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THE END RACIAL PROFILING ACT INTRODUCED IN BOTH THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE S. 1038 / H.R. 2581 WOULD CREATE A NATIONAL PROHIBITION AGAINST RACIAL PROFILING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT THE ISSUE:   The End Racial Profiling Act has now been introduced in the U.S. Sen‐ ate by Senator Cardin (MD) (S. 1038) and in the U.S. House of Represen‐ tatives by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI) (H.R. 2851).  The End Ra‐ cial Profiling Act comprehensively addresses the insidious practice of ra‐ cial  profiling  by  law  enforcement  on  five  levels:    first,  it  clearly  defines  the racially discriminatory practice of racial profiling by law enforcement  at all levels; second, it creates a federal prohibition against racial profil‐ ing;  thirdly,  it  mandates  data  collection  so  we  can  fully  assess  the  true  extent  of  the  problem;  fourth,  it  provides  funding  for  the  retraining  of  law enforcement officials on how to discontinue and prevent the use of  racial profiling; and fifth, it holds law enforcement agencies that continue  to  use  racial  profiling  accountable.    We  need  to  urge  Members  of  both  the  House  and  Senate  to  co‐sponsor  and  help  move  the  bill  through  to  passage as soon as possible.   

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throughout the United States in federal, state and local law enforcement  and thus restore the necessary trust and integrity necessary to be effec‐ tive.  It is supported by numerous civil rights and civil liberties organiza‐ tions, as well religious associations and most police unions of color. 

THE ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE:

Contact your U.S. Senators and Member of the House of Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1038 / H.R. 2581, THE “END RACIAL PROFILING ACT”. To contact your Senators and Representative you should:

As painfully demonstrated over the past months, racial profiling is a  serious problem in the United States, and can lead to deadly conse‐ quences.  It is difficult for our faith in the American judicial system not to  be challenged when we cannot walk down the street, drive down an in‐ terstate, go through an airport, or even enter into our own homes with‐ out being stopped merely because of the color of our skin.  Training law  enforcement officers how to more efficiently carry out the essential po‐ licing without avoid using this counter‐productive procedure will not only  help our nation’s criminal justice system at all levels, but it will trickle  down to other groups as well, such as neighborhood watch organizations  and citizens’ community groups, which often model themselves after  their local police and which have taken on additional responsibilities in  light of the budget cuts being faced by almost every locality and jurisdic‐ tion.   

The majority of law enforcement officers are hard working men and  women, whose concern for the safety of those they are charged with pro‐ tecting is often paramount, even when their own safety is on the line.   However, if and when even one of their colleagues engages in racial profil‐ ing, whether it be conscious or subconscious, the trust of the entire com‐ munity can be, and will be, lost.  Law enforcement agents should not en‐ dorse or act upon stereotypes, attitudes, or beliefs that a person’s race,  ethnicity, appearance, religious affiliation, or national origin increases that  person’s general propensity to act unlawfully.    

Numerous studies have demonstrated over the past few years that  racial profiling is all too prevalent throughout law enforcement today.   One study has shown that approximately 72% of all routine traffic stops  on an interstate in the Northeast occur with African American drivers  despite the fact that African Americans make up only about 17% of the  driving population.  Another 2004 study showed that approximately  thirty‐two million Americans, a number equivalent to the population of  Canada, report they have already been victims of racial profiling at some  point.  Other studies have shown similar disparities in stops and searches  by federal, state and local law enforcement agents. 

Make a Phone Call: Call your Senators and your Representative in Washington by dialing the Capitol Switchboard and asking to be transferred to your Senators’/ Congressman’s offices. The switchboard phone number is (202) 224-3121 (see message section, below). Write a Letter If you choose to write letters to your Senators, send them to: The Honorable (name of Senator) U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510

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PUBLISHER AND CHIEF Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), a former Army Lieutenant Colonel, sends THE WEEKLY STANDARD an COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. email commenting on the Marines' video, and has given us permission to publish it. WATCH AND PRAY “I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I God is about to release a do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies doing something new. SO dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media WATCH AND PRAY. outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung God Bless. from a bridge in Fallujah. “All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq? “The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter. “As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.” COMMUNITY JOURNAL COMMENTARY Finally something I can agree on with Rep. West. The fact that the enemy has yet to play by the same rules of war as we do only validates the fact that either they can’t or don’t want to read the Geneva Convention or they just don’t give a damn. I believe it’s the latter. Anyway if they did read and or play by the rules we might not call them the enemy forever. I agree with Rep. West the Marines were wrong and discipline is warranted, maybe not as harsh as he has articulated but warranted as such (“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.) Our soldiers are professional, moral combatants. Underpaid, under appreciated, yes but that goes with the territory some times. As a Veteran myself I am proud to say that all of my sons have served their country proudly, one for four years and the other recently retired. While we here in America have some issues to work through this government is the best when compared to any other, and if you think there is another that is better, you are welcome to go try it. On your way out just take a look at the line trying to take your place here. What I do not agree with in Rep. West statement is the following; (“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”) That is the kind of attitude I would expect from the Taliban. Freedom of speech is one of the reasons many of our soldiers have died defending. God Bless... PAGE 4


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HEMPSTEAD PARENTS AND NEW YORK COMMUNITIES FOR CHANGE DEMAND BETTER TREATMENT OF LATINOS AND PARENTS OF ALL BACKROUNDS BY HEMPSTEAD SCHOOL BOARD

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school district employee, told me at our rally, ‘you are just a drunk Latino, what are you doing here?’ She treated us as though we were pieces of trash. Actually, we are fighting for the education of our children in Hempstead. When we went to tell Julius Brown about what happened, he said he would look into it. That was two months ago.” In a district where 60% of students are Latino, Spanishspeaking students and parents have no access to translation of school board meetings. “I do not know what Mrs. Cross is talking about," said Ana Dighero, a long-time Hempstead resident and member of New York Communities for Change. “There is never translation at any board meetings. How can she say that they treat Latino parents and students well if they do not even allow them to understand what is going on?”

Disrespectful treatment from the school board is not unique to Latinos. Concerned parents and community members of all backgrounds have been threatened and yelled at for merely coming to school board meetings that are supposDozens of New York Communities for Change members, edly open to the public. Hempstead Student Union members, Hempstead parents and “At the last board meeting, when people tried to ask community members spoke out Tuesday afternoon about disrespectful treatment by the School Board and a district em- questions, the school board president shut them down,” said ployee. In a recent Newsday article, school board President Cynthia Mays, an African American Hempstead parent and Betty Cross stated that Latino parents and students are New York Communities for Change member. “At one point, “treated well,” and that some school board meetings do have she told us we can’t talk because it was her meeting. This is Spanish translation. Latino Hempstead residents say that is our meeting. This is the community’s meeting. She is a public servant. The school board needs to respect and listen to not their experience. all members of the community, Black and Latino or anyIn fact, one school employee made a racially charged, de- thing else.” rogatory comment at a recent press conference and rally. Parents and NYCC members are vowing to fight for reWhen the school district was informed of the employee's spect and increased accountability in the school board and misconduct, nothing was done. changes in educational policy until there are improvements. According New York Communities for Change member and Hempstead Resident, Simeon Yanes, “Tina Lake, a NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Hempstead, New York – 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. recently competed in a national competition sponsored by Anheuser-Busch “Be A Better Bud: Grow One Save A Million the 100 Way.” Grow One was intended to spread the word about the 100 Black Men and Budweiser’s commitment to water conservation. Twenty Five Chapters were awarded a grant in the amount of $4000.00 based on the number of participants, number of votes, creativity of statements on water conservation, and size of chapter. “We are excited that the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. won the grant in the amount of $4000.00, and we are glad to part of 100 Black Men of America’s chapter network of 118 chapters around the globe”. We look forward to continually impacting the mission as set forth by our national body 100 Black Men of America, Inc and 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.. We are proud to be 100 Black Men of America’s Inc. second oldest chapter and one of the original founding chapters of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. Amongst winners in Be a Better Bud National Competition to be Awarded $4000.00 Grant by Anheuser-Busch

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Hempstead, New York – 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. recently competed in a national competition sponsored by Anheuser-Busch “Be A Better Bud: Grow One Save A Million the 100 Way.” Grow One was intended to spread the word about the 100 Black Men and Budweiser’s commitment to water conservation. Twenty Five Chapters were awarded a grant in the amount of $4000.00 based on the number of participants, number of votes, creativity of statements on water conservation, and size of chapter. “We are excited that the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. won the grant in the amount of $4000.00, and we are glad to part of 100 Black Men of America’s chapter network of 118 chapters around the globe”. We look forward to continually impacting the mission as set forth by our national body 100 Black Men of America, Inc and 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.. We are proud to be 100 Black Men of America’s Inc. second oldest chapter and one of the original founding chapters of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. PRESIDENT CHAPTER: Long Island, Inc. SERVICE: Water Conservation

'Lucky we didn't have anyone killed': 20-year-old charged after school shooting By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News A man walked into an Atlanta-area elementary school, ordered a school employee to call a local TV station and fired multiple shots at police Tuesday. No one was injured in the shooting at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in unincorporated DeKalb County outside Atlanta, county Police Chief Cedric Alexander said Tuesday afternoon. A county schools spokesman told NBC station WXIA of Atlanta that all pupils had been accounted for. The suspect, identified as Michael Brandon Hill, 20, was wearing black and was armed with an AK-47 assaultstyle rifle when he fired about six shots at police before surrendering peacefully when they returned fire, officials said. "We were ... lucky we didn't have anyone killed in the school," Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Investigators examined what they believed to be the man's car after police dogs indicated the presence of explosives, Alexander said. Police later said no explosives were found. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Hill, who had other weapons, was in custody charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said Tuesday night. There was no immediate word on when he would appear in court. A sheriff's official in Henry County, Ga., south of Atlanta, said Hill was charged there in March with making terroristic threats — a felony in Georgia. The details of that case couldn't immediately be determined, but court records show that he was sentenced to three years' probation and anger counseling. (Continued on page 7)

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Alexander wouldn't speculate when reporters pressed him for an explanation of why the man went to the school. In announcing the charges Tuesday night, police made no reference to a possible motive. The drama began about 1 p.m. ET when the gunman simply walked in behind someone else, Alexander said. Once inside, the gunman told a clerk to call Atlanta TV station WSB. The clerk told a WSB assignment editor, Lacey LeCroy, that the gunman wanted the station to "start filming as police die." "All the time of doing this, I never experienced anything like this," LeCroy said. "It didn't take long to know that this was serious." LeCroy said she heard gunshots but didn't know whether anyone had been shot. She said she stayed on the line in silence with the clerk for about five minutes before the woman told her: "They got him. They got him." Alexander said the man had barricaded himself in the school office. He opened fire on officers from at least a half-dozen law enforcement agencies that raced to the school, getting off about six rounds before officers returned fire, Alexander said. The man surrendered, and explosives dogs "hit" on his vehicle a short time later, Alexander said. The school was evacuated, with officers leading pupils out a back entrance. Authorities cut a hole in the perimeter fence behind the school and shepherded the pupils into a field, where they were picked up by buses and taken to a nearby Walmart store. Hundreds of frantic parents dashed to the store to make sure their chldren were all right. "My husband called and said there's a gunman at the school," said Linda Bell, the mother of a McNair School pupil. "I'm like, what?!" School volunteer Debra Hayes told The Associated Press that she encountered the suspect without realizing it. Hayes saw a man talking to a secretary when she stopped by the office at the end of her shift but she did not see a gun. "I heard him say, 'I'm not here to harm any staff or any parents or students. He said he wanted to speak to a police officer," she recalled. "By the time I got to 2nd Avenue, I heard gunshots." The father of another pupil told WXIA that school officials "definitely need to upgrade" security. "Anybody can walk into the school," said the parent, whose name wasn't reported. Neighbors told WXIA that Hill moved into a house in Decatur that he shared with several roommates about a year ago. Late Tuesday, police were still searching the house, which is just a short distance from the school.

DON DURANT In every state when we send our children off to b cared for and educated, we assume a great deal. Mainly we assume they will be protected. Trained professionals take over the care and control of these babies who are so important to us. As an aside; job applications are available for 911 operators in New York. These jobs will be applied and tested for in Brooklyn, New York, in the coming weeks in several locations. The fee is $47 and you will be trained as a 911 Operator. Ms. Antoinette Tuff, a school staffer in an elementary school in Dekalb County, Georgia, was on the phone for almost an hour with a 911 Operator as she was confronted by an fully armed gunman in the school she worked in. He was loaded with 500 rounds of heavy ammo and an AK 47 Assault Weapon. She calmly interceded with him and his family on the phone, and encouraged him in a calm NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

and masterful way. She handled this crisis situation with a rational approach . Hostage negotiators are not more proficient, as she was, as an untrained school staffer. Clint Vanzandt-former FBI Negotiator, stated that she was so good she could train negotiators with the methodology she used. Her personal touch, and professional approach to crisis management lead directly to positive results. Armed staff in schools has been the question raised over the past few months. Is it better to have mental health professionals, or trained staff versus Armed Teachers? Ms. Tuff, was just that, Tough and on point. She s a true Heroine, showing no fear, and showing appropriate care and concern. The armed intruder was willing to apologize for possessing an assault weapon, knowing he was mentally challenged and on medication. PAGE 7


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In the private prison industry the more time an inmate spends in a facility, the more of a profit is reaped from the state. Ciavearella was a figurehead in a conspiracy in the state of Pennsylvania which saw thousands of young Black men and women unjustly punished and penalized in the name of corporate profit. According to allgov.com Ciavearella’s cases from 2003 – 2008 were reviewed by a special investigative panel and later by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and it was found that upwards of 5,000 young men and women were denied their constitutional rights, and therefore all of their convictions were dismissed and were summarily released.

Judge Sentenced to 28 Years For Selling Black Teens to Prisons AFRICANGLOBE – Disgraced Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for conspiring with private prisons to sentence juvenile offenders to maximum sentences for bribes and kickbacks which totaled millions of dollars. He was also ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

During his sentencing Ciavarella was defiant, claiming he had broken no laws and claimed the money he received was a legitimate ‘finder’s fee.’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Zubrod said comments such as these were typical of Ciavarella, according to the local reporting of citizensvoice.com: I think that’s his way of doing things. Never retreat. Always go on the attack. Always blame somebody else. Always get them to back off. He tried it with the judge. It didn’t work.

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Emergency Shelter Agencies Underpay Employees by Over $10K Audit by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Compels Repayment Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his Living Wage audits of Bethany House and Glory House Recovery which provide emergency housing for women and their dependent children, and additional programs and resources. The audit found the Bethany House agency to have underpaid employees by over $10,000 and the Glory House agency to have minor instances of noncompliance with the Nassau County Living Wage Law. Seven employees from Bethany House homeless shelter were paid below the Nassau County Living wage, totaling $10,056 for the period reviewed - January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012. This underpayment was rectified after meeting with the Comptroller’s staff and the employees were compensated for the underpayment. Glory House Recovery paid one employee at the rate of $10 per hour during the period of June 4, 2011 to July 22, 2011. This employee worked, according to paystubs submitted, a total of 366 hours during this period. He was underpaid $4.16 per hour for the 366 hours for a total underpayment of $1,523. “All organizations have an obligation to ensure compliance with the County’s Living Wage Law. While we are pleased with the response from these agencies, in which they agree to repay the affected employees, their lapse is inexcusable,” said Comptroller Maragos. The Nassau County Living Wage Law was enacted by the Nassau County Legislature in 2006 to raise the minimum wage employees working for most of the County’s contractors. The Comptroller’s Office is responsible for monitoring compliance with the Law. The Living Wage is currently $15.21 an hour without health benefits, or $13.35 with health benefits. Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/ index.html

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The Corridor Counts Haber supported by community leaders Uniondale, NY – Over 100 supporters rallied together at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Park in Uniondale today where Democrat Adam Haber accepted endorsements from a coalition of community leaders in the Corridor – the area of Lakeview, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Freeport and New Cassel. After Dr. David Gates, Senior Pastor at the Miracle Christian Center, opened the event with a stirring benediction, prominent civil rights attorney Fred Brewington laid out the reason for the event, “We stand here, and I stand here in front of you this morning to say that we have a chance to make a difference for our community. And the chance that we have is to put Adam Haber in the seat in Mineola as the next County Executive.” Addressing why he is supporting Haber’s campaign Brewington noted, “We stand here today because Adam Haber understands that the Corridor Counts.” Community Activist Rahsmia Zatar, who works to reduce gang violence, spoke about the need to change Nassau County, “We are tired of having elected officials come into our community courting our votes but forgetting to come back to deliver on their promises.” “We have longed for a day when a Nassau County Executive would put people first, regardless of political affiliation, above their own political interests or their party chair’s political interests … Adam Haber is that County Executive,” said Zatar. “On September 10th we’ll make sure we get him one step closer to becoming County Executive. The County Executive we’ve been longing for.” Speaking of why Haber is running, community activist Sergio Argueta stated, “His heart is right here. This man, when nobody knew him, before he thought about running for office, he was out in Haiti rebuilding houses. He was out in Long Beach rolling up his sleeves, while my family was digging out, he was helping families dig out." After an introduction from Argueta, Democrat Adam Haber began his speech by saying, “I’m here today in Uniondale, the heart of Nassau, because the Corridor Counts. The Corridor deserves better than politicians kicking communities around because they think they know best.” “I’m in this race because I want to make our community better. I’m in this because the culture of corruption and patronage must end. It has to end, for our children’s sake,” said Haber. “I’m in this because I care about you and everyone in our community. I’m in this race because the Corridor Counts.” Haber closed this speech by leading the crowd in the chant, “The Corridor Counts!” Today’s event builds on this week’s endorsements from the New York Veteran’s Police Association, the only law enforcement organization to support a candidate in the Democratic Primary. Haber also received the endorsement from the Pakistani American Democratic Club of New York, after unprecedented community outreach.

Weitzman Joins Haber Weitzman ads to calls for debates Great Neck, NY – Last evening candidate for Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman joined Adam Haber in calling for debates. Piggybacking off of Haber’s “Ducking Debates” initiative, Weitzman joined a growing chorus of Democrats demanding debates between the candidates on important issues. “I welcome Howard in calling for debates. Voters deserve to hear from the candidates asking for their votes,” said Democrat Adam Haber. “This is more evidence that debate ducking simply won’t be tolerated by voters.”

ference to highlight Suozzi’s debate ducking. Last evening Weitzman joined Haber in calling for debates in a mass email titled “Take Action: Maragos Ducking Debates.” “We hear time and time again from voters, ‘When are you going to have debates?’ I keep responding that I’ll debate Tom Suozzi anywhere, anytime,” said Haber. “Why is Suozzi afraid to debate? What is Suozzi trying to hide – patronage, hiking taxes 23%, or is he simply embarrassed about his past debate performance?” The full email from Weitzman is available here. “I’m glad that Howard is onboard with debating, I just hope Tom read this email from his slate candidate running mate, Howard, where he calls for debates.”

“As the race continues to tighten Tom seems to be busy trying to duck and cover from any calls to debate. With his busy law practice helping corporations hurt Nassau families and ducking debates maybe he missed the email from Howard,” said Haber. “Just to be safe, I forwarded it this morning.” BACKGROUND On August 1, Democrat Adam Haber called out Tom Suozzi for ducking debates. At a press conference held in Haber for Nassau Headquarters in Freeport, Haber announced the launch of SuozziDebateDuck.com and handed out rubber ducks to highlight Suozzi’s debate ducking. The website SuozziDebateDuck.com and the Twitter handle @DebateDuck are tools to help keep voters and the press informed about Suozzi’s hypocrisy for previously demanding debates and now ducking them. Haber previously noted that, “Debating the issues is standard for candidates from dogcatcher up to President. Voters deserve to have debates where the candidates answer the questions of the community and the press. Why does Tom think he’s too good to debate?” On February 27 Haber challenged Suozzi to 18 debates across the county – three per month and one week for Suozzi to rest. With only five weeks left till the Democratic Primary, voters deserve to hear from the candidates. Debate Duck Hypocrite Timeline In his first run for County Executive, Suozzi challenged Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to ten debates in 2001. The New York Times captured Suozzi’s sentiment noting that DiNapoli, “was afraid to commit.” In March of that year, Newsday reported the big talk from Suozzi who said, ”I will debate him anytime, anywhere. I don’t know what he’s afraid 
of.” When Suozzi was losing his race for Governor in 2006 Suozzi criticized competitor Eliot Spitzer for turning down three debates, boasting, “New Yorkers deserve better from the candidates.” Hiding in Office In Suozzi’s 2009 loss to Ed Mangano, Suozzi appeared only twice in debates with his opponent. Taking Voters for Granted Suozzi has already admitted to taking Nassau families for granted in his failed 2009 bid for Nassau County Executive and he is ignoring them again. Nassau families deserve better than a Debate Ducker who is afraid to discuss the issues and the record.

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Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, members of the Nassau County Legislature and Hempstead Town Board, hosted a press conference at the Coliseum unveiling the plans for the site. Developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City Ratner, the company chosen to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum, which will be reborn as the Nassau Events Center, unveiled drawings for the reconstruction. The development will be a partnership between the Barclay Center, Blumfield Development, Shop Architects, Live Nation, Roc Nation, Legends Hospitality, and Guggenheim Financial Services. The project is slated to begin in June 2015 with a planned completion in 2017.

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Summer Splash Chuk Fowler and Paul Ramsey of High Energy hosted a “Summer Splash” jazz performance at the African American Museum in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby enjoyed their performance and the fabulous dinner catered by Barbara Peters Smith. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Labor Day is fast approaching, and for many of us, the holiday represents the last chance to take a vacation or visit family out of state. Nassau County is situated in a convenient location; it’s not too far from a number of beautiful destinations, such as the beaches of New England, the mountains of Upstate New York, or the historic towns of southern coastal states like Virginia and North Carolina. If you do plan to travel this upcoming holiday weekend, there are several preparations you should take to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Before you leave for your trip, you should make arrangements at home, especially if you plan to be gone for a while. First and foremost, tell friends or family members where you are going and provide them with contact information beyond just a cell phone number — you can never be certain that you’ll have cell phone reception in a new city or state. It’s important that people can easily contact you should something arise back home. Make sure to put a stop on any regular deliveries to your house, including newspapers. If necessary, make arrangements for someone to take care of your pets. It’s also a good idea to ask a friendly neighbor to keep an eye on your house or apartment while you’re away. Proper preparation for a trip can make the difference between having a wonderful time or a terrible one. When packing, remember to check the weather forecast for your destination to ensure you pack appropriate clothing. And don’t pack too heavy; most articles of clothing can be worn twice on extended trips. Research your destination thoroughly before leaving. Find out what some of the popular activities of the location are, and which areas are best to avoid. Learn about public transportation options in the city or town you’re visiting. It’s also a good idea to visit a doctor before a trip to make sure you are healthy enough for travel. Once you are at your location, common sense decisions will ensure a successful vacation. Travel in groups whenever possible, avoid areas you don’t know anything about, and treat locals with the same respect you give your neighbors. Be extra careful with your money. If you are wary about using your credit card in an unfamiliar place (and occasionally, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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your bank may stop your credit card if a banker grows suspicious about the card being used in an odd locale), consider purchasing a Visa or American Express gift card. These will work at almost all locations that accept credit cards, and won’t divulge your personal information. Don’t keep spare cash all in one place. That way, in the unfortunate instance that you lose something or are robbed, you won’t lose all your travel funds. Labor Day is a holiday created to giving the working person a break. Residents of Hempstead Village work hard all year; we deserve a short break each year to relax. Whether you spend the last days of summer at a vacation destination or locally, I wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable time. Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

Legislator Abrahams         Invites Residents to             Upcoming Tax Exemption  Workshops Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) invites residents of the 1st Legislative District to attend the Department of Assessment’s Property Tax Exemption Workshops. If you live in and are the owner of a home, condominium or cooperative apartment, you may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year. Nassau County offers two types of School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemptions: Basic and Enhanced. Basic STAR is reserved for residents who own and live in their own home, condominium or cooperative apartment with an annual household income of $500,000 or less. Enhanced Star is reserved for senior citizens aged 65 years or older with annual incomes of $81,900 or less. NYS has increased the Enhanced STAR household earnings cap from $79,050 to $81,900. Find out if you are eligible for savings on your property taxes through these and other exemptions: Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability and Home Improvement. Equipped with specially configured computers linked to the County’s database, the County Assessor’s staff will process property tax exemption applications on-site at various locations on the following dates within or near the 1st Legislative District:

 Friday, July 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Avenue  Tuesday, September 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue  Friday, September 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Public Library, 27 West Fulton Avenue  Tuesday, October 15 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Court  Friday, October 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue For additional information, and for what forms to bring to the workshops, please call Legislator Abraham's office at (516) 571-6201. Please visit www.mynassauproperty.com for scheduling updates.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION UPCOMING EVENTS ON LONG ISLAND & QUEENS September 22, 2013

Long Island Heart Walk - The American Heart Association’s Long Island Heart Walk will take place at Jones Beach, Field 5. Registration and Health Fair begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9104 or visit www.longislandheartwalk.org

Heart Association at nassaucountynyheartball.

Designer Show House – Opening Night Cocktail Party and Private House Tour - Glen Cove, Friday, October 25th. House Tours run from October 26th to December 1st. www.americanheartshowhouse.com

February 7, 2014

National Wear Red Day - On the first Friday in February, women across Long Island and Queens as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media and teachers, will be wearing red to focus attention on the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease. Wear something red… a red dress, a red tie, a red jacket, a red scarf, a red hat, a red blouse or a red shirt…and your Go Red For Women “red dress” pin. Go Red For Women! For more information on how you can participate in National Wear Red Day, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9111.

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Long Island Go Red For Women Luncheon – A Luncheon dedicated to expanding the focus of our national movement, Go Red for Women and teaching women to love their hearts. The luncheon has a strong educational component seeking to increase public awareness of cardiovascular disease and risk factors particularly as they apply to women. This year’s Luncheon will take place at the Crest Hollow Country. For more information, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9131 or www.heart.org/ longislandnygoredluncheon Red Dress Dinner- The event will include a sit down dinner, DJ, Chinese auction, raffles and of course our annual group picture. Bring your mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend or co-worker and have a great time while showing the women in your life you care about their heart health. Sea Star Ballroom at the LI Aquarium and Convention Center, Riverhead, NY 7:00pm - 11:00pm www.heart.org/reddressdinner or contact Roseanne Goodman at 516-450-9162 36th Annual Current Cardiovascular Modalities: Heart and Stroke Conference - This professional education conference for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners caring for heart and stroke patients across the continuum of care will be held at the Melville Marriott in Melville, NY. Topics this year will include Stroke and Cardiac Arrest: Compare Best Practices: EMS High Fidelity; Correctly Identifying STEMI Patients in the Field; Obesity; A-Fib: New Imaging Techniques; Telemedicine and Stroke; Latest Information: MI in Women; From the Other Side of the Bed: Survivor; Depression in the Elderly with Chronic Cardiac Disease; and Panel presentation: Transition of Care for Heart Failure Patients. For additional information please call the American Heart Association at 516-450-9107 and for information about all of the professional education programs in the northeast click on: www.heart.org/ NortheastConferences.

April 2014 TBD

Queens Go Red for Women Dinner– This annual Queens event will bring together a diverse group of Queen's top business and community leaders. The dinner program will include an educational panel discussion, networking, auction and raffle. For more information, tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9131

May 2, 2014

51st Annual Long Island Heart Ball–The Heart Ball and Auction is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership. The evening will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction which will offer a bountiful assortment of generously donated items. Event will be held at the Cradle of Aviation, Garden City, NY. For more information, tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Michele Gervat of the American

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Heart Ride 2014 – Heart Ride is a unique cycling experience and fundraising program to support the American Heart Association. The AHA will train you to participate in a 27-mile, 59-mile or 100mile bike through the Hamptons. If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2014 Heart Ride Team, visit www.AmericanHeartRide.org.

May 18, 2014

5th Annual Healing Heart 5K Run – Location TBD Race Time: 10 a.m. For more information contact Barbara.Poliwoda@heart.org or register online at www.healingheart5k.org

June 16, 2013

26th Annual American Heart Association Golf Classic – A Joel Hamroff Memorial Tribute

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The Golf Classic at the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho is an excellent networking opportunity while promoting exercise and physical activity. For more information, call Michele Gervat at 516-4509129. June 28, 2013

18th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball - held at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., is a festive, social gathering with cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. As always, the Heart of the Hamptons Ball highlights amazing auction items for everyone to bid on. For more information please call Barbara Poliwoda, Regional Director 631-734-2804 or www.heart.org/ heartofthehamptonsball

Ongoing

Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) is the premier hospital-based quality improvement program for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. By working directly with area hospitals, we help empower healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-todate guidelines. For information visit www.heart.org/quality

Ongoing

Power To End Stroke - Power To End Stroke is the American Stroke Association’s awareness campaign targeted to blacks who have twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared to whites, and many don’t know that they are at risk. Visit www.strokeassociation.org for more information.

Ongoing

Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart - are exercise, educational community service based programs. Children learn skills and the benefits of cardiovascular exercise while raising money for the American Heart Association. Students earn gifts and their schools can earn US Games gift certificates for needed equipment. Help promote wellness in your school by joining the American Heart Association and participating in our school based programs. For more information visit www.heart.org.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ americanheartnewyork and Twitter @HeartLongIsland

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Kickstarter co-founder defends Spike Lee and his new model for moviemaking Whether or not you agree with Spike Lee and other celebrities using Kickstarter, they’re doing it and they’re making bank, so perhaps it’s time for everyone else to follow suit. In the past year, Kickstarter cannonballed into Hollywood, becoming a high profile, valuable new source of fundraising for film projects, and what some are calling the way to “save the movie business.” Lee’s of course capitalizing on it; Lady Gaga just got naked for a new campaign; Zach Braff, the producers behind Veronica Mars, actor Shemar Moore, even prolific author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis, they’re all cashing

small. “Ultimately, what you’re building is this economy of people doing things the way they want to do it,” Strickler adds. “It’s completely selfdetermined. Projects from these established names or established artists are helping further that…Spike Lee has three decades of fans that he’s bringing to Kickstarter, and they’re going to see a lot of stuff. Long term, that is defi-

in too. To techies, the crowdfunding resource is old news, but as co-founder Yancey Strickler tells theGrio, the well of good fortune has only barely been tapped. “If you’re in certain circles, Kickstarter seems like a very old hat,” Strickler comments. “Four and a half million people have backed a Kickstarter project, which is an amazing number. To think, that many people have been down to support somebody else’s creativity is just awesome. It gives you faith in the community…To look at it another way though, that is a [small] percentage of the people on Facebook.” From this latter perspective, Strickler seconds Lee’s notion that famous artists and their projects are bringing new faces and pockets to the platform, and likely attributing to the success of smaller artists. He stresses it was created for every artist’s use, big or

nitely to the benefit of the film community.” A new business model: the sort-of investment While Kickstarter has certainly been making a splash in the movie world, the platform serves other artists too. Established in 2009, Kickstarter offers creators an alternative source of financial support for their endeavors, allowing them a chance to receive money from contributors they know as well as strangers. It falls somewhere between arts patronage, commerce and investment, and millions of dollars have been raised in the four years that have passed.

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ASK LISA-ANNE When Should I Let My Teen Drive? Q. My son will be 16 soon and wants to learn to drive.

I’m scared to let him drive so young when I hear about so many accidents lately. When should I let him learn to drive and how do I know if he is ready?

A. Most parents worry about their teens driving and whether they are ready. Teens are a high risk group of drivers! It is so sad to hear about teens that lost their lives while driving due to careless mistakes. Every child is different and parents should be very serious about when, how much, with whom and at what age their teen can drive. If a teen has a learning disability that affects their maturity level and attention span like ADHD or autism, he/she should not drive until age 19 or older research shows! If teens do drugs or alcohol their chances of having an accident increase significantly! According to the Wall Street Journal article September, 2008, in the past decade, almost all states have adopted graduated licensing requirements that impose staged limits on new drivers; these restrictions have helped sharply reduce teen highway fatalities, says the study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in Arlington, Va. But in most places, teens are still allowed to start driving at 16 or even younger. Given that motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for 13- to 19-year olds, “Raising the licensing age is a logical next step!” the institute says. The report notes that in Connecticut, for example, where the minimum driving age is 161/2, raising the age to 17 could reduce fatal crashes among 16and 17-year-olds by an estimated 66%. Parents May Have to Take Matters into Their Own Hands! Regardless, of what your state says, parents have to take charge and make the hard decisions about when their teen can drive. Some feel “there is no reason good enough to allow your child to operate a motor vehicle that has been shown to be beyond the emotional and decision-making abilities of young drivers. Parents who delude themselves into thinking that their child is exceptional can quite often be seen kneeling next to a grave at the local cemetery. There is no reason good enough to allow children to endanger themselves and others on the road. There just isn’t. Every single day young drivers crash and injure and kill people. They do so at an alarming rate and for a variety of reasons, but it all comes back to their innate immaturity.” Other parents feel that their teen is mature enough and like the freedom of not having to drive them everywhere. Parents must realize however, that many teen accidents have nothing to do with maturity but rather driver experience! Also remember teens notoriously think that they are invincible. Things Parents Must Consider! 1. Does your child fully understand the rules of the road? Many teens pass the written test given at the DMV but do they really know all of the rules? There’s only one way to know and that is to let them drive you around locally and on the highways. 2. Does your child obey the rules in your home for the most part? Teens who generally obey their parents’ rules even if they don’t agree with them, are more likely to have respect for the rules of the road. 3. Is your teen responsible? Does your teen follow through on his/her obligations? Can you depend on him to do his chores? Is he doing well in school? Does she have a part time job? Teens with responsibilities tend to be more mature and responsible. 4. Are your teen’s friends mature and responsible? Even the most responsible child can get caught up in the ‘mob’ mentality and make silly mistakes on the road. 5. Does your teen understand the ‘mistakes’ others make while driving that cause accidents? Your teen must understand that texting, changing CD’s, talking on his cell phone, looking for something, eating, putting on make-up, talking loudly with friends in the car, loud music, using drugs or alcohol, having sex while driving, being tired and sleepy, having too many people in the car and not paying attention can all cause fatal accidents for them and others! 6. Does your teen deserve to drive? Any teen who is causing discipline problems and is totally disrespectful to his/her parents does not deserve to drive! Period! 7. Does your teen do drugs or alcohol or do you suspect that he/she does? Never allow a teen whom you even suspect of using drugs or alcohol to drive! 8. Restrict which teens your child can drive with! If your teen has friends whom you don’t trust, forbid them to drive with them.

What can parents do? Monitoring Systems Improve Teen Driving Safety Teenagers feel that driving monitoring systems are an invasion of their privacy. To an extent, they are. A monitoring system will alert you of any reckless driving on their part. A driving monitoring system will tell you if they have been driving at excessive speeds. These are all things that your teenager would like to keep private. Reckless driving and speeding are illegal and extremely unsafe. Sacrificing your child's privacy in this case is a much better option than allowing them to participate in activities that NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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place their own and other children's lives at risk. If you can monitor your teen driver, you will be able to know for certain that they are driving as they should. If you are a parent considering the purchase of a monitoring system, think back to when you were a teenager. Did you ever drive recklessly? Did you ever find yourself in a driving situation that was unsafe due to your lack of experience behind the wheel? Did you lose any friends in your teenage years to reckless driving? Many people answer yes to all three of those questions. A phenomenal percentage of teen drivers will drive recklessly at some period in their teenage years. For some of them, a near miss or sadly, the loss of a friend to an automobile accident serves as a wake up call. It is their lack of driving and life experience that makes "teenage drivers" so dangerous. Many teenage drivers are overcome with the excitement of getting their driver's license. They need to drive to gain practical experience in handling an automobile. At the same time, they need to be restricted in the types of driving that they are allowed to engage in. If you monitor teen drivers, you can reduce the level of danger that they are likely to find themselves in when they drive. Speed Governor Systems Speed governor systems are considered by some to be an alternative to a driving monitoring system. They can be extremely useful in conjunction with a monitoring system but they are not an alternative. A speed governor acts by limiting the maximum speed at which a vehicle can travel. The trouble is that it is unwise to set a speed governor to the speed limit. What speed limit are you going to set it to? Some roads have higher speed limits than others. The speed that a vehicle would travel on a highway is extremely unsafe for suburban roads. A speed governor is effective for limiting the maximum speed of a vehicle but it will not eliminate speeding. Consider it, instead, as another tool at your disposal to keep your teenager from driving dangerously. A monitoring system is far more useful in controlling their driving activities within city limits. Enforcing Driving Discipline While a driving monitor will be able to inform you if your children are driving dangerously, you will still need to enforce some driving discipline. A lot of parents struggle to think of ways to enforce a safe driving policy within their household. The issue might be complicated if your teenager owns their own car. They might be unwilling to accept the installation of a driving monitor. This is why a lot of parents who are concerned about their children's driving allow them to use the family car or, in some situations, even buy a car for use by their children. However, parents can insist on the installation because teens are still minors and should adhere to your rules! Use of the Family Car Allowing your teenage driver to use the family car is an excellent way to ensure they are driving safely. It is decidedly more difficult to monitor teen drivers in their own cars. If the car belongs to you, they do not have any input into the technology that you install in the car. A car is a significant expense to an adult, let alone a teenager. By purchasing the first vehicle that they drive, you ensure not only that you are able to monitor their driving habits but also that they are in a vehicle that is safe. Your teenager will be reluctant to purchase a vehicle if there is one that they can use for free. Be a Good Example to Your Teenage Driver Beyond the purchase of a driving monitor, there are a few other things that can be done to encourage safer driving practices. The first and most important thing that you can do is to lead a good example. Be a model of safe driving. Speeding when your teenager is in the car with you will only lead them to think that it is acceptable. Talk to your teenager about safe driving. Share with them some of your own experiences relating to the dangers of reckless driving. Be honest as they will appreciate your honesty. Drivers learn invaluable skills in their teenage years. The goal is not to keep your teenager out of the car but to get them in it safely. Finally, check the car periodically for signs of reckless driving. Small dents and scratches, rapid wear on the tires, or tires with flat spots are all key indicators of dangerous driving. If you have decided that a driving monitor is necessary for your teenager, tell them that you have installed it and why you have installed it. They do not have to be happy with your decision. One day, they will understand. Monitor teen drivers and educate them on the benefits of driving safely. This will allow you to take comfort in the fact that you have done everything that you can to keep them safe on the roads. A multifaceted approach to teen driving safety [http://www.carcheckup.com/teen-driving/ teen-driving-safety.html] combined with an electronic driving monitor can help to give you peace of mind. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/921264 Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two 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! Thought From Nicholas and They S S Say I'm a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD available by contacting her. 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Freeport High School Summer Graduation Honors Perseverance and Achievement Twenty-seven Freeport High School students were officially granted Class of 2013 graduate status in late August, the perfect reward for their continued hard work and perseverance during the summer months. The graduation, attended by family, friends and administrators, was held in the Freeport High School auditorium. “Today is the day you thought would never come, and one that you will never forget – today is your graduation day,” said Summer School Principal Gleni Pena. “You have persevered and you have achieved,” added Board of Education President Debra Mulé in her welcoming address. Alluding to the challenges presented to Freeport and its students in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy less than one year ago, Superintendent of School Dr. Kishore Kuncham said, “We face so many storms in life and repeated challenges and obstacles. Realize and appreciate every experience and opportunity and keep your life jacket of knowledge handy.” Dr. Kuncham, Ms. Mulé and High School Principal Linda Carter congratulated each student as Ms. Pena called them one by one by to receive their diplomas to the heartfelt applause of family and friends.

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McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities Announce 2013-2014 Scholarships For African American Students -- Scholarship awards will range from $2,000 to $8,000 per student -Nationwide -- Students across the country work hard to earn top marks, dreaming of the college they'll attend and the education they'll receive. Unfortunately, many of these students won't be able to afford it. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) want these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Since 1985, more than $48 million in scholarships have been awarded. There are four types of scholarship awards for 2013-2014: * RMHC/Scholars, which is open to all students; * RMHC/Asia, which is available for Asian-Pacific students; * RMHC/African American Future Achievers, available for African Americans; * and RMHC/Hacer; which is open to Hispanic/Latino students. For more details on how to apply, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/07/ronald-mcdonald-house-charities.html To search hundreds of other 2013/14 scholarships, visit: www.ScholarshipsOnline.org NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Nassau BOCES summer school offers savings to districts GARDEN CITY, N.Y., August 21, 2013 — For more than 20 years, the Nassau BOCES Regional Summer School program has been ensuring the success of Nassau County students by offering everything from credit recovery in core academics to arts and enrichment classes. Since its inception, the program has grown to serve more than 10,000 students in 30 schools across the county. The Regional Summer School allows districts the opportunity to offer classes for both credit and Regents recovery. This summer 23 districts participated in the Regional Summer School program, which offered 31 courses. Some schools offer more than one program, ranging from elementary to high school courses as well as extracurricular classes such as music. The online Regional Summer School program offers students the option to work from home, or to take courses in labs during the school day. Since last year, there has been in increase in students taking advantage of the courses offered through the Virtual School. This year, Nassau BOCES will also be instituting a Regional Scoring center as part of the summer school program. During the August Regent Exams this summer, district teachers will be brought together from across the county to score the regents. This will help to alleviate any discrepancies in scoring and to meet the new mandates by the State Department of Education. These “master graders” are skilled, experienced graders who will work in teams to grade exams for schools across the county. “Perhaps the most important function of the Regional Summer School program is to provide districts with services that, due to ongoing budget cuts, they cannot provide for themselves,” said Judith Hynes, the Nassau BOCES Regional Summer School principal. “By running their summer school programs through Nassau BOCES, districts not only receive state aid, they see substantial savings in administrative costs and salaries. Without Nassau BOCES, some districts would be unable to offer summer school at all.” About Nassau BOCES A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructure. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit www.nassauboces.org and like us at www.facebook.com/nassauboces. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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From left, James Francis Edwards, 15, Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and Michael Dewayne Jones, 17. Edwards and Luna were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player out for a jog in Oklahoma. Jones was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact and with firing a weapon.

2 teens charged with first-degree murder in ballplayer's killing in Oklahoma By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News Two teenagers were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a college baseball player out for a jog in Oklahoma — a crime that one teen said they carried out simply because they were bored, according to police. James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, and Chancey Allen Luna, 16, were charged with murder. A third teenager, Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact and with firing a weapon. All were charged as adults, according to the Stephens County District Attorney’s Office. The charges were unveiled at a hearing in Duncan, Okla. The ballplayer, Christopher Lane, was visiting the town, where his girlfriend lives, the police chief told The Associated Press. He passed a home where the teens were staying and was gunned down at random, the chief said. If convicted of first-degree murder, the suspects could face life in prison. “They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” the chief, Danny Ford, told the AP. “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’” Lane, 22, is from Australia but was in Oklahoma playing baseball. He was a rising senior at East Central University in Ada, Okla., a catcher who started 14 games and hit .250 for the Tigers this season, according to the school’s athletics website. Witnesses told Australian television that Lane staggered and colNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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lapsed on the road after he was shot in the back with a .22-caliber revolver on Friday afternoon. Lane’s father, Peter, said that the killing was “heartless, and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity.” “The fact that something that shouldn’t have happened has happened — it’s the fact that somebody we all love so much is not going to come home,” he said from Australia in video aired by KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. Lane's girlfriend, Sarah Harper, visited the street where he was gunned down. A memorial with flowers had sprung up. “I don’t really care what happens to them,” she said of the accused in an interview with 9 News of Australia. “I feel like if they don’t get what they deserve now and in the present, they will eternally. They’re just evil people.” Jennifer Luna, who identified herself as the mother of Chancey Luna, said her son should be punished if he was involved. In a tearful interview with reporters, she addressed the parents of the dead ballplayer: “I wouldn’t want to be in that position that they’re in right now. I’m always on my kids. I always tell them: If I lost y’all, I wouldn’t be able to live.” The autopsy on Lane was pending, the AP reported. The three teens are being held in individual cells at the Stephens County jail, Sheriff Wayne McKinney told NBC News. He said that there has been an escalation in major crimes committed by people under 18 in recent years in Stephens County, a rural ranching and farming community about an hour and a half outside Oklahoma City. Also in the jail are a teen accused of murdering his 16-year-old girlfriend and a man just over 18 accused of killing a store attendant, he said. “That is alarming that we’re seeing those type of crimes,” he said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think it’s unique. It’s something we’re starting to see nationwide.” The two teens charged with murder were being held without bail; the bail for Jones was set at $1 million. State Department spokesman Maria Harf on Tuesday told reporters the United States is "deeply saddened" to hear about the death of Australian Lane in Oklahoma. "This is clearly a tragic death and we extend our condolences to the family and the loved ones," Harf said. "We understand that local authorities are focused on bringing those responsible to justice. Clearly, we would support that." Jeff Black of NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report. PAGE 21


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‘He was willing to kill’: Georgia elementary school clerk recalls terrifying moments before she convinced gunman to surrender Antoinette Tuff said she convinced an armed Michael Brandon Hill, 20, to surrender after a brief gun battle inside the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Ga. The heroic bookkeeper said she stopped the gunman from going to a schoolyard filled with frightened children 'because I knew that if he got outside, he was going to start shooting the kids.' Antoinette Tuff convinced accused gunman Michael Brandon Hill to surrender at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. She said the 20-year-old Hill “was willing to kill” and that “he knew he was going to die.” A black-clad gunman who marched into a Georgia elementary school “was ready to die” before a brave school clerk convinced him to surrender to police. The suspect, Michael Brandon Hill, burst into the front office of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy near Atlanta and began barking orders to two staff members inside about 1 p.m. Tuesday, ABC World News reported. “I’m not playing,” the 20-year-old man allegedly said. “This is for real. This is not a show.” Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper for the Decatur school, told the news station that she was with one other staff member when Hill walked into the office with an AK-47 and other weapons. “He had a look on him that he was willing to kill,” Tuff recalled. The crazed gunman then told Tuff to call a local news station, WSBTV, because he wanted them to start filming as “police officers die.” “He was going to end his life and take all the cops and everybody with him,” Tuff said. “He said he didn’t have any reason to live and that he knew he was going to die.” During the call with the news station, Hill fired a warning shot. Once the call was over, Hill — who police suspect slipped past security by following an authorized visitor — started for a schoolyard filled with frightened children. “I called him back and kept talking to him, to keep him calm and stay inside with me,” the heroic Tuff said. “Because I knew that if he got outNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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side, he was going to start shooting the kids. He had already shot a round off in the office with me.” Cops suddenly arrived and Hill squeezed off at least six rounds at officers before they returned fire, shattering a glass window in the school office where Tuff and the other staff member were being held captive. That’s when Tuff tried to reason with the gunman and convince him to surrender. She talked about her divorce after 33 years of marriage, and the “roller coaster” of opening her own business. “I told him, ‘Okay, we all have situations in our lives,’” she recalled. “It was going to be okay. If I could recover, he could, too.” When she saw Hill was starting to absorb what she was telling him, she urged him to stop shooting. “I told him to put the guns down on the table, empty his pockets,” she said. After Hill piled a cache of weapons and ammunition onto the counter, Tuff told him to lay on the floor. “He put his hands behind his back and he said, ‘Tell them I’m on the floor,’” said Tuff, who then alerted the officers that Hill had given up. Hill was cuffed at the scene and later charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A court date was not immediately scheduled. Hill’s brother, Timothy Hill, told NBC News that his sibling “was bipolar and suffered from ADD.” Michael Hill was arrested in nearby Henry County in March for making terroristic threats, a felony, the news station reported Wednesday. Timothy Hill said the arrest stemmed from his brother threatening to kill him during an argument in December. Court records show that Hill pleaded guilty and was later sentenced to three years’ probation and anger management counseling, NBC reported. Michael Thurmond, superintendent of DeKalb County schools, lauded the school’s faculty and authorities who stayed calm and got all of the children out of the school unharmed. “It’s a blessed day, all of our children are safe,” Thurmond told reporters. “This was a highly professional response on the ground by DeKalb County employees assisted by law enforcement.” The elementary school, like many schools since the massacre of 26 people at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary, has security that requires visitors to be buzzed in through a set of double doors. “I took (my son) to school this morning and had to be buzzed in,” said Jonessia White, the mother of a kindergartner. “So, I’m wondering how the guy got into the door.” Investigators believe Hill walked in the school — where about 870 children are enrolled — by following an authorized visitor. “I don’t know how this could happen at this school,” said Jackie Zamora, 61, the grandmother of a 6-year-old boy who was inside the school during the tense standoff. “There’s so much security.” PAGE 23


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when we cannot walk down the street, drive down an interstate, go through an airport, or even enter into our own homes without being stopped merely because of the color of our skin. Training law enforcement officers how to more efficiently carry out the essential policing without avoid using this counter-productive procedure will not only help our nation’s criminal justice system at all levels, but it will trickle down to other groups as well, such as neighborhood watch organizations and citizens’ community groups, which often model themselves after their local police and which have taken on additional responsibilities in light of the budget cuts being faced by almost every locality and jurisdiction.

Send an E-Mail

To send an e-mail to your Senators, simply go to www.senate.gov, click on Senators, then click on Contacting Senators (by name or by state). This selection will also help you to identify who your two senators are. To send an e-mail to your Representative, go to www.house.gov, and click on “write your representative.” This will help you identify who your congressman is and how to contact him/her. Unfortunately, not all Members of Congress have email addresses. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTACT BOTH OF YOUR SENATORS! THE MESSAGE: We need this important legislation which takes concrete steps to put an end to the insidious practice of racial profiling by law enforcement at all levels.

The majority of law enforcement officers are hard working men and women, whose concern for the safety of those they are charged with protecting is often paramount, even when their own safety is on the line. However, if and when even one of their colleagues engages in racial profiling, whether it be conscious or subconscious, the trust of the entire community can be, and will be, lost. Law enforcement agents should not endorse or act upon stereotypes, attitudes, or beliefs that a person’s race, ethnicity, appearance, religious affiliation, or national origin increases that person’s general propensity to act unlawfully.

As I said earlier, I hope that you will be a co-sponsor of and support this legislation and that you will help address the very serious problem of racial profiling. Please let me know what you intend to do, and what I can do to help you in this fight. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

(sign and print your name and remember to include your address)

As painfully demonstrated over the past months, racial profiling is a serious problem in the United States, and can lead to deadly consequences.

It is difficult for our faith in the American judicial system not to be challenged when we cannot walk down the street, drive down an interstate, go through an airport, or even enter into our own homes without being stopped merely because of the color of our skin.

The “End Racial Profiling Act” not only clearly defines this insidious practice, but it also prohibits racial profiling and collects data to fully assess the extent of the problem. It also provides training and other incentives for states and local governments to actively pursue policies to eliminate it and the legislation punishes those in law enforcement who continue to use it. SAMPLE LETTER (date)

The Honorable ___________________________ United State Senate / House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20510 / 20515

RE: support for H.R. 2581 / S. 1038, The “End Racial Profiling Act”

Dear Senator / Representative ________________________________________;

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to support and be a cosponsor of H.R. 2581 / S. 1038, the “End Racial Profiling Act”. This important legislation takes concrete steps to put an end to the insidious practice of racial profiling at the federal, state and local levels.

As painfully demonstrated over the past months, racial profiling is a serious problem in the United States, and can lead to deadly consequences. It is difficult for our faith in the American judicial system not to be challenged NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Eagle Scout Matthew Bifulco An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Matthew Bifulco of Malverne Troop 24, at the Malverne Village Hall. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Matthew, his parents Rose & Gino Bifulco, and his brothers, Jonathan and Christopher who are also Eagle Scouts. Matthew’s Eagle Project was to assemble a team to collect canned and packaged food to be given to the needy at the St. Vincent de Paul Society pantry at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Malverne. Pictured : Malverne Trustee Michael Bailey,, Jonathan Bifulco,, Rose Bifulco,, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby,, Matthew Bifulco, , Gino Bifulco, , Christopher Bifulco, Mayor Patricia McDonald

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Nassau DA Rice, LI Advocates, Clergy, Civil Rights Groups and Formerly Incarcerated Young Writers Join Diverse Statewide Campaign in Calling for New York to Raise the Age Group calls for state to be smart on crime, highlights ineffectiveness of law that is out of step with every state except North Carolina and impact on public safety, Long Island youth Mineola, NY – This morning, a diverse coalition of stakeholders from across Long Island were joined by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on the steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court to highlight the damage that treating children as adults in the legal system has on public safety and youth, and called for New York to “Raise the Age.” New York is the only state other than North Carolina where all children 16 and older are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system, often ending up in adult jails and prisons. “Treating each and every teen offender as an adult criminal is an unconscionable disregard for basic brain science and what we know about adolescent development,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. “Automatically steering teens toward an adult justice system rather than redirecting them to law-abiding futures is a waste of our tax dollars and a drain on our law enforcement resources. The human, financial, and public safety costs of this archaic system are staggering, and I’m working with this diverse coalition to do something about it.” “Treating young teenagers, whose prefrontal cortex has not fully developed, as adults in the criminal justice system is shortsighted – it is counterproductive to public safety and the wellbeing of children,” said Ed Roldan, a retired New York City police NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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officer, current Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Long Island Latino Teachers Association member. “There’s no reason for New York to lag behind nearly every other state in our country. If we want to improve public safety, we need to be smart on crime, consider proactive practices, and venues that allow our children the opportunity to grow surrounded by positive role models and when they make negative decisions, as some will do, we need to stop treating them as adults in the legal system.” In highlighting the situation facing thousands of youth in Long Island every year, the group called on local state legislators to support bringing New York into line with the rest of the country in treating all children as children in the criminal justice system. “Herstory supports the Raise the Age Campaign, urging our lawmakers to treat 16 and 17 year olds in the criminal justice system as youth not as adults,” stated Serena Liguori, Herstory Writers Workshop advocacy and social justice program director. “Herstory supports young people, giving them the opportunity to recognize and take responsibility for their mistakes and then giving them a stronger chance to become productive members of our community.” Studies have found that young people transferred to the adult criminal justice system have approximately 34% more re-arrests for felony crimes than youth retained in the youth justice system. Around 80% of youth released from adult prisons reoffend, often going on to commit more serious crimes. Research shows that children react better to developmentally-appropriate interventions available in the youth justice system. “After all I have been through, I refuse to remain silent when more young people will be treated in a similarly inappropriate way as me and railroaded into a system that doesn’t serve them,” said Denise Irby, a formerly incarcerated resident of Long Island. “Children should face appropriate treatment for their mistakes, so they have the best chance to turn their lives around before it’s too late.” Irby and Anjie Wadlington both share the experience of being teenage girls in adult correctional facilities through Herstory’s writing workshops. Wadlington is now on full scholarship at Suffolk Community College, and Irby is applying to attend Queensboro College. (Continued on page 26)

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“We are excited to release the stories of our young people from the Long Island jails in our newest publication, ‘Taking Back Our Children,’ which is aimed at giving a face to the young people who find themselves in adult prisons and jails,” said Erika Duncan, founder and artistic director for Herstory Writers Workshop. “They deserve to be in programs that meet the unique needs of children.”

In 2005, I chose to run for public office for the first time in my life because I felt I had the energy and ideas to make a difference in a county I care so much about. Nearly two terms later, I’m proud to have kept my promises and to have helped the district attorney’s office become one of the most professional, independent and innovative prosecutor's offices in the nation. While our strides have been bold and our progress steady, I believe I have more to contribute to an office that we all rely upon to protect our families and to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy for a third term as Nassau County’s district attorney. Our work over the last two terms is something we can be proud of. our office has become a national leader in the fight against drunk and drugged-driving. We’ve cut plea-bargaining and toughened prosecutions of violent criminals and cyber predators. We’ve gone after corrupt officials who abuse the public’s trust and we've recovered millions of dollars of misused taxpayer money. Our community and school education programs have received widespread praise and our efforts to help rehabilitate non-violent offenders and reduce recidivism have put our office on the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement. We’ve done all this as non-political, independent prosecutors not guided by fear or favor, but instead by what’s right and what’s wrong. If you give me the opportunity to continue my public service as your district attorney, I can promise that you will get more of the same independence that has become the hallmark of our time in office. And you will always know where I stand on the issues. My top priorities for a third term are clear: I will to continue to crack down on violent and cyber crime. I will redouble investigative efforts targeting those who steal from taxpayers or abuse the public’s trust. I will help lead local and state reform of the juvenile justice system so that we can reduce recidivism and redirect nonviolent teen offenders to paths of prosperity. I will fight to get illegal guns off our streets and I will lobby Albany and Washington for sensible gun-control laws. I will continue to push for reforms that better safeguard the integrity of our criminal justice system. I need your help to make sure that the progress that has improved the safety of Nassau County families continues. If you share my belief in the importance of keeping the office in the hands of prosecutors who are committed to innovation and independence, then please take a moment to contribute to our campaign (link below), forward this email to your circle of contacts, or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter accounts using the links below. Additionally, our first event of 2013 is next Thursday, January 10 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. As a homicide prosecutor, as an assistant U.S. attorney, and as Nassau County’s district attorney, I have spent my entire life advocating for victims of crime and for reforms that make our criminal justice system more effective. I ask for your support so that we can build on our successes and continue to make Nassau County a safer, more prosperous place for us all. Sincerely, Kathleen Rice NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

In 2010 alone, there were 2,704 Long Island youth between the ages of 16 and 17 years old arrested. The overwhelming majority of those arrests (88.8%) were for non-violent offenses or misdemeanors. Statewide, the vast majority of arrests of 16 and 17-yearolds are for minor offenses – 75.3% are misdemeanors. “In almost any other state, I would have been treated as a child and placed somewhere with girls my own age and appropriate services, rather than with adults,” Wadlington said. “I know the negative impact of being a child in an adult jail and no more children should be placed in that situation.” The adult legal system fails to provide children with the effective interventions and services to which they are most responsive. Too often, this leads to them committing new crimes when they are released, and far more often than those kept within the youth justice system. Studies show that prosecuting children in the adult criminal justice system, even without incarceration in adult facilities, leads to worse outcomes for both youth and public safety. “Based on everything we are learning about children and how they are impacted by their treatment within our criminal justice system, it is clear that the age of criminal responsibility needs to be changed,” said Assemblyman Charles Lavine. “As a society, we must look to ourselves as to what makes sense based on the studies. Young adults, 16-17, should be given an opportunity to rehabilitate. Prison does not provide that chance.” “Our children are growing up in an inequitable society,” said Barbara Allan of Prison Families Anonymous. “They should face consequences when they do wrong, but placing them in the adult legal system and adult facilities is simply shortsighted. All children deserve a fair shot at rebuilding their lives. I know from personal experience how many roadblocks the adult system creates for young people.” Treating children in the adult legal system also places them in adult facilities where they are subject to being victimized by violence and denied the treatment to redirect them. Studies show that youth in adult prisons are twice as likely to report being beaten by staff, and 50% more likely to be attacked with a weapon than children placed in youth facilities. Young people are also 36 times more likely to commit suicide in an adult facility than in a juvenile facility. “Treating children as adults in the criminal justice system not only increases the likelihood that they will recidivate, it also places them in serious danger and is detrimental to their mental health,” said Senior Rev. Paul Johnson of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Shelter Rock. “We are here today as leaders from many sectors of Long Island’s communities to say enough is enough: no more criminalizing our children. They are sacred and our state must no longer treat them as disposable but give them the services they require.” Research into brain development underscores that adolescents are in fact children and that the human brain is not fully formed until the age of 25. As the cognitive skills of adolescents are developing, their behavior is often impulsive and they lack the ability to focus on the consequences of their behavior. The ongoing development of their brains also makes their behavior and character highly receptive to change, and they are more likely to grow out of negative or delinquent behavior. (Continued on page 27)

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“Adolescence is a stage of life and cannot be exclusively defined by chronological age,” said Dr. Ronald Feinstein of the American Academy of Pediatrics – New York State and Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “It is a period of rapid growth and development through which each individual uniquely progresses. This is why 16 and 17-year-olds are more receptive to age-appropriate interventions and punishment rather than an adult system ill-suited to meet their developmental needs.” “Nassau County, like the rest of New York State, recognizes that 16- and 17-year-olds lack the cognitive and emotional maturity needed to legally purchase alcohol; vote; get married; or even get a tattoo,” said Angelo Pinto, Raise the Age Campaign Manager at the Correctional Association of New York. “Yet, our state allows these same young people to be questioned by the police without parental consent, incarcerated alongside adults in adult jails and prisons, and permanently stigmatized with the mark of a criminal conviction. It is time to do what works for both young people and public safety: Treat youth like youth, and Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in New York.” For more information about the campaign, visit www.raisetheageny.com. Supporters of the statewide Raise the Age New York campaign include: Center for Community Alternatives | Children’s Defense Fund – New York | Citizen’s Committee for Children | Correctional Association of New York | Families Together in NYS | Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies | NAACP | Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy | Westchester Children’s Association | Youth Represent! | 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East | Association for Community Living, Inc. | Harry Belafonte | Bronx Christian Fellowship Church | Bronx Clergy Roundtable | Brooklyn Defender Services | Casa Rochester/Monroe County Inc. | Center for Popular Democracy | Coalition for Asian American Children and Families | Coalition for Hispanic Children and Families | Coalition for the Homeless | Community Connections for Youth | Community Service Society | Crossway Church | Dignity in Schools Campaign – New York | Equal Justice Initiative | Families Together in New York State | First Corinthian Baptist Church | Graham Windham | Herstory | Human Services Council | Lawyers for Children | Make the Road New York | National Economic and Social Rights Initiative | Neighborhood Family Services Coalition | New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, Inc. | New York Center for Juvenile Justice | New York Civil Liberties Union | New York Society for Ethical Culture | NYS American Academy of Pediatrics, District II | Partners in Restorative Initiatives | Pumphouse Projects | Teachers Unite | The Brotherhood/Sister Sol | The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) | The Children’s Agenda | The Children’s Aid Society | The Legal Aid Society | The New York Foundling | Tremont United Methodist Church | Unique People Services | Pastor Michael A. Walrond

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The site follows an all-or-nothing model of fundraising, where a creator only gets to keep contributions if he meets his goal. Kickstarter retains five percent of dollars from all successfully funded projects. So far, musicians, documentarians, and small business owners have utilized the site to finance their ideas, though games and movies see the greatest results. According to Strickler, 10 percent of the films at Sundance over the past three years have raised money on Kickstarter. Additionally, 100 theatrical releases and six Academy-Award-nominated films have been supported by the platform. Basically, it’s legit. “The impact on the world of film has been huge,” Strickler comments. “It provides total freedom for artists and audiences to support the culture they want to see created. It puts so much power in everybody’s hands.” Momentum in the African-American community Though Kickstarter doesn’t measure demographics, Quantcast found only 6 percent of its users are AfricanAmerican, compared to nine percent of overall Internet visitors. A story for VentureBeat points out that even though African-Americans have proven to be twice as likely to begin creative endeavors as Caucasians, businesses owned by whites exist at more than twice the rate of those owned by blacks. This is likely due to a lack of funding, as historically, black people have been discriminated against in terms of resources. Therefore, Kickstarter could serve as a viable new route of travel. Lee professes he’s doing his part by introducing “a lot of people of color who’ve never heard of Kickstarter, who’ve never made a pledge on Kickstarter.” In that respect, Strickler affirms that the attention of well-established names has been beneficial. “We did an analysis of the new backers who came into support Veronica Mars and Zach Braff projects, and in the three months since those projects have gone live, new backers of those projects have pledged $1 million dollars to 6,000 other projects,” he notes. “Any argument that these projects are hurting other filmmakers is completely false. There’s no evidence whatsoever to support that. In fact, the arguments saying that could be what’s hurting other filmmakers because it’s discouraging people from using this platform.” Furthermore, celebrity efforts establish new precedence, where all artists band together in one playing field. “It’s like someone wanting to use the same camera as Spike Lee because he’s a hero and revered independent filmmaker,” Strickler says. “It ultimately produces more art and introduces more people to other folks’ creativity, whether you’re established or a total newbie.” Other stars have spoken out about it too. Kerry Washington became the latest celebrity to show support of Lee with a new YouTube video released Wednesday. She describes how big names have helped the director in the past so now fans can have a chance. Lee’s campaign currently totals around $831,000. In an interview with Complex, Questlove states he’s supported both “the entitled” and “the struggler” on KickNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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starter, and like Washington, he believes the director practically invented the concept. “If I recall correctly, Spike Lee was actually selling white tube socks to fund She’s Gotta Have It,” the DJ remarks. “When he ran out of money for Malcolm X, he Kickstarted to Magic Johnson, Prince, Janet Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan. He asked all those individuals for a million dollars each. They gave it to him, no questions asked…I mostly Kickstarted films that I think are interesting, or at least documentaries that I would like to go see.” Art for art’s sake In a nutshell, that’s how Strickler describes Kickstarter’s purpose, and why he says the company will not be adding an equity component even when laws allow for it. Profiting goes against the core values of the site, Strickler feels. Instead, they intend to stay focused not on what a project will earn, but more simply, that it will be. “The goal is not to make money, the goal is to exist and say the things you want to say,” he explains. “The fact these things are looked at as a way to make money is the fact of their struggle in the first place.” Nevertheless, the most successful campaigns do provide donors with small valuables along the way: insights into the creative process; free downloads and other merchandise; or, in Lee’s case, personalized updates on the film. Ready to get Kickstarted? Among other effective projects, Kickstarter lists gadgets, clothing and accessories, books and food products. Fashion designers Flint & Tinder set out to raise $50,000 for production of their “10-Year Hoodie,” and ended up raking in over $1 million from about 9,000 backers. Equally impressive, musician Amanda Palmer posted a goal of $100,000 for her first studio album without a major record label, and raised over $1.1 million from 24,000 backers. Not everyone’s projects qualify, nonetheless. Kickstarter cannot be used for personal extravagance, wants or needs, or even humanitarian purposes. Otherwise, anything and anyone goes. “It takes a lot of work to make something that’s creative, and there are a lot of obstacles in your way,” Strickler says. “On Kickstarter, people are looking at it like, ‘Do I like this and want it to exist?’ It’s a much simpler question that allows a lot more things to happen.” “The same is true of Spike Lee,” he continues. “He is able to go directly to his audience and say, ‘Hey do you guys want to be part of me making a new movie?’ And everyone gets to say yes or no. They’re answering that based on whether they like Spike Lee’s movies or not, not some complex business-marketing projection of how it’s going to play for audiences in Shanghai. It’s a fundamentally different way of looking at art that says art doesn’t need any justification for its existence other than people just want to enjoy it.” Follow Courtney Garcia on Twitter at @CourtGarcia

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Many still unaware about upcoming Affordable Care Act LaTobia Avent is a healthy, young African-American female who has a bright future ahead of her. She is a graduate of North Carolina A&T and has finally landed a full-time job after a long search post-graduation. Avent, a 25year old resident of Greensboro, North Carolina, is all too familiar with the struggle of not having health insurance. She was dropped from her stepfather’s insurance after her parents divorced during her junior year of college and only recently became insured again. “Luckily, I only needed check ups in college but I got bronchitis one time and went to urgent care,” she said. “They charged me about $100 for a check up and my prescription. I didn’t have that kind of money as a full time student.” Avent was unaware of the Affordable Care Act and how it was crafted, in part, to help others in similar situations — that is, until her interview with theGrio. A new survey shows that Avent is one of millions of African-American youth between ages 19 and 29 that want health insurance, but are deterred by the cost and are unaware that the marketplace that will launch in October will present affordable health insurance options for them. Moreover, if some states choose not to expand Medicaid, millions of low-income young adults run the risk of remaining uninsured and paying a penalty. Affordability trumps invincibility The Commonwealth Fund did a survey of more than 3,000 young adults ages 19 to 29 in 2011 and 2013 about health insurance and their knowledge of the Affordable Care Act provisions. In spite of stereotypes about youth feeling like they don’t need health insurance, the survey found that the majority of young adults do indeed want health insurance. The report cites that when offered health insurance through an employer, 67 percent took the coverage. For those who declined, the primary reason was that they were already covered under a parent, spouse or partner. A small percentage of those surveyed (22 percent) stated that they couldn’t afford the premiums and only 5 percent said they didn’t need it. Among African-American young adults, 43 percent of the total surveyed in 2013 did not know that they could remain on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26 and only 32 percent actually remained on their parents’ plan. With the unemployment rate among African-American youth lingering at 20.9 percent, it is likely that lack of employment plays a large factor in the reason why African-American young adults are not insured. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The need for awareness Jonathan Hall is a 22-year-old African-American middle school English teacher in Washington, DC. In an interview with theGrio, the Savannah State University grad says he was excited about the Affordable Care Act when he heard about the benefits. Jonathan had a short lapse without insurance before gaining full time employment and it worried him. “You don’t realize how things affect you until it’s right there in your face. I never had to really deal with it until I was in between college and employment and then it was like ‘Oh my God’ I have no insurance. If something were to happen you realize that there will be medical bills and you could be in debt. It’s not the safest thing,” he said. Hall is among the minority of young adults that know the importance of obtaining health coverage before March 2014. The report showed that many young adults are still unfamiliar with the many details of the Affordable Care Act that can benefit them. Results from the survey showed that only 27 percent of the participants knew of the marketplace launch on October 1. And more specifically, among African-American youth, 78 percent had not heard about the new health insurance exchange for people without coverage. The Medicaid Factor Another critical factor in health policy reform is Medicaid. Millions of young adults in poverty may miss the opportunity to enroll in Medicaid because their state is not opting to expand Medicaid programs to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Some 25 states may not participate in the Medicaid expansion despite the expansion being fully funded by the federal government. If states choose not to expand, adults with incomes between 100 percent and 133 percent below poverty level will qualify for subsidized private health insurance through the new marketplace. However, most working adults with incomes below 100 percent of poverty will not qualify for Medicaid expansion or subsidized private plans, leaving them in health insurance limbo. Fortunately, according to the report, 82 percent of the 15 million young adults who were uninsured for a period during 2013 were in households that were eligible for subsidized private plans or Medicaid. In the upcoming weeks, outreach to young people about the marketplace will be critical. Their enrollment in health insurance provides a back up for worse case scenarios of life, saves them from thousands of dollars of medical debt, and protects them from paying penalties at tax time. On a larger scale, young adult premium payments keeps the overall costs of healthcare down as older, sicker participants continue to use benefits. Awareness and support are pivotal points to address. Candace Y.A. Montague is a health advocate and freelance writer PAGE 29


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Blacks less likely to get weight loss surgery: Is it cultural? Blacks are reportedly less likely to get bariatric surgery for weight loss than whites, although more blacks qualify, according to new numbers. Bariatric surgeries can include a range of procedures, ranging from having a portion of the stomach removed, to reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric sleeve, that result in effective weight loss. A study co-authored by Arch G. Mainous, III, PhD, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, shows that, ”Although blacks have a higher prevalence of obesity, it is unclear whether bariatric surgery has been appropriately utilized among this vulnerable population.” The study measured numbers gathered between 1999 and 2010. “Twenty-two per cent of black women and 11 per cent of black men were eligible for bariatric surgery, compared with 12 per cent of white women and eight per cent of white men,” states a report on the findings. “But twice as many eligible white women and men than black women and men received bariatric surgery.” Why don’t blacks get bariatric surgery? Roughly 50 percent of blacks and 30 percent of whites in America are classified as obese. Study co-authors theorize that whites receive the surgery more often in part because of discrepancies in health insurance coverage. Approximately 70 percent of white men and women studied possessed insurance, versus 50 percent of black women and men. About 70 percent of the black men and women who had received the procedure used insurance to pay for it. Still, access to health insurance only explained part of the discrepancy. Cultural and “racial” factors were mentioned as possible barriers to the weight loss treatment. The weight of black women in particular has been in the news in recent years, with a particular focus on a perception that African-American women are comfortable being overweight. Cultural factors as barriers The New York Times infamously published an essay that had originally been titled Why Black Women are Fat, before changing it to Black Women and Fat in response to the backlash over what many saw as a tasteless and condescending title. Yet, the article opens with the staNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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tistic, “[four] out of five black women are seriously overweight.” The author continues, “One out of four middle-aged black women has diabetes. With $174 billion a year spent on diabetes-related illness in America and obesity quickly overtaking smoking as a cause of cancer deaths, it is past time to try something new.” Essay author, bestselling AfricanAmerican novelist Alice Randall, explains that this “something new” involves a deep desire on the part of black women to lose weight. “What we need is a body-culture revolution in black America,” she writes. “Why? Because too many experts who are involved in the discussion of obesity don’t understand something crucial about black women and fat: many black women are fat because we want to be.” Randall’s shocking observation might shed light on why at least not as many African-American women who are eligible take advantage of bariatric surgery, as opposed to black men. The acceptance of and even desire to attain overweight status might just be one of many social factors that are in play, but study authors did not invest resources in plumbing what those mysterious reasons might be. Considering bariatric surgery In the meantime, African-American men and women may want to consider, if they or a loved one need this treatment, what may be stopping them from taking advantage of it. The possibilities engendered in the surgery, which can lead to the black community being more free of the ravages of obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes, are too important to take for granted. Currently black women and men suffer more than any other group from these illnesses. “In conclusion, a significant racial difference exists in the use of inpatient bariatric surgery among eligible adults,” the study authors state. “Considering the recent evidence showing immediate metabolic advantages to bariatric surgery and the exceptionally large proportion of black women who are obese, a more concerted effort to increase the use of this strategy among those refractory to standard weight loss strategies may be worthwhile.” In plain English, black women — and men, although that is a finer subtext — need to get on the ball and look into bariatric surgery if their BMI (Body Mass Index) exceeds an acceptable range, and normal weight loss means such as dieting and exercise have not been effective for you. If you need it, and you have access to the procedure, you can spare yourself or a loved one needless medical expenses, suffering, and even death. This is certainly a “body-culture revolution” worth embarking on. PAGE 30


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Life Changing Words Doing It by The Spirit Zechariah 4:6 KJV “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” When you think about the plans that you have for your life; are they really the same as what God has? We start out with plans that we desire and then we put it into effect. Trying to use our own strength and knowledge to do it. Thinking that our natural wisdom and knowledge will get us where we are trying to go. Surely there is nothing that we can do to change Gods plans for our life except to say “not my will but let Gods will be done in my life.” Many things that we do are according to our own will and desires and there is nothing wrong with it. We must take time out to plan and work on our lives but we must always realize that God is in control of the outcome. Everything that we do is subject to the living Gods approval. Even when we use our knowledge to advance our lifestyles and change our circumstances we still must understand that God is working in the midst of it all. Some things that we do are strictly subject to Gods Spirit of approval. In the midst of all that we do and accomplish in life there is still no question of who is in charge. Our accomplishments and goals that we obtained were strictly subject to the hand of God whether we were successful in it or not. God has situations, circumstances and goals for us that we just don’t have the ability to do, get out of or change but solely God will do it. We need him to intercede on our behalf and when He does it is done through our prayers, faith and His spirit. Let me try to explain it this way: Have you ever been in a situation or circumstance that you know that if God don’t do this for me it can’t be done. When you know that God has stepped in and performed a miracle in your life or given you something that you were not capable to obtain yourself. For surely you didn’t have the knowledge, the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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wisdom, or the connections but what you failed to realize is that you had the most important ingredient that anyone could have. You had God!!! So my word to you this week is there are some blessings in your life that are not coming by your might (strength), nor by your power (your authority or ability) by it is going to be done solely by the Spirit of the Living God. And when God does it nothing and no one has the ability to stop it, not even you….For He is truly “Doing it by the Spirit.” Prophetess Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. To inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org She is the Visionary and founder of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship.

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Overcome the “What If’s” TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and selfdiscipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria God’s desire is that we continually progress, that we reach higher heights and go to new levels in Him. Oftentimes, as soon as we make the decision to step out in faith and obey God, the enemy brings in fear to try to stop us. He’ll bring thoughts like, “What if you fail? What are other people going to think? You don’t have what it takes.” He’ll do his best to use fear to try to convince us to shrink back and stay where we are. The Bible says that fear is a spirit. It plays on our emotions and holds us back. But the good news is that we have power over the spirit of fear! The Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear. When we receive God’s perfect love, we will have confidence about the future because we know His plans are for our good. I’ve heard it said that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Understand that fear is a lie. Don’t buy the lie. Instead, choose to believe God’s Word and receive His love so that you can overcome fear and move forward into the blessings He has prepared for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for giving me power, love and a sound mind. I open my heart to You and receive Your perfect love. Fill me with Your confidence and assurance to embrace everything You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "Will more people go to heaven or to hell?" Answer: The question of whether there are more people in heaven or hell is answered by Jesus Himself in one succinct passage: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14). This passage tells us that only those who receive Jesus Christ and who believe in Him are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). As such, the gift of eternal life comes only

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through Jesus Christ to all those who believe. He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It’s not through Islam, Buddha, or other false gods of man’s making. It’s not for those wanting a cheap and easy way to heaven while continuing to live their own selfish and worldly lives on earth. Jesus only saves those who fully trust in Him as Savior (Acts 4:12). So, what are these two gates in Matthew 7:13-14? They are the entrance to two different “ways.” The wide gate leads to the broad way, or road. The small narrow gate leads to the way that is narrow. The narrow way is the way of the godly, and the broad way is the way of the ungodly. The broad way is the easy

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way. It is attractive and self-indulgent. It is permissive. It’s the inclusive way of the world, with few rules, few restrictions, and fewer requirements. Tolerance of sin is the norm where God's Word is not studied and His standards not followed. This way requires no spiritual maturity, no moral character, no commitment, and no sacrifice. It is the easy way of salvation following “the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). It is that broad way that “seems right to a man, but end is the way to death” (Proverbs 14:12). Those who preach a gospel of inclusiveness where “all ways lead to heaven” preach an utterly different gospel than the one Jesus preached. The gate of self-centeredness, self-absorption, and a proud, holier-than-thou mindset is the wide gate of the world that leads to hell, not the narrow gate which leads to eternal life. As a result, most people spend their lives following the masses who are on the broad road, doing what everyone else does and believing what everyone else believes. The narrow way is the hard way, the demanding way. It is the way of recognizing that you cannot save yourself and must depend on Jesus Christ alone to save you. It’s the way of selfdenial and the cross. The fact that few find God’s way implies that it is to be sought diligently. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). The point is this that no one will stumble into the kingdom or wanNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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der through the narrow gate by accident. Someone asked Jesus: "Lord, will those who are saved be few?” He replied, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:23-24). Many will seek to enter that narrow door, the door of salvation, but “will not be able.” They are unwilling to trust/rely on Jesus alone. They are unwilling to pay the price. It costs too much for them to give up the world. God’s gate is a gate through which one cannot carry the baggage of sin and self-will, nor can one carry the accoutrements of materialism. The way of Christ is the way of the cross, and the way of the cross is the way of self-denial. Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). Jesus knows that many will choose the wide gate and the broad way which leads to destruction and hell. Correspondingly, He said that only a few will choose the narrow gate. According to Matthew 7:13-14, there is no doubt that more will go to hell than to heaven. The question for you is, then, on which road are you?

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Houston pastor refuses to marry couple over bride’s dress A Houston pastor refused to marry a couple in his church, because he didn’t find the bride’s dress to be appropriate. Lisa Washington showed up to the storefront church she’d rented for her wedding ceremony in a nontraditional wedding gown — a cleavage baring white halter dress that skimmed her bottom. “I’m a unique person,” Washington told AmericanPreachers.com, explaining her risqué choice. “I chose this dress because it’s different than the traditional wedding gown you see at every wedding,” she said. “Where is the other half of the dress?” Unfortunately, the church’s pastor, Apostle Michael Canty, wasn’t impressed by her lack of convention. The family says that on the day of the wedding, the pastor saw the racy gown an hour before the wedding and asked Washington, “where is the other half of the dress?” The family thought the minister was joking. He was not. Thirty minutes later, the minister sent a church official back to the family to request that the bride cover her cleavage and add length to the dress. The bride, of course, was not able to alter the dress at the last minute, so the pastor refused to perform the ceremony. Relatives pleaded with him to change his mind to no avail. One family member, a minister, offered to perform the ceremony, an offer the pastor flatly refused. I offer my sympathy to the bride, who is undoubtedly mortified that her wedding did not take place as planned. However, she chose to be married in a church, and most churches have rules – unwritten or not—on what is appropriate attire for functions that take place in God’s house. Washington’s “gown” wasn’t an on-the-fence outfit, the likes of what gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary are sometimes criticized for wearing. It was in the vein of what Beyonce’ called a NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“freakum dress,” at it was way over the line for what a reasonable person would consider acceptable for a church event. I was raised as a church girl and I know that you show respect in the house of Lord. Whose fault is it? I don’t fault the pastor for upholding and enforcing the widelyunderstood standards of what is suitable for church. I do, however, find fault with the pastor for not providing Washington, who was not a church member, with a general list of rules for what is and is not acceptable in his church. Washington’s choice of attire for a church wedding leads to me to believe that, though she desired to be married in a church, she may not have spent a lot of or any time in one previously. What is appropriate for a church function is clearly not common knowledge and as the pastor allows non-members to rent the space and the pastor performs ceremonies for nonmembers, the onus is on him to make sure clients know what is and is not acceptable at the church. That’s doubly important as the pastor reserves the right to refuse to perform a ceremony because he doesn’t find the clothing acceptable. Miscommunication causes mayhem The pastor evidently did not cross his clichéd “t’s,” if the bride showed up to the church in club attire. Perhaps instead of devastating the couple and their family members, he could have offered the bride a robe, or cover-up of some kind to meet his desire to have her more covered and she could have been married. That would have been an happy-ish ending. Unfortunately, the poor communication on the pastor’s end and the absence of any negotiation despite not providing a list of rules led to a desolate couple and angry family members — who traveled to a wedding that didn’t happen. The pastor has his moral high ground, but at the time of AmericanPreachers.com’s story, the bride still didn’t have her groom. All because the pastor didn’t like a dress. Demetria L. Lucas is a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. Follow her on Twitter at @abelleinbk

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News from the LI Council of Churches SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED We have some school supplies in our Freeport Emergency Food Center but we are seeking school supplies for our clients who cannot afford to buy them for their children—and many schools require parents to furnish nearly all the supplies needed in classrooms. Do you have any extra of these in your home or office that you could donate? book bags composition books spiral notebooks loose-leaf paper binders rulers glue/glue sticks crayons/highlighters/markers pencils and erasers pencil cases calculators folders scissors white-out Donations can be dropped off in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868498O9), Hempstead (in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), and Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210). We’re open MondayFriday, 9:00 to 4:30 in Riverhead & Hempstead and 10 to 4 in Freeport—please call if you plan to come earlier or later. Thanks!

NEEDED IN OUR PANTRIES THIS WEEK: EMPTY BABY FOOD JARS Like many food pantries, those operated by the LICC always need donations of baby food, infant formula, and diapers. One local church found a great way to keep this need on people’s minds. They collected empty baby food jars, put a label on them that said something like, “Spare Change for Kids” and asked the congregation with pennies or other loose change to pay for food for children in need. We would love to do this at the LICC. If you know anyone with young children, could you ask them to save the empty jars for us? And, of course, we’d love to have unused formula, baby food, and diapers that their children no longer need, too. This might make a great project for your Sunday School, daycare program, or Scout troop-(maybe even an Eagle project. At our Freeport Emergency Food Center, we have fed more than 1000 more people this year than we did in the same period in 2012—particularly more children. Donations always slow down during the summer months, when many of our regular supporters are away on vacation. If you have been collecting food or shopping bags for us, this would be a great time to donate them. Donations of food, personal care items, small household goods, and shopping bags can be dropped off in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-498O9), Hempstead (in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), and Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210). Donations of summer clothing are welcome, too. We’re open Monday-Friday, 9:00 to 4:30 in Riverhead & Hempstead and 10 to 4 in Freeport—please call if you plan to come earlier or later. And, of course, monetary donations to support our emergency food centers would be greatly appreciated. These should be sent to the LICC at 1644 Denton Green,

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port@optonline.net or 516-868-4989. Previously Posted KNOW ANYONE WHO NEEDS LUNCH? We are receiving extra summer program lunches at our Hempstead office nearly every day. Do you know any family with children who would like some? Send them our way. They can come any day Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 4:00. We’re located on the second floor of Christ’s First Presbyterian Church, on the village green in the middle of Hempstead, opposite the library. SUFFOLK COUNTY NATIONAL BANK FOOD DRIVE THIS SUMMER Donations to emergency food pantries such as those operated by the LICC often decline during the summer—and the number of people seeking help often soars with school out, no funds anywhere for Emergency Food & Shelter Program assistance, etc. Suffolk County National Bank is doing a great thing for one of the regional food banks that provides essential support to food ministries such as ours. The bank is conducting a food drive all summer long to support Long Island Cares, Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Food drive collection boxes are located in all 32 branches of Suffolk County National Bank in Suffolk to accept donations of non-perishable food. To learn more about the great work done by our regions two major food banks, click here or visit “SHARE THE HARVEST” WEBSITE NOW LIVE This year’s “SHARE THE HARVEST: HELPING NEIGHBORS IN NEED” event will raise funds to support the LICC’s Emergency Food Centers and to help us alleviate the causes of hunger on Long Island. The event will take place on Thursday, October 3, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. This year’s theme is “Responding to Hunger and Its Causes.” Save this date for an evening of delicious cuisine, live music, and silent and live auctions. For more information, click here or visit www.liccharvest.com HAVE A BED OR SOFA TO DONATE? We have been receiving many requests in Riverhead for beds, sofas, and sofabeds. We do not have room to store these in our small building in Riverhead, but we have a wish-list to match those who have spare furniture with those who need it. If you have beds or sofas or other furniture on the East End that you would be willing to donate, please email liccriverhead@optonline.net or call 631-727-2210. We maintain a similar list in Nassau—if you have something to offer, please contact Yolanda Murray at liccmurray@yahoo.com or 516-565-0290. Thanks! HAVE A VAN TO DONATE? WANT TO HELP US BUY ONE? The van at our Riverhead pantry is also nearing the end of its life. Do you have one you might be willing to donate? Or can you help with occasionally picking up food donations and schlepping them to Riverhead? Or Freeport or Hempstead? Of course, it would be even better to have a new van. Want to contribute toward this? Please click here or visit http://www.liccdonate.org/collections/gmc-cargo-van To read Don Metznik’s blog about how essential a vehicle is in feeding our neighbors in need, click here. Or send a check to the LICC at 1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550 or call 516-565-0290 to charge a donation to your credit card. Donations of either cash or a vehicle are tax-deductible. OUR BUILDINGS, OUR BILLS, OUR MINISTRIES Our Fall Convocation will explore how to use our facilities to help individuals and families in our communities—and how to find new partners to pay for the maintenance of these buildings. The Convocation will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9:30 at 1st Baptist Church of Riverhead. This program helps congregations to use their facilities in ministry in their communities, tell their neighbors how they are doing this, and find new support for maintaining their buildingds. If you did not already give us your feedback at the Annual Meeting and would like to indicate your interest in this program, please fill out the form below and email it back to tomgoodhue@optonline.net or fax it to 516-565-0290 or snail-mail it to LICC, 1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550. Thanks!

Hempstead, NY 1150 Or call 516-565-0290 to charge your contribution to a credit card. You can also donate on-line through www.LICCDonate.org Thanks! MOLD EXPERTISE NEEDED The LICC’s Freeport Emergency Food Center, which is still feeding many Sandy survivors, has a leaky roof that our landlord, Nassau County will not repair. They reimburse only a small part of the work they asked us to do—their payment has decreased over the past three decades as the number of people they ask us to help has increased five-fold--so we cannot afford to spend a lot repair the building in which they have asked us to operate. We are concerned about mold growth in the area between the roof and the drop ceiling. Do you know anyone who has developed expertise in mold detection and treatment in the wake of Sandy who might take a look at our ceiling? If so, please contact Wally Merna at liccfreeNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Chris Paul elected president of NBA players union

MIDNIGHT MADNESS FOOTBALL IN ROOSEVELT There is just something very special about high school football. What other sport would have the players show up for a 12:00am Midnight Madness practice and not complain? That’s what the Roosevelt Rough Riders did on Monday, August 19th, the official start of practice for high school teams. “We wanted to do something special, something unique,” veteran head coach Joe Vito told Newsday. “We wanted to give the kids a positive experience and make it memorable for our golden anniversary.” The defending Nassau IV champions, the Rough Riders are very excited about the upcoming season and are the preseason No. 1 seed in the coaches’ poll. The team is led by running back Johnnie Akins and Stonybrook bound defensive end Raymond Jones. “We actually had about 50 people watch practice,” said Vito. “The kids were so excited I don’t think their feet touched the ground for the first 10 minutes of practice. We got good feedback from everyone, including our superintendent.” They also got a nice feature on News 12. “While everyone else is sleeping, we’re practicing,” Vito said. Roosevelt’s season kicks off at home when they host Valley Stream North on September 12 at 4:30. Hempstead High’s Tigers will also kick their season off Thursday, September 12 when they host Valley Stream Central at 4:30. The following week, on Sat., Sept. 21, Hempstead travels to Baldwin for a 1:30 contest. The rest of the teams the Tigers will face include Plainview JFK, Syosset, Freeport (Homecoming Day, October 12), Uniondale, Hicksville and Oceanside. The Tigers have not enjoyed a winning season in five years and are hoping to improve on last year’s record with good overall speed, a spread offense and lots of hard work and hustle….Det. Jackie Jones-Ford checked in with a Hempstead PAL update…The PAL will be holding winter registrations on Saturdays, September 21 and 28 at Kennedy Park, between 10am-1:00pm sharp. Kids age 6-12 can register for basketball and bowling. Ages 5 & up can sign up for karate while those 8 and up can sign up for an exciting ski trip. And the esteemed PAL Forensics in the Classroom program will now operate at the Academy Charter School for 5th and 6th graders….Det. Jones-Ford also wanted to do a special shout out to Brittany Denne Dukes of Hempstead who has been accepted into SUNY Stony Brook’s Pre Health Post Bachelor’s Certificate Program (medical). Jones-Ford notes that Brittany put in many hours of study time at Kennedy Park with tutorial help from Mr. Arthur Morrison. For over 20 years Morrison has quietly and patiently helped countless Hempstead students improve academically through his Kennedy Park based program. And he takes delight in seeing successes like Brittany’s because it makes all the hard work the student put in worth it. Brittany’s little brother participated in PAL basketball and her mom would occasionally assist the program. –B.J. Robinson B.J. Robinson is an educator, author and youth sports advocate. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Paul has already seemingly done the impossible by turning the long-languishing Los Angeles Clippers into a force in the Western Conference. Now he’s taken on another big task — rebuilding the reeling NBA players’ association. Paul was elected president of the players’ union Wednesday, replacing Derek Fisher and giving an organization cloaked in turmoil some much-needed star power at the top. The vote by NBA player representatives came six months after the union fired Billy Hunter as executive director, a position that remains vacant and follows about 18 months of in-fighting and drama that occurred during the negotiations for the latest collective bargaining agreement. Hunter countered with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May, accusing Fisher of conspiring with NBA officials during the 2011 lockout. “It’s not about me as president or the first vice president, it’s about the players as a whole,” Paul said in a conference call Wednesday night. One of Paul’s greatest gifts on the court is an ability to get everyone involved and make his teammates better. Now he’ll try to do the same thing with the union. After the lockout ended and the lawsuits started to take hold, there was a feeling among many players and observers that putting a big name in the big chair would help galvanize the group and get star players interested in participating again. That once was commonplace, with marquee players Bob Cousy, Oscar Robertson, Alex English and Isiah Thomas all serving as union presidents. But Paul, a six-time AllStar who is widely regarded as the best point guard in the league, is the first big star to hold the top spot since Patrick Ewing’s run ended in 2001. Role players Michael Curry, Antonio Davis and Fisher, who had been in charge since 2006, followed Ewing. “That wasn’t a requirement, but I think it gives us a little more oomph, I guess, having somebody like him wanting to step up and take on that role,” Charlotte Bobcats forward Anthony Tolliver said in a phone interview. “It means a lot.” Paul served as a vice president for the last four years, so he has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the union, and the trouble that engulfed it recently. “It was something I saw as a challenge, something I knew I’d be able to handle,” Paul said. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity, a lot of responsibility comes with this position but I’m very fortunate to have an outstanding of committee guys. The past couple of days have been outstanding, the dialogue we’ve had as an executive committee also with the players that have come in town, it was amazing.” The decision to appoint a new executive director to replace Hunter will come at a later date. “We definitely discussed (hiring an executive director), but there’s no rush,” Paul said. “For us, it’s all about getting our house in order and making sure that everything moves right in that direction.” In meetings at the Venetian Hotel, Roger Mason Jr. was elected first vice president. He replaced Jerry Stackhouse, who resigned from the office and is expected to take a position within the union. There are several issues that the league has been waiting to discuss with the union while they searched for new leadership, most notably the possible implementation of testing for HGH. Commissioner David Stern, who is retiring in February and handing the reins over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver, has said multiple times this summer that testing for HGH was a priority. “Chris is an All-Star player and person and we look forward to working with him,” Silver said in a statement. Tolliver, who has long been one of the most devoted player representatives in the league, and Steve Blake were elected vice presidents, filling the executive committee positions vacated by Paul and Mason. “This is not a position that’s about me or one person,” Paul said. “It’s about the collective group and the players and I think from my experience … it’s about growing the game and expanding our brand and continue to get our players involved as we can and make sure our voice is heard. The guys here just understand it’s our union, there’s no one person that is bigger than the group.” Paul said the union needed a “rebuild,” and he was looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and getting to work. Tolliver agreed, saying it was time for a “fresh start” after a messy time in the union’s history. “We want to make sure that nothing remotely close that has gone on in the union in the past 12 months or so will ever happen again,” Tolliver said. “It’s a huge job. It’s a huge responsibility. I’m glad to be a part of that.” Paul’s ascension could pave the way for more involvement from the biggest names in the game. LeBron James considered running for the job before deciding against it, and Paul is an All-NBA first team player who has been tight with James for years. “Since I’ve been in the NBA the superstars have come to a few meetings here and there, every once in a while, but not very often,” Tolliver said. “The fact that (James) even considered doing that lets me know that he’s going to be more involved in the future. … Especially him being the face of our game, we want to have him involved as much as possible. Not only him, we want all the guys that carry our brand to be a part of this.” PAGE 41


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Hello Sports Fans, August 26, – September 9, 2013 begins the U S Open (Tennis) and the WTA star Serena Williams will enter the tournament ranked number 1 in the world. Serena Williams is in the conversation that sports enthusiast debate when asked who is the greatest Women’s Tennis player of all time? Among active players, Serena has earned the most titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles of WTA competition. Serena’s great play of late has quietly made history as the oldest WTA number one ranked player and she appears to be getting better. Serena is the only female player to earn a “Career Golden Slam” which is achieved by winning in both singles and doubles. Her current personal record all-time is 31 Grand Slam titles which she ranks eighth all time and has achieved the rare accomplishment of holding four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously in 2002/2003. Since 2002, which was the year of her first title, she has regained the number one ranking 6 times. When on the court the WTA reports her earnings at $40 million, which puts her prize winning at number one in Tennis. In her time away from tennis, she is gaining notice in the fashion world with a flare for style and offering herself as the model of her creativity. Serena along with her sister Venus have ruled in American tennis since 1995 when Serena turned professional. The Williams sisters would typically face each other in WTA Championships that featured awesome athletic maneuvers and a fierce match that made the viewer forget they were sisters. The Williams sisters have inserted a buzz in the WTA that has offered the Tennis NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

world an American presence that informed a new audience of a sport that traditionally was frequent by wealthy viewers. The Williams sisters approach to learning the game of tennis started at home with their father Richard Williams who taught the girls at four years of age to play the game. Richard Williams spoke publically about how his daughters would one day rule the tennis world, and his predictions have come true. Tennis commentators have labeled Serena as a strong baseline player with a serve that tennis experts consider the greatest serve in the history of tennis. Serena has practiced and mastered the power game to a level of consistency that is a pleasure watch. However some expert commentators view Serena’s serve as the second most powerful in the history of the game, giving way only to her sister Venus. Both the Williams ladies clock serves in 128 mph range in the heat of a match of any WTA competition. In 2012 at the Wimbledon Championships Serena displayed a masterful performance and made history in England by hitting 102 aces, which was feat accomplished by Serena that reached the status of best ever in women and men competition. She has a volley that is also recognized as powerful with a timely placement of strikes that have earned the respect of her peers and adoration of the fans. Serena Williams has been an inspiration to tennis fans all over the world and has accepted her popularity with class and finesse that supporters of tennis have adored and admired all over the world.

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LEE DANIELS: I SAW SO MANY BLACK WOMEN AND KIDS AT AIDS CENTER I THOUGHT I WAS AT THE WELFARE OFFICE If it’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when one minority attempts to to marginalize another for the sake of their own personal cause and that is exactly what “The Butler” director Lee Daniels did in a recent interview with Larry King. In discussing his experience growing up gay and coming into his sexuality, Daniels made a very sharp left in what could have been a productive discussion. Apparently in a previous interview he had remarked that gay people are third class citizens and when asked to expound on this idea by King, Daniels threw this dagger: “I think they are prejudiced upon even from the African Americans too. I think that the reason we have AIDS…I did a movie called ‘Previous’ and when I was doing the research for ‘Precious,’ I walked into the gay mens health crisis center in New York City and I expected to see studying [of] AIDS and HIV, I expected to see a room full of gay men, but there are nothing but women that are there – black women with kids, I thought I had walked into the welfare office – but they service black women with AIDS, why? “Because black men can’t come out. Why? Because you simply can’t do it. Your family says it, your church says it, your teachers say it, your parents say it, your friends say it, your work says it. And so you’re living on this DL thing and you’re infecting black women.” And that has what to do with black women being on welfare? ONLINE EDITION

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Look, I won’t pretend to know the struggle of being a homosexual black male, or to be an expert on the bureaucracy AIDS research and treatment when it comes to the black community. However, if black women are getting services in a gay men’s clinic, that’s a systematic issue, not one that has to do with prejudice from the black community. Furthermore, a man’s inability to live his life freely as an openly homosexual male has no bearing, in my mind, on his inability to be sexually responsible. Being chastised for your sexual orientation is not an excuse to one, play with a woman’s heart and pretend to be heterosexual when you’re not, and two, sleep around indiscriminately, particularity when you’re aware that there may be these biases in sexual health care as it relates to gay men. And again I find myself asking what the hell does any of this have to do with black women being on welfare? I don’t think I’m too far off when I say there was just a slight, if not overt, element of bitterness to Daniels’ narrative which no doubt stems back to his childhood and being beat by his father for being gay. But that’s not black women’s fault, nor is it their fault they’ve found some place to be serviced for sexual health issues. There is equal responsibility to be had amongst black men and women women it comes to the rapid spread of AIDS and finger pointting and excusing just won’t cut it if we really want to stop this epidemic and neither will stereotyping. Being the double minority that he is, Daniels should know this more than anyone else.

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Lee Thompson Young from Disney’s ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’ dead at 29 of apparent suicide Lee Thompson Young, the actor who starred in Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson, has died, TMZ reports. He was 29. The young star was found dead Monday morning in an apparent suicide, his reps have confirmed. TMZ reports that Young’s body was discovered by his landlord who was asked to visit the star’s home after Young did not arrive on set today for his latest project, TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles. Young’s landlord visited the L.A. home after coworkers inquired about Young’s whereabouts. Upon entering the home, Young’s landlord found his body along with a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted, according to TMZ. “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning,” said longtime manager Jonathan Baruch. The actor is also known for roles in various other TV series, including Smallville, Scrubs and The Guardian. He played Chris Comer in 2004 film Friday Night Lights. “Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be ONLINE EDITION

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truly missed,” Baruch says. “We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time.” No further details on Young’s death have been provided at this time. MORE: Lee Thompson Young did not leave suicide note: Death of ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ star is ‘still a mystery,’ says source Production of TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles' has also been suspended for the week as investigators continue to find out why the actor committed suicide. LOS ANGELES — The production of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" has been suspended for the week as investigators hunt for the reason cast member Lee Thompson Young committed suicide. Young, 29, was found dead Monday in his North Hollywood apartment with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said. "It's still a mystery. Evidently he was a clean-cut kid who didn't use alcohol and had no reported drug problem," a law enforcement source told the Daily News Tuesday. The source said investigators recovered a gun at the scene but had not found a suicide note as of late Monday. "He was ill. You don't just do this," a close friend (Continued on page 8)

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Her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, POP, Jazz and Gospel became an instantaneous international sensation when she came forth with her first solo recording in 1992. Today, with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Born a preacher’s child and raised in a strict religious househol d, Braxton’s first professional experience was singing in the church choir. She went on to perform in a group with her four sisters (Traci, Trina, Towanda and Tamar) that was signed to Arista Records. Her talent was recognized by Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and soon her solo recording career was launched. Her music first came to widespread popularity on the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang.” The resulting Toni Braxton alONLINE EDITION

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bum sold ten million copies worldwide, spawning the classics “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again.” The album also resulted in her first two Grammys in 1993 as Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Another Sad Love Long” and another Grammy in the same category in 1994 for “Breathe Again.” In 1997 she garnered Grammys in Best R&B and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance categories.

The acclaim for her second album Secrets continued her mega success, selling over thirteen million copies in the US and abroad following its July 1996 release. “You’re Makin’ Me High” became her first across-the-board #1 pop and R&B hit single and garnered another Grammy for R&B vocal performance. Release of “Unbreak My Heart” followed in the fall of 1996 and was recognized with the coveted Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It has become her signature song, and ranks as the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist. The next album, The Heat, sold 2 million copies and brought her another million-selling single and best R&B Grammy with “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” Toni Braxton had successful runs on Broadway starring in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida.” In 2006, she headlined her own show, “Toni Braxton Revealed” at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The show which ran through April 2008, was a smash, but in the middle of the extended run she was diagONLINE EDITION

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nosed with micro vascular angina causing her to cancel the remaining dates. After a recovery period, she took time in 2008 to fulfill her big dream of appearing on the top-rated television series “Dancing with the Stars.” Today, Braxton balances the demands of her career with the high priorities of family, health and public service as she raises her two sons Denim and Diezel. Regarding her youngest child’s autism, Braxton is giving a message of hope that wasn’t quite the case for her a few years ago. “Today, Diezel is talking and attending a mainstream school. He still needs occupational therapy, but he is a wonderful example of what can happen with early detection and intervention.” In addition to being a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, Braxton also is active with the American Heart Association. Braxton was most recently diagnosed with Lupus. She announced her health struggle publicly as she accepted the Lupus LA award for “Women of Achievement“. Most recently, Braxton is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE network. Four episodes into Braxton Family Values' run, Rainbow Media’s WE tv renewed the reality series starring Toni Braxton and her sisters for a second season with a 19-episode order, up from the 10 episodes the network ordered for Season 1. Braxton Family Values, ranked as the #1 telecast for W18-34 and #3 for W25-54 during primetime among all ad-supported cable, when the show returned for its second season on Thursday, November 10 (9-10 pm). The series also ranked as the #1 show among African-American viewers during primetime for all key women and adult demographic deliveries, and #1 across all key women’s demos during primetime – W18-34, W18-49 and W25-54 – among all women’s networks. "Braxton Family Values' has struck a chord with our audiences - it's one of our most popular shows ever," WE TV prexy/g.m. Kim Martin said. PAGE 5


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‘Basketball Wives’: Season 5 premiere promises a skeptic’s redemption “You are human and you are going through hurt,” Shaunie O’Neal said as she clumsily attempted to comfort Tami Roman. O’Neal and Roman sat across from each other at O’Neil’s huge rented kitchen table during the Season five premiere of Basketball Wives, awkwardly holding hands and rubbing each other’s backs. It’s a touching scene we’ve probably seen duplicated many times in Lifetime Movies of the Week. Yet, you get the impression that this moment was more calculated than genuinely endearing. A female voice angelically serenaded us in the background with a tune worthy of Lilith Fair concert. Roman (who last year drew the ire of viewers for her constant bullying of biracial former cast mate Kesha Nichols), confessed through watery-eyes that she now realizes that she has rubbed people the wrong way. “But I am more conscious,” she said matter-of-factly. Self-conscious is probably more accurate. Throughout the season five premiere episode, we saw nothing but a reflection of events from the past. Although this season features an ensemble of five, last night’s episode focused primarily on the show’s three most controversial characters. We witnessed lots of crying and explaining. Evelyn Lozada spent the entire episode crying through raccoon eyes cre-

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(New York, NY—May 8, 2013) After 21 years of entertaining children around the globe, The Wiggles will introduce three new cast members including the first-ever female member, Emma Watkins as the Yellow Wiggle. Founding member Anthony Field, knows as the Blue Wiggle, rounds out this vibrant group with Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle). The “Taking Off!” worldwide tour will crisscross North America, hitting over thirty-five major cities between August and October in support of their new album of the same name (available May 7th on Razor & Tie). The Taking Off! DVD is slated for release later this summer, and a new television series will debut on Sprout in the fall. For a complete list of tour dates please see the schedule below or go to www.thewiggles.com. Always educational and entertaining, The Wiggles will be joined onstage by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for an extra wiggly good time. This marks the first time that North American audiences will get to meet the new line-up and hear new music, as well as sing along to their favorite hits which are all incorporated into their live show. Taking Off! features 21 new feet-stomping songs including the catchy soon-to-be favorite, “Do The Propeller!” as well as "Beep! Beep! Buckle Up!” "Emma (with the Bow in Her Hair)" and classics such as “Rock-A-Bye Your Bear” and “Get Ready to Wiggle.” ONLINE EDITION

ated from globs of runny mascara, while explaining – and then reexplaining, and just for posterity’s sake explaining again – how this last year has been pretty rough on her. First, the breakup of her marriage after a domestic violence incident involving Chad Ochocinco. And most tragically, the death of her brother-in-law. Roman cried while explaining her tough financial predicament and her mother’s illness. And O’Neal almost looked as if she was ready to cry because nobody bothered to notice, or even compliment, her new weave. I kid. O’Neal, however, was all about explaining why she had been largely silent during most of the series’ most controversial moments, even as she served as both cast member and producer. It’s clear that the spirited “wives” of the series are well aware of their image problem. Despite being wildly popular out of the huge selection of relationship-based reality shows geared to AfricanAmericans, the VH1-produced series has also been widely-criticized for the behavior of some of the show’s stars, particularly Roman and Lozada, with their penchant for physical assaults, bullying and verbal (Continued on page 14)

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who's known Young since he was a teenager told the Daily News . The friend said Young practiced Yoruba, a religious faith based predominantly in Nigeria and southern Benin, and that he took a trip to a Yoruba village with him mom several months ago for a "beautiful ceremony." "He was very close to his mother and sister," the friend said. "He had a great support network. He had his local priest and lots of good friends who were like family, including the 'Rizzoli' cast." The friend said a report linking Young's depression to his religion was "a gross mischaracterization."

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longtime manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor. He was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed," Baruch said. "We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends as this very difficult time." Young, originally from South Carolina, rose to fame in the leading role of the Disney Channel series

A better explanation, the friend said, is that Young was drawn to religion because he yearned for enlightenment and may have been "too sensitive" for this world. "He wouldn't even play characters that were bad. He was all about good," the friend said. Cops discovered Young's body after he missed a call time on the set of "Rizzoli & Isles" and police were called. The hit Boston police drama immediately halted production as news of his tragic passing spread. "They plan to remain dark for the rest of the week," a source close to the production told the News. The source said it was "too soon" to discuss how producers might move forward with scripts that include Young's cop character, Detective Barry Frost. "Everyone at 'Rizzoli & Isles' is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," TNT, Warner Bros. and executive producer Janet Tamaro said in a joint statement. "He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother," the statement said.

"The Famous Jett Jackson" and also portrayed running back Chris Comer in the 2004 movie "Friday Night Lights."

"We're all just in total shock," his mom, Velma Love, told The News Monday.

"Goodbye @Lee_T_Young," Bridges tweeted Monday. "I am shattered at your startling departure. It was an honor to work with you. Love and Prayers to your family."

The devastated mother was due to arrive in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon. "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life," his ONLINE EDITION

Actor Jordan Bridges, who plays Frankie Rizzoli, the onscreen brother of series co-star Angie Harmon, posted a final farewell on Twitter.

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abuse. In season three Roman viciously attacked Meeka Claxton, wife of former NBA star Speedy Claxton, on a trip to Italy. Despite being hit with a lawsuit for that incident, Roman was no more deterred from her bullying and in season four, found a new target in Nichols. Lozada, who has had continuous beefs, as well as slap down and drag out fights with just about every single cast mate (supporting, as well as the extras, too) since season one, quite literally soared to new heights when she threw bottles at Kenya Bell’s head and, later in the season, hopped over a table in a rage after her former best friend Jennifer Williams. In addition to the violence, the show was also heavily criticized for what many think are poor representations of black women, and as such, has inspired dozens of boycotts and petitions, demanding that the show be removed from VH1′s lineup.

‘The Butler’ backlash brings back memories of ‘Help’ hysterics Is The Butler destined to become a facsimile of The Help? As the latest civil rights era production gets ready to grace the big screen, the question is being raised with increasing frequency and, it should be noted, in a less than constructive fashion. The arguments deployed against The Help are now being aimed at Oprah Winfrey’s latest cinematic venture: namely, that the movie does a disservice to blacks everywhere, by making them appear subservient or diminished in the narrative. Recently, the actor Harry Lennix made a few headlines when he launched a blistering tirade against The Butler. Dismissing the movie as “historical porn,” Lennix’s criticism recalled the rhetorical spitballs critics lobbed at The Help just a couple of years ago.

Now after a long hiatus, we find ourselves reintroduced to the ladies on Monday night. Not only do they physically look better, including Roman — whose wet and wavy weave has come a long way since its haggled introduction in season two — but the ladies also want us to know that their spirits have evolved, too. In what could have been inspired only by Iyanla Vanzant, the stars of the show have taken this year to work on fixing their lives. As such, vows of new leaves turned and lesson learned were shared. Roman vows to work on her temper. O’Neal vows to be “more vocal.” And Lozada – well actually she didn’t promise to change anything. In fact she spent pretty much the first episode defending and explaining her past to anyone that would listen. Nevertheless, the three stars of the series want us to know that they intend to be on their best behavior. Intend – anyway. As O’Neal awkwardly hugged Roman, who has let down her shield enough to let some of that remorse seep through, she reminded her not to be too hard on herself. After all, she is human and going through hurt. It’s hard to say if we as the viewers should, or will, buy into the “I’m only human” defense. Only time – and ratings – will tell. However, as seen in the previews for the upcoming episodes, including a fist fight and a major confrontation between Roman and O’Neal, we might want to view that sentiment as only a disclaimer. Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.

‘Another one of those movies’ The overarching gripe about The Butler is that its central character, Cecil Gaines – played by Forest Whitaker – is portrayed as yet another docile, black hired hand. Sight unseen, detractors seem to conclude the film is “another one of those movies.” You know, the kind in which Hollywood delights in lavishing accolades on films where blacks are relegated to positions of inferiority. For those having come of age in an era where blacks occupy the pinnacles of power in politics, entertainment, sports and academia, it’s nigh inconceivable to imagine a time where the social status of many blacks reflected their history as descendants of slaves. Accustomed though we may be to the heroic figures associated with the Civil Rights movement – and for the record, there have been plenty of movies produced about those iconic men and women – films like The Butler underscore a plethora of stories yet to be told about ordinary men and women. For every Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm Shabbazz,

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The Game gets Trayvon Martin tattooed on his leg Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, tributes to the late teen have been coming in all different kinds of forms. There have been magazine covers, PSAs, artwork and massive demonstrations all highlighting his tragic death. The rapper The Game has decided to get a permanent reminder

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TIME MAGAZINE’s #1 Musical of the Year "Porgy and Bess is a glowing tribute to a phenomenal stage production that transcends time and race: polished, respectful and packed with the creme de la creme of Broadway talent." -BET The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has triumphantly returned to Broadway, in an electrifying new staging as timeless as ever presenting themes that reflect the cultural landscape of America, featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis, and twotime Tony nominee David Alan Grier. Experience the show TIME Magazine declares, "Exquisite, intimate and musically ravishing. A don't-miss theater event!" and The Associated Press calls,“A gorgeous version of The Gershwin Masterpiece!” “AN INDISPENSABLE TICKET! It’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald.” -The New York Times “AS RAPTUROUS AS EVER! Norm Lewis is a revelation.” -USA Today “A luscious piece of musical Theatre! David Alan Grier is terrific!” -Newsday GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE! Sunday through Friday performances: Orchestra & Front Mezz - $89(Reg. $139) Rear Mezz, Rows A to F - $69 (Reg. $87) Rear Mezz, Rows G & H $49 (Reg. $67) Saturday performances: Orchestra & Front Mezz - $99Reg. $139) Rear Mezz, Rows A to F - $69 (Reg. $87) Rear Mezz, Rows G & H $49 (Reg. $67) Three easy ways to get your discounted tickets: CALL 877-250-2929 and mention code: PBDWK Visit Ticketmaster.com and enter code: PBDWK Bring this e-mail to the Richard Rodgers Theater Box Office, (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Valid for performances through 7/8/12. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Limit 12 tickets per order. Offer valid on select seat locations. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice. All phone and internet offers subject to standard Ticketmaster.com service fees. All above prices include a $2 facility fee. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. For group sales please call 718-703-2260 For more information, visit PorgyandBessonBroadway.com

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‘The Book of Negroes’: Controversial novel turned into a BET miniseries BET Networks is turning the controversial novel The Book of Negroes into a miniseries. The 2007 novel, written by Canadian author Lawrence Hill, is being adapted for TV by Conquering Lion Pictures and Out of African Entertainment, according The Hollywood Reporter. The story centers on Aminata Diallo, an African woman who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to South Carolina. It follows her through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before she ultimately secures her freedom in England in the early 1800s. “We are excited to partner with Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One on this historic project and to bring the acclaimed Book of Negroes to life for the BET audience,” said Loretha Jones, president of original programming at BET Networks. Production on The Book of Negroes will start in South Africa in the fall. The novel was initially published in the Canadian and U.K. markets with its original title, The Book of Negroes, but due to historical sensitivity the title was changed to Somebody Know My Name when published in the U.S. Somebody Know My Name was included amongst Oprah’s top summer reads for 2010 in O Magazine. In 2011 Hill’s book sparked heated debates abroad. A Dutch group torched the cover of The Book of Negroes as a protest against the novel’s title. The group, known as the Foundation to Honor and Restore Victims of Slavery in Surinam, vowed to burn copies of the book in an Amsterdam park unless its name was changed. Hill’s novel is based on the historical document “The Book of Negroes,” which was created by British naval officers in 1783, near the end of the American revolutionary war. It was a list of 3,000 African-American slaves who were considered British loyalists and hoped to escape from New York to Canada, and thus to freedom. The British insisted that only those who were listed in “The Book of Negroes” could travel, and created a ledger to name, and seemingly describe, each person. Canadian film maker Clement Virgo is said to be on-board to direct The Book of Negroes. The Book of Negroes will air stateside on BET and on CBC in Canada.

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To Whom Much Is Given– Cinematic Book Trailer-2013 Published on Dec 24, 2012 Cecilia T. Capers' first novel "To Whom Much Is Given" is set for 2013 publishing by Red Ibis. This is the official cinematic book trailer filmed by Saint-Victor Productions. The trailer stars Lawrence Saint-Victor, Toni RobisonMay, John Thomassen, Tatianna Mott, and Cecilia T. Capers. Directed by Lawrence SaintVictor. Cinematography by Jay Espinal. Produced by Tone at The Top Media Inc. and Red Ibis. Book photography and cover design by Charles W. Winslow. Filmed in New York City. See behind-the-scenes footage by 6 Chamber Productions in the Red Ibis "To Whom Much Is Given" Novel playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=eRM2CpqPHs ONLINE EDITION

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Medgar Evers and Nelson Mandela, there’s an unexploited narrative about someone whose existence, tragedies and triumphs all deserve to be exposed to history’s daylight. Gaines’ unique story, in which he gets a front-row seat to some of the most fateful decisions made by eight different presidents, is certainly no different. Much like The Help, the Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels’ labor of love is already the subject of breathless media profiles, and is being floated as a sure-fire Oscar contender. That speculation may be premature: The Butler arrives in the wake of a succession of high profile summer box office flops. The movie has also spent the week in the shadow of a pseudo-controversy over Ms. Winfrey’s dubious encounter with racism at an upscale Swiss boutique. Black films could pay a price Still, the movie could be a watershed moment for black cinema, and not necessarily in a good way. Much hay is often made about the dearth of quality roles for black actors in Hollywood; yet when films like The Help or The Butler are produced, they are invariably blanketed by a blizzard of hyper-criticism. The cacophony becomes a barrier to projecting important movies onto the public’s consciousness. Filmmakers would rather avoid making a movie altogether than be forced to contend with the obstreperous polemics that accompany movies like The Butler or The Help. The endless controversies over black movies have gotten to the point where movies won’t get made, or won’t get their due, simply because certain people can’t tolerate anything other than their own narrow interests. What actor or producer wants to deal with the headaches and inevitable drama that comes along with these movies? Films like Amistad, Glory, Lincoln, Roots have all been on the receiving end of a barrage of gripes about their accuracy, and whether they are accurate portrayals of the black experience. Still, all of these movies have served a purpose: they have told interesting stories from unique perspectives. These films have also highlighted the everyday stories of the people most affected by slavery and segregation, whose names have been largely ignored in the annals of history. History ignored and forgotten By now, after all of the movies about America’s pre-civil rights era that have hit the big and small screen, you’d think the cultural ground would be fertile enough for the public to be spared these debates. Sadly, honest discussions about black history are hard to come by. We’re rapidly approaching a point at which movies about black history may not see the light of day – even if they deserve to. Making movies about black history has been rendered impossible by a cadre (or cabal?) of self-appointed cultural gatekeepers. These same folks complain bitterly about the lack of black-historical narratives on screen, yet never miss an opportunity to savage anything they deem insufficiently reverent or hagiographic.

Randy Jackson: Paris has been in hospital ‘much too long’ It’s been two and a half months since the daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson was hospitalized following a reported suicide attempt, and 15year-old Paris Jackson currently remains in an undisclosed facility. But now it seems not everyone in the Jackson clan is in agreement about just how her treatment should proceed. Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and nephew, T.J. Jackson, serve as guardians for all three of his children, but it was his brother, Randy Jackson, who took to Twitter on Monday night to express his doubts about the teen’s care. h t t p s : / / t w i t t e r. c o m / r a n d y j a c k s o n 8 / status/369631574490226688 According to The Jacksons singer, she’s been in that facility, which he characterizes as a “psychiatric hospital,” for “much too long.” h t t p s : / / t w i t t e r. c o m / r a n d y j a c k s o n 8 / status/369637478619045890 In the series of tweets, Jackson claimed that his niece is likely to remain in care through her father’s birthday (Aug. 29), a situation which obviously concerns him.

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Chris Brown concerts cancelled in Canada TORONTO (AP) — The promoter of four Chris Brown concerts in Canada scheduled this summer says the events have been cancelled. Stephen Tobin, owner of Drop Entertainment Group, said Monday that the decision was made after consulting with Brown and in light of his recent personal and health-related issues. The R&B star had his probation reinstated Friday after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run accident. The hit-andrun charge was dismissed earlier.

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Elmore Leonard Was 'Amazed' by 'Justified': 'Better Than What I
 Would Have Written' At a TCA panel in January 2012, the late author praised the FX hit he inspired: "I can’t believe it 
sometimes." In many ways FX's Justified is a television series created with uncommon respect for the source material. In fact, Elmore Leonard, who died on Tuesday, was such a guiding force for those who worked on the series that the very notion they could produce something Leonard would disapprove of drove them to create -- and sustain -- one of the very best dramas on television. Our editor recommends: Elmore Leonard Remembered by 'Justified' Showrunner Graham Yost Elmore Leonard's 10 Best Hollywood Quotes Elmore Leonard Dies: Hollywood Reacts on Twitter Elmore Leonard Dies at 87 I immediately thought of series creator Graham Yost after hearing about Leonard's death. Yost had given the staff little blue rubber wrist bands that had WWED on them. "What Would Elmore Do?" It was, in times of doubt, their guiding principle. I've seen Yost at a few events long since he handed them out and joked that he forgot something -only have him slide up his shirt sleeve to reveal the band. It's not everyday, in a medium like television that is absolutely a writer's medium, where you find such abiding love for the person who wrote the source material. I think that's partly what has made Justified, which was based on a Leonard short story called "Fire In the Hole," such a fully-formed, fully-realized depiction of character. Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens is superb and Leonard so loved what Yost and his writers churned out that he kept giving his unabashed stamp of approval. (And beyond that, the show spurred Leonard to write another book -- Raylan -- based on how much Justified had ignited the character; Olyphant's image, as Raylan, adorned the cover). Obviously there have been and will continue to be plenty of appreciation pieces for the talent that Leonard possessed. A lot of films have been made form his work -- and not all of them up to his standards or even the expectations of his ardent book fans. But Justified was a true exception. In January of 2012, FX was presenting a Justified panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, and joining Yost and the cast on stage was Leonard (who had graciously signed copies of his book and had them sitting in front of critics). What came out of that memorable panel was Leonard's very real and very touching appreciation for the series and those behind it. When he spoke of how great the show was and how astonished he was at what Yost and the writONLINE EDITION

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ers did to expand the Raylan character's world view, he wasn't blowing smoke. Here are a few telling snippets as we recall not only the man, but how deeply he felt about a project of his that is likely to be long and ongoing at FX: Leonard on Justified: "I think it’s a terrific show. I love all of the writing, and I’m amazed sometimes that they’ve got the characters better than I put them on paper. They are doing a good job, really a good job... Well, they’re pros, to begin
 with. They know what they’re doing. Good 
writing. I think, the writing, I can’t believe it 
 sometimes. My God, it’s a lot better than what I
 would have written in the scene, you know." Leonard on adaptations of his work (and groaning when Yost brought up the movie The Big Bounce): "Oh, God. And they made it twice.
It wasn’t bad enough the first time... Well, I don’t really remember all
 the bad ones. I know The Big Bounce was bad. I
 don’t think anybody in the picture knew what it 
was about. The second time it was made they shot it in Hawaii
 and they would cut to surfers when they’d run out
of ideas. But when I wrote screenplays, and I haven’t 
written a screenplay since ’93, that’s when I 
said, I’m not writing any more of these, it’s just
 work, because you’re working with a studio
 executive who really doesn’t know much, if
 anything, about writing what works and what
 doesn’t. So, why put yourself in that position 
when you have to do that?" Leonard on writing that will be taken from the page and put on the screen: "But
 from the very beginning I wanted to sell to the
 movies when I started. And so I made it very
 visual, as visual as I could, with always from a
 character’s point of view, always, and use all the 
characters and find out who they are. And I 
think that’s helped. And I’ve sold, I think about 
20 to Hollywood. Because from the very beginning 
I’ve been in it to make money. And that’s the way to do it." And whether he cared how the adaptation turned out: "Well, of course. I’m writing as 
well as I can. I’m not just turning something in.
 No. Why not write for money? I think any writer 
is a fool if he doesn’t write for money. There’s 
got to be some kind of an incentive, in addition
 to the product. It all goes together. And it’s 
fun to sit there alone and think of characters and 
get them into action, and then get paid for it. I
 can’t believe when writers tell me, 'Well, I don’t 
want to show my work to anybody.' Well, what are 
you doing it for? You want people to like it. 
And therefore, you want to get paid for it. Maybe 
I shouldn’t ever say that again." Everybody laughed. Long and hard. And finally, one quick tidbit of a quote that explains a lot about Leonard and a lot about Justified. Yost wrote a line in the pilot where Raylan's ex says to him: "You're the angriest man I've known." Which prompted Leonard to turn to Yost and say this: "I didn’t understand that, because 
I thought he was very happy with what he was 
doing, shooting a number of people." Elmore Leonard will be missed. And the next season of Justified will be anticipated, if for nothing more than a hint of the inspiration the master gave the writers.

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2014-MODEL LONG ISLAND AUTO SHOW OFFERS ATTENDEES NEW RIDES, TEST DRIVES AND FREE ADMISSION OCTOBER 18-20 WHAT:

The 2014-model Long Island Auto Show rolls into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with more than 150 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more. Whether a car buff, just browsing or in the market for a new vehicle, showgoers are invited to check out the newest rides, experience the latest in-car technology and even test drive several new models right at the show. WHEN: Friday, October 18 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, October 19 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, October 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. WHERE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale, NY 11553 WHO: Representatives from participating automotive manufacturers will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. The Long Island Auto Show is presented and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, the nation’s largest auto show producer. TICKETS: Admission is FREE all show days for all attendees. WEBSITE: www.AutoShowLongIsland.com GET SOCIAL: Facebook: www.facebook.com/LIAutoShow Twitter: @LIAutoShow #LIAutoShow Instagram: http://instagram.com/ motortrendautoshows#

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Elmore Leonard, author whose work inspired ‘Jackie Brown’, dead at 87 DETROIT (AP) — Elmore Leonard, a former adman who later became one of America’s foremost crime writers, died Tuesday. He was 87. His researcher, Gregg Sutter, said Leonard died from complications from a stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. Leonard won an honorary National Book Award in 2012. His more than 40 novels were populated by pathetic schemers, clever con men and casual killers. Many of the novels — notably “Out of Sight,” ”Get Shorty” and “Be Cool” — were made into films. Critics adored his simple, direct language. His millions of fans made all his books since “Glitz” (1985) bestsellers. When they flocked to watch John Travolta in the movie version of “Get Shorty” in 1995, its author became the darling of Hollywood’s hippest directors. His novels were characterized by moral ambivalence about crime, black humor and wickedly acute depictions of human nature. “When something sounds like writing, I rewrite it,” Leonard often said. As author Ann Arensberg put it in a New York Times book review, “I didn’t know it was possible to be as good as Elmore Leonard.” One remarkable thing about Leonard’s talent is how long it took the world to notice. He didn’t have a best-seller until his 60th year, and few critics took him seriously before the 1990s. He had some minor successes in the 1950s and ’60s in writing Western stories and novels, a couple of which were made into movies. But when interest in the Western dried up, he turned to writing scripts for educational and industrial films while trying crime novels. The first, “The Big Bounce,” was rejected 84 times before it was published as a paperback in 1969. Leonard followed up with several more well-written, fast-paced crime novels, including “Swag” (1976). Leonard was already followONLINE EDITION

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ing the advice he would later give to young writers: “Try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Hollywood rediscovered him. It took Barry Sonnenfeld to finally show Hollywood how to turn a Leonard novel into a really good movie. “Get Shorty” was the first to feel and sound like an Elmore Leonard novel. Then Quentin Tarantino took a turn with “Rum Punch,” turning it into “Jackie Brown,” a campy, Blaxploitation-style film starring Pam Grier. But Steven Soderbergh stayed faithful to Leonard’s story and dialogue with “Out of Sight.” Leonard married three times: to the late Beverly Cline in 1949, the late Joan Shepard in 1979 and, at the age of 68, to Christine Kent in 1993. He had five children, all from his first marriage. In 2012, after learning he was to become a National Book Award lifetime achievement recipient, Leonard said he had no intention of ending his life’s work. “I probably won’t quit until I just quit everything — quit my life — because it’s all I know how to do,” he told The Associated Press at the time. “And it’s fun. I do have fun writing, and a long time ago, I told myself, ‘You got to have fun at this, or it’ll drive you nuts.’”

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Spike Lee casts first male lead in Kickstarter-funded movie Spike Lee turned to Kickstarter to raise money for his latest movie project — and now that he has surpassed his goal of $1.25 million, the director has turned to Broadway to cast the project’s first male lead actor. Lee offered the role to Stephen Tyrone Williams, a young stage actor based in New York City. “Ladies and Gentleman Mr. Stephen Tyrone Williams has been offered the Lead MALE Role in my New Spike Lee Joint,” Lee wrote on his Kickstarter page. Williams made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, which also stars Tom Hanks. Lee attended the opening night of the show and was impressed with the actor’s performance. “Stephen’s performance as Abner Louima was haunting,” Lee

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says of Williams character in the play. “The Opening Night Audience held their collective captive breath as he retells the terror of being sodomized with a Billy Club by one of New York’s Finest.” Lee was so blown away by William’s delivery, he stayed in touch in case there were a chance the two would have an opportunity to work together in the future. “At the After Party, I found Stephen and told him how much I enjoyed his performance and God Willing One day we would be able to work together. Well, that day is here. Stephen Tyrone Williams is gonna do his THANG. And That’s The Bloody Truth Ruth,” Lee wrote. Few details have been given about the Kickstarter production, but Lee writes that it could revolve around “human beings who are addicted to blood.” He says it’s “funny, sexy and bloody (and not a remake of Blacula).” The offer was made just two weeks after Lee cast Zaraah Abrahams as the first lead role in the film. Lee stumbled across Abrahams after he watched her co-star in a film produced by one of his students. “I tracked her down and Zarrah is even better than I thought,” Lee wrote on his Kickstarter page when the news first broke. “If I know anything, I know Young Talent. These are Individuals who have that special something, a true gift from God and they only need the platform, the vehicle to “SHOW DA WORLD” what they got.”

Nassau, Channel 115 @ 3:30 pm on Thursdays Suffolk, Channel 20 @ 10:30 am on Fridays Please spread the word! Peace, Marcia

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Aretha Franklin says she’s 85 percent healed NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin won’t say what caused her latest health problems, but says she’s had a “miraculous” recovery and is looking forward to performing soon. “My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous,” Franklin said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing. And Smokey said, ‘Well, they just don’t know who your healer is.’” The 71-year-old Queen of Soul has canceled several concerts and public appearances over the last few months due to unspecified health concerns. On Monday, she said she was unable to personally accept an award honoring her work with civil rights from Major League Baseball on Saturday in Chicago. When asked directly what her health concern was, Franklin declined to go into specifics: “I’m not one to go into my personal health things.” But she said it was very common to women and “I just had to deal with it.” She said it was partly related to the health concern she had about three years ago that led her to cancel shows at that time. Franklin acknowledged that she had worries about her health. “Anytime you have cancellations you should be concerned. But all prayer is good, and keep me in your prayers until I am 100 percent, not 85, and back onstage,” she said. Franklin said she’s been spending her time resting, eating right and taking better care of herself, which has led to a decline in her blood pressure. She said she’s looking forward to performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February but isn’t rushing back to the stage. “The most important thing is my comfort and going at my pace. Nothing is more important than my health,” she said. Franklin is also planning another album. Danger Mouse and Babyface would be her collaborators. “I can’t wait for that,” she said. “They’re working on the tracks now.” But she seemed most disappointed that she won’t be able to go to next week’s U.S. Open tennis championships in New York City, where she planned to make a bit of a fashion statement. “I had really got this hot, hot, hot three-piece Escada short set to wear … with some fine platforms but doggone it, I’m just not up to traveling quite as far as New York,” she said. “It will have to wait. … (though) I could very well still get there this year.” ONLINE EDITION

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Producer DJ Carnage talks electronic dance trend in hip-hop In the past few years, electronic dance music (EDM), has found a home in hip hop and R&B. From Chris Brown to Usher, artists who’ve pushed the boundaries using EDM for a more commercial sound, to Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky linking up with Scrillex for his hit ‘Wild For The Night,’ what once was shunned is now embraced in mainstream rap. Sonically, southern rap has been combined with popular EDM for dramatic results that turn regular dance parties into allout rage fests. Trillectro is Washington D.C.’s premiere hip-hop and Electronic Music Festival. TheGrio sat down with headliner and Maryland native, DJ Carnage, to discuss a style of EDM called “Trap” and its place within music. theGrio: What drew you to the EDM sound over hip-hop? DJ Carnage: EDM intrigued me from a producer’s perspective, because you’re not dependent on an artist to back you for a great live performance. It’s a lot more creative. Is it more challenging for you to work in the EDM Space? I think it’s the allure of EDM because you don’t feel restricted to the sounds you use. Are you surprised to see so many people of color at concerts where the fan base is predominantly European? Not really. Black people want to try cool and weird sh*t (laughs). I think that people in general are drawn to the energy of an EDM concert. Describe the difference in the energy between hip hop concerts compared to an EDM show. It’s all about the rhythm and bass at the EDM show. It’s ‘bouncy.’ You have no choice but to feel the rhythm in the air. As a DJ who comes from a hip-hop background and is now thriving in the EDM space, has your approach to making a hit changed? I think I bring a very hip-hop mind state to EDM. It allows me to be competitive with the majority of European DJs in the field, but to also treat every single like its a mix tape. I pour every ounce into that and it shows in my work. PAGE 34


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Dave Chappelle Returns With Jokes Dave Chappelle officially returns to stand-up comedy next week at the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival in Austin, Texas, in a new 15-city tour presented by the Funny or Die website, the New York Times reports. And he's got jokes. Mr. Chappelle didn’t just walk away from a $50 million contract [in 2005] and the acclaimed "Chappelle’s Show," whose second season on Comedy Central stacks up well against the finest years of "SCTV," "Saturday Night Live” and Monty Python. He did so dramatically, fleeing to Africa and explaining his exit in moral terms: "I want to make sure I’m dancing and not shuffling," he told Time magazine. Since then, he has been a remote star ... Since then, he's shunned the spotlight. He doesn’t have a website and quit Twitter after 11 tweets. But Mr. Chappelle has tiptoed back into the public eye over the last year. While he has stayed away from movies and television, he still drops in pretty often on comedy clubs and occasionally theaters, usually in surprise appearances that generate more rumors of a comeback. Beyond the Oddball Festival, Chris Rock has said Mr. Chappelle may join him on his stand-up tour next year ... Does he still have jokes? Since seeing him perform at the start of the year, I have noticed an increased urgency in his comedy by the summer. A show I saw in San Francisco in March was charismatic if chaotic: freewheeling, improvisational and full of crowd work. But when I caught three of his shows in June down South, his act was very different: polished, thematically unified, less work in progress than test run. His characteristic laid-back delivery and pinpoint timing were in service of jokes that were more dark, intricate and revelatory than his stand-up from a decade ago. Seeing Mr. Chappelle evolve onstage was a reminder that he didn’t leave comedy so much as return home to the live form he has practiced for a quarter-century. Mr. Chappelle might have left television, but that departure has become the wellspring of his comedy now. He only needs a microphone and a stage to lay claim to greatness. Read more at the New York Times.

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Author-critic Albert Murray dead at 97 NEW YORK (AP) — Albert Murray, the influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the “unsquarest man I know,” died Sunday. He was 97. Murray died at home in his sleep, according to Lewis Jones, a family friend and Murray’s guardian. Few authors so forcefully bridged the worlds of words and music. Like his old friend and intellectual ally Ralph Ellison, Murray believed that blues and jazz were not primitive sounds, but sophisticated art, finding kinships among Ellington and Louis Armstrong and novelists such as Thomas Mann and Ernest Hemingway. He argued his case in a series of autobiographical novels, a nonfiction narrative (“South to a Very Old Place”), an acclaimed history of music (“Stomping the Blues”) and several books of criticism. Although slowed by back trouble, Murray continued to write well into his 80s, and also helped Wynton Marsalis and others stage the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts. Millions of television viewers came to know him as a featured commentator in Ken Burns’ documentary series “Jazz.” An amiable counterpart to the aloof Ellison, Murray was many men: friend of Ellington and artist Romare Bearden (whose paintings hung in Murray’s Harlem apartment); foe of Marxists, Freudians, academics, black nationalists and white segregationists; and mentor and inspiration to Ernest J. Gaines, Stanley Crouch, James Alan McPherson and many others. Marsalis, in the book “Moving to Higher Ground,” remembered visiting Murray in Harlem amid not just Bearden paintings, but decades-worth of “books and recordings of the most meaningful ideas in the history of humanity.” “He was asking you to pull down this book and that one and go to chapter so-and-so and page soand-so, and on that page what he was talking about, and it was everything from Plato to John Ford to Frederick Douglass to thermonuclear dynamics to James Brown,” explained Marsalis, who cited “Stomping the Blues” as a profound influence on his music and his life. In a statement issued Monday on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis said that “Albert’s conceptions are the intellectual foundation of our institution. He spoke eloquently on the significance of American vernacular to the fine art of jazz.” Murray often wrote, and spoke, in a jazzy, mock-professorial style, not unlike Ellington’s stylized stage introductions. One Murray book was titled “The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement.” He declared that blacks should not be regarded as transplanted Africans, but quintessential Americans, practiced in the art of “I-ma-gi-na-tive ex-al-ta-tion.” Interviewed by The Associated Press in 1998, the raspy-voiced Murray defined the blues as “the extension, improvisation and ritualization of the stylization of the beliefs and the feelings and emotions of the lifestyle of a particular culture.” “People want to say the blues is an ailment,” Murray said, waving his hand. “Any fool can tell you the blues is good-time music. It’s entertainment. It ain’t for no church. ‘Kill the white folks,’ that’s not what the blues is about. You see the blues with that stuff, it means some Marxist got hold of that.” Ellington once referred to him “the unsquarest person I know.” Born in 1916, Murray grew up in Magazine Point, Alabama, a hamlet not far from Mobile. Like his fictional alter ego, Scooter, he was a boy who simultaneously knew and did not know who he was. At age 11, he learned, accidentally, that the couple raising him was ONLINE EDITION

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not his parents; his mother had given him up for adoption out of shame for conceiving him out of wedlock. His real parents were educated and middle-class, his adopted ones common folk. Murray, bright, self-confident and a born improviser, came to see himself as the adventurer-hero of his own life, a “prince among paupers.” He left his hometown to study at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where Ellison was an upperclassman, a music major with twotone shoes who seemed to check out the same library books as Murray did. Murray graduated in 1939, served in the Air Force during World War II and received a master’s degree from New York University after returning to the U.S. While Ellison attained instant fame in the early 1950s with his first novel, “Invisible Man,” Murray’s turn came more than a decade later, when he was well into middle age. Before publication came the prelude: books read, records remembered, paintings appraised, experiences experienced, what Murray called “the also and the also” of constructing an identity that would reconstruct the identity of American culture. “I was figuring out what kind of a writer I was going to be,” he

said. “I didn’t have it together.” He finally broke through in the late 1960s, at the peak of the Black Arts Movement, which regarded art as an outlet for protest. Murray ridiculed this and other political art as “social science fiction.” Like Ellison, he believed conflict was a given, that life was not a formula to be solved but a dance to be danced. “(E)ven the most exuberant stomp rendition is likely to contain some trace of sadness as a sobering reminder that life is at bottom, for all the very best of good times, a never-ending struggle,” Murray once wrote. Murray’s belated success had one apparent casualty: his bond with Ellison. The two drifted apart in later years, with friends speculating that Ellison, who never completed another novel after “Invisible Man,” resented Murray’s good fortune, while Murray tired of being labeled Ellison’s protege. In 2000, the Modern Library released “Trading Twelves,” a collection of letters between Murray and Ellison, who died in 1994. Murray was married to Mozelle Menefee Murray, whom he met at Tuskegee in 1941. They had a daughter, Michele, who performed with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe. Albert Murray wrote the program notes, about which Ailey joked, “Now I understand better what I’ve been trying to do all these years.”

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Who makes fun of Harriet Tubman? Russell Simmons’ YouTube channel releases ‘sex tape’ spoofing icon Who makes fun of Harriet Tubman? Russell Simmons. That’s who. Yesterday evening, a curious hashtag began to appear on Twitter, #harriettubmansextape. It was a video spoof, billed as “an off-record account of how Harriet Tubman blackmailed her master into letting her run the Underground Railroad!” No. I’m not making this up. I couldn’t if I tried. The black abolitionist, who was born into slavery, escaped and put her freedom and life on the line repeatedly to free her family and other enslaved African-Americans via the Underground Railroad. And yesterday on All Def Digital (ADD), Russell Simmons’ new YouTube channel, this powerful and courageous black woman was reduced to a sexual parody. In the “re-enactment,” Tubman (Shanna Malcolm) seduces her white master (Jason Horton). “Oh, Massa, all these years I’ve been acting like I didn’t enjoy our special time together,” Tubman says, alluding to previous rapes. “But tonight, that’s all going to be different.” Tubman’s cooning co-conspirator (DeStorm Power), another enslaved African, hides in the closet with a video camera. He encourages Tubman to “drop it like a hot comb” as she bends over. Postcoitus, Tubman threatens to tell her enslaver’s wife about their “affair.” He argues no one will believe her. Tubman offers a knowing glance to the audience watching and tells him to “get to work on that railroad, white ni**a”. Somehow this video was supposed to be funny, but I didn’t laugh (or know of anyone who did). But Russell Simmons, the same man who rallied for justice in the Trayvon Martin case and against Don Lemon’s ignorance and domestic violence when a young rapper was seen on video attacking a woman, managed to find the video hilarious. “[it’s the] funniest thing I’ve ever seen” he tweeted yesterday. Oh, is it now? Funnier than Def Comedy Jam even? I don’t find anything, at all, amusing about the rape of black ONLINE EDITION

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women or the debasement of a respected American icon. And given the collective outrage when Lil Wayne rapped of his desire to “beat that pu**y up like Emmett Till,” an allusion to the Chicago teen who was infamously murdered in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman in 1955, how did no one veto this idea? Rape isn’t a joke,. Slavery isn’t a joke. Harriet Tubman and her sacrifices for black people are not a joke. And to selfishly mock the subjugation of black people, the rape of black women and a revered American heroine in exchange for Internet clicks and ad dollars is abhorrent. And unconscionable. And sick. And just plain trifling. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one baffled and appalled. A change.org petition demanding the video be removed from the site quickly amassed over 600 signatures. And black Twitter launched a full-scale assault on Simmons and the actors who appeared in the video. “You absolutely disgraced yourself and the women whose blood and tears made your existence possible,” Kimberly Foster, the founder of women’s empowerment site For Harriett, tweeted to the actress who played Tubman. Social media influencer Luvvie Ajayi didn’t hold back her justifiable venom either. “[You’re] cooning for cash and shamefully shucking for sh*t that should never gotten past “idea” stage,” she tweeted to Simmons, Power and Malcolm. The collective outrage, largely from black women, led to the video being removed from the site around midnight. Just after 2AM, Simmons apologized for the video, noting that his “buddies” at the NAACP had asked him to take the video down. “My first impression for the Harriet Tubman piece was about what one of the actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there’s still tremendous injustice. And Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master, I thought it was politically correct. Silly me,” Simmons wrote, adding that he would never condone violence against women. Condone? Never. But joke about rape and sexual violence? Sure, why not… right? Simmons closed his statement by saying that he now understood why so many people were upset and he was “sincerely sorry.” Do you forgive him? Demetria L. Lucas is a a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. Follow her on Twitter at @abelleinbk

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SINBAD AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13  Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present Sinbad at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, September 13th at 9 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 - $59.50 plus applicable service charges and are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information, visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com.

Actor and  comedian  Sinbad  arrived  on  the  comedy  scene  with  a  “hit’em  in  the  face”  style  of  comedy  that  has  kept  audiences  laughing  in  the aisles for over the past two decades.  He freely admits that he doesn’t  know  any  jokes,  except  for  the  ones  that  his  dad  told  him  “back  in  the  day.”  Sinbad’s comedy is about stories, and boy does he tell stories!  The  basis of his humor comes from everyone he meets, everything he’s seen,  and everything he’s done.  Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians  of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences’ painful  trials or embarassing tribulations of day‐by‐day life, throwing them back in  their faces, and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria.   Sinbad  is  internationally  known  for  his  starring  appearances  in  hit  movies like “Jingle All the Way,” playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger;  “Houseguest”  co‐starring  the  late  Phil  Hartman,  and  let’s  not  forget  his  film  debut  “Necessary  Roughness”,  where  he  did  none  of  his  own  stunts!  He has starred in the television sitcom “A Different World” as well  as his own series, “The Sinbad Show”.  Entertainment mogul Quincy Jones  sought out Sinbad to host UPN’s first late night talk show, “Vibe.”  He  also  recently appeared as a recurring guest star on the Showtime Original Se‐ ries “Resurrection Blvd.”   Sinbad has even written a self‐help book entitled “Sinbad’s Guide to  Life: (Because I Know Everything)”.  Sinbad has drawn legions of fans from  his HBO highly‐rated  comedy specials;  “Brain Damaged” (1991),  “Afros &  Bellbottoms”  (1993),   “Son  of  a  Preacher  Man”  (1996),  and  “Nuthin  But  The  Funk”  (1998).   His  annual  HBO  music  concert  series  (Oh!  You  didn’t  know  he  was  musical?)  “Sinbad’s  70’s  Soul  Music  Festival”  received  the  prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years as the “Most  Outstanding  Variety  Series/Special”.  Also  in  1996  Sinbad  joined  the  then  First  Lady,  Hillary  Clinton  and  award  winning  musician,  Sheryl  Crow  in  a  USO (United Service Organizations) tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He was also seen in the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. On the WEtv network, re-runs can be seen of the reality show, “SINBAD: It’s Just Family.” He is still committed to finding new ways in putting smiles on our face. Landing in theaters August 9th, 2013 was “Disney’s Planes,” the “Cars” spin-off. Sinbad brings to life Roper, an irascible race official full of sly remarks and colorful commentary. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/ ONLINE EDITION

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CHARLIE DANIELS BAND & MARSHALL TUCKER BAND AT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 PRE SHOW CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW STARTS AT 5 PM! Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present the Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, September 7th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 plus applicable service charges and are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information, visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. Doors are at 5 pm, for the pre-show Car & Motorcycle show presented by the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior.. From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need (The Angelus, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, T.J. Martell Foundation). Known for hits such as “Long Haired Country Boy”, “The South’s Gonna Do It Again”, “In America”, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp”, and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. Daniels performed in the hit 80s movie Urban Cowboy, played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, and co-wrote a song Elvis Presley recorded. Whether singing on Easter Sunday at his local church or leading an all-star cast at one of his famed Volunteer Jams, Daniels just exudes joy whenever he steps on stage. In 1994, Daniels released his first Christian album, The Door, which won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Best Country Album and “Two Out of Three” was named video of the year by the Christian Country Music Association. Over the course of his career, Charlie has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He’s received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Years of creating great music and rigorous tour schedules earned The Marshall Tucker Band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," the band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band represents a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and remain a powerful force in the world of music. The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, South Carolina when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name "Marshall Tucker" from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today's music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long – that good music knows no boundaries. Along the way, The Marshall Tucker Band has recorded twenty two studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations. After 37 years, they continue to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring. The pre concert Car & Motorcycle show is presented by the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior and will include music by Dr. G’s Veteran Band “Samaritan” on the Budweiser Patio starting at 5 pm. The pre show parking lot party will include food, prizes, local vendors and a salute to our local service men and women by local firefighters. ONLINE EDITION

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Ida B. Wells: Journalist. Teacher. Anti-Lynching Crusader. Women’s Rights Activist. Civil Rights Pioneer. Ida B. Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was orphaned at 16 after both of her parents and a younger sibling died from a yellow fever epidemic. In order to support and care for her five remaining siblings, she secured a job as a teacher. She eventually moved to Memphis where she became a leading journalist and civil rights activist. When her newspaper office was destroyed in an angry response to her outspoken writings, Ida B. Wells was exiled from Memphis, and stayed away from the South for over 30 years. In 1893 and 1894, she traveled across the United States and throughout the United Kingdom and Great Britain, passionately writing and speaking out against lynching. She eventually moved to Chicago and married Ferdinand L. Barnett in 1895. The widowed Ferdinand was an attorney and editor of The Conservator, one of Chicago’s Black newspapers. In addition to the two children from his first marriage, he and Ida had four children together. Ida B. Wells-Barnett continued her activism while juggling motherhood and her many civil rights commitments. In 1909, she was one of the founders of the NAACP, although she later had conflicts with its leadership because she was perceived as too “radical.” She also worked with Susan B. Anthony as a leader in the movement for women’s suffrage. In Chicago, Ms. Wells worked with Jane Addams to prevent the establishment of segregated public schools, helped to open Chicago’s first kindergarten for Black children, founded the Negro Fellowship League to assist Black men and boys who were excluded from the YMCA, and started the Alpha Suffrage Club – an organization of Black women who worked to obtain the right to vote. Ida B. Wells-Barnett died on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, from a brief illness due to kidney failure. She and her husband, Ferdinand L. Barnett, are interred together in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery Statements of Support “The Ida B. Wells Monument is a singular opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Bronzeville’s history while anticipating its future.” Alderman William D. Burns, 4th Ward “I am writing in support of your efforts and to comment the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture for developing a monument that will celebrate Ida B. Wells’ legacy and help increase public awarement of her imONLINE EDITION

portant work. The location of the monument in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community is of great significance and appreciation to the communities and generational admireres who were impacted by her work…As a female leader of the great state of Illinois I can personally appreciate and support eh commemoration of Ms. Wells’ life, work and writings.” – Kimberly du Buclet, State Representative, 26th District As the written history of America finally, albeit slowly, recognizes the role of African Americans, some names emerge as giants from the shadows. One of those is certainly Ida B. Wells, America’s premier anti-lynching campaigner. Born into slavery, she was destined to be one who would help shape post Civil War America as an investigative journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, and leader of the emerging women’s and civil rights movements. We here in Chicago are proud to claim her as our own for the many years of leadership she provided our city. I was delighted to learn of plans for a (Continued on page 41)

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monument to her life and work here in the place she called home for so many years and trust that the project will soon become a reality. – Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL 7th District) It is without hesitation that I offer my support for the Ida B. Wells Monument. Sadly, much of the history of Bronzeville is not celebrated as it should be. It is important that people who live or visit our community know about the many contributions some of its residents have made towards social justice…She used her many talents to address inequality wherever she saw it even in the face of threats against her….As residents and tourists alike visit the monument, they will undoubtedly be moved by the courageous dedication exhibited by Ms. Wells and gain a greater appreciation for the historical significance of Bronzeville. I see this as an opportunity to generate community pride while inspiring others to pursue the type of important work that was carried out by Ida B. Wells. - Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward “It is with hope and pride that I support the movement for an Ida B. Wells Monument in Oakwood Shores. As a journalist and social activist, Wells was a strong voice against racism and sexism. Her advocacy paved the way for generations of African-Americans who followed her, and she should be commemorated with a monument that will invite future generations to learn about her contributions.” – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, 13th District “At a time when women were seen and not heard, Ida B. Wells was a voice for those who had none. Even today her legacy lives on, and she continues to be a role model for young women. Her advocacy for equality for women and African Americans should inspire us all to speak out against injustice.” – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

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The Monument A monumental sculpture accompanied by supportive art pieces will be located in a park-like setting on the Langley Boulevard median, just south of 37th Street in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Langley Boulevard median lies at the heart of the Oakwood Shores community, on the former site of the Ida B. Wells public housing development. The plaza where the Ida B. Wells monument will be erected. The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee has commissioned the creation of a sculptured monument that will honor the life and times of the historic Ida B. Wells. The sculpture will be created by Richard Hunt, a Chicago native and world-renowned artist. The abstract sculpture capturing the artist’s vision of Ida B. Wells and her legacy will be at least 20 feet tall, and will have a large base upon which an image of Ida B. Wells and excerpts of her writings will be engraved. Upon completion, this monument will be donated to the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. As a second phase of the project, smaller, interactive art pieces will be commissioned to allow the public to experience the work of Ida B. Wells in a reflective manner. While a precise description of the project awaits the artist’s conception, additional elements may include a timeline of key events related to Ms. Wells’ causes and accomplishments, occasional seating along the pathway in the Langley median, or boulevard signposts or similar features with a historical narrative and illustrations.

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