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Michael Bloomberg Actively Prepares to Enter 2020 Presidential Race Mr. Bloomberg is expected to file paperwork this week in at least one state with an early deadline, although an adviser said the former New York mayor had not made a final decision to run. Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, in Manhattan last month.Credit...Krista Schlueter for The New York Times Michael R. Bloomberg is actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary and is expected to file paperwork this week designating himself as a candidate in at least one state with an early filing deadline, people briefed on Mr. Bloomberg’s plans said. Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman, has been privately weighing a bid for the White House for weeks and has not yet made a final decision on whether to run, an adviser said. But in the first sign that he is seriously moving toward a campaign, Mr. Bloomberg has dispatched staffers to Alabama to gather signatures to qualify for the primary there. Though Alabama Published by The Village Press, Inc.

does not hold an early primary, it has a Friday deadline for candidates to formally enter the race. Mr. Bloomberg and his advisers called a number of prominent Democrats on Thursday to tell them he was seriously considering the race, including former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the retired majority leader who remains a dominant power broker in the early caucus state. Aides to Mr. Bloomberg also reached out to Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association. Mr. Reid said in a brief interview that Mr. Bloomberg had not explicitly said he was running for president but that the implication of the call had been clear. “It wasn’t just to wish me a good weekend,” Mr. Reid said. Mr. Bloomberg has prepared to enter presidential races before, in 2016 and then earlier this year, only to pull back in the end. Yet in those flirtations with the presidency, Mr. Bloomberg has never taken the step of filing to put his name on a state ballot. 2

Who’s Running for President in 2020? Who’s in, who’s out and who’s still thinking. Should Mr. Bloomberg proceed with a campaign, it could cause a seismic disruption in the Democratic race. With his immense personal wealth, centrist views and close ties to the political establishment, he would present an instantaneous threat to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has been struggling to raise money and is already defending his ideologically moderate base on multiple fronts. Mr. Bloomberg, 77, initially bowed out of the 2020 race because of Mr. Biden’s apparent strength, but he has since grown skeptical that Mr. Biden is on track to win the Democratic nomination and he does not see the two leading liberals in the race, Senators Elizabeth (Continued on page 7)


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the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now. This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency. From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump Published by The Village Press, Inc.

has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents. Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections. Mike Pence: Donald Trump is ready to lead Why we're breaking tradition: Our view We’ve been highly critical of the GOP nominee in a number of previous editorials. With early voting already underway in several states and polls showing a close race, now is the time to spell out, in one place, the 4

reasons Trump should not be president: He is erratic. Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target. A list prepared by NBC details 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues since shortly before he entered the race. He simply spouts slogans and outcomes (he’d replace Obamacare with “something terrific”) without any credible explanations of how he’d achieve them. He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this. Scores of Republican national security leaders have signed an extraordinary open letter calling Trump’s foreign policy vision “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” In a Wall Street Jour(Continued on page 5)


built his candidacy on his achievements as a real estate nal column this month, Rob- developer and entrepreneur. ert Gates, the highly respect- It’s a shaky scaffold, starting ed former Defense secretary with a 1973 Justice Departwho served presidents of ment suit against Trump and both parties over a halfhis father for systematically century, described Trump as discriminating against blacks “beyond repair.” in housing rentals. (The He traffics in prejuTrumps fought the suit but dice. From the very begin- later settled on terms that ning, Trump has built his were viewed as a government campaign on appeals to big- victory.) Trump’s companies otry and xenophobia, whip- have had some spectacular ping up resentment against financial successes, but this Mexicans, Muslims and mi- track record is marred by six grants. His proposals for bankruptcy filings, apparent mass deportations and reli- misuse of the family’s chari-

turns. Nor do we know whether he has paid his fair share of taxes, or the extent of his foreign financial entanglements. He speaks recklessly. In the days after the Republican convention, Trump invited Russian hackers to interfere with an American election by releasing Hillary Clinton’s emails, and he raised the prospect of “Second Amendment people” preventing the Democratic nominee from appointing liberal justices. It’s hard to imagine two more irresponsible state-

gious tests are unworkable and contrary to America’s ideals. Trump has stirred racist sentiments in ways that can’t be erased by his belated and clumsy outreach to African Americans. His attacks on an Indiana-born federal judge of Mexican heritage fit “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected official in the Republican Party. And for five years, Trump fanned the absurd “birther” movement that falsely questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president. His business career is checkered. Trump has

ments from one presidential candidate. He has coarsened the national dialogue. Did you ever imagine that a presidential candidate would discuss the size of his genitalia during a nationally televised Republican debate? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine a presidential candidate, one who avoided service in the military, would criticize Gold Star parents who lost a son in Iraq? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine you’d see a presidential candidate mock a disabled reporter? Neither did we. Trump’s inability or unwillingness to ignore criticism raises the specter of a presi-

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table foundation, and allegations by Trump University customers of fraud. A series of investigative articles published by the USA TODAY Network found that Trump has been involved in thousands of lawsuits over the past three decades, including at least 60 that involved small businesses and contract employees who said they were stiffed. So much for being a champion of the little guy. He isn’t leveling with the American people. Is Trump as rich as he says? No one knows, in part because, alone among major party presidential candidates for the past four decades, he refuses to release his tax re5

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dent who, like Richard Nixon, would create enemies’ lists and be consumed with getting even with his critics. He’s a serial liar. Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest. Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements. When confronted with a falsehood, such as his assertion that he was always against the Iraq War, Trump’s reaction is to use the Big Lie technique of repeating it so often that people begin to believe it. We are not unmindful of the issues that Trump’s campaign has exploited: the disappearance of working-class jobs; excessive political correctness; the direction of the Supreme Court; urban unrest and street violence; the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group; gridlock in Washington and the influence of moneyed interests. All are legitimate sources of Published by The Village Press, Inc.

concern. Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton, who has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national security or lead to a constitutional crisis). The Editorial Board does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement. Some of us look at her command of the issues, resilience and long record of public service — as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State — and believe she’d serve the nation ably as its president. Other board members have serious reservations about Clinton’s sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information. Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a 6

third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down -ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems. Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump. USA TODAY's editorial opinions are decided by its Editorial Board, separate from the news staff. Most editorials are coupled with an opposing view — a unique USA TODAY feature. To read more editorials, go to the Opinion front page or sign up for the daily Opinion email newsletter. To respond to this editorial, submit a comment to


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Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as strong candidates for the general election. But Mr. Bloomberg would face a difficult path in a Democratic primary largely defined so far by debates about economic inequality. His presence in the race would offer fodder to the party’s rising populist wing, led by Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, who contend that the extremely rich already wield far too much influence in politics. He is a former Republican who registered as a Democrat ahead of the midterm elections last year. And his mayoral record, including his support for stop-and-frisk policing and his championing of charter schools, has the potential to alienate pillars of the Democratic Party’s political base. Ms. Warren, who has sparred from afar with Mr. Bloomberg over her proposals to tax the extremely rich, issued a blistering fund-raising message calling his potential candidacy “another example of the wealthy wanting our government and economy to only work for themselves.” Campaigning in North Carolina on Thursday evening, Ms. Warren offered a restrained comment on Mr. Bloomberg and cast

her candidacy as a “grass roots movement.” “It’s not enough just to have somebody come in, anybody, and say they’re going to buy this election,” she said. Faiz Shakir, Mr. Sanders’s campaign manager, signaled the stiff resistance Mr. Bloomberg would face if he joined the race. “More billionaires seeking more political power surely isn’t the change America needs,” Mr. Shakir said in an email. Howard Wolfson, a close adviser to Mr. Bloomberg, said on Thursday that the former mayor has grown uneasy about the existing trajectory of the Democratic primary. He said Mr. Bloomberg viewed President Trump as an “unprecedented threat to our nation,” and noted the Democrat’s heavy spending in the 2018 midterm elections and this week’s off-year races in Virginia. “We now need to finish the job and ensure that Trump is defeated — but Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned to do that,” Mr. Wolfson said. “If Mike runs he would offer a new choice to Democrats built on a unique record running America’s biggest city, building a business from scratch and taking on some of America’s toughest

challenges as a high-impact philanthropist.” Advisers to Mr. Bloomberg said he would likely make up his mind about the race within days, rather than weeks. He will have to move quickly if he is to compete in a serious way for the Democratic nomination. Beyond Alabama, several other states have filing deadlines in quick succession, including Arkansas and New Hampshire, with its crucial early primary, next week. Bloomberg petitioners were on the campus of the University of Alabama on Thursday, a Democratic strategist said, and officials with the Arkansas Democratic Party said they had been contacted by a Washington, D.C., law firm on Thursday to seek detailed information about the state’s filing procedures. The firm had not named Mr. Bloomberg as its client, stirring speculation in the state party that the surprise candidate might be Hillary Clinton. Michael John Gray, the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, said Mr. Bloomberg’s financial might would make him an important wild card in the race. “It shakes things up, obviously,” Mr. Gray said of a potential Bloomberg campaign. (Continued on page 14)

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Byron Allen v. Comcast: Supreme Court Race Case Could Reshape Bias Lawsuits business practices. As the story was told in the suit, when Comcast sought regulatory approval for its 2010 bid to acquire NBCUniversal, it looked to gather support. To calm any fears that the merger would have a detrimental impact on diversity, Comcast made voluntary commitments When Byron Allen first launched a legal and came to memoranda of understandrampage back in 2015, few would have ing with various civil rights groups like the guessed he would get to the Supreme NAACP, National Urban League and SharpCourt with a case that could transform the ton's National Action Network. But Allen way discrimination lawsuits are handled took issue with those so-called "sham" and represents a coda on 19th century agreements, questioning the monetary Reconstruction efforts after the Civil War. donations that Comcast had made to these groups and further challenging how Once known as the entrepreneur who Comcast was spending $25 billion annually debuted as a stand-up comedian on The on channel licensing, but less than $3 milTonight Show as a teenager, Allen, 58, sued cable operators and satellite distribu- lion on what he characterized as "100% tors after they refused to license his small African American-owned media." channels devoted to topics including crim- On the day the suit was filed, Sharpton inal justice, cars and pets. He hired an called me and strenuously took issue with attorney who defended the city of Los the claim that his reported $750,000 salaAngeles in the Rodney King beating case ry for hosting an MSNBC show was essenand demanded tens of billions of dollars tially a disguised payment for having supvia allegations of a racial bias conspiracy ported Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniagainst Comcast, DirecTV, Charter and versal. Sharpton promised he’d retaliate others. against Allen with a defamation suit. (That While the TV mogul alleges racism in Comcast's refusal to license his niche channels, U.S. businesses worry that a win for Allen during the new high court term would increase legal costs and hurt their reputations.

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never happened, and he and other civil rights groups were dismissed from the case.) A lot has changed in the four years since the case was first filed. For starters, Allen 8

has proved himself to be one of the most ambitious moguls in entertainment. In 2018, he spent $300 million to buy The Weather Channel. Then he teamed with Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Fox’s sports assets that were divested as part of the Disney merger. And on Oct. 1, he unveiled a $290 million deal to acquire 11 local TV stations affiliated with CBS, NBC and ABC. Now Allen’s Comcast suit will be heard by the Supreme Court during the term that began Monday. Allen's suit was rejected three times by a district court judge who saw no plausible case that discrimination caused Comcast to not license Allen's channels. In reviving the case and giving Allen the green light, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Allen needed only to plausibly allege that discriminatory intent was a factor in — not the “but-for” cause of — Comcast’s refusal to license his channels. And the appeals court saw enough to meet this standard from the allegation that Comcast was carrying about 500 networks that Verizon, AT&T U-verse and DirecTV were carrying, but unlike its rivals, it did not carry Allen’s. In addition, Comcast was offering carriage to “lesserknown, white-owned networks” like (Continued on page 15)


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New York high school coach suspended for scoring too much Plainedge New York There are blowouts every week in football, across all levels. However, recently, some high schools have started to implement rules to avoid running up the score. Now, in Nassau County in New York, one high school coach has been suspended for a week following a 61-13 victory. Per, Plainedge High School’s coach will miss the next

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game after violating the county’s lopsided score policy: Plainedge High School’s head coach, Rob Shaver, was suspended for one game after violating the local county “lopsided scores policy”. Under the rule, coaches have to explain their winning margin to a


committee if it exceeds more than 42 points. Despite the losing coach saying he wasn’t offended by the lopsided margin of defeat, the committee still suspended Shaver for a week. What do you make of this situation?


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Legislator Kevan Abrahams Helps Make the Holiday Season Brighter with Toys for Tots

000 children across Long Island through the Toys for Tots campaign. The campaign collects new unwrapped toys to distribute to families who are facing hardships during the holiday season.

(MINEOLA, N.Y.) - Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D - Freeport) supports the United States Marine Corps in their effort to help bring holiday cheer by donating new toys to their Toys for Tots campaign during a presentation on Monday, Oct 28th.

Legislator Kevan Abrahams Minority Leader

“I’m proud to support Major Chuck Kilbride and the United States Marine Corps in their tireless efforts to bring holiday joy to families across Long Island,” said Legislator Kevan Abrahams. “The work that the Marine Corps does to help relieve the financial pressures for families in need is beyond encouraging.”

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Summer Reading Challenge Celebration 2019 At the Town Hall - Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion, Hempstead, New York. For nearly two decades Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby has sponsored a Summer Reading Challenge to combat the disparities in reading scores within her councilmatic district. Friday, November 1st, the participants were recognized for successfully completing the challenge. This year the students that completed the challenge for two consecutive years were honored with the distinction of Town of Hempstead Reading Ambassadors. All of the children had an opportunity to sit with the Senior Councilwoman in the Town’s law maker seats.

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Long Island Arts Council of Freeport 2019 Arty Party Brunch At the Freeport Yacht Club, Freeport, New York. David Houston; Joanne Phillips, Honoree; Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby; Lois Howes, President/ Long Island Arts Council; Robyn Workman, Honoree; Lawence Dresher, Executive Director/Arts Council of Freeport

“The Therapeutic Virtual Reality Interactive Program” Presented by Harrison Nogin of VirtuWell. Town of Hempstead Senior Center, Uniondale, New York Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby and Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin join the Senior Citizens at the Uniondale Town of Hempstead Senior Center for a Therapeutic Virtual Reality Interactive Program presentation. Harrison Nogin of Virtu-Well offered the seniors a virtual dream vacation of their choice. Sr Councilwoman Goosby visited South Africa as the other seniors watched. Another senior visited Panama. The reality therapeutic session was a refreshing virtual afternoon for the seniors. Published by The Village Press, Inc.



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A Fox News poll found in late October that Mr. Bloomberg would face more opposition than enthusiasm at the outset of a primary campaign: Presented with Mr. Bloomberg as a hypothetical entrant into the primary, 6 percent of Democratic primary voters said they would definitely support him, while 32 percent said they would never vote for him. While some of Mr. Bloomberg’s longtime advisers have committed to a campaign, including the pollster Doug Schoen and the ad-maker Bill Knapp, he would have to build a campaign from zero in the early primary and caucus states, and he may have a hard time qualifying for either of the two remaining debates this year. In a Democratic race, Mr. Bloomberg would face a battery of complicated questions about his political ideology and governing record. He has been a vigorous advocate for core liberal causes, like gun control and battling climate change. But as mayor Mr. Bloomberg also championed police searches that targeted black and Latino men, and in an interview last fall, he defended his administration’s stopand-frisk policing strategy. In the same interview, Mr. Bloomberg also expressed skepticism about the #MeToo movement in general, as well as the specific allegations of sexual misconduct against Charlie Rose, the disgraced anchor who for many years broadcast his show from the offices of Mr. Bloomberg’s media company. Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, S.C., said in an interview that he spoke with Mr. Bloomberg in late October, and the two discussed the unfolding presidential race. Mr. Benjamin, a Democrat who has not taken sides in Published by The Village Press, Inc.

the primary, predicted Mr. Bloomberg’s background as a businessman and mayor, and his stances on climate and guns, would make him a formidable contender if he runs. “There’s a lot of work to be done in gearing up for the first four primaries and caucuses, and certainly for Super Tuesday, but I would caution anybody not to underestimate Mike Bloomberg,” Mr. Benjamin said. Ms. Raimondo, the Rhode Island governor, stopped short of backing Mr. Bloomberg as a presidential candidate but issued a glowing statement about his record. “While this is not an endorsement, Michael Bloomberg is a friend and I admire his track record as a successful business leader and mayor who finds practical solutions to some of America’s biggest challenges, from creating good jobs to addressing the opioid crisis and fighting for common-sense gun safety,” Ms. Raimondo said. But several likely Iowa caucusgoers, in interviews on Thursday night at an event for another candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, expressed a lack of enthusiasm for a potential Bloomberg candidacy. “This is a rigorous thing, to run for political office,” said Janny Miller, 65, of Des Moines. “For somebody to step in late — while he probably has a lot to offer — maybe it’s not the right thing to do.” Even if Mr. Bloomberg enters the race almost immediately, it would likely be impossible for him to qualify for the next debate on Nov. 20. The deadline is just six days away, and he would need 165,000 unique donors and four polls showing him at 3 percent or higher (or two early-state polls at 5 percent). There may not even be four 14

qualifying polls released in the next six days, and those that will be released may already be underway without Mr. Bloomberg’s name. For the December debate, he would need 200,000 unique donors and four polls showing him at 4 percent or higher, or two early-state polls at 6 percent. The deadline for meeting that threshold is Dec. 12. Though Mr. Bloomberg could still opt against running, even his preliminary steps toward a campaign may come as a blow to Mr. Biden, who has been counting on strong support from centrist Democrats, traditional party donors and much of the business community to carry him forward in the race. When Mr. Bloomberg previously announced in March that he would not run for president, advisers indicated the decision was shaped in part by Mr. Biden’s strong popularity with Democratic primary voters. But Mr. Biden’s position in the race is evidently no longer imposing enough to keep Mr. Bloomberg at bay. As of late afternoon on Thursday, Mr. Bloomberg had not spoken with Mr. Biden about his updated plans, an adviser to Mr. Bloomberg said. Aides to Mr. Biden declined to comment. Maggie Astor contributed reporting from New York, Jonathan Martin from Washington, Sydney Ember from Johnston, Iowa, and Thomas Kaplan from Raleigh, N.C.


port the plaintiff on appeal? That question should illustrate both the unpredictable road this case has taken and its noble stakes. If the suit struck people as initially outlandish but with a hint of something worth exploring, it well make perfect sense that Allen's endeavor has become a vehicle for the Supreme Court to take up standards.

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depositions of Comcast's executives to Fit TV, Current TV and Baby First Americas. find out the truth. Should Allen lose, on Comcast may have had legitimate reasons the other hand, those making discrimina(e.g., no interest in spending millions for tion claims in court (perhaps on the genAllen's channel about pets), but the apder and sexual orientation front, too, depeals court felt that should be weighed at pending on what the justices decide) will a latter portion of the case. face a higher hurdle to ever get to discovery and trial. That, in turn, could discourThat the Supreme Court accepted review age attorneys from representing alleged may be partly attributable to how the victims. business community has locked onto Allen’s dispute with Comcast as an exemplar If there’s any hope for Allen, it may come of tort nuisance. A supporting brief from from the conservative judicial doctrine of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged the originalism, that being some deeper examhigh court to take it up and argued that ination into the intentions of those who choices made in the workplace can be drafted the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which “inherently subjective,” and that by mak- followed the formal abolition of slavery ing Comcast prove a negative from the get through the 13th Amendment to the U.S. -go — that discrimination isn’t any factor Constitution. Back then, Southern states in decision-making — such a standard will weren’t happy with the newfound freeimpose unwarranted litigation costs and dom of African-Americans and enacted reputational harm on companies through- “Black Codes” to compel them to work out the country. through low-wage contracts and debt. Congress responded by passing a federal In recent years, the Supreme Court’s law aimed at achieving “practical freegrowing contingent of conservative justicdom” for ex-slaves, including by prohibes has acted as a miserly gatekeeper on iting discrimination when making and encivil litigation by heightening pleading forcing contracts. That included an effort standards in other contexts, spelling out to stop African-Americans from being dethe requisite injury to maintain a lawsuit nied the right to make legitimate conand broadly enforcing arbitration agreetracts. The ambition of the nation’s oldest ments. As such, Allen probably goes into civil rights statute was a broad stroke strivthe Supreme Court battle, set to be argued ing at equality, with nary a mention of any Nov. 13, as an overwhelming underdog. particular pleading burden. Both the text The Trump administration is supporting of the law and the legislative history are Comcast, led by CEO Brian Roberts, telling points stressed by Allen, various civil rights the high court there may be repercussions groups and a dozen historians opining in for other federal anti-discrimination laws, this case who believe that reading a “buttoo. U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco for standard” into the anti-bias contracting has requested the opportunity to particilaw threatens to undermine efforts to pate in the oral hearings. eradicate racial discrimination. Keep in mind that if Allen prevails at the The list of groups standing behind Allen Supreme Court, he doesn't yet win the notably includes the NAACP. That’s right, case. He will still need to gather evidence the same civil rights group once included and prove that bias was the tipping point as a defendant by Allen is now supporting against carriage of his channels. But if the him with an amicus brief. In the history of high court agrees with the 9th Circuit, AlAmerican jurisprudence, how many times len will be entitled to obtain documents has someone escaped a lawsuit as coabout Comcast's decision-making and take defendant only to turn around and supPublished by The Village Press, Inc.


NAACP STATEMENT ON THE COMCAST CORPORATION’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO EVISCERATE CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 In several weeks, the Supreme Court will hear one of the most important civil rights cases to come before it this term. Comcast – the second largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world – is poised to take an unprecedented step. Because of a dispute with a Black businessman, the company has urged the Supreme Court to roll back the crucial protections of one of the nation’s oldest civil rights laws, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. For more than a century, Section 1981 has been used as an important tool to combat race discrimination, particularly for employment discrimination claimants. Throughout the NAACP’s history, standard -bearers of justice like Thurgood Marshall have harnessed the power of Section 1981 to fight various forms of discrimination. Yet now, in a situation that has become all too familiar during this era, an upcoming Supreme Court decision has the potential to reject these lessons of history by rolling back the clock on basic civil rights. Although the NAACP takes no position on the underlying dispute, we have decided to take the lead on this issue. We urge Comcast to cease its attack on Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866; a bedrock civil rights statute that has been in place for more than 150 years. ABOUT THE NAACP: Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting 11/8/2019

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Courtney B. Vance Named President of SAG-AFTRA Foundation CREDIT: COURTESY OF MATTHEW JORDAN SMITH The Sag-Aftra foundation has tapped actor Courtney B. Vance as its new president. The Emmy winner for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” succeeds outgoing president JoBeth Williams, as the charitable arm of the actors’ union seeks to expand awareness and funding for programs that benefit its 160,000 members across the country. His hire represents the next phase in a plan to make the SAG-AFTRA Foundation “part of the industry fabric,” Vance tells Variety, after a decade of infrastructure development under Williams (“The Big Chill,” “Poltergeist”), as well as executive director Cyd Wilson. “There’s the union side to SAGAFTRA, which handles the industry and negotiates health care and pensions. It is so necessary, but what happens to performers when they’re on the way up, or on the way down? Who is there for you?” says Vance. “When you start to hear about the cases of members in need, who have turned to our foundation and received this support, their lives change. And we want to keep changing lives.” The foundation operates on a $6 million annual budget and provides aid to all SAG-AFTRA cardholders. Services include emergency health Published by The Village Press, Inc.

and financial assistance, disaster relief and artistic and business education programs. In between his own acting gigs, Vance says he’ll use his profile to bring a level of visibility to the foundation that’s on par with similar initiatives in the music industry. “Look at the Recording Academy and MusiCares. Everyone knows that MusiCares supports recording artists, and it does incredible work providing life support,” he says. “We’re moving to set that up, to help in all aspects of the performer’s life.” The foundation has also created two powerful advisory committees independent of its board of directors. The Actors’ Council, with celebrity names like George Clooney, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington, will be tapped to record PSAs and host events throughout the year to promote the foundation’s programs. The Entertainment Industry Council includes the likes of industry heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney Studios chief Alan Horn, Universal motion picture chair Donna Langley and Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Ann Sarnoff, all of whom have pledged an annual financial commitment to the foundation. Vance and Wilson also have designs on making the foundation’s annual gala, the Patron of the Artists Awards, a must-attend on the awards-season circuit. Past honorees include Spike Lee, Judd Apatow, Ted Sarandos and Megan Ellison. Tales of the foundation’s support for actors are compelling, though admittedly hard to find in a Hollywood landscape rife with causes and increasingly urgent matters — such as calls to donate to the American Red Cross in light of Cali17

fornia’s recent wildfires, or supporting the ACLU as it battles abortion restrictions across the country. In a video testimonial on the foundation website, actor Steve Carell shares a story about his friend and sketch comedian Joe Narciso, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the start of their careers. The foundation made it possible for the Narciso family to stay in its home and covered his treatment expenses, including the brain surgery that allowed him to recover most of his motor functions. Vance cites this as one of many examples of intervention the foundation provides. He was also flabbergasted at how much free education is provided and underused, from access to casting services and workshops in voiceover, to scholarship programs. The actor, currently working on J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele’s “Lovecraft Country” for HBO, says he was inspired by the many peers he’s seen ascend the ranks of the union and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also has the seal of approval from his wife, award-winning actress and director Angela Bassett. “‘You love a project’ is what she said to me. But at the same time, she said, ‘What an honor and a responsibility’ — to rise to the occasion and take over a leadership position.” “Our children are teenagers now,” Vance adds, “so it’s time to step up.” 11/8/2019

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segment of the American consumer market for companies and organizations. As a young population with growing economic power and influence it is an important market for those organizations looking for future domestic growth. When looking toward the future prospects of the African-American demographic some key factors indicate a fertile economic opportunity for corporations. The buying power of African-Americans is $1 trillion and expected to grow to $1.3 trillion in the next few years. A younger, growing population and higher educational achievement are the engines behind gains in economic power and show no signs of slowing down or plateauing. Overall growth in the number of households with incomes higher than $50,000, $75,000, and $100,000 indicates the overall buying power increases are broad-based and not concentrated at the top, allowing for increased branding and sales opportunities for companies. Along with exercising more purchase power, African-Americans have started adopting behavioral changes in their lifestyles. These lifestyle changes and consumer behaviors are concentrated in a majority that is in a prime age demographic, have more durable household income levels, and are driven by cultural and ethnic awareness. Cultural identity and ethnicity are key drivers for consumption for African-Americans. African-Americans are very receptive to advertising and programming that include positive cultural themes and include people of color. Black consumers are more likely to support or purchase products and services that are represented or owned by people of the same ethnicity. Not only are African-American consumers culturally aware they are early adopters of new technology and are heavy users of digital media. Blacks are more likely to positively receive advertising and content via mobile phones and use applications to recommend products to others or rate their experiences. African-Americans consume television and video at higher rates than the general population. Black adults are adopting healthier habits including greater participation in exercise and athletics, eating healthier organic foods, cutting back on riskier habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. Healthier living also includes financial awareness, literacy, and preparedness activities like managing debt, saving, investing, and retirement planning. 11/8/2019

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WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!: I call on elected officials everywhere to shut down destructive vaping businesses and to end the legalization of marijuana locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. My community of color needs to literally build our ranks. Not to literally destroy it's ranks with lung destroying vaping, up to birth abortions and legalizing marijuana, a mind altering drug.

and blood money in the entire world is not worth it. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Killing Black and Brown babies and getting the adults high with mind altering drugs, and destroying the ranks of the Black and Brown race, is an old school racist population control tactic that produces plenty of greed for blood money. Wake up people!!!

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Yes. my people of color

needs to literally build our numbers, and literally protect our health & safety. Lung destroying vaping, up to birth abortions and legalizing marijuana literally destroys our lives, literally destroys our influence & impact, and literally lowers our ranks and numbers as people of color!!!

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! DON’T KILL OFF PEOPLE OF COLOR, OR ANY ONE ELSE, VIA VAPING, UP TO BIRTH ABORTIONS AND LEGALIZING MARIJUANA!!! SOME THINGS ARE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN GREED AND BLOOD MONEY!!! BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER!!! DON’T SUPPORT OLD SCHOOL RACIST POPUWAKE UP PEOPLE!!! These dangerous old LATION CONTROL TACTICS TO GET BLOOD school racist population control tactics to le- MONEY, A FINANCIAL PEICE OF THE VAPING galize full birth abortions, marijuana, and to AND MARIJUANA GREED PIE, AND UP TO expand the deadly vaping business especially BIRTH ABORTION GREED PIE!!! in poor communities of color, are not in the WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! AMERICA RIGHT THE best interest of people of color, or anyone WRONGS LOCALLY, STATEWIDE, NATIONALLY, else in the entire human race. Vaping is literAND INTERNATIONALLY!!! ally destroying the lives of our young people Pastor Arthur L. Mackey Jr. of all ethnic backgrounds locally, statewide, Senior Pastor nationally, and internationally. All the greed Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral Published by The Village Press, Inc.



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Making Business Sense Talking Business with Phil Andrews New York State’s largest African Chamber of Commerce LIAACC Reaches 10th Year Since Founding

2019 Small Business Champion for 14 counties in Downstate, New York.

This award is one of the prestigious awards in the country therefore we are reminded by this African American Small Business award not to rest on our laurels, Expo at Nassau Community Col- but use this moment in time relege Supported Establishment of commit our organization to our our Chamber's 1st Endowment values, mission and goals. New York, New York - In the annals of human history the founding of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc (LIAACC) in the Empire State is one of the greatest feat of our time. Since its inception the chamber has not only possessed visions of grandeur, but worked support African American businesses’ growth and development in New York State. It is no coincidence that the Long African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. achieved the mark of being named the New York District of the United States Small Business Administration Published by The Village Press, Inc.

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4) Small Business Boot Camp In collaboration with SUNY Old Westbury School of Business 5) Active participants on the census 2020 count committee in two counties on Long Island 6) Established Sole Proprietorship Campaign to retool, refocus and rebuild Black Businesses in New York State

The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a leading supporter of small business owners in the areas of advocacy, access to capital, technical Some of our significant mileassistance, education, and castones include pacity building. LIAACC serves the counties of Kings, Nassau, 1) Establishing a partnership Queens, and Suffolk. LIAACC with the Village Press Online holds a variety of Business2Busito establish a business direc- ness networking events throughtory for LIAACC members out the year. offering a directory inclusion listing for $99.00 annu- About the Long Island African ally American Chamber of Com2) Hosted African American merce, Inc. (LIAACC) The MisSmall Business Expo at Nassau sion of the Long Island African Community College (Continued on page 33) 3) Set up endowment at Nassau Community College Sole Proprietorship Campaign to retool, refocus and rebuild Black Businesses in New York State



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EDITORIAL I recently had a quiet conversation with an old friend about new thinking in the Black Community for 2020. Interesting the thought of 2020. I only think of it when it comes to seeing things clearly. Over the years up until Monty’s Catering Hall close I never realized how much of a benefit there was to having a neighborhood catering hall. All the birthday parties, graduations, baby showers and wedding that we celebrate over the years adds up to a ton of money, now all of it going to someone else's community. Creating jobs and supporting businesses in someone else's neighborhood mostly neighborhoods where they would fight to keep us out but gladly take our money. The conversation centered around fundraising and how to do it more effectively and

efficiently. I argued my points but I don’t think he bought them at least to the point of changing his mind. You see with the benefit of hindsight you can now see, after all is said and done, where the mistakes were made and the opportunities were missed. My point here is this; everytime I go to a fundraiser I have to get a hair cut, get my suit and shirt cleaned, gas up the car, pay for tickets and be prepared to spend some entertainment dollars before and after the affair. So a dinner dance ticket might cost me $100.00 or more but when you add all of the other expenses for myself and my wife I’m or we are actually spending close to $500.00 Not counting the earnings lost preparing for the even. So my point to him was the best

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fundraiser is the one that cost to least to host and brings in the most money for the project or effort. I told him instead of hosting a Winter Gala hold a Telethon and ask everyone to contribute $100.00. That way they only spend $100.00 and it only cost you $0.25 for the call instead of costing them $500.00 out of which once you pay for the band, the DJ, the food, the catering hall, the tickets, gas to get there etc. you might make $50.00 off of each ticket. My way, the new way for 2020 you make $99.75 and you save the guest $400.25. Oh the fellowship we’ll have a BBQ next summer for that.


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Hempstead ousts acting comptroller picked by Supervisor Laura Gillen Hempstead Town's former acting comproller Averil Smith. Credit: North Hempstead Town By Jesse @jesse_coburnUpdated September 4, 2019 9:34 AM The Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday ousted the acting comptroller appointed last week by Supervisor Laura Gillen, leaving America's largest town without a top financial officer during budget preparations for next year. The board's five Republicans voted unanimously to declare "null and void" Gillen's appointment of her finance director, Averil Smith, as acting comptroller, on the grounds that Smith's dual roles in the supervisor's and comptroller's office present a conflict of interest. Gillen, a Democrat, voted against the measure, while Democratic Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby abstained. Goosby joined the Republicans in voting to change the title of Deputy Comptroller Dominick Longobardi to "second deputy comptroller," a designation which, per the town code, enables him to fulfill the responsibilities of comptroller until the board fills the vacancy. Gillen Published by The Village Press, Inc.

voted against that measure as well, voicing pointed objections at a meeting filled with partisan infighting. Town finance director named acting comptroller The board's vote follows the Aug. 26 departure of Comptroller Kevin Conroy, who said he was retiring due to health issues. Newsday previously reported on Conroy's role in extending Dover Gourmet Corp.'s contract to run the town-owned Malibu Beach Park in April. At the time of the extension, Dover had not paid Hempstead rent on the property in seven months, accumulating a balance of $378,000. Gillen denounced the extension as a "sweetheart deal" and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York has subpoenaed the town for records on Dover. Gillen, a first-term supervisor seeking reelection in the fall, said in an interview after the meeting that the Republicans' vote to remove Smith may have to do with the revelations about the Malibu contract. "They don't want [Smith] digging around the comptroller's office," Gillen said. "Who knows what else that office has been covering up." But the Republicans offered a different explanation in a memo to Gillen last week. "Serious legal conflicts and ethical issues arise in [Smith] serving as Secretary to the Supervisor, acting as your Finance Director, and Acting Comptroller for the Town," the memo reads. "This appointment violates Civil Service Law and would also cloud her ability to be considered an independent Public Officer." Gillen said Longobardi had told her 25

previously that he felt his position in Floral Park may present a conflict if he were appointed comptroller. Longobardi, a Republican who also serves as the mayor of Floral Park, declined to comment after the meeting. Town payroll records show he has worked for Hempstead since 1990. Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, the board's Republican majority leader, said after the meeting she would recommend the board not appoint a comptroller until after town elections in November. King Sweeney and Republican Councilman Bruce Blakeman are also running for reelection. Republican Councilman Thomas Muscarella, who was appointed to his seat in April, is running for election. "To go on a huge talent search for a job as important as the comptroller, it takes time, and the election is coming up," King Sweeney said. "I think it should be devoid of politics. The timing is tough."


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shatters what they know and they become scared, hurt, angry and bewildered. Miserable, fighting parents don’t Will my divorce affect my make kids feel safe and sechildren’s education? cure either but new research Q. My wife and I are getting suggests that divorce, not the a divorce. I am dreading tell- discord before, can negatively ing my children who are very impact children’s performance in school. In a study of young and in elementary 3,500 children, those whose school. How will this news and the actual divorce affect parents divorced between 1st their education and what can and 3rd grade, scored lower in math and had poorer interI do to help them? personal skills than children whose parents were still marA. First, I’m sorry to hear about your divorce. You are ried. Children exposed to divorce are twice as likely to right to be concerned about

LISA-ANNE BYERS ing to the article "Divorce's Toll on Children" by Karl Zinsmeister. In the early months after a divorce, young

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imaginative, more repetitive and passive watchers. They tend to be more dependent, demanding, unaffectionate and disobedient than children from intact families. They are more afraid of abandonment, loss of love and bodily harm. They carry these problems to school. Young children, who can’t verbalize their feelings effectively, may develop behavior problems, trust issues

It is challenging for parents, who are in so much turmoil themselves, to focus on what’s best for the kids but it must be done and it can help parents heal, too. "Just as there are good and bad marriages, so there are good and bad divorces," says Marian Wilde, a senior editor at and a divorced parent. "In a good divorce, parents can continue to

and feel caught in the middle. Divorced students were more likely to abuse drugs, to commit violent acts, to take their own life and to bear children out of wedlock. School personnel have their hands full trying to deal with the psychological and social issues of divorce in the classroom. According to the National Survey of Children, 15 percent of children living with their mothers without contact with fathers were booted out of school. In Judith Wallerstein’s study of the effects of divorce on children, of the middle class sample, 13% of the children had dropped out of school all together. Barely half of Wallersteins’ subjects went to college, far less than the 85% average for students in their high schools. Sadly, she concludes that 60% of the divorce children in her study will fail to match the educational achievements of their

co-parent and communicate with each other. Much of what divorced parents need to communicate about is logistical: Who has homework? When is it due? Who needs a permission slip signed? It can be tough the first year of divorce when parents are focused on creating arrangements and dealing with lawyers. But it's important to be aware of what's happening with your child." She adds that with good communication, family relations do get better over time.

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What Should Parents Do? 1. Try to stay focused on the kids as much as possible. 2. Don’t let them miss school or get behind in assignments. 3. Tell the teacher and school psychologist what’s going on and solicit their help. 4. Try to stick to the previous routine as much as possible. 5. Create new routines and 27

plans with the children so they feel included. 6. Reassure them you will both continue to be there for them and do! 7. Plan together and work together as parents to ensure the kids feel secure again. 8. Seek counseling for the children if they need it and look for physical signs of illness depression, withdrawal, bedwetting and tearfulness in your children as these are signs of anxiety. 9. Provide lots of reassurance, hugging, attention and help put feelings into words for them. 10. Don’t be consumed by guilt. Many marriages end in divorce and you can make sure your kids survive and thrive. Visit, m, http:// momstryingtogetourkidsback.wordpress and for more information. Good Luck! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over three decades. She holds graduate degrees in speechlanguage pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They SSSay I’m a StStStutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly, The Tail of a Black Panther! and coauthor of two reference books on ADHD. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at


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FACEBOOK COMMENTARY Mike Sauls I hope HBCUs presidents running to the WH for Black History last year for Trump’s optic purposes didn’t think that Trump nor this Congress was going to provide the funding (short or long term). Let’s see if Trump - who claimed just 2 weeks ago in South Carolina that “You, Blacks built this country...and in the same sentences honored Robert E. Lee...” (The Confederate general who fought to keep Blacks ‘freely’ building this country)... let’s see if Trump is going to issue an executive order funding HBCUs like he did the wall... it’ll be a perfect chess move to fool (the 8% he fooled in 2016) but it’ll alienate the evangelical base. Maybe he’ll announce and then after Election Day rescind it... History is talking. Woodrow Wilson committed such acts BnN against Black folks after promising to be a supporter for civil rights.

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ABOUT THIS BOOK Cain and Abel Cain a NYC PD detective, Abel a NYC Pimp and Gangster, Eve an aspiring prostitute who wants to be a real estate agent. Abel turns Eve out and gets her hooked-on drugs. After Eve has her 3rd child she swears off the life, but Abel can’t let go. Eve meets Cain who is pushing his way to the top at the 5th precinct. Abel takes over the drug business in that area by wearing a mask as Mr. Big and killing off the local Councilmen to put in his cronies and unbeknownst to Cain who meets and falls in love with Eve, plots to use Eve’s past to control her destiny and Cain’s. But Cain never knew Abel was his brother until Eve stumbles on the truth and uses it against Abel before he kills her to keep his secret to himself blames death on his brother. Then Abel plots to under mind Cain not knowing that Cain is already onto him. At the close of the book Cain is forced to kill 2 of Abel’s top men and is in hot pursuit of Abel before Abel returns the favor and gets away…leaving Eve holding the bag.

ABOUT THIS BOOK Innuendo can be defined as an indirect or a subtle observation about a thing or a person. It is generally critical, disparaging or salacious in nature, and its use is almost always derogatory. However, it must be kept in mind that it is the most thinly-veiled form of satire and when it is strong, it takes the shape of criticism. In law it means "an indirect hint." "Innuendo" is used in lawsuits for defamation (libel or slander), usually to show that the party suing was the person about whom the nasty statements were made or why the comments were defamatory. …an allusive in oblique remark or hint, typically a suggestive or disparaging one… This investigation into a major charitable corporations interview process where executive candidates begin to disappear and are later found dead of various causes. Det. William Hunt follows up the case of a missing executive who was referred to this corporation for a high level position and did not return home from the interview. Even though the crime scene is in a different jurisdiction Det. Hunt vigorously pursues the resolution of the case. Along the way Hunt finds out that this was not the first missing person investigation that went cold at the board room doorstep. But when the trail of bodies starts to mount up including some that are more close to home then Hunt ever realized that is when things get interesting. There is a lot to be said about being the last person to be seen with a person alive but more interestingly is being seen with them alive shortly after their death in the case of the “INNUENDO”. Published by The Village Press, Inc.



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American Chamber of Commerce, to advance and promote economic development for business, and to advance responsive government and quality education on the behalf of all small businesses, with emphasis on African Ancestry, while preserving the Long Island community. Long Island means the New York State counties on Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings. A Chamber of Commerce is one of the most well known and recognizable organizations in the country chartered to stimulate busi- of the US Black Chambers, Inc. and ness in local and regional areas where has been featured on WABC Here and they are designated to serve. Now, NBC Positively Black, and Black Enterprise BE Modern Man. New York The Long Island African American State’s largest African American Chamchamber of Commerce, Inc. an affiliate ber of Commerce LIAACC is a shining Published by The Village Press, Inc.


example of chamber development and its impact on the regional and local areas that it is chartered to serve in New York State. Since its inception in 2010 our chamber has continued to grow significantly in numbers, along with increasing its impact on its service territory. LIAACC helps small business owners in the areas of access to capital, technical assistance, advocacy, and entrepreneurial training. For more information on the programs and activities of the chamber or to become a member today visit: http://


WHY A GOSPEL NEWS JOURNAL? The Bible tells us that the Lord told us that his ..�.people perish for a lack of knowledge� Hosea 4:6 KJV. So why not a Gospel News Journal?

RELIGION CROSSES PLATFORMS Any discussion regarding AfricanAmerican cultural identity is not complete without a look at what many consider the foundation of that identity: the Black church. Fifty -six percent of African-Americans say they attend church regularly. The church provides more than fundamental religious training, faith reinforcement and spiritual healing. Blacks often depend on churches for community news, support services, trusted leadership, and to mobilize for community activism. Religious influence in the Black community has evolved beyond Sunday morning worship, and can be found across various platforms. Radio, television, print and digital media with religious and gospel formats or content tend to see higher consumption patterns with African-Americans than with general market audiences. Below is a reprint of an article that embodies the spirit of what the GOSPEL NEWS JOURNAL highlights in these troubled but end times. Published by The Village Press, Inc.

LEAVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND LET US PRAY! Almighty Father creator of Heaven and earth and everything in between, We humbly come before you with thanksgiving in our hearts, asking for your never ending mercy. We lift your name on high, above any name that has 34

ever existed, our father and creator, we ask you to bless, protect and to pour your supernatural favor upon us, our children, spouses and friends. God we ask you today for divine intervention in our lives, we ask for your touch in all areas of our lives, be it a new job, promotion, freedom from debt, rebuilding of our relationships with our spouses and friends. Father any situation you touch, we believe it can never remain the same. Father in heaven, let your will be done in our lives as your decision in our lives is the best and will always be the best, please send double portions anointings and blessings in the quickest time to the person who will forward this as your name is being worshiped and glorified by multitudes In the name of your only son, our personal Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN!!!



The Living Word (Psalms 119:11 KJV) “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” This week as I begin to pray to the Lord I asked the Lord what is it that you would have me write in the newsletter to your people that would make a difference in their lives. I am not just writing for form or fashion but in this season of my life I’ve asked God to anoint me to write Life Changing Words. Well unbeknown to me His response was; tell the people about my Word…So I begin to think what word “The Living Word or the written Word.” So I decided to go with the written word. See if you read the written word, which is the Bible you will then find out that Jesus is the Living Word. The bible is our instruction manual from God it tells us how we ought to think, behave and live in this present world. In the bible we find Gods wisdom and knowledge but yet a lot of times we don’t have understanding. That is why we must read the word, study the word and even go to a good bible based church so we can be taught the word. Without the word we are vulnerable to so many things that the world has to offer but truly if you know the word and heed the word you are safe in the arms of God. For Gods word can, shall, and will make a difference in your life.

and become a doer of the word it will begin to heal you and deliver you from all of your troubles and your destructive behaviors. Through the knowledge of the Word of God we can be loosed to live life to the fullest and no longer be bound or burdened by the things of this world. So in my closing know that God did not only leave us with the written word but He also sent the Living Word…His Son Jesus… Get to know them both for yourself, make it your own personal journey. My promise to you is you won’t be disappointed… Dr. Karen Deadwyler is a Dr. Karen Deadwyler new author inspired by God. Her first book tiExecutive Pastor tled “His Miraculous Glory Temple Ministries Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. To inquire about her book or to send comments email her at or visit her website: She is the Visionary and founder of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship.

When and if you hide the word of God in your heart you will find it difficult to sin against thee. You will learn that as you continue to go forth in His word that it will change the way you think, and how you respond to people and lives situations. You will find out that God has a word for every situation that you are going through as well as a solution. For the Bible said in Psalm 107:20 “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” See as you learn the word Published by The Village Press, Inc.



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A MESSAGE From the Fathers "What is the full armor of God?"

eousness done by men. Rather, this is the righteousness of Christ, imputed by God and received by faith, which guards our hearts against the accusations and charges of Satan and secures our innermost being from his attacks. Verse 15 speaks of the preparation of the feet for spiritual conflict. In warfare, Answer: The phrase “full armor of God” sometimes an enemy places dangerous comes from Ephesians 6:13-17: obstacles in the path of advancing sol“Therefore put on the full armor of God, diers. The idea of the preparation of the so that when the day of evil comes, you gospel of peace as footwear suggests may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. what we need to advance into Satan's territory, aware that there will be traps, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth with the message of grace so essential to buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and winning souls to Christ. Satan has many obstacles placed in the path to halt the with your feet fitted with the readiness propagation of the gospel. that comes from the gospel of peace. In The shield of faith spoken of in verse 16 addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the makes Satan's sowing of doubt about the faithfulness of God and His Word ineffecflaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the tive. Our faith—of which Christ is “the author and perfecter” (Hebrews 12:2)— is Spirit, which is the word of God.” like a golden shield, precious, solid, and Ephesians 6:12 clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, and there- substantial. fore no tangible weapons can be effective- The helmet of salvation in verse 17 is proly employed against him and his minions. tection for the head, keeping viable a critical part of the body. We could say that We are not given a list of specific tactics our way of thinking needs preservation. Satan will use. However, the passage is The head is the seat of the mind, which, quite clear that when we follow all the when it has laid hold of the sure gospel instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless hope of eternal life, will not receive false doctrine or give way to Satan’s temptaof Satan’s strategy. tions. The unsaved person has no hope of The first element of our armor is truth warding off the blows of false doctrine (verse 14). This is easy to understand, because he is without the helmet of salvasince Satan is said to be the “father of lies” (John 8:44). Deception is high on the tion and his mind is incapable of discerning between spiritual truth and spiritual list of things God considers to be an deception. abomination. A “lying tongue” is one of the things He describes as “detestable to Verse 17 interprets itself as to the meaning of the sword of the Spirit—it is the Him” (Proverbs 6:16-17). We are therefore exhorted to put on truth for our own Word of God. While all the other pieces of spiritual armor are defensive in nature, sanctification and deliverance, as well as for the benefit of those to whom we wit- the sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon in the armor of God. It ness. Also in verse 14, we are told to put on the speaks of the holiness and power of the Word of God. A greater spiritual weapon breastplate of righteousness. A breastis not conceivable. In Jesus' temptations in plate shielded a warrior’s vital organs from blows that would otherwise be fatal. the desert, the Word of God was always His overpowering response to Satan. This righteousness is not works of rightPublished by The Village Press, Inc.


Bishop Andy C. Lewter Senior Pastor Hollywood Full Gospel What a blessing that the same Word is available to us! In verse 18, we are told to pray in the Spirit (that is, with the mind of Christ, with His heart and His priorities) in addition to wearing the full armor of God. We cannot neglect prayer, as it is the means by which we draw spiritual strength from God. Without prayer, without reliance upon God, our efforts at spiritual warfare are empty and futile. The full armor of God— truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer— are the tools God has given us, through which we can be spiritually victorious, overcoming Satan’s attacks and temptations. Recommended Resource: The Invisible War: What Every Believer Needs to Know about Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare by Chip Ingram __________________________________

ABOUT THIS BOOK This book is a collection of articles, prayers and insights about the FULL ARMOR of God directly from the King James Version of the Bible, Ephesians 6:10-16. It covers the ten pieces of battlegear which expands what most people believe a set of six. Now we are told not to add to the Word however He enjoys when we expand on our understanding of the word. Written by: Min Larry Montgomery, Sr. 11/8/2019

From the Desk of the Publisher September is here and with it comes all of the excitement that goes along with young people going back to school. However, I do not believe that the enthusiasm for learning has to be limited to the youth. September also means that adults can reset their attention and ready themselves for a learning experience as well. It is with that in mind that we bring this issue of “The Bishop Magazine� to you. We are concentrating this month on the learning opportunities that we are making available in our online schools. We currently are engaged in two educational enterprises. The first is our New Life School of Theology, which is our certificate and ministry degrees program. This is a general bible program that has over 60 courses available that lead to a Certificate in Biblical Studies, an Associates degree in Biblical Studies, an Advanced Certificate in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor of Theology degree. It is designed for church leaders, ministers, pastors or anyone else who has a genuine appetite for the Bible. Our second program is intended

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In addition we have assembled our bible studies and sermons for you to share in with the hopes that it proves to be a blessing to you. I do hope that you will take a moment look through what we are presenting this month and that you will share it with your neighbors






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real and accessible keys to realizing their potential and living in their LIFE’S PURPOSE. Attendees will walk away equipped with an “I CAN DO ANYTHING MINDSET” and will gain key principles on “HOW” to get it done.

The Unlock Your Dreams organization has fed 2019 people in Harlem and on November 8, 2019 our organization will be doing a street pizza party for the community. The 2019 Unlock Your Dreams Conference, Expo and Awards Gala is one of the most anticipated conferences in the nation geared towards inspiring helping individuals unlocking their inner power and taking concrete steps to unlock their dreams. Phil Andrews, President – Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (New York State’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

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THE BLACK PERSPECTIVE It is time to be prepared for those things you cannot antici-

pate....Be prepared to voice your opinion and your opposition for Luxury apartment buildings and highly increased rents...In recent Village meet-

ings in Hempstead, it is clear that meetings called at four o’clock in the afternoon is not geared to reach working people, who have an interest in attending. So much business is swept under the rug that even home owners are being placed at a loss for tax burdens and information of interest to all who reside in the Published by The Village Press, Inc.

community. People come out to the Village

Trustee meeting and

Don Durant AT LARGE

are upset by the true disgrace of poor information

indicate $60 million dollars.

shared. Buildings are being

The planned private sale of

planned without notice, and lack of concern for the over-

the Village Hall, two fire-

crowding of our schools. The

houses, the police station,

exorbitant taxes in the Vil-

the Village Library, The

lage have been in question

Code Enforcement buildings

for many years. $18,000 an- and the Park across from Village Hall (Denton Green nual property/School taxes are the norm for small dwell- Park) along with the previings. Much land and parcels ously donated 18 parking are being sold for unrevealed lots. These sales are amounts, and “guesstimates” brought about without the (Continued on page 43)



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through with major plans for

with the plans underway for

re-development of a commu- Major Apartment developbenefit of the amounts being nity, through private sales of ment. All of this at a cost revealed and voted on by Vil- assets, and the community

unrevealed and voted on by

lage residents. In many

five people in private ses-

being kept totally in the

meetings the residents stand dark. These action go against sion, supposedly representwaiting to be called on to

the best interest of the resi-

ing the community.

speak, and quite often the

dents and our community at

Trustees and Mayor, slip out

large. I have been a resident They call it major capital im-

of the meeting room to dis-

in this community for 45

provement, (MCI’s) with Ten-

cuss issues pri-

ant rent Hikes in

vately, in Execu-

established build-

tive Session. This

ings, forced by

allows the Trus-

Capital Improve-

tees to state that

ment Increases,

they held a public

force tenants out

meeting and a

of their homes.

vote was taken.

(Housing Stability

However, No vote

and Tenants Pro-

from the audience

tection Act of

in attendance,

2019) Landlords

and no follow-up meeting to

years, and a business owner

use these loopholes to dis-

clarify the purpose of the

for more than thirty years. I

place renters. Many building

Trustees vote. It is totally

have never seen corruption

owners attempt to displace

unfair that a sham meeting is on display as is now the

and cast out tenants in rent

called and the members of

stabilized apartments. This

case. Renaissance Down-

the community not informed. town/Urban Development is

allows landlords, and Supers,

It is unfair that those in at-

in cahoots with the governing to cast aside rent control and

tendance are given a limited

board and are going fully

stabilization illegally and

opportunity to voice an opin- against their original plan for causes a major loss of afion, that is swept away in

minimum development, and

fordability for tenants in

private consultations be-

has expanded to threaten


tween the Trustees and

even the businesses and

Mayor. It is unfair to go

homeowners in the Village,

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Chef Arrette Harvey

This Potato Soup is so full of flavor and has so many delicious ingredients including cheese, potatoes and broccoli. Sure to be a hit at every home. Serves: 8-10 2 - 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth 2-3 large carrots, peeled and diced 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed into small pieces 1 tsp. onion powder 2 small heads broccoli (washed and diced small) 3 TB butter 1/3 cup flour 3 1/2 - 4 cups milk 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic pepper 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped In a large pot combine chicken broth, carrots potatoes and onion powder. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add broccoli, cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. While simmering, melt butter in a large sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook for another minute (or until golden brown). Whisk in milk and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the sauce thickens. Add cheese and stir until it is all melted. Add salt and garlic pepper. Pour cheese sauce into the large pot and stir until well combined. Call for More Info Add more milk for a thinner consistency and add any additional (954) 260-7545 salt and pepper needed. Top with bacon pieces. Serve warm. arretteskitchen/ Be Blessed Published by The Village Press, Inc.



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SPORTS N.Y. Mets Hire Carlos Beltran To Manage Team

reach so consistently, his peers named him the “new Mr. October”. The word from the cheap seats says that Beltran is a leader that Hello Sports Fans, it’s official can relate to the young playthe New York Met’s new leaders and guide his team with er in Queens is first time Manknowledge that will afford ager, Carlos Beltran. Carlos the team a chance to continBeltran is a 42-year-old from ue growing in a winning diPuerto Rico who played in rection. Beltran had an imMLB from 1998 until 2017 pressive MLB career Batwhich was with the Kansas ting average of .279, 2725 City Royals, Houston Astros, Hits, 435 Home Runs, along

New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the Texas Rangers. Most of Beltran’s career in the Post-Season was a highlight of a true slugger that belted balls out of Published by The Village Press, Inc.

with 1,587 Runs Batted In (RBI). In 1999 he was the American League Rookie of the Year, 3x Gold Glove Award 2006-2008, 2x Silver Slugger Award 2006 and 2007, 9x AllStar 2004-2007, 2009, 2011, 46


2013, and 2016. He left Major League Baseball’s playing days with the Houston Astros after winning a World Series Championship in 2017. In 2005 the Mets had a rare moment of suc(Continued on page 51)


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Cris Carter dumped by Fox Sports after suspension and investigation: reports Carter abruptly left Fox this week Cris Carter is no longer at Fox Sports after a brief suspension and investigation. Carter “cleaned out his desk at Fox Sports under supervision of security," according to a report Thursday from The Big Lead. The Hall of Fame wide receiver was suspended from the FS1 morning show “First Things First” last week. Carter had been angry with Fox executives about being boxed out of Thursday Night Football, but published reports said that his suspension and apparent firing were unrelated to that. “Cris Carter is no longer with FOX Sports. There is no further comment at this time,” Fox said in a statement to the Daily News. Since his last “First Things First” appearance on October 30, Carter has tweeted nothing but Bible quotes. Carter, 53, retired from football in 2002, and worked at ESPN 2008-16

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2:11 PM PT -- That didn't last long. Antonio Brown says he was in his feelings when he claimed he was quitting the NFL ... tweeting he's still hoping to make a return to football. "I'm just very frustrated right now with the false allegations and slander to my name. I love football and I miss it." "I just want to play and I'm very emotional about that. I'm determined to make my way back to the NFL asap" 9:19 AM PT -- AND NOW THIS ... ANTONIO BROWN SAYS HE'S QUITTING THE NFL FOREVER. AB just posted a rant on social media implying the NFL treats black players unfairly -- and advises fantasy football owners to finally abandon hope of him coming back. "F**k @nfl I’m going down another path no more making money off my blood and sweat," Brown wrote. "No more control of my name and body clear my name I am done with it ! So you fantasy f**ks can let it go." Brown continued ... "Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them treat me like this is unfairly ! Making money off my sweat and blood F**k the @nfl." Published by The Village Press, Inc.

"I’ll never play in that s**t treat black people the worse! Clear my name and go f**k your self." It's the second time Brown has sworn off the NFL in the last 3 months -- back in September, after he was cut by the Patriots, AB said, "Will not be playing in the @NFL anymore." "These owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the @NFLPA hold them accountable sad they can just void guarantees anytime going on 40m 2 months will see if they pay up!" Brown had a change of heart after that tweet and has been training like a maniac to get back in the league -- but now it seems he's ready to move on ... for real this time. The NFL is finally hearing Antonio Brown's side of the story in his rape case ... the superstar receiver is set to meet with league investigators next week. AB is accused of raping his former trainer, Britney Taylor, at his Florida home back in 2018 ... and after she filed a lawsuit against the 31year-old over the incident, the NFL launched a probe into the matter. It's been about two months since they kicked off the investiga49

tion ... and many around the league feel it's the reason AB has yet to sign with a new team since being cut by the Patriots in September. But, Brown is finally ready to have the meeting with league officials ... and according to multiple reports, it could take place as soon as next Thursday. Don't expect it to spell the end of Brown's time as a free agent, though ... NFL Network's, Ian Rapoport, says next week's meeting will likely be the first of several in the case. "The league's investigation into civil allegations of sexual assault & rape is not expected to conclude any time soon," Rapoport said. Brown has vehemently denied Taylor's allegations, saying through his attorney in September, "Any sexual interaction" between Taylor and Brown "was entirely consensual." Antonio's been working out like a maniac despite the investigation ... but admitted on Twitter a few weeks ago that it's looking like he won't return to an NFL field until 2020. Originally Published -- 8:27 AM PT


Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker Dead At 55 After Hit By Car, Driver Not Arrested

Sunday night after he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach, TMZ Sports has learned. He was only 55. We're told officials received a call around 10:04 PM in response to an accident at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road. When cops arrived, they located the man who had been hit by a vehicle who was in really bad shape -- and our sources tell us that man was Pernell Whitaker. 10:49 AM PT -- The driver in the crash was Emergency medical personnel at the sceNOT arrested -- and law enforcement offine tried to resuscitate Whitaker -- even cials tell us they do NOT believe drugs, performing CPR on him -- but unfortualcohol or speed was a factor. nately, Whitaker succumbed to his injuThe driver was not cited -- though we're ries and died. told that person is cooperating with authorities. Cops are investigating. Unclear if the drivWe're told the case will be kicked over to er of the car was arrested but he did stay prosecutors to evaluate but it's unlikely on the scene to speak with police. It's the driver will be hit with criminal chargNOT a hit and run situation. es. By the way, we're told the area where In fact, as one person involved in the inPernell was hit is NOT a popular nightlife vestigation put it ... "It appears to just be area -- in other words, it's not like he was a horrible accident." out partying. 8:56 AM PT -- TMZ Sports just spoke with Whitaker (who's from Virginia) was a boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. -- a long time BEAST in the ring ... winning world titles at friend of Pernell -- who tells us how much 4 different weights -- lightweight, light Whitaker meant to boxing ... and to him welterweight, welterweight and light midpersonally. dleweight. Sweet Pea was inducted into the InternaROY JONES JR. REMEMBERS PERtional Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 -- and is considered by many to be one of the 7:26 AM PT -- Pernell took a photo greatest fighters of ALL TIME. with Floyd Mayweather at an autograph He fought everyone from Oscar De La show they were both appearing at in VirHoya to Julio Cesar Chavez -- and even ginia on the day before he died. though he lost to Oscar and Julio was a draw ... many people believe he was Floyd paid tribute to Pernell on social meROBBED in both decisions because he dia saying, "R I P champ, one of the best clearly won the fights. fighters to ever do it." His pro career began in 1984 and spanned Boxing legend Pernell Whitaker was killed all the way through 2001, with an amazPublished by The Village Press, Inc.


ing 40-4-1 record including 17 knockouts. He also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in L.A. From 1993 to 1997 he was considered the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Ring Magazine named him the Fight of the Year in 1989. Whitaker is survived by his 5 children. RIP Ex-NFL star Michael Vick, who's also from Virginia, tweeted about Whitaker's passing -- saying, 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker was our hometown legend and the greatest of all time. My prayers are with his family and loved ones." Magic Johnson added ... "Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker was in the class of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard as one of the most entertaining fighters in my lifetime. I’m praying for his family."


Mickey Callaway after he contributed one year of service and cess over the Bombers, that compiled a record of 86 wins gained the services of Carlos as and 76 loses, while the club their subway-series rival finished in 3rd place of the Na(Yankees) decided to pass on a tional League East. The Mets bidding challenge to get the 2019 season had great expectaslugger in the Bronx. Beltran tions for the club known to signed a 119-million-dollar contract with the Mets that year as the Yankees elected to pass on the proven slugger, which made him only the 10th player in MLB to earn over $100 million and the largest in Mets franchise history at that time according to At the introduction ceremony Beltran made public that the Mets organization planned to collaborate with the highly enthusiastic novice leader to ensure him of support in many decisions and allow the freedom to establish his own philosophy regarding team strategy. In this neoteric step the New York fans as the amazing New York Mets introduced Mets, as a terrific pitching staff Beltran as the 22nd Manager in was assembled with, Noah Mets franchise history and re- Syndergaard, Steven Matz, vealed that the former Met star Seth Lugo, and reigning Cy had been chosen ahead of Joe Young winner of the previous Girardi, the extremely success- year Jacob deGrom. The Team ful ex-manager of the New Batting for the 2019 season York Yankees and leader of was projected to produce as World Series Championships. well with proven clutch hitters New manager Beltran replaces as Robinson Cano, Wilson Ra(Continued from page 46)

Puerto Rico senator, 7 others arrested by FBI in corruption investigation

son said, but further information on the nature of the charges was not immediately revealed. Information was not immediately available about the seven others who were arrested Wednesday in connection with the probe. PUERTO RICO CROWDS HAIL GOV-

A Puerto Rico senator awaiting trial on fraud charges was taken into custody Wednesday morning by federal authorities in connection with an investigation into alleged corruption that also resulted in the arrests of seven others, officials said. Abel Nazario, a 49-year-old current- ERNOR'S RESIGNATION, BUT SAY ly serving in the U.S. territory's 26th THERE ARE STILL A 'LOT OF CORRUPT PEOPLE' TO REMOVE Senate, was apprehended as part of the probe, an FBI spokesperPublished by The Village Press, Inc.


mos, J.D. Davis, and Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year Pete Alonzo, whose surprise performance has Mets fans awaiting a bright and new outlook on next year’s season. The Mets appear to have confidence in Carlos Beltran to

guide the team to success, but also are revealing that the Manager will have an immense support system that will be obtainable in his initial start as Manager.

Puerto Rico Sen. Abel Nazario was arrested Wednesday by federal authorities following an investigation into alleged corruption. (Puerto Rico Senate)

Following Nazario's arrest, Puerto Rico's Senate President, Thomas Rivera Shatz, asked for Nazario's resignation. A spokesperson for Nazario told the Associated Press the senator maintains his innocence.

Nazario was previously arrested by federal authorities in September 2018 on charges of wire fraud and falsifying documents, according to the U.S. Attor(Continued on page 52)


Maxine Waters: President Trump is 'setting some of us up to be killed' Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President Trump's continued attacks on lawmakers and others are "setting some of us to be killed." "I have death threats constantly," Waters told MSNBC's Ali Velshi. "There are a number of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me. And when he does that, he's dog-whistling to the white supremacists, the [Ku Klux Klan] KKK and the dangerous

people." Waters, one of the earliest supporters of impeachment, said she can no longer "go to the grocery store anymore by myself" and that she has to "pay for security all the time." "He shouldn't be going after anybody," she said. "He's the president of the United States of America."

"The whistleblower is protected by law," Waters said Wednesday. "And he should not be talking about wanting to interview them. .@RepMaxineWaters on Trump If he knew anything about law, he wouldn't be so ignorant as to threatening the whistleblower: "He is setting some of us up to think that somehow anybody's going to allow him to interview a be killed. I have death threats constantly. There are a number whistleblower." of people who have been convicted for threatening to kill me." Waters, one of the first Democratic lawmakers to call for Trump's impeachment, reiterated Tuesday Waters's comments came as Trump has continued to attack an that the president should be imanonymous whistleblower whose peached but ramped up her comcomplaint that said Trump urged ments: "He needs to be imprisUkraine's president to investigate oned & placed in solitary confinement. But for now, impeachment former Vice President Joe Biden and his son has since become the is the imperative." center of House Democrats' formal impeachment inquiry against him.

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ney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico. He was accused of defrauding his employees while serving as the mayor of Yauco, a southwestern town in Puerto Rico, where he was an elected official from 2000 until December 2016. Prosecutors allege that, while he was mayor, municipal employees were required "to work two volun- tary hours per day" — which the Published by The Village Press, Inc.

Trump has even demanded to "interview & learn everything about the whistleblower" despite the existence of whistleblower protection laws that allow individuals' identities to remain confidential.


U.S. Department of Labor determined was a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Nazario agreed to pay nearly $590,000 in back wages to 177 employees. Authorities, however, said they later learned the city of Yauco was withholding employees’ wages, despite Nazario’s pledge that he would not retaliate against workers. 11/8/2019 Published by The Village Press, Inc.



Profile for Larry Montgomery

Mr. President?  

The race for the White House just got hotter with Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg preparing to through his hat in the ring.

Mr. President?  

The race for the White House just got hotter with Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg preparing to through his hat in the ring.