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Defender Now that day care operator Jessica Tata is the focus of an international manhunt, her return to Houston is a main concern. Local authorities have asked the U.S. Marshal’s Office to assist in bringing Tata back to face charges stemming from a fatal fire that nst his relative, who’s killed four children and injured three. n thePatage of 65. Lykos aces charges of False Though the District Attorney’s Office is confident it will to Obtain Credit, be able to extradite Tata back to Harris g withit could take a weeks or months for County, ental Record, Theft, that to happen. Tata, 22, fled of to Nigeria after it was Misapplication alleged that she left Property. Three ofthe seven youngsters alone at her west Houston home day care

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versity. But some students and community members wonder if his contribution of $50,000 for a Preservation plan is enough to undo the damage. University officials Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus communicate one another. need not to organize say with they knowWeit’s enough, but it’s a first step. are searching for ways to teach their communities how and then we need to move forward to do things for “We know $50,000 isn’t enough for the whole project. to remain relevant in the midst of changing demothe people in our respective areas,” said State Rep. It’s just enough to bring in a conservator to analyze the graphics. Sylvester Turner of Dist. 139.

Raising Awareness of Black Texans

Caucus members recently held a summit in Austin to inform African-American residents about major issues this legislative session. Attendees learned about issues like redistricting, tips for young elected officials, fighting for equal pay with women, and more. “It was imperative to raise the attention of African-American leaders because we need to

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The whole summit wasn’t all about business, though. A banquet was held for the event with prominent members of the Black community, including Debra Lee, President and CEO of BET, Ronald Martin, TV One and CNN contributor, Loretta Devine, actress and more.

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Redistricting tops the priority list

Redistricting has long been an issue in Texas, mid-February, when the Census released its latest but now more than ever, some are saying that numbers. Those numbers had legislators scramfight needs to be beefed up or African-Americans bling to draw preliminary redistricting maps. will find their political power impacted. “We’re seeing dramatic changes in Members of the Texas Legislative Black the landscape in the United States, ” former state Caucus are among those leading the redistricting demographer Steve Murdoch and a member of the fight, trying to find ways to address the challenges redistricting session panel for the Texas Legislabrought on as more and more minorities in the tive Black Caucus from Rice University said. “It’s inner cities move to suburbs, a move which will going to be a very exciting time on redistricting.” have a major impact on urban elections. Add to According to 2010 Census numbers, that a growing Hispanic population, and a declinHispanics have grown statewide in terms of The Houston community is remembering included capital ing and aging white population, and legislators say significant population. Projections show by the year 2040, a longtime political The redistricting lines for the State of Texas House, investments, during a perithe Black community could be hit hard. the majority population will be young Hispanactivist who died 11, districts will be impacted Senate and Sept. Congressional The problem was hammeredod home ofinuncertainty following by the increases and decreases in population. 2010. Beulah Shepard, H REDISTRICTING Page 7 the 9/11 terror attacks ulti-

By ReShonda Tate Billingsley Defender The Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) has agreed to settle a defamation lawsuit by the agency’s former chief counsel. Pauline Higgins had acPauline Higgins cused Metro of firing her dation city tothe extend forby trying to staff prevent allegedly unlawthe fulcontracts of Star destruction of documents. Under theand settlement, Metro has Concessions Hudson agreed to pay Higgins up to $100,000 to Retail Sales - two firms with

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H METRO, Page 7 ties to prominent mately failed to carry the Democrats, including State argument. Rep. Helen Giddings and In the three years since U.S. Congresswoman Eddie the council first embarked Helen Eddie Bernice on its Love Field modernBernice Johnson - without a Giddings Johnson competitive bid. ization the concesthink otherwise are “living in a Bond isplan, currently a distinBy Morgan Lynch dream world.” guished professor at have The essence Defender of the city sions adjunct contracts Bond has been active in as theby farAmerican University in Washing A year after stepping down staff recommendation that the no-bid contracts emerged the most contentious issue, movement for some 50 years. ton, D.C., and a faculty member as board chair of the NAACP, Juwould be appropriate given the incumbents’ and have led to accusations of political While a student a Morehouse in the history department of the lian Bond is as vocal as ever about experience, thefight desirability of minimizing favoritism sides. of Virginia. College disin the early 1960s, he on co- both University the ongoing for civil rights. ruptions theviews renovation the busithe Student Nonviolent In Houston, Bond shared his Bond during brought his to Hous- andfounded Coordinating Committee, better thoughts on such topics asPage police 4 ton recently as keynote speaker ness risks taken by the incumbents, which ★AIRPORT CONTRACTS,

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89, made her mark both locally and nationally as a tireless fighter for civil rights and political justice. Funeral services will be issues thatheld have at always beenat on the 10am Galilee Beaulah table: jobs, education, work, and the MBC, 6616 D.S. Bailey Shepard kinds of things that African AmeriPastor cans haveLane. struggled for and won Edwin Davis, officiating. Interment: Houston some victories on over the years.

Julian Bond: An activist for the ages

at Houston Community College’s Black History Scholarship Gala. During a meeting with local media, Bond said race is still an issue in America, and those who

known as SNCC. He went on to serve as a legislator in the Georgia House and Senate for 20 years. He chaired the NAACP from 1998 to 2010.

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‘New’ civil rights issues

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Those really don’t change much. They’re the same now as they are ★SHEPARD, when the NAACP was founded 102 years ago and while the parameters change and the struggle changes somewhat the issues don’t really change at all.” Perceptions about the NAACP

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A chat with actor Louis Gossett

butions by the likes of Damian Marley, Mos Def, Chali 2na, Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Adam Levine of CONTRIBUTING WRITER00 Maroon 5. Last year, Gossett published his aptly entitled autobiography, An Actor and a By Kam Williams During his early childhood, the Western music, which Gentleman. Here, he talks about his new movie, “The Grace Card,” a faith-based Somalia. The name alone conjures up images of K’naan’s was pretty much limited to “Bob tale of reconciliation and ears redemption. ouis Cameron Gossett Jr. was born in Brooklyn on May 27, 1936, reached unbridled destruction, merciless warlords and ruthless Marley and Tracy Chapman,” 10, he became KW: What interested you in “Theuntil GraceatCard”? to Helen Rebecca Wray, a nurse, and Lou Sr., a Pullman porter. terror. A place where nobody is safe from the atrocities Lou Gossett Actually, “The Grace Card’s” aim is the same as that of the car Gossett’s stellar career started in 1953 while he was still in high fascinated by Jr.: the hip-hop being emitting from a tiny of war, and where eight olds handle AK-47s like of “Take foundation, the elimination of racism. How synergistic and opportune is that? It school, whenyear he landed a role in the Broadway production speaker. “I had heard a rap verse, but I had no idea what seems to me that if we can create a society where racism just can’t thrive, it’ll go toys. When magazine recently unveiled their a Giant Forbes Step.” it away. was My back then,” hechildren recalls. concept is to teach everything from self-respect to respect for One ofDestinations,” a select group of actorsSomalia, to win both anabove AcademyIraq and Emmy “Most Dangerous At 14, K’naan and were attacked elders and the opposite sex to ahis dressthree code to best how tofriends conduct themselves and how Award, he is best known for his Oscar-winning performance as a and Afghanistan, topped the list. But it’s also “The live in harmonyjust with the planet. you start teaching kids these things atfor a gunnery sergeant in the film classic, “An Officer and a Gentleman,” bytowarlords, one of When countless indelible images Nation of Poets,” a poem can both inspire young age, even before theyteenager. start school, itHaving sticks. It’s our responsibility to teach andwhere for his Emmy-winning portrayal of the characterpeace Fiddler in the the impressionable chased them and end wars. historic miniseries, “Roots.” our children and to prepare them for the next level. That’s not happening right through the streets of Mogadishu, eventually cornering now, and you don’t see it onscreen often. GossettSomalias decided to devote his energies to Growing up, it was bothIn 2006, of these that in an alley, the men began shooting. K’naan They have nothing to copy right now. Some of the decisions they’re making fighting socialK’naan ills, so he founded the Eracism Foundation, a non- the boys informed musician/emcee Warsame, who is avoided injury, but his three friends were brutally are antisocial and illegal. The culture currently glorifies womanizing, drinking, profit designed to create a “conscious offensive against racism, forging his own musical path via a unique blend of regusing drugs, bling-bling, and making babies they don’t take responsibility for. And violence and ignorance.” Toward that end, the organization gunned down. gae, funk, pop, soul and, aboveprograms all, hip-hop. Recorded itCertain has them believing that sort of behavior makesof them a man. It’s irrational. has sponsored focused on youth mentoring, antithat itthat was only a matter time before her primarily in Kingston,gang Jamaica at Boband Marley’s hometraining It’s coming from a society that’s not healthy. Consequently, this generation is a lost violence initiatives, diversity sensitivity generation. But you can’t blame them, because that’s all they know. When they sessions“Troubadour,” at its Shamba Centers.includes contristudio, his second album, ★K’NAAN, Page 2 By Kam Williams

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about a year ago. It was stir-fried vegetables onscreen to prove your worth, so that there’s an typical roles of substance? sauce. I made it a little too advantage when you negotiate. That’s when leverage LG: It’s happening, even thoughwith youSzechuan don’t continuedfrom from page Continued page 1 1 spicy, I admit, but I think everybody comes into play. If you know that you have a name see much diversity among this year’s Oscar enjoyed it, aside from all the sweating. that’s bankable, then you can get some money for nominees. They did wonderful jobs, but difamily the same fate, K’naan’s look for met role models to pattern their livesmother after, all that’s KW: How do you think African music will yourself. versity is essential, otherwise Hollywood will would travel daily through the on firefight to movies available to them is what they find TV, in the influence the rest of the world in the comKW: What makes you get up in the morning lose its fan base slowly but surely, if audiences the in U.S. thefoundation hopes of issecuring VOLUME 80 ••NUMBER 18 and the embassy rap videos.inMy showing them ing years? VOLUME 79 NUMBER• 47 with a smile on your face? don’t see representation that they can identify visas for her and her loved ones. Despite another way. MAR. 3 16 - 9,affecting K: I think it’s actually already with. LG: Meditation and prayer. I have a checklist for SEPTEMBER –2011 22, 2010 dailyKW: denials, she the persisted, andbeen on the What has feedback likelast about the world in a big way now. People just the beginning of the day, and another one for the end KW: What are you listening to on your day the U.S. embassy was in Somalia, your autobiography? aren’t aware of it. For instance, there’s a of the day. It’s also very nice to be this age and iPod? received visas to leave America. LG: It’s amazing, whenfor I visit churches and schools to wake up every morning with something to great tune by Coldplay called “Strawberry LG: I like Michael Franks, a great, great Publisher “Youabout can’tthe even describe it,”the says to speak book and about work that I just Swing.” It’s essentially Afro-Pop music. learn. School is never out. There’s always poet who turned to music. I like him. K’naan. “It is the most sensational, liberatdiscussed, the audience is like a sea of bobble-head Sonceria Messiah-Jiles And demost of Vampire Weekend’s music is something new to learn. KW: Who is your favorite clothes ing feeling. There was that the we weight world dolls. Everybody agrees haveof to atake the Afro-Pop. Africa has influenced many of the KW: What is the one skill an signer? of hope on your shoulder and that has suddenly responsibility for ourselves biggest bands. So,Editor I believe Africa has actor must have to be successful LG: Me. I have a new line coming out in landed. It was only then that I started to get for raising, mentoring and already changed music in the today? about six months called Afro Fusion. I hatecrept in and Von Jiles this certain of life that I never had teaching our value children West. People just don’t know to call it LG: First of all, an actor’s ties, so I created a suit similar to the Nehru before.” With little possessions and no so they have African. aspiration has to be the art, not the that doesn’t need one. knowledge of English, K’naan and his famiappropriate Editor If you couldAssociate have one wish instantly job. Then he has to be relaKW: How do you get through theKW: tough ly boarded the last commercial flight out of role models to granted, what would that be? tively naked to be able to take times? ReShonda Billingsley Mogadishu for New York before settling in imitate. onto himself aspects of K: Wow! LG: With the faith that they’re going to getThat would be for a sudden shift Toronto. KW: You the character and to in my country from war, distrust and death better. And they do. Thesaid tunes on Troubadour reflect the sum once Director make everything to peace, harmony. KW: Who’s at the top of your hero list?love and Art of K’Nasan’s that despite life experiences. Having spent Tony Fernandez-Davila like it’s Musician/emcee K’Naan Warsame look is forging his own musical via aPoitier. uniqueI blend KW: Are afraid? Carter LG:path Sidney wish I saw more of you everCale the fact better part of the last two years on the you happening for of reggae, funk, pop, soul and, above all, hip-hop. K: Yes in I am, but not of what people ordihim nowadays. But he was very influential road, visiting received an over 50 countries from the first time. my life, especially on my acting. narily fear, fortunately. My fears are all Slovenia to Peru to Vietnam to Uganda, the Columnist Oscar, it took Easy to say, I’m afraid of my own self more KW: What was it like the nightinternal. you won album is the sonic K: I can’t remember specifically, it was soccer in your youth? you a year and a document of an artist Yvette Chargois hard to do, but than of anything external. the Oscar? withtomuch to share,interesting and disproves rap just one of those moments when I hadthat’s a K: Yes I am, and I did play, like most half find another the aspiAre you happy? LG: I didn’t believe it when they KW: opened music’s whothat sayyou that hip-hop has melody in my head and a discontented,ration. I never other children. movie todetractors work on and K: Happiness, I think, is Editors one of the most the envelope. My agent had to poke me in the Sports nothing newmore left to say.one milmelancholy feeling. I just wrote that. want to seeKW: have you been received by the never made than an Howribs elusive things on the planet. I believe that and say, “They said your name!” The CD’sfor first single, “Wavin’ Flag,” has KW: Did it emanate at all from your childAmerican hip-hop community? Max Edison lion dollars a picture. actor acting. happiness is only appreciated in retrospect. KW: What has been the biggest obstacle become sensation, and was hood? K: Great! You can tell from what’s been LG: Ian stillinternational haven’t. Darrell K. Ardison I want to see So, I’m always happy, given that I later find you have had to overcome? the official anthem theyou World K: I think everything kinda’ does. him being. happening for me. They’ve all been very KW: What adviceofdo haveCup out that I was. LG: Drugs and alcohol, and they’re overChampionship hostedactors this summer by South Everything is kind of shaped by life in gen-KW:supportive and showing love for what I do. for aspiring minority or What KW: How can your fans help you? come on a daily basis. Contributing Africa. Reaching overthe 150optimal countries, the eral, so I guess it does feel like my childKW: Where do you think hip-hop is headactresses to negotiate needs to be K: Bysucbeing understanding of the fact that KW: To what do you attribute your signature song was featured on K’Naan’s hood might have been an influence. Butdone in ed? movie deal? HolI don’t make musicWriters for them, but that I cess? FIFA-sponsored Trophy always go through phasLG: The optimal movieTour, deal which saw the those things are pretty subconscious. lywood to K: I think it will Aswad Walker make music that’s about my past and about LG: God runs it all. That’s my filling staemerging spreading KW: Do you still feel a strong connection es, like how philosophy in ancient times depends onrap howstar important youhis are.message to create more my most honest internal instincts. They tion. And I have to do the right thing with the soccer fans in concerts staged all around the to Somalia? would celebrate the body and the physical You need to get some performances non-stereoneed to understand that more than message. Webmaster anything world. K: Yes, I have many, many memories, for a while, then focus on the mind and the else. Wherever I go, it’s not about them, but Corneleon Block K’naan has also re-recorded new versions which have impacted my life. spiritual. I think that those phases happen to where the music takes me. of the track with Will.i.Am and French KW: Were you listening to a lot of us as well, and hip-hop is one of the best KW: What has been the happiest moment nounced that additional charges childiswas released from the it hospital. dance producer David Guetta and a bilinAmerican music while growing up? would be filed barometers ing of what happening, because The Houston Defender Newspaper published of your against Tata – seven counts of reckless injury to a Meanwhile, County District Attorney Patlife? by The Houston Defender Inc. Company gual versions with Spanish pop singer K: You could live in Somalia forever and reflects the feeling of young people. I see Continued from page 1 K: The birth of my son. (713)first 663-6996. The Defender audited by three additional of child endanresponded to accusations from some Houston David Bisbal, French MC Fefe, AI Otsuka never child need and music from outside charges Somalia. my music asLykos following the feeling. Circulation. (CAC). For subKW: Do you haveCertified any Audited regrets? germent. Fire Department members that her office did not act from Japan, Jackie Cheung andofJane Zhang KW: When you look in the mirror, what do scriptions, send $60.00 — 1 year, to: while she went shopping. A pot oil on a hot There are a lot of different styles and a variK: I guess regrets, The children who died right were identified as Elias quickly enough to prevent Tata from leaving town.I do have Defender,some P.O. Box 8005, Houston,but TX 77288. from China, Tattoo Colour from Thailand, ety of musical ideas developing there. you see? stovetop burner was believed to be the source of the none big enough to Payment obsess mustabout. accompany subscription Castillo, 18 months old; Elizabeth Kajoh and Ken“I am deeply disappointed that certain people Nancy Arjam from Egypt, HHP from South KW: What did it mean for you to have K: [Chuckles] Interesting… I often try to request. to All materials covered by 2011 2009 fire. KW: How do you want be remembered? dyll Stradford, bothanthem 20 months old; and Shomari chosen to cast blame in the media,” Lykos copyright... (No material herein may be Africa, and other artists in Greece, Turkey Wavin’ Flag become the of the find the facehave of my teenage years. I don’t Tata was first charged with reckless injury to K: As someone was always interested reproduced without the written permission Dickerson, age three. said. statements are unprofessional and they who elsewhere. know whether it’s“These like this for everybody, aand child in connection with the fire. A warrant wasWorld Cup? publisher). way intowalking through life inofathepositive Two surviving children are in critical condition are counterproductive. What we need do is to Kamfor Williams: Hi K’naan, soatmuch but I can’t find it. issued her arrest and bondthanks was set $500,000. K: I used to get very excited watching the and in affecting people in a positive way. atCup Shriners Hospital in Galveston. The third survivMiss Tata indish custody.” for the time. World on TV as a child. So, to have KW: Whathave is your favorite to cook? The Harris County District attorney later anKW: Thanks again for the interview, K: My pleasure. any kind of involvement with the World K: It probably would be good if I cooked K’Naan, and best of luck on your world tour. KW: What was the inspiration for Wavin’ Cup is a big, big honor. more, but I just don’t do it very often. When K: Thank you so much, Kam. Flag? KW: Are you a soccer fan and did you play I do, I find it very enjoyable. I made a dish

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officially over. 5A division, In the Class Houston’s top high high school Houston’s top school top-ranked The endCypress came onWoods February volleyball teams continued volleyball teams continued swept District 17-5A foes 25 in the Texas Southern Unitheir winning ways recently. their ways recently. Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls to versitywinning Health and P.E. Arena. InLions the Class Class 5A division, In the 5A division, improve tofaced 26-1 the seaThe aon familiar top-ranked Cypress Woodsthey top-ranked Cypress Woods son. adversary, the same school swept District 17-5A foes swept District foes No. two Klein 22-2, had defeated in 17-5A theOak, Class 4A Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls to Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls defeated Cy-Fair to win theto Region III championship game improve to 26-1 on the seaimprove to Tournament 26-1 on the seaKingwood chama year earlier (101-83). son. son. pionship. State-ranked La Marque No. two Klein Oak,with 22-2, No. two Klein Oak, 22-2, Cy Woods is102-91 currently defeated Yates defeated Cy-Fair to win the defeated Cy-Fair toscoring win the ranked No. three the guard Julien Lewisin a Kingwood Tournament chamKingwood Tournament chamcoaches’ 5A poll while game-highstate 34 points. pionship. pionship. Klein“IOak to No. havejumped been thinking CyOther WoodsHouston-area is currently currently Cy Woods is five. about that game for a long ranked No. No. threeinclude in the the Katy ranked three in schools time,” said Lewis, who signed coaches’ state 5A poll while coaches’ state 5A poll while at No. and No. 15 The with the11University of Texas. “I Klein Oak jumped to No. Klein Oak jumped to No. Woodlands. have wanted a second shot at five. Other Houston-area Houston-area five. Other Magnolia is the top area them this whole time. ranked schools include Katy ranked schools include Katy school in knew the Class 4Acould state “We that we at No. 11 and No. 15 The at No. 11 and No. 15 The poll at No.last three beat them yearwith and didn’t,” Woodlands. Woodlands. Friendswood, Brenham Lewis said. “Now we canand look Magnolia isfalling the top top area area at is the Barbers Hill at Magnolia this and know howin to line stay school in the the six. Class 4A state stateis school in Class 4A four Stratford strongthrough and finish. We are right poll at No. three with poll atwe No. three withupstart ranked No. nine be.” and where should Friendswood, Brenham and Friendswood, Brenham Pearland is game No.and 11. LewisDawson began the Barbers Hill falling in line at Barbers Hillisout falling in line at Dawson 21-6 after regiswith “lights shooting,” four through six. Stratford is four through six. Stratford tering a12 dramatic comeback scoring first-quarter pointsis ranked No. ninePark andlast upstart ranked No. nine and upstart win over Deer which ended in a 26-26 stalePearland Dawson is No. 11. 11. Pearland No. week. Eagles is prevailed mate. TheDawson Dawson is 21-6 after regisDawson is 21-6 after regis19-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-10, Lewis’ first-quarter spark tering aasdramatic dramatic comeback tering a comeback 15-12 outside hitter ignited his teammates and the win over Deer Deer Park last win over Park last Yewande Akanbi led the34-15 way Cougars outscored Yates week. The Eagles prevailed week. The Eagles prevailed in the match with 22 kills. in the second quarter to assume 19-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-10, 19-25, 25-10, After27-25, finishing in the top a 60-41 edge at20-25, intermission. 15-12 as outside hitter 15-12 as outside hitter 10 at the prestigious Pearland Lewis had 25 points at the Yewande Akanbi led the the way Yewande led Tournament month, break, but Akanbi alsolast three fouls. way in the match with 22 kills. in theLamatch with 22 kills.that Dawson is serving notice Marque head coach After finishing finishingwas in the the top After in top accomplishment nohis Cedric Mason implored 10 at the prestigious Pearland 10 at to thepush prestigious Pearland fluke. team the to the Tournament lastpedal month, Tournament last month, Magnolia earned its 20th metal in the second half. MaDawson is season servingwith notice that Dawson is serving notice that win of the a 21son told his team to watch out accomplishment was no vicaccomplishment no 25, 25-16,was 25-15 for a25-10, Yates run. fluke. fluke. The★ARDISON, 26-4earned Lions answered Magnolia its Page 20th 6 Magnolia earned its 20th win of of the the season season with with aa 2121win 25, 25-10, 25-10,H25-16, 25-16, 25-15 vic-4 ARDISON, Page 25, 25-15 vic★ARDISON, Page Page 6 6 ★ARDISON,

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ell, it’s only the first game of the season, but By Max Edison Max Edison you have By to be excited about the way the fightDEFENDER DEFENDER in’ Texans dismissed their old nemesis, the Indy Colts, last weekend at Reliant. Of course, there was a sellell, it’s it’s only the first game of the season, but ell, first game out crowd that wasonly morethe than amped upof forthe theseason, kick-offbut of you have to be excited about the way the fightyou have to be which excitedlongsuffering about the wayTexan the fightthe NFL regular season, fans in’their Texans dismissed their old nemesis, nemesis, the the Indy Indy in’ Texans their old firstdismissed visit to the playoffs. got more serioushope the will be By Max Edison Colts, last weekend at Reliant. Of course, there was a sellOfatcourse, there was a sellYou last alsoweekend have to at beReliant. enthused the intensity level the summer betweenColts, A few years ago out crowd that was more than amped up for the kick-off of that was morequite than amped the kick-off of teamcrowd displayed, which franklyup hasforbeen somewhat my eighth gradeout the tagline for a popular the NFL regular season, which longsuffering Texan fans NFL regularon season, Texan fans underwhelming far toowhich many longsuffering occasions when the team year and my the commercial was, “Who hope will be their their first visit visit tooutcome the playoffs. playoffs. be first the takes will the field. Normally, theto is very predictable, freshman year.” hope says you can’t have it Youfat also have to to be be enthused enthused at at the the intensity intensity level level the the You also have It didn’t take all?” In the case of fora big loss. team displayed, which quite frankly has been somewhat Lawson long to team quitegroup frankly beenTexans. somewhat mer Madison and Rice No,displayed, this was awhich different of has fightin’ On underwhelming on far far toowith many occasions whenled thebyteam team figure out good underwhelming University basketball on many occasions when the defense, they came outtoo a surly attitude, his takes thehighness field. Normally, Normally, the outcome outcome is Bernard very predictable, predictable, things could come fromthe standout Kim Lawson, takes field. the very “royal of surliness,” safetyis Pollard. big fat fat loss. All-World defensive end Mario Williams her skills as a hoopster. the answer is the afaaEven big loss. potential No, this was different group of fightin’ fightin’ Texans. Texans. On On “I grew up playing firmative. “I can have No, ready this was aa different of came to dominate, andgroup did just that. defense, they came out with a surly attitude, led by his in leagues with boys, soreal it all!” defense, they with that a surly led simply by his The keycame for theout squad, madeattitude, yours truly “royal highness of surliness,” surliness,” safety Bernard Pollard. in middle school“royal when Iwith Lawson, a fourhighness of Bernard giddy joy, was the way thesafety vaunted Texan Pollard. offense Even potential All-World defensive end Mario Williams started playing exclusively year starter at Madison Even potential All-World defensive end Mario Williams performed. Now we all know that Andre Johnson is one of came ready truly to dominate, dominate, and did just justand that.Matt Schaub is a with girls I was pretty far on the girls’ basketball came ready to and did that. the world’s dominant receivers The real key for the squad, that made yours truly simply ahead of the other girls. squad and two-time All The real key for the squad, that made yours Pro-Bowl QB, who can pass with the best of truly them.simply What Photos courtesyIn of middle the Texans schoolgiddy I started giddy with joy, was the way the vaunted Texan offense Greater Houston area withunsure joy, was the way vaunted Texan offense we were of was if thetherevamped offensive line #1 Right playing#76 against some performer, wasguard also theAntoine Caldwell, above, (college photo) and left tackle performed. Now wearound all know knowinthat that Andre Johnson isprovide one of of performed. we all Johnson one couldof moveNow folks theAndre trenches and is Brown, theattack. high school girls. I saw classDuane valedictorian in below are key components of the Texan new rushing the world’s truly dominant receivers and Matt Schaub is the world’s dominant Matt Schaublanes is aa Schaub withtruly enough time toreceivers pass andand create running they were gettingPro-Bowl scholar- QB, 1999. A four-year starter Pro-Bowl QB, who can pass with the best of them. What who canFoster. pass with theI’m best of them. What for running back Arian Well, pleased to report Photos courtesy of the Texans Photos courtesyships of the and Texans I thought, hey, at Rice and the Lady we were unsure unsure ofthewas was ifwith the flying revamped offensive line we the revamped offensive line the were O-line passedof testif colors, for at least #1 Right guard Antoine Caldwell, above, (college photo) and left tackle #76 guard Antoine Caldwell, above, (college photo) and left tackle maybe#76 this is something Owls#1allRight time assist could move folks around in the trenches and provide could move folks around in the trenches and provide week one. Duane Brown, below are are key key components components of of the the Texan Texan new new rushing rushing attack. Duane Brown, thatattack. can help meSchaub get leader, Lawson was below withknow enough time to pass pass and create create running lanes Schaub with enough to running lanes Now we thetime Texans can and score points in bunches, a scholarship to go torunning back Arian Foster. Well, I’m pleased to report a multi-year Western for for back Arian I’m pleased report but running it traditionally has Foster. been anWell, air based attack.toAgainst school.” Athletic Conference All- Kim Lawson. the Colts, O-linethey passed the test testthe with flying offense, colors, for for at least least the O-line passed the with flying colors, at introduced balanced which feaAfter four district Academic selection. week one. week one. tured the running of Arian Foster and the outcome was titles in four years and numerous accolades as Now an we know the Texans can score points in bunches,a Now a CPA, Lawson is pursuing her entreNow we know the Texans can score points in bunches, record-setting afternoon. All-District performer, it was decision time,but selectpreneurial passion. She runs her own accounting it traditionally traditionally has beenFoster’s an air air based based attack.yards Against but it has been an attack. Against Consider this: RB Arian 231 rushing on academic consulting company, KDL Consulting Services, and in ing a university to continue her athletic and the Colts, they introduced the balanced offense, which feathe Colts, they introduced the balanced offense, which fea33 carries (three TD’s) were the second-most on Kickoff career. One school gave her the best of bothtured worlds. 2006 she partnered with former Rice teammate Starla the running running of Arian Arian He Foster and the the outcome was aa the of Foster and was Weekend in NFL history. recorded theoutcome first 200-yard “Rice was the perfect balance for me,”tured Lawson James to open an events planning company, EsKay record-setting afternoon. record-setting afternoon. rushing in franchise history. Foster rushed said. “I’m an only child and I wanted my parents to performance Entertainment. Consider this:in RB RB Arian Foster’s 231125 rushing yards on Consider this: Arian Foster’s 231 rushing yards on for 191 yards the second half and yards in the get a chance to see me play. They gave me an indicaFor Lawson, the passion for basketball began at 33 carries (three TD’s) were the second-most on Kickoff 33 carries (threeHouston’s TD’s) were second-most on Kickoff fourth quarter. 257therushing yards represented tion that I would get a chance to start as a freshman, an early age. Weekend in NFL NFL history.rushing He recorded recorded the first first 200-yard Weekend in history. He the 200-yard just the second 200-yard performance in team hiswhich was what I was hoping to do and they’re a “I started playing when I was about five years rushing performance in franchise history. Foster rushed rushing performance in franchise history. Foster rushed tory. great school academically. It was the trifecta – I could old,” Lawson recalled. “My dad [Clyde Lawson] for 191 191 yards inover the and second half and 125 yards in the to thefor hardwood yards the second and yards in the been saidin overhalf again that125 inFrom order be at home, play and get a great education.”forIt’s introduced me to the game. He had played basketball fourth quarter. Houston’s 257 rushing yards represented the boardroom, fourth Houston’s 257 this rushing yards Texansquarter. to achieve their goals season, theyrepresented must fea-former in college at Southern University.” Rice point guard just the second 200-yard rushing performance in team his- Kim the secondbalanced 200-yardoffensive rushing performance in team histure a more attack. InLawson other words, At Rice, Lawson successfully made thejust transition Once introduced to the game it didn’t take long has made the tory. improve in 2009. from high school to college. She moved from tory. shooting a rushing game that was simply abysmal for the passion of round-ball to infect young Kim. transition. It’sback been said Foster over and and over again that in inthe order for the the It’s said over that order for guard to point guard. She started all four yearsBig and thebeen Arian saysover the again team heard comments, “I can remember around seven years old missing Texans to achieve achieve their line. goals this this season, season, they they must must feafeatheir goals Lady Owls made the NCAA tournament two Texans of those to a free throw at the end of a game that would have especially his offensive ture“We’ve moreheard balanced offensive attack. In other words, four years. She also continued her high academic stanture aa more balanced offensive attack. In other words, won a game and being distraught for two weeks,” she this whole offseason about how our run improve rushing game that that was simply simply abysmal in 2009. 2009. said. “I always took the game seriously, but I think I improve aa rushing game abysmal in game wasn’t as efficient last was year and how if we had a run H LAWSON Page 4Arian Foster says Big back the team heard the comments, Big back Arian Foster says the team heard the comments, game, we could have done this and could have done that,” especially his his offensive offensive line. line. especially “We’ve heard heard this this whole whole offseason offseason about how how Page our run run “We’ve about our ★TEXANS, 6 game wasn’t as efficient last year and how if we had a run game wasn’t as efficient last year and how if we had a run game, we we could could have have done done this this and and could could have have done done that,” that,” game,

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Several Houston area high Katy Taylor senior By Darrell Darrell K.toArdison Ardison By schools projected Amanda Jungwirth had aK. plan, earn a spot DEFENDER DEFENDER the playoffs went into their and itinworked to perfection. third game ofstate the season still When defending Several Houston area high high Several Houston area seeking thatbegan first victory. champion Cy-Fair schools projected to earn a spot schools projected totoearn spot erasing a sizeable second-half After advancing the aClass in the playoffs went into their in playoffs went last into year, their advantage in the Region III-5A 4A the state semifinals third gameDawson of the the was season still area third round playoffs, Jungwirth game of season Pearland onestill of seeking that first victory. knewseeking her team needed toafter calm that first victory. those schools losing to After advancing to the theSprings Class down. After to Class Class 5Aadvancing stalwarts Clear 4A state semifinals last year, “TheConroe last twosemifinals years a last year, 4A state and Oak in Ridge. Pearland Dawson was (1-2) one of of row,Pearland we had lost(1-2) in thevs. second Dawson was one DAWSON NIMITZ those schools after losing to round,” Jungwirth said. “I those schools after losing to Dawson broke into the winClass 5A stalwarts Clear Springs was Class not going to let us do 5A stalwarts Clear Springs ning column with a 28-0 victory that again. Weroad had to just quit and Conroe Oak Ridge. and Conroe Oak Ridge. on the at perennial 4A powletting our emotions take over DAWSON (1-2) vs. NIMITZ (1-2) led DAWSON (1-2) vs. (1-2) erhouse Dayton. NIMITZ The Eagles and calm down.” broke Dawson broke into the winDawson into the win21-0 at halftime behind Steve Taylorcolumn took a 14-4 ning column with a 28-0 victory ning with a 28-0 victory Orisakwe’s three-yard TD run, advantage within first three 4A on the roadthe at11-yard perennial 4A powpowon road at perennial Trethe Oliver’s scoring run minutes of the game, and led erhouse Dayton. The Eagles led erhouse Dayton. The Eagles and an eight-yard TD run led by 26-1121-0 by theatendhalftime of the first behind Steve 21-0 at halftime behind Steve Payton Jones. A 40-yard TD pass Austin (dark uniforms) hopes to improve to 3-0 this week against rival Milby. Here they faced quarter. Jungwirth had 11 of Orisakwe’s three-yard TD run, Scarborough last week in a 50-0 victory. Orisakwe’s three-yard TD run, from Garry Kimble to Randall her game-high 28 points in the scoring run Tre Oliver’s 11-yard Tre Oliver’s scoring was run Weeks in the11-yard third quarter opening stanza. and an eight-yard eight-yard TD run by he purposefully set up a tough Garner rushed for 164 yards and 3 loss to Elkins in the 2010 seaand an TD run by the only scoring in the second “I thought jumping out Payton Jones. A 40-yard TD pass Austin (dark (dark uniforms) hopes to added improve toadditional 3-0 this this week week against rival Milby. Dayton Here they they faced Austin uniforms) hopes improve 3-0 Milby. Here faced Payton TD pass non-district half. schedule to help pre- to twoto scoresagainst to sonrival opener, couldn’t ahead early onJones. a team A like40-yard Cyfrom Garry Kimble to Randall Scarborough last week in a 50-0 victory. Scarborough last weekdown in a 50-0 Kimble to Randall pare DAWSON NIMITZ for district games the victory. give SFA an advantage they overcome four first-half Fair from made a Garry big VS. difference,” Weeks in the the third third quarter was line. “You have to get through would never relinguish. Weeks in quarter was The Eagles look to continue turnovers despite rushing for 178 Katy Taylor head coach Carlos the only scoring in the second he purposefully settoup up tough Garner Garner rushed for 164 to yards and 33 loss in to the Elkins in the the 2010 seathe scoring purposefully set tough 164 yards and loss to Elkins in 2010 seatheironly winning ways thissecond week he some tough games getaabetter,” Milbyrushed will befor trying get into yards game’s first 24 minVillafone said. “They have ainlotthe half. non-district schedule to help preadded two additional scores to son opener, Dayton couldn’t half. to help pre- added additional scores of to son when and theygreattake Wells said. schedule “There isn’t an easy the wintwo column at the expense utes. opener, Dayton couldn’t of experience play- on Aldine non-district DAWSON VS. NIMITZ pare for district games down the give SFA an advantage advantage they overcome overcome four the first-half first-half DAWSON VS. pare for district give SFA an they four Nimitz. The notched weekWise fortalks us.”withgames their long-time rivals. Buffs’ Angleton turned tables in ers, so we needed to NIMITZ getCougars going Yates Coach Greg his teamdown duringthe a playoff timeout. The Eagles look to continue line. “You have to get through would never relinguish. turnovers despite rushing for 178 178 Thefirst Eagles lookweek to continue “You to get through would never relinguish. for win last by rally- line. AUSTIN (2-0)have vs MILBY (0-2) quarterback Lawrence Putman turnovers the seconddespite half. rushing Senior quarterrighttheir away.” their winning ways this week some tough games to get better,” Milby will be trying to get into yards in the game’s first 24 mintheir winning thisroad week some to get better,” Milby will be trying get into yards in the game’s 24 minBellaire, the first other regional trophies. run.tough Taylor did the trickways byon the ing from behind to their This is angames old-fashioned rival- and dimunitive widetoreceiver back finals. Quandre Diggs (91 yards onfinalist when they take on Aldine Wells Wells said. “There isn’t anover easy the win“We column atwill the expense expense of atutes. utes. when take on Aldine said. isn’t an easy win column at the of last season, was upended by the Houston knew the tides would Following a you timeout withthrow just six the controlling offensive boards and getting defeatthethey Conroe 13-9. Nimitz ry game so“There can the Sergio Bautista have change their 30 carries) scored on a one-yard Nimitz. Thewith Cougars notched week for us.” their long-time rivals. Buffs’ Angleton turned the tables tables in a 52-48 area’s top-ranked school all season, someprimed point,” said headBuffs’ coach Annsneak to out play, Taylor went on a 12-0 run their Nimitz. The Cougars notched week for us.” long-time rivals. Angleton turned the in second-chance points. trailed 9-6 less than two minutes records the window. team for Cy-Fair confrontation. to cap a 53-yard, 15-play their first win last week by rallyAUSTIN (2-0) vs MILBY (0-2) quarterback Lawrence Putman the second half. Senior quarterdecision tothird Cypress Woods. Roubique.(2-1)Lawrence secure 79-59 victory at the Coleman Yet Cy-Fair wouldn’t their firstremaining win last go week byThe rally- toAUSTIN (2-0) MILBY (0-2) Putman Senior quarterminutes inaway. the fourth SFA ahas a vs chance to improve quarterback ANGLETON vs. ALIEF ELSIK (2-1) the drivesecond in the half. quarter to give ing fromtogether behinda 12-0 on the the near road to Coliseum This3-0 is anafter old-fashioned rival- and and dimunitive wide receiver back Quandre Diggs (91Alief yards onjoined Shore and Elsik Taylor advanced to the regionalinquar-back in Aldine. Bobcats strung run theto ing from behind on road is an old-fashioned rivalwide receiver Quandre Diggs (91 yards on quarter when Torian Amos to This demolishing Thedimunitive Wildcats played possum his team aNorth 17-10 edge. defeat Conroe 13-9. Nimitz ry game so you can throw the Sergio Bautista will have their 30 carries) scored on a one-yard Clear Springs and Cyaat Falls the Region and fell 73-61 Cypress Falls. 30The Cy-Fairso wasyou led bycan 22 at points from conclusion third quarter and into the defeat 13-9. Nimitz ry game throw the Sergio willtohave their carries) scored on one-yard hauledof the inConroe a 65-yard touchdown Scarborough 50-0 Barnett theterfinals firstBautista quarter against Dayton. Wildcats were it inagain trailed 9-6sliced witha 23-point less than two records outMustangs’ the All-American window. team primed for round, confrontation. sneak to cap cap 53-yard, 15-play 15-play Final In the same defendingthe Regionsneak McDonald’s guard fourth stanza that deficit trailed 9-6 with less than records out the window. team primed for confrontation. to aaFour. 53-yard, pass from Flavies Heffner at two the senior Stadium. quarterback In the opening 12 minutes, in theIII-5A fourth quarter. minutes remaining in the the gamefourth Cassie SFA has aaThe chance to improve improve ANGLETON (2-1) vs.Fort ALIEF ELSIK (2-1) lostdrive drive in Jackson, the third quarter to give give When Fortwho Bendrushed Elkins faced III-5A champion Bend Hightower Peoples. Lady Bobcats had been ANGLETON downminutes to nine points. remaining in fourth SFA has chance to (2-1) vs. ALIEF (2-1) in the third quarter to 1:58 mark to provide Casey Davis tossed three touchBroncos dictated theELSIK game’s Ryan for North Shore earlier in the season, the Lady 77-67 to Clear Springs. That meant two to the state tournament the past four years quarter when Torian forAmos Amos to to 3-0 3-0 after demolishing The Wildcats Wildcats played possum in his his team team aa 17-10 17-10 edge. edge. The Mustangs had dominated quarter when Torian after demolishing The played possum in winner. down passes and ran for two tempo and jumped out to an early were without their player, other schools would meetainDayton. the regional brought home two state championship nearly three quarters beforeEric Cy-Fair madesaid and hauled in aacoach 65-yard touchdown Scarborough 50-0 at Barnett the the first quarter against Dayton. TheKnights Wildcats were at at it best again hauled in 65-yard touchdown Scarborough 50-0 at Barnett first quarter against The Wildcats were it again Dawson Wells more while running back Tavares 10-0 advantage. After tough 8★H.S. FOOTBALL, Page 6 pass from from Flavies Flavies Heffner Heffner at at the the Stadium. Stadium. Mustangs’ Mustangs’ quarterback quarterback In the the opening opening 12 12 minutes, minutes, the the in in the the fourth fourth quarter. quarter. pass In 1:58 mark mark to to provide provide the the gamegame- Casey Casey Davis Davis tossed tossed three three touchtouch- Broncos Broncos dictated dictated the the game’s game’s Ryan Jackson, Jackson, who who rushed rushed for for 1:58 Ryan H HEADLINERS, Page 4 winner. down passes passes and and ran ran for for two two tempo tempo and and jumped jumped out out to to an an early early winner. down Dawson coach coach Eric Eric Wells Wells said said more more while while running running back back Tavares Tavares 10-0 10-0 advantage. advantage. After After aa tough tough 88Dawson ★H.S. FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL, Page Page 6 6 ★H.S.


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MS.). Tigers on the second team: Beall is pitcher the Man Starting senior Bryan Smith (Houston), relief pitcher What happens when yousenior Dakota Laufenberg (Pleasanblister an opponent for a ton, CA)high and catcher sophomore career 195 yards rushing Andrew Garza (Houston). on just 19 carries. You’re TSU was picked to finish named C-USA Offensive second in the Western Division Player of the Week and that behind Southern. Texas Southern honor was bestowed on talfinished in first place in the West ented Cougar Jr. running in the 2010 season with a 30-26 back Bryce Beall. overall record and an 18-6 conferBeall scored three touchence record. downs tying a career best and Cougar Men Dominate Indoors rattled off runs ofof43, 35 and The University Houston 31 yards in helping Houston men’s track and field team won to a 54-24 win Conference over UTEP in their fifth-straight the conference opener. USA Championship inside YeoTexas Bowl Announces Class man Fieldhouse last Saturday TheThe Texas night. men Bowl claimed five Committee recently individual titles and Wesley Bray was awarded the Performance of theof announced 2010 class Meet. Bowl Gridiron Texas The men scored 172 Legends presented by points to beat the field 65 points. The Wrangler andby Cavender’s womenCity, placed seventh with 51 Boot which includes points. Pro Football Hall of Famers “A lot of the men Raymond Berry andcame Joeup real big for us today, and even Greene, former University of some of the guys who came up a Texas defensive stars Bill little short gave great effort,” said Bradley and Bob Moses, and head coach Leroy Burrell. “They Aldine native, Texas A&M did a really good job of maxing star and former out what they wereHouston capable of Texan Aaron what they couldGlenn. do. We are going Bowl to Texas bring one of theGridiron stronger teams Legends presented by I’m we ever have to nationals. Wrangler and to Cavender’s looking forward the next stage Boot City arewell.” all individuals and performing who made a significant conBray, the defending C-USA heptathlon to champion, set aoftri-foottribution the game fectain of records in the ball the state of multi-event Texas, competition. improved either at theBray high school,upon colhis meetor record he set last year, legiate professional level. and established a new field “This is arguably thehouse deepand school record with his 5,671 est and most star-studded points of he accumulated – leaving class Gridiron Legends,” him only four points shy of autosaid Texas Bowl executive matic qualifying for the NCAA director Heather Houston. Indoor Championships. That mark “Each of these five men left is the seventh best in the nation. an indelible mark on the Coach Burrell was named game in Texas and weforare Men’s Coach of the Year the extremely proud to be associ10th time. ated Another with each of them. defending confer-I want to thank the Gridiron ence champion, Chris Carter, Legends earned goldselection in the triplecommittee jump with for the wonderful jobCarter they’ve his 15.99m/52-2.50 leap. scored 20 points for the Cougars ★EDISON, Page 6 after winning the long jump the previous day. He entered this weekend’s competition ranked Darrell seventh in theArdison nation in the triple jump The long and triple jumps were very kind to the Cougars over the course of the meet. Following Carter in the triple jump standings were Lamar Delaney, Jonathan Williams Thomas Houston’s topand high school Lang, all placing second through volleyball teams continued fourth,winning respectively. their ways recently. Houston notched 28 points In the Class 5A division, in the triple jump and 32Woods points in top-ranked Cypress the longDistrict jump the17-5A previousfoes day. swept Kelvin Furlough added 20 to Cy-Fair and Cypress Falls points to the point total with his improve to 26-1 on the seavictories in the 200m and 400m son. races. Furlough’s 21.47 time in the No. two Klein Oak, 22-2, 200m was a personal best for the defeated Cy-Fair to win the Dallas native. Kingwood Tournament Jeffery Thomas earned chama pionship. personal best in the 200m at 22.07 Woods currently to Cy finish in thirdisplace and Joseph ranked No. three the in Irabor also points forin Houston coaches’ state 5A poll while the event by finishing in seventh. KleinErrol OakNolan jumped to second No. placed five. Houston-area in the Other 60m with his 6.75 finish ranked schools Katy and Isaiah Sweeneyinclude took home eighth-place. at No. 11 and No. 15 The Doug Kelley secured a Woodlands. second-place in top the 800m Magnoliafinish is the area with his 1:52.28 time. school in the Class 4A state poll atSophomore No. threethrower with John Fortune turned in his best perforFriendswood, Brenham and mance of his career in Barbers Hill fallingtheinshot lineputat with his 16.97m/55-8.25 throw.

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daily.” Upon graduation from Rice, Lawson had a choice to make about her future and as Continued from page 3 usual, she used wisdom beyond her years. dards despite the rigorous demands of major “Basketball will always be near and dear college basketball and college studies. to my heart, but I didn’t see a real future for “Growing up, not doing well in school me in it past college,” she said. “I didn’t have was never an option; it’s just what you did. an opportunity to play in the WNBA and I Both my parents went to Southern and got wasn’t going to go overseas. I’m a Houston degrees and my mother [Joyce] is an educagirl and I had no desire to live anyplace tor. Education was always stressed first and else. I had a great opportunity with a great foremost in my home. You work just as hard in company, Ernst and Young, who paid for me school as you do in basketball practice.” to go to the University of Virginia to get my Just as importantly Lawson not only By Max Edison masters degree in accounting.” excelled on the hardwood but in the classroom DEFENDER Lawson earned her masters in 2004 and as well. She graduated from Rice (2003) in spent six years with Ernst and Young. four years, with honors and not one, ell,but it’sthree only the first of the season, butthat an For game those who lament the fact degrees – economics, philosophyyou and have mana-to beathlete excited about the way the fightmust make a choice between sports gerial studies. in’ Texans dismissed their old nemesis, the Indy or books, Lawson cautions those who would “Rice has one of the highest graduationat Reliant. Colts, last weekend Of course, there was a sellsell themselves short. rates in Division I onout the women’s athletic “Everything is athe choice. A lotof of times crowd that was more than amped up for kick-off side,” Lawson said. “They have a culture cop out and give themselves the NFL regular season, people which do longsuffering Texan fans where doing well in the classroom is the excuses. know it’s hard, but when you make hope will be their first visit to theI playoffs. norm, that’s just what you do. You go to the decision andintensity don’t givelevel yourself You also have to be enthused at the thea choice class, you study. The coaching staff we had to have both athletics and academics team displayed, which quite frankly has been somewhat you when I was there really stressed academics as shortchange yourself. My foundation was many occasions when the team much as athletics. underwhelming on far toolaid by my dad,iswho coached me growing up. takes the field. Normally, the outcome very predictable, “I think most Rice athletes walk around He never accepted less than my best. Now, a big fatbecause loss. we with a chip on their shoulder I don’t give myself an option to not No,wethis washere. a different group of fightin’ Texans. Ondo my have something to prove; belong best.”a surly attitude, led by his they out with The students at Ricedefense, think we’re just came there on highness of surliness,” safety Bernard Pollard. scholarship because “royal we Even potential All-World defensive end Mario Williams play sports, not because CLASSIFIEDS we can do the class came ready to dominate, and did just that. the squad, that made yours truly simply work. You have to The real key for giddy with joy, was the way the vaunted Texan offense show them that we can   handle the class workperformed. Now we all  know that Andre Johnson is one of as well as three or the world’s truly dominant receivers and Matt Schaub is a  four hours of practicePro-Bowl QB, who can pass with the  best of them. What Photos courtesy of the Texans  we were unsure of was if the revamped offensive line  #1 Right guard Antoine Caldwell, (college Lawson attacked athletics and academics withabove, the same intensity.photo) and left tackle #76     trenches   and provide     could move folks  around in the Duane Brown, below are key components of the Texan new rushing attack.  Schaub with enough time to pass and create running lanes   for running back Arian Foster. Well, I’m pleased to report            the O-line passed the test with flying colors, for at least Alief Elsik turned in an even bigger upset.  week  one. The Lady Rams knocked off North Shore   the  score      Now we know Texans can points in bunches, 48-38 to punch its ticket in the Class 5A state Continued from page 3            but it traditionally has been an air based attack. Against basketball tournament in Austin this weekend.               the         the Colts, they introduced balanced offense, which feaCrystal Porter converted nine-of-12 fieldin the final two minutes of the third quarter and              tured the running of Arian Foster and the outcome was a goal attempts and finished with a game-high 18          the opening minute of the fourth stanza with a  record-setting afternoon. points to lead Elsik. 10-0 spurt that sliced its deficit to six points.    Consider this: RB Arian Foster’s 231 rushing yards on The Rams jumped out to a 25-16 halftime La Marque (29-4) went into a spread of 33 carries (three TD’s) were the second-most on Kickoff  lead, but North Shore rallied to tie the game at fense that Mason taught his team in the week  Weekend in NFL history. He recorded the first 200-yard leading up to the game and it worked to perfec- 30-30 in the third quarter. Porter continued                rushing performance in franchise history. Foster rushed to score and Elsik limited North Shore’s tion.  for 191 yards in the second half and 125 yards in the Courtney Williams to four-of-19 shooting “We passed the ball well and did a good           fourth quarter. Houston’s 257 rushing yards represented from the field. job of capitalizing on each one of our offensive just the second 200-yard rushing performance in team his possessions late in the game,” Mason said.          tory.   Etcetera It’s been said over and over again that in order for the          Beaumont Ozen earned a spot in the Elsik girls return to State Texans to achieve their goals this season, they must fea  A day after North Shore stunned top-ranked girls Class 4A state tournament with a 58-57 ture a more balanced offensive In other    attack.    words,   victory over Huntsville.  Cypress Falls in the Region III-5A semifinals, improve a rushing game that was simply abysmal in 2009.    Big back Arian Foster says the team heard the comments,          especially his offensive line.   “We’ve heard this whole offseason about how our run In boys’ action, defending Region III           game wasn’t as efficient last year and how if we had a run  4A champion Jack Yates defeated rival Worthing         game, we could have done this and could have done that,” 108-68 in bi-district action to begin its playoff

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★TEXANS, Page 6 Seven Lakes ousted Bellaire 54-49 as guard Princeton Onwas drew early fouls from Donielle Breaux.  Cardinals’ standout Sheldon McClellan and sent  Yet with the return of Breaux, North Shore  him to the bench. rolled past Elkins again, winning 72-43, despite  McClellan, a University of Texas signee,             a game-high 32 points from Elkins’ leading            picked up his second foul early in the first scorer.              quarter, and his third foul with four minutes, 55 North Shore advanced to the regional   seconds left in the second stanza to sit out the semifinals by locking down Elkins’ second ByBreanna Darrell K. Ardison  remainder of the first half. best player, Barnett.  With McClellan on the bench, Lakes The 6-foot-1 DEFENDER center picked up her third               overcame a three-point deficit to take a 28-25 foul in the second quarter and head coach  Several Houston area high advantage at halftime. Willie Yarber was relegated to playing her               schools projected to earn a spot  The Spartans had a 10-point lead headonly in spurts for the remainder of the game.  in the playoffs went into their ing into the fourth quarter, but McClellan and Barnett finished the game with only two                        third game of the season still Malcolm Glover led a Cardinals’ charge that points.  seeking that first victory. With Barnett on the bench, North Shore brought Bellaire within two points with less than   After advancing to thea teamClass a minute to play. McClellan and Glover finished center Courtney Williams scored  4Apoints stateand semifinals last year, with 21 points.  high 26 collected rebounds at  Seven Lakes stopped Bellaire twice and will. Pearland Dawson was one of   thoseknew schools losing to guard Trey Pinkney converted three free throws “We Barnettafter had been suscep Class stalwarts Clear in the final minute to preserve the victory for the tible to foul 5A trouble in the past andSprings we made                and Conroe Oakto Ridge. Spartans. a conscientious effort get her out of the  (1-2)efficient vs. NIMITZ “When you have a Division I star sitting gameDAWSON because she’s with(1-2) that strong   on the bench, that is a big help,” said Seven Dawson into Allison the winbody,” said North broke Shore coach               Lakes coach Dan Miller. “This was a tough ning column with a 28-0 victory Campbell.              game and we feel pretty good to be moving past on theBreaux road atdefinitely perennial 4A While had herpowmo a team like Bellaire.” erhouse Dayton. going The Eagles         ments, single-handedly on a 9-0led run  Morton Ranch jumped out to a 20-2 lead 21-0 at halftime behindto 25-19 Steve to trim the Lady Knights’ deficit              in the first quarter against Westside and cruised three-yard TD run, in theOrisakwe’s second quarter, the one-dimensional   to a 58-47 first-round win at Coleman Coliseum. approach faded in the secondscoring half. run Tre Oliver’s 11-yard   “This was a great win for our program,” Elkins scored 24 pointsTD in therun thirdby and an eight-yard said Morton Ranch coachhopes Carey Palmer. quarter to putJones. the game away. TD pass Austin (dark uniforms) to improve to 3-0  this week against rival Milby. Here they faced four through six. Stratford is Payton A 40-yard ranked No. nine and upstart from Garry Kimble to Randall Scarborough last week in a 50-0 victory. Pearland Dawson is No. 11. Weeks in the third quarter was Dawson is 21-6 after registhe only scoring in the second he purposefully set up a tough Garner rushed for 164 yards and 3 loss to Elkins in the 2010 seatering a dramatic comeback half. non-district schedule to help pre- added two additional scores to son opener, Dayton couldn’t win over Deer Park last DAWSON VS. NIMITZ pare for district games down the give SFA an advantage they overcome four first-half week. The Eagles prevailed The Eagles look to continue line. “You have to get through would never relinguish. turnovers despite rushing for 178 19-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-10, their winning ways this week some tough games to get better,” Milby will be trying to get into yards in the game’s first 24 min15-12 as outside hitter when they take on Aldine Wells said. “There isn’t an easy the win column at the expense of utes. Learn how money truly works, how to create wealth and save more, Yewande Akanbi led the way Nimitz. The Cougars notched week for us.” their long-time rivals. Buffs’ Angleton turned the tables in leading to last even greater andvssuccess for you and your family. in the match with 22 kills. their first win week by rally-security AUSTIN (2-0) MILBY (0-2) quarterback Lawrence Putman the second half. Senior quarterAfter finishing in the top ing from behind on the road to This is an old-fashioned rival- and dimunitive wide receiver back Quandre Diggs (91 yards on 10 at the prestigious Pearland defeat Conroe 13-9. Nimitz ry game so you can throw the Sergio Bautista will have their 30 carries) scored on a one-yard Atrailed value9-6 of $19.95...and... SIMPLY CALL Tournament last month, with less than two records out the window. team primed for confrontation. sneak to cap a 53-yard, 15-play Dawson is serving notice that minutes remaining in the fourth SFA has a chance to improve ANGLETON (2-1) vs. ALIEF ELSIK (2-1) drive in the third quarter to give I’m going to give it to you... accomplishment was no quarter when Torian Amos to 3-0 after demolishing The Wildcats played possum in his team a 17-10 edge. fluke. hauled in a 65-yard touchdown Scarborough 50-0 at Barnett the first quarter against Dayton. 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green industry. green industry. The Congressional Black Caucus The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which funds the legislative conFoundation, which funds the legislative conference, wants to ensure that the Black comference, wants to ensure that the Black community is aware of the changing job market, munity is aware of the changing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. new jobs and how to prepare for them. “So people will never return to the A many life-threatening that affects tens of “So many people will lung never infection return to the jobs they of lost,” saidannually Rep. Elijah E. thousands infants will potentially be a major jobs they lost,” said Rep. Elijah E. CBC wants ensure that the Black community is aware of the changCummings (D-Md.), honorary co-chair offew The health threat to babies during the next months not to The CBCifwants to ensure that the Black community is aware of the changCummings (D-Md.), honorary co-chair of JULY 11 – 17, 2010 | DEFENDER 7 ing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. this year’s events. “It’sRespiratory our responsibility to Virus monitored closely. Syncytial (RSV) this West year’sHouston’s events. “It’s our responsibility to ing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. first increase their ability to do the jobs are By Shantella Y. Sherman season in November and that physicians from Texas increasebegins their ability to do the jobs that are By Shantella Y. Sherman community pediatric SPECIAL TO THE FROM THE WASHINGTON INFORMER available to them.” row of donation. informed,” Scott added. Children’s Hospital urge parents to be aware the signs A Defender & Texas informed,” Children’s Hospital Alliance SPECIAL TO THE NNPA NNPA FROM THE WASHINGTON INFORMER availablewill to them.” row donation. Scott added. hospital fully open to will be holding several town hall The sessions will include “Beyond a Also, for the first time in its history, the inThey order to catch the infection early. will beon holding several town hall The sessions will include “Beyond a Also, for the first time in its history, the theThey community Monday, (NNPA) - In what appears to be a racially incendiary meetings throughout week to discuss National AIDS Strategy: Next Steps in the conference is partnering with the National RSVFirst is a Aidthe tips: (NNPA) - In what appears to be a racially incendiary meetings throughout the week to discuss National AIDS Strategy: Next Steps in the conference is partnering with the National March 7. The outpatient move, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, jobs and education, said Cummings.Employing Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Black America” Black Justice Coalition to hold an LGBT common virus in evidencemove, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, jobs and education, said Cummings. Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Black America” Black Justice Coalition to hold an LGBT clinic at Texas Children’s recently offered to stem the steady influx of Africans Elsieand Scott, babies is the president of the CBC and “Sister Speak: Reducing HIV/AIDS in leadership summit. The coalition is the only recently offered to stem the steady influx of Africans Elsie West Scott,Campus president of thebased CBC andprinciples, “Sister Speak: Reducing HIV/AIDS in leadership summit. The coalition is the only Hospital into various European nations in an effort to keep Foundation, said knowdesign the Black Community” and “Beyond Blood: nation-wide Black gay civil rights organizaleading cause of that people need to into various European nations in an effort to keep Foundation, said thatthe people need to know the Black Community” and “Beyond Blood: nation-wide Black gay civil rights organizahas been open since hospitalization Europe white and civilized. Gaddafi told Italian Prime that federal jobsduring are available, butthe it’snew no hospital Bone will Marrow Donation Among African tion. Europe white and civilized. Gaddafi told Italian Prime that federalof jobs are available, beginning December, and but it’s no Bone Marrow Donation Among African tion. the firsta year of of life. Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a recent trip to Rome that longer matter taking a civic exam andinterior Americans and Wellness The goal of this summit is to bring attenfeature and -- AA Health Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a recent trip to Rome that longer matter ofemergency taking a civic exam and Americans Health and Wellness The goal of this summit is to bring attennow thea pediatric The virus, which the European Union (EU) should pay him at least 5bn having an application read by a supervisor. Luncheon.” tion to issues pertaining to gays and lesbians; the European Union (EU) should pay him at least 5bn havingand an application read by a supervisor. Luncheon.” tion to issues pertaining to gays and lesbians; center hospital services exterior design elements causes a serious euros ($6.3 billion) a year to stop illegal African immi“There’re technological Call advances in the “CBC has an ongoing project including their fight for equality. The ultithe doctor if your child hasFoundation any of euros ($6.3 billion) a year to stop illegal African immiin the “CBC Foundation has an ongoing project including their fight for equality. The ultiwill“There’re open for technological operation. advances that promote lung infection, gration and avoid a “Black Europe.” hiring process” isScott said. “A computer to patient increase AIDs awareness with fulltime mate goal is for people to be able to come gration and avoid a “Black Europe.” hiring process” Scott “Asymptoms: computer to increase AIDs awareness with fulltime mate goal is for people to be able to come Located off of I-10said.these the leading cause Massaging old racial wounds and growing concerns, now scans each application looking well-being for key research how to prevent the spread of this together and have open and honest discussuch as on Massaging old racial wounds and growing concerns, nowBarker scans each application on how to prevent the spread of this together and have open and honest discusand Cypress, the nlooking for key research of pneumonia and and we want High with ill appearance Gaddafi hoped to capitalize on fears that millions of words and phrases thefever commudisease,” Scott said. “We have a grant from sions. Gaddafi hoped to capitalize on fears that millions of words and phrases andTexas we want the commudisease,” Scott said. “We have a grant from sions. new campus reflects natural light, views bronchiolitis Africans, who once lived under the subjugation of nity to be cognizant of these changes to the Centers for Disease Control and are parSaid Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive n Thick nasal discharge Africans, who once lived under the subjugation of nity to be family-centered cognizant of these changes to the Centers for Disease Control and are parSaid Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive Children’s of water and nature, with other Black organizations to director in infants. European colonial rule and who were made citizens of increase their chances.” ticipating of the coalition, “Black communiapproach to pediatric European colonial rule and who were made citizens of increase their chances.”care,n Persistent cough orticipating with other Black organizations to director of the coalition, “Black communiwheeze “While all those nations, would continue to migrate to their This year’s conference will also attempt to play get areas out more to the public.” ties are in crisis. It’s critical that we support child-life andattention with every aspect of the will those nations, would continue to migrate to their This year’s conference also attempt to ties are in crisis. It’s critical that we support get out more attention to the public.” n healthcare Rapid, difficult babiesdown can the contract “Mother Country” impoverished, and without clear break complex new lawor gasping This breaths year the conference will have at least the empowerment of anyone who desires to hospital designed, equipped “Mother Country” impoverished, and without clear break down the complex new healthcare law park-like This patient year the conference will have at least the empowerment of anyone who desires to outdoor RSV, those born means of employment. through a Cliff-notes-type guidebook. Free one workshop focusing on Black women. contribute something positive to rebuilding Signs of dehydration and staffed exclusively forn means of employment. through a Cliff-notes-type guidebook. Free one workshop focusing on Black women. contribute something positive to rebuilding and family “But areas.weLocated prematurely are healthcare panel discussions, want all aspects of the community our families, including LGBT people.” n Blue color on the lips, mouth children andscreenings, their families. healthcare screenings, panel discussions, “But we want all aspects of the community our families, including LGBT people.” at anforums increased ★GADDAFI, Page 6 and medical issues especially at a higher risk to be oninin55the acres, West those isonanserious exciting ★GADDAFI, Page 6 and “This forums serious medical the especially those at a higher risk to be or issues under the fingernails risk due to on their Black community will be time forcommunity Texas Children’s Campus offers ample Black will be underdeveloped featured. But there be A broken bone is a crack or break in a bone that is a result of Hospital and for thewill West featured. But there will be free might parking. lungs and particular focus on an accident or fall. Signs you see if your child has a broHouston community,” said particular focus on immature immune systems,” says Dr. Michael Speer, HIV/AIDS and bone marken bone include intense pain, swelling around the injured area, Michelle HIV/AIDSRiley-Brown, and with boneTexas mar- Children’s Hospital. “Nearly neonatologist inability to use the leg or arm, the bone under the skin Texas lookingChildren’s Hospital West Campus building. vice president of West provide a comprehensive bent of and sometimes the bone breaking 70 percent children willeven contract RSV during through their the skin. Campus.Following “The new hospital specialized pediatric to doofwhen your child breaks adiabetes, bone: gastroenterology/ operating rooms, a special Houston and the surrounding Texas Children’s locations. first year of life.”are the thingsarray offers immediate access services delivered by a Put a splint on an armmimic or legthose that is A splint is procedures suite, advanced areas for many years to In addition to the nutrition, hematology/ The•symptoms of RSV often of broken. the Babies with symptoms of RSV should be taken to see a doctor. to the sameanything unsurpassed you can tie dedicated to a body part toofstop it from moving. A infusion center, team boardcontinued from page 1 oncology, diagnostic imaging come,” said Riley-Brown. specialty clinics, the building common cold, making it hard for parents to know when continued frompatients page 1 newspaper, magazine or stick may be used asantibodies a standard ofrolled-up care certified pediatric specialists andwho too young to blowthe hiscampus’ or her own RSV during peak RSV season that occurs from uncomfortable neurology, physical/ services including MRI Those families houses primary to seek medical care. Signs of severe RSV that should not that carries a expect punishment Usefrom something that is hardincluding and solid. have come splint. to and experts thatignored carries a punishment nose, use a bulb syringe to remove sticky nasal fluids. November to March. occupational and speech and CT scans, and a have been patients at Texas care pediatric practice, TCPA be by parents include: persistent coughing or Never body to the splint so tight that blood can’t move of up to •two yearstie in the state our main campus.” nurses, rehabilitation of up to two years in state To reduce the risk of exposure to RSV, Texas “For most otherwise healthy children, RSV usually therapy, ophthalmology, neurophysiology sleep lab. Children’s main campus or – Town & Country @ West wheezing; rapid, difficult or gasping breaths; blue to the area. prison. The 220,809 square-foot specialists and child prison. Children’s offer these tips: which is open and amounts little more than a cold,”“Texas SpeerChildren’s said. “For orthopaedic at one of itsspecialists health center Campus, color on• the lips,has mouth or bone under fingernails; If 54, you think a leg is the broken, don’t let and your child walk to surgery, Harrison, not outpatient clinic building life specialists. Harrison, • Have family members and caregivers wash hands before at-risk infants, such as premature babies, the health on54, it. has not otolaryngology, pediatric has been a part of this locations will recognize accepting appointments in its a high fever. been charged inoffers his offiat West Campus the Patients can receive been charged in hiscontagious • isIce helps tooffireduce pain and swelling. Do not care put ice surgery, right on pulmonary handling a baby consequences can be very serious.” medicine community for many many familiar faces, noted new, more spacious location. RSV highly and can be easily spread cial capacity, and the instead alle- wrap most current diagnostic the subspecialty the skin; it following in a and towel. Leave for urology. five cial capacity, and the alle- oratsneezing • Avoid beingsince around a baby if youFor have a cold or fever If a child does contact RSV, there arelaunching some things years and the Riley-Brown, many more information through touching, coughing can spreadit on and gations do not involve minutes or less at a time. Remember R.I.C.E – rest, ice, and treatment services in a clinics including: adolescent gations through do notschools involveand childcare centers. Older • Avoid exposing baby symptoms that The a parent canalso do to help. AtTexas home,Children’s make a child hospital Westwith pediatric specialistsa at its to children about with Texascold Children’s rapidly any loss to Harris County. compression (pressure) and elevation (arm or leg is higher cheerful, family-focused and medicine, allergy and any loss to Harris County. • Keep baby away from crowded areas West Campus, an RSV ainfection as comfortable as possible, allow time includes 14-bed pediatric Campus is our promise to West Campus outpatient Hospital children may carry the virus with minimal symptoms and than the heart level). Still, Harris County Judge welcoming environment. immunology, audiology, Still, Harris County Judge • Never smoke around a baby for recovery and provide plenty of fluids. Use a coolemergency center, 48 continue providing quality, clinics have previously visit www.westcampus bring it home to younger children and babies. To prevent • Do nothegive your anything to eat or drink until you see Ed Emmett said wants The facility is designed to child cardiology, endocrinology/ Ed Emmett said he wants If your child shows symptoms of RSV, take them to mist vaporizer during winter months to help the child inpatient rooms, three convenient care to West practiced at one or more of texaschildrens.org. serious RSV-related respiratory disease, at-risk kids can the doctor.from Harrison removed Harrison from see the doctor as soon as possible. breathe • a removed Do not wait to takeofyour child to your doctor or a clinic. A easier and keep the mucus soft. If the child is be given monthly injection a medication consisting of the job. the job. broken bone should be checked out right away. “Looking the Whatat doimporto prevent broken bones “Looking attothe importance of• that position Never leavefor a young child alone on a high place, even for a tance of that position for this county,few at this time, This includes sofas, changing tables or seconds. this county, at this time, shopping carts. Your child can have a bad fall. bond ratings and all those bond ratings andcrib all those • Keep rails up to your baby’s chin at all times. things, I think it’s very things, •I think it’s very Do not use a baby walker. Your baby can tip over or crash important that he either important through that he aeither safety gate. be suspended or step • Put safety locks on your windows. Your child can open a be suspended or step down in some form That is the question many parents window and or fall down in some form or out. fashion,” Emmett said. spend hours, perhaps even days, being driven by their parents or Walking, biking or skating to fashion,” Emmett said. ★BROKEN BONES, Page 8 Keep crib rails up to your baby’s chin at all times to prevent dangerous falls. Harrison denies the contemplating. Parents investigate the taking a bus. school has a positive and significant Harrison denies the charges, saying he is conbest choice for their child by talking Television watching, computer impact on kids’ physical activity charges, saying he is confident his innocence will with their pediatricians, searching use and video games are sedentary levels but has significantly declined fident his innocence will be proven. on Google and discussing with other activities often favored by children over the past thirty years. Children be proven. Emmett said if Harrison parents. However, not all information before and after school. Active Emmett said if Harrison who walk and bike to school have won’t step down willingDr. Deidre Larrier examines patient Justin Elian Guerra. is good and bad information can lead to a greater level of physical activity won’t step down willingcommuting is one way to get schoolly, he says he plans to dangerous choices. With vaccines, this than those who use other forms ly, he says he plans to aged children active without it being make sure Harrison is is too often the case. More and more make sure Harrison is competitive, scheduled or complicated. of transportation, according to Children’s bones are suspended until the parents are deciding to space out, delay researchers at Texas suspended until the The lack of growing every day, and charges work their way or entirely refuse vaccines. Oftentimes, charges work their way activity alone is Children’s Nutrition growing bones need lots through the court system. these decisions are based on the belief that through the court system. a great threat to a Research Center.of calcium. Harrison wife has also vaccines cause harm. But is there harm in Harrison wife has also generation of kids, “We found Milk and dairy foods been charged. not vaccinating? have lots of calcium and been charged. and there are simple that several factors The news has been buzzing with other nutrients that make ways to improve a contributed to how bones grow strong and recent stories of meningitis cases in child’s health and likely children healthy. Children especialchildren and is revealing the dangers of wellness. Mendoza were to walk orly need calcium and other the virus that can cause the loss of limbs, says there is a great bike to school, bone-building materials in Wearing glasses is becoming more accepted by organ failure or even death. Since the milk because their bones Everyone at the table can say what they are thankful for at the holiday meal. need to implement such as parents’ adults and children, but wearing hearing aids can meningitis vaccine came out in 2005, the are growing. intervention confidence level, still be unwelcomed by many. number of meningitis cases has decreased VOLUME 79 • NUMBER 47 Initially, children shy One eight ounce glass of VOLUME 79 • NUMBER 47 programs to increase the child’s age, the away from hearing aids2010 because they assume they are by 50 percent. Families of those who have SEPTEMBER 16 – 22, milk has about 300 milSEPTEMBER 16 – 22, 2010 the number of school’s distance uncomfortable also fear being teased other ligrams (mg) of calcium. been affected as by the virus strongly Volunteering and in your community is by beneficial for the community well asarethe individuals children who actively from home and Just a few glasses of milk friends. Children are often amazed to see the vast encouraging other families to get the donating their time. Publisher commute to school the family’s level can go a long way towards improvement vaccine. Publisherin their hearing and end up embracing Messiah-Jiles giving kids the calcium since it may help to of acculturation,” theSonceria hearing aids. Parents are also surprised to learn Since June 2009, more than 8,300 Sonceria Messiah-Jiles they need each day. improve their overall how much their child was missing before cases of pertussis or “whooping cough” said Dr. Jason Milk also has other vitaphysical activity Mendoza, assistant theEditor amplification. have been reported in California resulting Editor mins and minerals that are Von Jiles The simple meaning of Thanksgiving is participants they will be asked to di levels. Both the professor of Like good vision, it is equally as important to in the death of 10 infants less than 2 Von Jiles good for bonesand and Brianna teeth. Brian, Brian Jr., Melissa Scott Milk is a greatbenefits sourceofof calcium the expression gratitudeand and Dr. the Ellen givingFriedman, of vulge at the end of theold. meal name of than 3,000 regular Pediatrics at One improve hearingofproblems months In the 2009, more especially important and other vitamins that help Associate Editor thanks. ideal time to gather the person and whyofthey are thankful to physical for College is vitamin chief of Thanksgiving Texas Children’s Center, shares some cases pertussis were reported in Texas Baylor Associate Editoris anHearing and Michelle Scott grewactivity up in a world members whonutrient have received their TdapD, children grow up healthy. ReShonda Billingsley with family friends and share loveyou andcould do toknow or alone. her. which helps the body to Have you and ever thought about what thathim really interests you.138 If you like the health youth most of Medicine. insight about handling hearing loss. In 2008, cases of animals measles you weremay ReShonda Billingsley protected from many of theofworld’s booster is the only way to protect the more calcium. help those in your way youcan canimpact help want to help out in atthe andinner animal shelter. If youwere have a A number absorb Children thankfulness together. Unfortunately, giving • While gathered around table, who walk to school have a and its potential to The effects of community? hearing loss One or problems reported the U.S., and 20 children serious diseases, thanks toOsteoporosis vaccines. infants from the Calcium highly contagious disease activity greater level of physical also helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. is by volunteering. There are many different reasonsallow friend or relative who on hasa situation a medical condition like Art Director thanks often gets lost between the planning, each person to reflect reduce the risk of of social and children greatly. A sustained hearing loss leads to hospitalized. Art the time they became parents, they is a condition that makes bonesBy weak and break more easily. Getting cancer diabetes, example, you might bewhooping cough. for youDirector tofootball start volunteering, such as: Cale Carter cooking, watching and socializing. from the pastoryear andDTaP howfor avaccine family environmental speech problems, The given Carter hadhelp heardprotect more chronic about thediseases possiblelater risks Statistics enough can oftentimes beas toochildren can calcium against osteoporosis. • Cale To help others. difficulty acquiring new concepts in interested in volunteering your is time fortoa infants hospital or Toand helpcan encourage family traditions, member or friend inthey lifehad are clear changes have school evenan lead to problems with behavior. at two,provided four,raises sixsupport and 15 to for 18 months of vaccines their abstract. How Although can bad information the effectsabout of osteoporosis mightthan not show upabout until and adult• To learn about activity or organization that an organization that money research. If you Columnist Texas Children’s offers these proven in thewhen scientific literature. limited children’s safe Children with hearing loss can ideas: often be mislabeled asor encouragement. of age and again between ages of hood, kids to need to getfor enough calcium they are young to help interests you. like children, you can volunteer at the a school or become Columnist tremendous benefits or the dangerous vaccines lead to aaccess dangerous choice Chargois Before the meal begins, go around the • Start a Thanksgiving scrapbook with prevent it. • •Yvette To gain community service hours. a mentor. stubborn or uninvolved when they actually cannot hear Texas Children’s experts places where they can walk, bike four and six years. It protects against diseases they prevent. Committed to your child or other children? Yvette Chargois table and askinaeveryone to sayfelt. what they and friends. Gofound through pictures, Calcium mouththeir healthy too. • To overcome lossclassroom. you have One of the you have the place where A you wantand to play. the instructions the Parents can alsobest fallfamilyOnce recommend children andCalcium adolescents Asfor a result, children diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Take instance the makes storyare ofthe thewhole raising two young children,keeps Brianna teeth strong and healthy throughout life. Even or before baby ways toEditors help in a time of loss is toschool volunteer, schedule a time to visit and see if they have Sports are thankful foryourself – good health, the love papers and awards, and trip into the trap of thinking that their child is obstinate engage in 60 minutes more of teeth booster vaccine (Tdap) is recommended less physically active than they Scott family and their struggle with and Brian Jr., in a holistic lifestyle, Sports Editors come in, they stay strong and resist decay by taking in calcium. help others. of a spot for youpast thatyear. matches what you are looking for. andengrossed support members, etc. games, butmementos Edison offor the Place or Max too infamily the television or video adolescents beginning at age 11 daily physical activity,chose whichtoshould were generations ago. The trend has wanting to protect their children Brian and Michelle delay as all a Max Edison Calcium also makes gums healthy. Getting enough calcium • •Darrell To gain perspective on life. There is no better way If you don’t know where to look to find a place to Place everyone’s name in aloss bowl and agreed-upon items in a book along withage 64 years. K.toArdison never think consider hearing as the real culprit. years and adults through be enjoyable, developmentally changed from most children riding from vaccinations. immunizations until 2 years of age. Darrell K. Ardison young adult may help prevent gum disease later in life. Calcium to understand your blessings than to help people volunteer you can go to www.volunteermatch.org to makeFriedman sure eachsuggests person that selects a name thoughts and comments. Add too young bikes or walking testing children early,everyone’s Surrounding appropriate and of various types. to school to now In July 2009, when Brian Jr. inDr. need. find the volunteer spotinfants that iswho rightare for you! The Scott’s Story ★MILK, Page 8 before not reveal names. year. with Contributing to be each immunized parents and family How do dinner. you startDo volunteering? The firstTell step is toto the scrapbook Source: www.kidshealth.org Contributing Like most people their age, Brian H HEARING Page 6 H VACCINATE Page 6 Writers find what is right for you. You can choose something Writers Aswad Walker Aswad Walker

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about a year ago. It was stir-fried vegetables against diphtheria, tetanus and with Szechuan sauce. I made it a little too pertussis. A booster vaccine continued from page 1 spicy, I admit, but I think everybody (Tdap) is recommended for Continued from page 5 enjoyed it, aside from all the sweating. adolescents beginning at age family met the question same fate, K’naan’s mother That is the many KW: How do you think African music will 11 years and adults through would to parentstravel spend daily hours,through perhaps the firefight influence the rest of the world in the comage 64 years. Surrounding the embassy in the hopes of securing evenU.S. days, contemplating. infants who are too young to ing years? visas forinvestigate her and her Parents the loved best ones.beDespite immunized with parents K: I think it’s actually already affecting In December 2010, A small number of foods allergy is by giving the food very slowly daily persisted, and on the last choicedenials, for theirshe child by and family members who have the world in a big way now. People just The National Institute of cause most food allergies. and carefully in a doctor’s office setting day the with U.S.their embassy was in Somalia, talking pediatricians, received their Tdap booster aren’t aware instance, there’s a Allergy and Infectious In the United States, the preparedof to it. treatFor an allergic reaction. This received to leave searchingvisas on Google andfor America. is the only way to protect great tune by Coldplay called “Strawberry Diseases published most common food allergens is called an oral challenge and should only “You can’t says discussing witheven otherdescribe parents. it,” the infants from the highly It’s essentially Afro-Pop guidelines for health include egg, milk, peanut, Swing.” be done in an experienced health music. care K’naan. theinformation most sensational, liberatHowever,“It notisall contagious disease whooping And most of Vampire Weekend’s musictois care professionals tree nuts, wheat, crustacean professional’s office with the resources ing feeling. There was the weight of a world is good and bad information cough. Afro-Pop. Africa has influenced many of the for the diagnosis and shellfish, fish and soy. perform this test. of your shoulder that has suddenly canhope lead on to dangerous choices. Statistics can oftentimes biggest bands. So, I believe Africa has treatment of food landed. It was this onlyisthen get How can bad With vaccines, too that I started be too to abstract. in and achanged music in the allergies. This report Food allergies are more already crept Anaphylaxis, serious allergic this value ofand life that I never had about vaccines oftencertain the case. More information West. People just don’t know to call was developed by a common in patients with reaction that is rapid in onset and it before.” Withare little possessions and more parents deciding to lead no to a dangerous choice for African. 25-member expert panel Dr. Carla Davis other allergic diseases. Asthma, may result in death, is under-diagnosed knowledge of English, K’naan and famispace out, delay or entirely yourhis child or other children? KW:and If you could have wish instantly to help health care eczema and eosinophilic under-treated. If one you experience ly boarded the last commercial flightTake out of refuse vaccines. Oftentimes, for instance the granted, what would that be? professionals to better care for their esophagitis can co-exist in food allergic anaphylaxis, or even suspect that you Mogadishu for are New York settling in Scott family and these decisions based onbeforestory of the K: Wow! That would beepinephrine for a sudden patients with food allergy. patients. If your family has a history are, immediately take and shift Toronto. the belief that vaccines cause their struggle with wanting to in my country from war, distrust and “It is important that patients of allergy and you have eczema, then seek immediate medical attention by death The But tunes on Troubadour the sum harm. is there harm in notreflect protect their children to peace, love andDelaying harmony. work with their physicians to you are at greater risk for having food calling 9-1-1. epinephrine use of K’Nasan’s life experiences. Having spent vaccinating? from vaccinations. Musician/emcee K’Naan Warsame is forging his own musical path via a unique blend KW: Are you ever afraid? increased risk accurately diagnose and treat their allergy than someone who does not places you at significantly the better part has of the The news beenlast two years on the soul allergies and, above all, hip-hop. K: Yes am, but not ofreaction. what people ordiThe Scott’s Storyof reggae, funk, pop, food according to these have these diseases. for aI life-threatening buzzing with recent stories of road, visiting over 50 countries from Like most people their narily fear, fortunately. My fears are all guidelines,” said Dr. Carla Davis, meningitistocases Slovenia Peruintochildren Vietnam to Uganda, the age, Brian and Michelle internal. I’m afraid of my own self more and Immunology specialist Tests alone cannot accurately diagnose There is no cure for food allergy. Food and is revealing the document dangers of an artist album is the sonic K: I can’t remember Allergy specifically, it was soccer in your youth? Scott grew up in a world than of anything external. with when TexasIChildren’s. food allergy. It is important avoidance and use of an emergency of themuch virus to thatshare, can cause with and disproves rap just one of those moments had a K: Yes I am, and I did play, like most that your protected from many of the KW:medical Are youplan happy? Dr. Davis shares some ofother the key is the best treatment for the loss of limbs, organ music’s detractors who say that hip-hop has melody in my head and a discontented, children.doctor take a medical history and perform world’s most serious diseases, K: Happiness, IYou think, is one theyour most points from these guidelines: a physical exam first before diagnosing food allergy. should workof with failure or even death. Since nothing new left to say. melancholy feeling. I just wrote that. KW: How have you been received by the thanks to vaccines. By the elusive things on the planet. I believe Food allergies not the same as hip-hop food community? allergy. If the diagnosis is likely, physician to develop an emergency that theThe meningitis vaccine came CD’s first single, “Wavin’ Flag,” has KW: Did it emanate at all from your are childAmerican time they became parents, happiness is only appreciated retrospect. food intolerance. Food intolerance blood skinfrom tests can be performed medical plan which includes in self-injectable out in 2005, the number ofsensation, and was become an international hood? K: Great! You canortell what’s been to they had heard more about So, I’m always happy, given that I later find of food epinephrine in the event of an accidental meningitis has of decreased the officialcases anthem the Worldthe Cup I think everythingincludes kinda’ celiac does. disease and other happening for help me. determine They’ve the alllikelihood been very possible risks ofK:vaccines out that I was. diseases,by like lactose intolerance and These testsfor cannot exposure. Food avoidance is best achieved by 50 percent. Families of summer by South Everything is kind of shaped Championship hosted this life in gensupportive andallergy. showing love whatconclusively I do. than they had about their KW:by How canvigilance your fans you?how to food poisoning, which are not mediated diagnose food allergies, however. The careful andhelp knowing those who have been affected Africa. Reaching over 150 countries, the benefits eral,orsotheI guess it does feel like my childKW: Where do you think hip-hop is headtremendous K: By being understanding of the fact that immune system. most accurate way to diagnose a food read food labels. by the virus are was strongly signature song featured on K’Naan’s hood might have been by an the influence. But ed? dangerous diseases they I don’t make music for them, but that I encouraging otherTrophy familiesTour, to which saw the those things are pretty subconscious. FIFA-sponsored K: I think it will always go through phasprevent. Committed to raising make music that’s about my past and about get the vaccine. emerging rap star spreading his message to KW: Do you still feel a strong connection es, like how philosophy in ancient times their two young children, my most honest internal instincts. They Since 2009, more soccer fansJune in concerts staged allBrianna around and the Brian to Somalia? would celebrate the body and the physical Jr., in a often be that mislabeled as stubborn how much their child was missingneed to can understand more than anything than 8,300 cases of pertussis world. K: Yes, I have many, many memories, for a while, then focus on the mind and the holistic lifestyle, Brian and or uninvolved when they actually before else. Wherever I go, it’s not about them, but orK’naan “whooping have has cough” also re-recorded new versions spiritual. I think that those phases happen to Michelle chose towhich delay have all impacted my life. cannot hear the instructions in the the amplification. where the music takes me. been in California Continued of thereported track with Will.i.Am and French Were you listening to a lot offrom page 5us as well, and hip-hop is one of the best immunizations untilKW: 2 years Like good vision, it is equally classroom. Parents can also fall into KW: What has been the happiest moment resulting in the death of Guetta 10 dance producer David and bilinAmerican music while growing up? barometers of what is happening, because it of aage. as important to improve hearing the trap of thinking that their child of your life? infants less than 2 months old.pop singer Wearing glasses gual versions with Spanish K: You could live in Somalia forever andis becoming reflects the feeling of young people. see In July 2009, when problems and Dr. EllenI Friedman, obstinate or first too engrossed in the K: Theis birth of my son. In 2009, more than 3,000 cases more accepted by adults and children, David Bisbal, French MC Fefe, AI Otsuka never need music from outside Somalia. my music as following the feeling. Brian Jr. was just 9 months chief of Texas Children’s Hearing television or video games, but never KW: Do you have any regrets? of pertussis reported but wearing hearing aids can KW: still When you look in the mirror, what do from Japan,were Jackie Cheung and Jane Zhang old, he developedThere a highare a lot of different styles and a variCenter, shares some insight about think to consider hearing loss as K: I guess I do have some regrets, butthe in Texas alone. In 2008, 138 from Thailand, be unwelcomed many. Initially, from China, Tattoo Colour ety of musical ideas developing right by there. you see? fever. Michelle administered handling hearing loss. culprit. none bigreal enough to obsess about. cases ofArjam measles were reported children shy away from hearing Nancy from Egypt, HHP fever-reducing from South medicine, KW: What K: [Chuckles] Interesting… Iofoften try loss to but did it mean for you to have The effects hearing Dr.you Friedman that testing KW: How do want tosuggests be remembered? in the U.S., and 20 children aidsanthem because Africa, and other artists in Greece, Turkey Wavin’her Flag become the ofthey the assume they find are the face oformy teenagecan years. I don’t it didn’t help. Because problems impact children children early, even as an infant, is the K: As someone who was always interested wereelsewhere. hospitalized. uncomfortable and also fearknow beingwhether it’s like this for everybody, and World Cup? son was not immunized, she best way to catch and improve hearing greatly. A sustained hearing loss in walking through life in a positive way The DTaP vaccine is by watching other friends. Kam Williams: Hi K’naan, thanks so much I used to get veryteased excited the Children but I can’t findleads it. to speech problems, difficulty problems.people in a positive way. knew she had to beK:especially and in affecting given to infants at two, four, oftenSo, amazed to see the vast for the time. World Cup on TV as aare child. to have KW: What is acquiring your favorite dish to cook? “Hearing loss can be a scary thing vigilant about his health. She new concepts in school KW: Thanks again for the interview, sixK:and to 18 months of age improvement in their hearingK:and My15pleasure. any kind of involvement with the World It probably would be good iftoIproblems cooked with for children and families wetour. take took him to the pediatrician and can even lead K’Naan, and best of luck on yourand world and again between theinspiration ages of end up embracing the hearing aids. KW: What was the for Wavin’ Cup istoa go big, big honor. more, but I justbehavior. don’t doChildren it very often. When loss a thoughtful approach to help each with hearing who advised Michelle to K: Thank you so much, Kam. four and six years. It protects Parents aredid also surprised learn Flag? KW: Are you a soccer fan and you play to I do, I find it very enjoyable. I made a dish

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green industry. “Actually, the memberThe Congressional Black Caucus ship in the NAACP is rising Sensitive and Foundation, which funds the legislative conevery year. The board paranoid? ference, wants to ensure that the Black commeets four times a year. “Yes we are. We are munity is aware of the changing job market, We just met a week ago sensitive. If you live in a new jobs and how to prepare for them. and at every board meeting society that thinks you’re “So many people will never return to the we charter new branches. not worth what other jobs they lost,” said Rep. Elijah E. So, the notion that our people are, if you live in a The CBC wants to ensure that the Black community is aware of the chang- membership is dropping is Cummings (D-Md.), honorary co-chair of society where everything this year’s events. “It’s our responsibility to ing job market, new jobs and how to prepare for them. just a fiction. It’s not true. you do is questioned and increase their ability to do the jobs that are Our membership isBy ris-Shantella Y. Sherman held up to some criticism, SPECIAL THE NNPA available to them.” row donation. informed,” Scott added. ing. But, we’veTO never had FROM THE WASHINGTON INFORMER of course you become paraThey will be holding several town hall The sessions will include “Beyond a Also, for the first time in its history, the enough members. We’ve noid. Because even para- In what meetings throughout the week to discuss National AIDS Strategy: Next Steps in the conference is partnering with the National never had(NNPA) 10 percent of appears to be a racially incendiary noids have enemies.Gaddafi, So, move, leader Colonel Muammar jobs and education, said Cummings. Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Black America” Black Justice Coalition to hold an LGBT the people we Libyan think ought it’s perfectly normal to say recently offered Elsie Scott, president of the CBC and “Sister Speak: Reducing HIV/AIDS in leadership summit. The coalition is the only to be supporting us andto stem the steady influx of Africans that a great deal of Black nations in an effort to keep Foundation, said that people need to know the Black Community” and “Beyond Blood: nation-wide Black gay civil rights organizawe justinto urgevarious them toEuropean join America suffers from some whitebadly; and civilized. Gaddafi told Italian Prime that federal jobs are available, but it’s no Bone Marrow Donation Among African tion. up. WeEurope need them level of paranoia, rabid Minister Silvio Berlusconi on a recent trip to not Rome that longer a matter of taking a civic exam and Americans - A Health and Wellness The goal of this summit is to bring attenwe need their support. We paranoia, but some level of the European having an application read by a supervisor. Luncheon.” tion to issues pertaining to gays and lesbians; need their money, weUnion need (EU) should pay him at least 5bn paranoia. Why not? euros ($6.3 billion) “There’re technological advances in the “CBC Foundation has an ongoing project including their fight for equality. The ultitheir efforts, we need theira year to stop illegal African immigration and avoid a “Black Europe.” hiring process” Scott said. “A computer to increase AIDs awareness with fulltime mate goal is for people to be able to come membership.” Blackand unification Massaging old racial wounds growing concerns, now scans each application looking for key research on how to prevent the spread of this together and have open and honest discus“I think hoped to capitalize on fears you that said millions of words and phrases and we want the commu- disease,” Scott said. “We have a grant from sions. Chad Gaddafi Holley videotaped it right when said under the you subjugation of nity to be cognizant of these changes to the Centers for Disease Control and are parSaid Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive policeAfricans, beatingwho once lived ‘seemed’ more unified European colonial rule and who were made citizens of increase their chances.” ticipating with other Black organizations to director of the coalition, “Black communi“I don’t know anything The Conrad O. Johnson Regional Orchestra is on [in the 1950s and ‘60s]. those nations, would continue to migrate to their This year’s conference will also attempt to ties are in crisis. It’s critical that we support get out more attention to the public.” at all about this particular the move, and seeks to add new members to its roster. There’s never a time in “Mother Country” break down the complex healthcare This year the conference will have at least the empowerment of anyone who desires to case, but it sounds like a impoverished, and without clear The orchestra recentlynew returned from a law my history that all Black employment. through a Cliff-notes-type one workshop focusing on Black women. contribute something positive to rebuilding familiarmeans story.ofPolice, black performance at Carnegie Hallguidebook. in New YorkFree City. Other Tatum Jasmine Harbor Trombones Flute Directors people believed the same healthcare screenings, discussions, “But we want all aspects of the community our families, including LGBT people.” people, tension, difficulty, performance opportunities panel are forthcoming, including Drums Terrance Franklin Shanita Hicks Allison Guerrero Sylvester thing or worked in the same ★GADDAFI, Page 6 andNew forums serious medicalatissues in the those at a Trumpet higher risk toShout beYoung violence, brutality. It’s an Willie Elmoris D. Tahchiona Smith the YorkonCity Jazz Festival Lincoln Center.especiallyLeBlanc way to do the same thing. Black community will be old story we’ve heard over Britton III Kaylon Briggs Cornell Graham Matthew Barker Elfrida Brown Orchestra members also receive instruction in There were times when it Matthew Jones Peyton Booker Johan Webster Mar’Keda Gould Saxophone featured. there will be and over again what you’ve music, andBut participation in seminars, clinics and appeared that the communiRamon Maia Young Calisia Dillard Colleen Crossley Johan Webster particular The focus got to do is try as best you workshops. orchestra ison named for the late ty was more united. But, it Campbell Monique Trotter Phillip Chambers Philip Bilal Calisia Dillard HIV/AIDS bone Kashmere marcan to get to do the botdirector of theand legendary Stage band and a Chynna Johnson Piano Joe Perez Nelson Phillip Chambers was not totally united then tom of it. Who did what noted jazz educator. Jaylon Black Cayman Harris Armstrong Joe Perez Shavon Carvin and it’s not totally united to whom and why? And, if Baritone Horn Chelsia Traylund Allen Cayman Harris Vincent Morris Auditions are held each Wednesday from 6:30now. It ought to be…that’s you find something wrong Terrell Franklin Blackmon Wesley Chelsia Paul Cornish 8:30 p.m. at Kashmere High School, 6900 Wileyvale, what we work for and hope Bass Marcus Bell Singleton Blackmon to have occurred then the and Saturday from p.m. 1at Benji’s Academy, 2903 for, but unfortunately that’s continued from1-4page Kiana Smith Violin Michael Ansah Marcus Bell wrongdoers need to be Jensen Drive. For information call 713-299-7106 or not the truth.” Jacob-Paul Aric Davis Oren Forest punished. If their police that www.conradjohnsonfoundation.org. carries a punishment visit officers aren’t immune of up to two years in state Today’s activists from this they need to be prison. “I think there are many, punished just like any other Harrison, 54, has not policy as public officials… it definitely requires a many people of all ages – law breaker and need to be been charged in his offiLatino and African American coalition.” young and older – who are punished severely as a lesThis focus on communities of interest, would cial capacity,from and the alle-1 Continued page Continued from page 1 active in this movement son to those others so they allow districting to be drawn on factors such gations do not involve and there are too many for as socioeconomic status or shared interests that won’t do it again.” The Texas Legislative ics ofloss non-voting age.County. In Harris County alone, any to Harris me to call their names. But, must be tangible beyond race, according to Dr. Black Caucus was also proud the Hispanic tionJudge has grown by 20 percent Still, Harrispopula County if you go to any town or Karen Callahan, statistician from Texas Southern to award $120,000 in scholMethods to mobilize while the Anglosaid population has decreased. Ed Emmett he wants city in the United States University. arships to more than 60 high Members of the panel stress although the masses Harrison removed from you’ll find people who are House members like State Rep.Veasey supschool seniors. Hispanic “Of course all this new the job. numbers are very high, it will not result of older age, younger age, port the idea of looking at communities of interest In attendance at the conin “Looking new Hispanicatdistricts because of the lack of social media Facebook and the imporeven high school age who in terms of having fairness and opportunity in ference were many students voting age members. Twitter and the Internet tance of that position for are engaged somehow or representation. who had the opportunity what does for African Amerididn’t exist at the hey-day this So county, at this thismean time, the other for justice and “If you can’t come up with an agreement to learn the correct way to cans? of the Civil Rights Movebond ratings and all those equal rights. So, it’s not an about which one of your colleagues from the lobby and approach legislaThe panel suggests in many cases there will ment in the 1960s and we things, I think it’s very age bound movement, it’s a same party will lose their legislative seat, then it tors about concerns. have to be partnering between races who share got along well without it. important that he either movement of people drawn goes to the legislative redistricting board, which is “We need to learn many similar issues. We found ways to do withbe suspended or step across the age spectrum and all Republicans and they will redraw the districts.” how to pick up the slack and Currently, the numbers have shown there out it because we didn’t down in some form or Veasey said. step into their [legislators] they are as active now as is a flat and/or declining population birthrate of have it. We had to go find fashion,” Emmettassaid. shoes to make sure that our Simply put, Harris County faces losing one they always have been.” African Americans well as movement from the ways to do whatever we do. Harrison denies the areas. [African American] comhouse seat because most of the growth of the city inner cities to outlying suburban But, the best way of mobicharges, he is conmunities are helped because has been to the west, north and south. “The saying African American vote in large urban Gay rights, human lizing anybody is face-tofident his have innocence that’s what it’s all about,” This will impact minority state house areas won’t the impactwill that it has in the past rights face contact. To go to your said Elexia Robinson-White, members, who are already mostly on the east side be withproven. people like Lee Brown and Ron Kirk,” State Well, I think it’s a matneighbor, to go to your Education major at Prairie by having even more under populatedminority Emmett said ifD-Fort Harrison Rep. Marc Veasey, Worth said. ter of education and some friend, go to the guy who View A&M University. districts. won’tThe step down panel insistswillingpolitical strategies must convincing people that lives down the street, the There were more Members of the panel at the recent change order he for African to maintain ly, he insays plans Americans to everybody in this country woman who lives across the than 3,000 attendees at the redistricting session are concerned with voting political sure power. Harrison is make has rights. There’s no such street and say listen I need conference, with more than strength, protecting incumbents and having more Another factor of political suspended until the power mentioned thing as gay rights, just as 400 of those being students you to become involved. I marginal districts rather than swing districts. was the Voter ID bill. charges work their way there is no such thing as from HBCUs all over the need you to register to vote, One main concern by the panel was District The panel assured the bill was not a Hispanic through the court system. Black rights. Everybody state. changes as a result of the population shift that I need you to come to this issue but an African Harrison wife American has alsoissue because it has rights. Everybody “It reflects the seriouswill result in Republicans redrawing of districts meeting. That’s the best could charged. have significant vote dilution. been has the right to be treated ness of our times and people to get the incumbents elected they wish to see in way to make sure people Some small but common factors faced in decently. Gay people have want to do something they office which would be about 80-85 percent of regards to the voter ID bill would be simply not are involved.” that right, Black people just don’t’ know what to do,” the districts. being allowed to vote because your ID would have that right, white peoTurner said. “We are here to State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston expire and not being able to come home and vote Notion of a post-racial ple have that right, women help inform.” said, “We certainly don’t want to minimize in your home area from the suburbs because your society have that right. Everybody According to Rep. Turnour political influence and people need to be driver’s license wouldn’t match your voter regis“I don’t understand; has those rights. And, as er, a massive rally is planned informed.” tration card, according to the panel. what are they talking VOLUME 79 • NUMBER 47 for April 12. Everyone, we become more aware that Redistricting lines have not officially been Jew Don Boney, Associate Director of the about? Is race no longer an including Hispanics, women, SEPTEMBER 16 – 22, 2010 these are universal rights reset, but members of the house urge citizens Mickey Leland Center on World Hunger and issue? If they do [think so] educators, healthcare providand that everybody has to come to Austin for the hearings held to have Peace at Texas Southern University says, “In they’re fools, they’re living ers and more, are invited to them, then these problems an input and start informing themselves about order for African Americans to maintain or build in a dream world. Race is Publisher attend. issues concerning other minorities. will seem to fade away. their capacity to win elections, influence public Sonceria Messiah-Jiles

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Associate Editor ReShonda cover her legalBillingsley fees. The agency will pay no damages. Art Director “We must be the change that weCale wantCarter to see in public governance and therefore public Columnist funds should not be candy for the Yvette Chargois crooked,” Higgins said. “I was a catalyst for change, protecting the Sports public trustEditors and public funds, and Max Edison ensuring compliance with laws and Darrell K. Ardison I was smeared and I suffered for that,” she said. Contributing Higgins, who was fired on Feb. 23, 2010, sued Metro and Writers Frank Wilson, the agency’s former Aswad Walker president and CEO. Now a partner in Webmaster Lam, Lyn & Philip in Houston, Corneleon Block Higgins says she settled because Metro agreed to apologize to her as The Houston Defender Newspaper published part settlement. byof The the Houston Defender Inc. Company (713) 663-6996. The Defenderfrom auditedMetro by “All I wanted ofCertified Audited Circulation. (CAC). For subscriptions, $60.00went — 1 year, ficials aftersendthey toto:the media Defender, P.O. Box 8005, Houston, TX 77288. to discredit me as asubscription scapegoat for Payment must accompany request. problems All materials covered by for 2009 them to Metro’s was copyright... (No material herein may be reproduced without written permission apologize andthe repair the damage of the publisher).

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they did,” says Higgins, who served as Metro’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary with responsibility for the Legal Department, Administration, Small Business, Real Estate, and Procurement. “I am proud that I was able to achieve this apology without costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. I will receive no money from Metro beyond reimbursement of attorney’s fees and expenses that were necessary to get Metro to officially recognize that those statements were false.” Higgins says her goal in filing the suit was to restore her reputation, not collect monetary damages from a taxpayer-funded agency. “Metro has accepted responsibility for the false statements it made about me to the media and acknowledged that it was improper to fire me in a February press conference laced with these false claims,” says Higgins, who worked at two major law firms, a

bank and a major accounting firm before joining Metro. In a written statement, Metro CEO George Greanias says that he is grateful Higgins agreed to forgo personal monetary damages. “The new Metro regrets and disapproves of the inaccurate statements made about Ms. Higgins in the media regarding her departure from Metro,” Metro chairman Gilbert Garcia said in a statement. “We appreciate Ms. Higgins’ efforts to help us conclude this legacy issue so that we can concentrate on safe, reliable, convenient and affordable public transit and mobility services that our customers and taxpayers deserve.” In her first amended petition in Higgins v. Wilson, et al., Higgins alleged Metro fired her because she had complained to Houston Mayor Annise Parker that the agency wasn’t complying with state laws governing document retention. She also alleged that Wilson had defamed her

with statements he made at press conferences and by providing a newspaper editorial board with “questionable documents from an alleged ‘investigation’ into Higgins’ management practices.” Higgins sued Wilson alleging defamation and Metro alleging it violated the Texas Whistleblower Act; the defendants denied the allegations. In an interview, Higgins says she was “totally blindsided” by her firing and her job search was harmed by untrue media reports about her. An investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s office into the shredding concluded last July that there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Former city controller Lloyd Kelley had alleged the destroyed documents were those he had requested of Metro under the Texas Public Information Act in February 2010. Kelley also sued the agency in connection with the shredding. Metro settled that case last June, paying $40,000 to cover Kelley’s

legal fees and no damages. Garcia, Metro president and CEO George Grenias and a majority of the agency’s board joined Metro after Higgins’ firing and have sought to rebrand the agency as “the new Metro.” Hardin said he appreciated the current Metro administration for its attitude in negotiating the settlement and called the agency’s statement “gracious.” “I certainly join Metro in regretting it took the actions it did,” Higgins added. “But I do not regret standing up against those actions. No one is above the law, and I will bear any burden in order to defend public trust and accountability. They engaged in a media war against me, but I have weathered that storm. I am still here standing for accountability for public funds, public trust,ethicsand the rule of law. As long as I am alive, I will fight for respect for the public trust, transparent stewardship of public resources, and ethical brokerage of business.”


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AN EVENING WITH A STAR……..Tony Award winning playBLACK HISTORY GALA…… wright and performer, Sarah Jones, treated Houston Community College recently Houstonians with her multi-character hosted its Black History Gala at the solo show “Bridge & Tunnel.” The show was Hilton Americas Hotel and chose the originally produced off-Broadway by highly regarded civilStreep rights and activist Oscar-winner Meryl went on to and University of Virginia professor become a critically acclaimed, long-running Julian Bond as the featured speaker. hit on-Broadway. In this stirring production, she examined andJr., African American Gen. CharlesJewish Bolden, NASA relations in America that was developed administrator and former astronaut, especially for the a fabulous and Anthony W.final Hall,event Jr., of former debut season for the Houston Museum City of Houston chief administrative of African American Culture (HMAAC). No officer and chair of the Houston one can reflect on that better than Sarah, Endowment received the Joyce who is a product of a Black fatherM. and a Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Jewish mother. HMAAC has had Award an for outstanding service. gala estabincredible first season and This is quickly lishing itself place that attracts has been oneasofa Houston’s premiernational talent and initiates thought-provoking disBlack History Month events and raises cussions people, places and funds to about support scholarships fortimes. Spotted at the show included HCC students. Some of the Melanie attendees Lawson, HMAAC Chairman of the Board included Zona and Howard Jefferson, of Directors, John Guess, Jr. Darnell Joseph,Rev. Beverly Harmon, HMAAC/CEO, Bill and Audrey Henry Brown, Jarvis Hollingsworth Lawson, Roxanne Lawson, Vanessa and Councilmember Wanda Adams, Williams, Alyce Coffee, Vanessa Gilmore, Sharon Roxanne to name Owens, a few. We salute Chargois, ChancellorLisa Chargois, Beal,President Linda, Lindsey Dr. Mary Janice Spangler, of and Lou Gregory, Michael Helm, Ellen Houston Community College-Central Ray, C. B. Claiborne, Carole Pinkett and and gala chair, Dr. William Harmon, Carol, Carolyn and John Guess, III. and the board of trustees for a Fabulous Show!.......PUMP-Aspectacular event!.........FROM LICIOUS…….Putting their best JAIL foot forTO YALE……..Emmy Award-winning ward, about 200 ladies attended the 2010 actor, Charles S.Disease DuttonLuncheon stared in by the Kick Out Kidney wearingacclaimed their pump-a-licious shoes.“From The highly one man show, eventtowas chaired by Merele Yarborough Jail Yale: Serving Time” onstage who first-hand about this Cullen terrible at theknows University of Houston’s disease and the need to kick it out of exisPerformance Hall. His incredible tence. On the scene were Terri Phillips, journey is a dramatic narrative of his Board Chair/National Kidney Foundation life fromSoutheast the streets of East Baltimore Serving Texas, Nicole Sonnier, to award-winning success on Broadway Regional Vice President, Crystal Wright, and in Hollywood. The Rega, show was Marion Johnson, Myra Phyllis Williams, by Clarease Yates, Keryl Douglas, presented the U.S. Dream Academy Regina Carrington, Gail Smith, Rhonda in partnership with the UH Department Adams, Florence Love, Ebele Iloanya, of African American Studies. Some of Stacy McIntosh and Elouise Jackson, to the attendees included Wintley Phipps, name a few. Adding a special touch to the founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, luncheon included greetings from Deborah Jim and Dr. Carolyn Smith, Dr. Day Duncan, KHOU Channel 11 Great James Anderson, Reginald McKamie Houston, HFD poster-boys Errick Presley Sr., and Ralph Buggs, fashion Shawn and Rosalie Aaron Bond and a fabulous presentation Neiman and Donald by Bowers II,Marcus. Marcus Continued Success!.....MENTORING Davis, Lundyn Davis, Cynthia and MIXER………To kick-off 2010 Black Leonard Coleman, Eileenthe Morris, Expo, the Houston Area Urban League Janette Cosley, Jemal Omar and hosted a mentoring mixer welcoming The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee Susan L. Taylor, Publisher Emeritus of and Harold Dutton, to city name a few. Essence Magazine to the and honoring Continued success!..........HEART OF five outstanding mentors. The honorees GOLD…….The defining purpose at included Charles Savage, Executive Director of the Fifth WardInc. Enrichment Neighborhood Centers, has been Program, Algenitaa Scott-Davis, Executive to keep Houston place of opportunity Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity, for all those working for a better life. Lawrence Allen, Director/Special Projects NCI provides choices in education for for HISD, Dr. Jonita Reynolds, CEO /Gulf children in low-income neighborhoods Coast Community Services Association and and programs to move families to Dr. Frazier Wilson, Vice President/Shell financial self-sufficiency and civic Oil Company Foundation. engagement. Their annual “Heart of Congrats!......NEWEST CHAPTER….. The recently organized Cy-Fair Chapter Gold” Luncheon was held at the Hiltonof the National Women Achievement Americas Hotel and of honored Laurahostand ed their first event, “Sister II Sister” Health George Pontikes with the 2011 Alice & Wellness Breakfast at Good Hope Graham Baker Crusader Award. Kudos Baptist Church. In addition to a delicious to this year’s host committee co-chairs, breakfast, the guests were treated to a panel Melissa and Bill King and president discussion presented by Venisha Shepard, and CEO Angela Blanchard a very nutritionist, Dornne Burnside, for pharmacist successful Together, along with and Officerevent. Rachelle Holman. Although already surpassed anew, hostthe ofchapter partnershas and friends raised their expectations providing Spotted service toatthe an estimatedin$500,000. theelderly, veterans, youth and women. Should event were Congresswoman Sheila you wish to join the chapter, contact Helen Jackson Lee, Louisiana State Rep. Johnson at 281-852-4405 or Chapter Barbara Norton, David Chaumette, President Anne Harris at 713-937-3320. Emelda Douglas, Rochl, Congratulations andEhren continued sucMelanie McBride, Tiffany Flores,Baptist cess!........ KUDOS…….Mt. Horem Joe Paul, Doreen Anderson and F. Church family and Minister Thomas Freeman celebratedCongratulations their 60th Annual Fred Newhouse. Women’s Day Program…….Houston’s and continued success!......... MARK first African American Congregational Church YOUR CALENDARS…….March is and Senior Pastor Rev. Myron E. Cloyd Colorectal Cancer Month and for the celebrated its 106th year of service with a th 6dedication year, Hope Inc. and Through unveiling Grace, of the Official will their AnnualMarker Walk-A-Thon. Texashost State Historical presented by The event will be held on Saturday, the Texas Historical Commission and the March 28, from 8 a.m. toCommission noon at and Harris County Historical Mayor Anise Parker hasregister, been named Tom Bass Park III. To visit one of “The World’s Most Influential People” www.hopethroughgrace.org......... by Time magazine…….. 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Audrey, Rev. Bill and Roxanne Lawson

John Guess, Jr., Playwright Sarah Jones and Melanie Lawson

Honoree Anthony W. Hall, Jr. and Trustee Bruce Austin

Chancellor Dr. Mary S. Spangler

Lindsey, Lou and Linda Lorrell Gregory

Ayesh Mutope and Calepha Johnson

Keynote Speaker Julian Bond

Michael Helm and Roxanne Chargois

Julian Bond and Judge Zinetta Burney

Ellen Ray and C. B. Claiborne

Dr. William Harmon, Julian Bond and Beverly Harmon

Chair Lady Merele Yarborough and Honoree Myra Rega

Julian Bond and Henry Brown

John W. Johnson, Jr. and Linda Johnson

Gail Smith, Rhonda Adams and Florence Love

Actor Charles Dutton and D’Artagnan Bebel

Eileen Morris, Charles Dutton and Janette Cosley

Ebele Iloanya and Stacy McIntosh

Malachi Crawford, Dr. James Anderson, Charles Dutton, Dr. John Roberts and Dr. James Conyers

Shannon Buggs and Charles Dutton

Terri Phillips and Deborah Duncan

Emcee Len Cannon and NCI Board of Director David Chaumette

Nicole Sonnier, Errick Presley and Marion Johnson

Wintley Phipps and Charles Dutton

Kicking Out Kidney Disease

Louisiana State Rep. Barbara Norton and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Arlener Poydras, Susan Taylor and Phyllis Bailey

Doreen Anderson and Fred Newhouse

Charles Savage and Algenita Scott-Davis

Dr. Jonita Reynolds Joe Arrington and Jerome Love Yvette Pawnell and Dr. Frazier Wilson and Deanna Ehren Roehl, Melanie McBride, Tiffany Flores and Santiago Joe Paul Emelda Douglas, Angela Blanchard and Bill and Melissa King


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