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VOL. 20 NO. 39

JANUARY 10, 2014—NASSAU EDITION

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Randy White files notice of claim against Nassau County, police Originally published: January 6, 2014 1:31 PM Updated: January 6, 2014 9:50 PM By WILLIAM MURPHY william.murphy@newsday.com The man whose arrest led to the resignation of Nassau County's police commissioner has filed notice that he will pursue legal action against the county and its police force, his attorney said Monday. Frederick A. Brewington, the attorney for Randy A. White, 29, of Roosevelt, released a copy of the notice of claim he filed Thursday with Nassau County that seeks unspecified monetary damages for violations of White's civil rights. Brewington, at a news conference with his client by his side, said White suffered -- among other things -- embarrassment, humiliation, loss of freedom, malicious prosecution and pain and suffering during and following his arrest Oct. 5 on an open warrant for failing to pay a $250 fine from a prior misdemeanor conviction for selling bootleg DVDs.

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police headquarters in Mineola for booking and then to First District Court in Hempstead. At the East Meadow jail, White was subjected to two strip searches and two cavity searches, Brewington said. After appearing in court, he was released. Police declined to comment Monday. An investigation by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice last month concluded that it was "unusual" and "potentially fraught with peril," but not criminal, for Thomas Dale, then the police commissioner, to have directed officers to arrest White. White had been a witness in a court proceeding about the nominating petitions of former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, who was running for county executive as a thirdparty candidate. White had testified the Hardwick campaign paid him $1.25 per signature he collected. Petitioners legally can be paid per hour, but not per signature. Hardwick denied White's claim. During the court dispute, Hardwick's chief financial supporter, Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius, telephoned Dale to tell him the Hardwick campaign wanted to file a perjury charge against White. After reviewing the complaint, police declined to charge White. Rice said that as part of their investigation, police performed a standard criminal background check on White (Continued on page 3)

Brewington said White was "arrested under false pretense, coerced, intimidated, falsely accused, maliciously jailed and subjected to . . . mental abuse." The handling of the White arrest was unusual in itself, Brewington said, and he said he has been unable to get an explanation why White was taken to the Nassau County jail after being arrested and before being taken to court to appear on the warrant.

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and found an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to pay the $250. Dale "then ordered that Mr. White be located and arrested," Rice's report said. Democrats said the Hardwick candidacy was an attempt to siphon votes from the Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, Thomas Suozzi, and help Republican incumbent Edward Mangano. The investigation by Rice led to the resignation of Dale and the retirement of the chief of detectives, John Capece. Brewington also reiterated a request made Dec. 17 by Democratic county legislators that the handling of the arrest be investigated by federal prosecutors. The attorney said Rice, a Democrat who ran for state attorney general in 2010, should step aside because of "the interplay of current and future political aspirations, and the closeness to the local political parties. . . " Rice's office declined any comment beyond what she said in response to the legislator last month. At that time, she said she had worked hard to make the criminal justice system fair. She said that "no criminal justice official in Nassau has

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worked harder to make the system more fair," and that her investigations "will always be guided by facts and provable evidence rather than politics."Also Monday, a coalition of state and Nassau officials and activists held a news conference at City Hall in Manhattan calling for state and federal prosecutors to investigate. "The only way we can determine the truth in what seems to be a gross injustice is through the work of a special prosecutor," said Assemb. Karim Camara (DBrooklyn), chairman of the state Legislature's Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

Nassau DA Kathleen Rice report on investigation into 'politically motivated policing' allegations HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Randy Hoskins-White was treated like a caged animal by Nassau County police, and officials are trying to cover up his po(Continued on page 5)

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IS IT POLITICS OR RACISM? This weeks front page story smacks of confusion for one of America’s riches and most racist county’s. Over the last four or five decades I have had the pleasure and anguish of living right here in Nassau County and I don’t remember a time when race or color wasn’t an issue. Not saying that it has all been bad but I can certainly understand the posture most Blacks take when it comes to dealing with racial bias here in Nassau County. The typical reaction is ‘if I don’t say anything maybe it will go away.’ Hello Nassau it ain’t going away. The young man caught in the middle of this downlow race and racism saga may be the lynch pen in the debacle of both the democratic and republican party leadership. Neither party embraced the candidacy of a Black man for County Executive, even if the polls clearly indicated that Former Freeport Mayor Andrew HardMINISTER wick had little hope of being elected. It was the LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. thought that any Black man earnestly believed that he could exercise his constitutional right to run for the PUBLISHER AND CHIEF highest seat in the county’s government without havCOMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. ing the blessing of either major parties leadership. Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs was solidly behind Tom Suozzi but everyone knew Suozzi had no love for Hardwick. The usual protocol for rogue party players is to offer them a job or a contract to sit back and not make waves but for the personal dislike between these two men that might have occurred. The fall of the Republican selected Police Commissioner merely confirms the twisted maternal relationship both Mondello and Jacobs have to protect their Empire. The enemy of my enemy is my friend does not apply here but depending on my who my enemy’s enemy is they may not be my friend. Why fight an unknown foe when I know the one I already have. Finally the fall of the Police Commissioner is just typical of a political system embedded in the dark ages. We have Police Chiefs, Commanders, General whatever who have been home grown for over 25, 30 and 35 years how is that none of them are ever qualified to be the Police Commissioner? Where is the loyalty. Or why should they continue to be loyal? (Continued from page 3)

litically motivated arrest, the man’s lawyer alleged Monday. In his notice of claim filed on White’s behalf — the first step toward filing a lawsuit — attorney Fred Brewington points the finger at both the county executive’s and district attorney’s offices. “We are saying that there is a conspiracy that’s going on here,” Brewington told reporters, including WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “There’s real concern here, and, yes, we are suggesting that there is a cover-up. There’s a cover-up that goes from the heights down to the rank-and-file.” Brewington also joined the chorus of calls for an outside investigation into the case. “Someone needs to put the hard, tough questions to these elected and appointed officials and make them answer for their actions,” he said. White’s arrest led to the sudden resignation of Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Dale last month. Prosecutors found that Dale directed police officers to pull over a county bus in October and arrest White, a witness in a campaign-violations case involving a local mayor. White was arrested for an unpaid $250 fine. “He’s a victim,” Brewington said. “And their whole claim about victims’ rights is going out the window when it comes to this young, black man.” Days after Dale’s resignation, Democratic legislators, who made it clear they suspected involvement by Nassau County Exeuctive Ed Mangano, began demanding a special prosecutor conduct an independent investigation. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Brazen Crew, Suspected of More Than 50 Burglaries, Indicted on State Charges Crew used sophisticated technology such as cell-phone jammers and GPS trackers MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice was joined by federal and local law enforce-

ment partners today to announce state charges against a brazen, high-tech burglary crew suspected of stealing more than $10 million worth of cash and property through more than 50 commercial and residential burglaries on Long Island and in nearby counties. Federal charges against some members of the crew were announced in November by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, in a joint investigation with DA Rice; Suffolk DA Thomas Spota; the FBI; the IRS; the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments; and the New York City Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau. The crew included NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Rafael “Ray” Astacio, who was an NYPD detective at the time of his participation. Today, DA Rice was joined by investigation partners to announce state charges from a grand jury indictment against five members of the burglary crew, including two new ones. “This brazen crew used local homes and businesses as their personal piggybanks and with so much stolen over so long a period of time, this was a highly organized, systematic, professional team of criminals,” DA Rice said. “With the extensive cooperation my office is receiving from the offices of U.S. Attorney Lynch, the FBI, the IRS, DA Spota, and the Nassau, Suffolk and New York Police Departments, we will continue this ongoing investigation and hold these defendants accountable.” FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said: "As alleged in the indictment, the defendants victimized and stole from the homes and businesses of members of our community. Their arrests are the result of the hard work and dedication of our law enforcement community to

bring an end to their crime spree. We will continue to work with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to keep our streets safe and bring to justice those who terrorize our neighbors." Today’s defendants have been indicted for two counts each of Burglary in the Third Degree, and two counts each of Possession of Burglar’s Tools, which add up to a maximum possible sentence of 4-2/3 to 16 years in prison each. Further charges are anticipated against these and other defendants as this ongoing investigation continues. (Continued on page 7)

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Arrested yesterday and arraigned today in Nassau County Court by Judge Meryl Berkowitz are ringleader Mr. Nikitas “Nicky” Margiellos, 33 of West Babylon; Mr. Gerard Camarano, 54 of Valley Stream; and Mr. Trung Lu, 32 of Ridgewood. Two unnamed co-defendants have not yet been arrested and their indictments remain sealed. Camarano and Lu are new defendants in the case, currently facing only state charges. The defendants arraigned today all pleaded not guilty and are due back in court on Jan. 14. The DA’s office requested $2 million bail for Margiellos and $500,000 bail each for Camarano and Lu. Judge Berkowitz set bail at $100k bond/$50k cash for Margiellos and Lu and $200k bond/$100k cash for Camarano.

Investigators, who have dubbed the case “Operation Crook, Line & Stinker” due to the defendants’ use of the term “fishing” as a code word for their burglaries, have found the crew to have stolen cash and property from 51 commercial and residential properties between 2009 and 2011. The properties include 21 in Nassau, 28 in Suffolk, one in Queens and one in Westchester. More burglaries are suspected and cold cases are being re-investigated for matches to this crew. Nassau communities with commercial and residential establishments burglarized by this crew include Baldwin, Carle Place, Freeport, Hicksville, Laurel Hollow, Mineola, Plainview, Syosset, Westbury and Woodbury. The commercial establishments included doctor’s offices, perfume warehouses, cigarette warehouses, high-end leather goods stores, restaurants, a meat warehouse and a coin store. Identified in today’s indictment are DSW Shoe Warehouse in Carle Place and Scents Forever in Hicksville. During a portion of this investigation, which included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, detectives intercepted telephone conversations in June of 2012 wherein crew members discussed committing a residential burglary in Suffolk County. Members of the Nassau County Police Department’s DA Squad along with members of the FBI and Suffolk County Police Department set up surveillance on the target location on the night of the burglary. Crew members Joseph Alacqua and Michael Brown were observed entering the vacant home and minutes later exiting the residence with the homeowner’s personal property. When the crew members entered the getaway car driven by then-Detective Astacio, they were arrested. This case is pending in Suffolk County Court. Following this burglary, and as a result of extensive NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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physical surveillance by law enforcement, members of the NCPD DA Squad executed a court-ordered search warrant at Omega Storage in Amityville, New York. The search resulted in the seizure of such burglar’s tools as a cellular telephone signal jammer, jack hammers, saws, drills, acetylene torches, radio chargers, a hydraulic floor jack, pry bars, bolt cutters, grinders, sledge hammers, axes, a dog catcher pole, gloves and ski masks. The crew is linked to many unsolved burglaries because of distinct patterns that have emerged from the investigation. For example, the crew often cut telephone lines to disable alarms and used cellular telephone signal jamming devices to stop the back-up alarms from notifying the alarm companies’ central stations. At other times the crew gained access to commercial establishments by cutting through the wall of an adjoining building. The crew often targeted cash businesses and if successful, the business owner’s residences were then burglarized. The crew used GPS devices on business owner’s vehicles to locate the owner’s residence and to track the owner’s movements over an extended period of time so as to develop a pattern in their routine. With nearly all the burglaries, crew members conducted extensive Internet searches and physical surveillance of target locations prior to, in their terms, “going fishing.” In order to avoid members of law enforcement, crew members used disposable phones, walkie-talkies and police scanners with the appropriate precinct frequency codes. The state portion of this joint investigation is being prosecuted in the Nassau DA’s Office by ADAs Jeremy Glicksman and Bena K. Varughese under the supervision of Organized Crime & Rackets Bureau Chief Rick Whelan.

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THE WINDY CITY TEMPERATURE CONVERSION CHART 60° F: Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; people in Chicago are still sunbathing. 50° F: Californians try to turn on the heat; people in Chicago plant gardens. 40° F: Italian sports cars won't start; people in Chicago drive with the windows down. 32° F: Distilled water freezes; Lake Michigan water gets thicker. 20° F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats; people in Chicago throw on a light jacket. 15° F: People in Chicago have the last cookout before it gets cold. 0° F: All the people in Phoenix die. Chi-

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cagoans close the windows. 10° below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico . The Girl Scouts in Chicago are selling cookies door to door. 25° below zero: Hollywood disintegrates; people in Chicago get out their winter coats. 40° below zero: Washington, DC runs out of hot air; people in Chicago let the dogs sleep indoors. 100° below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. Chicagoans get frustrated because they can't start 'da car.' 460° below zero: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin scale); people in Chicago start saying, 'cold 'nuff for ya?' 500° below zero: Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series. ...feel free to "like" and follow our military/sports page.

women to take charge of their cardiovascular health, make it a top priority and live a stronger, longer life. The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is the Cities Go Red Sponsor for the movement. Every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or other form of cardiovascuLong Island, NY, November 1, 2013 - “How do you go red?” lar disease (CVD). Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of asks the American Heart Association. On Friday, February 7, women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 4 killer of 2014, people from across Long Island, as well as corporations, women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legisladeaths annually. The American Heart Association Go Red tors, members of the media, teachers, and people from all For Women movement is about turning around these stawalks of life will be wearing red to focus attention on - and tistics. It’s also about resources, information and hope. raise funds to fight - the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascuDonations to Go Red For Women help support our efforts to lar disease. educate women and to fund breakthrough research by the On February 7th, the American Heart Association’s 11th AnAmerican Heart Association that helps ensure women are reprenual National Wear Red Day asks women to show their support sented in clinical studies. for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. It’s an easy, For more information about National Wear Red Day and to sign up powerful way to speak up and show support for Go Red For Women®, your company or organization, call Jessica DiMeo at 516-450-9111 or the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. The email Jessica.dimeo@heart.org. Go Red For Women movement, sponsored nationally by Macys urges

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT Love and marriage go hand in hand. I was looking on Facebook today and a picture of a wedding cake was shown. One side had beautiful decoration, relating to a wedding celebration, and the other side, had images of Bat Man. This is a wedding that maybe should be placed on hold, until the two can come to agreement on small things. In order for a couple to make a marriage work, there are certain preliminary requirements. Be sure the relationship is based on love. Something much stronger than lust. As a couple ages, the drive for sex diminishes, and they should each have a relationship based on love to act as the adhesive to hold the home and family together. Many young couples, step out on lust and have children. During the formative years while the children are growing, the couple barely has private time together. They barely spend vacations together, and then it’s college time; the kids are out of the house, and now the couple are like newly weds, but have no love that they can grab on to. The relationship dissolves. It happens much more than we can imagine. A marriage happens overnight, but a relationship is built over time. Twenty percent of marriages fail after five years, 35% fail after ten years. Get to know your partner, ask real questions, give real answers, and never stop learning about each other in a caring way. Listen to each other,

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and absorb what is being shared. When I have an intimate conversation with a lady, It is all I am asking is that she listens to what I am sharing, so that she can know the real me, as I am listening to her for the same reasons. If you hear something that you don’t like, or are uncomfortable with, it is to your advantage to store it and be mindful of it. Many things shared in passing are important for developing or walking away from a relationship. These things are important before marriage, because a lot of what you already know will go away. How does he treat his own mother? A clear sign of how you can expect to be treated. How does she handle her credit cards? Watch out guys, this you need to know. Premarital counseling is not designed to reinforce what you already know, it is designed primarily to help you to see those things you didn’t see. It is better for both to ask, seek and discover, beforehand, to avoid the pitfalls of what happens after the weight gain, the balding, the lost teeth, the breaking wind and the refusal to work. A Christ centered life, will help a couple to weather any storm. It will encircle you with love that transcends the secular desires, and you will grow in grace and in love. Christian couples can do all those things that non Christians do. The privacy of your bedroom is between the two of you. Make time for one another, as you make time for the Pastor. Share time with your children, and set aside time for private moments. Marriage takes work, but it is work well worth the effort.

Happy New Year - Next NAN Meeting on Jan 10th On behalf of the Nassau Chapter of NAN I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year filled with joy, peace, prosperity and good health! This year promises to be a good year and we have a full slate of activities planned for our chapter. The next Chapter Meeting will be on Friday, Jan 10th at 7:30pm at our regular meeting place: New Life Christian Ministries, 70 N. Main St, 2nd floor in Freeport. Our guest speaker will be Attorney, Fred Brewington. We will also share with you news about upcoming activities and events, such as the annual NAN Convention in April at the Sheraton NYC and the cases we have been working on. We are also excited to announce that our leader, Rev Dr. Al Sharpton will be here with us at the Roosevelt Library to do a book signing for his new book, "The Rejected Stone". This event will take place on Saturday, Jan 18th at the Roosevelt Public Library located at 27 W. Fulton Ave. off Nassau Rd in Roosevelt. There will be a film presentation and musical performance beginning at 1pm and Rev. Sharpton will begin the book signing at 3pm. Books will be available for purchase prior to the signing for $20. See the attached flier for more information. Please share this information with others and I look forward to your support and participation in 2014. Again all the best for 2014.

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Rep. Carolyn McCarthy: I won't run again Originally published: January 8, 2014 12:46 PM Updated: January 8, 2014 1:39 PM By TOM BRUNE tom.brune@newsday.com Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nationally known gun-control advocate who has been under treatment for lung cancer since June, said Wednesday that she will not run for re-election this year. McCarthy, a Mineola Democrat who turned 70 on Sunday, said she decided after struggling with health issues for the past four years that it was time to let someone new step up to the job after she finishes her ninth term in Congress. "Today, I am announcing I will not be seeking reelection," McCarthy said in an exclusive interview this morning at a dining room table in her Mineola home, which she moved into when she was in first grade and still occupies. For the past 17 years, McCarthy has built a public career on her gun-control work, but she said her legacy also is about strong bipartisan ties and the legislation she has passed on health, education, and finance. She was propelled into public life by the killing of her husband and wounding of her son by a gunman on the Long Island Rail Road 20 years ago. McCarthy acknowledged she has become a public face for the cause of gun control after every tragedy since. But after the outpouring support for legislation to curb gun violence following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, she said she was convinced that others can step up as the new faces of the gun-control movement. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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"It's something that I have been thinking about really from the half past year," she said, "and after what happened at Newtown, so many voices came out . . . and their voices were so strong." She cited Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman critically wounded in a shooting two years ago Wednesday, and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg as two of her key successors in advocating gun control. In reaction to McCarthy's decision, Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said: "I'm very sad she has decided not to seek re-election. She's a good friend. I've been with her since the beginning and I feel very badly about it." McCarthy said she has finished chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan that she began after being diagnosed with lung cancer in June, but that she remains on medication for now. She said she had planned to return to Washington this week with the rest of Congress, but her doctors advised her to wait to avoid catching the flu. She said she expects to go back to work in a "couple of weeks." McCarthy acknowledged her announcement will set off a scramble to fill her job, but she said she has not settled on a candidate she plans to back. During the hourlong interview, McCarthy, her hair cropped short, said her legacy would include issues such as her early hearings on bullying and good nutrition for children. She also touted her ability to sit down with Republicans to create bipartisan bills. McCarthy spent 32 years as a licensed practical nurse before tragedy altered the course of her life on Dec. 7, 1993. That was the day gunman Colin Ferguson killed six, including her husband, Dennis, and wounded 19, among them her son Kevin, in a shooting spree on a Hicksvillebound Long Island Rail Road train. (Continued on page 12)

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Why the Christie scandal is a major challenge for Republicans Chris Christie seems to be the man the Republicans are looking for. Conservatives, even some Tea Party folks, love

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Christie’s opponents, even some Republicans, have long suggested his bipartisan appeal masks a politician who is at times mean. That charge will now have greater credence after what Christie’s aides have done. It is two years before anyone will vote in the 2016 presidential primaries, but at first glance, this controversy has broader implications for the GOP. Few potential Republican presidential candidates had proven they could win swing voters, women or minorities, even in a state race, the way Christie has. Perhaps the party’s strongest candidate now has attached to him a controversy that will be easy for most voters to understand. And it could be worse. If this controversy sticks, Christie may have a hard time even entering the 2016 race. He is likely to face investigations for much of the next year in New Jersey over how much and when he knew that his aides had authorized these lane closings. Mayors from towns in New Jersey may air similar complaints about the behavior of the governor’s staff. And Christie himself, who had become a media darling after his gubernatorial victory, will now be closely scrutinized by the press for any signs of overly aggressive behavior toward his political opponents.

his blunt talk, occasional Obama-bashing, and generally conservative record. Moderate Republicans and party strategists see him as a winner, particularly after he won 20 percent of black voters and more half of the votes of Latinos and women in his reelection campaign in November. He is emerging as the Republican establishment candidate for 2016, and that person usually wins the party’s nomination. But now his prospects may have been damaged. Some of Christie’s top aides stand accused of closing lanes on a New Jersey bridge last year in an attempt to punish the town of Fort Lee because its Democratic mayor refused to endorse the governor. The controversy not only calls into question the claims of bi-partisanship of Christie, who suggested in November he could unify not just New Jersey but the entire country, but also could implicate the governor in misleading the public. When previously asked about the lane closings, Christie has suggested his top aides had nothing to do with it.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Jacksonville woman who spent 21 months in jail after unsuccessfully invoking Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law as a defense for firing a gun at her husband is facing parole violation charges.

At best, Christie has put people in his inner circle who felt it was appropriate to punish an entire town in this way for political reasons. Democrats are already suggesting the worst: Christie knew of this scheme himself, a charge the governor has denied.

Prosecutors say Marissa Alexander violated her home detention by making short trips to places near her home. But Alexander’s attorney told the Florida Times-Union for a story Tuesday that each trip was approved by parole supervisors. Alexander left jail on bond in November.

Either way, this is a very damaging political scandal. To contrast with controversies surrounding Barack Obama, his top White House aides were not directly involved in how the IRS investigated Tea Party groups and sending e-mails to each other bragging about it. Whatever happened involving the attack on the embassy at Benghazi in 2012, the administration did not itself authorize the attack. The struggles of HealthCare.gov did not result from vindictiveness.

Alexander was denied immunity under the state’s selfdefense law and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Her conviction was thrown out by an appeals court and a new trial set for next month.

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She became a gun control activist. After then-Republican Rep. Dan Frisa voted to repeal the assault weapon ban she had worked for, she mounted a campaign against him, running as a registered Republican and a Democratic candidate, winning 57 percent to 41 percent. She came to Congress initially to pass gun-control laws -- she said she thought she could do it in two years, and then return home. McCarthy said she quickly learned it would take longer, especially after Democrats edged away from the issue and Republicans, who controlled the House for five of her seven terms, opposed such efforts. Her biggest achievement in her 17 years in Congress took five years of legislating: the National Instant Background Check Improvements Act of 2007, signed into law by President George W. Bush. It was the first significant gun-control bill in 14 years. It began as a reaction to a mentally ill man's killing of a Catholic priest and parishioner at a Lynbrook church during morning Mass in 2002. The act funds states to update records of ineligible gun buyers, including the mentally ill, felons and those under restraining orders, and requires federal agencies to share that information. She said she had contemplated not running for re-election in 2012, after she had struggled with treatment for a bad back, but decided to stay. But now, she said, she's ready to leave. But she added, she's not walking away from the cause. "Just because I'm leaving Congress doesn't mean I'm not going to be an activist," she said. "I couldn't even imagine leaving Congress, and think I'm just going to go into retirement. That's not who I am."

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AT THE KWANZAA CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (5th left, standing, back row) greets GDA Director and Founder Rochelle Gooding and the members of the Gooding Dance Academy at the recent Kwanzaa Cultural Celebration held at the Nassau County African-American Museum in Hempstead.

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TOH Inauguration The Town of Hempstead hosted their Inauguration 2014 at the Nathan Bennett Pavilion at Town Hall. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was sworn in by Attorney Fred Brewington whil members fo her family looked on. THE VISION OF VICTORY SINGERS ARE HONORED: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (2nd left) presents an official Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition to The Vision of Victory Singers in appreciation of the wonderful musical selection that they performed at the recent Town of Hempstead Induction of Officials Ceremony held at the Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. Pictured (left to right) are Tsara Smith of Roosevelt, Supervisor Murray, Elder Brenda Mackey of Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral in Roosevelt, and Co-Pastor Stephanie Smith of Christian Covenant Worship Church in Freeport.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall As the New Year rang in last Wednesday amid celebrations large and small, major news stories were allowed to slip through the cracks. One of particular note was a Supreme Court decision regarding the provision of the Affordable Care Act that mandates that health care providers must make contraceptives readily available. On Tuesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor exempted two Catholic non-profits from the mandate for an unspecified amount of time, saving them from paying fines for non-compliance. Finding the balance between religious autonomy and government authority is difficult at best, and an issue like contraception can be particularly challenging.

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mously (and colorfully) said: “The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” Wherever you stand on the issue, it is clear that unwanted pregnancies, particularly among teenage girls, is a tremendous problem in our country. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health, in 2012, there were 29.4 births for every 1,000 adolescent females age 15 -19, or 305,420 babies born to this age group. Peer pressure to engage in premarital sex is strong in the world we live in today. If your personal religious beliefs prohibit the use of contraceptives, I urge you to discuss those beliefs with your adolescent children and help them to understand your perspective. If contraception is not an issue for you, it is no less important that you discuss your views and offer guidelines to the young teens in your family. And regardless of your perspective, please keep the lines of communication about these matters open and educate your sons and daughters about the potential consequences of becoming sexually involved. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. To report any non-emergency issues around the Village, remember to use the VillageLine at 516-478-6333. Sincerely,

With the passing of the calendar year, many of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act went into effect. One of these provisions states that, while churches and houses of worship are exempt, organizations with religious affiliation such as church-run hospitals, parochial schools and charities, must provide no-cost contraception programs for employees or enable a third-party insurer to provide separate benefits. Justice Sotomayor’s decision has far-reaching implications not only because it provides a precedent for other religious nonprofits to fight for exemption in the future, but because it vividly encapsulates a debate that has been at the forefront of American politics since our country’s inception: the separation of church and state. Separation between church and state is one of the most important tenets of our democracy. Our country is characterized by tolerance for all religions, and all beliefs; in order to protect the right of individuals and groups to enjoy religious freedom, it may be necessary to make certain exceptions. Respect for our citizens’ religious beliefs is the reason churches are exempt from certain taxes, many government offices are closed on holy days, and elected officials are sworn in on a Bible. The issue becomes difficult to navigate, however, when it involves a matter of public health. At what point does a government’s responsibility to protect its citizens supersede its duty to enable religious freedom? As former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once faNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Public Service Announcement from the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Did you know that you, your relative, neighbor or friend could be a victim of domestic violence? Domestic Violence has no boundaries. Contact the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for help. Call the 24-hour hotline 631-6668833. Trained counselors are always available. For more information visit sccadv.org

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Recreational marijuana is now legal to buy in Colorado, and it's not cheap. But pot smokers who waited in five-hour long lines weren't necessarily looking for a deal on Green Wednesday.

Prices were also increased by the new 25 percent tax -15 percent excise and 10 percent sales -- on all marijuana purchases in the state that voters approved in November, along with any other local jurisdictional taxes on top of that. Marijuana sales are expected to generate nearly $70 million in tax revenue for Colorado in 2014.

"Our most expensive strains sold the quickest," said Toni Fox, proprietor of Denver's 3D Cannabis Center, to The Huffington Post. "We're closing Monday and Tuesday next week to reassess after the large volume of sales we are seeing."

But some dispensary owners, like 3D's Fox, chose to absorb the cost of excise tax in order to keep marijuana prices competitive. Fox told HuffPost that her most expensive eighths sold for approxi-

Here's How Much It Costs To Buy Weed In Colorado Now

The Huffington Post spoke with owners at many of the roughly 30 dispensaries that sold legal weed on New Year's Day, and they all said the same thing: an eighth of an ounce of marijuana, which would have normally sold for as low as $25, was fetching anywhere between $35 to $70, after taxes. The proprietor of Denver-based Medicine Man revealed to The Denver Post that, after taxes, the shop was selling an eighth for about $64, and although The Associated Press found at least one shop selling the same amount for as much as $70, Marijuana.com found that the average price right now is approximately $65. So which strains were the most popular? All of them, according to dispensary owners throughout the state. But many also said their own custom and award-winning strains were big sellers as well. Many shops raised prices or enforced a purchasing cap of one eighth-ounce in order to mitigate against a possible marijuana shortage. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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mately $50 after taxes. The state projects nearly $600 million in retail and wholesale marijuana sales annually. Colorado is the first, and for now, the only state in the U.S. adults 21-and-over can buy marijuana legally. Dispensaries in Washington state, where voters also approved recreational marijuana sales in 2012, aren't expected to open until later in 2014.

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Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. will be hosting its monthly “Business Card Exchange January 10, 2014 Long Island, NY – December 13, 2013 - On January 10, 2014 the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. will be presenting its monthly “Business Card Exchange & Breakfast Series” at Loli’s Soul Food Restaurant 143 North Franklin Street, Hempstead New York 11553. The Business Card Exchange will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. The Business Card Exchange and Breakfast Series support its mission of advancing and promoting economic development for businesses in the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings Counties. The Special Guest speaker is Judith Tyne Associate Dean of Hofstra University. About: Judith Tyne Associate Dean of Hofstra University - Judith Tyne, B.B.A. Hofstra University, M.A. SUNY Stony Brook. Judith holds Certification in Business Education from New York State and a Career Development Facilitator Certificate from Hofstra University. Judith created and developed the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, maintains linkages with business organizations, participates in public and private sector activities, responsible for administration and operations of programs and activities including Distinguished Lecture Series, Entrepreneurial Assistance and QuickBooks Certificate Programs, Community Development and Corporate Projects. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Before joining Hofstra, Judith was Associate Director at Burgos and Associates, a minority management consulting firm. The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.’s monthly Business Card Exchange and Breakfast Series is designed to help facilitate trade and foster business growth through a variety of channels such as networking events, informational sessions, access to capital, and technical assistance. Phil Andrews, President, Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. About the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (L.I.A.A.C.C.) “The Mission of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., is to advance and promote economic development for business, and to advance responsive government and quality education on the behalf of all small businesses, with emphasis on African Ancestry, while preserving the Long Island community”. Long Island means the New York State counties on Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings. A Chamber of Commerce is one of the most well known and recognizable organizations in the country chartered to stimulate business in local and regional areas where they are designated to serve.

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ASK LISA-ANNE Do you know if your child is thinking about or having sex? Q. As a teacher in a local public high school, I fret everyday when I see the sexual behaviors between the students as they travel through the hallways. These behaviors include but are not limited to groping, kissing, hugging and grinding. I don’t think many parents realize how much their children know and are doing concerning sex. This is especially true during the time that school is out and parents are not at home yet! What can parents do? A. These are challenging times that we are living in. It used to be that parents worried about teen pregnancy. However, today the worries include pregnancy at earlier ages, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual bullying, and significant peer pressure to engage in sex, emotional and psychological injuries, sexting and sexual harassment at school and online in social networks! The age of peeking interest in sex has also lowered so that it is not uncommon to hear of 10 year old children engaging in sexual behavior or achieving pregnancy. The increase is most likely due to a combination of different influences ranging from the changing of social norms, more relaxed and liberal attitudes toward sex, the prevalence of sex in the media, the decreasing importance of religion in society, the fact that people are getting married older and the increasingly easy access to various methods of birth control. As reported by The Quinnipiac Chronicle, October 19, 2011. The Incidence of Sex Among Tweens and Teens! Almost all Americans have premarital sex, says a report published in USA Today issue December, 2006 that analyzed federal data over time and suggests programs focusing on sexual abstinence until marriage may be unrealistic. Have we really given up on abstinence? The study, which used statistics from the 1982, 1988, 1995 and 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, asked about 40,000 people ages 15 - 44 about their sexual behavior and traced the trends in premarital sex back to the 1950s. Of those interviewed in 2002, 95% reported they had had premarital sex; 93% said they did so by age 30. Among women born in the 1940s, nearly nine in 10 did. At the same time, people are waiting longer to marry; 2005 data show median age at first marriage is just over 25 for women and 27 for men. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the majority of teens and young adults are having sex. In 1999, more than half of all high school students reported being sexually active. The number of high school students reporting that they have had multiple sex partners increases with age, from 33 percent of female and 45 percent of male 9th graders NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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(freshmen) to 66 percent of female and 64 percent of male 12th-graders (high school seniors). A study released by the CDC in 1997, found that nearly 80 percent of college students 18 to 24 years of age have had sexual intercourse. When, How and Where? So we know unfortunately that they are having sex on a large scale. That does not mean that as parents or teachers that we should give up! Kids who are active in extracurricular events like sports, dance, boys and girls clubs, karate and who are raised with a moral sense or religious sense of identification tend to put off sex until later. But that’s no guarantee. The prime time for youth to have sex is during free periods at school, while skipping school and the few hours that they are home alone before parents get home from work. Don’t be fooled. They are creative and will do it right under your nose. One teen I knew confessed to her mother that she was sexually active at church! Others sneak by going to a friend’s house or tell their parents they are going to a friend’s house and go somewhere else. Other favorites include camp, mall, movie theatres and cars. Don’t forget under the steps in middle and high schools. Our job is to lessen the chance and occurrence as much as we can. That means being involved and keeping tabs on your kids. What is Sexting? ‘Sexting’ is the practice of sending and receiving sexual images on a mobile phone. A recent study at the University of Melbourne, Australia, reported on September 30, 2011 is one of the first academic investigations into ‘sexting’ from a young person’s perspective in Australia. The findings were presented to the 2011 Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Canberra. Ms Shelley Walker from the Primary Care Research Unit in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne said the study not only highlighted the pressure young people experienced to engage in sexting, it also revealed the importance of their voice in understanding and developing responses to prevent and deal with the problem. The qualitative study involved individual interviews with 33 young people (15 male and 18 female) aged 15 – 20 years. Preliminary findings revealed young people believed a highly sexualized media culture bombarded young people with sexualized images and created pressure to engage in sexting. Young people discussed the pressure boys place on each other to have girls’ photos on their phones and computers. They said if boys refrained from engaging in the activity they were labeled ‘gay’ or could be ostracized from the peer group. Both genders talked about the pressure girls experienced from boyfriends or strangers to reciprocate on exchanging sexual images. Some young women talked about the expectation (or more subtle pressure) to be (Continued on page 20)

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involved in sexting, simply as a result of having viewed images of girls they know.


13. Set parental controls on TV’s and computers

Both young men and women talked about being sent or shown images or videos, sometimes of people they knew or of pornography without actually having agreed to look at it first. Ms Walker said ‘sexting’ is a rapidly changing problem as young people keep up with new technologies such as using video and Internet via mobile phones.

15. Arrange to pick them up after school or put them in an

The Australian Communication & Media Authority reported in 2010 that around 90 percent of young people aged 15-17 owned mobile phones.

18. Ask questions

They Think Oral Sex is Harmless! Remember, youth are not always thinking with logic. They are often ‘in the moment’ thinkers. Some are convinced that oral sex is safe because it avoids pregnancy. There is a commonly held belief among many lay people that oral sex carries little or no risk. In fact, some consider oral sex a safer sex alternative. But the truth is, like any other sexual activity, oral sex carries a risk of transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Visit http:// aids.about.com/od/tipsforsafersex/qt/safeoral.htm for safety tips! Many programs have tried to encourage kids to take virginity pledges or to become new virgins by waiting from then to a later date like marriage. A Health Day News article in December, 2010 reports that teens who take virginity pledges are just as likely to have sex as teens that don't make such promises -- and they're less likely to practice safe sex to prevent disease or pregnancy, a new study finds. This study was conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Check out for the full article. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story? id=6541666&page=1 What’s the Solution? The solution is education and parental guidance and intervention. You can’t be with your kids 24/7 however you can tighten the noose. Here are some tips for parents:

14. Monitor computer and phone use

afternoon program at school 16. Teach them about the dangers of sex, STD’s and teen

pregnancy 17. Constantly remind them about the dangers

19. Be there 20. Don’t be afraid to take away privileges and electronics

for breaking agreements and curfew 21. Call the house phone every ½ hour so they have to an-

swer 22. Have the talk early don’t wait till 13 start at 9 or 10 years

old and slowly build up in details as they get older 23. Call and make sure they are where they say they are

Show up unannounced every now and then to see if they are where they say they are and to make them think twice not knowing if you may show up Good Luck! 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 speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They SSSay I’m a St St Stutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways To Succeed With ADHD and 365+Ways To Succeed With ADHD available at www.Amazoncom. She is the education editor for the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

1. Have open lines of communication 2. Start opening lines of communication 3. Share your experiences as a teen so they know you under-

stand 4. Teach them about delayed gratification 5. Have a curfew 6. Know where they are at all times 7. Call their phones to check up on them 8. Call the house phone so you know they are at home 9. Have their friends phone numbers 10. Know their friends 11. Get to know the parents 12. Talk to other parents before sleepovers as some are more NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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2014 Bill Gates Scholars Program Will Give Away 1,000 Scholarships To Minority Students Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is January 14, 2014. Nationwide -- Every year, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented minority students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The program provides scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. Administered by the United Negro College Fund, the program was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 1999, it has funded the education of more than 16,000 students, awarding them more than $614 million dollars to pay for tuition, fees, books and housing. To apply for the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars program, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/08/the-gates-millennium-scholars-program.html To find hundreds of other scholarship opportunities, visit:

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Study: Nearly half of black men arrested by 23 A new study released today by the journal Crime & Delinquency has found that 49 percent of African-American are arrested by the time they are just 23 years old. White men don’t fare much better. Forty percent of white males are arrested by the time they are 23. “A problem is that many males – especially black males – are navigating the transition from youth to adulthood with the baggage and difficulties from contact with the criminal justice system,” says Robert Brame, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina and lead author of the study.

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At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. This study is a follow-up on a similar research project conducted in 2012 for the journal Pediatrics, however this one used a larger sample size of the population. It utilized national survey data from 1997 to 2008 of teenagers and young adults. It includes minor crimes like truancy and more serious offenses such as violent crimes. Traffic violations, however, were excluded. “As a society, we often worry a great deal about the effects of children watching television, eating junk food, playing sports and having access to good schools,” Brame says. “Experiencing formal contact with the criminal justice system could also have powerful effects on behavior and impose substantial constraints on opportunities for America’s youth.”

“Criminal records that show up in searches can impede employment, reduce access to housing, thwart admission to and financing for higher education and affect civic and volunteer activities such as voting or adoption. They also can damage personal and family relationships,” added Brame. Among the other key findings of the study: By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested. By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested. While the prevalence of arrest increased for females from age 18 to 23, the variation between races was slight. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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KING CENTER ANNOUNCES ‘CHOOSE NONVIOLENCE’ CAMPAIGN AND 2014 KHO PLANS 2,000+ Students (Elementary – College) are Being Encouraged and Challenged to Choose Nonviolence ATLANTA…Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center today announced plans for the 2014 observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a special emphasis on inspiring and educating youth to ‘Choose Nonviolence.’ “We will commemorate the 85th birthday anniversary of my father with an array of exciting and uplifting programs and events to encourage people everywhere to choose nonviolence, particularly young people,” said Ms. King, announcing plans for the 2014 MLK observance. Ms. King said that the “Choose Nonviolence” challenge will permeate The King Center’s multifaceted 10-day program. More than 1,500 students from greater Atlanta elementary, middle and high schools will converge on the King Center’s campus for an interactive and engaging dialogue between the students and members of the King family from Monday January 13 thru Thursday January 16. Students will explore practical ways to prevent violence, resolve conflicts and make a difference for the better. The dialogues will be moderated by a stellar group of local media anchors and personalities, including: Russ Spencer (Fox5-TV); Jovita Moore and Sophia Choi (WSB-TV); Lorraine Jacques-White (WAOK Radio); Mara Davis (WABE 90.1 Radio); Derrick Boazman (1380 WAOK Radio); Donna Lowry (WXIA-TV); Darian “Big Tigger” (V-103 Radio); Craig Bell (CBS Atlanta) and Ebony Steele (Dish Nation/Rickey Smiley Morning Show), and others. On Wednesday, January 15, (6-9 pm), The King Center, will convene a discussion entitled From Chaos to Community (A Dialogue on Human Trafficking) at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary. Moderated by Mo Ivory, panelists include: Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge; Sheryl DeLuca Johnson, executive director of Street GRACE, an alliance of churches dedicated to the eradication of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Atlanta; and sex trafficking abolitionist/author Rachel Lloyd; Neal Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape, and others. There will also be a ‘Choose Nonviolence: Nonviolence or Nonexistence Discussion,’ on Thursday, January 16, at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The featured panelists include SCLC veteran activist Rev. Willie Bolden; financial literacy champion John Hope Bryant; Alayna Eagle Shield of the Standing Rock Reservation; Chicago’s ‘Violence Interrupter’ Ameena Matthews and others. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The King Center, in partnership with Kaplan University, will engage another 300+ college students and the general public from throughout metro Atlanta on the implications of nonviolence on their campuses and in their communities at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Morehouse College, on Friday, January 17. Panelists include Malika Redmond, executive director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW; Dr. Kendra King Momon, Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program, Oglethorpe University; Doris Crenshaw, founder of the Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute, and others. Following the discussion, students will be encouraged to commit to developing campus work groups to address one form of violence on their campus and to address it through nonviolence. Kaplan University is recording the session that will be posted on their website and The King Center’s site so that student teams from throughout the country and the world may accept the challenge of addressing a form of violence on their campus and share their experiences through social media. The 10-day birthday commemoration features more than 20 programs, beginning Friday, January 10, 2014 and continuing through January 20th, the MLK holiday. Other King Center 2014 MLK observance programs will include: 2014 King Holiday Observance Choose Nonviolence: Kick-off and Reception – Friday January 10th (5:30-7:30 pm) – This opening event of the 2014 MLK Observance programs will bring together diverse people and leaders from the local, national and international communities – and launch the “Choose Nonviolence” campaign. Celebrating the Legacy of Yolanda D. King through the Arts – Saturday, January 11th (11:00 am to 6 pm) at the King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium. Includes free screenings of three films followed by conversations with the audiences: The Loving Story; The Trials of Muhammad Ali; and Girl Rising. Dr. King: An Intimate Conversation and Book Signing – Sunday, January 12th (2 to 5 pm) at The King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium. Dr. Christine King Farris, King Center CEO Bernice A. King and Dr. Angela Farris Watkins will autograph books written by King family members. Launch of Choose Nonviolence: 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign – Wednesday, January 15th. An inter-active on-line and social media dialogue to help mobilize young people against violence and embrace nonviolence as a way of life. The Annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner – January 18th (6 pm Reception, 7 pm Dinner) at the Hyatt-Regency Downtown Atlanta. Honoring Muhammad Ali, Xerox Inc., Pakistani anti-violence advocate Khalida Brohi and One Billion Rising and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler. Emcees Malcolm Jamal Warner and Dawnn Lewis will preside, with Dinner Chair Lisa Borders, chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation and co-chairs Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation and environmentalist attorney Rutherford Seydel. The MLK Jr. Annual Commemorative Service – January 20 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary (10 am). (Continued on page 24)

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Libs furious that Obama names black woman Republican as federal judge Libs hate the idea of black women Republicans so much that one of the best-known black Democrats in Congress is threatening to go to war with a black Democrat president over the prospect of a black woman being named a federal judge because she’s a Republican. Which party is in a “war on women?” U.S. Rep. John L. Lewis, the Georgia Democrat whose aides falsely claimed was spit on by conservatives opposing Obamacare back in 2010, is accusing the president of selling out his political base by naming Eleanor Ross as a federal judge. She is, literally, not politically correct enough. (Continued from page 23)

With keynote speaker Rev. Raphael Warnock, Sr. pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a host of local and national leaders. Ministry through music includes the electrifying violinist Ken Ford. Ringing of Bells for Peace – The King Center and consulates representing the nations of the world will help lead the “Choose Nonviolence: Let Freedom Ring” global bellringing events by ringing bells at the conclusion of the Commemorative Service “to symbolically herald a new age of nonviolence.” The King Center is also supporting a broad range of more than two dozen other MLK commemorative programs in partnership with diverse organizations. The King Center’s annual MLK observance will set the stage for a momentous year for Dr. King’s legacy, including the 50th anniversary of two major historical milestones – the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. King. Ms. King said that the theme for the 2014 King holiday observance, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King's Legacy of Peace for Our World,” underscores the urgency of Dr. King’s challenge to people of every nation to “choose nonviolence as a way of life, as well as a method for peaceful social change. People all over the world are crying out for an end to the senseless violence that afflicts their families, communities, nations and world. Our hope is that The 2014 MLK holiday observance will help lay the foundation for a world-wide movement to begin building the beloved community of my father’s dream.” All King Center events, except for the Annual Salute to Greatness Dinner, are free of charge. For more detailed information about the MLK birthday observance program, see the attached full program schedule.

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Since most black women are Democrats, Lewis reasons, any black woman Obama appoints should be Democrat, too. “Black women vote in a higher percentage than any other group in Georgia,” Lewis told USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham for a column published Tuesday. “I think the president should do better by them.” And Wickham, one of the most reliably inane lib pundits in a country rife with inane lib pundits – agrees. “Lewis is right,” he writes. “This fight is about the long term, not the remaining years of Obama’s presidency,” he writes. “As important as it is to Democrats to get as many of Obama’s judicial nominations confirmed as possible, it’s even more important to put the right people on the bench.” What’s interesting about the column is that Wickham describes opposition to five other nominees Obama put forward based on their record – one voted as a state representative to keep the Confederate battle flag on the Georgia state flag, another is an attorney who defended Georgia’s common-sense voter ID law. Fair enough. Flawed but fair enough. The opposition to Ross’s nomination, though, appears to be based entirely on her race, her sex and her politics – in that order. There’s a beautiful irony in the confirmation fight that’s coming over Ross – and one that the libs will no doubt are miss completely. The first black president names the first black woman to the federal bench in Georgia and “civil rights leaders” who’ve made skin color a primary way of judging people for decades are furious because she’s not their kind. And Republicans are in a war on women?

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Charges for 106 in Huge Fraud Over Disability The retired New York City police officers and firefighters showed up for their psychiatric exams disheveled and disoriented, most following a nearly identical script. They had been coached on how to fail memory tests, feign panic attacks and, if they had worked during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to talk about their fear of airplanes and entering skyscrapers, prosecutors said. And they were told to make it clear they could not leave the house, much less find a job. But their Facebook pages told investigators a starkly different story, according to an indictment and other court papers. Former police officers who had told government doctors they were too mentally scarred to leave home had posted photographs of themselves fishing, riding motorcycles, driving water scooters, flying helicopters and playing basketball. “The brazenness is shocking,” Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said on Tuesday. The online photos, along with intercepted phone calls and the testimony of undercover officers, were evidence of what officials said was the largest fraud ever perpetrated against the Social Security disability system, a scheme stretching back to 1988 in which as many as 1,000 people — many of them officers and firefighters already collecting pensions from the city — were suspected to have bilked the federal government out of an estimated $400 million. Joseph Esposito, a retired New York police officer, appeared at the Manhattan district attorney's office on Tuesday. Michael Appleton for The New York Times An indictment unsealed on Monday by the Manhattan district attorney’s office charges 106 people, four of whom are accused of running the scheme. The group was headed by Raymond Lavallee, 83, a Long Island lawyer who started his career as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and once served as a senior Nassau County prosecutor, court papers said. Mr. Lavallee worked most closely with two men: Thomas Hale, 89, a pension consultant who investigators say filled out applications, and Joseph Minerva, 61, a former police officer who works for the Detectives’ Endowment Association. The organizers received cash kickbacks of more than $28,000 from each applicant, money that was taken from the recipients’ first check from the Social Security Administration, prosecutors said. Lawyers for all four men denied the accusations. Scores of former police officers and firefighters were arNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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rested on Tuesday and brought in handcuffs to State Supreme Court in Manhattan, where they were arraigned before Acting Justice Daniel Fitzgerald on charges of grand larceny. They are accused of collecting between $30,000 and $50,000 a year. Many of the 72 city police officers and eight firefighters named in the 205-count indictment had blamed the Sept. 11 attacks for what they described as mental problems: posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and severe depression. “It’s a particularly cynical part of the charged scheme that approximately half the defendants falsely claimed that their psychiatric disabilities were caused by the 9/11 attacks,” Mr. Vance said at a news conference. Yet investigators said the accused were living full lives and in many cases were holding jobs in private security, construction and landscaping. Several of the defendants documented their activities on

Facebook. The bail letter includes photographs culled from the Internet that show one former officer riding a water scooter and others working at jobs including helicopter pilot and martial arts instructor. One is shown fishing off the coast of Costa Rica and another sitting astride a motorcycle, while another appeared in a television news story selling cannoli at the Feast of San Gennaro in Manhattan. Prosecutors said Joseph Esposito, 64, who retired from the Police Department in 1990, coached the applicants to act symptomatic during exams conducted by psychiatrists for the Social Security Administration. In one secretly recorded telephone conversation, Mr. Esposito told an applicant to misspell words and miscalculate simple arithmetic, and to say that she kept the television on at home “just to hear a voice in the house,” but to emphasize that she kept changing channels because she could not focus. “When you’re talking to the guy, don’t look directly at him,” Mr. Esposito said, according to a transcript of the conversation in the bail letter. “You know, pause for a second. You’re just trying to show that, you know, you’re depressed. (Continued on page 26)

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You, you can’t, you, you don’t have any desire for anything, and if you can, you pretend you have panic attacks.” Mr. Vance said one of the defendants, Louis Hurtado, had retired from the Police Department with a disability pension after sustaining a neck injury and then opened and taught at a martial arts studio. Yet he still applied for disability from the Social Security Administration, saying he had post-traumatic stress disorder. During the bail hearing, Christopher Santora, an assistant district attorney, outlined how the scheme worked. The defendants generally first contacted Mr. Esposito, who was known in law enforcement circles for helping people secure disability benefits. Mr. Esposito would take applicants to Mr. Hale and Mr. Minerva, who referred them to one of two psychiatrists. With Mr. Esposito’s coaching, the applicants would go to the psychiatrists for a year to build a false record of mental instability before applying for benefits. Mr. Hale then filled out the applications in cookie-cutter fashion, using the same phrases, like, “I don’t have interest in anything,” and “I am up and down all night long.” The bail letter traced the scheme’s origins to 1988 and estimated that the retirees collected fraudulent disability awards, over time ranging from approximately $50,000 to $500,000. All told, $21.4 million in disability benefits was paid to people charged in the indictment. Among the others charged were correction officers, Nassau and Suffolk County police officers and civilians. Lawyers for the men accused of organizing the scheme predicted they would prevail in court. Mr. Lavallee’s lawyer, Raymond Perini, said “a decorated Korean War vet, F.B.I. agent and prosecutor lost his 60-year reputation today and we are going to win that back in the courtroom.” Mr. Hale’s lawyer, Joseph Conway, said that his client’s consulting business would prove to be legitimate. Mr. Esposito’s lawyer, Brian Griffin, said his client denied the accusations. Mr. Griffin said most of the people named in the indictment did have a disability of some kind, noting prosecutors appear to be alleging that only the mental disabilities underlying the federal Social Security applications were exaggerated. Mr. Minerva’s lawyer, Glenn Hardy, said his client had a legitimate job helping officers obtain benefits and denied that Mr. Minerva had told applicants what to say. Mr. Lavallee and Mr. Hale were each released on $1 million bail, while Mr. Esposito posted $500,000 and Mr. Minerva put up $250,000. The inquiry started in 2008 when Social Security investigators noticed that two retired police officers who had gun permits were also receiving payments for a mental disability. That discovery led to a review of other applications handled by Mr. Lavallee and a multiagency investigation. Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr., the inspector general for the Social Security Administration, said more arrests were expected. Correction: January 7, 2014 An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of money that the Social Security Administration paid out in benefits to the people charged in the indictment. It is $21.4 million, not $2.5 million. Susan C. Beachy and Kitty Bennett contributed reporting. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Miracle weight loss? No such thing, feds say in $34 million suit Maggie Fox NBC News The website promises you can lose weight without dieting – all you have to do is sprinkle “Sensa” on your food like salt and pepper. But it’s a false claim, the Federal Trade Commission says. The FTC says makers of Sensa have agreed to pay $26.5 million to settle charges they have been misleading consumers with their ads. The FTC is also announcing similar actions againt L’Occitane, which sells a "slimming” body cream; HCG Diet Direct, which sells an unproven human hormone treatment, and LeanSpa, whch promotes a “colon cleanse.” It’s all bogus, the FTC says. It's part of an FTC effort to collect $34 million on behalf of consumers. “This is the second-biggest deceptive advertising settlement in FTC history,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, told a news conference. “The chances of being successful at substantial weight loss just by sprinkling something on your food, rubbing creams on your body or just using a supplement, well, they’re slim to none.” Not only is the FTC collecting money to pay back to consumers who bought the products, but they’re asking newspapers, magazines, television and other media outlets to stop carrying false and misleading ads. And the agency is publishing some common sense guidelines to help consumers and media ad-buyers spot the most outrageously false claims. A few to look out for: Lose weight without diet or exercise! “The only thing you’ll lose is money,” the FTC advises Lose weight no matter how much you eat of your favorite foods! “Losing weight requires sensible food choices,” the FTC says. Just take a pill! “Doctors, dieticians, and other experts agree that there’s simply no magic way to lose weight without diet or exercise. Even pills approved by FDA to block the absorption of fat or help you eat less and feel full are to be taken with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise,” the FTC notes. Lose weight with our miracle diet patch or cream! “There’s nothing you can wear or apply to your skin that will cause you to lose weight,” the agency says. Americans are desperate to lose weight — twothirds of the population is overweight or obese. But drug companies are struggling to find a safe diet pill. Only four drugs are legally on the prescription market now — Qsymia, Belviq, orlistat and phentermine. Several have been withdrawn after safety concerns. The only other option for severely obese people, besides diet and exercise, is NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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surgery to limit how much they can eat. The FTC has a court order barring the companies and their principals from making weight-loss claims about dietary supplements, foods, or drugs unless they have two adequate and well-controlled human clinical studies supporting the claims. They’re also not supposed to make any other health-related claim unless it’s backed up by real evidence and not made-up studies. Makers of at least some of the products seemed unrepentant. Sensa’s site was still up during and after the FTC news conference. “Sensa uses the science of smell and taste to help you recognize when the body says, ‘Enough is enough,'” the website promises. It does add, in very small writing, a note saying it pays at least some of the people making testimonials. "Sensa Products, LLC made a business decision to settle with the FTC so it could focus on the core of its business: its customers. The settlement includes no admission of wrongful conduct by the company," the company said in a statement. "The company has agreed to make changes to its advertising claims but otherwise will continue business as usual." The company's founder, Chicago-based Dr. Alan Hirsch, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The FTC's complaint names parent company Sensa, Inc., CEO Adam Goldenberg, and Hirsch. “The defendants neither admit nor deny liability in these cases," the FTC’s Mary Engle told the news conference. Rich says Sensa Products LLC made at least $364 million selling its products, but Engle says the company spent much of that in more advertising. “Advertising is expensive,” Engle said. Another of the companies targeted by FTC sells products purporting to contain human choriogonadotropin or HCG, a hormone produced by women in the early stages of pregnancy. FTC says HCG has been falsely promoted for years as a weight-loss agent, although no responsibly conducted studies have shown it works. “HCG failed to produce any studies supporting these dramatic weight loss claims. We’ve also challenged the defendant’s claim that its weight loss plan was safe,” Rich said. It advocates an extremely low-calorie, 500-calories-aday diet, which should only be undertaken with medical supervision. But the FTC’s action against HCG Diet Direct — whose website was still up as of Tuesday afternoon — was suspended because it said the company couldn’t pay the $3.2 million judgment. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration and FTC issued warning letters to seven companies selling HCG products saying they don’t work and cannot be promoted for weight loss. L'Occitane's "Almond Shaping Delight" was also still on sale online Tuesday, even though the New Yorkbased company had been fined $450,000 for making false claims about it. “Almond tree buds, rich in draining fla(Continued on page 28)

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Minority doctors treat more minority patients Nonwhite physicians provide care to underserved ethnic minority patients more than their white counterparts, according to a new study published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, and it may be the solution to a worsening problem. “With the Affordable Care Act, more people are gaining insurance, and looking at the changes in the U.S. popula-

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nic minority patients being cared for by physicians of the same ethnicity. Visits have been shown to be longer and patients rate their satisfaction with care higher. Patients are also more likely to trust and continue with that same physician, which is shown to improve patients’ overall health outcomes. Yet, Marrast is careful about the message her team’s findings sends: “We’re not advocating for raciallysegregated medical care, or putting down what white physicians do for minority patients. But, we worry about patients being racially isolated.”

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tion with [an increase in] underserved ethnic minorities and people reporting English as a second language, there are concerns about whether or not there will be enough physicians to take care of those patients,” says Dr. Lyndonna Marrast, primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts. However, if minority physicians are more likely to take care of underserved populations, perhaps one solution is to increase the number of minority physicians, according to Marrast. “We encourage medical schools to train more minority physicians,” she adds. “This suggestion has been made for decades from other reports. We think that [medical schools] have the obligation to meet the needs of the community.”

vanoids, helps release existing fat cells throughout the entire body,” the site promises. No substance has ever been shown to actually do this. LeanSpa, which FTC has been acting against for months, will surrender assets worth $7.3 million, the FTC says. The FTC is trying to get the company’s founder Boris Mizhen and his wife Angelina Strano to surrender all their assets. The Food and Drug Administration often acts with FTC. Recently, FDA moved against diet supplement companies selling supposedly natural products that not only don't take weight off, but also contain potentially dangerous drugs. · Follow NBCNewsHealth on Facebook and on Twitter

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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Top 10 Research Report Long Island, NY – January 6, 2014 – New prevention guidelines, programs to control blood pressure, getting more people to access cardiac rehab services and a possible link between digestive bacteria and heart disease risk are included in a recap of last year’s top cardiovascular and stroke advances identified by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. “To become a nation of healthier people who live longer, better quality lives, it’s important to reflect on the progress we’ve made,” said Mariell Jessup, M.D., president of the American Heart Association and medical director of the Penn Heart and Vascular Center and professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. “Medical research answers critical questions we have about cardiovascular disease, raises important new questions and sets the stage for future concepts.” The association has been compiling an annual list of the top 10 major advances in heart disease and stroke science since 1996. Here are the association’s top scientific advances for 2013: 1. Prevention guidelines In November, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published a set of four guidelines on obesity, cholesterol, risk assessment and lifestyle to help patients and physicians prevent more heart attacks and strokes. The guidelines, based on a thorough review of scientific evidence, were completed by the AHA and ACC after being initiated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2008. Highlights: Obesity requires long-term professional management Obesity is more than a lifestyle issue, according to the AHA, and patients are more likely to stay on track when guided long-term by a trained professional in a healthcare setting. Losing weight and maintaining weight loss requires eating fewer calories than your body uses, exercising more and changing unhealthy behaviors. This guideline features a roadmap with multiple different approaches to help patients lose weight and keep it off, starting with evaluating every American’s body mass index – a ratio of height to weight. Patients with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese and need treatment and chronic follow-up. In the U.S., nearly 78 million adults are obese. Lower overall heart attack and stroke risk, not just cholesterol After lifestyle changes, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs could benefit about 33 million Americans who have a greater than 7.5 percent 10-year risk for heart attack and stroke. The term “ASCVD” in this guideline refers to the type of cardioNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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vascular disease caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, that can lead to heart attack or stroke. The guideline recommends that patients and their healthcare providers assess the patient’s risk of ASCVD events, and then discuss treatment options, including patient preferences. It also describes four major groups of people whose benefit from lowering their heart attack or stroke risk would clearly outweigh the risk of side effects from statin medications. These include patients: 1) with diagnosed ASCVD; 2) with LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol of more than 190 mg/dL with no secondary cause; 3) who are 40-75 years old with type 2 diabetes, an LDL cholesterol of 70 to 189 mg/dL, and don’t have diagnosed ASCVD; and 4) who have an estimated 10-year risk of ASCVD of more than 7.5 percent, but don’t have diagnosed ASCVD or type 2 diabetes with the LDL levels described above. Treating for higher overall risk using the criteria in the guideline will replace the previous approach of treating LDL cholesterol to a specific target level. Assessing risk of heart attack and stroke in more people Updated risk equations for white men and women – and a new risk equation for African-Americans – were published in the risk assessment guideline. To calculate 10-year risk, the equations use race, gender, age, total cholesterol, HDL “good” cholesterol, blood pressure, use of blood pressure medication, diabetes status and smoking status. Importantly, stroke risk is included, giving patients a better assessment of their future cardiovascular health. Lifestyle guidelines: dietary patterns and exercise Lifestyle recommendations target the many people who need to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. They recommend an overall heart-healthy dietary pattern and 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise three to four times a week. Dietary patterns should emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts, and limit red meat and sugary foods and beverages. To lower blood pressure, the guideline recommends a step-down approach to no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium a day. To lower it further, the guidelines recommend getting sodium down to 1,500 mg a day. 2. Controlling high blood pressure Although researchers understand the best ways to treat hypertension, many patients do not know they have it, and only half of the 75 percent of patients being treated control it to a healthy level. One important study showed a dramatic increase in patients whose hypertension was controlled — from 44 percent to more than 87 percent over 10 years — through an evidence-based program implemented by a large healthcare provider. It strongly encouraged lifestyle changes, improved tracking of patient information, simplified drug therapies, made in-office blood pressure checks more accessible, provided doctors more feedback and overall, treated patients according to scientific evidence. This program also followed other principles recommended by the AHA, including cost considerations, simple approaches and easy-to-understand patient materials. SEE PART 2 NEXT WEEK... PAGE 29


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Life Changing Words Fear no Evil Psalms 37:1-3 KJV “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” For many of us this is the beginning of a new year and we have new thoughts, new ambitions, and new goals. We are looking forward to what God has for us in 2009 and praying that it will be better than 2008. We must do as David did this year and encourage ourselves through these economic uncertainties and the evil and malicious behavior that we see that looks like it has taken over the world. Everywhere we look we see lack, suffering, hurt, pain, abuse, and/or discouraging news. This is how our world is being portrayed to the people but there is another place that we can turn to and understand that although what we hear and see maybe true God is still on the throne. God still has the power and the authority to turn people and all things around. As Christians we never look to the evildoers or the evil of this world as the final say. We know that evil will soon be cut down just as a tree is cut down. Never ever be envious or jealous of someone who is doing evil and certainly never be envious or jealous of anyone who does well. For surely their rewards will come from heaven for God hears and sees all. God never sleeps nor slumbers but He is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (all powerful), and omniscience (all-knowing). What we must remember is that you can never fool God. He knows your motives, agendas and your intentions. He knows if you meant it for evil and He knows if you meant it for good. See but what I like about the True and Living God is even when people or the devil means it for evil God has the power to turn it around for our good. So as the word says there is really no reason NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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for us to fret or fear the evildoers (satan, people, or sickness) but trust in the Lord and continue to do good and you shall reap the victory out of it all… Be confident in the Lord and know that there is no evil that Jesus has not and cannot conquer. For Jesus conquered and paid it all at the Cross and surely no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper… Dr. 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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Ask Big TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” (Psalm 2:8, NIV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria God doesn’t want us to just barely get by in life. He wants us to thrive and experience the fullness of His blessing. Not only does He want to meet our needs, He wants us to be in a position to reach out and help meet the needs of others, too. When we pray and ask God for something, it opens a supernatural door. Our faith gives God something to work with. Faith is what pleases Him. Faith moves mountains. Did you know that it pleases God when we pray bold prayers and ask Him for big things? God loves it when we step outside of the realm of the possible and totally believe what He can do. With God, all things are possible! Today, I encourage you to get bold with your prayers. Ask God for big things. Believe that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Put your faith to work because God is faithful. He has big things in store for you, and He says to ask Him! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, today I come to You with an attitude of faith and expectancy. You said that if I ask anything according to Your will, it will be done. So I thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life and believe for big things in 2014 in Jesus’ name! Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "Who am I in Christ?" Answer: According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” There are two Greek words which are translated “new” in the Bible. The first, neos, refers to something that has just been made, but there are already many others in existence just like it. The word translated “new” in this verse is the word kainos, which means “something just made which is unlike anything else in existence.” In Christ, we are made an entirely new creation, just as God created the heavens and the earth originally—He made them out of nothing, and so He does with us. He does not merely clean up our old selves; He makes an entirely new self. When we are in Christ, we are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4 KJV). God Himself, in the person of His Holy Spirit, takes up residence in our hearts. We are in Christ and He is in us. In Christ, we are regenerated, renewed, and born again, and this new creation is spiritually minded, whereas the old nature is carnally minded. The new nature fellowships with God, obeys His will, and is devoted to His service. These are actions the old nature is incapable of doing or even desiring to do. The old nature is dead to the things of the spirit and cannot revive itself. It is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) and can only be made alive by a supernatural awakening, which happens when we come to Christ and are indwelt by Him. Christ gives us a completely new and holy nature and an incorruptible life. Our old life, previously dead to God because of sin, is buried, and we are raised “to walk in newness of life” with Him (Romans 6:4). If we belong to Christ, we are united to Him and no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6:5-6); we are made alive with Him (Ephesians 2:5); we are conformed to His image (Romans 8:29); we are free from condemnation and walking not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1); and we are part of the body of Christ with other believers (Romans 12:5). The believer now possesses a new heart (Ezekiel 11:19) and has been blessed “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:3). We might wonder why we so often do not live in the manner described, even though we have given our lives to Christ and are sure of our salvation. This is because our new natures are residing in our old fleshly bodies, and these two are at war with one another. The old nature is dead, but the new nature still has to battle the old “tent” in which it dwells. Evil and sin are still present, but the believer now sees them NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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in a new perspective and they no longer control him as they once did. In Christ, we can now choose to resist sin, whereas the old nature could not. Now we have the choice to either feed the new nature through the Word, prayer, and obedience, or to feed the flesh by neglecting those things. When we are in Christ, “we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Romans 8:37) and can rejoice in our Savior, who makes all things possible (Philippians 4:13). In Christ we are loved, forgiven, and secure. In Christ we are adopted, justified, redeemed, reconciled, and chosen. In Christ we are victorious, filled with joy and peace, and granted true meaning in life. What a wonderful Savior is Christ! Question: "What does the Bible say about personal responsibility?" Answer: Part of growing up is taking responsibility for oneself. We start as infants with no personal responsibility whatsoever—everything that we need done is done for us. As we progress through the various stages of childhood, we take on more and more responsibility. We learn to tie our own shoes, clean our own rooms, and turn in our own homework. We learn that responsibility has its rewards—and irresponsibility has other, less-than-desirable effects. In many ways, the difference between a child and a man is his willingness to take personal responsibility for his actions. As Paul says, “When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11). The Bible teaches the concept of personal responsibility: “The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them” (Ezekiel 18:20). Personal responsibility is closely related to the law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7–8). “Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done” (Isaiah 3:10–11). The commands of the Old Testament were attached to blessings for obedience and penalties for disobedience; in other words, the Law emphasized the responsibility of individuals to respond in morally appropriate ways to God’s revealed truth. God clearly defined right and wrong, and His people were expected to do what was right. This has been (Continued on page 34)

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5 Ways to Discourage Your Pastor As a pastor of a local church for over twenty-five years, I had my share of buildups and letdowns. Sometimes I recall the discouraging times more. I know that I was not supposed to get down because of people and circumstances, but it happens. I also know that the people who discouraged me did not always mean to do so. But it happened. The purpose of this post is to let you in on a few things to avoid (unless you want to discourage your pastor). If you are bent on discouraging him or her, here are 5 surefire ways of doing so: 1. Be a no show at Sunday service. Vacation, kid’s sports, sleeping in … pretty much any excuse for not going to church serves as a way to frustrate a pastor. Of course, there are legitimate reasons for missing church. But the general lack of commitment to the church by members is a major source of discouragement for most pastors. Here is why: non attendance is a statement that whatever we chose over church is simply more important to us at that time; that is discouraging to a pastor, and understandably so. 2. Don’t support the church financially. Statistics show that an overwhelming majority of church attenders give little (or nothing) to the church. Although they are limited in what they can say on this topic, pastors get upset about this for a few reasons. There are spiritual implications and consequences. Lack of generosity indicates a lack of gratitude to God. Lack of givNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ing limits the blessings that God will provide for individuals and churches. It’s no wonder why Pastors get discouraged about this issue. 3. Don’t grow as a disciple of Christ. Good pastors will want to measure the progress of the church members. We preach, teach, pray and counsel with the goal of spiritual maturity for the people. While we see with physical eyes and spiritual growth is difficult to measure, it is frustrating to perceive people as stagnant and stuck in their relationship with Christ. It’s sometimes enough to make a pastor want to quit. 4. Fight progress and growth; refuse to accept change in the church; don’t welcome new people into the church. I once had a church member say to me of our church, “the smaller, the better.” Spiritual leaders take people on a journey. They are assigned by God to move people toward God. They discover where the church is and where God wants to take it. There is no such thing as a leader who remains motionless. When God places a vision for growth in the heart of a leader, it can be devastating if people refuse to go. Certainly, there are many conditions that are required which pastors must observe. They must earn the trust of the people and be able to discern the direction of the Spirit. But once this is realized, the refusal of participation by church members is one of the greatest sources of frustration that a pastor can experience. 5. Leave the church. Although many people approach church as consumers and change every time something happens that they don’t like, pastors hope for more dedication. When someone leaves the church, it hurts personally. It is rejection. Pastors suffer when people leave. The list could go on… Most people don’t want to hurt their pastor; I hope you don’t. But please don’t overlook the possibility that you may be doing so inadvertently. Grace and peace to you! PAGE 33


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the case ever since the Garden of Eden, when Adam was given a specific command and expected to obey it. Later, Adam’s son Cain was warned by God that he would be held personally responsible for his actions (Genesis 4:7). Achan was held responsible for his sin at Jericho (Joshua 7:14–15). Jonah was held responsible for his choice to run from the Lord (Jonah 1:7–8). The Levites were held responsible for the care of the tabernacle (Numbers 18:5). The deacons of the early church took personal responsibility for meeting some practical needs of the church (Acts 6:3). Paul was given the responsibility to blaze a gospel trail to the Gentiles (Ephesians 3:2). The Bible expects us to take personal responsibility in all areas of life. Able-bodied people should work for their food. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Men are to take responsibility for providing for their households (1 Timothy 5:8). At times, people try to avoid personal responsibility, usually through blame-shifting. Adam tried to blame Eve for his sin (Genesis 3:12). Cain tried to dodge responsibility (Genesis 4:9). Pilate attempted to absolve his guilt in the matter of the crucifixion of Christ: “‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said. ‘It is your responsibility!’” (Matthew 27:24). Ultimately, attempts to pass the buck are futile. “You may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). Each one of us has the personal responsibility to “repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15) and then to glorify the Lord with good works (Ephesians 2:10). “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). Those who choose to reject the truth of God “are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). We cannot evade our personal responsibility to exercise faith in Christ.

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SPORTS ROUNDUP The Hempstead boy’s varsity basketball tigers are off to a challenging start to their season with a record of 2-7 with no wins in the all-important conference column yet. During the holiday break they dropped two games to Baldwin (56-47) and to Deer Park (70-43) in the Baldwin tournament. On Tuesday, January 7th the Tigers were felled by Freeport 62-44 in a conference game; John Blocker scored 16 points in the losing effort. Then, two days later, the Tigers lost to Farmingdale, the number 1 team in the conference by a score of 55-43. Farmingdale is undefeated in both conference and nonconference games. For Hempstead John Blocker and Henderson scored 10 points while Khalik Watts scored 12 points to leader the Tigers. Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Oceanside, on Saturday, January 11, at 10am. Oceanside, like the Tigers, has not yet won a conference matchup. The Tigers will follow that game with a January 14 trip to Syosset, which boasts a 2-2 conference record and an overall 6-3 margin. The next home game for the Tigers will be January 17 when they have a rematch with Massapequa, another strong conference team. Ironically, while the Hempstead Tigers are struggling, most of the other teams in the conference are having successful years, with the exception of Oceanside and Hempstead. But, the great thing about sports is that the tide can change at any time. Recently the Knicks and Nets have strung together victories for the first time all season, but there’s plenty of hope for the Tigers. Plus since the players know each other and the coaches better the second half of the season, one can hope for better results….the Hempstead Tiger girl’s varsity team dropped a close contest of their own to Farmingdale by 3 points….the girls are searching for their first victory of the season. –B.J. Robinson

Evander Holyfield reprimanded for saying being gay can be ‘fixed’ LONDON (AP) — Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been reprimanded by the bosses of a British reality TV show for saying being gay “ain’t normal.” Holyfield compared being homosexual to being born with a deformed leg, saying “you go to a doctor and get it fixed back right.” He also said it was “a choice” to be gay. The 50-year-old American made the comments during a conversation with a fellow contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in an episode that was aired Sunday in Britain. Program officials told Holyfield these “aren’t the views that are held by a large section of society, and expressing these views will be extremely offensive to many people.” Holyfield was warned to “consider very carefully the effects expressing such views may have.” PAGE 34


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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the NCAAF Bowl Championship Series (BCS 2014) featured undefeated number one Florida State vs. number two Auburn University. The consensus from the “cheap seats” is that this year’s BCS Championship game was the most exciting game played since 2006 when Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns won a thriller overtime game in the Rose Bowl against USC. Number one Florida State represents the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which is most known for its college basketball success but has been a force in college football as well. The Auburn Tigers represent the South East Conference (SEC), which is arguably the strongest college football conference in America. In the past eight years the SEC has earned an appearance in the National College Championship game and has won seven of the eight played. This year the SEC has also earned additional school participates in BCS games such as Alabama University, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, and LSU, which most of the schools named were also ranked in the top 25 at some point of the 2013/14 season. The success of the SEC in the BCS in 2014 was an unbelievable ninety percent, which shows dominance in college football in America and appears to be the most exciting conference ever. The Auburn Tigers were improbable participates in this year’s National Championship game because of their lack of success in last season (2012/13), which the Tigers failed to win half of their games. However with a strong running game attack this year combined with some good old-fashioned luck the Tigers roared into the SEC conference title game, which they won and earned an opportunity NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

to play in the BCS championship game. In the BCS championship game the Florida State Gators started slow and appeared to be overmatched by the Auburn Tigers defense. The Tigers defense dominated Florida State’s offensive line, which rattled the Gators freshman Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and it appeared the SEC was destined for another championship. The Gators offense had been dominate the entire season, which won all its games by an average of fourteen points and failed to find a way to break through the prepared and discipline defense of the Tigers. However in the second half the Gators found a way to compete with the dominant defense of Auburn. Both teams found their way on offense and the lead appeared to exist in the hands of the team with the ball when the clock expires. The freshman Heisman Trophy winning Winston threw for 4,057 with 40 touch downs in his first season with Gators but winning the National Championship game with the Heisman had never been accomplished until now. The freshman QB completed 20 of 35 passes for 237 yards and two Touchdowns to show he deserved the best college player award he had received. Gators QB Winston answered the call to win the game with 79 seconds to play in the most important and biggest stage of all college football. Winston completed 6 of 7 passes for 77 yards and connected with Tight end Kelvin Benjamin for a game winning TD drive leaving 13 seconds on the clock. This proved to be the defining moments of the contest that both offenses answered the call until Auburn ran out of time on the clock. The victory goes to Florida State 34 to Auburn’s 31 and the Manning Award (QB MVP) to Winston. PAGE 35


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Friends, *What a Dream Come True! Designing My 1st Signature Pro Tour Bag!* You have the opportunity to be a part of history. Help me select my 1st Signature Pro Tour Bag! (LIKE) and give a comment on the color you like the best! The Pro Tour Bag with the most likes will be selected for my next Pro Tour Bag. I love them all so don’t ask me lol! Click to see link for more colors. http://darbyfoundation.org/wpadmin/post.php? post=1012&action=edit&message=1 Thank you for supporting our efforts “Chris Arceneaux and The Darby Foundation”. It's so exciting seeing it all come together! Blessings and great success to each of you. Visit our website www.darbyfoundation.org. Pursue and Take Action: As you pursue your dreams and goals in life, opportunities will present itself to you along the way! Stop talking about what you want to do! “DO IT”! “TAKE ACTION”! -Chris Arceneaux“We are powerful beyond measure”. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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FANS RULE IN 2014 – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS GIVE FANS THE POWER TO DECIDE WHICH RULES WILL IMPACT THE GAME IN UNIONDALE ON SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014 (PHOENIX, Oct. 8, 2013) – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can choose which new gamechanging rules they want to see in their hometown. The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist. The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:  Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.  Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.  Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points. With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.# Tickets start at $17.00 and are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Nassau Coliseum box office or by phone at 631-888-9000 or 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com. The Globetrotters tipped off the North American leg of their world tour with the first-ever events at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Sept. 20 and 21. The tour recommences on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014. Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels and Greyhound Lines, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com. ONLINE EDITION

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‘Saturday Night Live’ reportedly hires 2 black female writers Hot on the heels of the news that Saturday Night Live is adding a black female performer, Sasheer Zamata, to its cast comes word that the NBC franchise may also be bringing on two African-American women to write for the show as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who had previously auditioned for spot won by Zamata, are being hired to write sketches for the comedy institution. Jones has a long resume as a stand up comedian and actress, appearing on Def Comedy Jam and the sitcoms like The League and Sullivan & Son. Tookes was previous a reported based in Florida and has performed at iO West. This recent rise in diversity on SNL comes after widespread criticism over the fact that there was not a single performer of color among this season’s six new cast additions. Current black cast-members Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah both weighed in, and producer Lorne Michaels was put on the defensive. Following a polarizing sketch in which the show poked fun at the controversy, news leaked the SNL was holding open auditions for women of color. Zamata, a sketch comedy veteran with roots in the Upright Citizens Brigade (whose alum include Amy Poehler), makes her debut on the show on January 18th. She is the first black woman to appear as a series regular since Maya Rudolph departed the show in 2007. ONLINE EDITION

’12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen allegedly heckled by black film critic Armond White Fear no Evil Psalms 37:1-3 KJV “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” For many of us this is the beginning of a new year and we have new thoughts, new ambitions, and new goals. We are looking forward to what God has for us in 2009 and praying that it will be better than 2008. We must do as David did this year and encourage ourselves through these economic uncertainties and the evil and malicious behavior that we see that looks like it has taken over the world. Everywhere we look we see lack, suffering, hurt, pain, abuse, and/or discouraging news. This is how our world is being portrayed to the people but there is another place that we (Continued on page 5)

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Porsha Williams reveals upcoming music EP Add Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams to the list of Real Housewives-turned-pop singers. The 32-year-old RHOA cast member plans to follow in the footsteps of Kim Zolciak, Kenya Moore, Danielle Staub, Countess Luann, and Melissa Gorga, with the release of her upcoming single, followed-up by a 5-track EP. “I’m in the studio. I’m working on a song that is amazing and it speaks to my past relationship and it’s gonna be released really soon,” Porsha said in an interview with theGrio. Porsha explained her reasoning for putting out an EP as opposed to a full album. “It will be about 5 songs,” she said. “I’m not gonna really jump all the way out there because these are coming from my heart. I’m not gonna put too much on myself and say 13 [tracks]… a whole album.” Earlier this season on RHOA, Williams labeled her exhusband Kordell Stewart a “queen” and also discussed their lack of sexual contact at the end of their marriage, which led to wide speculation that Stewart was gay or bisexual. Porsha weighed in on the rumors her ex-husband’s sexuality. Those rumors were out way before Porsha was even in the picture. At the time I said what I said because that was what I felt. The cameras were there. They were capturing raw emotion and that’s what I gave.” ONLINE EDITION

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can turn to and understand that although what we hear and see maybe true God is still on the throne. God still has the power and the authority to turn people and all things around. As Christians we never look to the evildoers or the evil of this world as the final say. We know that evil will soon be cut down just as a tree is cut down. Never ever be envious or jealous of someone who is doing evil and certainly never be envious or jealous of anyone who does well. For surely their rewards will come from heaven for God hears and sees all. God never sleeps nor slumbers but He is omnipresent (everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (all powerful), and omniscience (all-knowing). What we must remember is that you can never fool God. He knows your motives, agendas and your intentions. He knows if you meant it for evil and He knows if you meant it for good. See but what I like about the True and Living God is even when people or the devil means it for evil God has the power to turn it around for our good. So as the word says there is really no reason for us to fret or fear the evildoers (satan, people, or sickness) but trust in the Lord and continue to do good and you shall reap the victory out of it all… Be confident in the Lord and know that there is no evil that Jesus has not and cannot conquer. For Jesus conquered and paid it all at the Cross and surely no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper… 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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MONA BUSH-LOVETT Welcome to Fashion Tips for the upwardly mobile black woman. Hi, my name is Mona Bush Lovett I lived in Hempstead for 44 Years. I'm the mother of 2children, I am a grandmother, who presently lives in Rochester, NY area. I have worked as nurse (LPN) for over 20 years. I love the Lord because He loved me first and He is first in my life. I hope these weekly fashion tips are of help I love to shop and I hope you see something of interest for your wardrobe. For More: http://www.stylisheve.com/jeanoutfits-for-women-by-stylish-eve/

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MASTERS OF ILLUSION LIVE! NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS December 18-21 Theresa Caputo – Long Island Medium December 28 TNA Impact Wrestling December 31 Mike Epps: New Year’s Eve January 11 & 12 J ohn Pinette January 18 The Temptations & The Four Tops January 24 Classic Albums Live! The Dark Side of The Moon February 7 Masters of Illusion February 8-9 All You Need Is Love: A Beatles Tribute Concert February 14 The Tenors Valentine’s Special February 15 First Annual “Louder Than Love” Valentine’s Ball February 16 70s Soul Jam - Stylistics, Dramatics, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Blue Magic, New Birth February 21 & 22 Bob Weir & RatDog February 27 Mike Birbiglia February 28 Deepak Chopra “The Future of Well Being” March 1 Zappa Plays Zappa March 2 Jack Hanna – Into The Wild March 22 Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza March 28 Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy April 3 Wayne Brady – The What’s My Line” Tour April 5 The Music of Led Zeppelin performed by the Windborne Symphony and vocalist RANDY JACKSON April 24 & 25 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons May 3 ABBA The Concert May 7-9 The Moody Blues May 16 Golden Boys starring Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon & Fabian

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AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY! TWO HOUR MAGIC SPECTACULAR - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 at 3 PM Westbury, NY - Live Nation is pleased to present MASTERS OF ILLUSION - LIVE! at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. The Masters of Illusion is a touring magic show based on the award winning television series. Over half a dozen renowned performers will perform eye-popping illusions. The performers scheduled to appear at Westbury include Kalin & Jinger, Farrell Dillon, Ayala & Tanya, Aaron Radatz, Arthur Trace and the return to Westbury by native Long Island magician Darren Romeo. Tickets are $69.50, $39.50 and $19.50 and are available online at www.livenation.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For membership information, visit www.westburymembership.com. For more information visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. Witness amazing feats by the aforementioned World Famous names in magic for a pulsating, non-stop magical mystery ride! Everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible are in this live extravaganza! Exotic animals, escapology, hilarious comedy, and quick change artistry that will amaze and astound you! You will believe the impossible! This performance marks the return of Long Island magician Darren Romeo to the Westbury stage. Darren's show-business career began at the young age of 9, when he started to perform magic for friends and family. Darren had first became inspired to learn magic soon after he saw his first live magic show — the touring show of Harry Blackstone, Jr., whom he saw at Westbury Music Fair near his home in Long Island, NY. After the show, Darren got the chance to meet Blackstone and express his interest in the art. The meeting led to Blackstone giving Darren his first trained dove, which Darren worked to incorporate into a magic routine. The resulting dove act led to numerous performances within the Tri-State areas around his home — Darren gained his first experiences at private functions and public events, then decided to enter competitions. At the age of 14, Darren won First Place Stage Magic with his bird act at the Tannen's Magic Camp, the only magic camp of its kind. Having won several awards, Darren soon found himself performing all over the US within the magic convention circuit. Before Darren began to merge his love of magic with his love of music, he received awards from his peers in the field for his bird act. In 1996, The Society of American Magicians presented him with the Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic. Lo and behold, in 1996 fate would have it that Darren was given the opportunity to perform at Westbury Music Fair… the place it had all started years earlier with Blackstone. Since Harry Blackstone Jr.'s death in 1997, Darren has worked to carry on the Blackstone legacy, at one point working with the family on a show to be called "Blackstone Presents…", featuring the famed magician's classic illusions. While the show was never fully developed, Darren does incorporate a tribute to the Blackstone legacy in his new show, as he performs the famous "Floating Light Bulb" illusion. For More information on the Masters of Illusion, please visit www.mastersofillusionlive.com. PAGE 13


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#16: Tichina Arnold Net Worth – $12.5 million #17: Gabrielle Union Net Worth – $12 million #18: Brandy Norwood – Net Worth – $12 Million #19: Tisha Campbell-Martin Net Worth: $12 Million #20: Keisha Knight Pullium Net Worth: $12 million #21: Regina King Net Worth – $10 million #22: Loretta Devine Net Worth – $8 million #23: Zoe Saldana Net Worth – $8 million #24: Tia & Tamera Mowry Net Worth – $8 million (combined) #25: Meagan Good Net Worth – $8 Million #26: Kerry Washington Net Worth – $8 Million

The Richest Black Actresses Who are the richest black actresses in Hollywood? African-American women are some of the most talented performers in the world today. Whether it's on the big screen, television, stage, the recording studio… or all of the above, these women are some of Hollywood's biggest stars! Several women on this list have not only been rewarded with great wealth for their talents, they've also received multiple Emmys, Academy Awards, Tonys, Golen Globes and more. But some might say it's been a challenge for black women to get the financial recognition they deserve for their contribution to the entertainment industry. Even putting the race issue aside, women in general are often not paid as highly as their male counter parts. But that's all changing. And these women are in some ways the trailblazers who are leveling the playing field not just for women, but for all minorities who dream of fame and fortune in Hollywood! So who are the richest black actresses in the world? Click the following image to view the top 11 and scroll below for the full list… The 25 Richest Black Actresses: #1: Janet Jackson Net Worth – $150 Million

#27: Kim fields Net Worth – $ 8 million #28: Taraji P. Henson Net Worth – $6 million #29: Garcelle Beauvais Net Worth – $6 million #30: Vivica Foxx Net Worth – $6 million #31: Wanda Sykes Net Worth – $6 million #32: Rashida Jones Net Worth – $5 million #33: Sanaa Lathan Net Worth – $4 million #34: Viola Davis Net Worth – $3 million #35: Paula Patton Net Worth – $3 million #36: Lynn Whitfield Net Worth – $3 million #37: Tracee Ellis Ross Net Worth – $2.5 million #38: Lauren London Net Worth – $2 million #39: Niecy Nash Net Worth – $2 million #40: Octavia Spencer Net Worth – $2 million Bonus: Oprah Winfrey Net Worth – $2.7 Billion Bonus: Diana Ross Net Worth – $160 Million Bonus: Mariah Carey Net Worth – $500 Million Bonus: Beyonce Net Worth: $300 Million Bonus: Diana Ross Net Worth: $250 Million

#2: Halle Berry Net Worth – $70 million #3: Phylicia Rashad Net Worth – $55 Million #4: Queen Latifah Net Worth – $50 million #5: Whoopi Goldberg Net Worth – $45 million #6: Raven-Symone Net Worth – $45 million #7: Angela Bassett Net Worth – $28 million #8: Vanessa Williams Net Worth – $27.5 million #9: Jada Pinkett-Smith Net Worth – $20 million #10: Thandie Newton Net Worth – $17.5 million #11: Rosario Dawson Net Worth – $16 million #12: Lisa Bonet Net Worth – $16 million #13: Nia Long Net Worth – $13 million #14: Monique Net Worth – $13 million #15: Alfre Woodard Net Worth – $13 million ONLINE EDITION

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Dilemma, The Way Station, The Game of Your Life and 2-1-1 Emergency are all available online at Createspace: https:// www.createspace.com/4444954

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Authored by Min Larry Montgomery Sr. ABOUT THIS BOOK Dilemma: di-lem-ma: noun: 1. A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. equally undesirable ones. This book is another case in the ongoing series based on the life and times of the fictional character, U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey, entitled: Dilemma--The case of the Murderous Identity Theft. An identity theft steals the identity of a serial killer whose M.O. is to steal the identity of her victims and then kill them when she is ready to move on. The penalty for Identity theft as a Class D Felony is 7 years in prison with restitution and reparations. The Penalty for Murder or conspiracy to murder can be http://www.amazon.com/ dp/B00F8NJH7Q Death or life in prison without the possibility for parole. This story centers around a young African American immigrant who will do anything to live the high life, engage in sex for money, sale and use drugs, anything to be considered a lady of leisure. In furtherance of keeping this lifestyle our villainess preys on married men, steals their wife's identity sleeps with and uses the husband letting him think he is lavishly courting her until the money runs out. Then she blackmails them using theirs or their wife's money to pay her bills. Until one day she stole the identity of a serial killer whose m.o. was to steal identities just as she does but when the money runs out she savagely kills the victim and attaches herself to the victims loved ones until the inheritance has been spent and then she moves on to a new opportunity. Marshal Bailey catches the case of an identity theft victim; a woman whose husband was black mailed by the serial killer after a failed trisk and then wound up dead. The investigation is hampered by the activities of a second identity thief, who by all accounts is a serial liar. Finally the serial killer turns her attention to our lead suspect and it is only a matter of time before the two collide in this deadly game of identity cat and mouse. The serial killer makes two failed attempts to finish off the identity thief but not until the third attempt does Marshal Bailey intervene... The question is does our main suspect survive, or does the serial killer win out? Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General ONLINE EDITION

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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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After 22 Years, "A Black Parent's Handbook" Is Still Empowering Black Parents Across America Nationwide (October 15, 2013) -- Back in 1990, after only two years of teaching in Brooklyn, NY and East Orange, NJ respectively, renowned educator, Baruti Kafele had the audacity to write a handbook for Black parents to assist them with educating their children. He entitled the book, A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom). He consequently left the classroom temporarily after his first two years of teaching to devote his life to getting A Black Parent's Handbook into the hands of thousands of parents throughout the U.S. In 1992, he returned to the classroom but continued to devote a substantial amount of energy to promoting A Black Parent's Handbook and it eventually became an Essence Magazine number one best seller in 2002. It is now in its 22nd year of empowering a whole new generation of Black parents. Kafele says that the motivation for writing this book was that he was meeting and working with so many wellintentioned parents who wanted to assist their children through the educational process but simply didn't know what to do or where to start. He frowns upon the notion that parents are not involved or don't want to be involved in their children's lives, educationally speaking. He instead asserts that parents absolutely want to be involved but are simply in need of strategies that they can easily and readily implement during the time that their children are at home. A Black Parent's Handbook is comprised of the following topics: * Preparation for Success * Reading for Success * Setting Goals for Success * Studying and Testing for Success * Communicating for Success * Collaborating for Success * Distractions for Success A Black Parent's Handbook is not a long book – it's only 74 pages. It's not a difficult read either. Instead, it is a guide providing strategies and suggestions for parents to utilize toward the educational growth and development of their children and should be referred to regularly. Over the past 22 years, parents have shared with Kafele that they literally raised their children on the contents of this book.

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that addresses reading for success. Kafele has argued for the past 22 years that in education, we can have the best schools, best curriculum, best teachers and best teaching strategies, but if Black children are not being exposed to who they are, both historically and culturally, then we are spinning our wheels at best. He argues that when Black children are exposed to "who they are," we increase the probability exponentially that they will have the will to strive for excellence because by exposing them to "their story," we are essentially helping them to develop a purpose for learning, rooted in the greatness of who they are historically. Kafele says, "I want them to see and understand where they stand along the continuum of history to help them to better understand their roles in life moving forward." About The Author Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as "Principal Kafele," excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a lowperforming school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. He is now a full-time national / international educational consultant. He is also the author of the books, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children. About The Book A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children 
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I WISH YOU ENOUGH Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said:"I love you and I wish you enough."The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom." They kissed and the daughter left.The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?""I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?" She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. "When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them". Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory,"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye."She then began to cry and walked away.They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them. PAGE 28


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Filmmaker Kevin Arbouet, Formally of Hempstead, Gets Ready for Generation Iron Release Kevin Arbouet, formally of Lee Daniels Entertainment (Monster's Ball, Precious, The Butler), is living the dream. Having produced and directed several independent films over the years, his newest, Generation Iron, on which he acted as production manager and second unit director, will be released in theaters on September 20th. Generation Iron is about the lives of seven bodybuilders as they train for the Mr. Olympia competition. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears, and the documentary is narrated by Mickey Rourke. Generation Iron will be released directly preceding Mr. Olympia, which Mr. Arbouet will also be directing. While venturing on with these newest projects, Kevin's latest indie film, Police State, which filmed partially in Nassau County at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, stars Neal Bledsoe, Chris Riggi and Sean Young, is now in post production. Kevin Arbouet is formally from Hempstead. ONLINE EDITION

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'Entertainment's Other Mr. Cosby' BRAXTON A. COSBY -- author, actor, entrepreneur ATLANTA, GEORGIA, January 8, 2014 - Braxton A. Cosby, the nephew of the legendary Bill Cosby, is following in his uncle’s foot steps. This author, actor, and entrepreneur, received a lot of his inspiration from the amazing accomplishments of his famous uncle. A physical therapist by background, Braxton received his doctorate from the University of Miami. With the goal of impacting the entertainment world with his own brand of Cosby creativity, Braxton created Cosby Media Productions: a new entertainment media company that produces familyfriendly content that will, “Entertain the mind and Inspire the Soul.” One of the first projects from Braxton is his new adventure novel The Windgate: Book 1 of The School of Ministry series. It has already made headlines: WINNER OF THE READERS’ FAVORITE 2013, GOLD MEDAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT, WINNER OF LITERARY CLASSICS INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, GOLD AWARD FOR FAITH BASED YOUNG ADULT The Windgate has also received the Seal of Approval from Mr. Cosby himself. “A memorable, unpredictable journey of hope, identity and courage,” says Cosby. “The Cosby gift of storytelling lives on in this page turning adventure.” Not resting on the recent success of The Windgate, Braxton has already started making plans for his next book release in mid April 2014, another Young Adult novel, with plans for a movie adaptation already in the works. 2014 will be a big year for Braxton. He has accepted upcoming roles in the TV Series “A Rock and A Hard Place” and the Film “The Snare”, both starring Stephen Baldwin. With these projects, Braxton shares his talent as an actor, however he also has projects he is doing behind the camera. In his role as Executive Producer, Braxton is currently developing multiple Intellectual Properties in all areas of entertainment: a children’s animation series, a talk radio program, a reality tv series, several music projects, and other books. Already voted as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans by JEZEBEL Magazine, the next generation Cosby is raising the bar. Braxton is poised to make his own personal mark in the entertainment industry.

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William Drayton, also known as rapper Flavor Flav, arrested in Hempstead for driving with suspended license HEMPSTEAD - Officials say they have arrested a well known rapper in Hempstead for speeding with unlicensed operation. According to officials, William Drayton, 54, also known as Flavor Flav, was arrested today at about 9:30 a.m.

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Police say they stopped a black Hyundai for going 79 mph in a 55 mph zone on the southbound side of the Meadowbrook State Parkway near the Southern State Parkway. A license check of the driver, Drayton, of Las Vegas, Nev., revealed that he was operating with 16 suspensions on his license. Drayton was also found to possess a small amount of marijuana. Drayton was arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic violations. Drayton was released on an appearance ticket in order to allow him to attend his mother's funeral. PAGE 32


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BARBARA DEE ENSEMBLE Presents….

I am pleased to report that the Newest presentation from FOURDEES Productions will be an original play written by the Late Mr. Herbert F. Campbell. The show will begin with a tribute to special selected group of dignitaries from our communities. All seats are $22.00 “FOURDEES PRODUCTIONS” Sponsors of the Barbara Dee Ensemble Theater Group, will honor several community leaders from the Metropolitan area, at the Best Western Hotel 173 E. Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 7: 30 pm . The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of YOUR FATHER’S ARMS ARE WAITING. A Gospel drama, adapted from COMING HOME TO PAPA , written by the Late Herbert F. Campbell, and Adapted, and Directed by Don Durant. The Play depicts a young woman going off on her own to England and France to gain her fortune and fame, singing Gospel Music. Sickness strikes her and she is determined to return home to see her elderly father one last time. ONLINE EDITION

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Amiri Baraka, former N.J. poet laureate and prolific author, dead at 79 NEWARK—Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey died today, officials confirmed. He was 79 years old. Baraka was placed in intensive care at Beth Israel Medical Center last month for an unknown reason, but a spokesman for his son's mayoral campaign said his condition was improving late in December. Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said Baraka will be sorely missed. "I went to visit him at the hospital about two weeks ago," Quintana said by phone. "He was more than poet he was a leader in his own right. He's going to be missed and our condolences go out to his family today." Quintana recalled Baraka's role in the 1970 Black and Puerto Rican convention, a landmark political meeting that resulted in the election of Ken Gibson, Newark's first black mayor. "We're going to remember him always for his contributions to Newark, New Jersey and America," Quintana said. "In this time of pain, the citizens of Newark and I are with him." Baraka had long struggled with diabetes, but it was not immediately clear what the cause of death was. A Newark native and resident formerly known as Leroi Jones, Amiri Baraka has published dozens of poems, essays and works of non-fiction. In 1963 Amiri Baraka wrote ONLINE EDITION

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"Blues People," an in-depth history of music from the time of slavery throughout the various incarnations of blues and jazz, with integrated social commentary. The book's 50th anniversary was recently celebrated during an event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Baraka was also the state's poet laureate for a short time in 2002 and 2003. Newark City Council President Mildred Crump, a longtime friend of the Baraka family, said the world lost one of its pre-eminent literary figures today. “Not only has New Jersey, but the United States of America, has lost a great human being. He was a legend in his own lifetime," Crump said. "It is such a loss, such a great loss." Crump said Baraka's condition had been improving, and he was breathing on his own when she last visited him on Sunday. The Baraka family has been lining Beth Israel Medical Center for weeks, according to Crump. “He fought a good fight. I was there the first night he went into the hospital," Crump said. "I was there when he was breathing on his own, I was there Sunday." Crump said her first association with Baraka came in the 1970s, when he led the charge to build Kawaida Towers, a planned 100-acre housing project that was meant to embody the Black Power movement that Amiri had long been a champion of. "That's when he became my hero," Crump said.

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FOUR TOPS (The) Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, and showtunes. Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons' Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. Among a number of groups who helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, the Four Tops were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer; most groups of the time were fronted by a tenor. The group was the main male vocal group for the songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There". After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson. When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit and moved over to ABC Records' Dunhill imprint, where they continued to have charting singles into the late-1970s. Since the 1980s, the Four Tops have recorded for, at various times, Motown, Casablanca Records and Arista Records. Today, save for Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions), as well as their 1956 single, "Could It Be You". A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The band initially continued as a three-piece under the name The Tops,[1] before Theo Peoples (formerly of The Temptations) was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000 with his position assumed by Ronnie McNeir. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton's son Roquel Payton replacing him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008. Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold "Spike" Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. Fakir is now the only surviving founding member of the original group, and Payton is a second-generation member. ONLINE EDITION

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TEMPTATIONS The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, the group has been said to be as influential to R&B and soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock.[1] Known to always feature at least five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history.[2][3][4] As of 2013, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Music Group with its one living original member, Otis Williams, still in its lineup. The original founding members of the group were Otis Williams, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams. The members were from two former rival vocal groups, the Distants and the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin. Four years later, Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards. In 1971, the lineup changed again when Kendricks and Paul Williams were replaced by Ricky Owens and Richard Street. The former replacement was soon replaced by Damon Harris. Like its "sister" group, The Supremes, the Temptations' lineup has changed frequently over the years. Over the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles. Their material earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations was the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award and in 2013 the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, "My Girl", "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at #68 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.

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When the third baby’s mama asks you about the other girls coming to the house, lie for him so as not to blow his cover. The world is his oyster, and he has a right to sow his oats without any semblance of responsibility. Don’t forget to save money to pay his child support for him so he can be free to make more kids without the These words come from a man who has seen too many burden of those gold-digging newborn babies. Black men grow up to become irresponsible, self-absorbed, ex5. Don’t make him get an education. If he brings home cessively entitled, weak men, largely because they were coddled straight Ds on his report card, just remember that he’s the best at home. This does not always happen at the hands of a single player on the basketball team. Go buy him something nice to mother, but it almost always occurs due to parents who do not understand their role in raising intelligent and responsible human make him feel better, since those bad grades are going to hurt his self-esteem. beings. 6. Coddle him. He’s your baby after all, even if he is 6’3”, Let’s be clear: If you raise your son to be a boy, he’s going to remain a boy. Typically, strong male role models make it eas- 250 pounds. Never throw him out to the wolves; he won’t make it. Never force him to stand on his own two feet; he might ier to build manhood; mothers cannot usually do it alone. break a toe nail. He doesn’t have to be a man for anybody; he’ll This is a comedic exaggeration, but perhaps we can think always be your baby. If his wife comes around and complains while we laugh. And before we get into the tired diatribe about that he’s cheating on her, beating her, or not taking care of his this being some kind of assault on single Black mothers, underkids, explain to her that he was your man from the very beginstand that if I hate single Black mothers, that means I hate my ning, and he always will be. They should just leave your baby late grandmother. alone. My own mother was a 17-year old single mom until she Overly sensitive single mothers may take this (admittedly married my second father three years after I was born. And it was her commitment to raising me with more discipline than my exaggerated) article to be an attack on them. Instead, it is a clarmale friends that guided me away from the same gutters, prison ion call for mothers to realize the importance of their role in building a nation. cells, and rehab clinics that many of them occupy to this day. If we build weak men, then we have weak families. Weak So, if you want your son to grow up to be a horrible father families lead to weak communities and White America has its and husband for somebody else, here are a few things you can foot on our collective neck. I argue that Black men should be at do: the forefront of those fighting to stand strong against oppres1. Never make him accountable. If he goes to jail, mortgage sion, but too many of our men have not been raised to be leadyour house to pay for the attorney. If he gets fired from his fourth job in a row, of course it’s because he’s Black. Anything ers. The first teacher that goes wrong in his life, explain to him why none of it is ever The mother is the first teacher and the most influential perhis fault. Make a long list of excuses for everything he does. If son in the life of nearly any child. If she becomes so fixated on he gets in trouble at school, it’s the teacher’s fault. If he has an the high of oxytocin that comes from the love of a child, she angry outburst and attacks someone, it’s because he had too may fall short in her role of shaping that boy to become the much sugar. Remember: Nothing that he ever does wrong, to anyone, at any time, is ever his fault. Jesus will make him better leader of someone else’s household. Had my mother and grandmother failed to do their jobs and eventually. not provided a strong male role model for me (since my biologi2. Allow him to be lazy. Clean his room for him, wash his cal father had other things to do), I wouldn’t be the man that I clothes, don’t make him do any chores. Don’t make him work am today. Instead, I would still be my mother’s baby. for anything….EVER. When he’s 32-years old, let him live in Most of us know men who fit into this role, and we must your basement and spend the day in his drawz smoking weed realize that manhood must be taught. A single mother truly beand playing Xbox. He’ll get that record deal eventually. lieving that she can raise a boy to be a man is as misguided as 3. Don’t ever force him to manage his money. Buy him a my thinking that I can teach my daughters the subtleties of lot of really expensive material possessions, like $250 Air Jorwomanhood. dans and don’t make him work for any of that money. If he It’s time to put an end to the nonsense. wrecks the new car you bought him, just buy him another one. Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor of finance at Syracuse Don’t talk to him about saving, investing or being a good proUniversity. Read his columns and weblog at vider. If he wants that 14th tattoo on his neck, go ahead and www.boycewatkins.com. give it to him. 4. Congratulate him for being a “playa.” Let him treat his girlfriends like garbage without your saying a word. When he tells you that he got a fourth girl pregnant, just congratulate him and agree to watch the kids while his baby mama is at the club.

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The ‘Scandal’ effect: Is ‘Being Mary Jane’ following in its footsteps? Tuesday night’s season premiere of Gabrielle Union’s Being Mary Jane made a major splash on social media as the show kicked off to an impressive ratings start. BET’s first scripted drama follows Union as Mary Jane — a single, successful black female whose professional prowess clashes with a personal life that is in constant disarray. She’s beautiful, intelligent and strong – but her weaknesses are exposed when she falls in love with a married man. If the story line sounds familiar, it’s because it shares many similarities with Kerry Washington‘s role as the quick-witted political fixer Olivia Pope on ABC’s hit drama Scandal. That show, which has quickly amassed a large following of some of TV’s most dedicated fans, features Washington in a part that was unlike any other leading black female character on the small screen — until now. In lieu of its large success, Scandal has influenced the portrayal of African-American women and the roles they play on TV. Washington was the first black actress to headline a prime-time network drama series in over 30 years, which has undoubtedly paved the way for more shows with leading black female characters like Being Mary Jane. Union has publicly acknowledged that she had auditioned for the role of Pope and although she didn’t land the part, she was inspired to search for similar casting opportunities. “I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, these roles are out there. It showed me that you don’t have to settle,” Union told the Associated Press. “Luckily, the success of her and the show bred more work. Just from the audition process, I knew that I couldn’t go backward.” Instead, she snagged the role of Mary Jane — a careeroriented TV news host and a far cry from the thankless girlfriend roles she’s played for years. Aside from the comparisons between the show’s protagonists, the strategic social media approach behind the marketing and engagement of Scandal and Being Mary Jane can be credited for their success. Live-tweeting on Twitter is an approach both Washington and the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes, along with other cast members, have embraced to drive viewership and build momentum behind the show. While they are not the first or only TV stars to take on this tactic, it’s never become as identifiable with a program as it has with the ABC show. According to Nielson ratings, the season 3 premiere of Scandal on October 3rd was the most-tweeted about program on television that week amassing over 700,000 tweets. This activity likely contributed to Scandal becoming that week’s the top-rated drama on network television ONLINE EDITION

and the no. 1 show among black viewers. However, it seems as though Mara Brock-Akil, the creator of Being Mary Jane, and her cast are poised to be potential competitors for that title after the July airing of the show’s pilot attracted over 4 million viewers. Akil, along with Union, aimed to up the ante Tuesday night when they took the same approach as the Scandal cast by live-tweeting the broadcast of the official series debut. #BeingMaryJane quickly became the no. 1 trending topic on Twitter as tweets reached over 1.7 million people. It ranked third on the top 5 list of most-tweeted about shows, tallying in below ABC’s Pretty Little Liars and Ravenswood. Overall, the show’s premiere attracted over five million viewers and was the biggest original drama series debut on all cable for the 2013-14 season. The momentum behind Scandal has been building steadily thanks to millions of loyal viewers who have tuned into all three seasons of the drama-filled series. Meanwhile, Being Mary Jane is only just beginning. Still, its focus on sex, relationships and difficulty in finding security are an appealing mix for its predominately black female audience. “Black audiences aren’t used to seeing such a fierce, take-charge character who looks like them on television,” journalist Kevin D. Thompson told the Maynard Institute. “Olivia Pope is the ideal for so many black women, a successful career woman who not didn’t just reach the socalled ‘glass ceiling,’ but smashed through it.” It may be premature, but the same case could be made about Union’s character in Being Mary Jane. Thus far, the show has stepped into some of the same footprints Scandal has left in its wake, leaving it with much potential for a prosperous future.

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PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST ANDTHE X FACTOR JUDGE DEMI LOVATO ANNOUNCES THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR SET TO LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY 2014 MARCH 7 – IZOD CENTER MARCH 11 – NASSAU COLISEUM

The general on-sales will begin on Saturday October 5, at www.livenation.com.

DEMI, the 4th album from Demi Lovato on HollyNorth American Tour Features Dates With Little Mix, Cher Lloyd and Fifth Harmony; Will Visit 27 Cities Includ- wood Records, is out now and features the charting New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Dallas, Nash- topping, double platinum-certified single, "Heart Attack," and "Neon Lights." The album hit #1 on iTunes in ville 50 countries and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Tickets On Sale Starting Saturday, October 5 at 10am, chart in the U.S. "Heart Attack" reached #5 on the Billat LiveNation.com board Top 40 Radio chart and became the 3rd Top 10 New York, NY – September 30, 2013 – Platinum- hit of Demi's career. The video for the song has selling music artist and The X Factor judge Demi Lovato amassed over 100 million views on VEVO, while a reannounced exclusively on a Facebook Q&A yesterday mix of the single also hit #1 on the Billboard Dance that she is launching THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR on Chart. February 9, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Demi is also joining the Emmy Award®-winning Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena. Produced and promoted show GLEE for a guest starring role set to start airing by Live Nation, the North American tour will support her on October 3. Earlier this month, she returned for her latest Hollywood Records album, DEMI, and visit 27 second season as a judge and mentor on The X Factor. cities across the United States and Canada, including She will appear on Conan tonight (September 30) and shows in the New York City area, Chicago, Toronto, will perform on both The Tonight Show Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Nashville. “Neon Lights” is with Jay Leno (October 2) and The Ellen DeGeneres the forthcoming single from DEMI and will impact at radio in early November. THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR will Show (October 7). also feature lead special guests, Little Mix, performing THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR DATES on their first U.S. tour, as well as Cher Lloyd who will All dates and venues below subject to change. also perform on select dates. The X Factor finalists Fifth Harmony will perform on all dates below.. turned hit-making girl group, Fifth Harmony, will also join their X Factor mentor on all dates throughout the *Dates with Little Mix tour. **Dates with Cher Lloyd Citi® cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale February 9* Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers tickets beginning Wednesday October 2, at 10:00 AM Arena local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For February 11* San Jose, CA SAP Center complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. February 13* Anaheim, CA Honda Center (On sale ONLINE EDITION

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October 12) February 15* Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena February 17* Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater At Grand Prairie February 19* Houston, TX Toyota Center February 21* Atlanta, GA Philips Arena February 23* Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena February 25* Sunrise, FL BB&T Center February 26* Tampa, FL Time Bay Times Forum March 1* Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center March 2* Fairfax, VA Patriot Center March 5* Worcester, MA DCU Center March 7* East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center March 8* Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre March 11* Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 13* Auburn Hills, MI The Palace At Auburn Hills March 14* Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena March 16* Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center March 18* St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

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Fifth Harmony has quickly become one of the mosttalked about acts in pop music. After debuting "Miss Movin' On" live on The Today Show, the program received more tweets about this concert than any other performance all summer. The music video has surpassed 11 million views mark on VEVO, while the song reached #34 on Top 40 Radio, and is continuing to gain steam. Cumulatively, they have 70 million total YouTube views, nearly half a million Facebook "likes", and over 750,000 Twitter followers. Building on the monumental success of their debut single "Miss Movin' On", Fifth Harmony (5H) are now gearing up to release their first EP, Better Together [Epic Records/Syco Music] on October 22, 2013. For more information on Fifth Harmony, visit www.fifthharmonyofficial.com. Please visit www.DemiLovato.com, www.LiveNation.com and www.Ticketmaster.com for additional ticket and tour information. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

March 20** St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena March 22** Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena March 23** Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena March 26** Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre March 27** Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena March 29** Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena March 30** Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse Earlier this year Little Mix soared into the top 5 of the Billboard 200 album chart with their debut album DNA, entering the chart at No. 4 and making history as the first ever British girl group to debut in the top 5 with their debut album release. Since then, Little Mix have amassed a dedicated and loyal fan base, having graced the covers of Seventeen and Girls Life magazines and garnering over 150 million cumulative VEVO views, 2.6 million Facebook fans and over 4.3 million Twitter followers. Little Mix have become global superstars selling over 3 million records worldwide and are prepping for the Fall 2013 release of their new album featuring the upcoming single, "Move." With worldwide momentum behind them, the group is now ready to tour the U.S. for the first time as special guests on the Demi Lovato tour. ONLINE EDITION

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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MILEY CYRUS TO LAUNCH BANGERZ TOUR ON VALENTINES DAY 2014 Highly Anticipated Tour Includes 38 Dates throughout the United States and Canada th April 24 – Nassau Coliseum Tickets on Sale November 16 at 10am November 6, 2013 (New York, NY) – Global superstar Miley Cyrus announced today the details behind her BANGERZ TOUR. The highly anticipated tour, produced and promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on Valentine's Day February 14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC at Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena and will visit 38 cities throughout the United States and Canada including New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and Miami. Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, November 16 at www.livenation.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 12 at 10 AM local time through Friday, November 15 at 10 PM local time. Fans will have additional opportunities to purchase tickets early by signing up for a Facebook RSVP at http://bit.ly/ _MileyRSVP. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, November 16. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com. Details for Miley’s BANGERZ TOUR follow her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live where she announced to fans that she would be launching a tour soon. The announcement on Saturday Night Live comes on the heels of her well-received appearance ONLINE EDITION

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on the show (re-airing November 9) as both host and musical performer on October 5 that was part of a series of headline-making appearances that supported the release of her new album, Bangerz, on RCA Records. Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with over 270,000 albums sold. Additionally, during release week, Bangerz hit #1 on iTunes in over 70 countries. Both singles, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”, off Bangerz have already sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. “Wrecking Ball” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks. It became Miley’s first Billboard Hot 100 #1 and her fastest-flying top 10 on Radio Songs. “Wrecking Ball” also hit #1 on Spotify where it reached the highest streams ever for any track in the U.S. beating the next highest week by nearly 500,000 plays. This exciting news came just two days after her music video for "Wrecking Ball" became the fastest music video ever to reach CERTIFIED status, VEVO's milestone for videos delivering 100 million views in only 6 days. Cyrus shattered the previous record which she held for “We Can’t Stop,” which was

CERTIFIED by VEVO just 37 days after it premiered. Bangerz has been getting rave reviews including Entertainment Weekly calling it “…utterly fresh, a pop blitz from a hip-hop blueprint, and proof that Miley won't settle for just shocking us.” US Weekly declared it “the year's most titillating pop explosion” awarding the album “4 stars (out of 4).”

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BRAD PAISLEY EXTENDS AND RENAMES TOUR  BEAT THIS WINTER TOUR  presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®   Special Guests Include Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery   Nassau Coliseum – February 13th   Tickets on sale December 6th at 10am  

    New York, NY (Nov. 26, 2013) Brad Paisley’s Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®  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 45)

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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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Public Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela PHempstead, New York, December 30, 2013 — On Saturday, January 11, 2014 the African American Museum of Nassau County will host a memorial service in honor of the late Nelson Mandela, beloved statesman and global icon. The service, which is open to the public, will be held at three o’clock in the afternoon, at the museum, 110 North Franklin Street, in Hempstead. The traditional African ceremony, will be conducted by members of Egbe Imo Oye Ogbon. Participants include the Gloria Eve dancers and drummers and the Alpha Psi Alpha Fraternity, Adelphi University Chapter. For further information contact Joysetta Pearse, at 516-572-0730.

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