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NEW CRACK LAW SHOULD SHORTEN TERMS Some prisoners already serving time weapons and they do not have lengthy should benefit from a new law that low- arrest records, U.S. Attorney General ers sentences for crack cocaine offenses, Eric Holder said. but only if their crimes did not involve SEE PAGE 3.

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N E W S B RI E F S CITY: UNPAID PARKING TICKETS WILL COST YOU Drivers with outstanding parking tickets will have to pay up soon or risk having a misdemeanor on their record. The city’s Department of Finance has sent warning letters to 13,000 drivers who have five or more outstanding parking tickets from any 12-month period over the last eight years. They’re being told that their registrations will be suspended if they don’t pay up. Anyone who drives without a registration risks a misdemeanor charge that could mean heavy fines or even jail time. The city says parking scofflaws collectively owe the city about $17 million. BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENS PASSPORT SERVICE CENTER The Brooklyn Public Library’s new passport center opened Tuesday, becoming the first public library in the city to provide customers with such services, including photography. Customers can visit the center at Grand Army Plaza seven days a week. “I think one of the things this will do is really offer people a convenient way to get their passport,” said Jason Carey of the Brooklyn Public Library. “You know, they can come to the library, get their photo taken. They can do it after the business day, so the hours are convenient. We’re at a great facility at the central library. “It makes life easier because there’s a long line at the post office and we have to wait for an appointment,” said one customer. The passport services center is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit BrooklynPublicLibrary.org. WINDOW GUARD FOLLOW-UPS LACKING, AUDIT FINDS The city has been dismissing window guard violations without checking to make sure the guards were eventually installed. That’s according to an audit by City Comptroller John Liu. His office reviewed more than 600 of the 37,000 window guard violations issued from 2007 to 2009. In nearly half of those cases, the city’s housing and health departments did not make sure guards were added to the windows. Most of the time they relied only on the word of landlords who promised the guards had been installed. City law requires guards on all windows in apartments with children under the age of 11. The audit comes one day after a 2year old Bronx girl was nearly killed Monday in a fall from a fifth floor window that didn’t have guards.

Robert Lee Dunham, pioneer McDonald’s owner/operator, dies at age 78 Robert Lee Dunham, age 78, died on May 17, 2011 at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was President and CEO of TCB Management Corporation. In 1972, Dunham made history by opening the first McDonald’s restaurant in New York City. A pioneer in McDonald’s, he was a multiple store Owner with restaurants located in New York and New Jersey. Lee prided himself in running outstanding restaurants, giving back to the community and in creating opportunities for others. In business, Lee fought tirelessly on behalf of minorities and through his efforts, he successfully helped others to acquire franchises and to become suppliers. With the over 500 employees in his organization, he made their training and development a priority. In his first store, located in the middle of Harlem, Lee spoke openly with gang members, challenging them to rebuild their lives. Then he did what some might say was unthinkable: he hired gang members and put them to work. Lee improved working conditions and once a week he offered his employees classes in customer service and management. He encouraged them to develop personal and professional goals. A former New York City police-

man, Dunham truly believed in giving back to the community and won numerous awards for his business, community and civic involvement. Some of these awards include NAACP Roy Wilkens Humanitarian

Award - New York Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Merit Award, U.S. Department of Commerce- MBDA Region II - Harlem Businessman of the Year, New York Urban League - Building Brick Award, and several McDonald’s Corporation awards including USA President’s Award, Ronald Award, and the Golden Arch Award. He was Chairman of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association from 1982-1986 and at the time of his passing was its Chairman Emeritus. Dunham was born in Kannapolis, NC on September 12, 1932, and moved to Brooklyn at an early age. After completing high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon returning to Brooklyn, he joined the New York City Police Department in the motorcycle division. Lee is survived by his wife Linda, who is also a McDonald’s Owner/Operator and his two sons. The family requests that donations may be made in his memory to either the Robert Lee Dunham Abyssinian Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 132 Odell Clark Place, New York, NY 10030 or RMHC of NY Tri-State Area- African American Future Achievers Scholarship Fund, 105 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland, NJ 07068.

FEMA eyes debt take-back as hurricane season looms By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN NEW ORLEANS — Nearly six years have passed since Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans in misery, but many residents haven’t forgiven the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its sluggish response to the storm. Now another delayed reaction by FEMA — a stopand-start push to recoup millions of dollars in disaster aid — is reminding storm victims why they often cursed the agency’s name. As a new hurricane season begins, FEMA is working to determine how much money it overpaid or mistakenly awarded to victims of the destructive 2005 hurricane season. The agency is reviewing more than $600 million given to roughly 154,000 victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and is poised to demand that some return money. FEMA already has sent letters to thousands of victims of other disasters, asking them to return more than $22 million. Letters to victims of the 2005 hurricanes could go out in a matter of months, but it’s too soon to tell how many people will be told to repay or how much money is at stake. The effort isn’t sitting well with victims who spent the money years ago and who could need help again if another powerful storm hits. It’s of little consolation that FEMA says procedural changes since 2005 mean future disaster victims aren’t likely to

have to deal with large recalls of cash. Government forecasters are expecting an above average Atlantic storm season, with three to six major hurricanes that have winds of 111 mph or higher. While no hurricane that strong has made landfall since 2005, forecasters have warned that residents shouldn’t count on that streak to continue. “When you get these high levels of activity the likelihood of a hurricane striking the U.S. goes up quite a bit,” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in Washington. Paul Wegener, whose New Orleans home flooded up to the gutters after Katrina, felt short-changed when FEMA gave him a $30,000 grant for a house that wound up costing more than $566,000 to rebuild. He applied for more through the state’s Road Home program but was told he didn’t qualify. The thought of having to return some of his federal aid only compounds his frustration. “They’ll have to pry it from my dead hands if they try,” the 75-yearold said. Under political pressure to help residents after Katrina, FEMA relaxed its safeguards and paid millions so victims could pay for food, clothing, shelter and medicine and also get started on home repairs. But that allowed thousands of improper and fraudulent payments. FEMA employees awarded money without interviewing applicants or inspecting property and made errors

that ranged from recording incorrect banking information to failing to check whether insurance had already covered damage, according to congressional testimony. The 154,000 cases under review account for less than 10 percent of the $7 billion that FEMA has given to victims of the 2005 hurricanes through its individual assistance program. The recoupment effort doesn’t apply to other big-dollar disaster aid programs, like Road Home, which was financed by a congressional block grant. While hundreds have been convicted of hurricane-related fraud, FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Racusen said many of the cases under review involve mistakes by agency employees or the recipients themselves. Some payments will be deemed proper, some could be referred for fraud investigations and the rest will get letters telling them to pay back improper payments caused by human error, according to Racusen. Luisa Mejia, 28, was living in an apartment in Metairie, a New Orleans suburb, when Katrina drove her family out of town. “We left with nothing but important papers and maybe two sets of clothes,” she recalls. “We were in Atlanta with no money, living in a home with 40 people.” All they got from FEMA was a check for $1,200, which they used to buy clothes and food. Six years later, Mejia can’t understand why FEMA would ask residents to pay for its employees’ mistakes.


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Holder: New crack law should shorten some terms By JESSICA GRESKO WASHINGTON — Some prisoners already serving time should benefit from a new law that lowers sentences for crack cocaine offenses, but only if their crimes did not involve weapons and they do not have lengthy arrest records, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday. Holder made the statements while testifying before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which is considering whether to retroactively apply lower sentencing guidelines resulting from the new law. As many as 12,000 inmates could see their sentences reduced by an average of three years. “As years of experience and study have shown, there is simply no just or logical reason why their punishments should be dramatically more severe than those of other cocaine offenders,” Holder said of crack offenders, who overwhelmingly have longer sentences than those convicted of offenses involving powder cocaine. Last year, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduces penalties for crack cocaine offenses

in order to reduce the disparity with powder cocaine penalties. But the act only addressed new cases, not old ones. Holder told the commission he supports applying the new law to old cases, but not all of them. He said prisoners who used weapons during their crimes or have significant criminal histories should not have their sentences reduced. That could make about 6,000 of the 12,000 prisoners serving time for crack cocaine offenses ineligible for earlier release. Most of the other people who testified yesterday also supported making the new crack sentencing guidelines retroactive, including representatives of the American Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and former Drug Enforcement Administration head Asa Hutchinson, who was appointed by President George W. Bush. But not everyone was in favor. David Hiller, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said releasing offenders early would strain law enforcement and hurt communities by putting them back on the streets. Several relatives of people jailed for crack cocaine offenses also

attended the hearing. Among them was Cassandra Baker of Baltimore, whose fiance, David Williams, has served 12 years of a 30 year sentence. Though she doesn’t know if the change would help him, she wants to see it happen to help others. “I’m feeling somewhat optimistic,” she said after listening to testimony

and questions from commission members. The commission is expected to rule within the next few months. Four of the six members would have to vote to support the idea. Congress would then have until the end of October to reject or modify the guidelines.

Obama meets with lawmakers after House rejects debt ceiling increase By ALAN SILVERLEIB WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met yesterday with congressional Republicans a day after the GOP-controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a measure to raise the national debt ceiling without any accompanying deficit or spending reduction provisions. House Speaker John Boehner, ROhio, made clear after the White House meeting that his majority caucus wants the government to cut more spending than the amount it needs to raise its borrowing limit to pay all obligations. “This morning I released a letter signed by 150 economists who agreed that if we’re going to get serious creating jobs in America, we’ve got to reduce some of the uncertainty,” Boehner told reporters. “Some of that uncertainty’s caused by the giant debt that’s facing our country. And the fact that if we’re going to raise the debt limit, the spending cuts should exceed the increase in the debt limit. Otherwise it’ll serve to cost us jobs in our country.” The House voted 97-318 to defeat the measure that would have raised the federal government’s debt limit by approximately $2.4 trillion. Republicans voted against it unanimously. GOP leaders scheduled the vote to show that any attempt to divorce an increase in the debt ceiling from spending reduction efforts — a move initially favored by the Obama White House — cannot win congressional approval. “Increasing the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts and budget reforms will send a message

to American job creators that we still are not serious about ending Washington’s spending addiction, and this will bring further harm to private-sector job growth in America,” Boehner said in a statement released before the meeting with Obama. “We need to enact reforms that will help our economy grow while stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have.” Democrats called Tuesday’s vote a dangerous political stunt that risked rattling financial markets. “We understand the views that are being expressed” by the vote, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters before the vote. “We share the concerns that drive those views. (But) in the end, the debt ceiling has to be raised.” The federal government hit its current debt ceiling limit of roughly $14.3 trillion on May 16. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has indicated he can keep the country out of default until August 2, but warned of potentially devastating financial consequences after that point. Numerous analysts say that a failure to reach an agreement raising the debt limit could lead to skyrocketing interest rates, a plummeting dollar and a higher cost of living for most Americans. Democrats have argued that any attempt to attach conditions to an increase in the ceiling is akin to playing a game of “chicken” with the economy. They also complained that Tuesday’s vote was a political stunt by Republicans that could hurt U.S. and global markets. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who supports a so-called “clean” extension of the debt limit, advised House Democrats prior to the vote to reject “this irresponsible piece of legislation that should have

been handled in a bipartisan fashion.” “This is not an honest debate, this is not an honest proposal,” he said. “This debt-limit extension is for what we have already incurred. This debt-limit extension vote is about whether or not we are going to pay our bills.” GOP leaders, who campaigned in 2010 on an agenda of fiscal responsibility, oppose any increase in the debt ceiling without major spending cuts. Boehner declared in May that the overall size of any spending cuts has to exceed the magnitude of any debtceiling increase. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has said that any vote in favor of raising the ceiling should be accompanied by significant new cuts in discretionary spending over the next two years, followed by significant changes over the longer term to costly entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The question of how to control the explosive growth in popular entitlements may be the most critical ques-

tion in the current debate over Washington’s fiscal health. Leaders from both parties agree that some kind of change is necessary in Medicare in particular, but differ sharply on scope and shape. Democrats are pushing for tax increases on wealthier Americans as a way to reduce the need for sharp cuts. They have ripped their GOP counterparts for allegedly taking advantage of the current crisis to try to dismantle a social safety net in place since President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. More specifically, Democrats are slamming the fiscal year 2012 blueprint put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, RWisconsin. Under Ryan’s plan, which aims to cut federal deficits by roughly $4.4 trillion over the next decade, Medicare would be overhauled starting in 2022. The government would no longer directly pay bills for senior citizens in the program. Instead, recipients would choose a plan from a list of private providers, which the federal government would subsidize.

Report: Teacher exodus could ease number of layoffs The threat of city teacher layoffs may not be as bad as projected, thanks to a larger than expected number of retirees. Reports indicate up to 3,000 teachers could leave the public school system voluntarily this year: A thousand more than expected. Mayor Michael Bloomberg first projected in February that more

than 6,000 teachers would be laid off due to budget cuts. But those numbers were revised in May to about 4,000 layoffs because more teachers were set to leave on their own. Neither the mayor or the United Federation of Teachers would comment on the numbers. The budget is set to take effect July 1st.


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Special to the NNPA from The Westchester County Press Planting season has arrived in the northeast and folks are so excited to have an excuse to be outdoors after hibernating inside for what, I believe, was one of the longest and coldest winters that I’ve experienced in quite a while. Garden centers are jam-packed with veteran gardeners and wannabe gardeners pushing shopping carts down aisle after aisle of big box stores searching for the right compost, mulch, seedlings, plants, and all the tools they need to prep the soil to produce an eye-popping, bountiful garden. In case you hadn’t heard, gardens are making a comeback, especially vegetable gardens, due in no small part to our fabulous First Lady Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House. Started in 2009, it is the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a Victory Garden during World War II. Victory Gardens sprouted in window boxes, backyards, vacant lots, parks, open fields and schoolyards to pick up the slack caused by food shortages

during World War I and II. Scarcity of food, at home and in Europe, prompted the federal government to mount a promotional blitz instructing citizens to “grow-your-own food” as a patriotic act. The national marketing campaign educated the American public about planting and cultivating crops and canning and preserving leftover vegetables and fruits to use during the winter months. The shortages spurred a movement that promoted self-sufficiency and cost-cutting strategies for families and the government. Although we entered World War II almost 70 years ago, Americans are still facing challenges in a sputtering economy in the areas of employment, health care, economic development, race relations, and family, especially among African Americans. The First Lady is tackling two of these challenges with her Let’s Move! Initiative launched in 2010. According to its Web site, the program “is dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.” Let’s Move! grew out of discussions about proper nutrition and encourages children to increase their physical activity and make

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Your take: Threat to Blacks in the public sector By LEE SAUNDERS Radical conservative politicians want to slash city, county and state jobs — and undercut the economic security of African-American families, says this union official. When I was growing up in Cleveland, some of the most respected people in my neighborhood were the folks who worked for the city, county or state. My father was a city bus driver who took great pride in getting people safely to and from their jobs every day. My mother was a community college teacher who loved preparing her students for success. It turns out that my family was far from unique: Twenty-one percent of all Black workers are public employees, making the public sector the largest employer of Black workers, according to a recent University of California, Berkeley study (pdf). The wages that African Americans earn in the public sector are higher than those we earn in other industries. Furthermore, there is less wage inequality between African American workers and non-Black workers in the public sector than in other industries. The author of the study, Steven Pitts of Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, emphasizes that his analysis is based on the national workforce. In cities where African Americans are a larger proportion of the population, “the importance of the public sector

to Black employment prospects” is even greater. Another recent finding makes Pitts’ conclusions even more significant. According to the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., although the economy is showing some signs of recovery, African Americans in 2010 had unemployment rates of at least 15 percent in severely depressed states — levels not seen since the Great Depression. These revelations mean that the plans by radical governors to rob public employees of their rights, shrink pay and benefits, and cut jobs will have a disproportionate impact on Black families and communities. In other words, white America’s bad cold has turned into pneumonia for Black America — and it will get worse if ultraconservative politicians cripple public-sector unions, making them incapable of protecting their members. Both of my parents were active union members because they knew that the labor-rights and civil rights movements were the way for African Americans to achieve upward mobility and equality. In fact, labor unions and civil rights organizations have worked hand in hand in just about every fight for equality and economic justice that our nation has known. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, he was in Memphis, Tenn., on behalf of 1,300 sanitation workers, members of AFSCME Local 1733. They were on

Garden changes history Continued from page 4 located at schools and housing projects and in backyards. Approximately 80 of the gardens in NYC grow food, with nearly 66 of the community gardens [using] compost. The most popular vegetables and herbs grown in NYC community gardens, according to the survey, are tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplants, collard greens, basil, mint, parsley and thyme. Mrs. Obama has, for the past three seasons, invited local school children to the White House to help her plant and harvest the crops in her kitchen garden, making the occasion a teachable moment about good nutrition and healthy eating. Mrs. Obama hopes that by adopting an active lifestyle, making nutritious food choices, and growing your own fruits and vegetables, these strategies will impact the health of family members for generations. Since the first planting in 2009, the White House Kitchen Garden, originally 1,100 sq. ft. and now 1,500 sq. ft., has yielded more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables. The produce has been served

at White House dinners and donated to a local agency that provides meals for the homeless in Washington, DC. The national movement by many American chefs to eat locally, organic foods produced within a 100-mile radius of our homes, has gained traction. Growing your own food can save money on your grocery bill; keep you healthier by eating natural, organic fruits and vegetables; and keep you safe from food-borne illnesses contracted from ingesting contaminated foods. I recently became involved in creating a community garden. It is a project that caps a year-long commemoration of the 1961 Taylor Case, the first desegregation case filed in the North. The garden is situated on the site of the former Lincoln Elementary School, which was at the center of the case, and was torn down in 1963 because of the desegregation order imposed by the court ruling. The repurposing of part of this historic site, now a park, into an organic, sustainable community garden is truly about rebirth. It’s also about the legacy of the land and a remembrance of the children whose parents had the courage to

strike for more than a bigger paycheck; as their “I am a man” signs made clear, they wanted respect for the work they did. King stood with them because he recognized that freedom requires that workers have a voice, the ability to provide for their families and the power to shape their destinies. Not only do public-sector jobs mean economic security for Black families; they are also jobs that are vitally important to communities across this nation. Whether they are teachers, bus drivers, sanitation workers, snowplow operators, emergency medical technicians, nurses or librarians, public employees perform jobs that towns and cities of every size and description depend on. Their work strengthens neighborhoods and supports basic American values like looking out for one another, preparing our children for the future and ensuring that there is a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our country. But if you believe the radical governors and legislators in Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and other states, many of these jobs are unnecessary, and the workers who provide them are “coddled” because they have the right to a voice on the job. Since January 2009, state and local governments have laid off 429,000 workers, and these layoffs have already had dire effects on families across the country. And yet instead of joining with us to find solutions and protect the fight the system and win, enabling their children to receive an equal education. So, you see, a garden can change history – just like Eleanor Roosevelt did with her Victory Garden; like Michelle Obama is doing with her White House Kitchen Garden; and just like my community is doing by honoring a group of people who fought for their civil rights with a commemorative garden.

rights of workers, these governors are inflicting more pain. Their only interest is in attacking our jobs, crippling our unions and dismantling public services. At a time when we should be pulling together, their tactics and rhetoric are ripping us apart. Because so many Black families have built careers in state and local government, what these corporatebacked politicians are also doing is undercutting the economic security of Black families. Ask if this is their intention, and of course they will deny that it is. But even the best of intentions (and their intentions are far from the “best”) can have unintended consequences. And there is no denying that the path they’ve chosen will have dire consequences for many Black families. That’s one of the many reasons African Americans, whether public employees or not, whether union members or not, are standing with the workers who are fighting back. If 21 percent of Black workers are public-sector employees, that means that one out of every five Black workers is employed by a state or local government. Our financial well-being and the economic security of the neighborhoods we live in are at stake. It is up to all of us to fight for our future.

— Lee Saunders is secretarytreasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

— Linda Tarrant-Reid is an author, historian and photographer. Her book Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century will be published in 2012. Send your comments to Linda TarrantReid, C/O The Westchester County Press, Post Office Box 152, White Plains, New York 10602.


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Florida to test all welfare recipients for drugs By MICHAEL PELTIER TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida will begin testing welfare recipients for illicit drug use under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott. The measure makes Florida the only state to test all recipients of the federal pro-

gram known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, according a Washington-based public policy group that says other states have chosen less obtrusive ways to monitor drug use. The new law, a version of which was struck down by a federal court in Michigan in 2003, requires recipients to pay for the tests before qualifying for benefits and period-

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ically after they receive them. The law was one of Scott’s campaign promises. Supporters say it will help ensure that taxpayer money is used to get families on their feet and not to fuel drug habits at state expense. “While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction,” Scott said in a statement released after he signed the bill during a visit to Panama City. “This new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars.” Beginning July 1, recipients who test positive for drugs would be denied benefits for a year. A second failed test would result in a three-year ban. In two-parent households, both adults would be tested. Benefits to children could be

awarded to a third-party recipient, who must also pass a drug screen. The law will not affect the federal food stamp program. Critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Florida Legal Services, said they will decide in coming weeks if they plan to file suit against the law on the grounds that blanket drug tests are unconstitutional. Federal law allows states to screen for drug use under the TANF program, which provides a maximum $300 a month cash assistance to needy families. The program, which replaced traditional welfare in the mid 1990s, has a 48-month lifetime cap on benefits. Other states have studied the issue and decided testing all recipients was not cost effective, the Washingtonbased Center for Legal and

Social Policy said in a study released in January. Most states have drug assessment programs that do not include urine or blood tests. Some require drug tests from recipients who have been convicted of felony drug crimes. During debate about the law, critics pointed to a pilot testing program in Florida that was shut down in 2001 after it showed no significant difference in drug use between welfare recipients and the population at large. “The wasteful program created by this law subjects Floridians who are impacted by the economic downturn, as well as their families, to a humiliating search of their urine and body fluids without cause or even suspicion of drug abuse,” said Howard Simon, executive director of ACLU Florida, in a statement.

Shuttle Endeavour lands after its final flight By IRENE KLOTZ Virginia State Patrol and other members law enforcement deal with the aftermath of an early-morning bus crash that killed four people, in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Carmel Church, Virginia. WASHINGTON — The North Carolina company whose bus crashed on Tuesday in Virginia killing four and injuring 54 passengers was suspended from interstate travel, federal regulators said. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Sky Express Inc. has an unsatisfactory safety rating for violating multiple federal safety regulations and took it out-of-service, a statement said. “Safety is our number one priority,” transportation secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “We will use every resource at our disposal to pursue and remove from our roads unsafe, reckless bus companies.” Days before the accident the Department of Transportation announced that a crackdown on passenger buses conducted in the first two weeks of May put 127 drivers and 315 vehicles outof-service after over 3,000 unannounced inspections. The Sky Express bus driver Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, New York, was charged with reckless driving and is being held on a $3,000 bond at the

Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County, a statement from the Virginia State police said. Authorities blamed driver’s fatigue for the crash that ended in an overturned bus and temporarily blocked northbound traffic on I-95. The bus was headed to New York City’s Chinatown, authorities said. After a deadly bus crash near the Bronx in March that claimed 15 lives, New York State Department of Transportation cracked down on many of the discount bus services known as Chinatown buses. That tour bus crashed at 5:30 a.m. as it was returning to Chinatown from a Connecticut casino. Police issued more than 150 moving violation tickets to bus drivers during the state-level follow-up effort aimed at improving safety standards for drivers and equipment. One of the offenses included a North Carolina bus that was taken out of service because the driver had falsified his log book. Many other drivers were ordered off duty after they were found to lack required rest.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The space shuttle Endeavour touched down at its Florida home base early yesterday, capping a 16-day mission to deliver a premier science experiment to the International Space Station on NASA’s next-to-last shuttle flight. Sailing through night skies, the shuttle and its sixman crew glided toward the Kennedy Space Center, circling high overhead to burn off speed and setting off a pair of sonic booms, heralding the ship’s homecoming. Commander Scott Kelly, a four-time shuttle veteran, gently eased the 100-tonne spaceship onto the runway, touching down at 2:35 a.m. EDT to complete Endeavour’s 25th and final flight. “Your landing ends a vibrant legacy for this amazing vehicle that will long be remembered. Welcome home, Endeavour,” astronaut Barry Wilmore radioed to Kelly from NASA’s Mission Control in Houston. “It really is an incredible ship,” Kelly replied. “It’s sad to see her land for the last time but she really has a great legacy.” Endeavour racked up 123 million miles (198 million kms) in 25 spaceflights. It will now be prepared to be put on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

NASA’s attention shifts to sister ship Atlantis, which was rolled out to the shuttle’s seaside launch pad as Endeavour headed back to Earth. Atlantis is slated to launch on July 8 on NASA’s final planned shuttle mission, a supply run to the space station. “It’s going to be a long time until you see a vehicle roll out to the pad that looks as beautiful as that,” said Atlantis astronaut Rex Walheim, who was at the Kennedy Space Center along with his three crew mates to watch NASA’s final shuttle roll-out. “An airplane on the side of a rocket. It’s absolutely stunning,” he said. The United States is retiring its three-ship fleet due to high operating costs and to free up funds to develop new spacecraft that can travel beyond the space station’s 220-mile-high (346-km-high) orbit. The space shuttle Discovery returned from its final voyage in March. The primary goal of Endeavour’s flight, the 134th in shuttle program history, was to deliver the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector and a pallet of spare parts to the station. The crew also made four spacewalks to complete assembly of the U.S. side of the $100 billion outpost, a project of 16 nations that has

been under construction since 1998. The last piece to be installed was the shuttle’s 50-foot-long inspection boom, which will now be used to extend the reach of the station’s robotic crane. Kelly and his crew mates — pilot Greg Johnson, flight engineer Roberto Vittori with the Italian Space Agency, and spacewalkers Drew Feustel, Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff — also tested a new automated rendezvous system that NASA plans to use on its next spaceship and on a new robotic science mission to an asteroid. It will be at least four years before NASA astronauts can fly out of the United States again. Until new ships are ready, Russia will transport crews to the station at a cost of more than $50 million per person. Kelly and his crew are scheduled to return to Houston on Thursday. Before leaving orbit, he said he was looking forward to seeing his wife, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat. The congresswoman is recovering from a January 8 assassination attempt. Kelly initially took himself off the mission to care for his wife, but rejoined his crew after she was transferred to a Houston hospital for rehabilitation. Giffords, who traveled to Florida to see the Endeavour launch, was not at the space center for the landing.


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Farmers ‘clash with police’ in Sudan breadbasket KHARTOUM clashed Farmers with police yesterday in Gezira state, Sudan’s agricultural heartland, while demonstrating against an “unacceptable” government offer to buy their land, several protesters said. Some 400 farmers gathered, early yesterday, at the headquarters of the so-called Gezira Scheme, a vast but neglected farming project between the Blue and White Nile, south of Khartoum, despite police efforts to block them. They were then ordered to leave, and were marching towards the office of the state governor when police reinforcements arrived and clashes broke out. “Now there are clashes between the farmers and the police. Three of

the demonstrators were arrested and one of them was taken to hospital after he was injured,” Al-Zain Bahit, one of the farmers, told AFP. He said the police were beating the protesters with sticks. Three other protesters confirmed the clashes, adding that the farmers were demonstrating against the “unacceptable price” that the government offered to pay them last month for their land, and were shouting slogans such as “Free Gezira!” and “Ali Osman Taha out!” Taha, the Sudanese vice president, heads the committee which announced the price that the farmers would be compensated for the compulsory acquisition of their land. Under the Gezira Scheme, set up by colonial ruler Britain in 1925 to cultivate cotton

A Sudanese farmer stands in a field of sorghum in Gezira Scheme, a vast but neglected farming project between the Blue and White Nile, south of Khartoum. Farmers have clashed with police at the headquarters of the Scheme while demonstrating against an "unacceptable" government offer to buy their land, according to several protesters. Photo/Jose Cendon and spanning 840,000 (around 8-9 hectares), ers rent in return for a hectares of land divided Khartoum was sup- share of production. into lots of 20 feddans posed to pay the farmBut it has not done so

for more than 40 years, despite receiving 50 percent of what they produce, which includes wheat, sorghum, vegetables and peanuts, as well as cotton. Since the mid-1970s, production has not risen noticeably. In 2005, the government introduced a string of reforms aimed at breathing new life into the project, including a law nationalising ownership of the land in return for rental payment in arrears and compensation for the farmers. Sudan is desperately seeking foreign investment for its agricultural sector to boost output and offset the expected decline in oil revenues after the secession next month of the south, which accounts for around 75 percent of the country’s crude output.

Mubarak, sons to be Gunmen bomb police station in northern Nigeria tried on August 3 CAIRO - Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, are to face trial on August 3 on charges of ordering the killing of protesters and fraud, a judicial source told the press yesterday. The trio will be tried by the North Cairo criminal court and the hearing will be presided by Judge Ahmed Rifat, the source said. Businessman Hussein Salem, a close associate of the Mubaraks, is to face trial on the same date on the same charges, the source said. Mubarak has been in custody in hospital since April 13 after reportedly suffering a heart attack during questioning about the killing of anti-regime protesters and fraud. The spectacular fall of one of the region’s most powerful leaders after 18 days of nationwide anti-regime protests was followed by repeated calls for him to be tried. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when Mubarak was ousted on February 11, has vowed to bring to justice all those found guilty of abuse, but has been criticised for its handling of the transitional phase. The murder charges may lead to a death sentence if he is found guilty, the justice minister said earlier this month. Mubarak’s security chief Habib al-Adly has already been sentenced to 12 years in jail for corruption and faces another trial on charges of ordering the shootings of demonstrators. An official inquiry found at least 846 people were killed in the protests, many of them from gunshot wounds. At least 6,000 were injured.

KANO, Nigeria Gunmen have hurled a bomb and fired shots at a Nigerian police station, heightening tensions in northern Bauchi state after a deadly attack on a military barracks last week, police said yesterday.

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the attack on Tuesday night, which came only days after a string of bomb blasts ripped through a crowded beer garden at a barracks in Bauchi city, killing at least 13 people, shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan was inaugurated. “There was a bomb attack on Bulkacuwa police station last night by unknown attackers who also fired gunshots,” Bauchi state

police commissioner Abdulkadir Indabawa told AFP. He said the police station, situated some 180 kilometres (110 miles) north of Bauchi city, was seriously damaged. A local resident Babandi Umar said the attackers used explosives and gunshots when they stormed the station around 8:15 pm (1915 GMT). “One of the two policemen inside the

police station as at the time of the attack is still missing,” said Umar. “The police station has been badly damaged, the walls are riddled with bullet holes.” Bauchi is one of the predominantly Muslim northern states hard hit by post-election riots that left 800 dead in April. Police said they had no idea who the attackers were. Nobody has claimed responsibility.

North Sudan proposes rotating Abyei administration K H A R TOUM/JUBA North Sudan’s government laid out new proposals to resolve a dispute with the south over the central Abyei region, including setting up a rotating administration for the contested territory. Khartoum seized Abyei on May 21, sparking an international outcry and stoking fears the two sides could return to full-blown con-

flict over the oil-producing region, also coveted for its fertile grazing land. Tens of thousands of people fled the fighting. The proposals announced late on Tuesday said the northern military should stay north of the Bahar alArab river and southern troops would stay south, “without participating in any administrative tasks until a final solution is reached through a referendum.” Under the north’s proposals, Abyei’s administration would be

transferred to a joint north-south committee on July 8, the day before the south is scheduled to secede, a statement carried by the state news agency SUNA said. A senior official with the southern ruling party said sharing Abyei’s administration “doesn’t do justice to the people of Abyei or the current situation there,” and repeated calls for the north to withdraw its forces. Southerners voted overwhelmingly for secession in a January referendum promised by

a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended decades of civil war. Issues such as the common border line have not been settled yet. A separate referendum was scheduled for Abyei to determine its status, but that vote has not happened. “The north must pull its forces out of Abyei, it is a violation of the CPA,” Anne Itto, deputy secretary general of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), told Reuters. - ALEX DZIADOSZ & JEREMY CLARKE


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Nigerian ‘baby factory’ raided, 32 teenage girls freed LAGOS - Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities said yesterday. “We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being made to make babies for the proprietor,” said Bala Hassan, police commissioner for Abia state in the country’s southeast. “We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies to people who may use them for rituals or other purposes.” Some of the girls told police they had been offered to sell their babies for between 25,000 and 30,000 naira (192 dollars) depending on the sex of the baby. The babies would then be sold to buyers for anything from 300,000 naira to one million naira (1,920 and 6,400 dollars) each, according to a state agency fighting human trafficking in Nigeria, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The girls were expected to be transferred to the regional NAPTIP offices in Enugu yesterday, the regional head Ijeoma

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f of worsening hunger in Africa Aid group warns NAIROBI, Kenya - An aid group is warning that decades of progress against hunger in Africa is being reversed by rising food prices, chronic droughts and “unfair” land policies.

Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes. Photo/Fati Moalusi Okoronkwo told AFP. bought from their families to for Hassan said the owner of the use as labour in plantations, “illegal baby factory” is likely to mines, factories or as domestic face child abuse and human traf- help. ficking charges. Buying or sellOthers are sold into prostituing of babies is illegal in Nigeria tion while a few are either killed and can carry a 14-year jail or tortured in black magic rituterm. als. NAPTIP says it has also seen “We have so many cases a trend of illegal adoption. going on in court right now,” “There is a problem of illict said Okoronkwo. adoption and people not knowIn 2008, police raids revealed ing the right way to adopt chilan alleged network of such clin- dren,” said Okoronkwo. ics, dubbed baby “farms” or “facHuman trafficking is ranked tories” in the local press. the third most common crime Cases of child abuse and peo- after economic fraud and drug ple trafficking are common in trafficking in the country, West Africa. Some children are according to UNESCO.

NATO extends Libya operations to September TRIPOLI/BRUSSEL S - NATO said yesterday it had extended its Libyan mission for a further 90 days, after Muammar Gaddafi made it clear he would not step down, dashing hopes of a negotiated end to the uprising against his rule. The 28-member alliance originally took over a campaign of air strikes, the enforcement of a no-fly zone and an arms embargo on Libya to protect rebellious civilians from attack by Gaddafi’s forces in late March for 90 days. “NATO and partners have just decided to extend our mission for Libya for another 90 days,” NATO Secretary-

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General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement. “This decision sends a clear message to the Gaddafi regime: We are determined to continue our operation to protect the people of Libya.” South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday after talks with the leader that Gaddafi had stated emphatically he would not leave Libya — making a negotiated end to the conflict impossible given rebel demands for his departure. Zuma was in Tripoli on Monday to try to revive an African “roadmap” for ending the conflict, which started in February with an uprising

against Gaddafi and has since turned into a war in which thousands of people have been killed. Libyan rebels and NATO have set Gaddafi’s departure as the main condition for any ceasefire. New questions arose over how long Gaddafi could hold on after a senior United Nations aid official said food and medicine shortages in Gaddafi-controlled areas amounted to a “time bomb.” Panos Moumtzis, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Libya, told Reuters in Tripoli on Tuesday that some food stocks in areas under Gaddafi’s control were likely to last only weeks.

GADDAFI FORCES “ARMING CRIMIMALS” IN ZLITAN Now in its fourth month, the Libyan conflict is deadlocked, with rebels unable to break out of their strongholds and advance toward Tripoli, where Gaddafi appears to be firmly entrenched. Rebels control the east of Libya around the city of Benghazi, the third-biggest city Misrata, and a mountain range stretching from the town of Zintan, 150 km (95 miles) south of Tripoli, toward the border with Tunisia.

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Oxfam’s new report came out yesterday, a day after Kenyan police dispersed dozens of protesters trying to hold an overnight vigil to protest rising prices. Baton-wielding officers scattered protesters on the road where the president and prime minister have their offices. Dinah Awuor Agar, the president of a group of low-wage workers known as the People’s Parliament, says the protest was over the rising cost of living, an issue that has sparked recent protests in other African countries. Oxfam says rich nations, transnational corporations and local elites are grabbing land needed for food production.

Ethiopia commutes death sentences for 23 officials ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia’s president says the government has commuted the death sentences of 23 high-ranking officials from the ousted communist regime. Girma Wolde Giorgis said yesterday the sentences have been reduced to 25 years. The group includes the former prime minister and the former vice president to ex-dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam who took power in 1974. Some have already served 20 years. Religious leaders had called for the move. Mengistu was driven from power in 1991 by the current regime and lives in exile in Zimbabwe. He was convicted in absentia and sentenced to death in 2008. Some experts say 150,000 university students, intellectuals and politicians were killed in a nationwide purge by Mengistu’s regime, though no one knows for sure how many suspected opponents were killed.

Egypt general defends forced “virginity tests”: CNN CAIRO - An Egyptian general has said the military conducted forced “virginity tests” on female protesters in March, CNN reported, actions that have outraged Egyptian activists who called for demonstrations to condemn the incident. “The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the U.S. broadcaster quoted the senior general, who asked not to be named, as saying. “We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place.” “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs),” he said.


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Corrupt lawyer gets six months hard labour ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica Attorney-atLaw Conrod Powell was yesterday sentenced to six months at hard labour or a fine of $100,000 in the May Pen Resident Magistrate’s Court. The 38-year-old attorney from St Elizabeth, was arrested and charged over a year ago by members of the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB), after they received information of arrangements he made to corrupt a police officer. A sting operation was set up and Powell was held after he gave a part payment of $10,000 to the arresting officer as a bribe to compromise two cases on behalf of one of his clients. Powell was found guilty of the charges and convicted on March 31, 2011.

Denham Town Police looking for ‘Puff Daddy’ KINGSTON, Jamaica - Detectives from the Denham Town Police Station have listed Delroy Vassel, otherwise called ‘Leon’ and ‘Puff Daddy’ and Jermaine ‘Cha Cha Bwoy’ Gunter as wanted person for whom warrants of arrest have been issued. Vassel and Gunter are wanted in cases of shooting with intent committed in Rose Town, Kingston 13. Vassel frequents the Tewari Crescent area and Gunter frequents the Moore Street area. Meantime, Denham Town investigators have also listed Rushawn ‘Max’ Bygrave, of a Moore Street, Rose Town

address as a person of interest. All three men must report to police personnel at the Denham Town Station by 10:00 am tomorrow June 2, 2011. Persons knowing the whereabouts of these listed persons are asked to contact Operation Kingfish at 811, Crime Stop at 311 or Police Control Centre at 119.

Sexual harassment law still in the works BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Sexual harassment in the workplace will soon become a crime in Barbados. Government is moving ahead with legislation to that effect. Labour Minister Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo said it had been on the back burner since 2004, had encountered several setbacks and was still being viewed with suspicion by many men, but her ministry is pressing ahead to finalise the statute. She sought to make it clear that males affected by sexual harassment would also be addressed by the legislation, even though females were the one largely affected. Dr. Byer Suckoo gave her assurance that the issues raised recently by the Men’s Education Support Association were being addressed to ensure that when the legislation was passed, men would not experience any form of discrimination. The Labour Minister further endorsed to a suggestion by outgoing President of the National Organisation of Women (NOW) Yvonne Walkes, that Government should establish a national workplace policy on sexual harassment which would provide a framework for workers’ rights and how persons should be.

Jamaica Energy Minister resigns amid controversy

KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica’s Mining and Energy Minister James Robertson has given up his Cabinet position in wake of news that his US visas were revoked and worries that that revocation would put the government and ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in a bad light. He will not, however, step down as deputy leader of the ruling or as MP for the West St. Thomas constituency. Robertson submitted his resignation, which took immediate effect, to Prime Minister Bruce Golding yesterday afternoon. “Under the circumstances, I believe my resignation from the Cabinet is the correct course of action at this time. I wish you (Golding) and my colleagues all the best and assure you of my continued, unwavering and wholehearted support,” he wrote in part. There had been calls for him to resign after he confirmed a newspaper report that his and his wife’s visas were cancelled, with political commentators saying that such embarrassment would have a negative impact on the JLP, given that he was such a high-ranking member of the party. Robertson confirmed that the

Jamaica’s Energy and Minister James Robertson says several unsubstantiated allegations and recent events had taken a heavy toll on him and his family. visas were recalled last Friday missed by Robertson at the time but said that no reasons were they surfaced late last year, and given for the cancellations again in his resignation letter. “although we are of the view Robertson said he decided to that this could have resulted resign following discussions from the uncorroborated state- with his wife, Charlene, and his ments forwarded to various daughters, the Prime Minister, departments of the US govern- and his Cabinet colleagues. ment in support of a failed appliHe said the recent events, cation for political asylum”. including several unsubstantiatThat reference was to serious ed allegations, had taken a toll allegations made by business- on him and his family but he man and former JLP activist Ian was confident the matter would Johnson in his request for polit- be resolved once given the ical asylum in the United States. opportunity and due process. Those allegations were dis-

Agencies try to keep cholera from Haiti capital PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The United Nations says health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince. “Given the early detection of alerts, a prompt response is under way,” Fadela Chaib, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva. She said the current surge in the number of cases in Ouest department is a reminder of the need for vigilance. “Haiti will be facing cholera for years unless water and sanitation

issues are properly fixed,” Chaib warned. A cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti in October last year has claimed more than 4,500 lives and nearly 300,000 people fell ill with the disease. Fresh infections continue to

occur. A report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was respon-

sible for the fast-moving outbreak. The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian Government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera.


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Explosions and street fighting grip Yemen capital By MOHAMED SUDAM & MOHAMMED GHOBARI SANAA - Renewed fighting in Yemen’s capital between a powerful tribal group and President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces has killed at least 19 people this week and rocked Sanaa with explosions, officials said yesterday. World powers have been pressing Saleh to sign a Gulf-led deal to end his three-decade rule and stem spreading chaos in unstable Yemen, a haven for al Qaeda militants and neighbor to the world’s biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia. Kuwait, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council that tried unsuccessfully to broker a power transfer deal, said it had evacuated its diplomatic staff from Yemen. Qatar, another GCC member, has also suspended most operations there. Witnesses said they heard several blasts but were not sure of the cause or damage near the Hasaba district, the focal point of fighting last week that killed at least 115 people and pushed the country closer to civil war. “There are very powerful explosions. Sounds like missiles or mortars. May God protect us,” a Hasaba resident said. This week, there have been three main flashpoints in the country — the fighting in the capital, government troops gunning down protesters in Taiz in the south and a battle with al Qaeda and Islamic militants in the coastal city of Zinjibar. Residents also reported overnight fighting near Sanaa airport, which was closed briefly last week during skirmishes between Saleh’s forces and opponents within the powerful Hashed tribal confederation, who are led by Sadeq al-Ahmar. Fourteen soldiers were killed in overnight fighting with the tribesmen, the Defense Ministry website said. Yemen’s state TV said troops had retaken a ministry building seized by the tribesmen and found

several bodies inside. Medical officials told Reuters at least five other people had been killed in the recent fighting, which may have entered a new phase with some troops in armored vehicles joining the opposition, suggesting more military defections from Saleh. “MOVE OUT OF THE WAY” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saleh received “a very good offer” from the Gulf nations to end the crisis and suggested she saw no hope of a resolution without his departure. “We cannot expect this conflict to end unless President Saleh and his government move out of the way to permit the opposition and civil society to begin a transition to political and economic reform,” Clinton told a news conference with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota. Some military leaders broke away from Saleh in March after his troops fired on protesters calling for an end to his 33-year-old rule. Yemen is on the brink of financial ruin, with about a third of its 23 million people facing chronic hunger. The political risk consultancy Eurasia Group said in a report the most likely outcome is that Saleh leaves through a political deal he brokers from a position of weakness, or is ousted by force by breakaway military units and tribal leaders. “Saleh leaving power early does not result in a functional Yemeni state that can reassert control over the country in the short term,” the report said. The president’s close relatives, who control Yemen’s most lucrative sources of revenue and state assets, are pressuring him not to give up power, a diplomatic source told Reuters. Omani authorities were trying to tighten a long and porous border between Yemen and Oman to halt any refugee inflow, an Omani Foreign Ministry official told Reuters. SALEH EXASPERATES NEIGHBORS Yemen is awash with weaponry and corruption and racked by a secessionist movement in the

Honduras readmitted to OAS after coup WASHINGTON Honduras was readmitted to the Organization of American states yesterday, repairing ties with the hemispheric group two years after President Manuel Zelaya was toppled in a widely condemned coup. The OAS voted 32 to one to readmit Honduras at a special meeting called to consider the case, with Ecuador the only country to oppose the move. The Honduran delegation, led by Vice President Maria Guillen, got a standing ovation when they returned to the room after the vote. Honduras’ army, with backing from the congress and the courts, whisked leftist Zelaya out of the country in his pajamas in June 2009 after he was accused of trying to

extend his presidential term limits with a popular referendum. Governments around the world criticized the predawn coup and the OAS, which groups Latin American democratic countries, Canada and the United States, expelled Honduras with many members cutting off aid to the impoverished nation. Whether to readmit Honduras to the group, even after it held regularly scheduled elections to vote in a new president, sparked deep divisions in the region. The United States initially condemned the coup but restored relations with the new government of President Porfirio Lobo. Two ideological foes, conservative President Juan Manuel Santos in Colombia and Venezuela’s socialist

President Hugo Chavez, helped pave the way for Honduras’ acceptance back into the OAS. RIGHTS CONCERNS Human rights groups are worried abuses by security forces during the coup and attacks on journalists were left unpunished and continue under the new government. Ecuador’s ambassador to the OAS, Maria Isabel Salvador, said her country could not support the readmission because of the ongoing violations. “Democracy, the rule of law, due process of law, human rights and saying no to impunity — that’s why we cannot agree with the other members of the organization,” she said. But the United States said the country’s reintegration into the OAS would put Honduras on

a firmer footing to combat abuses since the organization helps promote accountability. “This is an important milestone for Honduras, for this organization and for our hemisphere,” Arturo Valenzuela, a U.S. assistant secretary of state told the meeting. Zelaya, a colorful character known for his bushy mustache and trademark cowboy hat, returned to cheers from supporters on Saturday after living in exile mostly in the Dominican Republic since the coup. Zelaya’s return home was a key condition for Honduras’ return to the OAS as well as assurances from the government that his political allies will be allowed to participate in politics.

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south, a Shi’ite insurrection in the north and a growing al Qaeda presence in the center. About 40 percent of its people live on less than $2 a day. Saleh has exasperated his rich Gulf Arab neighbors by three times agreeing to step down, only to renege at the last minute. He drew the ire of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after his troops fired on protesters in the city of Taiz, about 200 kms (120 miles) south of the capital. The chief U.N. human rights envoy said her office was investigating reports that at least 50 people have been killed there since Sunday. Analysts are worried that instability in Yemen, sitting on a shipping lane that carries about 3 million barrels of oil a day, could embolden a local al Qaeda wing which has attempted attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia.

“Coop era tive” Mla dic to fa c e tr ibun al on Fr id ay By AARON GRAY-BLOCK THE HAGUE - Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic used his power to commit atrocities that tore a nation apart and destroyed communities, and he must be held to account, a U.N. war crimes prosecutor said yesterday. Chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Mladic, who was arrested in Serbia last Thursday and extradited after 16 years on the run, will face genocide charges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Friday. The 69-year-old career soldier was branded “the butcher of the Balkans” for his campaign to seize territory for Serbs after Bosnia, following Croatia, broke away from the Serb-dominated Yugoslav federation of six republics in the early 1990s. At least 130,000 people were killed in five years of war. But Serb nationalists believe Mladic simply defended the nation and did nothing worse on the battlefield than Croats or Bosnian Muslims. Court registrar John Hocking, speaking to reporters in The Hague, contradicted comments by Mladic’s lawyer and son that the ex-general, arrested alone in a Serbian farmhouse, was disoriented and mentally unfit for extradition. Hocking said Tuesday’s transfer of Mladic to the court’s detention unit “was a very cooperative, very smooth procedure. “He was extremely cooperative. He made no comment on the charges against him. He asked a lot about procedures,” Hocking said. “He was really paying attention and listening to the information we provided. We had good communication.” Mladic was indicted 16 years ago over the 43month siege of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica during the 1992-95 Bosnian war — the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two. Brammertz said his capture had come “very late but not too late” for justice to be done. A court doctor was at the airport to meet Mladic after a flight from Belgrade. Following a brief examination, he was pronounced fit to be transported to the Scheveningen jail. Bosnia’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Miranda Sidran-Kamisalic, said Mladic was “very, very talkative” during a meeting of over an hour for consular assistance. “He was coming down the stairs with some dif-


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Nas, Lauryn Hill and more headline 2011 Rock the Bells Festival

For the conclusions of these stories check out the May 19th - May 25th, 2011 issue of The New American, which hits newsstands every Thursday Brandy, Tatyana Ali, Bledsoe, Tempestt Danielle Fishel and more are going naked for the Style network’s Skin Cancer PSA titled “Naked.” In the 30-second spot, each woman poses nude on a rooftop proclaiming that they participated in everyday activities such as driving, shopping and walking the dog... naked. Though each girl appears in her birthday suit, they are actually likening nudity to a lack of sunscreen, not clothes. “Don’t be one of 20 people who will die today from skin cancer,” the ad proclaims. “If you leave the house without sunscreen, you might as well be naked.” M-Bone -- one the of the members of the rap group Cali Swag District -- died last night ... TMZ has confirmed. Earlier this morning, the group’s leader, Smoove -- posted a Tweet saying, “Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye rip mbone.” So far, it’s unclear how M-Bone died. Cali Swag District shot to stardom with their hit, “Teach Me How to Dougie.” Da Brat and Jermaine Dupri ready a mixtape to release later this month, after Brat’s tumultuous few years in prison. After a few years in lockdown, Da Brat is back in the studio working with her mentor and longtime partner in music, Jermaine Dupri. The So So Def camp released a video blog this week, one that features the two working together. In it, there is an announcement of a Brat mixtape that will be released later this month. The vlog features Dupri working on a beat for a few minutes, a silent, blackand-white look at the beatsmith in the studio. There is also footage of Da Brat writing on a

notepad, scribbling her thoughts down. The video captures a brief conversation between the two where Dupri asks Brat to announce her mixtape’s release date. “Memorial Day weekend,” she says, before repping for the label. “So So Def in the building.” Dupri also let fans know of his work with Brat by sending a message out to the world via Twitter. Is Laila Ali going to be a singer? We don’t know where this came from, but we’re hearing that Muhammad Ali’s daughter and super boxer is about to embark on a career as a singer. We wonder what sort of singer she will be should this be true? We think she should try for the soul market or something. Kanye West debuted his new girlfriend at the Cannes Film Festival in France by publicly kissing the teenager on a hotel balcony. The Stronger hitmaker last year ended his high-profile relationship with model Amber Rose, who has since moved on with rising hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa. West was rumoured to be dating 18-year-old underwear model Kate Upton after they were spotted leaving a party together in Los Angeles last month. Now the rapper, 33, has seemingly made his new relationship public after pulling Upton in close for a passionate kiss on his hotel balcony in full view of passers-by and photographers. Jennifer Lopez was heartbroken when her beloved fashion line failed, insisting it remains one of her biggest career disappointments. The pop star-turned “American Idol” judge was forced to retire her Sweetface brand in 2009 after

neglecting to connect with bargain hunting shoppers, and she now admits the failed business venture was devastating. She tells the New York Times, “That was sad for me. I just felt like I never got a fair chance to do it right. And on top of it, I felt like I was trapped in a situation I couldn’t get out of, and my name was stamped on things that I didn’t believe in... (I) didn’t understand the business well enough.” But the hitmaker is giving it another chance she’s teaming up with husband Marc Anthony to launch a lifestyle brand with Kohl’s department stores - and she’s determined to get it right this time. Tommy Hilfiger, who worked with Lopez on the new partnership, says, “The difference this time around is Jennifer is fully engaged with a company that is professionally staffed to really develop anything she wants from towels to knee-high suede boots.” Love is in the air and we have the “Jumping The Broom” film to credit. T.D. Jakes has tapped several R&B stars for the forthcoming second installment of his Sacred Love Songs series compilation album. Inspired by his newly produced film “Jumping The Broom,” Sacred Love Songs 2 will be instores May 31 and features romantic love songs that pair the best talent in gospel and R&B/Pop music-performing classic hits as well as new recordings. ‘Sacred Love Songs 2’ is lead by the Joe featured track “Closer.” The set also features songs from T.D. Jakes, Ledisi, Karen Clark Sheard and Kirk Whalum; El DeBarge, Bishop Paul Morton, Fred Hammond, Micah Stampley, Crystal Aikin and more.

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now, the time is right. This will be my biggest production and it only makes sense to do it on the best rap tour which also happens to be a brand I’ve built and am a partner in. Can’t wait to kill it with my comrades AZ, Premo & Pete Rock!” Cypress Hill will hit the stage when they perform their 1993 album Black Sunday, while Mos Def and Talib Kweli as Blackstar will perform there self-titled debut album. Raekwon and Ghostface have teamed up to perform Rae’s critically acclaimed album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. This year’s Rock the Bells Festival will feature three main stages, including the Paid Dues stage which features a number of independent acts.

Rap stars Nas, Lauryn Hill Raekwon & Ghostface and Cypress Hill have been announced as the headliners of the Rock the Bells 2011 Festival Series. The rappers along with R&B singer Erykah Badu, will perform their groundbreaking albums in full. Lauryn Hill is slated to perform her multi-platinum album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, while Nas will perform his breakthrough album Illmatic, with guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier. “For years people have been asking me to do Illmatic in so many ways, from stage plays to movies to books, but the time wasn’t right,” Nas said. Where music is going - Full Story In This Week’s New American Newspaper -

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Idris Elba hosts new series, plus he returns as ‘Luther’

DAILY CHALLENGE THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

Halle Berry makes move back to TV Halle Berry is making her way back to the small screen again, reportedly set to star in a drama that is being shopped around to network execs at HBO and Showtime and other cable outlets. According to Deadline.com, DreamWorks TV’s ‘Higher Learning’ is being pitched to several pay cable networks. With specific details about the project being kept under wraps, the one certainty has Berry playing a college professor in the made-for-television movie. Appearing on the small screen is nothing new for Berry. Berry started off doing small and bit roles on television shows such as ‘Who’s the Boss?’ and ‘Living Dolls,’ in the late ’80s. Those roles were basic platforms that helped launched Berry’s movie career. Berry’s movie career took off after

being noticed in “A Different World’ and ‘Knots Landing.” Berry came to prominence with starring and roles in “Strictly Business,” “Jungle Fever,” and the TV miniseries “Queen.” Although Berry’s now most famous for her movie roles, she dips back into TV every now and then, with roles in critically acclaimed TV movies ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ and HBO’s ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,’ for which she won both a Best Actress Emmy and Golden Globe in 2000. However, ‘Higher Learning’ would be her first venture into a TV series in more than 10 years. By heading back to TV, Berry joins fellow Oscar-winners Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Holly Hunt and Judi Dench who have all picked up some meaty roles in recent years.

Naomi Campbell pondering legal action for ‘racist’ ad

Idris Elba has a new gig hosting the new BBC America drama venture “Dramaville.” It will premiere Aug. 17 at 10 p.m. with an hour-long 1950s espionage-themed thriller, “The Hour,” and Elba’s “Luther” which is set its regular series debut on Oct. 2. “British drama has long been a standard bearer of great scripted television and ‘Dramaville’ will showcase the very best of British creativity in a clear destination drama fans can easily find,” says BBC Worldwide America GM, Perry Simon. “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Idris back to the BBC America family as the host of ‘Dramaville.’” Elba will play the London native John Luther, a detective struggling to balance the psychological demands of work while trying to manage his marriage. The actor compared his new role to his former part as Russell “Stringer” Bell on “The Wire.” “People compare Luther to Stringer, as if those are the only two characters I’ve ever been,” he told ‘Entertainment Weekly’ last October. “To be fair, those two characters appeal to a certain audience. For me, it’s entertainment.”

Supermodel Model Naomi Campbell has issues with being compared to a chocolate bar and is contemplating taking legal action. The target of Campbell’s wrath is Cadbury, which she claims has put “racist” ads on billboards and in periodicals, drawing her Black beauty to that of a Dairy Milk Bliss chocolate bar. Campbell, who is as known for her own numerous legal issues as she is for her glamour and striking looks, is ticked off, to say the least. “I am shocked,” said Campbell. “It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me but for all Black women and Black people. I do not find any humor in this. It is insulting and hurtful.’ Besides Campbell blurting her displeasure of the advertisement, her

mom, Valerie Morris, and Black civil rights groups have joined the crusade to call out Cabury and its parent company, Kraft Foods. “I’m deeply upset by this racist advertisement,” Morris said. “Do these people think they can insult Black people and we just take it? This is the 21st century, not the 1950s. Shame on Cadbury.” The ad for Dairy Milk Bliss, which appeared last week, has a seductivelooking Campbell in a two-piece bikini draped on the top of a chocolate bunny head, straddling her assets between the rabbit’s ears. Cadbury’s title of the ad is aptly named “Move over Naomi, there’s a new diva in town.” Campbell and backers like Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote, want to see a boycott of Cadbury and Kraft Foods.

“Being likened to chocolate was as bad as being called a golliwog for Black people, Woolley said. “Racism in the playground starts with Black children being called “chocolate bar.”

Garcelle Beauvais on her return to TV With the drama of her divorce in the rear view mirror, Garcelle Beauvais is back in the driver’s seat with a return to series television tomorrow night in TNT’s “Franklin & Bash.” One network exec describes the show as a “funny legal procedural” starring Breckin Meyer and MarkPaul Gosselaar as lifelong friends and “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants lawyers who are recruited to work at a button-down law firm and shake things up a bit.” Beauvais plays Hanna Linden, a veteran member and star of the firm. She brings in the most billable hours and does not hesitate to use her hotness to her advantage. The Haitianborn actress says she fell in love with the character as soon as she read the

script. “I thought, you know, she sort of takes no prisoners and doesn’t apologize for who she is,” she told us in January during a press conference with the actors. “And I think it’s great that what I like about her is that she can be strong and still be sexy, and I think one doesn’t sort of negate the other.” The last time Beauvais was in the headlines, it was in April 2010 for exposing her second husband Mike Nilon’s alleged five-year extramarital affair through a blast e-mail at his place of business – contents of which were leaked to the New York Post, and then, to the world. She filed for divorce from Nilon, an agent at Creative Artists Agency, on May 10 of last year following 10

years of marriage. The split was just finalized in April and she is now moving forward with their 3-yearold twin sons Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas, and her eldest son Oliver, born in 1991, with first husband, producer Daniel Saunders. “Franklin & Bash,” which reunites Beauvais with her “NYPD Blue” costar Gosselaar, looks to be the perfect vehicle to help put the drama of the past year behind her. “It’s just really fun. It’s a really fun character, and I love that the show is light,” says the actress, 44. “And I’ve worked with Mark-Paul before, and it was always very serious on ‘NYPD Blue,’ so it’s nice that we get to sort of goof off and, yeah, it’s nice to be sort of like the sane person in this.”


NEW JERSEY

DAILY CHALLENGE THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

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19-year-old man remains in Suspect admits to strangling, stabbing death of woman 15 critical condition after he is years ago after DNA match shot while riding in car By LISA CORYELL

By ALEX ZDAN TRENTON - A 19-year-old city man was wounded Monday night as he rode in a car in East Trenton, police said yesterday. Investigators are not sure whether the teen was the target of the gunfire, or if the vehicle he was in happened into the line of fire. Detectives will be examining any criminal history the victim may have, acting Capt. Steve Varn said. “We’re looking into the possibility it may be gang related; however,

we do that with all shootings,” Varn said. The 19-year-old, whose name police did not release, remained in critical condition after spending the night in emergency surgery. He was shot once in the torso, police said. He was a passenger in a car police believe was traveling on the first block of Morris Avenue at 11:22 p.m. when multiple shots struck the car. Police are confident the shooting came from outside the vehicle and was not a weapons discharge from within the car.

“It was clear the car was shot at,” Varn said. One of the rounds came through the vehicle and hit the victim, according to police. The driver of the car sped to St. Francis Medical Center, where the victim was taken in for surgery. The driver remained to give a statement, police said. Officers sent to Morris Avenue did not recover any evidence of a shooting. There have been no arrests made in the case and no charges filed, and police did not have a suspect description as of late yesterday.

TRENTON - Nearly 15 years after Marlene “Dickie” Downing was strangled and stabbed to death in her Avenue Stuyvesant home, her killer has admitted his guilt. Gordon Foley, 35, formerly of Parkside Avenue in Trenton, pleaded guilty to a g g r a v a t e d manslaughter in the 1996 death of the single mom. Under the terms of his plea deal, Foley is slated to be sentenced to 26 years in prison. Downing, 40, was found dead in her bedroom in the 1100 block of Stuyvesant Avenue about 2 a.m. on Aug. 9, 1996, by police officers who had been dispatched to check on her

welfare. She had died of multiple stab wounds and had been choked with an electrical cord. Her murder went unsolved until DNA evidence linked Foley to the crime in July 2008. At the time he was charged with Downing’s murder, Foley was two days away from being released from prison where he was serving a seven-year sentence for aggravated assault in the 2002 stabbing of his wife in Essex County. Foley has been held on $1 million bail in Downing’s murder since then. “He pleaded guilty last week,” said Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Foley was linked to Downing’s murder through DNA from blood found in her bathtub, police said. Foley initially admitted being in Downing’s with a apartment friend but denied killing her. Assistant Prosecutor Skylar Weissman, who represented the state at Foley’s bail hearing in 2008, said Downing’s murder was eerily similar to the stabbing of Foley’s wife 12 year later. Both women had been stabbed multiple times in the back, he said. Weissman said then that if the Downing case went to trial he would use the aggravated assault on Foley’s wife as an example of a prior bad act to show the jury Foley’s criminal propensity.

Dozens of N.J. legislators receive more than one public paycheck By MATT FRIEDMAN TRENTON - About one in three state lawmakers received a second public paycheck last year, new disclosure reports show. Of New Jersey’s 120 senators and Assembly members, at least 36 held a second publicly financed job. They worked as teachers, mayors, municipal prosecutors, police officers, school administrators and adjunct college professors. Some made generous public salaries in addition to their $49,000 part-time legislative pay. For others, the second job on the public payroll such as a parttime college professor or town attorney provided a small addition to their income. The practice, has been criticized by Gov. Chris Christie, who wants all public workers - not just legislators - restricted to one public

paycheck, except for those who are already retired from one job and receiving a pension. Public workers could still take other government jobs, elective or otherwise, but they’d only be able to earn a salary for one of them. “You get one, that’s it,” said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Christie. “It would eliminate a lot of the people who make this their living for life.” Since 2008, all politicians in the state have been banned from serving in more than one elective office, although those already holding office were allowed to remain and to keep seeking re-election. In addition, the ban did not address those holding more than one unelected public position. A Star-Ledger review of the recent disclosure reports filed with the Office of Legislative Services shows: • Of the 36 or more lawmakers with more

than one public job last year, 26 were Democrats. • At least 19 of the lawmakers earned more than $50,000 from their other government job. • Seventeen had husbands or wives on a government payroll. • At least 17 lawmakers received public pensions, and five took advantage of a state law allowing them to retire and collect pensions for the elected office they currently hold. FRIENDS WITH MONEY Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union), who earns $111,772 as a Union County undersheriff, said Christie’s proposal to limit the number of public paychecks would make it hard for those in less lucrative lines of work to serve in the Legislature. “Not all of us are worth millions like Chris Christie and his pals,” Cryan said. “It cuts out a voice for hun-

dreds of thousands of New Jerseyans ... teachers, police and firefighters.” Counties with strong party political machines tended to have more lawmakers with more than one government paycheck. Of the nine lawmakers who live in heavily Democratic Hudson County, for instance, seven had other public income. Of the eight lawmakers from Republican-dominated Ocean County, three had other public jobs, two received public pensions and two had wives with public jobs. The state’s top two lawmakers - Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) - both earned a government income on top of the $65,333 they each make as legislative leaders. Sweeney donated his $17,908-a-year salary as a Gloucester County freeholder to charity, and left that

office at the end of last year. Oliver earned $83,048 as assistant Essex County administrator. POLITICS OF PERCEPTION But it is state Sen. Nicholas Sacco (DHudson) who has the distinction of collecting the most from his public positions, earning salaries as senator, mayor of North Bergen and assistant superintendent of schools there. Although the financial disclosure form doesn’t break down the various incomes, other public records show that Sacco earned a total of $278,260 last year most of which came from his job as assistant superintendent. His constituents don’t seem to mind, however. Sacco was reelected mayor on May 10 with 83 percent of the vote. “The only people who really matter in this whole conversation are

the people that he represents,” said his spokesman, Paul Swibinski. “They have an extraordinary public servant who does a terrific job representing them. That’s why he is so popular and why people don’t care about this issue.” Most lawmakers do not earn the amount of public money Sacco does. For instance, Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (RMorris), reported that he made less than $10,000 last year as an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of LawNewark. “If they had to pay me minimum wage, they would have owed me substantially more,” Carroll said. He earned an additional $29,000 as the planning board attorney in Montville, though he said that under ethics laws, he did not have to report that income on his disclosure form.


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DAILY CHALLENGE THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

Kids with stubborn asthma may have food allergy By AMY NORTON Inner-city children with poorly controlled asthma or skin allergies may be more likely to have food allergies, a new study hints. Researchers found that among 228 inner-city New York children seen at their allergy clinic, 28 percent had a food allergy — with eggs, peanuts and milk being the prime culprits. By contrast, the rate of food allergy among U.S. kids in general is only about four percent. And a full 71 percent were “sensitized” to at least one food - meaning they had immune system antibodies in their blood against a particular food. In other words, their body was on the alert, and they were at increased risk of an allergic reaction. That rate too is much higher

than average. Some of the children were tested for food allergies because they had symptoms, such as hives or an itchy rash, breathing difficulty, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea soon after eating a particular food. But most — 62 percent — had never had any obvious reaction to food. Instead, they were tested because they had asthma or eczema (an allergic skin condition) that was not responding well to medication. The children in this study were patients at an allergy clinic, so they are not representative of inner-city children in general. Still, the findings suggest that doctors who treat innercity children with stubborn asthma or eczema “should have a high degree of suspicion for food allergy,” senior

researcher Dr. Julie Wang told Reuters Health in an email. In those cases, she said, doctors should get a detailed history of children’s symptoms and refer families to an allergy specialist if necessary. Wang and her colleagues at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York report the findings in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. It’s known that poor minority children, many of whom live in inner cities, have high rates of asthma and nasal allergies. An estimated 23 percent of Puerto Rican children from lowincome families have asthma, as do 16 percent of poor African American children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Diabetes may shorten working life By AMY NORTON People with diabetes may leave the workforce sooner than employees without diabetes — suggesting, French researchers say, that the common disease could be taking a large economic toll. Among more than 3,000 employees of France’s national gas and electric company, diabetic workers were more likely to retire or go on disability in their 50s than workers of the same age who had similar jobs but no diabetes. “Diabetes can impact individuals’ ability to maintain employment through different pathways,” said senior researcher Dr. Rosemary Dray-Spira, of the French national research institute INSERM. For example, she told Reuters Health in an email, diabetes complications such as vision loss and nerve damage can lead to mobility problems or amputations that make it difficult or impossible for people to do their jobs. Diabetes is also often linked with medical conditions, like heart disease or kidney disease. Then there is obesity, one of the major risk factors for developing diabetes. Dray-Spira’s team found that obesity seemed to explain much of the higher risk of work disability among people with diabetes. The findings, reported in the journal Diabetes Care,

echo those from a U.S. study that was reported in 2004. In that study, adults with diabetes were less likely to be working in their 50s than similar adults without the disease. And researchers estimated that between 1992 and 2000, diabetes accounted for $4.4 billion in lost income due to earlier retirement and nearly $32 billion due to work disability. These latest findings, Dray-Spira’s team writes, underscore the point that diabetes “has major social and economic consequences for patients, employers, and soci-

ety.” The results are based on data from a long-term health study of employees at the French national gas and electric company. Between 1989 and 2007, 506 workers developed diabetes. Dray-Spira’s team compared each of those workers with five diabetes-free coworkers the same age and in the same job type. Overall, diabetics were less likely to still be working in their mid-50s. By age 55, 52 percent of workers with diabetes were still on the job, versus 66 percent of those with-

That compares with a national average of just over nine percent. Wang said she is not aware of any studies that have looked at the prevalence of food allergies among inner-city children. The rates of food allergy and sensitization in this study were much higher than the national norm: About four percent of U.S. children younger than 18 have a food allergy, while food sensitization affects an estimated 28 percent of children age five and younger — the age range where it is most common. Nationally, food allergies are seen as a growing problem. In 2007, about three million school-aged children had a food allergy — up 18 percent from a decade before. And there is some evidence that children’s emergency

room visits for severe food reactions are on the upswing as well. No one is sure why the rate is rising. One theory blames changes in children’s diets. Another theory, known as the “hygiene hypothesis,” holds that today’s clean living — creating less exposure to germs — may actually make some people’s immune system more prone to attacking normally harmless substances, like food proteins and pollen. Regardless of what’s behind the trend, the research team says that when inner city children have skin rashes or asthma that can’t be controlled with standard medicines, doctors should consider the possibility of food allergy - even if the kids don’t show any of the usual reactions to food.

out diabetes. The gap narrowed by the time the workers were 60 years old, the official retirement age in France during the study period. At age 60, 10 percent of diabetic workers were still on the job, compared with 13 percent of their co-workers. In addition, by age 60, roughly five of every 100 diabetics were on disability, compared to roughly one of every 100 non-diabetics. Dray-Spira noted that France has both a relatively young retirement age and a universal healthcare system. The impact of diabetes on retirement and disability could be greater, she said, in a country where people typi-

cally work longer and lack universal healthcare — like the U.S. “The major implication of our results is that particular attention should be paid to help people with diabetes in maintaining employment,” Dray-Spira said. It’s estimated that almost 26 million U.S. adults have diabetes. Most of them have type 2 diabetes — the form of the disease closely associated with obesity. A government study last year projected that up to onethird of the U.S. population could have diabetes by 2050, if Americans continue to avoid exercise, take in too many calories, and gain weight.

Parents should screen kids’ summer Web surfing As the school year wraps up, many kids will replace class time with cyber time — a trend leading one researcher to caution parents to watch out for online hazards such as “sexting” and cyberbullying. “The Internet is a vast place with great things on it for children like games and educational lessons, David Schwebel, a psychology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release. “There also are risks and danger such as sex crimes, violence, hatred and prejudice — a lot of things children need to be protected from.” Schwebel points to a recent Pediatrics study that

revealed about 75 percent of teens have cell phones and nearly a quarter of all American teens (22 percent) are surfing a social media site more than 10 times per day. “Parental controls can help, but are not foolproof,” Schwebel noted. “Parents need to teach children to act safely and get help when needed.” To that end, he outlines a number of tips designed to boost cyber safety among school children. For one, Internet activity among young children should be routinely monitored, he advised. Parental participation in their child’s web-surfing activities is a way to teach kids how to distinguish between appropri-

ate content and inappropriate content, he suggested. In addition, pressure to join in common Web activities (such as posting overly personal photos) should be a topic of conversation between parents and child, so that children feel empowered to resist such temptations. Parents should also be on the lookout for signs that

their child is being unsafely drawn into cyber-prompted activities, such as arranging to meet strangers they’ve talked with online. Lastly, Schwebel encouraged parents to put time restrictions on cyber activities. “Sitting on the Internet does not burn calories,” Schwebel said. “Children need to be out running, playing and active.”


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Violent video games linked to increased aggression Violent video games trigger aggression among those who play them, according to a new University of Missouri study. Such players showed more hostility because their brains had become less responsive, or desensitized, to violence — a response that the researchers linked to increased aggression. “From a psychological perspective, video games are excellent teaching tools because they reward players for engaging in certain types of behavior. Unfortunately, in many popular video games, the behavior is violence,” study co-author Bruce Bartholow, an associate professor of psychology at UM College of Arts and Sciences, said in a university news release. Although other studies have linked gamers’ desensitization to violence with

increased aggression, the study is the first to demonstrate cause-and-effect, the researchers said. The study is published in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In the study, researchers instructed 70 young adults to play either a nonviolent or a violent video game for 25 minutes. Afterwards, their

brain responses were measured as they viewed two groups of photos — one neutral (such as a man riding a bike), the other violent (such as a man sticking a gun in another man’s mouth). The study found that participants assigned to play a violent video game had a reduced response to the violent photos — an indication their brains had become

desensitized to the violence. Researchers pointed out, however, that participants who had experience with the violent video games prior to the study showed small brain responses to the violent photos, regardless of which type of game they were assigned to play. “It could be that those individuals are already so desensitized to violence from habitually playing violent video games that an additional exposure in the lab has very little effect on their brain responses,” said Bartholow, adding that there were additional factors to consider. Researchers also discovered that a reduced brain response to violence predicted the gamers’ levels of aggression: The weaker the brain response to violent photos, the more aggressive the participants were.

Cancer costs highest for individually insured By KERRY GRENS One of every seven cancer patients spends more than 20 percent of his income on health care and insurance, according to a new study from federal researchers. Among these patients, those who buy private insurance on their own - instead of through an employer - pay the most out-of-pocket for their health care, compared to patients who have other forms of insurance or none at all. “Looking at this,” patients insured privately, and not through a group plan, have “an underinsured problem,” said Dr. Didem Bernard, a senior economist at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the lead author of the study. Using surveys of about 4,200 people with cancer and roughly 149,000 people without, Bernard and her colleagues looked at incomes and out-of-pocket health care spending - including the cost of insurance premiums among adults under the age of 65. “It turns out that (people with cancer) have significantly higher burdens than not only people without cancer, but other chronic conditions,” Bernard told Reuters Health. The researchers found that 13 percent of cancer patients spent at least a fifth of their income on health care and insurance, compared to

roughly 10 percent of people with chronic conditions and four percent of people without cancer or chronic diseases. “This paper confirms previous reports that the out-ofpocket burden of cancer care can be substantial,” said Dr. Neal Meropol, the chief of the division of hematology and oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University. Meropol said that newer cancer-fighting agents can be extremely expensive. Bernard also said that expenses for cancer patients might be higher than for people who have chronic diseases because of the myriad other issues that can be associated with cancer treatment. For example, some patients might require plastic surgery after a procedure to remove cancerous tissue, or a patient might be treated for depression, sparked by the stress of dealing with cancer. However, the study did not dig into the causes of cancer patients’ higher out-of-pocket burdens. The study, which is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, included health care spending from 2001 to 2008. Within the group of cancer patients, the research team also compared spending between people with different types of health coverage, including employer-sponsored group insurance, nongroup insurance paid for by

the individual or family, government-funded insurance for the poor (Medicaid), and no insurance. Of people who had nongroup health insurance, 43 out of every 100 spent more than 20 percent of their income on cancer treatment and insurance premiums. In comparison, 26 out of every 100 people without insurance had high out-ofpocket costs, as did nine out of every 100 people whose employer paid for their insurance. The finding that people without insurance didn’t have the highest financial burden for cancer care “doesn’t surprise me, because the uninsured are probably getting less treatment,” Bernard said. Meropol, who was not involved in this study, said that people tend to use less health care when they are paying for it. His concern is that high out-of-pocket costs could lead to people delaying or avoiding treatments. The actual dollar amounts of the out-of-pocket costs for some treatments were lowest for people who had employersponsored health insurance. Those with employer-sponsored group insurance paid an average of $545 for ambulatory care, for instance, while those without any insurance paid $925, and people who bought their own non-group insurance paid $1,925. The Affordable Care Act,

which passed in 2010, mandates that citizens have insurance by 2014, and states will manage competitive health insurance “exchanges,” aimed at making private non-group insurance more affordable. The law has already established “high risk pools,” which offer insurance to people with pre-existing conditions - including cancer - at relatively affordable rates. Bernard says the law is

In this portion of the study, players were assigned a competitive task that allowed them to use a controllable blast of noise against their opponent. How loud the players made the noise for their rival was the measure researchers used to determine how aggressive they were. The study found those who played one of several popular violent games, such as “Call of Duty,” “Hitman,” “Killzone” and “Grand Theft Auto,” set louder noise blasts for their opponents during the competitive task than those who played nonviolent games. The researchers concluded that future research should also focus on ways to control the effects of media violence, especially among children whose developing brains could become accustomed to violent behavior. likely to benefit people with cancer. “For those who are uninsured currently or who have private non-group coverage, it should improve their situation, because those without insurance will be covered and those with non-group coverage can go into the exchanges, which will be more generous” than current coverage, Bernard said. Critics of the law have said that an insurance requirement could be too burdensome for people who can’t afford to pay the insurance premiums.

HEALTH TIPS Floss for Healthier Teeth and Gums Daily flossing can minimize plaque and help keep teeth and gums healthy. The American Dental Association offers these guidelines to help you floss teeth effectively: Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, wrap it around the forefinger of both hands and hold it between the forefingers and thumbs. Forefingers will rotate the floss as it becomes dirty, ensuring that clean floss is used continually. Gently ease the floss between teeth and rub it against each tooth. Push the floss into a “C” shape against each tooth, sliding it gently between the tooth and gum, and up and down the tooth. Repeat on each tooth,

making sure to get both sides of all teeth, even those in the back. Protect Your Feet From Corns Corns are calluses on the toes that develop when the toes rub against the inside of shoes. Causes include poorly fitted shoes, deformities of the toes and socks that don’t fit properly. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how you can help prevent corns: Make sure shoes aren’t too tight or too loose. Kick off the high-heeled shoes, in favor of those that put less pressure on the front of the foot. Make sure stitches and seams inside the shoes don’t rub against your toes. Wear socks that fit well.


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Nokia on the ropes as analysts slash targets By RITSUKO ANDO and GEORGINA PRODHAN HELSINKI/LONDON — Investors dumped shares in Nokia again yesterday, taking them to their lowest in more than 13 years, as analysts feared worse to come for the handset maker after Tuesday’s profit warning. Nokia shares fell as much as 10 percent, extending their previous day’s 18 percent fall. Nokia said on Tuesday that mobile phone sales in the second quarter would be “substantially below” its previous forecast and abandoned its full-year outlook, blaming difficult conditions in China and Europe. The company is moving to Microsoft Corp’s Windows software from its own Symbian platform as part of an overhaul of its phone business set out three months ago by new Chief Executive Stephen Elop. 7<1+- 1; 0-:-*A /1>-6 <0)< 1+-6;- =5*-: $ # # $% &# % 0); )8841-, .7: 76 8:-51;-; *--: ?16- =6,-: <0- 4+70741+ ->-:)/- 76<:74 )? )< !16$<:--< )3) 0=:+0 $<:--< :--87:< ' 76 8:-51; -; +76;=58<176 !

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Mobile operators in Europe, who are key to the success or failure of devices on the continent because of the subsidies they provide, told Reuters that Nokia’s new Symbian phones, a stopgap until the end of the year, were of little interest. Last quarter, Nokia made 29 percent of its devices and services sales in Europe, a yearon-year decline of 5 percent. Greater China sales grew 30 percent to 27 percent of the total. Analysts said their main concern was that Nokia, once the biggest player in mobile phones, may not be able to reclaim much market share even after it begins selling new phones based on Microsoft Corp’s Windows software in the fourth quarter. “We would continue to avoid the stock as Symbian smartphone sales are falling off faster than expected, and we are skeptical that new Windows Phone models will be able to replace lost profits,” said Gleacher & Co analyst Stephen Patel. The company said tough competition from Apple and Google. and from lower-end handset makers were driving down its sales and selling prices. After Tuesday’s drop, Nokia shares

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were trading at 10.4 times 12-month estimated forward earnings, compared with Apple’s 12.7 times and Microsoft’s 9.1 times. “We are concerned that the erosion that the company has suffered in Q2 is just the beginning and that there could be worse to follow,” Nomura’s Global Technology Specialist Richard Windsor wrote in a note. “Nokia’s potential release of a Windows Phone in Q4 is irrelevant, in our view,” he added, pointing out that it would be a highend device likely to ship in low volumes. Nomura cut its price target on Nokia shares to 4.00 euros from 4.75 euros and kept its “reduce” recommendation. J.P. Morgan cut its price target to 4.25 euros from 5 euros, while Credit Suisse cut its to 4 euros from 5.5

euros. “We see the earliest possible timing for the beginnings of a turnaround as the launch of new Windows products which we expect at the end of this year,” J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall said in a note, recommending investors remain underweight on the shares. “Even then there are no guarantees that consumers will want what Nokia is selling,” he wrote. Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi told Reuters: “The problem that Nokia is facing, especially in those markets that are operatorcontrolled like Europe, is that they’re going to have to reduce prices considerably in order to stay competitive.” “Operators are not going to be prepared to subsidize handsets where they don’t see demand,” added Milanesi, who leads

Gartner’s mobile devices research. Nokia has begun shipping its new Symbian phones, the business-focused E6 and multimedia X7, but most European operators contacted by Reuters had no plans to offer them. “Nokia is some way behind, I’m afraid, in terms of the smartphone user experience,” said a spokesman for one British operator who asked not to be named. A spokeswoman for Telekom Austria, which is offering the E7 in all the countries in which it operates but not the X7, said: “In general, Nokia handsets in the ultra-low cost area are still interesting devices for our customers, but in the smartphone space we can ignore them for the moment.” In Britain, Vodafone will offer the E6, and

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3, the country’s smallest operator, will offer the X7. T-Mobile and Orange have no plans to offer either. A spokeswoman for Deutsche Telekom in Germany said its TMobile unit would be launching the X7 in four weeks’ time, but not the E6. “The challenge we see with Nokia is that the Symbian phones are quite expensive,” she said. Like T-Mobile in the UK, she welcomed the advent of Androidbased smartphones from Chinese vendors such as ZTE , which makes phones for operators to put their own brand on, as well as ZTE-branded phones. “ZTE has an advantage as they offer smartphones that are less pricey,” she said. She added: “Nokia is, however, a very important supplier of nonsmartphones.”

GM to invest $88 million in Michigan plant DETROIT — General Motors Co. plans to invest $88 million in equipment and tooling for an unspecified new model to be built at its Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Michigan. The plant currently builds three models of the mid-size Cadillac CTS car — sedan, coupe and wagon — along with a high-powered Vseries version of each model. The high-powered wagon is the least fuelefficient small station wagon on the U.S. market, according to the U.S. Department of Energy website www.fueleconomy.gov,

General Motors employee Annette Carlysle works on the assembly line at Flint, Michigan Engine Operations. which rates the vehicle at 12 miles to the gallon in city driving and 18 miles on the highway.

The Lansing Grand River plant currently employs 917 hourly and salaried employees, GM said.

The investment is part of GM’s previously announced plan to invest $2 billion in 17 U.S. plants.

Hulu to show Miramax films under multi-year pact BANGALORE — Film studio Miramax and Internet video company Hulu signed a multi-year agreement to bring films made by the studio to some Hulu subscribers. Hulu Plus subscribers, who get access to some premium content, will be able to

watch films like Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting and Scream, as part of the agreement. Hulu, jointly owned by Comcast, News Corp and Walt Disney Co, is a subscription service that offers streaming videos of TV shows and movies.

“Making our films available via premium digital distribution channels is extremely important to Miramax,” Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said in a statement. No financial terms of the agreement were disclosed. Earlier this month,

Miramax signed a similar deal with movie rental service Netflix Inc. Miramax, which was a unit of Walt Disney until late last year, was sold to a consortium that included construction magnate Ron Tutor and investment firm Colony Capital LLC.


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Google wanted to team with Facebook, now fierce rival By ALEXEI ORESKOVIC and SARAH MCBRIDE PALOS VERDES, Calif./SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. confessed it tried unsuccessfully to team up with Facebook, as the search giant adapts to a shifting technology landscape and strives to maintain growth. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a conference on Tuesday that social networking site Facebook had rebuffed its entreaties to do a deal, while acknowledging he had not pushed hard enough to address the rising threat posed by Facebook during his tenure as CEO.

“Three years ago I wrote memos talking about this general problem. I knew that I had to do something and I failed to do it,” Schmidt said. “A CEO should take responsibility,” he said. “I screwed up.” Schmidt, who ended his 10-year run as CEO in April and handed the reins to 38-year-old Google co-founder Larry Page, made the comments at the D9 conference organized by the blog AllThingsD. Google, which generated roughly $29 billion in gross revenue last year, is the world’s No.1 search engine. But its core advertising business is under threat from rapidly growing upstarts such as Facebook and Groupon, while the emergence of

new computing gadgets has spurred a growing rivalry with iPhonemaker Apple. During a nearly 90minute onstage interview, Schmidt discussed the increasingly competitive landscape, as well as the growing privacy and regulatory scrutiny it is facing. But he seemed dismissive of software giant Microsoft, which was “not driving the consumer revolution.” A former Apple board member, Schmidt admitted their relationship had gotten “rough” as Google began to develop its Android smartphone operating system, though they remained partners in certain businesses. Google recently renewed a partnership with Apple in which

Sprint files to block AT&T purchase of T-Mobile USA By SINEAD CAREW and DIANE BARTZ Sprint Nextel has formally asked U.S. regulators to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion purchase of TMobile USA, saying the deal “has no public interest benefit” and would harm competition even if it comes with conditions. Sprint — the most vocal opponent of the deal, which would create a new leader in the U.S. wireless market — said that even if the Federal Communications Commission forced AT&T to divest assets as a condition, that would not be enough. “The proposed transaction would produce no tangible public interest benefits and would impose serious anticompetitive harms that cannot be remedied through divestitures or conditions,” Sprint said on Tuesday, the deadline for initial responses to AT&T’s application to the FCC. Smaller rival Leap Wireless and advocacy

groups like Free Press have spoken out against the deal, as have many individual consumers in FCC filings. On the flip side, AT&T said in a statement on Tuesday that it had support from groups including “community, civic and minority organizations,” as well as 13 governors. The deal requires FCC and Justice Department approval. AT&T argues that it needs T-Mobile USA’s spectrum to expand high-speed services faster and improve its network performance, which has been criticized by consumers. But Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile operator, took issue with that argument, saying that AT&T has no lack of spectrum. Instead Sprint said AT&T’s problem is that it has “simply failed to upgrade or invest sufficiently in its network.” It said AT&T already has enough spectrum to cover 97 percent of Americans with highspeed mobile services. But Sprint argues that it may be come

more difficult for consumers to pay for such services as smaller companies like itself would have less power to moderate service pricing after the deal as the two top carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, would then control about 80 percent of the market. Like Sprint, TMobile USA — a unit of Deutsche Telekom — tends to appeal to more cost conscious consumers than AT&T so the worry is that the cheaper prices would end up being phased out over time. Sprint also argued in its lengthy filing with the FCC that AT&T’s control of wireline assets such as connections to mobile broadcast towers would “exacerbate the anticompetitive effects of the takeover.” A merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA would increase AT&T’s share of the market to 44 percent from 32 percent, with Verizon continuing to hold 35 percent, according to Sprint, which estimated its own market share at 15 percent.

Google provides map technology featured on the iPhone, he said. Giving the audience a glimpse of efforts to jumpstart growth, Schmidt showed off a new online coupon service slated to launch in Portland, Oregon Wednesday, that will allow the online giant to compete with Groupon and its ilk. He said the company will soon announce thousands of merchants for a service twinned with a mobile-payments system that lets consumers tap their phones to pay at the checkout counter. Schmidt is among the more than a dozen tech industry executives slated to speak at the conference, taking place this week at an upscale resort in Southern California. Other scheduled speakers include the chief executives of Walt Disney Co, HewlettPackard, Twitter, Zynga, Groupon and Alibaba. With more than 26,000 employees, Google has used its vast resources to expand

into various markets beyond Web search, including phone and television, online productivity software and even electronic books. Its Android software has become the No. 1 smartphone operating system after less than three years on the market. But investors are increasingly impatient to see a return from these initiatives, and fret that new CEO Page’s free-spending ways may pressure profit margins. Shares of Google, which underperformed the market in 2010, are down roughly 16 percent since the company announced in January that Page would replace Schmidt. Asked about the difference between his stint as CEO and Page’s,

Schmidt said that Page would have “much greater product rigor” and move even more quickly than he was able to. One of the areas some Wall Street investors complain it has not moved swiftly enough, is social networking. Schmidt did not specify what sort of deal with Facebook he had tried to secure, but noted that Google’s search could be improved with access to Facebook’s vast trove of data about Web surfers’ friends and acquaintances. “We tried very hard to partner with Facebook,” Schmidt said. “They were unwilling to do the deal,” he added, noting that Facebook had traditionally partnered with Microsoft.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to Title 5, Chapter 3, Subchapter 3 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, a public hearing will be held at 22 Reade Street, Borough of Manhattan on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 10:00 am on the following: REAL PROPERTY PUBLIC HEARING in the matter of the acquisition by the City of New York of fee simple interests on the following real estate in the County of Orange for the purposes of operating and maintaining the water supply of the City of New York: Municipality Tax Lot ID Acres (+/-) Town of Newburgh 8.-1-15.2 & 19.1 23.43 8.-1-16 & 17 7.50 A copy of the Mayor’s Preliminary Certificate of Adoption and maps of the real estate to be acquired are available for public inspection upon request. Please call (845) 340-7810. Caswell F. Holloway Commissioner

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NYCT intends to purchase the following item(s) without competitive bidding from the only known source(s). Any other firm may assert its potential to supply the item(s) by notifying the designated NYCT Contact in writing within 5 business days of this notice. Contract #: N/A, Desc: Harness, Engine ECU Cummins ISB Mfg/Supplier Part #: Harris Assembly P/N 071015538/ Orion P/N 071015538 (NYC Transit P/N 88-21-0043) NYCT Contact: M. Lamboy, MTA –NYCT, 2 Broadway, 19th Flr, NY, NY 10004, Ph: (646) 252-6030 Earliest Award Date: 6/20/11

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MNR will receive sealed bids for the following. Bids must be submitted on inquiry forms provided by MNR by the specified date and time. Bid documents are available at the Procurement & Material Management Department, 347 Madison Ave, NY, NY 10017, 212-340-3223. INQUIRY #, DESCRIPTION, (DUE DATE, TIME, CONTACT): INQ#: 4531, Cast Iron Stair Treads & Landing for Replacement @ Track 11-13 GCT, (6/22/11, 2:30 PM, Paul Kennedy); INQ#: 8678-A, Heavy Duty Floor Cleaner Bulk Delivery Mfg: Fine Organics or approved equal, (6/14/11, 2:30PM, Theresa M Valentine); INQ#: 14715: 7"x 9"x 8',6" wood crossties preplated with 6" tie plates, (6/14/11, 2PM, Rene Munoz); INQ#: 100000473, Purchase of two (2) Hi-Rail Cold Air Snow Blowers, (6/15/11, 3:00 PM, Irene Gallante, 212-340-2616); INQ#: 8686-A, Joint PM, Inspection, Emergency Service Macton/Joyce Car Hoist and Turntable Equipment, (6/21/11, 2:00 PM, P.E. Herrera); INQ#: 8687-A, Preventive Maintenance/Repair Air Compressors, (6/30/11, 2:00 PM, P.E. Herrera); INQ#: 1000004600, Cummins Engine Parts, (6/14/11, 3:00 PM, Irene Gallante, 212-340-2616); INQ#: 4736, Terrazzo Tread & Riser Combo, Precast, Green & Red Fabrication Only. (7/12/11, 2:30 PM, Paul Kennedy); INQ#: 1-3317, Various Sized Frogs, Rail,Poly Joints,Rail with IJ's & OTM, (6/21/11, 2:00PM, Rene Munoz); INQ#: 8688-A, Third Rail Contact Shoes, (6/21/11, 2:30 PM, Theresa M Valentine); INQ#: 3870, Construction Services for Mott Haven Yard Paving, (7/6/11, 2:00 PM, Brian Webster); INQ#: 1-4839, Lithium Bromide Solution Uninhibited in 30 Gallons Drums, (6/23/11, 2:30 PM, Edrina Mitchell); INQ#: 1000004166, Purchase and installation of two boilers (Cleaver Brooks & Weil McLain or approved equal) in Poughkeepsie, NY, (6/30/11, 3 PM, Donna L. Smith, dlsmith@mnr.org).

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MTA Metro-North Railroad is purchasing the items from the suppliers noted below which are the only known responsible source. The purpose of this notice is to invite any firm that believes it can also provide these items to submit a quotation. Bids must be submitted on the inquiry forms provided by MNR no later than the specified date(s) and time(s). Vendors wishing to obtain bid documents should call (212) 340-3223. Item: Voice Logging Recorders Supplier: NICE Systems, Inc. Bid #: 2270 Date/Time: 7/5/11 at 2:00 PM Contact: Brian Webster Item: Relay Test Equipment Supplier: S&C Distribution Bid #: 1000004358 Date/Time: 6/16/2011 at 3:00 PM Contact: Jacqueline Waddell Item: Order for Various Cembre Signal Parts Supplier: Cembre, Inc. Edison, NJ Bid #: 4878 Date/Time: 6/22/11 at 12 PM Contact: J. Walker


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Stern: new NBA deal in time will be a “challenge” By BRIAN MAHONEY MIAMI - David Stern has added another negotiating session to the two already scheduled with NBA players next week, and says there will be more beyond those. Even that might not be enough to prevent a work stoppage. The NBA Commissioner acknowledged Tuesday it will be “a challenge” to reach a deal for a new collective bargaining agreement before the current one expires in a month. “The question is whether the owners and the players will be bold enough to do what has to be done here to keep this sport on the track that it is on now, which is straight up,” Stern said during his annual news conference before Game 1 of the NBA finals. Owners are seeking major financial changes to the deal that expires June 30. Without an agreement, the owners could then lock out the players. The sides already planned to sit down twice when the series moves to Dallas, and Stern said Tuesday groups from both negotiating committees will

be in Miami yesterday for what he called a “fullblown” bargaining session. “We told the players and the owners to bring their negotiating talents to South Beach,” Stern said, poking fun at the line LeBron James used when he announced he was leaving Cleveland as a free agent last summer. Both sides insist they want to avoid a situation similar to the NFL’s, which is currently being carried out through the court system - though the players did file a charge against the NBA with the National Labor

Relations Board last week for unfair bargaining practices. So Stern said the key is continued meetings before the deadline, some in small groups and others with more voices in the room. “I know that both sides will make their best offers before the lockout, because if they don’t, then there’s going to be a lockout that would be destructive to our business from the owners’ perspective and the players’ perspective,” Stern said. “So that’s why we’ve scheduled these sessions, and we’ll schedule more, because we want to face this issue.” Stern said the league learned of the union’s NLRB charge while on the way to a negotiating session last week, where the players offered some unspecified new ideas. He said the league was not concerned by the complaint, adding “that’s a part of the challenge, really, whether we’re going to be bold enough to negotiate as

opposed to posture.” Players have balked at the owners’ desire for a hard salary cap system to replace the current one that allows for certain exceptions. Stern didn’t deny that a hard cap could force the Heat to have to break up their trio of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to conform to new rules. The league also seeks to slash player salary costs by nearly $800 million annually, along with reductions in the length of contracts and the amount for which they can be guaranteed. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver, the lead negotiator for the league, says costs have risen faster than revenues during this CBA, which was ratified in 2005. “The built-in increases of our contracts are much higher than inflation and the growth in our business,” Silver said. “For example, the three key players on the Heat all have 10 1/2 percent per year increases built into their deals for next year, at a point when revenues in our business are growing somewhere around 3 percent. It’s a broken system.” Players quickly rejected the owners’ initial proposal for a new deal in February 2010

World Baseball Classic expanding to 28 teams NEW YORK - The World Baseball Classic will expand from 16 to 28 countries with the addition of a new qualifying round for the 2013 international competition, organizers said yesterday. The new round of qualifying for the tournament, won by Japan both times it has been staged, will feature 16 teams divided into four pools of four teams each and include the four WBC teams from the 2009 tournament that did not win a game. The countries invited to the qualifying round were Brazil, Canada, Taiwan, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Britain, Israel, New

Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Spain and Thailand. Already qualified based on the 2009 results are Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela. “Growing the game of baseball around the globe is the primary objective of the World Baseball Classic,” Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “By expanding the competitive field of the 2013 tournament, we are demonstrating our commitment to this goal and reinforcing that the World Baseball Classic is the premier

showcase of baseball around the globe.” Japan beat South Korea 5-3 in 10 innings to retain the crown in 2009 in Los Angeles after capturing the inaugural WBC title in 2006 by defeating Cuba 10-6 in the San Diego final. Qualifying round games will take place in 2012 and the four pools will operate under a double-elimination format. Composition of the pools will be determined once the venues are selected. Each pool winner will advance to the World Baseball Classic tournament, scheduled for March 2013. The event, featuring the top players from each country, will be held every four years after that.

and the league finally made a second one at the end of last month that didn’t interest the union. The players have made just one counterproposal last summer, but Stern said the sides continue to exchange ideas. He said they aren’t near the point where they could extend the June 30 deadline, and that “everyone knows that offers get worse, not better” in a work

stoppage. “As David said, I think it would be a mistake for both sides if we do not put our best proposals forward before that deadline, because it is a very real deadline,” Silver said. “And while we’ve incurred some damage already, it will move to a new level once we’re in a work stoppage, if that were to occur.”

Ivey skipping WSOP in protest of Full Tilt; sues LAS VEGAS - Poker’s biggest superstar, Phil Ivey, has filed a lawsuit in Las Vegas in hopes of spurring his online poker sponsor to repay player funds in limbo since it was targeted in a federal gambling crackdown. County court records in Las Vegas show Ivey filed suit yesterday against Tiltware LLC, a company tied to online poker operator Full Tilt Poker. Ivey said in a statement late Tuesday that he was filing suit to spur Full Tilt to quickly repay funds in customer accounts. Ivey, one of poker’s most decorated stars, also said he would protest by not playing in this year’s World Series of Poker. The series that started Tuesday is poker’s biggest showcase. Ivey’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment from The Associated Press. “I wholeheartedly refuse to accept non-action as to repayment of players’ funds and I am angered that people who have supported me throughout my career have been treated so poorly,” Ivey said in a statement posted on his Facebook page and website late Tuesday. Seven executives and others tied to Full Tilt were indicted in April as part of a federal crackdown of online poker operators, including PokerStars and Absolute Poker. Since then, the sites have made deals to begin repaying customer money in online accounts, but only PokerStars has started refunds. Attempts to reach Full Tilt were not immediately successful. Five days after the indictments, when Full Tilt announced an agreement toward repaying players, the company said it was a first step in a process that still had significant practical and legal obstacles, including the lack of an authorized payment channel to make refunds. Ivey, an eight-time gold bracelet winner at the series who has a high-stakes poker room named after him in Sin City, is widely considered the game’s best player - legendary for his gambling and fairly private nature. Ivey didn’t enter a $25,000 buy-in heads up tournament on Tuesday, the series’ opener. He has cashed 42 times at the series since 2000, earning $5.3 million, including a seventh place finish in 2009 at the no-limit Texas Hold `em main event, poker’s richest tournament.

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HOFers disagree with Scottie Pippen By MATT EHALT As soon as Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen said that LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game, instead of Michael Jordan, who he called the greatest scorer, he created a national stir with fans and pundits analyzing his statement. His Hall of Fame brethren are now joining the conversation, and the early results are showing that Pippen might be by himself in his claim. Kareem AbdulJabbar released a letter Tuesday saying he disagrees that James may be the greatest player of all time and Jordan is the greatest scorer of all time, while Isiah Thomas said the potential is there for James to match Jordan, but he’s not sure that the Heat’s superstar will pass Jordan. “I have nothing but respect for you my friend as an athlete and knowledgeable basketball mind. But you are

way off in your assessment of who is the greatest player of all time and the greatest scorer of all time,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote on kareemabduljabbar.com. “Your comments are off because of your limited perspective.” Pippen started the firestorm of debate when he told ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on May 27: “Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to ever play the game. I may go so far as saying LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game.” He added that James is the complete package and he’s unstoppable in transition. While Pippen later tweeted that Jordan was and still is the greatest, he said that James could get to his level and called LeBron the best all-around player in the game. Abdul-Jabbar had plenty to disagree with in his open letter on his website called “How Soon They Forget: An

Open Letter to Scottie Pippen.” He challenged the notion of Jordan as the greatest scorer by saying that crown belongs to Wilt Chamberlain, citing Chamberlain’s 1961-62 season when he averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds. Abdul-Jabbar, who is the league’s all-time points leader, also wrote about Chamberlain’s 100point game and the smaller league size, which he said meant there was better talent in the league then compared to when Jordan played from the 1980s to the 2000s. “So MJ has to be appraised in perspective,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “His incredible athletic ability, charisma and leadership on the court helped to make basketball popular around the world — no question about that. But in terms of greatness MJ has to take a backseat to The Stilt.” The former Lakers and Bucks center didn’t stop there, though, as he also compared

Jordan to Bill Russell and his eight straight titles, as well as Russell’s profound career rebounding average. He only mentioned James once in the letter. “Bill played on a total of 11 Championship teams and as you very well know, Scottie, the ring is the thing, and everything else is just statistics. So I would advise you to do a little homework before crowning Michael or LeBron with the title of best ever,” AbdulJabbar wrote. “As dominant as he is, LeBron has yet to win a championship. I must say that it looks like Miami has finally put the team together that will change that circumstance. Its my hope that today’s players get a better perspective on exactly what has been done in this league in the days of yore.” Thomas, whose Piston teams beat Jordan’s Bulls three straight times before finally losing in 1991 as Jordan later claimed his first title, didn’t have as firm a stance as

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Abdul-Jabbar, but that argument and you wouldn’t agree with can have that debate. “Right now, Jordan Pippen’s comments either. was such a complete “I think LeBron has a player on both ends, he chance to eclipse was a great foul shootJordan if he continues er, he turned into a 3to improve his game, point shooter, he had but where they are midrange game, he had right now, you still low-post game, he was a have to take Jordan as lock-down defender and being the better player,” LeBron is getting to Thomas said Tuesday that in all those areas. night on “The Stephen Now, he hasn’t gotten A. Smith Show” on there yet and we don’t ESPN Radio 1050. know if he will get “Now, six years from there. But if he does get now, if LeBron contin- there, he will probably ues to add different only be equal to, I don’t facets to his game, then know if he can ever be maybe you can have better.”

For Haslem, defense never r ests By MARC J. SPEARS MIAMI - Udonis Haslem looked exhausted as he sat in the Miami Heat’s locker room late Tuesday. After bending over to take off his shoes, he exhaled a long sigh of relief. The thought of practicing yesterday? Nope, that wasn’t going to happen. All Haslem wanted was to soak in an ice bath in hopes the deep cold would rid him of his pain. That’s what guarding Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will do to you, especially when you’re trying to play on a sore left foot. And yet for nearly 30 minutes of the Heat’s 92-84 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Haslem looked as sturdy as ever. Nowitzki scored 27 points, but Haslem helped make him earn them:

Nowitzki missed 11 of his 18 shots. The majority of attention on the Heat during these Finals will understandably be focused on their three superstars: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But Haslem’s defense on Nowitzki - just like it was five years ago - will go a long way in determining whether Miami wins its second championship. “It ain’t easy,” Haslem said. “After the game you can feel it. There’s not too many [power forwards] running off [screens]. Usually a fourman gets a cross screen to the post or something like that. They run him off singles ...” Haslem didn’t finish the sentence, exhaling one more time instead. “It’s difficult,” he said.

Haslem took a keen interest in watching Nowitzki on TV during the first three rounds of the playoffs. The 7foot Nowitzki’s ability to shoot 3-pointers after coming off screens typically reserved for guards, the onelegged fallback jumpers, the pretty baseline spin - Haslem loved it all. But with each passing playoff game the Heat and Mavericks won, Haslem went from watching Nowitzki for fun to watching him as preparation. “I was doing my homework from the beginning of the playoffs,” Haslem said. “I didn’t know if we were going to play them. But when I saw him playing the way he’s playing throughout the playoffs, I’m a basketball head so I love watching games. I’ve been a fan of his all the way up until this point. I kind of

started my work earlier without really working - just watching him play.” The fact that Haslem is even guarding Nowitzki is impressive in itself. Haslem was expected to be a key role player for Miami, but missed the majority of the season after tearing ligaments in his foot on Nov. 20. He didn’t return until Game 4 of the Heat’s second-round series against the Boston Celtics - and he played less than three minutes that night, picking up two fouls in the process. After he played just four minutes in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals, it seemed unlikely that Haslem would be able to contribute much for the remainder of these playoffs. “It’s hard to explain U.D. and what’s inside of him - the

championship heart,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “None of us really anticipated he would be available to this extent.” Bosh and center Joel Anthony are the starting post players for the Heat. But when it came to guarding Nowitzki in Game 1, Haslem did most of the heavy lifting. The Heat had hope in Haslem after he had a solid defensive performance against Nowitzki in the 2006 Finals. Nowitzki averaged 26.6 points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field during that regular season, but those numbers dropped to 22.8 points on 39 percent shooting in the Finals. Miami won the series in six games.


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Sports Briefs Heat finishing strongly and say they can improve

MIAMI - The Miami Heat were maligned throughout much of the regular season for the way they struggled down the stretch of close games. That hasn’t been a factor of late in these playoffs. The Heat have won five straight games, outscoring opponents in the fourth quarter of each of those contests, including Game 1 of the NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. And going into Game 2 of the title series tonight, the Heat say they can get even better, even on the defensive end. Miami has not allowed an opponent to shoot over 40 percent in the fourth quarter of a game since Game 1 of the East finals against Chicago. Perhaps not coincidentally, that was the last time the Heat lost.

Philadelphia honors native champ Hopkins

By JIMMY GOLEN BOSTON - Shaquille O’Neal, who struggled to get on the court for the Boston Celtics because of leg injuries, said on Twitter yesterday that he is going to retire after a 19year career in which he won four NBA titles and

the 2000 league Most or several - in each of his six NBA cities, the Big Shamroq did Valuable Player award. O’Neal sent a tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, “im retiring.” It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, “We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first: I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.” An inveterate pranskter who gave himself a new nickname -

not notify his latest team of his plans. He played just 37 games this year, the first of a two-year deal at the veteran’s minimum salary, making just three brief appearances after Feb. 1. “To my knowledge, he has not informed any of us that he’s retiring,” Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said.

How about a ‘death penalty’ for coaches? By PAUL NEWBERRY Jim Tressel was just working the system. For much of the past decade, he knew his job was safe even while his program flouted the rules over and over. The formula is wellknown to everyone in the coaching profession: Win enough games, pad the coffers, capture a championship every now and then, and the job is yours unless you do something REALLY bad. Tressel finally did something REALLY bad - covering up NCAA violations at

Ohio State for close to a year - but you still have to wonder why it took so long for this day to arrive. What we need is a death penalty for coaches. After two strikes, he’s done. For good. Tressel would have been gone long ago. Even before he got to Ohio State, Tressel ran afoul of the rules with his recruitment of the star quarterback at little Youngstown State. Turns out, the man known as “the Vest” was just getting warmed up. The sliminess went big time in the Big Ten, from the offensive coordinator who tried to arrange a loan AND a car for a recruit, to the future Heisman Trophy

winner taking 500 bills from a booster. There was never a shortage of Buckeyes on the arrest blotter, and the sleazeo-meter was flashing like a slot machine when Tressel somehow figured out a way to get Maurice Clarett in school long enough to win a national championship before he traded his football uniform for prison scrubs. No problem, coach. As long as we’re beating Michigan and capturing trophies, it’s all good. They could shut down these rogues if they really wanted to, but no one has the guts to take on deluded alumni who equate the success of athletic programs with the worth of their own lives?

Certainly not Ohio State president-slashapologist Gordon Gee, who joked back in February that he had no intention of firing Tressel. “Are you kidding?” Gee said. “I’m just hopeful the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” This was AFTER the president learned his coach had known for months that several players, including starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were selling off rings, uniforms and just about anything that wasn’t nailed down to a shady tattoo-parlor owner. Instead of telling his bosses about the NCAA violations, Tressel decided to keep that juicy little bit of information to himself.

PHILADELPHIA - Bernard Hopkins was honored by Mayor Michael Nutter at the Rocky statue outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art for winning the WBC light heavyweight championship. Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light heavyweight title May 21 from Jean Pascal at the age of 46. Hopkins is a Philadelphia native and called yesterday’s ceremony an event he won’t forget. Hopkins still runs the famous “Rocky” steps and trains for fights in the city. Nutter says Hopkins is a real-life example of what it means to be given a second chance. Hopkins served five years in state prison. He says he wants to continue to make the city proud and has no immediate plans to retire.

NFLPA to stage rookie educational program The NFL Players Association will stage a twoday educational program for rookies at the end of June and cover all costs. One week after the league canceled its annual rookie symposium because of the owners’ lockout of the players, the NFLPA has set up what it calls “The Business of Football, Rookie Edition” for Washington on June 28-29. Every drafted rookie - all 254 of them - is invited. “We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said. The forum will cover financial education and planning, proper behavior on and off the field, and other information to prepare rookies for a future in the NFL. Because of the lockout, those draftees can have no communication with the teams that selected them in April. “Great idea and I’m all for it,” agent Drew Rosenhaus said in an email to the AP. “I’m glad the NFLPA stepped in & kept this concept going. It is important for these young men and now they won’t miss out.” The NFL canceled the rookie symposium because it could not commit to the number of people who needed to attend and lecture the rookies. It was scheduled for June 26 in Canton, Ohio. - BARRY WILNER


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