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CLOSE TO 10,000 NEW YORKERS JOIN CALL OPPOSING CUOMO PLAN TO USE CHASE SETTLEMENT FUNDS FOR TAX CUTS While foreclosure crisis continues to disproportionately affect communities of color, Governor Cuomo attempts to divert $613 Million slotted to help homeowners On the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, close to 10,000 people – predominately from low- and moderateincome communities for color throughout New York State – joined a racial and economic justice Tele-Town Hall on Governor Cuomo’s attempt to use $613 million from the historic JPMorgan Chase settlement. The money, which the attorney general intended to fund homeowner relief programs, would instead go to fill budget gaps caused by the governor’s plan to cut taxes to banks and the rich. The Tele-Town Hall featured Assembly Member Karim Camara, Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus, New York City Public Advocate Leticia James, New York City Council Member Brad Lander, and advocates, community and faith leaders. Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute said, “What I want to know is WTF? Why Take our Funds? This settlement money was intended to help struggling homeowners in New York, too many of whom are African American and Latino. JP Morgan Chase was forced to pay up to right the wrong that it has done to our communities. Now that money needs to go to the homeowners who need it, not back to the banks in the form of a tax cut.” "As someone who has fought with Chase to modify my loan for three years, I find it disgusting that the money Chase was forced to pay as a punishment for their reckless behavior would be taken and used to fund tax cuts for the rich. This is supposed to help homeowners who were devastated by these toxic mortgages, and that's how it should be used," said Jean Sassine, homeowner from Queens Village, New York. According to the New York State Department of Financial NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Services, 352,454 homeowners have received preforeclosure notices. The median black household lost almost 84 percent of their household wealth in the recession. Latinos lost 66 percent, while the comparable loss for white households was about 34 percent. “The $600 million settlement that Attorney General Schneiderman won from JP Morgan Chase must go to help distressed homeowners and communities still struggling with the aftermath of the mortgage crisis ... not for tax breaks for the wealthy. The AG has designed smart, transparent programs that are making a real difference through legal representation, mortgage modifications, and land banks. Governor Cuomo, leave the mortgage settlement money where it rightly and legally belongs,” said NYC Council Member Brad Lander. "New York has the worst income inequality in the nation -- the last thing we need in a reverse-Robin Hood effort to take resources away from struggling families and communities in order to shower new benefits on millionaires, billionaires and Wall Street," said Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy For All Coalition. " Government should work for all of us, not just some of us -- Governor Cuomo must work with Attorney General Schneiderman to make sure families in foreclosure get the help they need, and the Legislature should reject any new tax breaks for the top 1%." Advocates noted that it is particularly harmful to be taking away funds designated to disproportionately help families color on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “The foreclosure crisis has drained an enormous amount of wealth from communities of color into the pockets of the Big Bank CEO's. The settlement money Attorney General Schneiderman won needs to be used for its intended purpose - providing relief to underwater homeowners, keeping families in their homes and keeping our communities strong,” said Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change. Governor Cuomo's budget plan proposes a billion dollars a year in new tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and Wall Street. This includes a $750 million-per-year reduction in the state Inheritance Tax, which currently applies only to estates worth over a million dollars. Cuomo wants to eliminate state taxes for estates worth between one million dollars and $5.25 million dollars. This cut would most benefit the 200 richest families in New York. Cuomo also wants to eliminate New York's dedicated Bank Tax and give Wall Street a $350 million-per-year tax cut, while taxing frontline help away from families whose lives and savings have been decimated by predatory lending and illegal acts by banks.

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UPO MLK Parade in Hempstead The United Peoples Organization, UPO, held their 21st MLK Parade in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby was proud to march in the parade with her colleagues in government, and to support this wonderful organization. Photo:Trustee Don Ryan, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Leg. Kevan Abrahams, Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, Jr., Trustee Luis Figueroa, Trustee Perry Pettus

Syosset Attorney Charged with Tax Fraud Totaling Approx. $28K Turkish, 58, was arrested today for failing to disclose income during a three-year period MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a Syosset attorney has been arrested and charged today with failure to report income on his New York State personal income tax returns over a three-year period – resulting in an unpaid bill to New York State of nearly $28,000. William Turkish, 58, was charged today with three counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the 4th Degree (an E felony). He was given a desk appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned at District Court in Hempstead on Feb. 4. If convicted, Turkish faces up to 4 years in prison. “Every taxpayer, no matter their occupation, is required by law to report their income in an accurate and timely manner,” DA Rice said. “Failure to report taxable income takes away much needed funds for vital services and unNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

fairly puts the burden on other taxpayers.” DA Rice said Turkish, an attorney licensed to practice in New York, is charged with failing to file his New York State personal income tax returns for tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010. The liability owed to New York State taxpayers is $27,986 – an amount that does not include penalties and interest. This matter was investigated by the Nassau Criminal Investigations Division of the New York State Department of Tax and Finance and was referred to DA Rice’s office for review and prosecution. DA investigators made the arrest. Assistant District Attorney Christine Burke of DA Rice’s Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. Turkish is represented by Alfredo Mendez, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty. PAGE 3


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Did New York City fail Avonte Oquendo? Sure it did. We don’t know much about the cause of Avonte’s death, we do know that the dismembered remains of the autistic, non-verbal teen were found in the East River. Through DNA tests, the medical examiner confirmed the remains are that of the missing 14-year-old. Avonte was missing for over three months, since October 4, 2013, when he walked out of the Riverview School in Long Island City, Queens. He was missing as of 12:37 p.m. that day when he ran out of the school, according to the Department of Education. And the assistant principal reported him missing 20 minutes later. However, his mother was not notified until 1:35 p.m. Moreover, school officials did not notify the N.Y.P.D. until 2 p.m. All that time the administrators wasted, crucial time that could have made a difference in locating Avonte Oquendo. MINISTER So, how exactly do you lose a child? The boy had a reputation for wandering away, and the school LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. officials knew this. Further, Avonte’s school sufPUBLISHER AND CHIEF fered from a number of security and safety lapses, including no front desk monitor, no alarm panic bars COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. on the doors, and no console for the school security agent. Further, none of the school administrators had passwords to access the live security cameras in the building, and as a result they believed Oquendo was in the school at the time. The principal did not obtain the password until 2:30 in order to observe the video. The lack of safety precautions led this vulnerable child, who was afraid of the water, to wind up in the river. In addition, that underwear found with his remains were too large to him have led the family to conclude that he was under someone’s control for a number of days. It is no surprise the family plans to sue the city. According to the Black and Missing Foundation—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about missing persons of color, support their families and educate minority communities about personal safety—the number of missing people of color is “astronomical,” yet the media attention has not reflected this reality. Based on FBI statistics, of the 627,911 people reported missing in the U.S. last year, 240,411 or 38 percent were from racial and ethnic minority groups. And African-Americans are overrepresented among the missing, accounting for 28.2 percent of those 18 years of age and over, and 37 percent of young people 17 years and under, like Avonte. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines autism as “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” Autism typically is known to impair a person’s social interaction and communication skills. And according to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, it is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the country, affecting 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Boys are five times more likely to have it, and there is no cure. Black children with autism are often misdiagnosed or simply dismissed as bad kids with behavioral and discipline problems. Further, many urban school districts that serve low income communities lack the resources to provide the proper services to autistic children. For people in the autism advocacy community, the Avonte Oquendo tragedy hits close to home. “For every parent of a child with autism, this is the worst nightmare. The reality of wandering is something our community lives with every single day,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “The circumstances around Avonte’s disappearance touched all New Yorkers and people across the country profoundly. We will work tirelessly so our families can find some peace from this never ending fear of wandering.” Meanwhile, with a $70,000 reward and his face plastered on posters throughout the city, everyone knew about Avonte. When parents send their children to school, including special needs children, they expect their young ones will be taken care of in a safe environment. We do not know why the school waited so long to call the police and report that Avonte Oquendo was missing. Perhaps they did not care enough, as so many children find themselves invisible, neglected, underfunded and deprioritized in the nation’s public schools. In these days of zero tolerance and the criminalization of schoolchildren, the police will quickly throw a child in jail over allegations of misbehavior in class. Yet, the police are nowhere to be found when a child is missing? And the boy’s mother is called an hour after the fact? Surely, we must do better than this. PAGE 5


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For the Week Ending January 19, 2014 DiNapoli: 87 School Districts in Fiscal Stress Eighty–seven school districts, 13 percent of school districts statewide, have been designated as fiscally stressed under State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. DiNapoli’s office evaluated 674 school districts with fiscal years ending on June 30, 2013. DiNapoli: Buffalo’s Financial Condition Improves The city of Buffalo’s finances have stabilized in recent years because of careful budget planning, the oversight of a fiscal control board and increased state aid, according to a report issued Monday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report is part of a series of fiscal profiles on municipalities across the state. DiNapoli: School District Revenue Growth Slows New York’s school districts have faced major fluctuations in their federal and state aid over the last decade and revenue growth was nearly flat the last three years, averaging only 1.3 percent, according to a report issued Tuesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report is part of DiNapoli’s fiscal stress initiative which is focusing greater attention on the issues that contribute to the financial pressures on local governments and school districts across the state. DiNapoli and Investor Group Reach Shareholder Agreement with FirstEnergy FirstEnergy, an Ohio–based energy producer, has agreed to produce a comprehensive report on the company’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Wednesday. As a result, a shareholder resolution co–filed by DiNapoli, Connecticut Treasurer Denise L. Nappier on behalf of the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, and investment group As You Sow has been withdrawn. DiNapoli: Some Taxpayer Check–Off Donations Not Utilized for Worthy Causes New Yorkers have contributed more than $51 million for worthy NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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causes through check–offs on their personal income tax forms, but these funds often sit unused, according to a report issued Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. More than $14 million has accumulated in six check–off funds, with nearly 90 percent of that for health–related causes including breast cancer, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. DiNapoli: State Tax Receipts Below Projections Three Quarters Through Fiscal Year State tax receipts for the first three quarters of the fiscal year were $534 million below the latest Financial Plan projections, according to a quarterly report on state finances released Friday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Wednesday announced his office completed audits of the Hampton Bays Union Free School District; Harpursville Central School District; Roosevelt Children’s Academy Charter School; and the South Colonie Central School District. Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Wednesday announced his office completed audits of the Afton Hose Company Emergency Squad; Town of Hampton; Town of Hopewell; Pember Library and Museum; City of Rye; Town of Sullivan; and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Friday the following audits have been issued: the Research Foundation of the State University of New York; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; the New York State Health Insurance Program: Empire BlueCross and BlueShield; the Department of Health; the Office of Court Administration; and the Department of Health.

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT Marriage Material or just a Façade… Many women and men are guilty of attempting to be all things for all people. In doing this they often lose sight of who they really are to each other. Makeovers have their place, as long as the makeover is merely external. I recently explored my childhood with a long lost friend. We were so into the moment, discussing how we have grown and changed so drastically. Although I agree that my life and my outlook has changed quite a bit; I am still, however, that same impressionable person I was more than twenty years before. I am still excited by a person’s beautiful home, meeting a star, and celebrating a grand occasion; such as a graduation, anniversary, or birth of a new baby. I am aware that one must change in order to put their best foot forward, in certain situations. A Job Interview, should draw upon and muster up the most professional qualities one possesses. A Funeral Service should be thoughtful and dignified, causing a reflective mood. At a football game, one may be effusive and out-going, even

One Day a Year, What You Wear is a Matter of Life and Death Eleventh Annual National Wear Red Day is February 7, 2014 Long Island, NY, November 1, 2013 “How do you go red?” asks the American Heart Association. On Friday, February 7, 2014, people from across Long Island, as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media, teachers, and people from all walks of life will be wearing red to focus attention on - and raise funds to fight - the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease. On February 7th, the American Heart Association’s 11th Annual National Wear Red Day asks women to show their support for the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. It’s an easy, powerful way to speak up NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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loud and boisterous is not out of order. These are attitudinal changes and not persona changes. I am a strong advocate of being who you are, to get what you want. When a man meets a woman at the club; she is tight from head to foot. Her hair, nails, smell and dress code are immaculate. He buys her a drink, she buys him a drink, and then they agree to spend some time together. You know what goes here. She turns out to be less than at first glance. False this, and artificial that, and weaved this and bonded that. Who is this person that the man has met? She is not who he is looking at, at the moment. Be who you are to get what you want. But that is all superficial. Who are we within? That is what will shine through. Looking for marriage? The search begins as soon as the façade ends. Men are probably more guilty than women in playing a role they find it difficult to let go of. The strut, the hair cut, the manner of dress for a man becomes who he is. He becomes the pair of jeans, or that suit, or that muscle shirt. When a woman lays down her barriers to be receptive to a man, she foregoes those small habits that she had held for so long. Many strong willed people refuse to pledge allegiance to anything but fidelity to God. This is most assuredly the most important pledge you can make. and show support for Go Red For Women®, the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. The Go Red For Women movement, sponsored nationally by Macys urges 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 cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women age 25 and older and stroke is the No. 4 killer of women, as women account for 61 percent of all stroke deaths annually. The American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement is about turning around these statistics. It’s also about resources, information and hope. Donations to Go Red For Women help support our efforts to educate women and to fund breakthrough research by the American Heart Association that helps ensure women are represented in clinical studies. For more information about National Wear Red Day and to sign up your company or organization, call Jessica DiMeo at 516-450-9111 or email Jessica.dimeo@heart.org.

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Lakeview Youth Federation Friendship Games The Lakeview Youth Federation hosted their 22nd Annual Friendship Games at Nassau Community College Field House Complex, Garden City. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby cheered on the talented athletes at the event and offered her heartfelt congratulations to Chairman Charles Nanton. Photo: Kito Lockward, Malverne HS Football Coach, Talyana Gardson, Hempstead, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Kimberlie Paul, Floral Park, Keisha Hoskins, Valley Stream, Oneila Denton, Hempstead, Charles Nanton, Chairman L.Y.F. Inc., Lenray Raftington, Uniondale

Nassau County MLK Celebration The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Committee of Nassau County hosted their 29th Annual Awards Luncheon held at the Marriot in Uniondale. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated this year's honorees: Gil Bernardino, Circulo de la Hispanidad Emily Moore, Roosevelt, Darrin Green, Pres. LI Law Enforcement Alliance NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Vision LI State of the State Vision Long Island hosted their State of State at Dowling College in Oakdale, Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development Commissioner, and congratulated Vision LI President Eric Alexander. Photo: Eric Alexander, Margo Cargill Kenneth Adams, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby,Inline image 1 Mary Ellen Kreye, VP Uniondale Community Council,

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eliminate crime, are on the winning side. Our struggle is the righteous one. Creating a community that has a zero-tolerance policy toward violent crime is not an impossible task for the Village of Hempstead. We can do it. And Dr. King’s principles provide us with a guide for how to do just that. The Village of Hempstead is our home. Take pride in it. The end to violent crime in our community starts with you. 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 516-4786333.

Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been among the greatest and most positive influences in our society. He is firmly entrenched, alongside Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and others, on the short list of irreproachable Americans. In the wake of what would have been Dr. King’s 85th birthday on January 15, I’d like to talk about the overarching tenet of his personal philosophy: the principle of nonviolence. In my column last week, I addressed recent incidents of violent crime in our community, and the dedicated response being made by the Village of Hempstead Police Department. I talked in detail about how the only way we can eradicate violence is by making a fundamental change in our way of life, by making a conscious decision to prevent crime. With our nation taking a moment earlier this week to honor the legacy of Dr. King, a devout pacifist, I thought now would be the perfect time to share with readers his Six Principles of Nonviolence, which appeared in Dr. King’s first book, Stride Toward Freedom. These principles offer a blueprint for how to build a community free of violence, and they display a stirring example of Dr. King’s wisdom and eloquence. His Six Principles of Nonviolence are as follows: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. We must accept that nonviolence is not simply a choice we make, but the only way to live. The beloved community is the framework for the future. We should strive to love one another, because the more we are bonded to our fellow community members, the less we will tolerate injustice. Attack forces of evil, not persons doing evil. We should not answer violence with violence. We must go after the prejudices and injustices that produce crime, not just the criminals. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve the goal. This is the most difficult of Dr. King’s principles for us to apply. However, every time we try to “get even” for a wrong committed against us, we are contributing to the cycle of violence. Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence. We must work to eradicate hatred from our heart. Every time that little voice inside us tells us we have a right to be angry and vengeful, we must counter it with a firm determination to be examples of peace.

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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Black media seek part of court-ordered tobacco ads RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Black media outlets want the nation’s tobacco companies to run court-ordered advertisements in their publications as part of a lawsuit charging that the industry lied about the dangers of smoking. In a brief in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ahead of a Wednesday hearing in the case, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and National As-

sociation of Black Owned Broadcasters argued that the ads should be disseminated through their outlets because the black community has been disproportionally targeted by tobacco companies and harmed by smoking. The groups are asking the court to consider adding its outlets to the list of newspapers, TV stations and websites where the socalled corrective statements are to be published. The statements also are to accompany cigarette packages. The statements are part of a case the government brought in 1999 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled in that case in 2006 that the nation’s largest cigarette makers concealed the dangers of smoking for decades and ordered them to pay for corrective statements. The companies involved in the case include Richmond, Va.-based Altria Group Inc., owner of the biggest U.S. tobacco company, Philip Morris USA; No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. ReyNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

nolds Tobacco Co., owned by Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds American Inc.; and No. 3 cigarette maker Lorillard Inc., based in Greensboro, N.C.

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The tobacco companies and the federal government reached an agreement last week on the details of publishing those statements. The court must still approve the agreement. Under the agreement with

the Justice Department, each of the companies must publish full-page ads in the Sunday editions of 35 newspapers and on the newspapers’ websites, as well as air prime-time TV spots on CBS, ABC or NBC five times per week for a year. The companies also must publish the statements on their websites and affix them to a certain number of cigarette packs three times per year for two years. The media groups that represent more than 120 publications and more than 200 radio stations and TV stations said the list included the judge’s order doesn’t have publications in areas with very large black populations and will not effectively reach the black community, who are “not only more susceptible to harm from tobacco usage, but were also intentionally and systematically targeted by (the tobacco companies) to be recipients of their illegal marketing campaigns.” (Continued on page 16)

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ASK LISA-ANNE Do School Uniforms Make a Difference in Academic Performance? Q. My niece attends a charter school and they wear uniforms. My sister thinks that wearing uniforms helps improve academics in schools. Is this true? A. Well, it depends on whom you ask. If you ask people who went to Catholic or other religious schools, other private schools or who went to school outside of the USA where everyone wore uniforms; they would tell you yes! Those who never wore uniforms may take another view on the subject! Researchers are divided over how much of an impact - if any - dress policies have upon student learning. A 2004 book makes the case that uniforms do not improve school safety or academic discipline. A 2005 study, on the other hand, indicates that in some Ohio high schools uniforms may have improved graduation and attendance rates, although no improvements were observed in academic performance. In the 1980s, public schools were often compared unfavorably to Catholic schools. Noting the perceived benefit that uniforms conferred upon Catholic schools, some public schools decided to adopt a school uniform policy. President Clinton provided momentum to the school uniform movement when he said in his 1996 State of the Union speech, "If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms." The Pros and Cons of School Uniforms! According to proponents, school uniforms: Help prevent gangs from forming on campus Encourage discipline Help students resist peer pressure to buy trendy clothes Help identify intruders in the school Diminish economic and social barriers between students Increase a sense of belonging and school pride Improve attendance Opponents contend that school uniforms: Violate a student's right to freedom of expression Are simply a Band-Aid on the issue of school violence Make students a target for bullies from other schools Are a financial burden for poor families Are an unfair additional expense for parents who pay taxes for a free public education Are difficult to enforce in public schools Most school districts have dress codes which are differenct to wearing a uniform everyday! Some examples include: Decorations (including tattoos) that are symbols, mottoes, words or acronyms that convey crude, vulgar, profane, violent, gang-related, sexually explicit or suggestive messages Large or baggy clothes (this prohibition can be used to keep students from excessive "sagging") Holes in clothes Scarves, curlers, bandanas or sweatbands inside of school buildings (exceptions are made for religious attire) Visible undergarments Strapless garments Bare midriffs, immodestly low-cut necklines or bare backs Tights, leggings, bike shorts, swim suits or pajamas as outerwear NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Dog collars, tongue rings and studs, wallet chains, large hair picks, or chains that connect one part of the body to another What Research Says About School Uniforms! Virginia Draa, assistant professor at Youngstown State University, reviewed attendance, graduation and proficiency pass rates at 64 public high schools in Ohio. Her final analysis surprised her: "I really went into this thinking uniforms don't make a difference, but I came away seeing that they do. At least at these schools, they do. I was absolutely floored." Draa's study concluded that those schools with uniform policies improved in attendance, graduation and suspension rates. She was unable to connect uniforms with academic improvement because of such complicating factors as changing instructional methods and curriculum. University of Missouri assistant professor, David Brunsma reached a different conclusion. In his 2004 book, The School Uniform Movement and What It Tells Us About American Education: A Symbolic Crusade, Brunsma reviewed past studies on the effect of uniforms on academic performance. He also conducted his own analysis of two enormous databases, the 1988 National Educational Longitudinal Study and the 1998 Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. Brunsma concluded that there is no positive correlation between uniforms and school safety or academic achievement. Meanwhile, the movement toward uniforms in public schools has spread to about a quarter of all elementary schools. Experts say that the number of middle and high schools with uniforms is about half the number of elementary schools. If uniforms are intended to curb school violence and improve academics, why are they not more prevalent in middle and high schools, where these goals are just as important as in elementary schools? Because, says Brunsma, "It's desperately much more difficult to implement uniforms in high schools, and even middle schools, for student resistance is much, much higher. In fact, most of the litigation resulting from uniforms has been located at levels of K-12 that are higher than elementary schools. Of course, this uniform debate is also one regarding whether children have rights, too!" The debate over uniforms in public schools encompasses many larger issues than simply what children should wear to school. It touches on issues of school improvement, freedom of expression and the "culture wars." It's no wonder the debate rages on. Information gathered from http://www.greatschools.org/finda-school/defining-your-ideal/121-school-uniforms.gs?page=3 Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage 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 the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They S S Say I’m a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways To Succeed With ADHD and 365+1 Ways to Succeed With ADHD available at www.Amazon.com. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and the education editor for the Community Journal newspaper. She is currently employed in the Hempstead School District. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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New Visions School Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day New Visions School in the Freeport School District honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a schoolwide assembly that centered on Dr. King’s inspiring words and the movement he influenced. “I think Dr. King had in mind our school rules to always be caring, respectful, responsible and safe when he had his dream,” said New Visions School Principal Renee Crump-Dedmon. Donna Snider’s second-grade students, Lissette Demm’s and Greta Villanueva’s third-grade dual-language classes, and the fourth-grade chorus, under the direction of Ruth Breidenbach, took their turn on the risers to echo the words of Dr. King and perform songs in his honor. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“The fourth-graders are our role models,” said Crump-Dedmon in her introduction to the student recognition awards. “The younger students look up to them.” Each fourth-grade class nominated one classmate to be honored for demonstrating the exemplary qualities of Dr. King. Assistant Principal Susan DeLuca presented the top honor, the New Visions School Peace and Leadership Award, to Sameerah Lawal. Sameerah’s name and photo are now on a special plaque that will be displayed in the school. The other students recognized, and honored with Martin Luther King medallions, were Dillon DeBourg, Breymy Ledesma Tavarez, Alexander Malik and Elise Smith. The program concluded with all students singing Pete Seeger’s “The Hammer Song.” PAGE 15


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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 18 percent of U.S. adults smoked in 2012, the same percentage as blacks. But 26.7 percent of black adults were smokers in 2005, compared with 23.9 percent of adults. The federal agency also says the annual incidence of lung cancer was highest among blacks between 1998 and 2006 with a rate of 76.1 per 100,000 people, compared with 69.7 per 100,000 among whites. The corrective statements ordered by the judge include five categories: adverse health effects of smoking; addictiveness of smoking and nicotine; lack of significant health benefit from smoking cigarettes marked as “low tar,” ”light,” etc.; manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery; and adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies “deliberately deceived the American public.” Among the required statements are that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined, and that “secondhand smoke kills over 38,000 Americans a year.” Tobacco companies have called the corrective statements “forced public confessions” designed to “shame and humiliate” them. A federal appeals court rejected efforts by the tobacco companies to overrule Kessler’s ruling requiring the corrective statements but they could still appeal the actual content of the advertisements. Companies also may be required to display the statements at stores that sell their products. PAGE 16


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Judge gives prosecutors more time in Stinney execution case SUMTER, South Carolina (AP) — The judge, prosecutor and defense lawyers all agree that justice, at least by today’s U.S. standards, wasn’t carried out 70 years ago when a 14-year-old black boy was sent to the electric chair for killing two white girls. But figuring out exactly what happened in March 1944 may be elusive, they said during the first day of a hearing into whether the boy, George Stinney, should get a new trial. People who attended the original trial have died and most of the evidence, including a transcript of the trial, has disappeared. Stinney was found guilty of killing 11-year-old Betty Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames just over a month after their bodies were found beaten in the head and left in a water-filled ditch. The trial lasted less than a day in the tiny Southern mill town of Alcolu, separated, as most were in those days, by race. His lawyers argued his conviction was tainted by racism and scant evidence in the era of Jim Crow laws that instituted segregation in much of the U.S. South. Stinney is the youngest person executed in the United States in the past 100 years. Even in 1944, there was an outcry over putting someone so young in the electric chair. Newspaper accounts said the straps in the chair didn’t fit around his 95-pound (43-kilogram) body and an electrode was too big for his leg. Nearly all the evidence, including Stinney’s confession, has vanished. Lawyers working on behalf of Stinney’s family have gathered new evidence, including sworn statements from his relatives accounting for his whereabouts the day the girls were killed and from a pathologist disputing the autopsy findings. But that evidence depends mostly on the unreliability of the human memory. Stinney’s younger sister, who was 7 at the time, testified Tuesday about how she hid in a chicken coop when several white men in uniforms arrived at their home in strange-looking cars. She vividly remembered seeing her brother’s burned body in a casket after his electrocution and the unmarked grave he was buried in. But on cross examination, Amie Ruffner struggled to remember details of a 2009 sworn statement she gave. “If you can’t remember what you wrote down in 2009, why should we believe that you can believe something that happened in 1944?” prosecutor Ernest “Chip” Finney III said. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen said her task isn’t deciding whether Stinney is guilty or innocent, but whether he got a fair trial at the time. “What can I do? What can I rectify?” Mullen said at the beginning of the hearing. “And even if we did retry, Mr. Stinney, what would be the result? Again, none of us have the power to bring that NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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14-year-old child back.” If Mullen finds in favor of Stinney, it could open the door for hundreds of other appeals. But she acknowledged how the case was unusual. “No one here can justify a 14-year-old child being charged, tried, convicted and executed in some 80 days,” she said. In 1944, Stinney was likely the only black in the courtroom. On Tuesday, the courtroom was packed with African-American supporters and the prosecutor arguing against him is the son of South Carolina’s first black chief justice. Finney argued there shouldn’t be a new trial because the evidence was lost with the passage of time. He said he is shocked and dismayed that the justice system took such little regard for a boy’s life, but that was the way justice operated at that time.

“Back in 1944, we should have known better, but we didn’t,” Finney said. South Carolina executed 59 people in the 1940s. Fifty of them were black, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. The state’s black population was 43 percent back then. It is about 28 percent today. Newspaper stories about Stinney’s trial offer little clue whether any evidence was introduced beyond the teen’s confession and an autopsy report. Some people around Alcolu said bloody clothes were taken from Stinney’s home, but never introduced at trial because of his confession. No record of those clothes exists and Stinney’s sisters and brothers all said they never saw him with bloody pants or a shirt. Relatives of the girls have recently spoke out as well, saying Stinney was known around town as a bully who threatened to fight or kill people who came too close to the grass where he grazed the family cow. Terri Evans, a cousin of Thames born years after she died, said it’s a shame this hearing couldn’t be held earlier. Her uncle was at the 1944 trial and watched Stinney’s execution. He told her he was convinced of the teen’s guilt and felt terrible for his family, too. “These people who were kids at the time, all they knew then was fear. There’s no one living that was at the trial,” Evans said. “Everything anyone says now is hearsay.” The hearing will continue Wednesday. It isn’t clear when the judge will rule.

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DA Investigation Uncovers Loan Sharking Scheme Bongarzone, 53, of Wantagh, charged with possession of loaded weapons and with making loans at over 100 percent interest MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced charges against a Wantagh man who was found to be loaning money at over 100 percent interest, threatening borrowers when they could not pay him back, and keeping several loaded handguns and other deadly weapons in his residence. Francis Bongarzone, 53, a/k/a Frankie Chase, was arrested yesterday by members of the DA’s Squad of the Nassau County Police Department and arraigned today on three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (as a C felony), three counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (as a D felony) and Criminal Usury in the First Degree (a C felony). If convicted on the top charge, Bongarzone faces a maximum of 15 years consecutive for each count. Prosecutors sought $1 million bail. Judge Joy Watson of Nassau District Court set bail at $250,000. Bongarzone’s next court date is Jan. 22. “Mr. Bongarzone’s brand of banking has victimized others and resulted in charges that bring with them the threat

NCDA: Case Update (Rockville Centre assault trial verdicts) Judge Christopher Quinn issued verdicts today in the bench trial for five Rockville Centre defendants facing the charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree (a class A misdemeanor), for an incident in Rockville Centre on June 18, 2012. The verdicts are as follows: William Moore, 19: guilty of Assault in the 3rd Degree Matthew Diperna, 19: guilty of Attempted Assault in the 3rd Degree Kevin Coyle, 20: not guilty of Assault in the 3rd Degree Nolan Kelly, 19: not guilty of Assault in the 3rd Degree William Nelson, 19: not guilty of Assault in the 3rd Degree NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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of a long stay in prison,” DA Rice said. “I ask any other victims of this individual to come forward and contact my office to assist with this investigation.” After a year-long investigation by DA Rice’s office and the Nassau County Police Department’s DA Squad, Bongarzone was found to have loaned out at least $50,000 and collected more than $100,000 in interest of over 100 percent per loan from at least half a dozen victims.

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A search warrant executed on Jan. 16, 2014 led investigators to a 9mm Glock handgun with two 17-round high capacity magazines, two .38 caliber revolvers with over 70 rounds of ammunition, two switchblades, a “blackjack,” and records confirming his loan activities. A blackjack is a leathercovered piece of lead with a loop handle designed to knock out victims when they are struck in the head. Bongarzone was convicted in 1984 of Criminal Solicitation in the Second Degree (a D Felony) in which he solicited another person to commit murder for hire. Because of this prior conviction, today’s Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree charge was elevated to a C felony, and the Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree charge was elevated to a D felony. This case is being prosecuted by ADA George Smit of the Organized Crime & Rackets Bureau under the supervision of Deputy Chief Anne Donnelly. Bongarzone is represented by Steven LaMagna, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty. Moore faces a maximum of one year in jail; Diperna faces up to three months in jail. Moore and Diperna are due back in court on March 19 for sentencing. Moore is represented by Chris Bechtle, Esq.; Diperna is represented by John Lewis, Esq.; Coyle is represented by John Carmen, Esq.; Kelly is represented by Scott Carrigan, Esq.; Nelson is represented by Michael DerGarabedian, Esq.

NCDA: Case Update (Brian Martin arraignment on new charges) Brian Martin, 36, of Roosevelt, was arraigned today on new grand jury charges for shooting his wife in the face during an argument on Dec. 21, 2013. Martin is charged with (Continued on page 20)

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DA Investigators Arrest West Hempstead Man on Charges in Dog fighting Case Hector Hernandez, 26, charged with possession of animal fighting paraphernalia and animal neglect MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest and arraignment today of a West Hempstead man by DA Investigators on charges in a dogfighting case involving eight pit bull dogs housed in cages in a makeshift structure. Most of the dogs exhibited bite wounds or scarring from previous wounds. Investigators from DA Rice’s office also found dog fighting paraphernalia on the premises. Hector Hernandez, 26, was arrested yesterday by DA Investigators and arraigned today on violating nine counts of Section 351 of New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, which pertains to animal fighting, and of violating two counts of Section 353 of New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, which pertains to failure to provide proper sustenance. Eight of the animal fighting counts relate to possession of a dog under circumstances evincing an intent that it engage in fighting, and one relates to possession of animal fighting paraphernalia. If convicted as charged, Hernandez could face up to one year in prison, plus $15,000 per dog in fines. Judge Joy Watson of Nassau District Court set bail at $2,500. Hernandez’s next court date is Jan. 22. “There will be serious consequences for those who show the utmost disregard for the animals under their care,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to work closely with advocates and local authorities to ensure that animals are protected, and that the people who mistreat, abuse and exploit them are brought to justice.” On Jan. 16, 2014, DA Investigators, in cooperation with Town of Hempstead Animal Control, arrived at Hernandez’s residence located at 69 Pinebrook Avenue in West Hempstead acting on a tip received through the DA Animal Crimes Tipline. Investigators discovered numerous pit-bull dogs caged and housed in a multi-room shed on the property, along with multiple chickens and one rabbit. Hernandez was also found at the residence in possession of heavy restraint chains, a treadmill that had been modified with a wooden frame and dog tether, and eight dogs, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

some of which had scars on their faces, necks and ears consistent with bite wounds. Vitamins and supplements and a training stick with a stuffed animal attachment were also found near the dogs’ cages. Two of the dogs, Roja and Nana, had fresh bite marks on their front sides. Both dogs were also found to be sickly, underweight with bones visible, with overgrown nails and open wounds. The other six dogs – Little Red, Brownie, Sassy, Scorpio, Honey, and Thor – were found in poor living conditions. In April 2012, DA Rice advocated for the passage of bills in the State Senate and Assembly to move crimes like animal cruelty and dogfighting to Penal Law section of the state criminal code. These charges, and other laws designed to protect animals, are currently listed under the Agriculture & Markets Law section. This proposed reclassification would make crimes against animals more accessible to law enforcement officers, simplify and modernize language, toughen existing statutes, create new charges, and increase the maximum prison sentence for severe cases of animal cruelty and animal fighting. In December 2013, DA Rice started a Countywide ‘Council on Animal Protection & Safety’ in order to provide a forum for local government and non-profit agencies in Nassau County to coordinate efforts on cases like this one. Members of the public can report animal crime directly to DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit in four ways: (1) by walking in to the DA’s Criminal Complaint Unit at 272 Old Country Road; (2) by calling the DA’s 24 hour Animal Crimes Tipline at (516) 571-2245; (3) via Internet complaint form at www.nassauda.org; or (4) via email to AnimalCrimesUnit@nassauda.org. The public should always call 911 in cases of active emergencies or imminent danger. Assistant District Attorney Adrian Murphy is prosecuting the case for DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit. The defendant was represented by the Legal Aid Society at arraignment. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty. PAGE 19


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Attorney Sentenced for Stealing More Than $4.3 Million from Clients Kalpakis, 53, of Old Westbury, stole millions from clients, including his own wife, by forging real estate and loan documents MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a disbarred attorney has been sentenced today for stealing more than $4 million from several individuals and banks in a series of fraudulent real estate deals that fattened his wallet at the expense of his clients – including his own wife. James Kalpakis, 53, pleaded guilty in September 2013 to Grand Larceny in the First Degree (a B felony) and Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (a C felony). Nassau County Court Judge Philip Grella sentenced Kalpakis today to 3-1/3 to 10 years in prison, with restitution of $4,362,279.83. “Clients should be confident that their attorneys are representing their best interests, and not betraying their trust for their own financial gain,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to prosecute attorneys who betray their clients’ trust while reaping millions of dollars by flouting the laws they swore to follow.” DA Rice said that Kalpakis, an attorney who was suspended from the practice of law in 2005 and disbarred upon his resignation in September 2009, stole over $4 million from five clients he represented in real estate deals between September 2008 and January 2011. In September 2008, Kalpakis illegally obtained a 30year, $1.1 million mortgage loan from a bank to refinance a mortgage on a home owned by his wife by submitting a forged power of attorney in her name, giving him authority to sign the mortgage in her absence. He received a check made payable to him in the amount of $402,152 at closing. The balance of the loan was used to pay off the existing mortgage, but Kalpakis stopped making payments on the loan in December 2009. His wife knew nothing about the loan. Other fraudulent dealings by Kalpakis include: · The theft of approximately $1.3 million from a victim to whom Kalpakis sold two homes with forged deeds from banks that were not actually the owners of the properties between October 2009 and December 2009. Kalpakis stole an additional $290,000 from the victim between February 2009 and April 2009 by never returning the victim’s escrow deposit on a home purchase that fell through. · The theft of $500,000 from the same victim between June 2009 and July 2009 by falsely representing that it would be invested in oil, gas, and mineral leases in Texas involving Kalpakis’s brother. · The theft of a $750,000 one-year mortgage loan NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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in June 2010 from a private investment firm by representing himself as the attorney for the owners of a residential property, one of whom was the victim of the above listed crimes. Kalpakis provided the lender with a forged power of attorney giving Kalpakis authority to collect the loan. · The theft of $150,000 between August 2010 and September 2010 from a different victim by “selling” him a property owned by the same victim in the above listed crimes. Kalpakis provided the buyer with forged documents that gave Kalpakis authorization to sell the property. · The theft of $100,000 in escrow deposits from a different victim to purchase a home between October 2008 and April 2009. The sale fell through but Kalpakis never returned the escrow funds. · The theft of a $45,000 escrow deposit from a victim between January 2010 and December 2010 for the purchase of a home. The sale never went through but Kalpakis kept the money. · The theft of $80,000 from a victim using three separate scams. Between August 2010 and January 2011, he stole $33,000 from the victim from a home purchase that fell through. In October 2010, he stole $35,000 from her by promising that a client he represented in a civil case would sign over the $42,000 settlement that would be received later, netting the victim a $7,000 profit. In fact, there was no lawsuit, no client, and no pending settlement. Kalpakis pulled this scam on the victim again in November 2010, stealing $12,000 and promising a $3,000 profit this time. Again, no lawsuit existed and Kalpakis kept her money. Assistant District Attorney Peter J. Mancuso of DA Rice’s Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case. Kalpakis is represented by James Toner, Esq.

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one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (class B violent felony), one count of Assault in the First Degree (class B violent felony), one count of Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree (class B violent felony), one count of Assault in the Second Degree (class D violent felony), four counts of Assault in the Third Degree (class A misdemeanor), two counts of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing (class A misdemeanor), and one count of Menacing in the Second Degree (class A misdemeanor). If convicted of all charges and sentenced consecutively, Martin faces a maximum of 30 years in prison. Prosecutors requested bail of $500,000. Nassau County Court Judge Helene Gugerty set bail at $350,000 bond or $150,000 cash. Martin’s next court date is Feb. 27.

NCDA: Case Update (Lori Maceluch guilty plea) Lori Maceluch, a Huntington woman charged with the theft of $866,114 from a Locust Valley architectural firm, pleaded guilty today to one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, in front of Judge Alan Honorof. Maceluch is due to be sentenced on March 11.

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Subway joins first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating effort WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is getting a new ally in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House. Subway will only offer a kids’ menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the side and low-fat or nonfat plain milk or water as a default beverage. “It’s a natural extension of what we do,” Tony Pace, Subway’s chief marketing officer, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The chain offers a line of lean-meat and vegetable sandwiches that have been certified by the American Heart Association, as well as a trio of breakfast sandwiches each with less than 200 calories. Pace said the public is becoming more aware of nutrition and the need to make healthier food choices. Subway’s commitment follows a summit on food NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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marketing to children that Mrs. Obama held at the White House last September. At the meeting, she urged the private sector, from food and beverage makers to media and entertainment companies, to do more to promote healthier foods to children. A month after the gathering, Mrs. Obama announced that the nonprofit organization that produces TV’s “Sesame Street” had agreed to let the produce industry use Elmo, Big Bird and its other furry characters free of charge in advertising and promotions to help encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables. Sam Kass, a White House chef and executive director of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, told The AP that Subway was “raising the bar for what a responsible, quick-service restaurant can do to help support the health of the nation.” Subway will work with the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit organization that works with the private sector to help advance the goals of “Let’s Move.” Mrs. Obama launched “Let’s Move,” a nationwide campaign against childhood obesity, in 2010, a year after becoming first lady.

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Jessie Edrington 70th Birthday Chief Apostle Jessie M. Edrington of the GTOB-SHEKINAH LIFE WORSHIP CENTER, celebrated her 70th Birthday at Verdi’s of Westbury. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Apostle Edrington and offered her heartfelt congratulations. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Life Changing Words Go Get Your Life Back (John 1:4 KJV) “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” This weekend I spent time with friends and family as we celebrated a birthday that had significant meaning. It was really not the age that was significant but it was the God in the lives of the people that attended the celebration that was the center of attention. See whenever you celebrate a birthday it always makes you look back at your life and see how far you have come and what has changed in your life during those years. How has God answered my prayers and what were my priorities in life. Did I obtain my personal goals as well as my spiritual goals? These are all the questions you ask yourself, as you grow old in numbers and hopefully in statue. As Christians growing older in God is maturing in our faith and learning how to wait on God to fulfill the promises and blessings that He has spoken to us. When we celebrate our life in God it has a totally different meaning then the worlds celebration does. In the world we celebrate ourselves but when you are in God we celebrate the God that lives in us. We thank Him for all that He has done in us and through us and we begin to worship Him for who He is and not for what He can give us. We learn to seek the face of God and not the hand of God because we know if we seek His face everything else will line up with His will for our life. See when you find out Gods will for your life that in itself makes life easier for you. For truly when you learn whom you are in Christ and who’s you are that right there is where your true celebration begins. For Jesus Christ is the Life-giver, Sustainer, and Provider. In Him you will find everything you need in life. For when Jesus died on the Cross over two thousand years ago He redeemed us from the hands of the enemy and everything we lost was recovered. So because of what Christ did for us on the Cross-we have the opportunity to get a new life in Him. Meaning we have a chance to recover all that the devil stole from us. How do we do that by following the words of Jesus in the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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book of Matthew 16:24-25 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

So I say to you go get your life back and recover all Jesus has for you. All we have to do is lose our life and pick up the life of Christ. Then we will and shall recover all God has ordained and predestined for us in this life and the life to come (eternal). Apostle Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. For Apostle Karen is truly a miracle writing about miracles. She is the Visionary of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship and the Pastor of Glory Temple Ministries. To contact her, inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org

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The promise will Come through You TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” (Genesis 18:14, NKJV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria In scripture, God gave Sarah a promise that she would have a baby, but she was well beyond the childbearing years. She thought the promise would come through somebody else. That made more sense. She was too old. So she got her husband, Abraham, together with a young maid, and they had a baby. Sarah said, “Thank You, Lord. The promise came to pass.” But God said, “No, Sarah. I didn’t put the promise in them. I put the promise in you. You have hidden treasure that is still buried in your womb.” But as long as Sarah thought, “I’m too old. I’m at a disadvantage. I don’t look like these younger women,” she was talking herself out of what God wanted to do. How many times do we do the same thing? “I could never be in management.” “I could never write that book.” “I could never build that house.” No, God is saying to you what He said to Sarah. “I didn’t put the promise in somebody else. I put the promise in you.” Look past your circumstances today and look to God. The one who promised is faithful, and He will bring it to pass! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me. I know that You will bring to pass every promise You’ve made. I repent for trying things in my own strength and choose to trust wholly in You in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "How will our resurrection body be different from our current body?" Answer: In his first letter to the church in Corinth, Paul discusses the great differences between our earthly bodies and our resurrected bodies (see 1 Corinthians 15:35-54). Contrasting our earthly bodies with the splendor of our heavenly (resurrected) bodies, Paul says, “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” (vv. 42-44, emphasis added). In short, our resurrected bodies are spiritual, imperishable, and raised in glory and power. Through the first Adam, we received our natural bodies, perfectly suited to an earthly environment. However, they became perishable as a consequence of the Fall. Due to disobedience, mankind became mortal. Aging, deterioration and eventual death now affect all of us. From dust we came, and to dust shall we return (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:20). Our resurrection bodies, on the other hand, will be “raised imperishable.” They will never experience sickness, decay, deterioration, or death. And “when the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable… then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54). As a result of the Fall, we are “sown in dishonor.” We were originally made perfect and in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), but sin has brought dishonor. Yet believers have the promise that our imperfect and dishonored bodies will one day be raised in glory. Freed from the restrictions imposed by sin, our resurrected bodies will be honorable and perfectly suited for pleasing and praising our Creator throughout eternity. Our current bodies are also characterized by weakness and debility. Our earthly “temples” are undeniably fragile and susceptible to the plethora of diseases that ravage mankind. We are also weakened by sin and temptation. One day, though, our bodies will be raised in power and glory, and we will no longer be subject to the flaws and fragility that pervade life today. Lastly, our resurrected body will be a spiritual one. Our natural bodies are suited for living in this world, but this is the only realm in which we can live. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). After the resurrection we will have a “spiritual body,” perfectly suited for living in heaven. This does not mean that we will be only NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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spirits—spirits do not have bodies—but that our resurrected bodies will not need physical sustenance or depend on natural means of supporting life. We get a glimpse of what our resurrection bodies will be like when we recall Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. He still had visible wounds, and His disciples could physically touch Him, yet He was able to travel effortlessly and appear and disappear at will. He could go through walls and doors yet could also eat and drink and sit and talk. Scripture informs us that our “lowly bodies” will be just “like His glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). Indeed, the physical limitations imposed by sin that hindered our ability to fully serve Him on earth will be forever gone, freeing us to praise and serve and glorify Him for eternity. Question: "What is the worm that will not die in Mark 9:48?" Answer: Jerusalem’s ancient garbage dump—a place called Gehenna—was illustrative of the ceaseless agonies of hell. This dump was on the south side of Jerusalem. In Old Testament times, children had been sacrificed to idols there (2 Kings 23:10); in Jesus’ day, it was a place burning with constant fires to consume the waste that was thrown there. The material burned there included everything from household trash to animal carcasses to convicted criminals (Jeremiah 7:31–33). Needless to say, the Jews considered Gehenna a cursed place of impurity and uncleanness. The word translated “hell” in Mark 9:43 is the Greek word Gehenna, which comes from the Hebrew name for a place called the “Valley of Hinnom.” Jesus uses this place to paint a vivid image of what hell is like. The Jewish people often associated the Valley of Hinnom with spiritual death. In Mark 9:48, when Jesus says, “Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched” (ESV), He is quoting from Isaiah 66:24: “They will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” In both texts the word translated as “worm” literally means “grub” or “maggot.” A maggot would have an obvious association with a dump like Gehenna where dead bodies are thrown; however, the maggot Christ speaks of “will not die.” Taken at face value, this text is one of the most horrific descriptions of what hell is like. The thought of eternal torment, likened to maggots eating away at a rotting corpse, is (Continued on page 27)

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undoubtedly ghastly. Hell is so awful that Christ said, figuratively speaking, it’s better to cut off the hand that causes you to sin than to end up in hell (Matthew 5:30). Mark 9:48 does not mean that there are literal worms in hell or that there are worms that live forever; rather, Jesus is teaching the fact of unending suffering in hell—the “worm” never stops causing torment. Notice that the worm is personal. Both Isaiah 66:24 and Mark 9:48 use the word their to identify the worm’s owner. The sources of torment are attached each to its own host. Some Bible scholars believe the “worm” refers to a man’s conscience. Those in hell, being completely cut off from God, exist with a nagging, guilty conscience that, like a persistent worm, gnaws away at its victim with a remorse that can never be mitigated. No matter what the word worm refers to, the most important thing to be gained from these words of Christ is that we should do everything in our power to escape the horrors of hell, and there is only one thing to that end— receiving Jesus as the Lord of our lives (John 3:16). Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/worm-will-notdie.html#ixzz2r9yzcSRw

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COURT LESSONS The Hempstead High School Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams are in the midst of challenging seasons. But challenging seasons can be humbling and character building if they are embraced by the teams involved rather than seen as failures. Both teams have first year varsity coaches with strong experience, high hoops I.Q. and a basketball pedigree. The boys team has won only 1 conference game and is 3-9 overall. The girl’s team has yet to score a win this season. High school level basketball should be about learning lessons as well as about winning games. No team is going to celebrate losing but they can still learn from those losses. Maybe the teammates are getting to know each other and are building a foundation for next year. Maybe the team consists primarily of young players who will be somewhat seasoned in years ahead. Maybe most of the players are playing organized sports for the first time. A total team concept may be new to them and they can only gain from the experience. That’s what losses give you, they give you experience. They also give you an opportunity to find out if the team has heart of if it wilts under the pressure of losses. Teams need to be given time to go through these rough patches so they can see how strong they are when they come out on the other side. Victories will come at some point and they will be sweet because they were so hard to come by. Until you taste true defeat, the depths of defeat, you can’t really appreciate small victories… The Hempstead boys and girls will face off against archrival Uniondale on January 24. These games are always entertaining and generally are close, heated contests. Both teams have respect for each other and both most assuredly know that any team can win on any given day. Next, both teams travel to Freeport January 31 and return February 4 for the final home contest. – B.J. Robinson PAGE 27


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After a $58M Contract, NFL Star Vince Young Files for Bankruptcy by Dr. Boyce Watkins Former NFL and college football superstar Vince Young has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy . According to the Houston Chronicle, Attorney Brian Kilmer of Houston filed for the player, who has assets between $500,001 and $1 million and liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million. The 30-year old former Titan had been sued for a $1.8 million dollar loan that he incurred during the 2011 NFL lockout. Like a lot of young, talented athletes, Vince thought that his best days were ahead of him. Unfortunately, the NFL can be like a slaughterhouse of black male potential, where young men with big dreams leave with bad knees, severe brain damage and a fifth grade reading level. According to the Chronicle, Young has sued his former financial adviser, Ronnie Peoples and his former agent, Major Adams II. He says that the loan, granted by Pro Player Funding, was never in his possession. Young’s assets include five cars, a home, his NFL annuity and a 401 (K). He also has about $200,000 worth of jewelry. In addition, Young has a court-ordered limit on his monthly spending of $25,000. The day I felt sorry for Vince Young was when he was actually at his peak. He’d just defeated USC in a stunning performance in the national championship game. On the cover of ESPN The Magazine was a picture of Young with the words, “I was born to play quarterback at The University of Texas.” When we have young black men who truly believe that their mission in life is to engage in servitude for an historically racist institution like The University of Texas, the most profitable football program in the country, we’ve got a problem. Yes, Texas did just hire an African American head coach, but that doesn’t change the business model where athletes and their families aren’t paid. Texas is also the state that makes billions from free labor of African American inmates. This is all a spinoff of slavery. But putting that point aside, the Vince Young cover on that magazine spoke to the voluntary commodification of himself as nothing more than a physical asset to be used up until he was no good anymore. This NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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reminds me of chickens that are born and raised on farms that are designated to keep them fat and happy until the KFC truck arrives. After the chicken has served its purpose, another one is found to take its place. This is, unfortunately, the role of too many young black men in America, who’ve been trained to volunteer themselves as commodities for sports teams, entertainment or the prison industrial complex. Everyone ends up making money from us except us. Also, similar to the chicken on the farm who is kept fat and happy, many of our athletes are kept uneducated and without purpose so they can focus on the one thing they are meant to do: Throw a damn football. Let’s not beat up on Vince Young, since his name might as well be “Young Victim.” From birth, he should have been made aware that he was put on this earth for a purpose greater than entertaining stadiums full of white people. He should also have been taught that education is more important than athletic ability when it comes to obtaining wealth and keeping it. If he has the brilliance to learn complex offensive schemes, he also has the ability to understand the basics of financial literacy. Vince’s first contract was worth $58 million, with $25.7 million in guaranteed money. Any good team of financial advisers would know how to put that money in a safe place so that Young wouldn’t be broke by the age of 30. In fact, he could spend like a fool and still have enough money to last for the rest of his life. Before I got my PhD in Finance, my first Finance professor was my late grandmother Felicia. I watched this unmarried woman obtain complete financial security from an income of no more than $30,000 per year. The most valuable lesson I learned from my grandmother before she died is that no matter how much or how little money you have in your possession, an ignorant attitude toward spending is eventually going to land you in the poorhouse. So, you can imagine how I felt when I read the story about Vince flying on a major airline and trying to buy every single seat on the plane. I bet he wishes he had some of that money back right now. Finally, we must spread the word about the myth of professional football; it’s just not what it’s cracked up to be. For every athlete who makes millions and lives a great life, there are far more who end up broke, with busted up bodies, short careers, and so much brain damage that they can’t even remember the names of their own children. Vince’s story is a lesson for all of us. Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and author of the lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment.”

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the NFL has established its final two teams for the Super Bowl XLVIII, and there’s no surprise match-up featuring the NFC best Seattle Seahawks vs. the AFC best Denver Broncos. The two number one seeds are living up to the standards of how great match-ups are determined, with the Seattle Seahawks owning the number one defense and the Denver Broncos owning the number one offense. The history records of the Super Bowls have shown that 90 percent of the games won have been the team with the best defense. The Seahawks have established a winning formula on defense, which highlights all pro cornerback Richard Sherman who leads the NFL with 8 interceptions this season (2013/14). However the Seahawks defense is much more than one person, which allowed the league fewest 14 points a game, and a fewest total yards of 273 a game. The Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has earned great respect for his success in college level competition along with a few National Championships and it appears coach Carroll is extending his guidance and success to professional athletes. The once New York Jets defensive coordinator (1990-93) and Jets head coach (1994) has always excelled on defense and it’s not a surprise that the strength of his defense is his pass defense. In 1984 coach Carroll was the defensive back coach for the Buffalo Bills and 1985-89 was defensive backs coach for the Minnesota Vikings, which shows his concentration and teaching skills against the passing attacks in the NFL. The talk from the “cheap seats” recognizes coach Carroll’s ability to teach and lead men on the football field but also believe the best defense may be to keep Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense off the field. This method requires NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

the Seahawks offense to run the ball and manage the clock to be successful. The Denver Broncos have the current best quarterback in all of professional football and maybe the best in the history of the game. In the 2012/13 seasons Peyton Manning won the award for “come back player of the year” and was second in ballots for MVP, which was earned by Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson. Both Manning and Peterson were returning from potential career ending injuries and both stars deserved all honors received, but the two-standout players could have swapped each award. Peyton Manning is my pick for MVP this season with record-breaking efforts in touchdowns, yardage and overall leadership of the number one offense in the NFL. The Broncos head coach John Fox has been a great teacher of defense with assignments as defensive back and coordinator positions with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, San Diego, and served as defensive coordinator for our New York Giants (1997-2001). In 2002 coach Fox accepted the head coaching position with the Carolina Panthers and developed and managed a successful franchise that was runner-up in Super Bowl XXXVIII, narrowly losing to New England 32 to 29. The Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is respectfully recognized as an offensive coach on the field, which resembles genius and innovative play calling that is a pleasure to watch and admire. My overall belief is that Peyton Manning will guide the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Ex-Cowboy Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. He could also get probation. Jurors took about nine hours over two days to convict Brent, who was led from the courtroom in handcuffs as family members sitting in the front row of the gallery sobbed. Among those sitting with Brent’s family was Stacey Jackson, Brown’s mother. Jackson did not respond to questions as she left the courtroom Wednesday with Brent’s family, but she has said in interviews that she’s forgiven Brent and could testify in support of a lighter sentence for him when that phase of the trial begins Thursday. Attorneys from both sides remain under a gag order that prevented them from commenting after the proceedings. Prosecutors say Brent, a defensive tackle, was drunk when he crashed his Mercedes on a suburban Dallas highway in December 2012, killing Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys practice squad who had also been Brent’s teammate at the University of Illinois. Officers who arrived on scene saw Brent trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage. Police say Brent’s blood alcohol level was tested shortly after the crash at 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas. Prosecutors last week argued that the burly, 320-pound defensive tackle had as many as 17 drinks the night of the crash. Brent’s attorneys argued the blood tests used by police were faulty and that Brent could not have drank nearly that much. Attorney George Milner said his client was “guilty of being stupid behind the wheel of a car,” not drinking beforehand. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Brent retired from the NFL last year, but his ties to the Cowboys were prominent at trial. Two current players, Barry Church and Danny McCray, testified about hanging out with Brent and Brown, first playing video games, then having dinner and going to Privae, a Dallas nightclub. Sean Lee, a Cowboys linebacker, attended part of the trial to show support for Brent, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this week that he was closely watching for a verdict. “Certainly it’s tragic. We’ve all, to some degree, have been a part of this,” Jones said on Tuesday, according to the Cowboys’ website. “We support Josh. This has been just a terrible experience for the families who lost a loved one and for Josh who loved Jerry as well.” Jurors saw video of Brent appearing to hold bottles of Champagne in each hand and credit-card receipts that showed Brent had purchased three bottles. They also saw police dash cam footage of Brent losing his balance during field sobriety tests and occasionally stumbling over his words while talking to officers. It was, in the words of prosecutors Jason Hermus and Heath Harris, a textbook case of intoxication manslaughter. The prosecutors told jurors in their closing argument that they should send a message about the danger posed by drunken drivers. Hermus stood in front of Brent, hit the table and shouted: “They shouldn’t be driving, no exceptions, no excuses!” Prosecutors have indicated they will push for jail time for Brent. His conviction comes just after weeks of fierce debate about a North Texas teen, Ethan Couch, who received probation for intoxication manslaughter after a wreck that left four people dead. Couch’s case, and the so-called “affluenza” defense his attorneys employed, became the subject of fierce, widespread scrutiny. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins has attended parts of Brent’s trial and whispered in prosecutors’ ears during the questioning of one witness. Watkins told a sports radio station last year that prosecutors had the responsibility to make sure Brent “loses his freedom.” Brent, a defensive tackle, had played in all 12 games of the 2012 NFL season before the crash. He retired in July. Brown was signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad in the 2012 season.

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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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Bill Cosby reportedly developing new family sitcom for NBC Is legendary comedian Bill Cosby returning to the scene of his greatest success?

‘Murder, She Wrote’ reboot with Octavia Spencer scrapped by NBC…for now

According to Deadline. com, the iconic performer is in talks with NBC, which aired his iconic Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992, about launching a new family-themed sitcom. The 76-year-old would star as the “patriarch of a multigenerational family” and the show would be produced by his old Cosby Show partner Tom Werner.

This would mark Cosby’s return to scripted TV comedy after the cancellation of CBS’ Cosby, which ran from 1996 E! Online – Murder, She Wrote is dead … but we don’t need a detective to get to the bottom of its demise. NBC has decided to not go for- to 2000. ward with its proposed reboot of the classic TV series following an amaFor his part, he believes that audiences are starving for teur sleuth, E! News has confirmed. his brand of wholesome entertainment.

Deadline first reported the news. The procedural, which was announced in October, had Oscar winner “They would like to see a married couple that acts like Octavia Spencerattached to star as a hospital administrator who self- they love each other, warts and all, children who respect publishes a mystery novel. Angela Lansbury starred in the original Mur- the parenting, and the comedy of people who make misder, She Wrote for 12 seasons from 1984-1996. takes. Warmth and forgiveness,” Cosby told Yahoo TV in The proposed reboot hailed from writer Alexandra Cunningham and November. “So I hope to get that opportunity, and I will producer David Janollari. At the time the project was announced, Spencer told Deadline she deliver the best of Cosby.” had a “love for all things mysterious and Angela Lansbury.” After the project was announced, Lansbury said it was “a mistake” to call the series Murder, She Wrote. “I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote, because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person,” Lansbury said, the Washington Post reports. “So I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it’s their right.” ONLINE EDITION

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chanted those words, while male cast members and Drake rapped about not being able to break bad habits in the new year. She spoke the most during a skit in which she played the whining daughter to Drake’s goofy dad, although the star part of that exchange went to another female cast member in a mostly-woman set-up involving a slumber party.

Reactions to Sasheer Zamata’s ‘SNL’ debut are positive Rihanna recast as the lead in the ’90s sit com Blossom. A grumpy teen hosting a slumber party. Drake‘s fictitious uncle’s girlfriend. No, this may not be an iconic list of comedic characters. But for many, this did not stop Saturday Night Live newcomer Sasheer Zamata from making an amazing debut. “When Zamata appeared in the opening sketch as Drake’s new auntie, I figured she’d disappear like most new cast members do on the first few weeks,” said one observer on Gawker. ”But when she appeared in almost every sketch after that (and pretty substantial roles for featured players as well), I was kind of shocked and happy for her. It’s still a bit early to see what the show does with her.” Zamata met with positive reinforcement Reactions to Zamata’s first appearance on the longrunning comedy show have been resoundingly positive according to both online and real world reactions. Zamata, the first black woman to join the cast of SNL since 2007, is only the fifth black woman to appear in the ensemble in its 38-season history. Her introduction came on January 18 in guest host Drake’s very first skit — a send up of what his bar mitzvah was like for a half-Jewish, half-black young boy. Zamata’s only words in the sketch? “Mazel Tov.” She looked great in a black and white dress clutching the arm of cast member Kenan Thompson in that opening salvo, but did not say much more during the rest of her coming out. “She came off like a prop, but it was her first episode,” wrote a commenter on black women’s web site Clutch magazine. “Hopefully we will get to see her hilarity shine soon, I love her. And hopefully they don’t just make her do black woman impressions.” Speaking parts uncommon for new players Zamata delivered scant lines while playing a young woman in school detention, and provided more of a rhythmic dance accompaniment to a music video-like routine called Resolution/Revolution, in which she danced and ONLINE EDITION

That might seem shocking when Zamata was hired amid a high level of scrutiny, after SNL received scathing publicity due to its lack of black women last year. Shortly thereafter, Zamata was brought on, in addition to two black women who are the first African-American female writers in SNL history. Experts on the history of SNL have confirmed to theGrio that starting out newcomers with very light duties is common. In fact, Zamata may have been given more air time at her start than other women who have recently joined the show. Some fans of the show online agree. “It’s pretty much par for the course that new featured players get very little airtime,” wrote one thoughtful user on Jezebel.com. “She was given quite a bit more than usual, probably due to her newsworthiness, and probably as a result of their two new black women writers. But it’s her first show. There’s lots of time yet to go. All the regular cast members like Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong all started out as being barely used.” Happy to see race-neutral hilarity There were still those that complained about the cast and writers’ room changes as mere tokenism. “Shame shame shame on you black people, still using skin color for jobs,” said one such critic on the Daily News web site. Still, there was a resounding positive response to Zamata’s roles. With the exception of Rihanna, they were all race neutral, a positive move following a series of events leading to her hiring that have been fraught with racial and gender politics. The two black male cast members of the show, Thompson and Jay Pharaoh, have been cross-dressing for several years when a black woman character was needed. There was some concern that with Zamata’s appointment, she would only be used to fulfill that role when necessay. Instead, in one single episode, she was able to both “play black,” and just be human. This certainly portends a positive future for her integration to the SNL cast, not only as a black woman, but also as a seasoned comic.

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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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Ice Cube and the ‘Ride Along’ rolls Goodyear blimp reunite into No. 1 spot at box for charity office LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Ride Along” arrived in first place at the weekend box office. The buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted with $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The strong opening for “Ride Along” marks the biggest debut for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and puts it on track to top the $40.1 million record set by the 2008 monster movie “Cloverfield” for the biggest opening of January. “It certainly appears with business at this level and with a CinemaScore of A and our exit polls supporting that, it’s safe to say we’ll break a few records,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal. “Ride Along” is the first starring role for Hart, whose box-office status has been on the rise since the success of his 2013 stand-up film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” and memorable roles in such movies as “Think Like a Man,” ”This Is the End” and “Grudge Match.” “He’s everywhere it seems,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “I know he was co-starring with Ice Cube in ‘Ride Along,’ but this really was marketed as a Kevin Hart movie. There’s no question he’s a movie star now who doesn’t require any qualifications before his name.” (Continued on page 34)

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Remember rapper Ice Cube’s 1993 classic song “It Was A Good Day”? Do you remember the music video where Ice Cube saw his name on the Goodyear blimp on a peaceful night in L.A.? Well you’re not the only ones.

Yesterday was a good day indeed for the man born O’Shea Jackson. In large part due to a south-L.A. youth center, the hometown hero Ice Cube was able to see his name on the Goodyear blimp 20 years later. The organization called A Place Called Home used a clever internet fundraising campaign to pay homage to the former member of NWA. Donors were able to raise $25,000 in 2 weeks to have the iconic blimp flown with Cube’s lyrics being scrolled. I knew this song had legs when we did it, and it’s actually my most popular song,” Ice Cube said to The Huffington Post. “I never knew that 20 years later, people would still be this interested in the song and the lyrics, and that the song would do something this special for some good kids.” PAGE 14


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“THE GAME OF YOUR LIFE” (Genre: Sci fi) By Minister Larry Montgomery, Sr. Author of the ‘U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey Parables of Life Series’ If you think Video Game Playing is the way of the future then this story is for you. Here we take a hard look at that dream job in the future. In the year 2050, today’s Video Game Playing dream job becomes a real life nightmare since you literally have to risk your life to collect your paycheck. Follow Randy Hatchfield a year 2050 video game quality assurance agent who sets out to collect the biggest paycheck of his career, from an employer who will stop at nothing to keep him from collecting it. Randy like you or I, has followed the rules, put in his hours, and is now ready to get paid. Follow him through the longest 24 hours of his life and see what it costs him to collect the biggest paycheck of his life in the ‘GAME OF YOUR LIFE.’ God Bless... 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

Dilemma U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey the case of the Murderous I.D. Thief

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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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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Dye Happy, Long Island:

Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K, will debut in Long Island on April 12, 2014 What happens when you combine thousands runners and walkers with a blast of color, a heap of happiness, a pinch of passion and a splash of spontaneity? Say hello to Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K. This weekend, Run or Dye Long Island will draw thousands of participants to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the vibrancy of being alive – all while being blasted with more than five tons of color dye powder during a 5K run/walk. Culminating with a “Color Festival” at the end of the race, there will be no shortage of fun – or color – throughout the day.

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In second place, Universal’s Navy SEAL drama “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster earned $23.2 million in its second weekend in wide release, bringing its domestic total to $74 million. Open Road Films’ animated film “The Nut Job” featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser opened in third place with $20.6 million. The weekend’s other major new releases, Paramount’s spy reboot “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and the Fox horror flick “Devil’s Due,” respectively opened in fourth and seventh place. “Jack Ryan,” which stars Chris Pine in the titular role, debuted with a disappointing $17.2 million, while “Devil’s Due” featuring Zach Gilford and Allison Miller birthed $8.5 million. Several films nominated for Academy Awards last week received a bump at the box office following their nods, including “American Hustle” in sixth place with $10.6 million, “August: Osage County” in eighth place with $7.6 million and “The Wolf of Wall Street” with $7.5 million. The best picture contenders “Gravity,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club” were all rereleased in theaters this weekend following their Oscar nominations. “Gravity” is up with “American Hustle” for the most trophies with 10 nominations each. “The Oscars definitely have an impact on studios’ decision-making process,” said Dergarabedian. “These are movies that would normally be played out, finished, pretty much done in terms of box office, and now they’re getting a completely new lease on life.” Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday. 1. “Ride Along,” $41.2 million. 2. “Lone Survivor,” $23.2 million 3. “The Nut Job,” $20.6 million. 4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” $17.2 million. 5. “Frozen,” $12 million. 6. “American Hustle,” $10.6 million. 7. “Devil’s Due,” $8.5 million. 8. “August: Osage County,” $7.6 million. 9. “The Wolf of Wall Street,” $7.5 million. 10. “Saving Mr. Banks,” $4.1 million. Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Spike Lee to host show on SiriusXM NBA Radio NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee can now talk about his beloved New York Knicks, or any other basketball topic, all he wants. The director and passionate Knicks fan will host a show on SiriusXM NBA Radio beginning next week, discussing topics from around the league. “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House” debuts Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. EST on Channel 217 and will air every other week, featuring guests from both the sports and entertainment worlds. Lee has courtside seats at Madison Square Garden, where he famously exchanged trash talk with Indiana’s Reggie Miller during a playoff game. He also wrote and directed “He Got Game,” which starred Miami’s Ray Allen and is one of basketball’s best-known films. “While he’s well known for his courtside allegiance to the Knicks, he knows the league and its history inside and out and can bring together the worlds of basketball and entertainment like no one else can,” SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a statement. Lee will also host a non-sports show featuring longform interviews every two weeks. Details are still being finalized. NBA Radio debuted last month, with former players and coaches hosting shows and the broadcast of at least 14 live games a week.

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FOURTH GENERATION RIVERHEAD LOCAL JOINS THE SUFFOLK THEATER MANAGEMENT TEAM Diane Tucci appointed as Director of Marketing Riverhead, NEW YORK- The Suffolk Theater located on Main Street in Riverhead has hired fourth generation local Diane Tucci as Director of Marketing. A degree based in business and marketing along with a well-rounded background in media made Diane an ideal candidate for this position. Tucci brings with her twenty years of media experience with a variety of skills. Her tenure at the theater started as the resident photographer before renovations began, photographing the construction from inception to present day. She’s experienced in studio lighting and portrait photography and is a seasoned performance and event photographer. Growing up developing photos in a darkroom alongside her father is what led to her love and passion for photography and the arts and eventually her own business which she started in 1994. Her outside the box thinking and creativity is captured not only in her photos but led her to take on her new position. With an established career based in the entertainment industry, Diane has worked as a freelance art director and marketing consultant for several large corporations and individuals, which includes jazz legend Al Di Meola. She has been a photographer for several publications over the years which include The Suffolk Times, The News Review, Good Times Magazine, Circus Magazine, The Angle, Riverhead Patch and RiverheadLOCAL – specializing in community, events and business coverage. Her master Photoshop and design skills are promising assets that she brings to the graphic design aspect of her job which includes planning and designing of all marketing materials as well as house photographer. Other duties include managing social media and the theater’s website, working with print and radio advertisers, planning and budgeting marketing production, planning marketing strategies for both the venue and the shows and working with all staff members in communication marketing strategies.Diane was born and raised in Riverhead and attended the theater as a kid. Her goal is to bring awareness to the theater and its new diverse programming to the surrounding communities in order to establish it being a successful cornerstone to the revitalization of Downtown Riverhead. “I have a great respect for the hard work and dedication of owners Bob and Dianne Castaldi” she stated. She embraces her new position as a contributor to its successful future and as a mom with children in Riverhead, she looks forward to helping the theater provide the community a place of culture and arts unlike any other on Long Island.

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GRAMMY® NOMINATED JOHNNY WINTER LIVE AT SUFFOLK THEATER Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Guitar Legend Comes To Riverhead Riverhead, NEW YORK-On Friday, February 7, 2014, American blues guitarist Johnny Winter will perform live at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead for one night only at 7 p.m. Winter was voted one of the “Top 100 Guitarists of all time” by Rolling Stone Magazine and has produced three Grammy Award® winning albums by Muddy Waters consecutively in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Guitar World graced their first issue with Winter on the cover in 1980 and he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988. Gibson Guitars® released their signature Johnny Winter Firebird guitar adorned with his treasured and cherished trademark that he’s been known for throughout the years which was presented by Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash at a ceremony held in Nashville. Winter had headlined prestigious events such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and Swedish Rock Fest. Winter hails from Beaumont, Texas where he grew up listening to Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. His innovating style for bridging classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk gave way to his own high energy interpretation for the legions of fans newly discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Blazing a trail all his own, Winter has made his mark in the music industry as one of the most respected singers and influential guitar players of all time. Shifting between primal country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to scorching electric slide guitar is what has him still selling out shows going into his fifth decade of performing for loyal fans around the globe.

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classic rock and blues and this year Sony Music Entertainment® will release a deluxe 4-CD box set of 56 tracks spanning his career from 1968 through 2011. The release of True To The Blues: The Johnny Winter Story is slated for February 25, 2014. ### Tickets go on sale January 10, 2014 for $45 and can be purchased at www.suffolktheater.com or by using the Walletini app on your iPhone or Android phone. There will be a meet and greet on the tour bus and ticket holders will receive details in advance. Additionally, this show is a part of the 7th Annual Long Island Winterfest Live On the Vine - a 6 week mid-winter music festival that take place in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels and other venues on the East End.

Voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between primal country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to scorching electric slide guitar, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and influential guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues rock and American Southern rock ala the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Throughout the 70s and 80s he was the unofficial torch bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. The Johnny Winter story is the stuff of legend.

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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  

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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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VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND 70’s SOUL JAM BRINGS THE STYLISTICS, THE DRAMATICS & MORE

include “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “I’m Stone In Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New” to name just a few. Hailing from Detroit, THE DRAMATICS topped the charts with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” “In the Rain,” “Me and Mrs. Jones” and numerous others.

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Westbury, NY – Live Nation is association with Marquee Concerts presents a Valentine’s Day Weekend 70’s SOUL JAM at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, February 16 at 7 p.m. starring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Blue Magic and New Birth. The 70’s Soul Jam will be filled with love songs and your favorite R&B grooves. Tickets are $59.50, $39.50 and $29.50 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. For further information, please visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. THE STYLISTICS are one of the best soul music groups to come out of Philadelphia. Their string of seventies hits ONLINE EDITION

HAROLD MELVIN’S BLUE NOTES continue to perform the music made popular by Harold Melvin including the classic soul hits “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Bad Luck,” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” Another outfit from Philadelphia, BLUE MAGIC will perform the hits “Sideshow,” and “Three Ring Circus.” Funk and R&B Group, NEW BIRTH started off as the The Nite-liters, and joined together with the band Love, Peace and Happiness to form The New Birth. Their biggest hit, “Dream Merchant,” topped the charts in 1975. About Live Nation Entertainment:

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WAYNE BRADY Born in 1997 in Columbus, Georgia, Wayne Brady auditioned for the British comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and he was cast in several episodes and later starred in the American version as well. In 2001, The Wayne Brady Show first aired, and although the show earned two Daytime Emmys, it was canceled in 2004. Brady returned to host 2007's FOX network game show Don't Forget the Lyrics. Wayne Brady was born on June 2, 1972, in Columbus, Georgia. Raised primarily by his paternal grandmother, Valerie Petersen, Brady had a pronounced stutter and shied away from public interaction. At home, Brady proved to be intelligent and creative. By age three his grandmother had taught him to read, and by age six he began to create his own plays, commercials, songs and interviews, basing them on models drawn from television. As he embraced his theatrical side, young Brady was inspired by 1950s- and '60s-era music and television, and admired celebrities like Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar and Gene Kelly. Brady attended Dr. Phillips High School, where he excelled in his studies. At 16, he joined the ROTC, which provided both discipline and self-confidence. He intended to join the military, but after appearing in a high school play (and enjoying the resulting rave reviews), Brady altered his plans. Upon his graduation in 1989, Brady made a deal with his grandmother: If he could earn a living as an actor within six months, he would forgo the military. Brady was soon cast in a theme park show at Universal Studios, and immersed himself in the local theater scene. He appeared in classics including A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Raisin in the Sun. A regular at Orlando's SAK Theater Comedy Lab, a haven for improv and sketch comedy, Brady earned his comedic chops performing in multiple shows a night. By 1992, the SAK honored him as "Rookie of the Year for Theater Sports/Improv." That same year, Brady moved to Las Vegas to dance, sing and act in a musical revue. He soon discovered a talent for mimicking musical genres and performing seamless impressions of rock 'n' roll greats including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. In 1996, after performing in showcases across the country, Brady was hired to work in a musical revue based in Oahu, Hawaii. It was there that he met Mandie Taketa, a ONLINE EDITION

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dancer in the show. The two began dating and, after the revue closed, the couple moved to Los Angeles. Rise to Fame In California Brady began earning television parts, including guest-starring roles in In the Heat of the Night and I'll Fly Away. Around the same time, several former compatriots from the SAK relocated to the West Coast. Along with Brady, they formed the critically lauded improv group, "Houseful of Honkeys," which still performs regularly at the Acme Comedy Theatre. In 1997, Brady auditioned for the established British comedy series, Whose Line Is It Anyway? The improvbased show featured a rotating quartet of comedians performing lightning-speed comedy games and improvised songs in front of a live audience. The content closely mirrored Brady's skill set, and his audition made a huge impact on the producers. He was subsequently cast in several episodes. When the same company, Hat Trick Productions, brought the show stateside in 1998, Brady auditioned once again. After a grueling six-hour tryout, he was cast as a series regular. The following April, he wed Taketa. As a result of his work on Whose Line, Brady's career skyrocketed. His good looks, easy appeal, and triple-threat virtuosity not only made him an audience favorite and an Emmy winner, but they also gave him the leverage to start his own television show. In 2001, ABC debuted The Wayne Brady Show, a weekly variety revue featuring a mix of music and comedy. A year later, the network revised the format and added a talk show element to the program. The show thrived for several years, during which time Brady became a father. His daughter, Maile, was born in 2003. Although The Wayne Brady Show earned two Daytime Emmys, it was canceled in 2004. Brady hit Broadway the same year to star as Billy Flynn in the revival of Chicago. He also appeared in a notable role on Chappelle's Show, hilariously skewering his "nice guy" image. After touring with his own live show, Brady returned to the small screen to host 2007's FOX network game show Don't Forget The Lyrics. That same year he and Taketa divorced. Brady has since made appearances in multiple television series including 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, and Everybody Hates Chris. In 2008 he released the Grammy-nominated album, A Long Time Coming.

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THE NEW COMMUNITY JOURNAL

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