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A large tree stretches across a road after pulling down electrical wires in Queens.

Floodwater caused by Tropical Storm Irene rushes along Route 73 in St. Huberts, N.Y. tearing up the road as it flows.

Hurricane Irene likely will be among the costliest that much of the damage may not be covered by catastrophes in U.S. history, analysts say, adding insurance. SEE PAGE 3.

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N E W S B RI E F S JUDGE OKS LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NYPD STOP AND FRISKS A federal judge has given the green light to a lawsuit challenging how the New York Police Department carries out its stopand-frisk policies aimed at reducing crime. Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan is letting proceed a lawsuit that challenges the city’s policies as biased, particularly toward Blacks and Hispanics. The judge said the allegations in the lawsuit were supported well enough to justify a trial to decide if New York’s stop-and-frisk policies are legal. She said the trial can determine whether quotas prompted officers to stop suspects without just cause. She said the trial can also decide whether police leadership has failed to adequately train officers. The city law office said it is reviewing the decision. METROCARD HOLDERS WON’T GET STORM REIMBURSEMENT It looks like unlimited ride MetroCard holders will not be reimbursed for the lost time as a result of Tropical Storm Irene. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it won’t be adding back days for seven-day or 30-day MetroCard holders because of the transit system shutdown. They say the process would take too long and requires board approval. The agency is working with its insurance company and the federal government to cover lost revenues from the shutdown, with that money going back into the system for the benefit of riders. ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEFTS FUEL SPIKE IN SUBWAY CRIME Straphangers may want to hold on tighter to their belongings as new statistics released by the New York City Police Department show crime in the city’s subways spiked 17 percent this year. It’s being attributed mostly to thefts of cell phones, iPods and other electronics. Authorities say in most cases victims are standing by the doors with devices in plain view, when someone snatches them as the doors close, and runs off. Grand larcenies are also up by more than a quarter, but felony assaults have dipped about six percent. The NYPD transit chief says the system is as safe as it’s ever been, but cautions that people should be mindful.

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Obama: Could add 1 million new jobs By MATT SPETALNICK and ALISTER BULL WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said on Tuesday there were a range of policy options available that could create up to a million new U.S. jobs, in remarks ahead of a major economic speech that he will deliver next week. Obama must boost growth and bring down unemployment to be confident of winning another White House term in the November 2012 general election. Economists are skeptical he will get Congress to agree to significant new spending on jobs. “We don’t have magic bullets, but what we do have, I think, is the capacity to do some things right now that would make a big difference,” Obama said in a interview with popular radio talkshow host Tom Joyner. The White House says details of the job creation proposals Obama will unveil next week are still being worked out and it has yet to announce an exact date or location for his speech, although Obama hinted at some of the ideas he would put forth.

“There is no doubt that we can take steps that would mean the economy was growing a percent or a percentage and a half faster. That could mean half a million to a million additional jobs,” Obama said. U.S. GDP output expanded at an annual rate of 1 percent in the second quarter of this year — a downward revision of the Commerce Department’s prior estimate of 1.3 percent — and unemployment remained at a painfully high 9.1 percent in July. “This is a situation where the economy essentially had a heart attack and the patient lived, and the patient is getting better, but it’s getting better very slowly,” Obama told Joyner, who draws a large African American audience, a key part of the president’s political base. The White House blames the sluggish economic performance on fallout from the worst recession since the Great Depression that Democrat Obama inherited when he took office. His Republican opponents reject this as a lame excuse. Asked what his speech could touch upon, Obama cited a number of measures that he has talked about in recent weeks, including infrastruc-

ture spending to upgrade the country’s roads, bridges and schools, as well as extending a payroll tax cut and jobless aid. “All these ideas are ones that have been presented to Congress. We’ll be putting out several other additional ideas. We’ve got to do it, unfortunately, at a time when money is tight. George Bush left us (a) $1 trillion deficit,” he said, referring to the former Republican president. Obama said in remarks earlier on Tuesday in Minneapolis that his speech next week would address both job creation and deficit reduction. Asked how he planned to get his jobs strategy past Republicans who control the House of Representatives, Obama said he expected continued resistance from his opponents, but insisted that “they’re speaking only to a very narrow segment of the population, their base.” “My attitude is that my job is to present the best plans possible. Congress needs to act,” Obama said. “If Congress does not act, then I’m going to be going on the road and talking to folks, and this next election very well may end up being a referendum on whose vision of America is better.”

City to receive federal aid in storm cleanup efforts While the cleanup is far from over from Hurricane Irene, the city and state are getting assistance from the federal government. President Barack Obama has declared New York a major disaster area. That makes residents of several upstate counties eligible for federal aid for temporary housing, home repairs, and loans to cover the replacement of lost items. The hardest-hit counties that qualify include Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie and Ulster. Here in the city, the declaration only applies to public assistance funds for emergency work and storm damage repairs in all boroughs except Brooklyn, though it could be added to the list at a later date. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency joined Governor Andrew Cuomo on a tour yesterday of some of the most devastated areas upstate. “There are two realities to what Irene did to New York. And one real-

ity was that New York City and an Long Island in some ways we celebrated that the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been downstate. That’s one reality,” said Cuomo. “There’s an exact opposite reality in upstate New York, the mid-Hudson, the Catskills the North Country that paid a terrible, terrible price for this storm and is going to need our time and our attention and our resources to restore.” “FEMA will not be going. We will remain here. There will be a presence here. We will be helping you with this recovery and bringing this community back to where it was before,” Napolitano said. Of New York’s 62 counties, 26 have damage. Six New Yorkers were killed because of the storm. Four towns are still underwater. Governor Cuomo says countless bridges and roads need to be repaired. Debris removal and shelter operations are also being added to the storm’s tally. In South Ozone Park, Queens, res-

idents yesterday could still be seen cleaning up fallen trees. “While we’re not sexy because of flooding, all these trees are down, power is down, we lost everything in the refrigerator, and the sidewalk needs to be fixed,” said South Ozone Park Andrea Pryce. Analysts say Irene will likely be one of the 10 costliest disasters in U.S. history with estimated damage totaling anywhere between $7 billion and $10 billion. Meanwhile, Consolidated Edison expects to have electricity returned to nearly all city customers sometime today. The utility says Irene was its worst storm ever for damage caused by trees. It’s been dealing with a record 188,000 outages in its coverage area, most of them in Westchester. Con Ed says its crews have been working around-the-clock to clear away hundreds of fallen trees that took out power lines. For more information or to report an outage, visit ConEd.com or call 1800-75-CONED.

Most U.S. Muslims back Ground Zero mosque WASHINGTON — Most Muslim Americans support the proposal to build a controversial mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero, a survey shows. The Pew Research Center survey found 81 percent of U.S. Muslims have heard about the project and, of those, 72 percent say it should be allowed to be built. At the same time, 20 percent of the country’s Muslims say it should not be allowed to be built, while 15 percent say it should be allowed even

though they personally believe it’s a bad idea to build it near the World Trade Center site, the survey found. The survey revealed a decidedly different view among the general public. Of about 78 percent who heard of the project, only 38 percent said it should be allowed to be built, while 47 percent said it should not. The mosque and Islamic center would be built just two blocks from where the World Trade Center stood before being destroyed in the 2001 terrorist attack by al-Qaida.

Asked about mosques or Islamic centers in their community, 14 percent of U.S. Muslims said there had been opposition to building a mosque in the past few years and 15 percent said a mosque or Islamic center in their community has been vandalized or a target of other hostility in the past 12 months, the survey found. The survey was based on telephone interviews of about 1,075 people and had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.


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Hurricane Irene could be among costliest storms Hurricane Irene likely will be among the costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, analysts say, adding that much of the damage may not be covered by insurance. Analysts said much of the damage was caused by flooding, which is excluded from many standard insurance policies, The New York Times reported yesterday. At least 43 deaths have been attributed to Irene, CNN reported. As of Tuesday, about 2.85 million customers were without power, the Department of Energy reported. Nearly 6.7 million customers initially were without power because of the storm. Flood advisories were posted for much of New Jersey, as well as portions of Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and North Carolina. Insurance industry officials peg Irene’s costs from $7 billion to $10 billion, largely because the hurricane cut through such a wide swath of the East Coast. Irene flooded cotton and tobacco crops in North Carolina, temporarily stopped shellfish harvesting in Chesapeake Bay, Va., closed sport-

ing and entertainment venues, zapped power, snarled transit for commuters and shooed tourists off Atlantic Ocean beaches just before summer’s last hurrah. Insurers typically covered about half of the total losses in past storms, but a Kinetic Analysis Corp. study indicates insurers may cover less than 40 percent of the costs associated with Hurricane Irene, the Times said. That is partly because flooding caused so much damage and it is unclear how many damaged homes have flood insurance coverage, and partly because deductibles have risen in coastal areas in recent years, requiring some homeowners to pick up at least $4,000 worth of damages before insurers cover the loss. Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut sought expedited disaster declarations from the federal government Tuesday, which would open up avenues for more federal aid. The effects of Irene were felt in parts of New England, as flooding and widespread power failures continued to affect tens of thousands of people.

“I think this is going to end up being a bigger event than people think it is,” Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said. “All of this is massive in scope. What the final dollar amount is, I don’t know.” In hard-hit southern Vermont, the National Guard airlifted food, water and other supplies Tuesday to hundreds of people stranded in 13 communities cut off by floods since Sunday, the Times said. “I think it’s probably a very scary thing to not know when you can get out of town and to have a water system that’s not working and a general store that has run out of bottled water,” Mark Bosma, a spokesman for the Vermont Office of Emergency Management, said. “People are extremely nervous about being isolated.” In northern New Jersey, the Passaic River, already high because of a rainy summer, roiled after Irene blew through, CNN reported. “Before Irene hit, the Passaic River was already running high from frequent precipitation this summer,” Wheeler Antabanez of Montclair, N.J., said. “When the hurricane blew through and

Panel releases 9/11 Commission report card WASHINGTON — The United States “is undoubtedly safer” since terrorists attacked the country 10 years ago, but serious flaws remain in security, a panel said. “Today, our country is undoubtedly safer and more secure than it was a decade ago. We have damaged our enemy, but the ideology of violent Islamist extremism is alive and attracting new adherents, including right here in our own country,” the Bipartisan Policy Center National Security Preparedness Group said in a release. The group released a report card on the unfinished recommendations of the Sept. 11 Commission, formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. “With important 9/11 Commission recommendations outlined in this report still unfulfilled, we fail to achieve the security we could or should have,” the report said.

The report did recognize work of the FBI and the CIA for working cooperatively, with the panel said resulted in the disruption of terrorist plots and the capture or killing of operatives. The bipartisan group, led by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, RInd., said the government officials failed in developing a biometric entry-exit screening system, standardized secure identification and reconciling civil liberties with executive powers. Despite 10 years of work on security detection, “the aviation screening system still falls short in critical ways with respect to detection,” the report said. The report took to task the president and Congress. For example, Congress and the president set up a commission-rec-

ommended Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to monitor actions across government, but the board. “has, in fact, been dormant for more than three years.” Despite lives being at stake, a recommendation to improve radio interoperability for first responders “has stalled because of a political fight over whether to allocate 10 MHz of radio … directly to public safety for a nationwide network,” the report said. “Our terrorist adversaries and the tactics and techniques they employ are evolving rapidly. We will see new attempts, and likely successful attacks,” the report said. “One of our major deficiencies before the 9/11 attacks was a failure by national security agencies to adapt quickly to new and different kinds of enemies. We must not make that mistake again.”

dumped all that water on north Jersey, the river began to rage.” Rescuers collected families and pets from their homes Tuesday, using rafts to transport them out of danger. “It’s been pretty much 24 hours a day,” said Sgt. Alex Popov of the Paterson Police Department.

President Obama to visit Paterson to survey Hurricane Irene damage By MATT FRIEDMAN PATERSON — President Obama is coming to New Jersey on Sunday, the White House announced yesterday. The president will be in Paterson, but further details of the visit have not yet been announced.

Number of ‘majority minority’ U.S. cities grows WASHINGTON — The ethnic map of U.S. cities has drastically changed in the last decade, which could affect how major metropolitan areas provide social, educational and health services, according to a study released by the Brookings Institution. Non-white people and Hispanics accounted for 98 percent of the population growth in metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2010, Brookings found in its analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census. By 2010, minorities made up more than half the population in 22 of the 100 largest metro areas, it said. That compares with 14 areas in 2000 and five in 1990. “Overall, most of these ‘majority minority’ metro areas are located in California and Texas, where Hispanics dominate the minority population,” Brookings said.

The research group found that “diverse Hispanic and Asian communities who speak a variety of languages and represent different origins” are growing in many cities. “When juxtaposed against the needs of long-standing Black communities, especially in more segregated northern metropolitan areas, it is clear that ‘one size fits all’ approaches will no longer apply,” Brookings said. It also found that the Black population remains “the dominant minority in many metropolitan areas” and that during the past decade, the group has shifted into new cities and has had an “accelerating return to the South.” All of the 100 largest cities showed declines in the white population from 2000 to 2010 and areas that gained large numbers of whites during the first decade of the new century were

in the Mountain West and Southeast. Those cities also attracted minorities, and only nine cities gained more new white residents than minority ones from 2000 to 2010. They included Provo, Utah, and Boise, Idaho, in the West, and Nashville, Tennessee, in the South. When it comes to Hispanic and Asian populations, those groups tend to cluster in the same places. Nearly half of all Hispanics in the United States live in 10 cities. “The Asian population, while much smaller than the Hispanic population, grew just as rapidly in the 2000s,” Brookings said, noting that the numbers of Asian immigrants grew, especially those from India. “Yet, as a group, Asians are more concentrated in their major settlement areas than are Hispanics.”

The president’s visit comes after federal officials spent recent days touring states hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie met with Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate. Christie and several New Jersey lawmakers have asked the president to expedite federal disaster aid, as New Jersey towns continue to suffer flooding from rainswelled rivers. The governor yesterday cut a stop in Paterson from his tour with Napolitano. Christie had scheduled to make a stop there along with a small group of press, but instead the caravan drove through the city without stopping.


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America’s schools still don’t make the grade THOMAS H. WATKINS

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hole. So, to all y’all who have a concealed handgun license, baby, you’ve got a valid ID at the polls. Now, I don’t think that’s what Malcolm X meant when he said “the ballot or the bullet.” But this should be all we need to hear to get into the fight. I know, some of you are making the logical argument that why should there not be a requirement to provide a driver’s license or other ID to vote. Well, what you may not know is that in a state like North Carolina, 701,000 North Carolinians do not have a driver’s license. This kind of legislation is an attack on the poor, young voters and the elderly. The attorney general in Tennessee is rolling against this type of attack with more gangsta than most, issuing a legal opinion that voter suppression is unconstitutional because the state does not provide a costless way of obtaining a valid photo ID to its constituents. The GOP is stating that THEY are fighting voter fraud. There is no state with voter fraud numbers to support the expense and disenfranchisement of voters that comes as a result of this type of legislation.

And the cost is significant. A Democrats.org report, “Real Cost of Photo ID,” highlights that 36 states with collective budget shortfalls of $97 billion have introduced voter ID laws though they know the cost. The report announced, “We found that if each of these 36 states enacts photo ID legislation, taxpayers across the country will pay at least $276 million and up to $828 million for this unnecessary legislation.” So, many GOP lawmakers are not only stating that they want to deny your rights; they want you to pay more for it. Family, we have to fight. Please join with me to do all of the following: 1. Double-check your registration today, and know that your current address matches your registration. 2. If you can afford to get a state ID, get one. 3. Go to your state’s Secretary of State web site or call their office to find out if there is voter ID legislation on the ballot this November and find out what ID is required to vote. 4. Join the local organizations fighting to block this type of policy. This is a message not just to Democrats, but conscientious citizens who know that every American has the right to cast a vote and be a part of this democracy. If you value your right, fight for it.

it. Under this law, extreme emphasis has been placed on test scores and punitive action, and school districts have been forced to train students for NCLB tests versus offering them the education they deserve. In March 2011, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Congress that more than 80,000 of the

nation’s 100,000 public schools could be labeled as failing under No Child Left Behind. That’s 80 percent of our schools. Sad when you think about it. But we can’t totally blame the system. It’s just a referendum on the American public as a people. We have failed our students and ourselves.

Fight for your right to vote By JEFF JOHNSON As many of us watch a slate of GOP hopefuls compete to convince their party mates that they should be the nominee that faces off against President Obama in November of 2012, there is another battle going on of which many of us are unaware, but is affecting our vote. Right now, states are in the middle of legislative battles that will determine how easy or difficult it is for you and I to cast a vote in coming elections. Many of you are aware of the fights happening in Wisconsin due to the mildly consistent media coverage of the attack on workers, but the fight goes much deeper and wider. Over 40 states have had legislation introduced by GOP governors and/or legislators that looks to do one thing: Limit the ability of certain sectors of the population to get to the polls and cast a vote. Just this weekend, I was in my hometown of Cleveland working with some dedicated and focused citizens committed to fighting both an Ohio Senate and House bill that looks to increase ID requirements

and reduce early voting in a state that has consistently seen voter suppression for over a decade. But the CAUSE group in Cleveland is not the only group fighting. In North Carolina, Governor Bev Perdue (a Democrat) has been accused by the right of engaging in “partisan politics at its worst” by vetoing a bill designed to require specific ID in a state that has never done so before. South Carolina is fighting legislation that, among many things, is telling college students that a college ID is no longer a valid form of identification at the voting booth. Florida, a leader in voter suppression, has gone a step further and limited the activity of third party groups that do voter registration, empowering citizens to be part of the electoral process. The League of Women’s Voters, a respected organization founded in 1920, announced that they would no longer be doing voter registration in the state. And just when you thought that Florida was the most progressive state in the Union, here comes Texas. After passing their own restrictive voter ID legislation, they decided to provide a loop-

Still don’t make the grade Continued from page 4 rates lower than 50 percent. They include Detroit, Baltimore, New York, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Denver and Houston. And among the nation’s 50 largest districts, three graduate fewer than 40 percent: Detroit (21.7 percent), Baltimore (38.5 percent) and New York City (38.9 percent). According to The Heritage Foundation, our students are not doing well on national assessments. The most recent NAEP assessments indicate that less than one third of fourth graders are proficient in reading, mathematics, science and American history. More than half of low income students cannot even demonstrate basic knowledge of science, reading and history. Eighth graders ranked 19th out of 38 countries on mathematic assessments and 18th in science. And American 12th graders ranked 18th out of 21 countries in combined mathematics and science assessments. While the public wants to assume that what is wrong with the public education system is a lack of funding, this is not necessarily the case. It’s simply this: The foundation is bad. And until certain issues are addressed, no amount of funding will fix the problem. No one holds teachers and administrators accountable for the undereducated students that graduate every year, not to mention how schools have the ability to ignore parents - and anyone else,

for that matter. Don’t get me wrong; I believe there are great teachers out there, who are honestly trying to figure out how the system could be made better. There are scores of conscientious teachers, principals, parents and school staff who spend their days working on behalf of the students. They get the paperwork done, are friendly to students and come up with new, innovative, esteem-building programs. Lord knows I wouldn’t have succeeded without them. But since 1960, the amount spent per pupil has more than tripled after dollars have been adjusted for inflation, yet the education our children are subjected to is not three times better. Why isn’t the system being held accountable? According to the Department of Education, public schools receive an average of $9,969 per pupil twice the average amount spent per student at private and charter schools. Some areas, like the District of Columbia, spend in excess of $12,000 per public educated pupil. Where is that money going? Does anybody know - or perhaps more importantly - does anybody care? I think it’s fair to say that there shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all prescription for education, yet that’s exactly what most students receive throughout our public schools. Wasn’t the No Child Left Behind Act created to fix our public schools? In fact, it has done more to damage the system than correct

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Florida lawmaker hands out belts under saggy pants ban By BARBARA LISTON ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida lawmaker is welcoming students back to school by handing out 200 leather belts to help them comply with a new state law that bans saggy pants on campuses. Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando pushed for six years for the so-called Pull Your Pants Up law, and finally got his wish last spring. The state legislature voted overwhelmingly to enact the ban at the start of the 2011-12 school year, making Florida and Arkansas the only two states with such a widespread prohibition against saggy pants for students. “We want our kids to believe they’re going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally,” Siplin told Reuters. The statewide school dress code bucks a fashion trend with roots in prison attire and the rap and hiphop music community. Siplin, who admits to sporting an Afro and platform shoes in his youth, grew tired of seeing young men wearing their pants so low their underwear was exposed. He originally sought to criminalize saggy pants, but the current law instead subjects repeat violators to up to three days of in-school suspension and up to 30 days suspension from extracurricular activities. It also targets low-cut and midriff-exposing shirts on girls.

Siplin fought off objections from the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which contend the law violates personal freedom and unfairly targets minority students. But Siplin, who is Black, said he had received accolades from constituents for his efforts. “The parents, the grandmothers, the professional people, they say, ‘How can they walk down the street showing their behinds?’ It’s not civ-

ilized,” he said. Early Monday, Siplin handed out a dozen belts donated by a local church to students who showed up with droopy drawers at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. He left another 25 belts with school administrators to hand out as needed. Siplin said he also gave away about 100 belts at two other largely minority high schools as students arrived last week for their first week of school.

“I’m not going to hire anyone, white or Black, with saggy pants,” he said. “I want to make sure our kids qualify.” Municipalities around the country have enacted their own laws barring saggy pants, and many individual school dress codes already ban fashions that leave certain body parts exposed. Principal Valeria Maxwell had previously implemented a strict dress code forbidding saggy pants at Jones High School, located in one of Orlando’s traditionally African American neighborhoods. She supports the broader ban and said students were complying, with only about 10 out of 1,000 students at Jones violating the rule during the first seven days of school. Reactions to the law among students were mixed on Tuesday. Antoinette Sims, a 17-year-old senior at Jones, said she and many of her girlfriends found saggy pants unattractive. “You can see your boxers sticking out. It’s not cute,” Sims said. Joshua Simpkins, a 16-year-old sophomore, said the government should stay out of students’ fashion choices. “We bought our clothes (the) way we wanted them,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how you dress. You come to school to learn.” But his friend, 15-year-old sophomore Carlos Hall, said he supported the ban. “It helps the community out to stop everybody looking druggish for the little ones coming up,” Hall said.

Hurricane Irene damaged tomatoes, other crops in Virginia By MATTHEW A. WARD CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Virginia’s tomato crop took a beating during Hurricane Irene, and corn, cotton and tobacco crops also suffered damage, according to preliminary reports. Some 3,000 to 4,000 acres of tomatoes in Virginia’s Eastern Shore were partially flattened and swamped, said Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services board member Steve Sturgis. The loss could result in shortterm supply issues, he said. Virginia is the nation’s third or fourthlargest tomato producer, depending on the season, and Sturgis said it was his understanding that tomato growers in Florida would not start picking their crop for another three weeks. “It could adversely affect supply because the Florida crop is not ready yet,” he said. Three commercial growers suffered losses: Pacific Tomato Growers, Kuzzens Incorporated, and East Coast Tomato Growers and Packers. “These tomatoes are grown on

stakes sticking five, six foot into the air,” Sturgis said. “So you can imagine, you’ve got these walls of tomatoes, and when the wind comes and pushes on the wall, it just snaps those stakes off.” Butch Nottingham, the department’s marketing representative for eastern Virginia, said the Eastern Shore harvest was “two-thirds to three-quarters of the way through” before Irene raked up the Atlantic coast on Saturday. “I think it’s a little early to tell just how much damage has been done,” he said. Donna Johnson, president of the Virginia Agribusiness Council, said the corn that was still in the field

before the storm incurred “a lot of damage” and would be difficult to harvest while flattened. The cotton crop will be “below average,” soybeans are “probably okay” and tobacco took a hit in some places, she said. Power outages were impeding producers’ ability to dry and process crops, she said. Virginia Cotton Board program director Gail Milteer said 95 percent of the 115,095 acres of cotton planted in Virginia this year have been damaged. She could not put a dollar figure on the cotton loss statewide, but said Southampton County, Virginia’s largest cotton producer with

46,720 acres, was claiming a $6.7 million loss. “The greatest damage to our crops was along the I-95 corridor east, along the Virginia-North Carolina state line,” she said, noting that area received seven to 16 inches of rain within 24 hours. On the bright side, Dell Cotton, executive secretary for the Virginia Peanut Growers Association, said Hurricane Irene had benefited peanuts. “There may be some areas where it was a little bit too much rain, but we were very dry before this came,” he said, adding sunshine in coming days would guard against fungal diseases.

Police investigate string of B’klyn robberies Police are searching for a man behind a string of restaurant and store robberies in Brooklyn. Police say the man robbed three fast food restaurants and a drugstore in Bedford Stuyvesant between August 3rd and 5th. In some of the robberies he told

employees he had a gun, but did not show any weapon. The suspect is described as being between 25 and 30 years old, between 6’0” and 6’3” tall, with a tattoo on the right side of his neck depicting Chinese characters. He also wore a gray colored t-

shirt during some of the robberies. Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


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IMF review slams crisis-hit Swaziland

Flooding in southwest Nigeria kills 102 people LAGOS, Nigeria - The Nigerian Red Cross says flash flooding in the country’s southwest this week has killed at least 102 people. Umar Mairiga, a Red Cross spokesman, said yesterday that the flooding was mostly in Oyo state, where homes washed away and people died trapped inside their homes earlier this week. Mairiga said it took time to have a proper casualty figure as water levels in some areas remain high as seasonal rains continue throughout Africa’s most populous nation. Last year, some 500,000 people were displaced nationwide by floods in Nigeria. Nigeria’s rainy season lasts roughly from June to September. Nigeria’s emergency agency had warned that rains will be heavier this year than last year.

Zimbabwe PM warns against ‘another Ivory Coast’ Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday urged Nigeria and the African Union to help ensure his country does not become “another Ivory Coast” amid disagreement over upcoming elections. Tsvangirai made the comments to journalists after meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan here. “I am just updating him so that they can play a more active role in ensuring that we can go to the elections next year hopefully in a free and fair manner so that we put a closure to the dispute in Zimbabwe,” he said. “I was requesting President Jonathan to play a much more active role. Nigeria and the brother AU must be involved actively in support of the SADC initiative, but also to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of another Ivory Coast.” SADC is the Southern African Development Community. Zimbabwe’s longtime leader Robert Mugabe and Tsvangirai share power as president and prime minister in a tense unity government formed under a SADC-brokered deal after a flawed 2008 vote which pushed the country into crisis. The pair have disagreed on a date for new polls, with Mugabe insisting on this year while Tsvangirai wants reforms first. November elections in Ivory Coast led to a fivemonth standoff and two weeks of full-out war sparked by Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede to Alassane Ouattara.

S.Africa unveils new land reform draft policy South Africa aims to restrict private and foreign land ownership in a new draft reform policy released yesterday that aims to overhaul lagging efforts to transfer farms to the Black majority. The 11-page draft sets out the state’s vision to transform land ownership patterns — still skewed 17 years after the end of apartheid — and will lay the basis for future legislation.

The IMF yesterday gave cashstrapped Swaziland a firm thumbsdown on its fiscal reform programme, effectively dashing King Mswati III’s hopes of accessing international loans. An International Monetary Fund delegation closed out a twoweek visit to the small southern African kingdom with a harsh appraisal of the government’s progress on getting its finances in order — the IMF’s third negative assessment in a year. “Expenditure overruns and lack of financing have led to the nonobservance of several targets under the staffmonitored programme,” said the head of the IMF’s mission to Swaziland, Joannes Mongardini, in a statement. The negative report

represents a failure for a six-month IMF monitoring programme that hoped to bring about reform in Africa’s last absolute monarchy and help it cope with a financial melt-down that has seen the government nearly run out of cash. The most important missed targets relate to the country’s soaring government deficit — which stands at more than 14 percent of total economic output — and its failure to curb spending on social programmes like health and education. The IMF also sharply criticised Swaziland’s public wage bill, one of the continent’s highest at 51 percent of recurrent spending in the government’s annual budget. Mswati’s cabinet has been reluctant to force through salary cuts recommended by the IMF after fierce resistance by trade unions

and a series of mass demonstrations by public-sector workers earlier this year. Without the IMF’s blessing, international lenders like the World Bank and African Development Bank are unlikely to extend loans to Swaziland. Although IMF recommendations — called “letters of comfort” — are not binding, international lenders are reluctant to make loans without them. The African Development Bank was poised to loan Swaziland $150 million (104 million euros) in June, but decided not to go ahead after a negative review from the IMF. Swaziland has been borrowing from its own central bank to pay for the day-to-day running of the country since a sudden drop in earnings from the regional Southern African Customs Union (SACU),

previously the government’s main source of income. The global recession saw Swaziland lose more than half its earnings from SACU, sparking a severe financial crisis. Foreign reserves currently stand at 2.2 months of import cover — below the three months recommended by the IMF. The IMF warns the hole in Swaziland’s reserves could threaten the kingdom’s currency, lilangeni, currently pegged to neighbouring South Africa’s rand. “Preserving the parity with the South African rand is of utmost priority,” said Mongardini, urging government to “stop borrowing from the central bank and repay the outstanding emergency credit line from the central bank at the earliest possible convenience.”

Kenyan ex-minister faces war crime hearings A former Kenyan minister faces a war crimes court hearing today to determine whether he and other officials should stand trial for masterminding his country’s deadly postelection violence in 2007-08. A potential presidential candidate in 2012,

William Ruto is due to appear at the International Criminal Court with two other officials, two days after the court denied Kenya’s appeal to have the cases declared inadmissable. Ruto, who served as agriculture and then as higher education minister, faces charges of crimes against humanity along with former industrialisation min-

ister Henry Kosgey and radio executive Joshua arap Sang in the dock. All three men supported then opposition candidate Raila Odinga, now Kenya’s prime minister, in the disputed December 2007 polls. While free, they are currently subjected to subpoenas. The hearings, during which prosecutors will try to convince the

court they have enough evidence to go to trial, are scheduled to run until September 12. Defence lawyers have presented a list of 48 witnesses. A second set of hearings will begin on September 21 for three other former officials, including Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding president and the country’s finance minister.


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St Vincent PM says American officials misrepresented him By KENTON X. CHANCE KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on Monday that American officials misrepresented him in a cable diplomatic regarding his portrayal of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales. Gonsalves also said that the Americans were wrong when, in a separate cable, they said that Iranian money influences how Kingstown votes on Iran issues at the United Nations. A diplomatic cable from the US Embassy in Barbados, released by WikiLeaks last week, said Gonsalves told a congressional delegation visiting Kingstown in 2009 that Morales personified the whole history of repression of the indigenous people and that his ability to control the pent-up historical frustrations was limited. “He described Morales as a leader for whom normal tactical considerations play little role, and who acts on emotions rather than political reason,” the leaked document said of Gonsalves. Morales, an Aymara Indian, in 2005 became the first Bolivian president to come from the country’s indigenous majority. “The American diplo-

mats who write these things, they have their own agendas, they may hear what they want to hear, or whatever spin they want. Sometimes, you don’t know if they want to impress their bosses in the State Department. Some of them might be looking for promotion,” Gonsalves said at a press briefing on Monday. He said that in giving a political socioanalysis of the natural constituency of the Bolivian president, he told the Americans that the aboriginal peoples in Bolivia have suffered over 500 years of genocide, colonialism, and imperialism. “They do not have to think about whether a particular system or person is oppressing them. They know it instinctively. ... They don’t have to engage in any excessive rationalisation, they are a living embodiment of centuries of suffering,” Gonsalves said in recounting his discussions in 2009. “Now, that becomes metamorphosed into a not understanding American scribe in an embassy that Morales don’t think,” Gonsalves explained. Gonsalves said that many people believe what American officials write in the leaked diplomatic cables but added that these officials sometime do not understand what is

From left: SVG’s PM Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, Cuba's President Raul Castro and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at the 7th ALBA summit in Cumana in 2009. being communicated to Sir Louis Straker and al airport at Argyle. Iran or don’t condemn them. journalists also attendThe resolution con- Iran, there are different “... [Y]ou talk to ed. demned violence in Iran circumstances which them they don’t under“Indeed, if WikiLeaks and expressed support may apply. And, most stand the richness of reported honestly and for the dissidents there. of ... CARICOM counthe point you are mak- faithfully, then it would The cable further tries, abstained on ing and they distort it appear that the mis- suggested that the those substantive resofor all sorts of purposes chief lies in the internal Gonsalves government lution,” Gonsalves said. and they try to sum- US cables,” Prince said would continue to sup“Because very often, marise complicated in an e-mail. port Iran as long the [it is] not that there is thought and ideas and “Everything which Tehran is likely to pro- something which is not p h i l o s o p h i e s , ” was discussed in that vide financial assis- wrong, but because Gonsalves said. meeting is on record tance to the airport there is a lot of political “Some of them, per- and would bear testa- project. manoeuvring and polihaps, have only gone ment that many of the “Here again, the tics infuses the issue of philosophy 101, maybe claims made by the US thing is just a distor- human rights,” not even philosophy cables and revealed by tion of facts,” Gonsalves Gonsalves explained. 101. So it is like it is lost [WikiLeaks] are some- said. He further noted that upon them. So, we the what misrepresented,” He explained that in when St Vincent got ex-colonial now [say] she added. 2007, Kingstown’s was assistance from Iran, ‘Hear, hear what they DISTORTION OF “the casting vote” that the country did not vote say’,” he added. FACTS allowed the resolution alongside Iran but After the story Gonsalves also to be debated. abstained from voting. broke, La Celia Prince, responded to a leaked “We said let it be Gonsalves reiterated Kingstown’s ambassa- cable in which debated,” he said, that Kingstown condor to Washington told American officials said adding that “the ducts “a principled forthis writer that the Kingstown abstained Americans were full in eign policy — at the cable somewhat misrep- from a 2009 vote on a praise of us”. same time, a foreign resented the proceed- United Nations Iran “When the resolution policy which reflects ings of the meeting, resolution because it comes before the floor the interest of St which Prince, former wanted money to of the assembly itself, Vincent and the foreign affair minister, finance the internation- whether you condemn Grenadines.”

State of emergency to be extended in Trinidad with reduced curfew hours PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister Kamla PersadBissessar has announced that the state of emergency in Trinidad and Tobago will be extended with reduced curfew hours. The prime minister said on Monday, “We are considering and indeed we will extend the state of emergency to a further period. We have not decided the length of that time but we continue to monitor it. “What we want to do is also reconsider the

curfew hours, as I have been advised by my national security teams and joint forces. We would want to take their advice in terms of reducing the curfew hours so that there could be more normal business, but at the same time allow the protective services to do their job within the curfew hours and the state of emergency throughout the land.” She assured citizens there was a plan in place to deal with any acts of revenge from criminals at the end of

the state of emergency. “We have plans in place to deal with that after the state of emergency. But first we go to Parliament on Friday to debate the statement of the president which was the rationale given for the state of emergency,” she said. The prime minister said it was significant that there were no killings since the measures were adopted. “That is a major, major breakthrough in the fight against crime. I want to give you the assurance as your

member of parliament and of course as your prime minister that we will continue to do all that we can in this fight against crime.” “It is a very hard time for all of us but it is also a very good time for all of us because we can sleep safer in our beds when the night comes.” A total of 820 people have been arrested since the state of emergency was declared on August 21. The figure was given on Monday by Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs, at the

daily national security press briefing. Of those arrested, 298 are related to gang activities. Other highlights of the press conference were: • 31 people were arrested between Sunday and Monday; five for alleged involvement in gangs; six for drug-related offences; one for breaching the curfew order; 16 for serious offences and two on outstanding warrants; • Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said

prior to the State of Emergency 231 firearms and 4,356 rounds of ammunition were seized; • 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized during the State of Emergency; Meanwhile, PersadBissessar said the 14year-old girl who posted a verbally obscene video about her on two social networking sites should not be punished and she would like to meet with her to find out why she felt it necessary to do what she did.


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Power outage leaves half-million N.J. residents without TV, phone and internet By LESLIE KWOH When a tree branch snapped during the height of the weekend storm, pulling down a power line in his neighborhood, Richard Scott assumed he’d still get internet and phone service. What the Piscataway retiree and Cablevision subscriber didn’t expect was that the ensuing power outage - three days and counting, as of yesterday - would also mean losing almost every means of communicating with the outside world. “It’s very inconvenient, really,” said Scott, 68, from his cell phone, which he had recently charged at his daughter’s home. “Fortunately, I got my radio working this morning with some batteries.” As storm-related power outages continued for the third day yesterday, at least a half-million New Jersey homes remained without cable, phone, internet and television service, according to the

of Public Board Utilities. Frustrated by the delays, many customers took to social media sites to vent their grievances with their providers. But, underscoring their dependency on commercial power, the region’s major cable operators Verizon FIOs, Cablevision, Comcast and Time Warner Cable - all attributed the bulk of their service disruptions to the outages. “It appears the vast majority of issues are directly related to commercial power outages and, for most people, service should be restored as power comes back on in their homes,” said Alisha Martin, a spokeswoman for Comcast. C a b l e v i s i o n spokesman Jim Maiella issued a similar response, saying the majority of the company’s service interruptions were “related to the loss of electrical power.” And Time Warner, which said yesterday it had 1,500 Bergen County customers without service - down from a peak of 7,500 - said in many cases it was using backup genera-

tors in neighborhoods to compensate for the power loss. The link between power and cable was news to some residents, like Scott, who couldn’t recall ever losing cable service for more than a half-hour at a time. After the power went out Sunday, Scott said he foolishly tried logging on to the internet. “You know, I didn’t give it a thought until it happened,” he said. While cable providers vary in the way they deliver services, they generally involve a fiberoptic network. Verizon FIOS, for example, uses a 100 About a half-million customers in New Jersey are still without cable servpercent fiberoptic net- ice. Pictured is Willowbrook Mall, which flooded when the Passaic River work that is dependent crested after Hurricane Irene. on electricity from the through an individual traditional copper wire telecom analyst. home, according to wire. A box located at phones during events Technically, he said, it company spokesman the house, powered by such as storms, some should be possible to Lee Gierczynski. electricity, receives and experts said. Since cop- have both concurrently. Here’s how it works: converts these signals. per wire phone lines “If it wasn’t for this First, Verizon installs “The power needs to can conduct electricity, hurricane, people fiberoptic cables in come from your home,” they can function as wouldn’t even know neighborhoods - these Gierczynski said. long as a provider’s cen- about this problem, but are glass strands that In some cases, if the tral facilities continue it’s simple: Copper are either laid under- customer has power to operate - and most of phone lines work when ground or hung on tele- and is still without these facilities have the power is out, phone poles. While cable service, the prob- backup generators in fiberoptic doesn’t,” he these strands don’t con- lem may lie in damaged the case of outages. said. duct electricity, they do cable lines in the neighMany cable providers “In this particular deliver light pulses that borhood, or at the indi- pull out the copper wire case, the old-fashioned carry voice, internet vidual’s home, he said. line when they install telephone line is a lot and TV signals. Ironically, because their own cables, as a more robust than all the The data is then cable service depends way to prevent cus- newfangled technolotransferred directly to on power, it can actual- tomers from switching gy.” each household ly be less reliable than back, said Jeff Kagan, a

Union City police chief earns about $36K a year as parttime school security worker in addition to $248K salary By JEANPIERRE MESTANZA Although he has a full-time, $248,000-ayear job as Union City’s police chief, Charles Everett has been raking in thousands of dollars for off-duty work for keeping tabs on the city’s pool and athletic field. According to records obtained by The Jersey Journal through the state’s Open Public Records Act, the Board of Education paid Everett $34,770 in 2009, $36,840 in 2010,

and $17,520 this year, for detail security work at the Jose Marti Athletic Field and one of the two city pools. Board of Education records did not specify which pool. Everett began his detail work with the Board of Education in March 2008, and reportedly was paid $12,000 that year, but the Board of Education did not provide documents confirming that amount. His last day of work on the off-duty job was June 25, 2011. During a two-month stretch in the summer

of 2009, Everett logged an average of 36 hours a week, working a mix of four- and eight-hour shifts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, according to Board of Education records. City officials have not responded to an OPRA request seeking to find out if Everett was on vacation for the weeks in 2009 when he logged hours that amounted to another full-time job. Everett, who was hired as a police officer in the city in 1976 and named chief in 2004, did not return phone calls to comment.

Suspect in brutal 1978 slayings of 5 teens could serve less than 1 year in prison after pleading guilty By VICTORIA ST. MARTIN NEWARK Philander Hampton could serve less than a year in prison after admitting Tuesday that he held a gun on two Newark teens in a city house while his cousin allegedly trapped another three boys there and then set the place on fire, according to officials and Hampton’s

confession. Hampton said all five boys died in the August 1978 fire, but the case and the teens’ fate - baffled authorities for three decades until he confessed to a tale of murder and revenge in November 2008. Hampton and authorities say Lee Anthony Evans of Irvington left the five teens to die a burning Camden Street house to pay them back for stealing a pound of marijuana from him. Tuesday, Hampton, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony murder in

Superior Court in Essex County. William McDowell, whose nephew, Michael McDowell, 16, was one of the victims, said any solace he felt from the guilty plea was tempered by the realization that, under the terms of his agreement, Hampton could be out of jail this time next year. “I don’t know what to think about it,” McDowell said. “I don’t agree with the plea bargain - I accept it, but it’s not enough. Not enough for someone who is implicated for murdering five boys.”


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For the conclusions of these stories check out the August 4th - August 10th, 2011 issue of The New American, which hits newsstands every Thursday Congratulations may be in order for Janet Jackson who reportedly has let billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al-Mana put a 15carat ring on it!!! According to reports: The singer’s boyfriend, bil lionaire Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, recently popped the question, and now the happy couple is planning an end-of-theyear marriage ceremony. “Janet is head over heels in love with Wissam,” said a close source. “He’s showered her with love, expensive presents and boosted her self-esteem by helping her lose weight and shape up.” Wissam, 36, first brought up a walk down the aisle last fall, when he reportedly presented the Jackson clan beauty with a magnificent 15-carat diamond ring. But Janet, 45, wasn’t ready because she wanted to focus on preparations for her current concert tour, which runs into September. “Now Janet’s telling friends that an official engage ment announcement will come by summer’s end, and that she and Wissam will marry in late 2011 – and they’re shopping for an even bigger diamond ring to celebrate their official engagement.” The two are anxious to start a family as soon as possible. Janet would love to have a baby the natural way, but at 45, she’s also looking into adoption possibilities, according to the source. The-Dream will make his dedicated fans very happy this month. The producersinger-songwriter will release a free 10-track LP, entitled ‘Terius Nash Est. 1977,’ prior to dropping his fourth studio album ‘The Love, IV: Diary of a Madman’ later this year. According to The-Dream, ‘Terius Nash Est. 1977’

will be released to the public free on August 31. “LP4 is Underway I THE-DREAM have decided to go forward with Diary Of A Madman LP it almost didn’t happen. So ill be in my Def Jam uniform for at least one More Season!” he tweeted. “Also a free 10 song Internet album will be released by Aug 31st. LP 4 because of the Contract negotiations does not have a date but it will be released 4th quarter but I will give a 10 song Internet LP while you guys wait!!!! LOVE YOU.” Chante Moore made an announcement that she and her hubby of nine years Kenny Lattimore are officially a wrap. The singer posted the following “private announcement” on her Facebook page. In the meantime Chante’ has her hands full as the host of an upcoming Sporty Girl Fitness 90 Day Transformation reality show. Michael Jai White, Vivica Fox and Tamyra Gray are also involved with the project. “Can’t Be Friends” producer Mario Winans is finalizing his new album with plans to release the project by the end of the year. Winans’ third album, entitled ‘My Purpose,’ is a follow-up to his 2004 platinum effort ‘Hurt No More.’ During his hiatus from releasing solo material, Winans told YKIGS “I produced some stuff for the Diddy and Dirty Money [album] and with different artists like Rick Ross and all the Bad Boy artists.” With urge to continue his solo career, he was inspired to record new material: “I had been living a little differently than what my purpose is, and that is really just to humbly serve others to pray for others and to really be a good person and live

the way I believe. From that, I was inspired to title my album that because those changes were going on in my life while I was working on the album.” In addition to his forthcoming album, Winans is grooming Hip Hop artist Superstar Piper, who is credited for producing Carl Thomas’ new single “It Ain’t Fair.” Beyonce’s publicist told Today.com that Beyonce has no plans for a cookbook. “This is untrue,” she said. Rumors started that Beyonce Knowles planned to publish a soul food cookbook, a “source” told the Daily Mirror. The singer was allegedly inspired by her mother, who prepares a spread of collard greens, cornbread, macaroni and cheese and fried chicken no matter where in the world they were. The only problem is that Beyonce has previously admitted that she isn’t such a great cook, and that she doesn’t really enjoy it. In fact, Beyonce says she’s a disaster in the kitchen. Will.i.am has signed up to perform a special concert in China to encourage American students to study abroad and expand their cultural boundaries. The Black Eyed Peas star met with officials at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. and agreed to headline a gig for the 100,000 Strong Initiative, a motion made by President Barack Obama to match the rising number of Chinese students who travel to America to learn. The singer’s show will benefit Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a non-profit organization which provides financial support to low-income students partaking in exchange programs in the Asian country.

with the pressures of their personal relationships and responsibilities. During the series, viewers get to see The twin sisters best known for Tia preparing for the birth of her their hit ‘90s sitcom Sister, Sister first child and Tamera planning the are back again. Tia Mowry Hardrict wedding of her dreams. and Tamera Mowry-Housley have In an interview, Tia and Tamera teamed up with the Style Network opened up about their new show, for a behind the scenes look into obstacles of parenting, balancing their major life transformations. their relationships and careers, and Their new docu-series Tia & Tamera, how they were able to break the teen premieres Monday, August 8 at star curse. 9:00pm ET/PT. What made you want to do this Last summer Tia and Tamera show? aired a successful preview to their Tia: This is the time... the timing series on The Style Network, and is right. Tamera and I have such this summer they are giving a more loyal fans that have stuck with us in-depth look into their lives as sis- throughout the years and we ters and friends. Throughout the thought it would be nice to open series they learn how to balance them to our world and let them their successful acting careers along know who we really are. - Full Story In This Week’s New American Newspaper -

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Speedy eaters likely to be heavier By KERRY GRENS Middle-aged women who scarf down their meals tend to be heavier than those who savor each bite, a new report from New Zealand shows. The study doesn’t prove that speedeating will necessarily cause women to pack on extra pounds, but researchers believe it might influence how much food people ingest. “It’s possible that with rapid eating, there are ample calories being eaten” before feeling full, said Kathleen Melanson, a professor at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston who was not involved in this study. Researchers mailed a survey to about 1,600 New Zealand women

aged 40 to 50 years, asking them to rate themselves on how quickly they ate and also to provide their height, weight and other lifestyle and health factors. About half of the women described themselves as middle-of-the-road in terms of their speed of eating. Thirty two percent fell in the fast or very fast categories, and about 15 percent of women considered themselves slow or very slow eaters. The women at the slowest end of the scale had the lowest body mass index (BMI), which is a measurement of a person’s weight relative to their height. For each step up the speed scale, the BMI rose by 2.8 percent. That translates to nearly six pounds for an

average U.S. woman. Caroline Horwath, the senior author of the study and a professor at the University of Otago, said she expected to see faster eaters have higher BMIs, because previous studies from Japan showed a similar relationship. “However, we had been surprised at the strength of the association — we hadn’t expected the effect to be as large,” Horwath told Reuters Health in an email. “The size of the relationship suggests that, if the relationship is found to be causal, reduction in eating speed may be a very promising way to prevent weight gain, and may also lead to meaningful reductions in BMI in weight management programs,”

Horwath added. Horwath pointed out that previous studies that used slower eating as a weight loss tool haven’t always had success. A recent study in China, however, found that having people chew their food more times led them to eat fewer calories (see Reuters Health story of July 29, 2011). One of the weaknesses of the study is that Horwath’s team didn’t meet any of the women in the study, but relied on the women’s own assessments of how quickly they ate. Melanson said her group is working to determine whether this type of survey is a good measurement of people’s true speed of eating. She added that trying to change people’s eating speed might be difficult, because “it’s so habitual and ingrained in individuals. We need a lot more work to understand the roots of the behavior and, if it can be changed, how.”

Study: Migraines are not a lupus symptom Despite a commonly-held belief among many doctors who treat lupus patients, headaches — particularly migraines — are not a manifestation of that disease and should be treated as a separate problem, report researchers in Greece. Previous studies that found migraines to be more common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may have suffered from methodological errors, said senior author Dr. Dimos Mitsikostas from Athens Naval Hospital, and have led doctors to dismiss headaches as a neurological symptom of lupus. Instead of being part of the disease, however, headaches may result from the stress of having the disease. “In SLE, headaches may be associated with poor quality of life and bad mood. If an SLE patient reports headaches, please see if he or she is happy and if there is any other reason to cause secondary headaches and treat them not as an SLE feature,

but like a separate disorder,” Mitsikostas told Reuters Health in an email. Although various studies of the headache question have produced conflicting results, the American College of Rheumatology includes headaches and migraine as part of the spectrum of lupus symptoms. In a previous analysis, Mitsikostas and colleagues found no significant link between migraines and lupus. To clarify the association (or lack thereof), they performed the current study, in which lupus patients, healthy controls and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients all kept headache diaries for a year. Like lupus, MS is a disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks its nervous system, so Mitsikostas’ group included 48 MS patients for comparison. The healthy controls in the study were matched by age and gender with the lupus patients to form 72 pairs. All participants had similar

headache frequencies in the year before the study period, except the lupus patients, who had a significantly higher number of tension-type headaches, the researchers report in the journal Headache. Results were similar during the year of headache diaries: the three groups suffered comparable numbers of headaches, but chronic tension-type headache continued to occur more often in the lupus patients. Migraine attacks were less severe and tended to be of shorter duration in lupus patients, whereas the severity of the chronic tension-type headaches was milder among lupus patients than among controls (but similar between lupus and MS patients). Among both lupus and MS patients, the presence and type of headache could not be related to any other detectable manifestation of the disease, flare-up or cumulative damage.

Lupus patients had higher levels of anxiety and lower quality of life compared to controls and MS patients, and depression status was worse in lupus and MS patients than in controls. None of these features, however, coincided with the presence of headache. “Although there are always missed points and issues for further evaluation, we feel that this study may be the last one in a long clinical research (path), starting 15 years ago,” Mitsikostas concluded. “Yet, no pathophysiological links between SLE and migraine” could be found along the way, he wrote. Somewhere between 322,000 and one million Americans are believed to have lupus, nine out of 10 of them women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease is difficult to diagnose and there is no cure. Although some symptoms are treatable, approximately one third of deaths among lupus patients occur before age 45.

Teens, young men way over limit on sugary drinks By SUSAN KELLY CHICAGO — About half of the population drinks a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day, with teenagers and young men consuming way more than recommended limits for staying healthy. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed 17,000 Americans about their diets. The average male in the survey consumed 175 calories in a day from drinks containing added sugar, while the typical female consumed 94 calories from such drinks. Boys aged 12 to 19 consumed 273 calories a day from sugar-sweetened drinks, or the equivalent of about two 12-ounce cans of carbonated cola — more than any other group. Men

aged 20 to 39 consumed 252 calories a day from beverages containing added sugar, the second-highest amount. The American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 450 calories a week from sugarsweetened beverages, or less than

three cans of soda. Sugary drinks have been linked to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes. “This is one area that people can look to if they are trying to limit their consumption of added sugars,” study author Cynthia Ogden said in an interview.

The survey also found that nonHispanic Black children and adolescents obtained 8.5 percent of their daily calories from sugar-sweetened drinks, higher than the 7.7 percent among non-Hispanic white children and teens and 7.4 percent for Mexican-American youths. Sugar drinks were defined as sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports and sweetened bottled waters. For adults 20 and over, the percentage of daily calories obtained from sugar drinks rose to 8.6 percent for non-Hispanic Blacks and 8.2 for Mexican-Americans but declined to 5.3 percent for non-Hispanic whites. The study also found that lowerincome children and adults consumed more daily calories from sugar-added drinks than those with higher incomes.


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Horror films hit dead zone at summer box office By JOSHUA L. WEINSTEIN LOS ANGELES — This summer has been a dead zone for horror movies. “Fright Night,” DreamWorks’ remake of a 1985 comedy/horror cult hit, has done a shabby $14 million since it was released August 19. “Final Destination 5,” New Line’s most recent installment to its decadeold franchise, has not come close to matching the huge performance of 2009’s fourth movie, grossing just $66.4 million worldwide after three weekends of release. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” FilmDistrict’s remake of a 1973 TV movie, written by Guillermo del Toro, was a dud, opening to just $8.52 million over the weekend. What’s behind the rotten box office? Analysts say a lack of originality, bad timing and poor budgeting are the source of horror-ific numbers. “It was a rough summer,” Jeffrey Reddick, who wrote the original “Final Destination,” told TheWrap. “People are wanting something new and original, and I think if you look at the films that have come out — strong as they were — they were remakes and sequels.” “Final Destination 5” was the latest in a seemingly endless series of sto-

ries about young people stalked by death. “Fright Night” and “Don’t Be Afraid” were reboots of films first made 26 and 38 years ago, respectively. “For the younger horror audience, there’s been a lot of studio comic book movies and action movies,” said Bob Berney, FilmDistrict’s president of theatrical distribution. “It could be just be ... that these films didn’t grab people.” Meanwhile, well-known stars — like Colin Farrell in “Fright Night” — might actually have hurt the cause rather than helped. Beau Flynn, who produced the Anthony Hopkins exorcism-themed film, “The Rite,” said movie stars can be distractions in horror movies. “If a movie star is going to take the audience out of the movie, let’s not spend the money,” he said. “What could be scarier than what’s happening to your house, and to people you know and to your neighbors?” Flynn asked. Summer is not traditionally the time when Hollywood unlocks its horror chest, with Halloween making October a better release time for the genre. But the genre’s forays into August in recent years — which included not only the $186.2 million global performance of “The Final Destination” in 2009, but also the breakout $67.7 mil-

lion haul by Lionsgate’s micro-budgeted “The Last Exorcism” in 2010 — have moved up the timeline. Perhaps not surprisingly audiences were looking for light-hearted fun this summer, embracing comedies like “Bridesmaids” and “Horrible Bosses,” which became unexpected hits. This is not to say the year has been bereft of horror success. FilmDistrict’s “Insidious,” produced by micro-budget horror pioneer Oren Peli himself (‘Paranormal Activity’), grossed $92 million on a $1.5 million production budget. “Every time something original comes out and does really well, we kind of hope and pray the industry will say, ‘There is a huge audience for something original. Let’s make more originals,’” said Reddick. He added that a sequel with a creative twist could get a better reception, such as Peli’s “Paranormal Activity 3,” which opens October 21. “They’ve done something clever with that franchise, where each sequel is a prequel to the one before,” Roddick said. “So you get the sense that the third one is the last one — a trilogy rather than a never-ending franchise.” Flynn told TheWrap that super low-budget horror films could be where genre’s future lies. Due out Friday, for example, Wein-

stein/Dimension’s “Apollo 18” comes with a modest negative spend of only around $5 million. So “Fright Night,” which had a budget of $30 million, “Final Destination 5,” which cost $40 million and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which cost an estimated $28 million and starred Katie Holmes, may have been tough bets from the start. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions to the rule,” Flynn said. “Studios will spend the money — they’ll spend $35 million if they think it’s a good piece of business.” But we’re not quite done with summer horror yet. In addition to “Apollo 18,” this Labor Day weekend, Relativity Media will release “Shark Night 3D,” with hopes that its movie is different enough from the others to attract audiences. Further down the release calendar come more sequels and remakes — not only the third “Paranormal,” but also Universal’s remake of John Carpenter’s 1981 remake of “The Thing” (October 14), as well as Weinstein/Dimension’s sequel to 2010’s 3D re-do of “Piranha” (November 23). Reddick said he’s looking forward to them — even “The Thing.” “They’ve almost run out of things to remake,” he said. “I said that two years ago, and apparently they hadn’t.”

Monica sets November 8 T.I. released to halfway house for album ‘New Life’ By ALVIN BLANCO

Grammy winning songstress Monica recently revealed a November 8th street date for her 7th studio album ‘New Life.’ With production from the likes of Missy Elliot and Polow Da Don, the set is lead by the first single “Anything (to Find You,” which the R&B diva just shot a video for. On ‘New Life,’ Monica plans to revisit the early part of her career, including 1995 single, “Why I Love You So Much,” to capture the feeling and sincerity for her new music. The

project will also creatively reflect the musical, professional and personal growth Monica has recently experienced, including being a mother of two and new wife of L.A. Lakers star, Shannon Brown. “This is a new life for me,” Monica tells HipHollywood. “It’s not just the title of the CD, it’s really the place that me, my kids, all of us are at.” Monica previously stated that fans should expect “about a lot of different subjects, whether it’s love, heartache, happiness, family.”

T.I. was released from prison early Wednesday morning (August 31) and is on his way to a halfway house to serve out the rest of his 11month sentence for probation violation. MTV News received confirmation from Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke that T.I. was released from Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas at 7:29 a.m. and is on his way to a community living facility. The name of the facility will not be released until after his arrival. The Atlanta rapper has been serving time for a probation violation stemming from his arrest in Los Angeles on drug charges last year. The King has already taken to Twitter to announce his return. “Feels great to be back where I belong...Back in the arms of those who need me the most,” he tweeted from his verified @Tip account. “The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!” Fans will be getting an intimate look at T.I.’s return to freedom in December thanks to a new show with VH1. In the still untitled series,

viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at T.I., and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, as he tries to walk the straight and narrow and stay out of prison for good. The series is set to premiere on December 5 at 10 p.m. Previously, T.I. had a reality series titled “T.I.’s Road to Redemption” that ran in 2009 on MTV. The show followed the MC as he provided guidance to teenagers on destructive paths while he himself prepared to serve a yearlong sentence for felony gun charges.


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Bunnies and stewardesses: Fall TV’s racy slant By TIM KENNEALLY LOS ANGELES — Here’s some good news about the upcoming fall TV season: There will be marked increase in the number of actresses populating new series! Now, the other news: They appear to have packed pretty light when it comes to wardrobe. From the tight uniforms sported by the stewardesses on ABC’s “Pan Am” and the Alphabet Network’s sexy recommissioned “Charlie’s Angels” crime-fighters, to the fluffytailed servers of NBC’s “The Playboy Club,” the fashion trend of the season appears to be flesh, and plenty of it. Call it the resurgence of Jiggle TV, a titillating genre that briefly blossomed in the 1970s with the original “Charlie’s Angels,” before giving way with the exit of “Baywatch.” Though none of the series have yet to debut, the trend of new shows featuring female leads in little clothing

and subservient positions has already been met with criticism. Gloria Steinem, who gained notoriety by going undercover as a bunny at the Playboy Club in New York in 1960s and writing an expose about the working conditions, has said that she’s hoping for a boycott of NBC’s “The Playboy Club,” claiming, “It normalizes a passive-dominant idea of gender. So, it normalizes prostitution and male dominance.” Christine Baranski, co-star of “The Good Wife,” has similarly chimed in, telling New York Magazine, “I’m rather appalled that they’re now making television shows about Playboy bunnies and stewardesses ... I think, ‘Really? Haven’t we gone past that, well past that?’” Apparently not. But why now, in particular, does there seem to be a resurgence in flesh-centric TV fare? Certainly, AMC’s “Mad Men” seems to have loosened the jar lid with its highly successful exercise in fleshfriendly, misogyny-laced nostalgia.

David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, blues man, dies at 96 By ANDREW STERN CHICAGO — Grammy-winning Delta bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, whose emotional singing and eccentric timing thrilled audiences from his native Mississippi to Europe, has died at age 96, his manager said on Tuesday. Edwards died on Monday from congestive heart failure, said manager Michael Frank, who also played harmonica in Edwards’ trio. “Honeyboy was the quintessential Delta bluesman,” Frank said. Edwards was among the last musicians to know and play with legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, who died in 1938, and his career was intertwined with the likes of Charlie Patton, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Walter, Little Walter and Muddy Waters. Edwards, who was born in 1915 in Shaw, Mississippi, earned a 2008 Grammy Award for best traditional blues album for “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas.” He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2010. Edwards usually performed on acoustic guitar, sitting in a chair on stage, although he was in constant movement. “He was a very emotional and physical player and singer,” Frank said. “He used his body in his stage performance for effect. “He had an eccentric style, with

unusual timing. He would make changes unpredictably. That was the Honeyboy test. (Musicians who sat in) found out very quickly you can’t just count. He would do some funny turnaround, or funny lick, then look over and just laugh, knowing he was messing with us,” Frank said. Edwards, who fell ill in April, last toured Europe in 2009, performing 10 shows back to back in England, Frank said. On tour, he played in small clubs, theaters, and music festivals. In 1942, archivist Alan Lomax recorded Edwards in Clarksdale, Mississippi, for the Library of Congress, according to his website. Edwards did not record again commercially until 1951, when he made “Who May Your Regular Be” for Arc Records. Although known more for rearranging other blues artists’ tunes, Edwards wrote several songs including “Long Tall Woman Blues,” “Gamblin’ Man” and “Just Like Jesse James.”

And it might be no coincidence that the upcoming series — like “Mad Men” — all have retro elements to them. (“The Playboy Club” and “Pan Am” are both set in the 1960s, while “Charlie’s Angels” is a revamp of a 1970s Jiggle TV progenitor.) Martha M. Lauzen, Ph.D., the executive director for Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, suggests that, particularly in dour financial times, male viewers — not to mention the overwhelmingly male decision-makers at the networks — might be looking to retreat into less complicated, more comforting times. “In times of economic and social upheaval and difficulty, nostalgia and a longing for an era when life seemed simpler tend to bloom,” Lauzen said. That could be especially true in an era when men — at least the ones not on TV, anyway — find themselves losing economic and social ground to the fairer sex. “As women continue to gain economic, social and political power, there is always some sort of backlash, a desire to put women ‘back in their place,’” Lauzen adds. These programs may reflect that type of wishful thinking.” Naturally, those involved with the series have a different take on the matter. At the Television Critics’ Association press tour earlier this month, “Pan Am” star Christina Ricci dismissed cries of sexism, claiming that her series provides “a really great message for young girls and women ... is something that’s exciting for these women. We’re as excited as the passengers are.” Never mind that the Pan Am stewardesses were subjected to mandatory girdle-wearing and weigh-ins. Or that the trailer for the series prominently features a clip of one of the stewardesses stripped down to her bra as she frantically changes clothes in the back of a taxi. Similarly, Amber Heard, who portrays Maureen on “The Playboy

Club,” praised the original Playboy Bunnies as pioneers of women’s lib. “They wanted their own fortune and they went out into the work force doing what they wanted to do,” Heard told E! Online. “I could not be more empowered by that example, and I think denying women their sexuality is just as chauvinistic, if not worse.” A lofty sentiment — but one that might fall, um, flat when it comes wrapped in a skin-tight, cleavagebaring Playboy Bunny outfit. Whether “The Playboy Club” and its ilk serve as crass exploitation or lessons in empowerment wrapped in an attractive package, Lauzen said that there will probably be more of the same coming, particularly if the current trend toward fewer women behind the scenes continues. “The percentage of women working as writers on broadcast programs plummeted last season, declining from 29% in 2009-2010 to 15% in 2010-2011,” she said. “The industry remains mostly male, and these programs may reflect the behind-thescenes gender ratios.” Looking at the credits for the shows in question, Lauzen noted, “many of the important behind-thescenes roles on these shows are filled by males.” Indeed, Drew Barrymore’s executive-producer role on “Charlie’s Angels” stands as a prominent exception to the general rule — along with Nancy Ganis, a former Pan Am stewardess who serves as an executive producer of “Pan Am.” ABC declined to comment to TheWrap for this story, while NBC and its series producers did not provide comment before publication. So can viewers look forward to — or look askance at, depending on the perspective — reboots of “Three’s Company,” “The Love Boat” and other jiggle-TV mainstays of yore? Maybe. But if the new crop of plots and character development end up as skimpy as the outfits, audiences just might decide to bounce elsewhere.

Keith Sweat to drop new album in November, issues new single R&B veteran Keith Sweat will release his 11th studio album, Open Invitation, on November 1, 2011 via eOne Music. The followup to last year’s ‘Ridin’ Solo,’ will be lead by the first single “Make You Say Ooh,” a track selected by his fans, which is reminiscent to Sweat’s most popular hits. Open Invitation will include both baby-making music and uptempo cuts. Sweat’s debut and now classic album Make It Last Forever sold more than three million copies,

producing four R&B hit singles, including “I Want Her,” which also landed at #5 on the Pop charts. Keith Sweat has delivered five straight #1 albums, selling a worldwide total of 25 million records. His self-titled 1996 effort, Keith Sweat, gained quadruple platinum status. Keith points to his consistency as the key to his success and achievement of a dozen top ten R&B singles including seven #1’s, four top five Pop singles and frequenting Billboard’s Top Charts.


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Data shows softening in economy, no recession By LEAH SCHNURR The pace of U.S. private sector job growth slowed in August for the second month in a row, but factory activity in the Chicago area continued to expand, suggesting the economy would dodge a recession. Private employers added 91,000 positions this month, payrolls processor ADP National Employment said on Wednesday, broadly in line with expectations. Separately, the Institute for Supply Management-Chicago said its business barometer fell to 56.5 in August, the lowest since November 2009, from 58.8 the month before. Still, it was better than economists’ fore-

casts for a reading of 53.5, and suggested that factory activity might not be slowing as fast as had been flagged by other regional manufacturing surveys. Orders for manufactured goods increased 2.4 percent in July after a 0.4 percent fall in June, the Commerce Department said in a third report. “For those of us who don’t believe the economy is in a free fall, we have got some support, said David Resler, chief economist at Nomura Securities International in New York. “It is consistent with the belief ... that manufacturing activity is advancing, but it is advancing unevenly across regions.” But the Institute for Supply Management’s index of national man-

ufacturing activity probably fell to 48.5 in August, according to a Reuters survey, from 50.9 in July. A reading below 50 indicates a contraction in manufacturing. The August ISM survey will be published on Thursday. Major U.S. stock indexes added to gains after the factory data, while U.S. government debt prices fell. The dollar rose against the yen and the euro. The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. government’s much more comprehensive labor market report on Friday, which includes both public and private sector employment. While the ADP report has a poor track record of predicting the national nonfarm employment count, it

suggested that businesses had not responded to the sharp stock market sell-off and loss of both business and consumer confidence this month by holding back on hiring. Nonfarm payrolls are expected to have increased 75,000, according to a Reuters survey, slowing from July’s 117,000 rise. The anticipated slowdown in payrolls growth will largely be the result of a strike at Verizon Communications. “The non-farm payrolls figure is still likely to be a bit weaker because it will be affected by the strike by 45,000 Verizon workers last month,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics in Toronto. “The ADP survey

counts people as employed as long as they were on the payroll, whereas the official payroll survey only counts people as employed if they were paid during their normal pay period that includes the 12th of the month.” While fears the economy is falling back into recession have increased this month, some of the recent data has been consistent with a slow-growth scenario rather than a contraction. Slower than expected economic growth has fueled speculation the Federal Reserve could launch another round of bond buying — known as quantitative easing — but such a move would likely face political opposition both domestically and

abroad. A separate report earlier on Wednesday showed the number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms declined in August after rising for three months in a row, but the cuts were still up sharply from a year ago amid government job losses. E m p l o y e r s announced 51,114 planned job cuts, down 23 percent from 66,414 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. July’s figure had been a 16-month high. The Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday applications for U.S. home mortgages tumbled last week as demand for refinancing sagged for the second week in a row.

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say. With Apple Inc shareholders still reeling from last week’s resignation of Steve Jobs, fund managers are worried scores of other firms lack the contingency plans to cope if scandal, illness or sudden retirement robbed them of their corporate compasses, arresting growth as a result. “Inevitably, if you are having to do things at speed because of a crisis, you are not necessarily going to be able to get the right or best person for the job,” Emma Howard Boyd, head of corporate governance at Jupiter Asset Management, said. “From my view, it is important to have forward-planning conversations on those issues when things are stable ... because only then are investors going to become better informed when a company finds itself in these difficulties,” she said. Shareholders in Deutsche Bank AG and News Corp have recently seen their shares wobble amid uncertainty over leadership, prompting calls for clearer succession planning in an economy that punishes weak or uncommitted

management. Recognizing the potential damage power vacuums can inflict on staff morale, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is backing a campaign to push detailed succession planning higher up the corporate agenda. “An effective corporate governance regime sets out a framework of behavior that encourages a long-term attitude in company management and among shareholders,” the ABI said in its response to the European Commission Green Paper on Corporate Governance. “Europe’s corporate governance standards can — if rightly framed — make a contribution to financing economic recovery.” Simon Wong, a partner at investment manager Governance for Owners, is one of a growing band of activist investors keen to see greater public dialogue on future or emergency board structures, which can snap into place when required with minimal disruption to strategy or brand. Retailer Marks & Spencer Plc missed this kind of detailed preparation when a replacement

CEO for chairman-elect Stuart Rose could not be found and investors paid the price, Wong said. “Management appeared less able as a result of the shufflings and reshufflings to pay as much attention to the business and this hurt the bottom line,” Wong said. “2008 was a difficult time for all but they underperformed in marketing, there were reported product missteps and the upset seemed to trickle through the group. “For me, succession planning is one of a board’s key responsibilities, but one which most actually fulfill rather poorly ... While they may review it periodically, say once a year, I don’t think many of them really take charge of it the way they should.” But even those companies dealing with succession issues in good time may be failing to impress. Deutsche Bank’s cumbersome plan to replace retiring CEO Josef Ackermann with dual CEOs Anshu Jain and Juergen Fitschen is seen by some analysts as likely to sow discord at one of Europe’s most important financial

institutions. Wilco van Heteren, a senior engagement specialist in the responsible investing team at Robeco, said his company was increasingly involved in talks with companies with opaque succession plans to remind them of the importance of clarity when filling senior vacancies. “The research we have done shows quite clearly that the level of employee satisfaction relating to the way succession is organized is highly correlated with financial performance in the longer term,” van Heteren said. “It is crucial that companies make succession planning a priority, that involves junior managers so they can grow into those executive roles. Because if they don’t, companies risk losing their own human capital,” he added. HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest bank, is also no stranger to trouble at the top. Last September it was forced to deny press reports that former CEO Michael Geoghegan — who championed the bank’s crucial Asian expansion — had threatened to quit unless he was named

successor to ex-Chairman Stephen Green. Delta Lloyd Asset Management Portfolio Manager Angus Steel said international companies often struggled to give minority investors regular executive access in the same way smaller firms could, and minor stakeholders tended to be among the last to know when a management problem crops up. Until this changes, Steel intends to put his client’s money into a tight batch of underresearched, small-cap companies led by individuals who thrive on sparring-partner relationships with their investors. “It is difficult to predict the future in terms of people and there does need to be more than one important person, but above all you want a highly motivated and passionate CEO who is the leader and visionary of the business,” said Steel. “If he or she is doing the job correctly, they will be empowering and mentoring people and bringing all the relevant stakeholders with them. That is a battle that requires much more transparency,” he said.


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Insurance lawsuits to follow Irene By LEIGH JONES As the water recedes from Hurricane Irene, lawyers are expecting disputes over insurance coverage to pour in. The biggest fights will stem from arguments over property damage and whether it resulted from wind or water, legal experts said. Similar questions arose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina six years ago. Disputes over the extent of coverage and the reimbursement amounts are also likely as property owners face soggy basements, shattered windows and treebeaten roofs. Battles over who pays for what will start funneling into state and federal courts and arbitration forums in the coming months, lawyers and scholars said. State Farm, Allstate

and Liberty Mutual are some of the bigger insurers in the affected areas. Liberty Mutual and State Farm said through spokesmen that their focus right now was efficiently handling claims from people in those regions. Allstate was not immediately available for comment. The first step in the process will be for policyholders to make their claims. “A flood of claims may lead to a river of litigation,” said University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Tom Baker. Homeowners insurance policies usually cover damage from wind, but not flooding. And while mortgage providers usually require homeowners in flood-prone areas to buy separate policies through the National Flood Insurance Program, property owners in other areas, includ-

ing upstate New York, Connecticut and Vermont, often do not have such insurance. Because of the widespread and costly destruction from floods, insurers historically have not provided coverage for them. Those who do have flood insurance may find it hard to get reimbursement from the government program, which is overburdened from Hurricane Katrina. For a Special Report on the U.S. flood insurance program, click http://link.reuters.com/ wyf53s Insurance policies can be hyper-detailed and laws vary from state to state, so it is difficult to predict exactly when any litigation will begin. The outcome of most cases will hinge on experts and eyewitnesses, said Wayne Lee, a partner in New Orleans-based Stone Pigman Walther

Wittmann who represented insurers defending class actions after Hurricane Katrina. One “extensively litigated” issue, he said, was whether flood insurance covered wind-driven flooding, including storm surges. Generally speaking, it didn’t. “Courts, at least in Louisiana, said a flood is a flood,” Lee said. More difficult questions arise when a home has been swept away. Determining the cause of the destruction is tough when nothing is left, Lee said. Another factor that will affect the volume of litigation is whether a jurisdiction allows policyholders to recover legal fees, said Amy Bach, executive director of the consumer advocacy group United Policyholders. Laws vary widely, however, based on factors such as the dollar amount of claims. New

York, Vermont and North Carolina, for example, usually allow successful litigants to recover costs and fees, but the standards are different in each state. “If I can’t recover my attorney’s fees, I’m probably not going to bring the case,” Bach said. Individuals with separate policies for homeowners and flood insurance could find themselves in both state and federal courts, Lee said. Federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over disputes arising from coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program. A fight over a claim made against an insurer based in the same state as the policyholder could end up in state court. States could also consolidate lawsuits with a

particular judge or establish arbitration forums, University of Pennsylvania professor Baker said. What differentiates Irene from other hurricanes is that it struck densely populated regions of the upper East Coast, said Michael Troisi, a partner in Rivkin Radler in Uniondale, New York, who focuses on insurance defense. With more claims being made, more disputes will arise, he said, but residents had a lot of preparation time, which may have reduced damage. Disputes over claims are by far the exception since “insurance companies have their reputations to consider,” said Baker. Even so, he added, the lawsuits are coming and could take years to resolve.

Study: Some U.S. firms paid more to CEOs than taxes By NANETTE BYRNES WASHINGTON — Twenty-five of the 100 highest paid U.S. CEOs earned more last year than their companies paid in federal income tax, a pay study by a Washington think tank said on Wednesday. At a time when lawmakers are facing tough choices in a quest to slash the national debt, the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-leaning group, said it also found many of the companies spent more on lobbying than they did on taxes.

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The senior Democrat on the House of Representatives oversight committee, Elijah Cummings, called for hearings on executive compensation “to examine the extent to which the problems in CEO compensation that led to the economic crisis continue to exist today.” Several companies mentioned in the report took issue with its methodology and said they paid all taxes owed. General Electric spokesman Andrew Williams called the study “inaccurate” and noted it did not include significant income taxes paid in 2010 for previous years, or state taxes paid. “GE pays what it owes,” he wrote in an e-mail response to questions. Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers said the study is “simply wrong”. Instead of Boeing’s reported “U.S. federal current tax expense” of $13 million which the IPS used, he said a bet-

ter approximation of the company’s taxes paid would be the $360 million it reported as its net income tax payments, most of which, he says, was federal. “On federal cash tax payments last year we paid in the hundreds of millions,” Bickers told Reuters. The company also received a $371 million credit from the government last year for overpayment of taxes in the past, and has added 5,000 U.S. jobs this year Bickers says, in part because of Federal tax breaks. The institute compared CEO pay to current U.S. taxes paid, excluding foreign and state and local taxes that may have been paid, as well as deferred taxes which can often be far larger than current taxes paid. The group’s rationale was that U.S. taxes paid are the closest approximation in public documents to what companies may have actually written a check for last year. It

said deferred taxes may or may not be paid. The accounting used in SEC filings differs from the accounting used to tally what’s owed on a corporate tax return. Neither the IPS number nor the figure cited by Boeing exactly equals the check written to the IRS, says Scott Dyreng, an assistant professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business who studies corporate taxes, and though companies could disclose that figure, don’t have to and don’t do so. Compensation for the 25 CEOs with pay surpassing corporate taxes averaged $16.7 million, according to the study, compared to a $10.8 million average for S&P 500 CEOs. Among the companies topping the IPS list: * eBay whose CEO John Donahoe made $12.4 million, but which reported a $131 million refund on its 2010 current U.S. taxes. * Boeing, which paid

CEO Jim McNerney $13.8 million, sent in $13 million in federal income taxes, and spent $20.8 million on lobbying and campaign spending * General Electric where CEO Jeff Immelt earned $15.2 million in 2010, while the company got a $3.3 billion federal refund and invested $41.8 million in its own lobbying and political campaigns. Though the companies come from different industries, their tax breaks fall into two primary areas. Two-thirds of the firms studied kept their taxes low by utilizing offshore subsidiaries in tax havens such as Bermuda, Singapore and Luxembourg. The remaining companies benefited from accelerated depreciation. Shareholders have responded favorably when companies in which they invest keep a tax bill low through legal methods, thereby benefiting earnings. But Chuck Collins, an

IPS senior scholar and co-author of the report, said that is a mistake. “I think it’s an exposure of weakness in a company if their profitability is dependent on their accounting department and not on making better widgets,” he said. In prior reports, Collins said, out-sized CEO pay was often a red flag of bigger problems to come. The IPS has been putting a pay report together for 18 years. Among those whose leaders have made the high pay list in years past, only to have their businesses falter: Tyco, Enron and WorldCom.

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Tiger Woods honored by captain’s pick By BOB HARIG VERONA, N.Y. — Tiger Woods said he is “honored” to be a captain’s pick for the U.S. Presidents Cup team and indicated he believes he belongs on the squad despite his recent struggles. “They wanted me on the team and I’m honored to be part of the team,” Woods said. “It’s a wonderful mix of younger guys and older veterans. I’m excited to get down there and play.” Woods nodded in the affirmative yesterday when asked if he believed he deserved a spot despite being well down the rankings and unable to improve his position. U.S. captain Fred Couples disclosed last week that he’s already told the 14-time major champion that he will pick him to be part of the 12-man squad that will compete in match play against an international team at

Australia’s Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November. “He’s the captain; it’s his prerogative who he picks,” Woods said before teeing off in a charity event on behalf of his friend, Notah Begay III. Woods went 5-0 in the Presidents Cup two years ago at Harding Park in San Francisco and was 3-1 at last year’s Ryder Cup in Wales. But he’s played just six competitive rounds since tying for fourth at the Masters and is coming off a missed cut at the PGA Championship, where he was 10 over through 36 holes. Woods failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which continue this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and is unable to earn more points to make the Presidents Cup team on his own. That’s why Woods has added the Frys.com Open in early October to his schedule. “I haven’t played,” said Woods, who is

going on two years since posting his last PGA Tour victory, his 71st, at the 2009 BMW Championship. “Fred wanted me on the Presidents Cup and he wanted me to play. I was playing the week prior (at the Australian Open), but I wanted to play prior to that. I wanted to test what (coach) Sean (Foley) and I have been working on. “The Frys fit perfectly into my schedule. I also said at the beginning of the year that I wanted to play an event I’ve never played before. I told that to our commissioner (Tim Finchem). That’s what I’m doing. It’ll be fun.” Woods was at Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone yesterday as part of the Notah Begay Foundation Challenge, a one-day event featuring eight players. The event was originally scheduled for July 5 but was pushed back due to the knee and Achilles injuries that kept Woods from competing until the WGC-

B r i d g e s t o n e Invitational in early August. Begay is a four-time PGA Tour winner and former teammate of Woods’ when they were at Stanford. “He’s been the world to me,” Woods said of Begay. “He’s been like a big brother.” Woods was paired with LPGA star Suzann Pettersen in the mixedteam best ball format. Others in the competition are tour players Begay, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, along with LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis. Begay’s foundation supports Native American youth. The event was an opportunity to see Woods’ evolving game on display, even if there were few stakes and Woods pledged any prize money to Begay’s foundation. Since the Masters, Woods has played in just three tournaments because of the injuries he said he suffered during the third round at

Augusta National. He withdrew after just nine holes of The Players Championship, then missed both the U.S. Open and British Open. He did not return until the Bridgestone, where he tied for 37th. A week later, at the PGA Championship outside of Atlanta, Woods missed the cut for just the third time in a major. Because he elected not to play the following week in Greensboro, N.C., Woods did not qualify for the four-tournament PGA Tour playoff run that concludes Sept. 25 with the Tour Championship. The following day, Couples is to make his two captain’s selections, although he has now limited himself to just one. Mahan, who is ninth in the standings, and Fowler, who is 13th, both suggested it’s up to them to make the team on their own and not worry about being picked. Jim Furyk, who has played on every

U.S. Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup team dating to 1997, is 11th in the standings, and only the top 10 through the BMW Championship are assured a spot. Woods is 29th in the standings and well behind PGA champion Keegan Bradley, a twotime winner this year who also is not assured of a spot. “It’s pretty logjammed up there,” Mahan said. “We’ve got two weeks to prove ourselves. It’s the FedEx playoff time. We have to keep it pretty simple here and remember that we’re still playing golf. Just have to go out there and do it right now.” Woods is also in danger of missing a spot in his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, two weeks after the Presidents Cup. Because the tournament offers world ranking points, the players are required to be among the top 50 in the world at a Sept. 19 cutoff point. Woods is currently ranked 38th.

Running back tells fake Javaris Crittenton waives hearing Titans’ fans to shut up By TERESA M. WALKER NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Titans running back Chris Johnson seems to be finding out about the downside of Twitter during his contract holdout. Johnson tweeted yesterday to “fake Titan fans” to shut up. Fans are calling him greedy and saying his demands are too high. Johnson went on to write, “I don’t have a regular job so don’t compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I’m greedy.” He earlier tweeted his thanks to people praying for him through his “situation.” Johnson has more than 441,000 followers on Twitter. He has refused to report until he gets a new contract. The Titans say they are willing to make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but no deal has been reached. The Titans’ opener is Sept. 11 in Jacksonville.

LOS ANGELES — Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton waived California extradition proceedings Wednesday and will be returned to Georgia in connection with his arrest in a murder case in Atlanta. Crittenton appeared before Superior Court Judge Upinder Kalra and said he had voluntarily signed the waiver. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office had charged Crittenton with being a fugitive from justice for the purpose of holding the extradition-waiver hearing. Crittenton, who wore civilian clothes, appeared calm and answered, “Yes,” in a soft voice when the judge asked if he had signed the waiver papers. Defense attorney Brian Steel said outside court that Crittenton had earlier agreed to return to Atlanta voluntarily and had even bought a plane ticket, but law enforcement authorities decided to arrest

him anyway. Steel said he wants to get his client back to Atlanta to clear up the matter. “Crittenton wants to do everything lawful because he did nothing,” the attorney said. Steel said his client is being falsely accused and the facts will come out at the preliminary hearing. The judge said Crittenton will be returned to Atlanta between Sept. 15 and Sept. 30, but Steel said he would seek to have him returned sooner. Asked why Crittenton had flown to California, Steel said that would come out at the preliminary hearing. Crittenton was taken into custody Monday night at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Police in Atlanta had obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of Jullian Jones, 23, a mother of four young children, as she was

walking with two men. Crittenton, 23, was wanted on a federal arrest warrant after the FBI learned that he traveled on a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, where he was known to have family and friends, several days after the shooting. Jones was outside her house with 18-year-old Trontavious Stephens when a black Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid pulled up and gunfire erupted. Authorities have said they don’t believe Jones was the intended target, but they haven’t said whom they think the assailant was after. Crittenton was with the Washington Wizards in December 2009 when he and teammate Gilbert Arenas had a dispute over a card game. Two days later, Arenas brought four guns to the locker room and set them in front of Crittenton’s locker with a sign telling him to “PICK 1.” Crittenton then took out his own gun.


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Gore agrees on 3-year extension By JANIE McCAULEY SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Frank Gore has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract extension that would keep him with the San Francisco 49ers through 2014. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because

Gore had yet to sign his deal. The team hasn’t made a formal announcement. Gore said earlier Tuesday that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had a productive, all-day meeting with the Niners on Monday. Gore didn’t play in last Saturday’s 30-7 loss to the Houston Texans, and Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether he would play in tonight’s exhibition finale at San Diego. It’s nothing new for him to sit, as Gore has rarely played during the preseason in the past.

Gore, who missed the final five games last season with a broken right hip, held out for the first four days of training camp but has been his energetic, focused self on the field ever since. There have been no signs of his 2010 injury, either. Gore hurt the hip in a Monday night game at Arizona on Nov. 29. “I haven’t noticed any lack of focus,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “He’s all in. He’s here. He’s been a part of everything. Jumped in full go, so

I’m not really thinking or paying attention to any of that other stuff.” Gore would like a contract comparable to the $43 million, fiveyear deal running back DeAngelo Williams - 20 days older than San Francisco’s star recently received from the Carolina Panthers. That includes $21 million guaranteed. Williams missed the final 10 games last year with a sprained right foot. Gore needs 931 yards to become the franchise’s all-time

leading rusher. While that is a goal, he also wants to have a big year to help turn the 49ers around after eight straight seasons without a playoff berth or winning record. He ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns last year before getting hurt in his sixth NFL season. Gore also caught 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs. His 24 100-yard rushing games are the most in 49ers history. The 49ers rewarded two other key players with long-term contracts last year.

Tight end Vernon Davis signed a fiveyear extension worth $37 million overall, including $34 million guaranteed, a night before the 2010 season opener. That made him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. In May of last year, All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis received a $50 million, five-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 million in guaranteed money. He earns $10 million per season.

Patriots cut Sanders, 10 more as deadline nears By JIMMY GOLEN Power outages from Tropical Storm Irene forced the New England Patriots out of their home stadium for practice on Monday. When they return, safety James Sanders won’t be with them. The Patriots released the six-year veteran, who was tied for second on the team with three interceptions last season. He was due to make a base salary of $2.8 million in 2011. “Tough release there

with James Sanders,” coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call. “James has been a good guy to have on this team. A hardworking kid. ... He’s been a really solid team player for us but we just, part of the move, needed to release people.” Also Monday, the Patriots signed receiver Tiquan Underwood and safety Ross Ventrone and released 10 other players: receivers Darnell Jenkins and Tyree Barnes, kicker Chris Koepplin, fullback Eric Kettani, long snapper Matt Katula, offensive lineman Mark

Wetterer, tight end Garrett Mills, defensive backs Jonathan Wilhite and Malcolm Williams and defensive linemen Clay Nurse and Kade Weston. Sanders was a fourthround draft pick from Fresno State in 2005 who has totaled 300 tackles, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his career. He has also played in 10 postseason games, starting seven. “Not a lot of negatives with James,” Belichick said. “But we have to select the players that we feel like are best for

our team.” NFL teams need to get down to 80-man rosters by Tuesday and to 53 by the season opener. The Patriots have one preseason game left, at home tonight against the New York Giants, before the opener on Sept. 12 against the Miami Dolphins. Belichick said he had no updates on Wes Welker (neck) and Dan Connolly (ankle), who left Saturday’s game against Detroit, which the Lions won 34-10. Irene killed five in New England even as it was downgraded from a hurricane that devastat-

ed North Carolina and points south. As a tropical storm, it snarled transportation while causing widespread flooding and power outages that left more than 400,000 people without power in Massachusetts alone on Monday. The Patriots were among them. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the power at Gillette Stadium went out Sunday morning and had not been fully restored early Monday evening. So, the team had a walkthrough and meetings off-site. James would not

divulge the location. “We’re working outside of the stadium today, but we should be back there in a little while and it sounds like we’ll be back to normal,” Belichick said. “We weathered the storm and we should get back hopefully into a normal flow of things here tomorrow.” Linebacker Jerod Mayo said his family in Virginia lost power, and he did at home in New England as well. Deion Branch said his family had trouble getting back from the game in Detroit.

Texas A&M plans to leave Big 12 by July 2012 By KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON - Texas A&M dealt a blow to the Big 12 Conference yesterday, saying it plans to leave by July 2012 if it is accepted by the SEC or another league. The move, which had been expected, may set off another round of conference realignment in college sports. The Aggies have made it clear they want to join

the 12-member S o u t h e a s t e r n Conference and the Big 12 said again after the announcement that it will move swiftly to find at least one replacement for the Aggies. University President R. Bowen Loftin notified the Big 12 in a letter and said departing the league “is in the best interest of Texas A&M.” He said he hopes the move can be amicable and presumably hopes

to negotiate a reasonable exit fee. Texas A&M, which has been in the Big 12 since its founding in 1996, said it will submit an application to join another, unspecified conference. If it is accepted, Texas A&M will leave the Big 12, effective June 30, 2012. “We are seeking to generate greater visibility nationwide for Texas A&M and our championship-caliber student-

athletes, as well as secure the necessary and stable financial resources to support our athletic and academic programs,” Loftin said in a statement. “This is a 100year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically. Texas A&M is an extraordinary institution, and we look forward to what the future may hold for Aggies worldwide.”

The SEC said Wednesday that it had not received an application from Texas A&M to join the league and that it would have no further comment. The move by Texas A&M leaves questions about the future of the Big 12, which is down to 10 teams after Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) left the league in July a year after a wild round of realignment that also affected

teams in the Mountain West, Big East and WAC. “The presidents and chancellors of the nine remaining member institutions are steadfast in their commitment to the Big 12,” Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe said in a statement. “As previously stated, the conference will move forward aggressively exploring its membership options.”


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RICHARDSON, JETER STRIKE GOLD ON ODD DAY AT WORLDS By PAT GRAHAM DAEGU, South Korea - In a fencedoff area below the stadium, American training partners Carmelita Jeter and Jason Richardson crossed paths, exchanging a quick embrace before going separate ways. They were two unlikely gold medalists at the world championships Monday. Jeter because, well, nobody beats the Jamaicans at 100 meters at major meets these days. Richardson because he was an afterthought in the highly anticipated 110 hurdles matchup in what could prove to be the race of these championships. He originally won the silver but was stunningly bumped up to champion when Cuban world-record holder Dayron Robles was disqualified for smacking hands not once but twice with Liu Xiang of China over the final few hurdles. “I can beat Robles’ world record,” said Richardson, who runs with his long, braided hair tied back in a ponytail. “My next objective is to repeat the same thing in the Olympics.” The race featured the three fastest hurdlers in history - Robles, Liu and David Oliver of the U.S. Yet it was the

unknown Richardson who crashed the party, jumping out fast and beating all but Robles. A silver medal? Richardson was more than pleased. Traded up to a gold? Almost too good to imagine. Liu appealed after Robles appeared to bang Liu’s hand several times, slowing the 2004 Olympic gold medalist. “I am really sorry about the situation. You know competition,” Liu said. “Besides, we are good friends.” There were other strange doings on the track. It was supposed to be Allyson Felix’s stage as she finished off the first leg of her difficult double, an accomplishment that would have established her as America’s biggest track star for next year’s London Olympics. But Felix couldn’t catch Amantle Montsho of Botswana in the 400 final, nudged out at the line. There went the shot at the double. An exhausted Felix now turns her attention toward winning a fourth straight 200 title later in the week. Jeter’s chances at a 100-200 sweep have never looked better, even though she’s competing in Felix’s signature event and has riled the Jamaicans. “We’ll see her again,” said Jamaican Olympic gold medalist ShellyAnn Fraser-Pryce, who

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finished fourth to end her run as 100 champion. Long known as the sprinter who couldn’t win on the big stage, the 31-year-old Jeter ended that perception by winning in 10.90 seconds, 0.07 faster than Veronica Campbell-Brown. After crossing the line, Jeter gazed around the stadium, looking for tangible proof of what her heart was telling her - that she did indeed win her first world title. Then her image appeared on the big screen. Her name popped up - first. “I did it!” she screamed, falling to the track and bursting into tears. “It’s good not to have that jinx, that I can only win bronze medals,” said Jeter, who finished third at the worlds in 2007 and ‘09. “I was just ready. This was just a different night.” This also was a night when the run of Oscar Pistorius, the doubleamputee sprinter known as the “Blade Runner,” ended with

USA's Carmelita Jeter reacts after winning gold in the Women's 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu. the semifinals of the rounds for interviews, kicked into a higher was told gear a little sooner, 400. The South African Jeter finished last in his Richardson had moved even though she finished in a personal-best heat, but thoroughly up. “Jason, you got the 49.59 seconds. That enjoyed the experience. “These guys are gold?” Jeter screamed was simply inexperiunbelievable. They’re in across a nearly empty ence. “I still don’t feel as a league of their own,” room. “You didn’t tell confident as I do in the Pistorius said. “It’s an me that!” That’s when they 200. I know that race, honor to compete hugged, with Smith when to move,” Felix against them.” said. “I’m definitely disJillian Camarena- close by. Smith said he felt appointed. Anytime I Williams won the first medal for the U.S. in that Jeter was on the lose, I’m disappointed. I the women’s shot put, brink of a break- have to keep moving capturing the bronze in through. She had the forward.” Her teammate, an event won by world’s best time this defending champion season, but lacked con- defending champion Valerie Adams of New fidence in big races. Sanya Richards-Ross, Smith told her she had finished seventh. It’s Zealand. In other finals, worked too hard to been a rough season for Richards-Ross followPawel Wojciechowski throw it all away. “It was her time,” he ing an injury-plagued of Poland won the pole 2010. vault and Koji said. But for Felix this is This appeared to be Murofushi of Japan took the hammer throw Felix’s time as well. all part of deciding title, winning his first Hardly known as a 400 whether it might be too world championship at specialist, she got only ambitious to run both better as the race went the 200 and 400 at the 36. Jeter and along and was closing Olympics. She desperRichardson train fast on Montsho before ately wants an Olympic together under coach simply running out of gold medal in the 200, the main thing missing John Smith. And soon track. Felix wished she had from her storied career. after making her


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