state contracts and leases to insiders as secretary of state and then as governor, receiving vacations and gifts in return. He also was accused of stopping an investigation into secretary of state employees accepting bribes for truck driver's licenses. The prison time has been particularly difficult for Ryan on a personal level, attorneys say. His wife of 55 years died in 2011, while he was incarcerated. Prison officials allowed Ryan to leave prison to visit her several times during her fight with cancer, but he was not allowed to go to the

funeral. Ryan has also suffered from health problems of his own, including kidney disease and infected teeth. At the same time, several appeals seeking his release from prison were denied. "He's had a long hard time," Alschuler said. "He's had some health problems. He's lost his wife ... He's out of money, he lost his state pension." Although his attorneys have mentioned several times over the past year the possibility of work release as early as January, they didn't say what Ryan will be doing at the halfway house or what type of job he may get. Ryan attorney Jim Thompson, also a former Illinois governor, has previously mentioned a Salvation Army halfway house in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. He didn't immediately return messages Tuesday. Salvation Army officials declined to comment on their community corrections program, referring all questions to the Bureau of Prisons, where officials declined to comment on Ryan's release. For decades, the Salvation Army has run a community program where

inmates live for a short time, take classes to learn basic skills and receive counseling, among other things. Fawell, who was also convicted in the corruption investigation, spent time after his prison term at that same halfway house mentioned by Thompson. "It's like a really bad dorm room," Fawell said, but "life is a little better." For one, inmates at a halfway house get to wear their own clothes, work a job and can be eligible to be in their own homes within weeks, though they still have to keep close contact with prison officials. At the same time, inmates of all walks of life are put in the same place. "You could be sitting at a table with someone who just did 40 years," Fawell said. "The clientele is a little different than he's used to." Before the corruption allegations emerged, Ryan was best known nationally for emptying Illinois' death row in 2003, which re-ignited a national debate on the death penalty and led to the end of capital punishment in Illinois in 2011. AP

Topinka: Illinois agencies face $1 billion shortfall by Sarra Burnett Illinois' top fiscal officer urged lawmakers Monday to transfer more than $1 billion from financially sound state programs to agencies that are in danger of running out of money, including some that serve seniors, children and the disabled. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said the supplemental funds are needed so the agencies can pay for services through this fiscal year, which ends in June. "We need to end the denial and address those budget shortfalls before they jeopardize critical services that our residents depend on," said Topinka, a Republican. She said a health insurance fund for state workers faces a $900 million shortfall. The Department of Aging needs an estimated $200 million for a program that helps seniors and people with disabilities in home-based settings; workers compensation has requested an



additional $82 million; and the Department of Children and Family Services needs about $25 million to avoid laying off childwelfare workers, she said. Jerry Stermer, budget director for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, issued a similar warning to the House Revenue and Finance Committee in November. Quinn's office worked to pass legislation during the recent lame duck legislative session that would have addressed some of the funding issues, but the problems remain. At least one bill - which would have allocated money to avoid the child welfare layoffs failed to get out of a Senate committee due to various concerns, including that it would take away money that had been promised to other programs. Abdon Pallasch, Quinn's assistant budget director, said Monday that discussions with lawmakers are continuing. "We have been pressing the

General Assembly for months to restore this critical funding," Pallasch said. "There is a human cost for this underfunding." Last year, more than 40,000 child care providers were notified they wouldn't get state funding for three months because the child care fund had run out of cash. Legislators later moved $73.6 million from other parts of the budget to supplement the fund, but not until after the child care providers panicked after receiving letters saying there was no more money, said Brad Hahn, a spokesman for Topinka. He said Topinka wants to avoid a similar situation this year. The funding problems are just one piece of the state budget that's in crisis. Illinois also has a $96 billion unfunded pension liability the worst shortfall in the nation and a backlog of unpaid bills estimated at more than $9 billion. AP

Cabbies wanted: Recruitment day at local city college Defender Staff Report According to officials at OliveHarvey College, the city needs an estimated 2,000 taxi drivers. The school, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, will help those interested to learn about the training and application process during the Taxi Driver Recruitment Day on February 7 at its campus, 10001 S. Woodlawn Avenue. Hosted by City Colleges of Chicago in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of New Americans and Hailo Cab, the event will include representatives from Chicago’s leading taxi companies and Olive-Harvey faculty members. Two informational workshops will inform guests how to become a taxicab driver and enroll in Olive-Harvey’s comprehensive Public Passenger Chauffeur Training

Program. The training program covers Chicago geography and navigation, as well as customer business skills. “Drivers are in demand and training is readily available at OliveHarvey College,” said Adolfo Hernandez, director of the Mayor’s Office of New Americans. “There are many communities that may not be aware of how to become a taxi driver and we want to bridge this gap and bring awareness to communities throughout Chicago by hosting this event.” Olive-Harvey President Dr. Craig T. Follins said taxi driving is one of many in-demand careers within the transportation sector. “Transportation, distribution and logistics is a growth industry in our region and offers a career pathway

In a press release, Board President Toni Preckwinkle says land banks have been effective tools to combat the foreclosure crisis in other communities. She says more than 80 local governments in 23 states have land banks. Cook County's land bank will be overseen by a 13-member board.

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with numerous job opportunities, including taxi driving,” said Follins. “This recruitment event is part of our College to Careers strategy to partner with industries to ensure that we prepare individuals to become job-ready and it is one of many opportunities available in transportation at OliveHarvey.” Bill Bundy, a nine-year veteran in the taxi industry, will share his experiences at the event. “If you treat this as a profession and put in the effort, you can make a lot of money,” said Bundy. “The flexibility of driving a cab allowed me to support a family of 12 while earning a bachelor's degree in business. Now, I own a cab and have a solid client base that depends on me when they need a ride.” The event is open to the public.

Cook County land bank aimed at ending blight Cook County has a new tool to help return vacant and abandoned properties to the tax rolls. The Cook County Board voted unanimously to create the Cook County Land Bank Authority. The agency will promote redevelopment of vacant, foreclosed and tax-delinquent properties.


Attorney Lori E. Lightfoot is among the list of four to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald after several months of vetting a longer list of candidates. Fitzgerald resigned in 2012 after 11 years as head of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago to enter private practice. Lightfoot would be the first African American and first woman to hold the job. AP Photo/PR NEWSWIRE

Members will have experience in banking, real estate and development. The land back will be able to hold property on a tax-exempt basis to eliminate back taxes and clear title. It will use a mix of county money, grants and donations. AP

Public school students to be awarded for health advocacy Chicago Public Schools teens will receive cash prizes up to $2,000 for being leaders in the teen health community at an awards ceremony on Friday in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Millennium Room, 78 E. Washington St. Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair will present the keynote address, followed by presentations from Chicago Public Schools and the Expressions Challenge sponsors. Guests will also include Aldermen Brendan Reilly and Carrie Austin. Expressions Challenge Winners are: Angela Trevino - First Place Creative Writing - After School

Matters HHW Vocal Arts Project (junior) Howard Robinson - Second Place Creative Writing - Corliss High School (senior) Evonne Weeden - First Place in Visual Arts - Chicago Park District’s Palmer Girls Club (sophomore) Mara Hontanosas - Second Place Visual Arts - Mather High School (senior) Gwendolyn Stovall - First Place Multimedia - Lane Technical College Prep High School (sophomore) Erika Johnson, Malik Gardener, Ranice Green, and Keri Harwell Second Place Multimedia - Hyde

Park Career Academy (seniors) (group entry) The winning students' projects were chosen from over 1,000 entry submissions to the Walgreens Expressions Challenge. First place winners will receive $2,000 each, along with $500 for their teachers and $500 for their schools. Second place winners will receive $1,250 each, along with $500 for their teachers. Student participants in the Expressions Challenge worked both individually and in groups, to submit Creative Writing, Visual Art and Multimedia entries, expressing themselves on teen implications of the root of teen issues of low selfesteem. CHICAGO DEFENDER / JANUARY 23-29, 2013



by Michael Kunzelman NEW ORLEANS (- More than a decade ago, Ray Nagin was elected mayor of New Orleans on a vow to root out corruption in a city plagued by decades of it. On Friday, the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's

punishing blow. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 31. The federal indictment alleges that city contractors paid Nagin more than $200,000 in bribes and subsidized his trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and other places in exchange for his help securing millions of dollars in work for the city. The charges against Nagin are the product of a City Hall corruption

investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen and a prison sentence for a former city vendor. The case also punctuates the reversal of political and personal fortune for Nagin, who had what New Orleans Magazine editor Errol Laborde called "rock star status" soon after his election in 2002. Nagin, a former cable television executive, took office with an image as a largely apolitical businessman ready to root out corruption. "The media bought into that 100 percent. They used the term 'crackdown on corruption,'" Laborde said Friday. But Nagin's popularity and support waned in the years after Katrina. The federal investigation of his administration was mushrooming by the time he left office in 2010. Rafael Goyeneche, head of the nonprofit watchdog agency the Metropolitan Crime Commission, remembers Nagin entering office with a call for the public to let authorities know about corruption.

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Ex-New Orleans mayor Nagin charged with bribery

Ray Nagin "To go from the mandate that he was elected with to reading this indictment today and finding out that he was in many respects, if these allegations are true, a complete fraud, is eye-opening," Goyeneche said Friday. In inauguration remarks May 6, 2002, Nagin promised a City Hall "where permits and licenses are provided quickly, predictably and honestly; where contracts are awarded

based on what you can do, not who you know." Soon afterward, his administration's probe into alleged corruption in taxi cab regulation resulted in numerous arrests. "We're basically trying to send the signal ... that what has happened in the past, and the way people played in the gray areas, is no longer acceptable," Nagin said at the time. "We need to get in step with what's done in the rest of the country." Friday's indictment accuses Nagin of accepting more than $160,000 in bribes and truckloads of free granite for his family business in exchange for promoting the interests of a local businessman who secured millions of dollars in city contract work after the 2005 hurricane. The businessman, Frank Fradella, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit bribery and has been cooperating with federal authorities. Nagin, 56, also is charged with accepting at least $60,000 in payoffsSee NAGIN CHARGED, page 9

McDonald’s settles Mich. suit over Islamic diet by Jeff Karoub DEARBORN, Mich. - McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers. Ahmed's attorney, Kassem Dakhlallah, told The Associated Press on Monday that he's "thrilled" with the preliminary deal that's expected to be finalized March 1. McDonald's and Finley's Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests. The lawsuit alleged that Ahmed bought a chicken sandwich in September 2011 at a Dearborn McDonald's but found it wasn't halal - meaning it didn't meet Islamic requirements for preparing food. Islam forbids consumption of pork, and God's name must be invoked before an animal providing



meat for consumption is slaughtered. Dakhlallah said there are only two McDonald's in the United States that sell halal products and both are in Dearborn, which has one of the nation's largest Arab and Muslim communities. Overall, the Detroit area is home to about 150,000 Muslims of many different ethnicities. The locations advertise that they exclusively sell halal Chicken McNuggets and McChicken sandwiches and they have to get those products from an approved halal provider, Dakhlallah said. He said there was no evidence of problems on the production side, but he alleges that the Dearborn location on Ford Road sold non-halal products when it ran out of halal. Dakhlallah said he was approached by Ahmed, and they conducted an investigation. A letter sent to McDonald's Corp. and Finley's Management by Dakhlallah's firm said Ahmed had "confirmed from a source familiar with the inventory" that the restaurant had sold non-halal food "on many occasions." After they received no response to the letter, Dakhlallah said, they filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court in November 2011 as

part of a class action. The AP left messages Monday afternoon for attorneys representing the corporation and the franchise. In the settlement notice, Finley's Management said it "has a carefully designed system for preparing and serving halal such that halal chicken products are labeled, stored, refrigerated, and cooked in halal-only areas." The company added it trains its employees on preparing halal food and "requires strict adherence to the process." He said although Ahmed believes McDonald's was negligent, there was no evidence that the chain set out to deceive customers. "McDonald's from the very beginning stepped up and took this case very seriously," Dakhlallah said. "They made it clear they wanted to resolve this. They got ahead of the problem." The lawsuit covers anyone who bought the halal-advertised products from the Ford Road restaurant and another Dearborn McDonald's with a different owner between September 2005 and last Friday. Since that would be impossible to determine, Dakhlallah said both sides agreed to provide money to community-based charities that benefit members of this group. AP


Fight leads to gunfire on Texas college campus by Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk HOUSTON - A fight between two people erupted in gunfire Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms. No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots heard shortly after 12 p.m. on the Lone Star College campus sparked fear of another campus massacre just more than a month after 26 people were killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library where Luis Resendiz, 22, was studying on the second floor. An employee called police and then herded the 30 to 40 people in the library into a small room and told them to NAGIN CHARGED, from page 8

from another businessman, Rodney Williams, for his help in securing city contracts for architectural, engineering and management services work. Williams, who was president of Three Fold Consultants LLC, pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to a conspiracy charge. The indictment also accuses Nagin - who now lives in Frisco, Texas - of getting free private jet and limousine services to New York from an unidentified businessman who owned a New Orleans movie theater. Nagin is accused of agreeing to waive tax penalties that the businessman owed to the city on a delinquent tax bill in 2006. From several city contractors, Nagin is accused of accepting free travel and vacation expenses for trips to Hawaii, Chicago, Las Vegas and Jamaica while in office. The alleged bribery plot isn't limited to Nagin's tenure as mayor. Prosecutors say Nagin, a Democrat, accepted monthly payoffs from Fradella totaling $112,250 after he left office. Nagin's attorney, Robert Jenkins, didn't immediately return cellphone calls seeking comment on the indictment. No one answered the door at Nagin's home in Texas on Friday afternoon. Nagin was a political novice before his first term as mayor in 2002, buoyed by strong support from white voters. He cast himself a reformminded progressive who wasn't bound by party affiliations, as he snubbed fellow Democrat Kathleen Blanco and endorsed Republican

crouch down, he said. Keisha Cohn, 27, was in a building about 50 feet away and began running as soon as she heard the shots. "To stay where I was wasn't an option," said Cohn, who fled from a building that houses computers and study areas. All the students eventually were evacuated, running out of buildings as police officers led them to safety. Authorities offered no details about what led to the fight. One of the people involved had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said. One of those hospitalized, Carlton Berry, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault in the shooting, according to a sheriff's office state-

ment late Tuesday. Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of an EMT class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help them. "The two people that I took care of had just minor injuries," he told KHOU-TV. "One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee, and the (other) actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area." The shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., heightened security concerns at campuses across the country. Resendiz said the Connecticut shooting was the first thing he thought of when he heard gunfire and he wondered if a similar situation was happening on his campus. "I didn't think something like this could happen. You don't think about it

happening to you," he said. Several school districts in Texas have either implemented or are considering a plan to allow faculty to carry guns on campus. While guns are not allowed on college campuses, the Texas Legislature this year might debate a bill that would allow them. Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, said the campus is a gun-free zone that "has been safe for 40 years." "We think it's still safe," he added. He also described the maintenance man, who was said to be in his 50s and listed in stable condition, as "in good shape." Police evacuated and closed the campus after the shooting. It reopened in the late afternoon, with classes expected to resume Wednesday. The noise that rang through the second-floor tutoring lab where Daniel

Flores was studying initially sounded to him "like someone was kicking a door." "I didn't think they were shots," said Flores, 19. About 60 people were in the lab, and they began running out of the room once they realized the sound was gunfire, he said. They fled to a nearby student services center, where authorities kept them there for about 30 minutes before letting them go. Cody Harris, 20, said he was in a classroom with about six or seven other students waiting for a psychology class to start when he heard eight shots. He and other students looked at each other, said "I guess we should get out of here," and fled. "I was just worried about getting out," Harris said. "I called my grandmother and asked her to pick me up."

Bobby Jindal's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in 2003. Katrina elevated Nagin to the national stage, where he gained a reputation for colorful and sometimes cringe-inducing rhetoric. Strong support from black voters helped Nagin win re-election in 2006 despite widespread criticism of his post-Katrina leadership. But the glacial pace of rebuilding, a surge in violent crime and the budding City Hall corruption investigation chipped away at Nagin's popularity during his second term.

Nagin could not seek a third consecutive term because of term limits. Mitch Landrieu, who ran against Nagin in 2006, succeeded him in 2010. Some of the allegations in the indictment have been the subject of state ethics complaints. In April 2010, the Louisiana Board of Ethics charged Nagin with two possible violations of state ethics law. One charge involved Nagin's "use of a credit card and/or gifts" from St. Pierre. In the other charge, the Ethics Board said Stone Age LLC, the

Nagin family's business, was compensated for installation services provided to Home Depot while the home improvement retailer was negotiating tax breaks from the city. The indictment doesn't mention Home Depot by name but says Nagin approved a 2007 ordinance that allowed city property to be sold to an unidentified "major retail corporation" at the same time he was soliciting the retailer for work for his granite business. A few hours before his indictment, Nagin retweeted a post by Texas

megachurch pastor Joel Osteen that says, "You are closest to your victory when you face the greatest opposition." Landrieu, Nagin's successor, called Friday a "sad day" for the city. "Today's indictment of former Mayor Ray Nagin alleges serious violations of the public's trust," he said in a statement. "Public corruption cannot and will not be tolerated." Associated Press writers Danny Robbins in Dallas and Kevin McGill and Chevel Johnson in New Orleans contributed to this report.





NRA has stranglehold on this nation’s Congress by George E. Curry


n the wake of the killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn. last month and just before Vice President Joe Biden presented a list of proposals to President Obama this week that includes banning assault weapons and limiting sales of high-capacity ammunition clips, the president of the National George Rifle Association expressed confidence that new gun legislation will stall in Congress. In an interview Jan. 13 on CNN's “State Of The Union,” NRA President David Keene said, “I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get assault weapons ban through this Congress.” When asked about placing limits on highcapacity ammunition clips, Keene replied, “I don't think ultimately they are going to get that, either.” Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., referring to Keene, said on CNN, “I think he's wrong.” Murphy explained, “Newtown fundamentally changed things. The NRA doesn't get this.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., acknowledged that it will not be easy to get Congress to ban assault weapons. He told CNN, “I think we have the possibility, but it's going to be difficult.” Cummings said the prospects are brighter for Congress to place restrictions on high-capacity magazines and require expanded background checks. A 10-year ban on the sale of assault weapons expired in 2004, largely as a result of pressure exerted by the NRA. The organization has risen from being founded in 1871 to help improve marksmanship to a powerful 4 million-member lobbying organization that takes in more than $200 million in annual revenue. According to, NRA spent $20 million in the last election cycle, all on friendly lawmakers who score well on the NRA's political scorecard. The combination of big bucks and political pressure have made too many members of Congress fearful of bucking the powerful gun lobby, a group that doesn't even want machine guns banned. But there are growing indications that the NRA's political clout might be vastly overrated. “The gun lobby had an abysmal 2012 election cycle. They spent more than $11 million to defeat President Obama, warning that on Election Day, “Americans will vote either to defend or surrender freedom in the most consequential national decision in U.S. history.” They also failed to elect their preferred candidate in six of their seven top targets for the U.S. Senate. And more than two-thirds of incumbents who lost their seats in the House of Representatives were backed by the NRA, including four Democrats,” noted Media Matters, the watchdog group.


And the NRA got a poor return on its political investment. “According to open government group the Sunlight Foundation, the NRA Political Victory Fund, the NRA's political action committee, received a less than one percent return on $10,536,106 spent on independent expenditures during the election cycle,” the media monitoring group also found. “The NRA E. Curry spent 0.44 percent of its money supporting winning candidates and 0.39 percent opposing losing candidates. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action, the organization's lobbying arm, garnered a 10.25 percent return on $7,448,017 spent on the election. In seven Senate races where the NRA spent more than $100,000, six of the NRA-backed candidates lost.” That trend did not start with the November elections, according to ThinkProgress, a liberal blog. Paul Waldman, contributing editor at The American Prospect, analyzed data from the last four federal elections - 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. “The conclusion to be drawn from these data will be surprising to many: The NRA has virtually no impact on congressional elections,” he wrote. “The NRA endorsement, so coveted by so many politicians, is almost meaningless. Nor does the money the organization spends have any demonstrable impact on the outcome of races. In short, when it comes to elections, the NRA is a paper tiger.” Not exactly. “If you've been following the issue of guns over the last few years, you know that these have been good times for gun advocates,” according to ThinkProgress. “In a landmark 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court settled a longstanding question by declaring that the 2nd Amendment confers an individual right to own guns. Under Barack Obama's administration, the only pieces of legislation on guns have expanded gun rights; for instance, gun owners are now allowed to bring firearms into national parks as a result of legislation Obama signed in 2009. The assault weapons ban passed under Bill Clinton expired in 2004, and despite early indications the Obama administration might try to renew it, they have made no moves to do so.” Public opinion on gun control has moved, according to a Gallup poll released Jan. 14. It showed that 38 percent of Americans favor stricter gun measures, a 13-point increase from last year and the highest it has been in more than a decade. Now is the time for Obama to make his move. If not, the NRA will do it for him. George E. Curry is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service.


How we can truly honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Marian Wright Edelman

boys born in 2001 at risk of prison in their lifetimes. Incarceration is the new n his last Sunday sermon American apartheid. Let's at Washington National reroute our children into a Cathedral, Dr. King retold pipeline to college and prothe parable of the rich man ductive work to compete Dives who ignored the poor with children from China and sick man Lazarus who and India. came every day seeking Let's honor and follow Dr. crumbs from Dives' table. King by stopping the resurDives went to hell, Dr. King gence of racial and income said, not because he was rich Marian Wright Edelman segregation in our schools, but because he did not realize unfair treatment of children his wealth was his opportunity to bridge the of color with zero tolerance school discigulf separating him from his brother and pline and special education practices that allowed Lazarus to become invisible. He push them out of school and towards warned this could happen to rich America, prison, and efforts to undermine the hard “If we don't use her vast resources to end earned right to vote. Let's not return to Jim poverty and make it possible for all of Crow shenanigans that strangled our God's children to have the basic necessities democracy far too long. of life.” Let's honor and follow Dr. King by At his death in 1968, when he was call- building a beloved community in America ing with urgency for an end to poverty in where all have enough to eat, a place to our nation, there were 25.4 million poor sleep, enough work at decent wages to supAmericans, including 11 million poor chil- port a family, buy a home, raise children, dren, and our Gross Domestic Product and send them to public schools that (GDP) was $4.13 trillion. Today, there are empower children with hope, confidence 46.2 million poor people including 16.1 and skills for the future. million poor children and our GDP is three Let's truly honor Dr. King by transformtimes larger. Twenty million of our neigh- ing our education system that sentences bors are living in extreme poverty, includ- millions of children to social and economic ing 7.3 million children. Disgracefully, death by failing to prepare them and our children are the poorest age group in country for the future. That a majority of all America and the younger they are, the children in all income and racial groups poorer they are and one in four preschool and 76 percent of Black and Hispanic chilchildren is poor. More than one in three dren cannot read or compute at grade level Black children and the same proportion of in fourth and eighth grades is a threat to Latino children are poor. Children have America's future economic and military suffered most since the recession began. strength. I have no doubt that Dr. King would be Let's honor Dr. King by ensuring every mounting a nonviolent poor people cam- child's safety and right to live by ending the paign to end rampant hunger, homeless- epidemic gun violence in our nation that ness, and poverty today. has snuffed out more than 1.3 million Let's honor Dr. King by our committed American lives since he and Robert action to end child poverty and close the Kennedy were killed by guns in 1968 morally obscene gulf between rich and including the lives of approximately poor in our nation where the 400 highest 148,000 children and teens. That is 7,400 income earners made as much as the com- classrooms of 20 children. Let's honor Dr. bined tax revenues of 22 state governments King by standing up and doing whatever is with 42 million citizens in 2008, and the required for as long as needed to break the wealthiest top 1 percent hold more net political grip of the National Rifle wealth than the bottom 90 percent com- Association and their allies who seek to bined. The rich don't need another tax add more guns to the approximately 300 break and they need to give back some of million in circulation and continuing protheir unfair share of our nation's tax subsi- duction and sales of assault weapons and dies, loopholes and bailouts to feed and high volume ammunition magazines that house and educate our children and employ should not be in the hands of civilians. their parents. Dr. King is not coming back. It's up to us Let's honor and follow Dr. King by nam- to redeem the soul of America. He told us ing and changing the continuing racial dis- what to do. Let's do it. parities, undergirded by poverty, that place Marian Wright Edelman is president of one in three Black and one in six Hispanic the Children's Defense Fund.



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President Obama Stands on the shoulders of 50 years of history When President Obama took the oath of office on Monday, he was surrounded by an extraordinary legacy of 50-year civil rights milestones that helped make possible his first and second inauguration. It was fitting that the inaugural invocation was delivered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol by Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights hero, Medgar Evers. After years of risking his life to end discrimination against Black Mississippians, Evers was felled by an assassin's bullet in the driveway of his home 50 years ago on June 12, 1963. Whether serving his country as a soldier in World War II, or leading the fight to desegregate the University of Mississippi, or working to end Jim Crow as the state’s first NAACP field director, Medgar Evers was a fearless, peaceful warrior who paved the way for President Obama and countless oth-

ers who have been inspired by his example. An assassin cut short his life in 1963, but Myrlie Evers-Williams went on to devote her life, as an NAACP leader and civil rights activist, to the ideas he fought and died for. Medgar Evers, ironically was killed on June 12, just hours after President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally televised speech in support of civil rights. President Kennedy, himself, was assassinated only five months later, 50 years ago, on November 22, 1963. President Obama took the oath of office holding a Bible belonging to another champion of civil rights and American democracy - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, Dr. King inspired America and the entire world with his “I Have a Dream Speech” delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in front of more than

250,000 people during the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The March was organized by Dr. King with help from the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, along with A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, John Lewis of the Southern Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP. The March on Washington was instrumental in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Finally, President Obama will be sworn-in 50 years after one of the most horrific events of the civil rights era, the 1963 bombing of Birmingham, Alabama’s 16th Street Baptist Church, which resulted in the deaths of four little Black girls - Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, all 14

years old, and 11-year-old Denise McNair. The Birmingham church bombing galvanized the conscience of the nation and led many Whites to denounce racism and its brutal consequences. Those four young Black girls did not die in vain. As Dr. King said in his eulogy, their deaths, “…say to each of us, Black and White alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream.” Fifty years later, America's first Black president has completed his second inauguration. Marc H. Morial, National Urban League.

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Going coo-coo for coconut oil medium chain fatty acid. These fats don’t wreak the havoc on the cardiovascular system that its saturated-fat cousins cause. Virgin coconut oil has an amazing ability to fight free-radical damage. Applied topically, it has been shown to be useful in wound healing. Another plus, coconut oil contains lauric acid which boosts immunity and fights infection. And finally, it has been suggested that individuals consuming virgin coconut oil instead of soybean, olive or corn oils may see a boost in metabolism and an edge in their attempts to lose weight. Now isn't that worth cooking for? Fish tamales

Chef D’s KITCHEN by David Blackmon Lately I have become obsessed with looking to find ways to switch the fat intake in traditional dishes with a healthier fat. I like olive oil and grape seed oil, but how about coconut oil? I normally use it to moisturize my skin and smell like I’ve been stranded on a deserted island, but cook with it? The fact is many people are discovering the wonderful benefits of coconut oil, and looking for ways to incorporate it into their cooking. Coconut oil is composed of an unusual

1 package banana leaves 4 cups Masa mix, follow instructions on package replacing lard with coconut oil 4 pounds Mahi Mahi or snapper or other firm-fleshed fish 1 lime, juiced 2 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoons minced cilantro 1/2 cup minced scallions 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, toasted 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 black pepper Corn salsa: 1 cup sweet corn, cut off the cob and

blanched 1/4 cup red onion, small diced 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quar ters if large 1 scallion, minced 1/4 bunch cilantro, minced 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/4 cup olive oil 2 jalapenos, seeds removed and minced For the corn salsa: Mix everything in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. For the tamales: Cut banana leaves into approximately 12-inch squares and wipe clean with damp towel. Toss fish with lime, garlic, cilantro, scallions, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Place about 3 ounces of prepared tamale masa in the middle of the leaf and place a piece of fish mixture on top of the masa, then top with another spoonful of masa and spread over the fish to completely encase. Fold the edges of the banana leaf over the tamale, making a packet. Tie with a string and steam for 15 minutes. Serve with Corn Salsa. Chicken with citrus garlic ginger sauce 1 whole chicken, cut up Himalayan salt, to taste Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste 3-4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon lime zest 1 cup chicken stock, preferably fresh

Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper on both sides to taste. Heat two tablespoons coconut oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Brown chicken pieces on all sides until golden brown and set aside (chicken will not be done). Add garlic, ginger, and citrus zests to pan, tossing until softened and fragrant. Deglaze pan with chicken stock, scraping up browned bits in pan. Add garlic, ginger lemon and lime zest. Return chicken to pan, cover, and simmer over low heat until chicken breasts reach 165° F and thighs and legs reach 175° F. Remove chicken to serving platter as pieces reach target temperature. After all the chicken is cooked, remove chicken and finish the sauce by swirling in 12 tablespoons virgin coconut oil. Pour sauce over chicken. Serve over steamed spinach and rice. David Blackmon is the chef/owner of The Culinary Solution (Private Event Chefs for Hire). Questions or comments? Email him:

Guacamole: Fresh takes on a Super Bowl classic By J.M. Hirsch Looking for a few simple ways to freshen up the go-to dish of the Super Bowl? We cobbled together a mighty tasty basic guacamole, then came up with four ways to turn basic into unbelievably good. If sweet and heat are your style, go for guac mixed with brown sugar candied bacon and hot sauce. Heat fiends will prefer the corn and chipotle blend, while those who favor the exotic touch might like the shrimp and mango version. And for those who want it all? A roasted fresh salsa guac. Base guacamole recipe Start to finish: 10 minutes Servings: 12 4 Hass avocados, skins and pits removed 4 teaspoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 ground black pepper In a medium bowl, use a fork or potato masher to mash the avocados. The guacamole should be mostly smooth, but with visible chunks. Mix in the lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Proceed with the recipe using one of


the following mix-in combinations. Guacamole is best served right away and at room temperature. If you must make it ahead and refrigerate it, cover it with plastic wrap, gently pressing the wrap over the entire surface of the guacamole. This, combine with the acid of the lime juice, should prevent the guacamole from browning. Sweet heat bacon guacamole Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then set a wire rack over it. Coat the rack with cooking spray. Arrange 1/2 pound of bacon evenly on the rack. Sprinkle the tops of the bacon liberally with brown sugar. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is lightly browned, crisped and the sugar has caramelized. Let the bacon cool, then cut it into bite-size chunks. Mix a splash of hot sauce (more or less, to taste) into the base guacamole recipe, then mix in three-quarters of the chopped candied bacon. Sprinkle the remaining bacon over the guacamole, then serve. Nutrition information per serving: 200 calories; 170 calories from fat (85 percent of total calories); 18 g fat (4.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 4 g protein; 320 mg


sodium. Chipotle corn guacamole In a medium skillet over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1 cup of corn kernels (if canned, drain them very well) and 3 minced cloves of garlic. Saute for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in 1 diced canned chipotle pepper (packed in adobo sauce). Stir the mixture into the base guacamole recipe, as well as 1 tablespoon (more or less, to taste) of the adobo sauce from the can. Nutrition information per serving: 130 calories; 100 calories from fat (77 percent of total calories); 11 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 2 g protein; 170 mg sodium. Shrimp and Mango Guacamole Thaw a 9-ounce bag frozen cooked and peeled baby shrimp, then drain and pat them dry. Peel 1 mango, then cut the flesh away from the pit. Finely chop the mango, then stir it, the shrimp and a hefty splash of hot sauce into the base guacamole recipe. Nutrition information per serving: 140

calories; 90 calories from fat (64 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 30 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 6 g protein; 200 mg sodium. Roasted fresh salsa guacamole When preparing the base guacamole recipe, omit the salt. Slice 1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes in half, then toss them with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Spread the tomatoes evenly over a rimmed baking sheet and roast at 425 F for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Stir the roasted tomatoes, a 12-ounce jar of roasted red peppers (drained, patted dry and diced), 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1 diced jalapeno pepper (with or without seeds, depending on your heat tolerance) and 4 minced cloves of garlic into the base guacamole recipe. Nutrition information per serving: 150 calories; 110 calories from fat (73 percent of total calories); 12 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 2 g protein; 270 mg sodium. AP


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Aretha Franklin prepares for new album and upcoming tour

Aretha Franklin by April Graham DEFENDER CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With over 50 years in the music business, Aretha Franklin is still giving her fans plenty to be excited about this upcoming year. The New Year will be a busy one for the “Queen of Soul” as she adds another album to her discography and prepares to go on tour. Although specific details about the album have been kept under wraps - including the release date and title, Franklin did share with the Defender that music industry mogul Babyface would be producing the project. She is also finishing up rehearsals for her upcoming tour. However, this time will be different with her doing half the dates than what her fans are used to. The R-E-S-P-E-C-T diva said she has no plans on retiring yet but she is looking to scale back a bit. “I want more time to be at home with my son and grandson and help with their entrance into the music world,” said Franklin, a multiGrammy Award winning icon. Her son Kecalf, an upcoming Christian hip hop artist, and grandson Jordan, a young pop singer who created a contemporized radio-friendly version of her classic single, (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You Been Gone, both signed to her label, Aretha Records. The Detroit native is currently preparing both aspiring artists for their introduction to the limelight, which she is thrilled about. “I’m very excited and both of them are really good artists,” said Franklin. She added that she isn’t looking to

have a large roster on her record label. “I would like to sign two more artists. Fans really want to hear music again. Real music,” she said. Franklin also revealed plans of continuing on with turning her autobiography From These Roots, into a film. The vocalist recently made headlines when she expressed interest in having actress Halle Berry portray her in the film about her life. Although honored, Berry confirmed in a written statement that she would not be playing the vocal powerhouse. Franklin insists she is still continuing on to turn the book into a film. Outside of Berry declining the offer, there were a few other setbacks that Franklin spoke about concerning the film. “I wasn’t happy with the direction. The writing wasn’t good enough and too much was left out so it’s back to the drawing board,” said the perfectionist superstar. As Franklin continues to give her fans more in 2013, she also spoke of many contemporary artists whose music she enjoys and how savvy they are having benefitted from the past experiences of the artists that came before them. “A lot of artists are millionaires and have learned a lot about the business of show business. With respect to the interviews we’ve done, they’ve learned a lot and they should remember me in their pensions,” said Franklin, who sang in 2009 for President Barack Obama’s first-term inauguration. And unlike many legendary artists

who complain of a watered down music industry that lacks originality and the depth of yesteryear, Franklin is warmer to some of the newer artists. “I like a few artists outright now. I listen to The Tom Joyner Morning Show (morning drive syndicated radio show) and hear some things I like. I like what Usher and Fantasia are doing,” she said. She also shared her appreciation for Jennifer Hudson and the city of Chicago. “My rhythm section is from Chicago and I remember going to Chicago with my father who was good friends with Mahalia Jackson,” she reflected, her upbringing taking her to the heart of the South Side. “We fellowshipped with several churches including Rev. Dr. Clay Evans. I remember going back and forth between Detroit and Chicago. I used to stay out on 79th (Street) and Cottage Grove (Avenue) every summer. And I still enjoy sitting in Grant Park and going to Navy Pier.” Adding to her love and ties to Chicago, Franklin also discussed the enormous honor she had to perform at President Obama’s historical inauguration in 2009. She recalled how happy she was to meet the “First Granny,” Marian Lois Robinson, at her recent performance at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. “I enjoyed speaking with the First Lady as well as meeting her mother. Her mother was a lovely lady and they were boogying real hard!” said Franklin, who last released an album in 2011.




Smaller crowd, but still excitement this time by Jocelyn Noveck

President Barack Obama receives the oath of office Monday from Chief Justice John Roberts as, from left, first lady Michelle Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha listen at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

WASHINGTON - True, the crowd Monday was roughly half that of Barakc Obama's momentous inauguration in 2009, and the sense of history, and pure excitement, far less potent. But despite a more sober national mood, there was plenty of enthusiasm - even among people who'd been there the first time - and oh yes, star power, as the capital threw its marathon, once-every-fouryears party. It was a warmer day indeed, with a noon temperature of 40 degrees. And if the day was balmier, it seemed its whole aura was mellower, too, with not only the president but his whole family looser than four years ago. Malia and Sasha, no longer adorable little girls but rather stylish young women, chatted on the podium, showing how comfortable they'd become after four years in the public spotlight, and Michelle Obama sported a hip new haircut: blunt-cut bangs. Even Chief Justice John Roberts seemed more relaxed; well, he breezed through the oath of office that he had stumbled over four years ago.

“It was just momentous.” —Jada Mason

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Monday during the Inaugural Parade. The event followed his ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. AP Photo/The New York Times, Doug Mills, Pool This Jan. 20, 2009, photo shows the crowd on the National Mall in Washington for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama. Four years and one re-election after Obama became America's first Black president, the crowd was not as huge. Yes, the inauguration of a U.S. president is still a big deal. But the ceremony that Washington staged Monday wasn’t the heady, historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall to see Obama take the oath of office. This time, District of Columbia officials up to 1 million people were present for Obama's public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds



A slew of celebrities had also watched Obama's swearing-in earlier in the day. But the biggest attraction? Ask Jada Mason, age 8, from Tulsa, Okla. "I got to see the president - AND Beyonce!" she beamed, when asked her favorite moment of the day. (Beyonce sang the national anthem.) Jada's family had taken a road trip from Tulsa in a 12-passenger van - nine family members, and three generations - to attend the inauguration. Just try telling their mother, Mattece, that this inauguration was less powerful than Obama's first. "It was just momentous," said Mason, who is African-American. "More important than the first. Because it was based on his credentials, you know? Not someone giving us a chance because it was time to give us a chance." AP


Star-studded inaugural performances

R&B megastar Beyonce sings the national anthem Monday at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama bows Monday as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance as Chicago native, singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green's Let's Stay Together at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Singer and icon Stevie Wonder performs Monday during the Inaugural Ball at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. The many official balls of 2009 were trimmed to only two. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Alicia Keys performs Monday during one of only two Inaugural Balls held this time. She sang in the Washington Convention Center at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Watching from Chicago

For those who couldn’t or just wouldn’t make the trek to the nation’s capital to and organizations that hosted watch parties and witness the second swearing-in of the country’s first Black president, evens. At Chatham, patrons viewed President Chatham 14 Theater on the South Side was among the many local venues Barack Obama’s swearing-in on large screens.

Naomi Michael Clark, pictured, said she thought this day would never come because of the way things used to be -not so long ago. She let her tears flow freely Monday as she watched Obama be sworn-in for a second time. She could hardly believe 2009 and 2013 is momentous for her. Defender photos/Worsom Robinson




Obama’s speech tenor bolder, calls for inclusion

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd Monday after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. AP Photo/Scott Andrews, Pool Excerpt from Pres. Barack Obama’s 2013 inaugural speech: “Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. … 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.” Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. … Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. … Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune. Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone.… But we have always understood that when times change, so must we … This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together. For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. … We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. …. We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. … We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no


matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so

“That is our generation's task - to make these words, these rights, these values - of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness real for every American.” —President Barack Obama

would betray our children and future generations. … We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. … We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully - not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. … We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths - that all of us are created equal - is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung


and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth. It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm. That is our generation's task - to make these words, these rights, these values - of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - real for every American. … For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today's victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall. My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today…was an oath to God and country, not party or faction and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. … They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope. You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country's course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time …let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.” ...


President, King daughter pay homage to slain civil rights leader by Kate Brumback ATLANTA - The youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. hailed the inauguration of the nation's first black president to a new term as one of the achievements made possible by the civil rights struggle her father helped lead decades ago. Bernice King spoke at an Atlanta service Monday on the federal King holiday, urging Americans to draw inspiration from her slain father's nonviolent campaign after a difficult year of military conflicts abroad and natural disasters at home. "We pray that this day will be the beginning of a new day in America," she said. "It will be a day when people draw inspiration from the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It will be a day when people realize and recognize that

if it were not for Dr. King and those who fought the fight fought in that movement, we would not be celebrating this presidency." Monday's King holiday - marked by parades, rallies and service projects around the nation - coincided with celebrations of President Barack Obama's inauguration to a second term in Washington. Many paused to take stock of the progress made by the country since the 1960s fight to end racial segregation - and of challenges ahead as Obama assumed a second term. In Washington, Obama spoke proudly of having taken the oath of office using a Bible that had been owned by King. It was one of two he used for the ceremonial inauguration Monday, watched by hundreds of thousands. "I had the great privilege that the Bible we used was his Bible and they

asked for it to be inscribed," Obama said after the ceremony. The other Bible belonged to President Abraham Lincoln. Parades and rallies were held across many states to salute the slain civil rights leader. Chief among them was the 45th annual service for the civil rights leader at the Atlanta church where King was pastor. There, Bernice King stressed her father's commitment to nonviolence, saying that after the 1956 bombing of the family's home in Montgomery, Ala., her father stood on the porch and urged an angry, armed crowd to fight with Christian love - not guns. "This apostle of nonviolence perhaps introduced one of the bravest experiences of gun control that we've ever heard of in the history of our nation," she said. AP

Mayor Emanuel’s interfaith breakfast honors legacy, unity spirit of Dr. King

Hundreds of people from all over the city, across faiths and of various races and nationalities joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday for the city’s annual interfaith breakfast at the Hilton Chicago hotel. Chicago historian Timuel back, upper photo, left, was honored and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, photo right, delivered the keynote address. Several faith leaders offered prayers. Defender/Worsom Robinson

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at a peace rally in New York on April 15, 1967, left, and President Barack Obama speaks at an election night party in Chicago after winning a second term in office on Nov. 7, 2012. Inauguration Day coincides with the King holiday. AP Photo, File

Abernathy in Chicago

Juanita Abernathy, the widow of civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy, spoke at the Union League Club of Chicago Monday. Abernathy was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s. AP Photo/Paul Beaty




Sounds of Inspiration Fellowship wins big a the Stellar Awards

by Effie Rolfe From the country music capital in Nashville to Washington, D.C., this past weekend gospel was heard nationwide. Viewers had a chance to see the 28th Annual Stellar Awards on the Gospel Music Channel this past weekend live from Opryland in Nashville. The big winners for the evening was Rev. Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago winning five of the eight nominations including Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Traditional Choir of the Year, Music Packaging and Choir of the Year. “Well, two things. It’s (music) in my DNA. Since a teenager I’ve been very involved in gospel music. Music is in my blood and I took classical piano for seven years as a child and I’ve been writing 20 years.,” said Rev. Charles Jenkins. “I started Joshua’s Troop, wrote a song for them, brought Percy Gray to work with the choir and then I just turned it over to him. I got a Grammy for my work with Israel Houghton for the song You’ve Been a Friend, on the Live in South Africa CD.” Jenkins gave thanks to his predecessor, Rev. Clay Evans, Loudella Evans-Reid and hand picked talent that worked on the project, including Kevin Vasser, Anita Wilson, Rick Robinson, Warren Campbell and the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Choir. The choir continued a weekend of winning. After leaving Nashville, some mem-


bers returned home to receive the Chicago Music Award in the gospel category while the others accompanied Jenkins to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. to perform. Their next single, I Will Live! is expected to take praise and worship to another level. Other big Stellar Award winners for the evening were Marvin Sapp for Male Vocalist and Artist of the Year. Mary Mary picked up Gospel Duo. The pair co-hosted the Stellar Awards with Kirk Franklin. Le’Andria Johnson received New Artist of the Year. The Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the year went to Kierra Sheard. She later joined Anita Wilson, Amber Bullock, Johnson and the Caravans (Shirley Caesar, Delores Washington and Dorothy Norwood) for a stellar tribute to Inez Andrews singing her classic, Mary Don’t You Weep. Check your local listings for times the show will air. Another historic milestone for some gospel artists was being invited to sing at the inauguration. Among the artists from the president’s hometown were Rev. Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, Lonnie Hunter and Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of the Chicago. Happy Birthday blessings to Tammy Franklin and we remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Remember you are Blessed by the Best!” Effie Rolfe is an author, media Personality and motivational speaker. Contact her on face book/Effie Rolfe and twitter: @effiedrolfe


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Rev. Charles Jenkins, center, and Fellowship Chicago perform in Nashville at the Stellar Awards.

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DE RAMUS Essie De Ramus ....... Wake: Thurs, Jan 24, 2013 @ 11:000 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. at New Rose Of Sharon Church, 5844 S. Rockwell. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567.

CARSWELL Michael Carswell ....... Wake: Sat., Jan 26, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Chapel. Funeral: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Interment: Abe Lincoln Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567.

POWELL Dempsey Powell ....... Wake was held: Tues., Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Rd. Funeral: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Interment: St. Casimir Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567.

MIXON Amari Mixon ....... Visitation: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Funeral: ( Not Scheduled) Interment: Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60

ROBINSON James Robinson ....... Wake: Wed., Jan 30, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Crecrar Mem. Presbyterian Church, 8100 S. Calumet. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interment: Oakwoods Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567.

MINETT Annalivia Minett ....... Wake: Tues, Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Union Tabernacle M.B.C., 6623 S. Stewart. Funeral: 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Interment: Homewood Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. CHRISTAL Baby Rasha Christal ....... Direct Cremation: Wed., Jan 23, 2013 @ 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at Chapel. Cremation: Lakes Crematory. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. GILBERT Lolieta Gilbert ....... Wake: Wed., Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at True Rock Ministries, 57 East 16th. Street. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. HASELL Rebecca Hasell ....... Wake: Wed., Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Chapel. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. SMITH Louise Smith ....... Wed., Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, 6248 S.Stewart. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cremation: Lakes Crematory. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. HARDY Baby Christian Hardy ....... Direct Cremation: Thurs, Jan 24, 2013 Interment: Lakes Crematory. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. PALNER Melissa Palner ....... Direct Cremation: Thurs, Jan 24, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Interment: Lakes Crematory. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. MILROE Clarence Milroe ....... Thrus, Jan 24, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at St. Albie, 91st. & Harper. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. DAVIS Herbert Davis ....... Wake: Thurs., Jan 24, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Rd. Funeral: 11:000 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567.

ADKINS Pensola Adkins ....... Graveside: Fri., Jan 25, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Cemetery. Funeral: 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Interment: Cedar Park Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. MURRELL Eddie Murrell ....... Wake: Fri., Jan 25, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Chapel. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Interment: Restvale Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. CATHEY Dorothy Cathey ....... Wake: Fri., Jan 25, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. WILLIAMS Brenda Williams ....... Wake: Fri., Jan 25, 2013 @ 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Chapel Country Club Hills, 18400 S. Pulaski Rd. Memorial: Sat., Jan 26, 2013 at 11:00 am. - 12:00 p.m. Cremation: Mon., Jan 28, 2013. at Lakes Crematory. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. BLACK Sylvester Black ....... Wake: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Chapel King. Funeral: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Interment: Washington Cemetery. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567. COVINGTON Sean Covington ....... Wake: Sat., Jan 26, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Chapel. Funeral: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cremation: Lakes Crematory. Arrangements by: Leak and Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619, (773) 846.6567.

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The Chicago Bears have hired Mike Clark as their strength and conditioning coordinator. Clark spent the past three seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs’ strength and conditioning coach after serving in a similar capacity with the Seattle Seahawks for six years. The Bears announced the move on Tuesday. He replaces the retiring Rusty Jones. Friday the Bears hired Jacksonville’s Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator to replace Rod Marinelli. Tucker spent the past four seasons as the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator and was assistant head coach this season. He interviewed to replace Mike Mularkey, who was fired after going 2-14 in his lone season as their head coach, but that job went to Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Thursday. New Bears coach Marc Trestman wanted to retain Marinelli, but he chose not to return. Now, he’s turning to Tucker, who has experience with the 4-3 as well as the 3-4 defensive formations. The Jaguars last season also used Cover-2 defense, a staple in Chicago under the fired Lovie Smith. With the Bears, Tucker will take over a defense that ranked among the best this season with stars such as Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers. But Chicago also has a big question mark with Brian Urlacher's contract expiring after an injury-filled

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Julius Peppers season. The Jaguars were 30th in the league in total defense in 2012, but they were sixth the year before at 313 yards per game, with Tucker spending the final five games as interim head coach after Jack Del Rio was fired. He was also reportedly considered for the head coaching job at his alma mater Wisconsin, which went with Gary Andersen to replace Bret Bielema. Tucker was an assistant with Cleveland from 2005 to 2008, spending the first three years as defensive backs coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator. He previously coached at Ohio State and spent time with Nick Saban at both LSU and Michigan

State. He also spent a year at Miami of Ohio. The Bears also hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach on Friday along with two of Trestman’s assistants with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes tight ends coach Andy Bischoff and assistant defensive line coach Michael Sinclair. Cavanaugh will try to get the most out of Jay Cutler after spending the past four seasons as the New York Jets’ quarterbacks coach, working with Mark Sanchez. The Jets have gone 14-18 the past two years. Cavanaugh served as the Bears’ offensive coordinator from 1997 and 1998, and he was San Francisco’s quarterbacks coach in 1996 when Trestman was the 49ers’offensive coordinator. Peete was fired after six seasons in Dallas. The Cowboys finished nextto-last in the NFL with 1,265 yards rushing. Dallas never had a 1,000yard rusher under Peete but did finish seventh in the league in rushing in 2007. Sinclair was a three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman with the Seahawks in the 1990s and played 11 seasons with Seattle and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was Montreal’s defensive line coach from 2008 to 2012. Bischoff spent the past five seasons as the Alouettes’ running backs coach and was also their special teams coordinator from 2010 to 2012.AP


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Bulls’ Rose getting close to full-contact drills Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose could soon be going through full-contact drills in practice. Coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose is “very close” to doing just that and it'll be “the next step” in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Asked if it could happen this week, Thibodeau responded, “Yeah - it could.” Is it scheduled to happen this

week? The Bulls’coach repeated, “It could.” Thibodeau says Rose will have to go through full-contact drills “for an extended amount of time” and that he won't be playing after “one or two days of contact.” While Rose inches closer to making his season debut, the Bulls were without Luol Deng (sore right hamstring) Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers. AP

by Barry Wilner Eight head coaching openings, seven hires from the offensive side. Sure looks like a trend. Scoreboards filled up with points at a record pace in 2012. Defensive gurus scratched their heads trying to deal with read-options and spread attacks. Defensive players had their tongues hanging out trying to keep up with fast-tempo offenses. So when coaches got fired in Kansas City and San Diego, Jacksonville and Cleveland, Arizona and Chicago, Buffalo and Philadelphia, the rush to sign up brilliant offensive minds looked like J.J. Watt going after quarterbacks.

“I think what has happened is they have gone to the fact we need to be able to score points to compete,” says NFL consultant Gil Brandt, the former Cowboys general manager who keeps close tabs on scoring stats. With rules that favor offenses, especially passing games, and a stronger emphasis on calling pass interference and holding on defensive players, the NFL has become even more of a quarterbacks league. Brandt notes that in last week’s divisional playoffs, the average points scored was 69. Teams scoring 28 points would not have won any games; in the 2011 playoffs, 28 points would have won three of the

four contests. “And from 2004-2010, 28 would have won all the divisional round games,” Brandt said. So offense is the flavor of the day. “The fact of the matter is that points scored win football games, so I think there could be potentially a higher emphasis put on offensive coaches,” Arizona’s new general manager Steve Keim said. Marc Trestman, like Arians a longtime quarterbacks coach and coordinator in the league, left the CFL and landed in Chicago. Carolina OC Rob Chudzinski was chosen in Cleveland. Denver OC Mike McCoy emerged in San Diego.

Only Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley got a promotion, taking the Jaguars’ job. Falcons coach Mike Smith, whose own offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, withdrew his name from consideration for an opening early in the process, doesn’t see specific leanings in the hirings. “When you become a head coach, you’re not an offensive guy, you’re not a defensive guy, you’re not a special teams guy, you’re the head coach,” says Smith, who comes from the defensive side of the ball. “You’ve got to come from a certain background, but the job description is much different as a head coach than you are as an assistant. AP

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