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The 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed 2,977 hijacked planes brought fiery deaths to so many. Photo: Work will be a time of national and international reflection. In continues on the National September 11 Memorial at the New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, World Trade Center site. somber ceremonies will mark the sites where the four SEE PAGE 3.

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N E W S B RI E F S CITY DROPS APPEAL OF RULING TO DISCLOSE INFO ON POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS Hundreds of reports detailing police-involved shootings could be disclosed soon. The reports are compiled after shooting incidents and include things like narratives of what happened and dates of the officers’ last trips to the firing range. Lawyers for the city had been fighting a February ruling ordering them to turn over the documents to the New York Civil Liberties Union, but last week the city withdrew its appeal. Some high-profile shootings could be described in the reports, such as the 1999 shooting of West African immigrant Amadou Diallo and the 2006 shooting of Queens resident Sean Bell. QUEENS MAN TO SERVE 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SON’S DEATH A Queens man charged with the death of his seven-month-old son was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. Larry Greene, 22, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter for punching his son, Xiah, in the chest because he was crying. Greene originally said he dropped his son while watching him in April 2010. Xiah’s mother, Cassandra Nadi, was at school at the time. Police found the baby unconscious in his grandmother’s home on 113th Avenue in St. Albans. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead. PARENTS, ADVOCATES URGE DOE TO COME CLEAN ON CONTAMINATED SCHOOLS A rally was held outside City Hall Wednesday to urge the Department of Education to come clean about health risks in public schools. Community leaders say PCB chemicals, which pose serious risk to brain development, are leaking in most public schools. Elected officials said they are pushing a bill requiring the DOE to notify parents of any contamination and post the results on their website. “We have a lawsuit against the city on this matter because they have proposed a 10-year timeline. That’s a completely ridiculous period of time,” said Miranda Massie of New York Lawyers For Public Interest. “This problem must be solved in a much shorter time frame.” “We can’t stay silent when evidence time and time again shows that our children are being taught in a toxic and deadly environment,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. DOE officials said in a statement that they started a citywide effort addressing PCBs in schools and argued it is inappropriate for politicians to scare parents with what they deem “shoddy” information. The DOE officials also said there is no scientific evidence that the level of PCBs in school buildings is a risk to those inside.

Military raises alert level ahead of 9/11 By PHIL STEWART, JEREMY PELOFSKY and ANDREA SHALAL-ESA WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Wednesday raised its alert levels at U.S. military bases, most of them domestic, ahead of the 10th anniversary commemorations of the September 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday. But it said its decision to heighten force protection levels at military installations, including the Pentagon building itself, was not due to any specific information about a credible terrorism threat. “This is not in response to any particular threat but is a prudent and precautionary measure,” said Pentagon spokesman George Little. The Pentagon said the move will continue through Sunday. The Pentagon was among the targets of the September 11, 2001, attacks, in which al Qaeda militants hijacked four airliners and killed almost 3,000 people. Two of the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, one hit the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. U.S. security officials are being especially vigilant as the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches. The State Department issued a “Worldwide Travel Alert,” saying

Americans traveling and living abroad should be aware of the continued threat posed by al Qaeda and its affiliates. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday there have been no credible threats against the United States for the September 11 anniversary. Documents discovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after he was killed

in a raid in May by Navy SEALs highlighted his persistent interest in attacking the United States around the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. But it’s unclear those plans ever evolved beyond aspiration. “As you all have seen, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was mentioned in the documents seized at the Abbottabad compound,” Little said. “Now this does not suggest in any way, shape or form that we know about a specific or credible threat to the United States homeland surrounding the 10th anniversary.” One U.S. law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said officials were taking very seriously the possibility of attacks by lone individuals, even though no specific threat had been identified. “If you study the psychology of terrorists, anniversaries are really important to them,” said the official, who was not authorized to speak on the record. The official said current plans called for increasing the presence of uniformed law enforcement officers at public events, and changing current surveillance routines. “Part of disrupting terrorism is changing the way you do things every day. These people are very methodical. They will do research and watch, so changing routines is a useful way to thwart an attack because it will throw them off.”

Official told DMV not to push free voter ID cards By JAMES B. KELLEHER MADISON — A Wisconsin official has discouraged state workers from volunteering information about free IDs available under a controversial voter identification law that critics complain is designed to suppress votes, a memo leaked on Wednesday showed. The memo, provided to the press by Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach, was likely to fan concerns among critics of the Republican-backed law that it aimed to suppress votes of thousands of otherwise eligible Wisconsin voters. In the memo, a top aide in the state transportation department told staffers in the motor vehicle department, which is responsible for issuing the free IDs, to “refrain from offering” them to customers who do not specifically ask for them. “Questions on what kind of ID is needed for voting,” the aide, Steven Krieser, wrote in the July 1 memo, “should be directed to the Government Accountability Board.” The voter ID law was part of a broader conservative program pushed through Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature earlier this year by Governor Scott Walker, who took office in January. That program, which has divided the state along partisan lines and led to a record number of recall elections, has also included curbs on the collective bargaining rights of public

workers, deep budget cuts and an easing of restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons. Krieser, who confirmed the authenticity of the memo, said he was simply trying to make sure DMV employees honored the intent of lawmakers who passed the law, which does not obligate DMV workers to tell applicants they are entitled to a free ID if they plan to use it to vote. “The DMV is applying the voter ID law that the legislature provided to it,” Krieser told Reuters. “It says the customer has to request it. So we’ve taken the strict reading of the statute and that’s how we’ve implemented it. That’s all that the memo was getting at.” Scot Ross, the head of One Wisconsin Now, a group opposed to the voter ID law, called the memo “a smoking gun” that proved the measure was designed to disenfranchise the poor, students and minorities, who are less likely to have stateissued identification and more likely to vote for Democrats. Ross said his group would file an open records request with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to obtain “all communications and e-mails related to the issuance of state identification cards for the purposes of voting under the state’s voter identification bill.” Advocates of voter ID laws, which have also been passed this year in Texas, Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Rhode Island, say the rules are needed to combat

voter fraud. Opponents say evidence of widespread fraud is nonexistent. The Advancement Project, a national civil rights legal group, has called the laws “the largest legislative effort to scale back voting rights in a century.” Because voters who do not assert that they are seeking the free ID will be charged a $28 fee for the document, critics see the law as illegal because it may disenfranchise voters who don’t pay. Last week, a top official with the Wisconsin state bar asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the law, which was passed by the state legislature and signed into law in May. In her letter to Holder, Sally Stix, the chairwoman of the state bar’s civil rights and liberties section, said the voter ID law, which will take effect early next year in time for spring primaries and the fall general election, should be “subjected to the highest scrutiny.” That review, she said, should include a probe of the underlying legislative process “to determine whether or not there was any unlawful intent” by lawmakers who supported the change and to see if DMV employees were doing enough to make sure prospective voters get the free cards, she said. A 2005 University of Wisconsin study found 59 percent of Hispanic women and 55 percent of African American men in the Milwaukee area lacked a valid state-issued photo ID.


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Milestone moments: Remembering 9/11 By ARLENE GETZ Current weather forecasts for New York are for a possible rainy start to the 9/11 weekend. But for those who remember the morning of September 11, 2001, inclement weather might come as a welcome antidote to flashbacks of the glorious blue skies that brightened the city on a day that was about to become one of the nation’s darkest. Whatever the weather, the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed 2,977 will be a time of national and international reflection. In New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, somber ceremonies will mark the sites where the four hijacked planes brought fiery deaths to so many. At the World Trade Center site, there will be moments of silence to signal the times of impact of each plane: at 8:46 a.m, 9.03 a.m., 9.37 a.m. and 10.03 a.m. Additional silences will be observed at 9.59 a.m. and 10.28 a.m, when the South and North Towers fell. Families will read out the names of the victims, including the six who died in the 1993 attack on the towers. And when darkness falls, two beams of light will shine overnight as symbols of the fallen buildings. Two new 9/11 memorials will open too. The National 9/11 Memorial, with waterfalls pouring into the footprints of the towers and with the names of the dead listed around the pools, will be shown to the families on the day of

A woman touches a twisted piece of steel, from the attacks on the World Trade Center, at a memorial site across the Hudson River from the under-construction One World Trade Center. the anniversary and will open to the public on September 12. In Shanksville, officials will dedicate the Flight 93 National Memorial, built to honor the hijacked passengers whose plane crashed into an open field there after they struggled with the hijackers. The reading of names and the light beams will be familiar from earlier anniversary ceremonies. But the bustling construction site which the families see will be vastly different from the vacant pit where they gathered the first year after the attacks. After years of controversy over what, and even whether, to rebuild on the site, One World Trade Center has risen to become the tallest building in Lower Manhattan, at 961 feet above

street level. Below ground, work continues on the seven-story deep 9/11 Museum, due to open on the next 9/11 anniversary in 2012. The surrounding neighborhood on the southern tip of Manhattan is resurrecting itself too. In spite of predictions that businesses and residents would desert what was seen as a toxic wasteland, downtown Manhattan has become a vibrant urban hotspot that no longer shuts down when Wall Street does. PATRIOT DAY Sunday, September 11 — an official national Day of Remembrance known as “Patriot Day” since December, 2001 — will be a time to look back over a decade but also to look forward.

In the 10 years since the attacks, the world has changed immeasurably. American-led forces ousted the Taliban government in Afghanistan and ended Saddam Hussein’s reign in Iraq. The ongoing wars recalibrated global geopolitics, with nations like Turkey and Pakistan taking on new strategic roles. Travelers who once breezed through airport metal detectors have become accustomed to removing shoes, belts and liquids before boarding their flights. Americans, largely isolated from the specter of terror attacks before 2001, have been forced to adapt to now-familiar subway searches, patdowns, security cameras and other erosions of their cherished civil liberties. What 9/11 has meant for the American mind-set a decade on could be glimpsed in the public celebrations that erupted in cities throughout the country late on the night of May 1, when President Barack Obama announced that American commandos had found and killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary might resurrect some of the post-attack trauma they felt a decade ago, but for most the pain will pass quickly, said Gary Alan Fine, a sociology professor at Chicago’s Northwestern University and an expert on collective memory. “It will be sort of a psychic moment to take stock of where we are and where we’re going,” Fine said. “In a sense it will be a bookend, almost a moment of closure.”

Ohio reduces convictions in closely watched school-choice case By JO INGLES COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Wednesday that an Akron-area mother convicted of felony charges for lying about where she lived to enroll her children in a suburban school district deserves a second chance. Kelley Williams-Bolar (right), 41, attracted national attention and drew the support of school-choice advocates after she was convicted and jailed for using her father’s address to enroll her two daughters in the higher performing Copley Fairlawn School District instead of the Akron Public Schools. Kasich, a Republican, reduced Williams-Bolar’s two felony convictions to misdemeanors, overruling the state’s parole board, which last week

rejected a pardon in the case. “When I first heard about this situation, it seemed to me that the penalty was excessive for the offense,” Kasich said. “In addition, the penalty could exclude her from certain economic opportunities for the rest of her life. So, today I’ve reduced those felony convictions to what I think are the more appropriate, first-degree misdemeanors. No one should interpret this as a pass. It’s a second chance.” Ohio law allows school districts to pursue legal charges against people who falsify records for school residency. Williams-Bolar, who said she was simply trying to put her children in the safest school district possible, had been convicted of lying on enrollment and federal free lunch applications and served nine days in jail.

Rashad Robinson, the executive director of the citizen coalition ColorOfChange.org, which petitioned for Williams-Bolar’s pardon, applauded Kasich’s decision. “It has long been obvious that the punishment this single mother faced far outweighed whatever missteps she made in the quest to keep her children safe,” Robinson said. His group had delivered 165,000 petition signatures to Governor Kasich in February, asking him to grant clemency to Williams-Bolar, who feared a felony conviction would derail her plan to become a teacher. Kasich’s deal comes with some strings attached. Williams-Bolar will remain on probation, must pass random drug screenings, refrain from alcohol, perform 80 hours of community service, maintain full time employment or

Would-be MLK parade bomber pleads guilty The man accused of planting a bomb near a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash., pleaded guilty to hate crime and weapons charges, officials said. Kevin W. Harpham, 37, of Colville, Wash., pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempt to commit a federal hate

crime, the Justice Department said in a release. He was arrested in March. FBI lab analysis indicated the bomb Harpham placed along the parade route Jan.17 was capable of inflicting serious injury or death. The bomb was found in an abandoned Swiss Army-brand backpack on a park bench about an hour

before the parade started. The plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of between 27 and 32 years, the Justice Department said. It also seeks lifetime court supervision after Harpham is released. The agreement is subject to the district court’s review, acceptance and determination of the final sentence, the department said.

attend school full time, and complete an approved mentorship program. Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh refrained from criticizing Kasich but praised the jury for handing down the felony convictions and said she was pleased the Ohio Parole Board also carefully considered the case. “Governor Kasich is not required to uphold a jury’s verdict, nor must he follow the Parole Board’s recommendation to reject clemency, even when that recommendation is unanimous.” Bevan Walsh said. Williams-Bolar, who works as a teacher’s aide, had feared felony convictions would prevent her from earning a teacher’s license. Her attorneys have argued misdemeanor convictions would make it easier for WilliamsBolar to keep her job and, someday, become a licensed teacher in the state of Ohio.


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JOURNAL OF THE PEOPLE’S PASTOR ‘WRITING THE HISTORY I’VE LIVED, LIVING THE HISTORY I WRITE!’

A memorial for Deron Kittrell and community hearing on police behavior

THOMAS H. WATKINS

By REV. DR. HERBERT DAUGHTRY

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Part Two Setting up bowling pins was one of the occupations for young people. It was hard, back-breaking, and dangerous work. We jumped down from the perches above the bowling lanes, quickly removed the knocked down pins, and re-set them for the next swiftly moving bowling ball. Then, we would go around the corner to the poolroom. When I became good enough, I stopped setting up pins. I made more money shooting pool. Now, here I was — a kid from the ghettos, seemingly doomed to a future of crime, negativity, destructiveness, pain, despair, and imprisonment, as countless Black youths have gone before, sitting in the White House Bowling Alley and watching the marvels of electronics remove and replace the bowling pins. I was surrounded by my wife of 50 years; four children with extra-

ordinary achievements; a daughter-in-law who is an attorney; a successful, retired father-in-law; three grandsons with promising futures; and, married friends, who are successful professionals, with their two children. I thought of my old friends, “the pin boys” — the Sally brothers, Little Greenie, Hankerson, Bum-bum, etc. — all dead, as were most of my friends. The overwhelming majority were taken out by dope, violence, or long years in the penitentiary — many of us didn’t escape the downward pull of the inner cities. The visit to the White House Bowling Alley was arranged by one of my daughters, who was the chief of staff for the National Democratic Party, and the CEO of the National Democratic Convention in 2008. Crossing Communipaw Ave., we walked along MLK, Jr. Dr. I was pleased with the long line, the discipline, and the volume of the chanters. We passed another landmark that played a significant role in my life — the Colored

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National Urban League brings Empowerment Summit to Atlanta By MARC H. MORIAL “It is troubling that unemployment is so high…and that we are so caught up in details of deficits and debt ceilings that we question whether government has any moral duty to serve the poor, help feed the hungry and assist the sick.” — U.S. Representative and civil rights legend, John Lewis of Atlanta, Georgia. As frustration with the inability of Washington to solve the nation’s job crisis mounts, the National Urban League is taking this fight directly to the American people. So far this year, we have held major job fairs and town hall forums in Indiana, New England and Washington, D.C. At each stop, thousands of unemployed African American and urban citizens have shown up, resumes in hand, desperate for work. On September 17th and 18th we will be in Atlanta, offering both

job and home rescue assistance at a free Empowerment Summit as part of that city’s 20th annual “For Sisters Only Expo.” For months, Washington has been distracted by a manufactured debt ceiling crisis that nearly resulted in an unprecedented government loan default. But in recent weeks, President Obama, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other activists have joined the National Urban League in refocusing the nation’s attention on reducing high unemployment that has reached a depression-era rate of 15.9 percent in Black America. According to CBC Chairman, Emanuel Cleaver, in the last two years the Caucus has introduced more than 40 job creation bills in the House of Representatives. Most of that legislation has been stalled by Tea Party-backed obstructionists who continue to put the interests of Wall Street over the well-being of Main Street. While Washington must do more to create jobs, the National Urban League and other progressive

Hearing on police behavior Continued from page 4 ing pool, gave me a hefty bankroll. CICA moved down MLK, Jr. Dr. near Union Street. Then, across the street, near Atlantic Ave. to its present location near Communipaw Ave. One of the CICA’s most significant, positive achievements was the removal of Mayor Frank Hague, who had been mayor of Jersey City for as long as anybody could remember, and replacing him with John V. Kenny in 1949. It was an incredible achievement. There is something to be learned from that victory. I recall how the owners of the club worked diligently to recruit ex-offenders, reefer sellers, prostitutes, pimps, gamblers, etc. to participate in the campaign. As we walked, people showed support not only by waving from the windows and cars; yelling, clapping, and waving fists; but, also by joining us. While most of the crowd walked on the sidewalk, (we didn’t have a permit to march on the streets.), some youths on bikes rode in the streets. Significantly, the inconvenienced motorists did not show hostility. When we were about six blocks from our destination, the police had blocked the streets. They claimed a suspicious package was in the next block. They gave us an escort around the area to the church. I must say, the police were very friendly and helpful. When we arrived at the church, the marchers filed into the sanctuary. Again, I was impressed with the discipline and the numbers.

activists believe citizens have to empower themselves with the information, training, and employment connections needed to bring jobs and hope back to their communities. Last year, the National Urban League provided that kind of empowerment assistance to a record 2.6 million Americans. Our jobs tours this year are part of that movement. The September 17-18 Empowerment Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will feature a career fair with local employers ready to hire as well as free one-on-one career coaching sessions. Attendees will gain access to local job training programs. And workshops will be held on how to utilize social networks and how to put the “wow” in your resume. We are asking all jobs seekers to bring an updated resume. We will also hold a home rescue fair to help the thousands of Atlanta-area residents who are struggling to avoid becoming victims of the foreclosure crisis that has also hit urban Americans especially hard. Attendees should bring:

• Two most recent paystubs showing earnings for last 30 days • Copy of any benefits statements reflecting amount, frequency, and duration of benefits Household Expense Budget • If self-employed, most recent quarterly or year to date Profit and Loss Statement • Last two months of bank statements • Copy of signed 2009 and 2010 income tax returns • Copy of a utility bill showing name and property address • Homeowner’s Association bill if applicable • Most recent mortgage and property insurance statements • Copy of closing documents and most recent correspondence from your mortgage company Many people come to Atlanta’s “For Sisters Only Expo” for the fun and great entertainment. This year come for empowerment too.

— Marc H. Morial is the President and CEO of the National Urban League.

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… to be continued. ** Join Reverend Daughtry in Jersey City for the weekly Thursday Evening Educational, Cultural, and Empowerment Forum from 6pm-8pm for an evening of information, inspiration, and challenge at 315 Forrest Street (Ground Floor), corner of MLK, Jr. Drive. For more info, contact The National Community Action Alliance at (201) 716-1585. ** Listen to Reverend Daughtry on the weekly radio program which airs Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on New York City’s WWRL-AM, dial 1600. **Physical Fitness and Martial Arts Classes starts on September 12, 2011. Two classes: 10yr-25 yrs, and 26+ For more info, contact heather.md.harvey@gmail.com. ** NEED QUALITY CHILD CARE? Call the Alonzo A. Daughtry Memorial Daycare Center located at: 460 Atlantic Avenue (corner of Atlantic and Nevins) 718 596 1993 333 Second Street (between 4th & 5th Avenues) in Park Slope (718) 4992066 Immediate openings are available in a state-of-the-art center. ** Visit The House of the Lord Church’s website at holc.org. Or, contact us at 415@holc.org

It was a mundane day for work or school Until a plane-turned-missile changed the world. That erstwhile airplane, hijacked by a fool, Raced for the World Trade Center. Then it hurled. Minutes later, history repeated. As the second tower was hit. Baptized In jet fuel, fires charged. Overheated People scrambled for safety, terrorized. Police and firefighters saved, soothed, and sought. Some died. Almost three thousand lives were lost. The Pentagon was hit. Passengers fought To stop another plane at any cost. Now, years have passed. We grieve, and yet are numb; We don’t know if another plane will come.

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Weather disasters keep costing U.S. billions this year By MARY WISNIEWSKI CHICAGO — Blizzards. Tornadoes. Floods. Record heat and drought, followed by wildfires. The first eight months of 2011 have brought strange and destructive weather to the United States. From the blizzard that dumped almost two feet of snow on Chicago, to killer tornadoes and heat waves in the south, to record flooding, to wildfires that have burned more than 1,000 homes in Texas in the last few days, Mother Nature has been in a vile and costly mood. Climate experts point to global warming, meteorologists cite the influence of La Nina or natural variability, and, in the case of tornadoes hitting populated areas, many simply call the death and destruction bad luck. But given the variety and violence of both short-term weather events and longer-term effects like a Southwestern drought that has lasted years, more scientists say climate itself seems to be shifting and weather extremes will become more common. “A warmer atmosphere has more energy to power storms. We’ve loaded the dice,” said Jeff Masters, cofounder and director of meteorology for Weather Underground, Inc. speaking on Wednesday at a news conference on climate. “Years like 2011 may become the new normal in the United States in coming decades.” The year has been expensive, in terms of crops, property and lives lost. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has kept track of the cost of weather disasters since 1980, and 2011 has seen 10 separate natural disasters with economic losses of $1 billion or more, according to Chris Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service. The previous record was nine, set

in 2008. The costs go ever higher, with the nine 2011 disasters even before Hurricane Irene two weeks ago costing $35 billion, Vaccaro said. Other years have been more expensive overall due to single events, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But 2011 has already moved into the top 25 percent of the costliest years, and the hurricane season isn’t half over, Vaccaro said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it will needs $5.2 billion in known disaster relief for the year that starts October 1. But that doesn’t include Hurricane Irene, which caused devastating flooding in Vermont and New Jersey, and is expected to cost at least $1.5 billion in relief, FEMA says. The year began with what was jokingly called “Snowmageddon” — heavy snows in multiple states, including the south. Kansas got up to 40 inches in some areas in a month — the same as a typical total for the whole winter. New York had its snowiest January on record. Snow melt, combined with a wet spring, caused flooding on the Mississippi, Ohio, Souris and Missouri Rivers. On the Mississippi, records set in the historic floods of 1927 and 1937 were challenged and exceeded along the nation’s largest main river artery, resulting in evacuations and millions of acres of flooded farmland. In the Missouri River valley, flow rates broke previous records, damaging levees and highways. The year has also been the fourth deadliest tornado year in U.S. history with 546 deaths, according to the NWS. The May 22 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri took 160 lives, making it the deadliest single tornado since 1947. This summer, the country also baked under days of 100-plus degree heat, with records smashed in north-

NRC: Quake shakes Virginia plant twice as hard as design By ROBERTA RAMPTON WASHINGTON — Preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey shows last month’s record earthquake in the eastern United States may have shaken a Dominion Resources nuclear plant twice as hard it was designed to withstand, a spokesman for the nuclear safety regulator said. The regulator has not found any signs yet of serious damage to safety systems at the North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia, which is the first operating plant in the country to ever experience an earthquake exceeding its “design basis.” “We are currently thinking that at

the higher frequencies, the peak acceleration was around 0.26” g, which is a unit of gravity that measures the impact of shaking on buildings, said Scott Burnell, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant was designed to withstand 0.12 g of ground force for parts that sit on rock, and 0.18 g for parts that sit on soil, Burnell said. The North Anna plant is about 12 miles from the quake’s epicenter. NRC’s preliminary conclusions are based on USGS data, and the measurement was not done directly at the plant site, Burnell said. “It is still preliminary work. We have not yet reached any final conclusion,” he said.

ern towns like Newark, New Jersey, which saw a high of 108 degrees. Texas saw what looks to be its hottest summer, making that vast state into a tinderbox. Wildfires have scorched more than 3.6 million acres since November, fed by a drought that has caused more than $5 billion in damage to the state’s farm industry. In Oklahoma, the average statewide temperature of 86.8 degrees from June to August 31 broke the 85.2 degree mark set in 1934, according to Gary McManus, associate state climatologist. The heat killed 21 people in Oklahoma alone. Finally, the beginning of hurricane season caused flooding in the aftermaths of Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The country is already on pace to break the all-time record for the number of tropical storms strong enough to merit names, Masters said. Many years have extreme weather events. Americans who are old enough can recall the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s, or the bitter Midwest winters of the late 1970s. Judith Curry, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech, noted in a blog post this week that active hurricane sea-

sons, heavy snowfalls, and floods and severe drought in Texas are reminiscent of the 1950’s. “Natural variability is a plausible explanation for variations in extreme frequency and also clustering of events,” Curry said. While most climate scientists agree that human actions are causing global warming and climate change, not everyone does. Republican presidential front-runner Rick Perry said last month he does not believe in man-made global warming, calling it a scientific theory that had not been proven. Other political conservatives have questioned evidence of man-made climate change and government plans that could slow it. Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, said policy is not black and white, and there has to be debate over policies to address climate change. But policy opinions are one thing and scientific facts another, she said, adding that she is troubled to see more of the general public doubting climate change even as more scientific evidence piles up to support it. “The evidence is what the planet is telling us,” Hayhoe said. “These are not political opinions.”

Attorney General Eric Holder seeks distance from gun sting By JEREMY PELOFSKY WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday sought to distance himself and other senior Justice Department officials from a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, saying they were not involved. The Obama administration has been under scrutiny after revelations that as many as 2,000 guns were sold to suspected gun traffickers, not properly tracked and ended up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico. The operation, dubbed “Fast and Furious”, was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona. Congressional Republicans have questioned who approved it and whether senior Justice Department officials were involved. “The notion that somehow or other that this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that, at this point, I don’t think is supported by the facts,” Holder told reporters. The botched operation already has claimed the jobs of Ken Melson, acting director of the ATF, who was transferred to another Justice Department job, and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, who resigned abruptly last week. ATF officials and federal prosecu-

tors had hoped the operation would help them follow the guns to cartel leaders. But ATF agents did not witness many of the purchases or track many of the guns after the initial purchaser resold them. Holder questioned whether the congressional probe, led by Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate, was politically motivated. He admitted it was a “flawed enforcement effort,” but said, “my hope would be that Congress will conduct an investigation that is factually based and not marred with politics.” Republican Senator Chuck Grassley denied any partisanship to the investigation. “We need to know exactly what happened and why. Then people need to be held accountable to make sure something so stupid never happens again,” he said. Two guns from the operation were found at the scene where a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot dead in a shootout with illegal immigrants last December.


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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

MARI BLOWS IN WITH A SONG!

Drummer Dwayne Cook Broadnax

Mari Toussaint

By JITU K. WEUSI It was a balmy Labor Day evening and For My Sweet was packed for another Jazzy Monday. They were awaiting an old favorite, Mari Toussaint, and she did not disappoint. From her first tune, "Afro Blue," to the gentle words of her Brazilian classic "Gingi," she was full of power and brilliant. Mari has arrived. She can sing in multiple languages and her presentations are powerful and meaningful. She can swing with seasoned musi-

Abdus Sabor handles the percussion

Pianist Richard Clemente

cians like pianist Richard Clemente, bassist Bryce Sebastian and drummer Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax. The capable Abdus Sabor handles the percussion and Gerald Hayes on alto sax is creative

plus soulful and draws loud applause from the audience. Jazzy Mondays at "For My Sweet" is certainly establishing a reputation for great sounds like Mari Toussaint and her band.

- Photos by Lem Peterkin

Gerald Hayes on alto sax

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Kadhafi says reported Niger crossing ‘lies’

f Corruption means no money for hungry Kenya kids NAIROBI, Kenya - International donors are spending nearly half a billion dollars to feed starving Kenyans, even after tens of millions of dollars went missing in a string of corruption scandals within the country. Government spokesman Alfred Mutua said Thursday that legislators also raided a fund for emergencies to reimburse themselves for taxes on their $10,000 a month salaries. The U.N. says about 3.75 million Kenyans need food aid following a severe drought. Activists say the effects of the drought have been exacerbated by corruption in Kenya and warn it will only get worse as elections approach in 2012. Audits have found tens of millions of dollars missing from various programs to help the poor. Among them are a plan to send poor children to school and a program to help those living in the drought-ravaged north.

Uganda to open bomb suspects trial Uganda will next week begin the trial of 19 men over July 2010 bombings that killed 76 people, a state prosecutor said Thursday. “The trial is beginning on the 12th...that is what has been communicated to us by the court, and we are preparing for Monday,” senior state attorney Joan Kagezi told AFP. Kagezi said that suspects would be making their pleas at a hearing in Kampala’s High Court, but that the trial’s main proceedings would begin later. “The actual process won’t begin for several weeks after that,” Kagezi said. Twin suicide bombers struck bars in Kampala where people had gathered to watch the World Cup final on July 11 last year. The attacks were claimed by Somalia’s AlQaeda-inspired Shebab rebels in revenge for Ugandan military involvement in the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The bombings were the worst in East Africa since attacks on the US embassy in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. Uganda arrested 36 men following the bombings but has charged only 19.

Ghana boat capsizes, 10 missing, dozens swim ashore A boat carrying over 90 passengers capsized on Ghana’s Lake Volta, killing two and leaving 10 missing, a rescue official said. “The boat was carrying 92 passengers when the disaster occurred. Some survivors were rescued by the villagers while others managed to swim ashore,” Amadu Baba Seidu, a disaster management coordinator in the area told AFP.

Libyan National Transition Council (NTC) fighters prepare ammunition before crossing the last NTC checkpoint outisde Wishtata village on the road from Tarhuna to Bani Walid. Moamer Kadhafi on Thursday slammed reports he had fled to neighbouring Niger as "psychological warfare and lies" and vowed to vanquish the NATO forces who he said were running out of steam. Since his Tripoli comBy DOMINIQUE plex was overrun on SOGUEL August 23, Kadhafi has made several appeals for Moamer Kadhafi on resistance in tapes aired Thursday slammed by Arrai, which is run reports he had fled to by Iraqi Sunni former neighbouring Niger as MP Mishan al-Juburi. “psychological warfare Juburi, the only perand lies” and vowed to son able to contact vanquish the NATO Kadhafi since he went forces who he said were into hiding after forces running out of steam. of the National As pockets of fight- Transitional Council ing continued around (NTC) took Tripoli, said the country, Libya’s new the ex-leader and his leadership and the son Seif al-Islam were United States called on still in Libya. neighbouring countries “I can tell you that I to close their borders to spoke with Kadhafi very members of the Kadhafi recently,” Juburi told regime. AFP. However, in his first “He is in Libya, in address for several days very good spirits, feels the ex-leader remained strong, is not afraid, defiant, telling his coun- and would be happy to trymen: “They have die fighting against the nothing else to resort to occupiers,” Juburi said apart from psychologi- by phone. cal warfare and lies.” “His son Seif al-Islam Speaking on the is in the same state of Damascus-based Arrai mind,” added Juburi, Oruba television chan- whose channel has nel, he added: “They last broadcast a number of said Kadhafi had been audio messages from seen in a convoy head- the Kadhafis. ing towards Niger. The NTC fears “They want to weak- Kadhafi will try to slip en our morale. Do not over one of Libya’s borwaste time on this weak ders and Niger was and ignoble enemy.” forced to deny he was in Kadhafi also said the country after a conNATO “will be defeated” voy carrying other senas its “logistical capaci- ior ousted regime offities will not allow it” to cials fled there on press on with its mili- Monday. tary intervention. The U.S. said Kadhafi “We are ready in was not believed to be Tripoli and everywhere among them. to intensify attacks As the hunt for against the rats, the Kadhafi intensifies, the mercenaries, who are a new leadership has pack of dogs,” he said. sought Niger’s help in

Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters load an abandoned armoured vehicle onto a lorry at Bir Durfan military base close to Bani Walid. preventing him, his family or his troops from crossing the border, while Washington also urged other nations to deny refuge to any wanted Libyans. Bidding to cut off Kadhafi’s potential escape routes, the NTC said it had dispatched a team to the Niger capital Niamey and the United States said Kadhafi aides who entered Niger were being detained. “Our understanding is that the convoy included some military and senior officials under Kadhafi’s former regime,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “They are now being held in the capital... and they are being monitored closely by Nigerian officials.” Also, Washington “is in contact with Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Burkina Faso to emphasise the importance of respecting the UN Security Council resolutions and of securing their borders”, Nuland said. New regime forces, meanwhile, were poised to battle loyalist troops still holding out in the strongholds of Bani Walid, southeast of Tripoli, Sabha in the deep south and the coastal city of Sirte, Kadhafi’s hometown. In preparation for a transfer to government

once the final holdouts have fallen, National Transitional Council (NTC) number two Mahmud Jibril arrived in Tripoli, acting deputy information minister Khaled Najm said. But an NTC spokesman in Benghazi said the new authorities would not complete their move to the traditional capital until Libya was “fully liberated”. “We still have work to do here” in Benghazi, said Fathi Baja, head of the NTC’s political affairs committee. Libya’s new rulers are anxious to arrest Kadhafi and put him on trial, sealing their hold on the country. His remaining forces have been given a Saturday deadline to surrender, in a bid to spare further bloodshed. At Bani Walid, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southeast of Tripoli, negotiators were still seeking to broker the oasis town’s peaceful surrender. NTC leaders say they are committed to avoiding bloodshed in the town, despite a delegation sent there on Tuesday having to retreat after being fired upon. In the hamlet of Wishtata, 40 kilometres from the front, Colonel Abdullah Abu Asara said his volunteer fighters were ready for anything.


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South Africa murder rate ‘lowest since apartheid’ By TABELO TIMSE Africa’s South murder rate fell to the lowest level since the end of apartheid, an annual crime report showed Thursday, though police are struggling to rein in violent crime in shantytowns. “The continued reduction in murder indicates that government is succeeding in its efforts,” Nathi Mthethwa told a news conference. Outside of war zones, South Africa remains one of the most dangerous countries in the

world, with a murder rate surpassed only by Latin American nations embroiled in gruesome battles with narco-traffickers. During the year that ended in March, police said 15,940 people were killed, down 6.5 percent of the previous 12 months, continuing a steady decline since the first multiracial elections in 1994. In the 1995-1996 fiscal year, the first full year of statistics after the polls, there were 26,877 murders in South Africa. For international comparison, murder rates are given as ratios per 100,000 residents to equalise differences in population. Last year

South Africa’s murder rate was 31.9 per 100,000 people. That’s still four times the global average in the latest UN data, but far lower than Central American countries like El Salvador, where the number was 71. In the United States, one of the most violent rich nations, the number is around five. The latest South African crime statistics report covers the year ending in March and included the period around the 2010 football World Cup, when police dramatically stepped up their efforts. National police chief Bheki Cele said lessons from the World Cup were extended through-

out the year, with increased police visibility and improved training. “These were instructions given to police in improving training and approach. New (specialised) units were also created,” he told reporters. Violent crime generally was down in South Africa, with murder, assault and sexual offences falling 6.9 percent, Mthethwa said. “While we are happy that this category generally has declined over the last two years, we remain concerned about the number of rapes that occur in the country,” Mthethwa said. Rape cases rose from 55,097 to 56,272,

though the minister indicated the 2.1 percent increase could have resulted from better reporting of the crime. “We cannot seriously say we are winning the war against rape. We have however taken steps in various addressing this scourge,” he said. The police report also underscored that South Africa’s shantytowns skirting major cities remain the epicentre of the crime scourge, with more than 70 percent of murders and 75 percent of rapes taking place among people who know each other. About 12 percent of killings in South Africa were committed in self-

defence, the report said. “The battle against crime cannot be separated from the war on want,” Mthethwa said. “In the main, incidents of contact crime such as murder, grievous bodily harm and rape occur among acquaintances in poor communities where living and entertainment environments do not allow for decent family and social life.” A new trend also emerged in the report, with a 61 percent increase in small bombs used to break open ATMs to steal cash, the report said. A majority of those cases were in Gauteng, the small province that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria/

Algiers metro moves into final test phase Two hundred guests including four government ministers on Thursday took the subway in Algiers, where a long-awaited metro system is moving into a final phase of tests before opening to the public. Trade Minister Mustapha Benbada said the trip was a “historic” step in urban transport in the Algerian capital. The minister of industry, small and medium-sized businesses and investment promotion, Mohamed

Benmeradi, described the ride as “a very good thing on which we can only congratulate ourselves.” Run by the RATP El Djazair (Algiers), modelled on Paris’s autonomous public transport authority (RATP), the metro is due to open to the public “around November 1,” according to Transport Minister Amar Tou. In the eight weeks before then, train drivers, technicians and other RATP El Djazair staff will carry out about 100 tests on the circulation of trains,

the management of stations and the application of safety measures. During this trial phase, the metro will carry a limited number of passengers for free, and that number will be increased until the subway system is ready to go fully operational. Transport Minister Tou did not want to announce the total cost of the metro, saying that it would be best disclosed after the final test phase, but he added that it was less expensive than might be imagined. Declaring himself “happy but stressful,”

RATP El Djazair’s Director General Pascal Garret told AFP that the next eight weeks would be helpful in training staff and testing different kinds of equipment. Line 1 on the Algers metro is 8.5 kilometres (5.3 miles) long and will serve 10 stations from the Grande Poste in the city centre to the Hai Al Badr district at Kouba in the southeast. The metro will employ 500 staff and more than 400 police will oversee its security. The line will be open seven days per week from 5:00 am to 11:00

Pascal Garret, director general of RATP El Djazair, takes a test ride in the new underground in Algiers. Two hundred guests including four government ministers tried out the long-awaited metro system which is moving into a final phase of tests before opening to the public. pm. company Vinci and the The equipment — Spanish firm CAF, for a tracks, rolling stock, total amount of 380 milcommand post and the lion euros ($531 milinterior design of sta- lion). tions — was provided In 2007, France’s by Siemens France, the RATP won a contract to French subsidiary of develop and get into the German engineer- service the new metro ing giant, the French line over eight years.

Election rallies banned in Kinshasa: official C o n g o l e s e authorities imposed Wednesday a temporary ban on political protests in the capital Kinshasa over fears of escalating violence in the run-up to November elections, officials said. The ban, which will remain in place until Sunday, was designed to ensure “a peaceful social environment” during the period when politicians will file their

candidacies for president and parliament with the election commission, said a statement from the governor of the capital, Andre Kimbuta. Both the ruling party and opposition were planning to hold rallies on Thursday, but party leaders told AFP they would respect the ban. On Tuesday in Kinshasa, an opposition supporter was killed in clashes with police that erupted after his party’s leader formalised his bid to run

against the Democratic Republic of Congo’s current president, Joseph Kabila. The man’s death came when police dispersed Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) supporters demonstrating after the overnight sacking of their party headquarters. Police said that on Monday afternoon, UDPS supporters threw stones and a petrol bomb at an office of Kabila’s ruling People’s Party for

Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD). Early in July and on September 1, demonstrations by the UDPS and its allies degenerated into clashes with the police. On Wednesday, the archbishop of Kinshasa, the European Union’s delegation , the UN mission and the US ambassador all called for calm among the political factions. “We ask one and the other, as well as the security forces, to

maintain their composure, avoid useless provocations and to show calm and restraint,” Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya told journalists. The EU representatives in Kinshasa urged the political parties “not to have recourse to violence”, while US Ambassador James Entwistle appealed for an election campaign that is “peaceful, calm and friendly.” Candidates in the presidential and parlia-

mentary elections — both to be held in a single round on November 28 — have until Sunday to hand in their dossiers. Two candidates filed their papers for the presidential race on Wednesday: Vital Kamerhe, ex-head of the national assembly, and Joseph-Francois Nzana Mobutu, who came in fourth in the 2006 election and is the son of the country’s exdictator Joseph Mobutu, who died in 1997.


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UN calls on Uruguay to investigate alleged sexual misconduct by its troops in Haiti NEW YORK — The United Nations said on Wedneasday that Uruguay should conduct a full and thorough investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by its military personnel serving with the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Eduardo del Buey, Deputy spokesperson for the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said a preliminary probe carried out by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) “determined that it was necessary to instigate a full and thorough investigation” into the alleged abuses committed in Port-Salut. “Under the procedures agreed between the UN and troop-contributing countries, it is now the responsibility of the government of Uruguay to conduct the investigation, with the full support of the UN,” he told reporters in New York. According to media reports, the incident in question involves the alleged rape of an 18-yearold Haitian man by Uruguayan peacekeepers. A video captured on a cell phone camera showing the alleged assault reportedly surfaced a few weeks ago. The UN has imposed a zero-tolerance policy against sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeepers, and senior officials have reiterated in recent years that this means there is no impunity for blue helmets who engage in such practices. It is the responsibility of the troop-contributing country to take appropriate disciplinary measures if the allegations are found to be true.

Jamaican government prepares for IMF talks KINGSTON, Jamaica — A major step towards a strategy critical to discussions between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the current Standby Agreement (SBA) was how Financial Secretary, Dr Wesley Hughes, described a two-day Public Sector Monitoring Committee Seminar which opened in downtown Kingston, on Tuesday. Hughes reiterated that the last completed IMF review was undertaken for the quarter ending September 2010, and more recent quarterly performance have not yet been reviewed. “The December 2010 and March 2011 quarterly performance criteria have not yet been reviewed by the IMF. While the quantitative targets have been met, the Central Government primary surplus fell short of target by $3.5 billion at March 2011,” he pointed out. Hughes observed that central features of the SBA also included qualitative issues, such as the enhancement of the social safety net to protect the poor. This includes increased spending on the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) and school feeding; the public sector wage freeze for the 2009/10 2011/12 financial years; spreading of salary arrears over the medium term; divestment of Air Jamaica and state-run sugar factories; implementation of the fiscal responsibility framework legislation; and implementation of a system of Centralized Treasury Management.

in Turks and Caicos released PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands Prior to his recent departure, former governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Gordon Wetherell, released to the public the final report of the Turks and Caicos Islands 2008-9 Commission of Inquiry into possible corruption, or other serious dishonesty in relation to past and present elected members of the legislature. The document - which is available here - consists of the full and final version of the report delivered to the governor by the Commissioner, Sir Robin Auld, on 31 May 2009. “My original intention was to publish the full report at an earlier date, but this proved impossible because of legal challenges,” Wetherell said. To the extent that the report contains criticisms of Mario Hoffmann and of Dr Cem Kinay, it has been subject to legal challenges that have now been dismissed by the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Appeals from that decision of the Court of Appeal will be determined by the Privy Council in due course. “I believe that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands deserve to see the entirety of the final report. The final report includes the Commissioner’s full explanation and analysis of the information he received and his preliminary findings and recommendations,” Wetherell said. He added that the British-run interim administration in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been pressing forward with the implementation of recommendations of the final report, with a view to ensuring that the principles of good governance and sound financial management are restored to the TCI. The principal area of interest for most people in the 265-page report will be the findings of possible corruption and/or other serious dishonesty on the part of former Cabinet ministers and the recommendation made by the Commissioner for further action in this regard. In relation to former Premier Michael Misick, the Commission recommends criminal investigation by police or others in relation to him of possible corruption and/or other serious dishonesty including misfeasance in public office in relation to the following and other similar matters in recent years: — Misick may have abused his

Former Premier Michael Misick position as premier and as leader of the Progressive National Party (PNP) by using PNP funds for his own purposes; — Misick accepted and failed to declare many gifts of money via the client account of his brother and attorney, Chal Misick, which were not, and could not reasonably be interpreted as being political in nature, and which he appears to have applied to his personal expenditure; — The payment of $500,000 by Dr Cem Kinay, through his company, Turks Ltd, to Misick was a possibly corrupt payment; — The receipt by Misick of $250,000, purportedly by way of loan from Inazio & Gataen Caltagirone, via the client account of Chal Misick, was possibly a corrupt payment; — Undocumented and unrepaid loans to Misick, collectively amounting to about $350,000 from Jeffrey Hall, Floyd Hall or his brother and Lillian Boyce or her brother were possibly corrupt payments to him for favours given in relation to a transaction engendering the money to facilitate such payments; — Misick in recent years accepted and failed to declare to the Registrar of Interests many gifts or purported loans of money via the client account of his brother and attorney, Chal Misick, which were possibly corrupt on account of possible favours given by him in his capacity as premier; — Misick promoted the abuse of the Crown Land Policy on a number of occasions, and benefited personally from that abuse; — Misick behaved in a possibly corrupt manner and/or in misfeasance of his public duty, by securing highly paid advertising contracts for his wife with the TCI Tourist Board and with Kerwin Communications purportedly acting on behalf of the Tourist Board, thereby potentially abusing his power with a view to enriching his wife and himself; — Misick behaved in a potentially seriously dishonest manner, including misfeasance in

public office and dishonest misappropriation of public funds, by his possible misuse of government funds and facilities for his personal purposes in his use of aircraft chartered or leased by the government for official purposes; — A possibility of corruption and/or other serious dishonesty, including misfeasance in public office, in relation Misick in the chain of events leading to the eventual disposal of land at Joe Grant Cay at well below market price to a consortium led by Dr Cem Kinay, following the secret payment by Kinay of $500,000 to him in January 2007, followed by the approval by Cabinet on 16 May 2007, to which Misick was a party; — Possible corrupt and/or otherwise seriously dishonest involvement, including misfeasance in public office, of Misick in relation to the government’s transactions with Mario Hoffmann of DEVCO for the development of Salt Cay; Other findings by the Commission in relation to Misick in respect of which no recommendations were made are as follows: — Misick failed repeatedly throughout his period of membership of the Legislature of the TCI to make full and accurate declarations of his interests; — Misick failed in several important respects to make adequate disclosures in response to the Commission’s requests, pursuant to its powers under the Commissions of Inquiry Ordinance, for full and accurate disclosure of his financial interests; In relation to former finance minister Floyd Hall, the Commission recommends criminal investigation by police or others in relation to him of possible corruption and/or other serious dishonesty including theft and false accounting and misfeasance in public office in relation to the following and other similar matters in recent years: — Hall, in his capacity as Treasurer of the PNP: 1) failed to administer and keep proper accounts of the funds of the PNP; and 2) misled the party as a whole as to the true state of its financial affairs and the purposes to which its monies were being put; — Payment by Jak Civre, the developer of the Seven Stars Resort, to Hall of $150,000 on 8th February 2007, the day before the election, purportedly as a campaign donation, but which Hall paid into the business account of his company, Paradigm, and also other unexplained payments were possibly corrupt payments;


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Trenton’s police unions, staff doubtful on how Mack’s plan to save cop jobs is going to work By ALEX ZDAN TRENTON - One week after Mayor Tony Mack announced a plan that he said would save two-thirds of the 108 cops jobs slated for layoff, city officials from the police department to the mayor’s own staff still do not have exact figures for the proposal and are unsure how it will work. Mack has asked the city’s two police unions for pay freezes and monthly, $100-per-officer payroll deductions that he said will save 36 officer jobs. With little more than a week to go before the terminations scheduled for Sept. 16, city labor counsel Steve Glickman said Tuesday that he didn’t know exactly how much money would be necessary to keep those cops at work. “Those are all ques-

tions, those are all moving parts,” he said. “It’s not an absolute game of chess where you have all your moves planned out ahead. You just have to wait and see.” Last week, the police unions - Trenton’s PBA local and the Superior Officers Association filed a grievance with state labor authorities, saying the Mack administration released different numbers to the public Aug. 25 than those proposed in a meeting with them. Yesterday, Glickman said the city was still trying to negotiate with the unions. While two federal grants are projected to be enough to bring back 36 officers at the start of the federal fiscal year Oct. 1, Mack had said a second set of 36 officers could be brought back through the union concessions, but Glickman could not say exactly how much money that would be. “And that’s why I kept telling you ‘approximately,’” he said. “We didn’t do it to

the exact dollar.” The mayor’s proposal was meant as a conversation starter and not as a final draft of what concessions union would look like, Glickman said yesterday. The unions say they have doubts as to whether the administration is calculating properly. According to city budget officer Elana Chan, who said she was never shown a copy of the mayor’s proposal and was not asked to work on any calculations, the total cost of yearly salary, wages and benefits for the 108 officers slated for layoff is $6.3 million. The unions say they remain in the dark and continue to get changing figures. “At this point in time, I don’t know how the numbers work,” said George Dzurkoc, the PBA president. The PBA’s contract expired last Dec. 31, so Dzurkoc’s officers will see their pay remain flat until a new one is

drawn up. The Superior Officers Association, comprising those ranked at sergeant and above, has a contract with raises for two more years, but Glickman said asking them to give it back is not on the table. When reminded of the city’s budget crisis, Glickman said he did not know where the money to save the jobs could be found. “I’ve only been told that from (chief financial consultant) David Rosseau, he feels the city can effectuate enough savings,” he said. “Where the savings would be effectuated from, I don’t know.” Rosseau did not respond to multiple messages left on his office and cell phones this week and late last week. Trenton Police are busy working on contingency plans for the day after the layoffs, but they have not been consulted on any plan to save jobs, Capt. Fred Reister said. “The mayor is work-

ing on the master plan by himself,” Reister said. “We’re not sure who’s working on it, but we’re not.” Any proposal that does not save all 108 officers from layoff is unlikely to find strong support from the unions. “The return is not worth what we’re going to save,” Dzurkoc said. While an existing federal Community Oriented Policing

Services (COPS) grant will be restructured and combined with savings from retirements to bring back 18 officers, the results of a second grant that would bring back 18 more officers won’t be announced until late this month, Reister said. “There‘s no guarantee we’re going to get that grant,” he said. “Everybody is talking like it’s a done deal.”

Mayor wants to hire interns to keep museums open By MATT FAIR TRENTON - With the directors of the Trenton City Museum and the historic Trent House slated to lose their jobs later this month, Mayor Tony Mack yesterday proposed staffing both with interns to avoid shuttering them entirely. The directors are scheduled to leave Sept. 16 as part of a citywide plan to lay off 150 government workers. The Trenton City Museum is housed in Cadwalader Park’s Ellarslie Mansion, and the Trent House is at the corner of Market Street

and William Trent Place near the Hughes Justice Complex in downtown Trenton. The city owns both Ellarslie and the Trent House, but the collections housed in each are owned, respectively, by the independent Trenton Museum Society and the Trent House Association. Mack made his proposal after meeting with the boards of the society and the association. The city displays the collections under the terms of two separate management agreements, which mandate that Trenton pay to employ a full-time director. “Basically his (the mayor’s) plan is to keep the museum open with interns,” Carolyn

Stetson said. Stetson is vice president of the Trent House’s board of trustees. She also holds a seat on the museum society’s board. “We agreed to take the mayor’s plan back to the boards and then get back to him with how we’d like to see it work.” However, she said neither board is likely to be receptive to the proposal. “The plan of action includes a full-time person at the Trent House and a full time person at Ellarslie Musuem, and we will also contemplate staffing levels with interns,” Eric Berry, the city’s business administrator, said in an e-mail. “There is no decrease in staffing levels at either facility.” However, in addition

to providing a full-time director at the museum, the management agreements require that person have “the appropriate professional training and experience to oversee the management of Ellarslie.” “Interns are fine if you want to have them be docents or gallery greeters to learn about how a museum operates,” she said, “but an intern, even an intern with a degree in art or a degree in history, is not the same as an experienced professional director, and that’s what both organizations need in order to operate.” Brian Hill, who has worked for the city more than 10 years, currently serves as director of the Trenton City Museum, while Mary-Margaret

Pernot, who has worked for the city since 2001, is director of the Trent House. Stetson said the museum society has already been forced to halt plans for a number of forthcoming exhibits including one that would have displayed four vases produced by the Trenton Potteries Company for the 1904 World’s Fair. Two of the vases were to come to Trenton on loan from museums in Newark and Brooklyn. “The four vases exhibit we were going to have requires conversation between directors at the museums,” Stetson said. “There’s no way an intern could call the director of the Newark Museum or the Brooklyn Museum and have a conversation

about shipping priceless urns. The expertise is not there.” The city is in danger of losing the collections in each of the museums, and it’s in further danger of losing ownership of the Trent House entirely, Stetson said. The building was deeded to the city in 1929 by the Stokes family under the condition that it be used as a library, museum or gallery. If it closes, Stetson said, ownership of the building could go back to the family. She added, however, that Pernot has structured operations at the Trent House so that it can remain open even without her through the end of 2011.


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Cissy Houston sang with Freddie Jackson during the services for Nick Ashford. Photo credit: Lisa Pacino Hundreds of hugged a tearful Actress friends and fans Simpson. joined Valerie Tichina Arnold said, and Nick showed Simpson and family â&#x20AC;&#x153;You so much love to people members to cele- you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even knowâ&#x20AC;? brate the life of before performing with famed songwriter her brother, Victor and singer Nick Cook, a rousing tribute Ashford of the icon- of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Too Closeâ&#x20AC;? that ic duo Ashford & moved Ms. Simpson to them in song. Simpson at join This was a full circle Abyssinian Baptist moment for Ms. Church in Harlem. Simpson who first met Many lined up for her husband in the hours prior to and White Rock Baptist during the three- Church in Harlem. Rev. hour funeral serv- Cooper, pastor at the was among the ice hoping for a church, speakers. Ms. Simpson chance to be able to played an emotionallypay their last filled tribute at the respects at the piano while reflecting on her life with her packed service. Gospel rocked the husband. She shared house at the church as wonderful humorous various artists per- and poignant moments formed marvelous that expressed Mr. incredible musical tributes in Ashfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory of Nick charm, gift of style and Ashford. Ms. Simpson love for people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was my soul received a standing ovation when Pastor Calvin mate. He was the man Butts introduced her of my life and he lived stating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the for the public,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. strongest people Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Simpson. She also lightseen in a long time is ened the mood of the when she Valerie Simpsonâ&#x20AC;? dur- tribute Oprah ing his opening recalled remarks. Roberta Flack Winfreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asking him performed a moving what it takes to put a rendition of her hit, Nick Ashford together? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nick said he would â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,â&#x20AC;? as she get dressed to go out

Nona Hendryx at the funeral service. Photo credit: Coreen Simpson

Howard Dodson was among the hundreds in attendance. Photo credit: Coreen Simpson and tell himself â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If I And he always looked make it to the corner like he was still courtand nobody stops me, I ing Valerie.â&#x20AC;? have on the wrong Ms. Simpson also clothes and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m coming acknowledged a few of home.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; The audience those present who prolaughed at the com- vided her with encourment. aging words, like longAndrĂŠ Leon Talley time friend Michael spoke of Mr. Ashfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Douglas, who had also love for Valerie and peo- been dealing with ple, his trend setting throat cancer, and style and musical Phylicia Rashad, who genius. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looked like would call often. She what I wished I had also received a surprise growing up in the call from Minister Louis South, a Black Jesus. Farrakhan of the

Valerie Simpson performed a musical tribute to her husband Nick Ashford. Photo credit: Lisa Pacino

Freddie Jackson arriving at the funeral for famed songwriter Nick Ashford. Photo credit: Lisa Pacino Nation of Islam, who advised her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have no reason to grieve ... you can be sad. But, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had what everybody wants for 36 years. You should have nothing but gratitude.â&#x20AC;? Actresses Phylicia Rashad, S. Epatha Merkerson and Tamara Tunie also paid tribute by reciting Maya Angelouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Great

Trees Fall.â&#x20AC;? Rev. D. J. Rogers, a singer and friend, shared how down to earth and supportive Mr. Ashford always was to other artists and those down on their luck. It was one of the reasons Ashford and Simpson started the Sugar Bar to support talent. Ryan Shaw, whose album Continued on Page 13


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Anita Parker-Brown, Valerie Simpson and a guest at the repast at the Sugar Bar. Photo credit: Lisa Pacino

Joan H. Allen, INSIDE NEW YORK host and Daily Challenge editor and D.J. Rogers Photo credit: Lisa Pacino Continued from Page 12 received a Grammy nomination, was one of the many talents they nurtured. Rogers also recalled Mr. Ashfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping a date with a homeless guy who regularly came by the Sugar Bar for money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He never put him down. Mr. Ashford would just say he was his friend,â&#x20AC;? Rogers said. The service ended with a standing ovation for Nick Ashford and a musical tribute of his greatest songs. Cissy Houston, Bobbie Humphrey, Melba Moore and Allyson Williams were among the many performers who joined Freddie Jackson as he led the congregation in a touching rendition of the singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t No Mountain High Enoughâ&#x20AC;? and other songs. Nick Ashford, along with his

wife, Valerie, were the voice behind so many mega hit recordings such as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t No Mountain High Enoughâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solidâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reach Out And Touch Somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Diana Ross and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re All I Need To Get Byâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Every Womanâ&#x20AC;? for Chaka Khan. Their songwriting helped sell millions of records for several artists. In 2002, Ashford & Simpson were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Their lives together and musical genius were solid gold! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to miss my honey,â&#x20AC;? said Valerie Simpson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking down on us. I know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy.â&#x20AC;? Nick Ashford will be sorely missed but his music will live on forever.


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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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THE RELIGIOUS ROUTE BY VELMA HART The Evangelist Blanch Alberta Jeffrey happily celebrated 88 long, precious years of life with family and friends on Sept. 4 in the brunch time. It was an all-you-can-eat at a Chinese buffet. Evangelist Jeffrey told me how wonderful it is to be in good health at her age, that her mother had died at the age of 57. Her daughter, Ms. Talitha Jones, was the per-

son who put together such a delightful day for her mother, gave me the following information: Mother has 19 grands and 16 great grands. Evangelist Jeffrey told me she has been a member of the Merrick Park Baptist Church, Jamaica, for 29 years. Talitha is a member at the Gethsemane Baptist Church, Rev. Darell King, pastor. Happy

Birthday Evangelist Blanch Alberta Jeffrey; see you on your next birthday, Sept. 4, 2012. It was when I attended morning worship service at the Amity Baptist Church, Rev. Jeffery Shawn Thompson, pastor, on Sept. 4 when I was informed of what was to take place at the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. David L. Brunswick, Sr., pastor. Here is what I

learned: Pastor Thompson and the Amity Church Choir and congregation worshipped with the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Springfield Gardens, on their 47th annual Deacon/Deaconess Day. With Deacon Stanley Singleton presiding, there were many participants, including Deaconess President Lela King, Deacon Chairman Bryan McKelvie, Dea-

coness Delores Benn, Deacon Alton Benn, Deacon William Wright, Jr., Deaconess Pricilla McKelvie, Trustee Donna Gardner and the Salem Choir. The guest speaker, Rev. Thompson, delivered the spoken word. I was more than happy that I attended the service. It presented me with a chance to speak with Dr. Freddie Brunswick, Sr., pastor

emeritus and organizer of Salem. It was also my pleasure to have been seated next to First Lady Brunswick. She told me she recently retired from business. Refreshments were served. Salem is going to be in its new house of worship very soon, prayfully and hopefully.

Until next time, show love.

In memoriam Frances Arlene Kenney Patricia A. Joyner Apr. 24, 1937 - Aug. 25 2011 Jan. 23, 1928 - Aug. 16, 2011 Frances A. Kenney was born January 23, 1928, in New Rochelle, New York to Rosena Dowling and Jack Palava. She attended and graduated from Isaac E. Young High School where she met and married her husband, Hubert Kenney, on June 4, 1948. From this union was born a total of seven children, consisting of five sons and two daughters. Frances was a member of the Mt. Carmel AME Church throughout her high school years, singing in the Youth Choir, Pastor’s Choral Group, and President of the Youth Ministry. It was here she was first ordained as Evangelist. Soon after uniting with her husband she travelled the country extensively as a career military spouse for more than twenty-seven years. In 1974, upon moving and settling down in Gary, IN, Frances became a member of AGAPE Ministries, and then joined Women’s Aglow Fellowship where she became President of the Gary chapter twice, and was elevated to Vice President of Ministries, on the Northern Indiana Board, Women’s Aglow Fellowship. She was also a member of Women’s Prayer Group, and

Bible Study. Frances and her family became members of Great Band MB Church for a short while before joining Family Christian Center, where she and her husband were overseers of Care Fellowship Ministry and became Elders within the church. Frances was preceded in death by her brother, James Haskell, and her parents. She leaves to mourn her death her devoted husband, Hubert Kenney, Sr; five sons, Hubert Kenney, Jr. (Claudette), Alan L. Kenney (Peggy), Daryl J. Kenney (Darleen), Vance R. Kenney (Carla), and Darwin S. Kenney; two daughters, Karen M. Black and Renae R. Kenney; 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends; all of whom loved her dearly.

Patricia Ann Thompson Joyner (“Pat” or “Trisha”) was born in Elizabeth, NJ on April 24, 1937. She was the youngest of three children born through the union of William Archie and Mildred Davis Thompson. She joined Union Baptist Church in Elizabeth, NJ at an early age, and was a former member of the “Young” Married Women’s auxiliary. She passed from this life into life in Heaven with the Lord suddenly on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Pat attended Elizabeth public schools and graduated from Battin High School in 1955. After her High School graduation, Pat went on to attend the Boston Conservatory of Music to study classical piano and dance for a time. Pat also modeled and participated in many beauty contests earning several awards, trophies, and prizes. Pat was formerly married to Henry “Hank” Joyner. and from that union two children were born; Kimberlea Patrice and Anthony Charles. Pat, Kim and Tony lived in Elizabeth with her parents on Bond Street. Pat was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health from Montclair State College in 1966 and began her

teaching career in the Newark Public School System. After earning certification as a Substance Awareness Coordinator, Pat taught Drug Education at Weequahic High School until her promotion to Coordinator of Drug Education in 1972. Pat continued to further her education during this time, earning a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision from Kean College (University) in 1978. As she continued her career with the School System, she accepted a position as an adjunct professor at Kean University teaching courses related to drug prevention. She served on the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Essex County Prosecutor’s Coalition of Law Enforcement and Community, and the President’s NJ Chapter of the National Black Alcoholism/Drug Council to name a few. She also was an active trainer and facilitator throughout the state on topics relative to the scope and effect of substance abuse

in our society. After successive promotions Pat retired from the Newark Board of Education as the Assistant Director of Drug Education in 1998. She continued teaching at Kean until retiring as an Adjunct Professor in 2007. Pat served on many boards, committees and councils at the local, state and national levels, and earned numerous certifications, awards, and accolades for professional achievement. Pat and her sister Kae founded the Thompson Dance Studio in 1966 where they offered professional dance instruction in ballet, pointe, modern dance, modern jazz, African dance and tap. They started the studio at the Leaguers Building on Clinton Avenue in Newark, moving successively to a Bergen Street location and then to the studio on Lyons Avenue. The studio successfully educated and trained hundreds of dancers through the years, exposing the students in the urban area to not only their teaching, but also to dance classes conducted by a wide variety of professional dancers from New York. After Pat and Kae closed Thompson Dance Studio after 11 years of success, Pat went on teaching dance. She opened the Elizabeth School of Dance and Performing Arts in 1977, and also

Pat Joyner’s NJ Dance Center and Fitness Salon in East Orange, NJ in 1994. Pat’s parents, Archie and Mildred and her nephew Richard Thompson, Sr. predeceased her. She is survived by her brother William “Buddy” Thompson of Elizabeth, NJ, her sister Katherine “Kae” Thompson Payne of Secaucus, NJ, her daughter Kimberlea “Kim” Joyner-Wortman of South Orange, NJ, her son Anthony “Tony” Joyner of Duluth, GA, grandchildren Brandon Andre’ Joyner Wortman, Jahir Anthony Joyner, Jada Patricia Joyner, daughter-in-law Ida Richardson Joyner, great grandson Brandon Andre’ Joyner Wortman, Jr., nieces and nephews Eric Payne, Lisa Payne, Mark Thompson, Gina Payne Scott, Suzanne “Anahata” Thompson Spurkle, Kristi PayneBenitez, and Richard Davis Thompson, Jr, their spouses and children, and a large number of other great nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members, extended family members, life-long and other beloved friends. Her heart was big enough for all of us and she blessed each of our lives in special and unique ways. She will forever live in our hearts and our memories. Rest in peace Trisha.


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Model Lanisha Cole sues ‘The Price Is Right’ By CLAUDINE ZAP The longest-tenured model for “The Price Is Right” has filed a lawsuit claiming she was sexually harassed by two producers for the game show, Michael G. Richards and Adam Sandler (not the actors with the same names). When model Lanisha Cole left the show in 2010, she was a “fan favorite,” whose job was to gracefully reveal actual prices of household items to the viewing audience and contestants. But she alleges that backstage, for about a year, she endured very ugly treatment. The 20-page civil complaint includes wrongful termination,

wrongful sexual harassment, failure to take steps to prevent harassment, false imprisonment, and infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit states that Cole began working for the popular game show back in 2003, and enjoyed her job for years. All that changed in 2009, when Richards took an interest in another model and

began to favor her — and shun Cole. The suit claims that her work on the show was limited using policies “which never before existed.” Cole also details an incident where Sandler entered her dressing room without knocking despite a sign posted to do so, and berated the model for not wearing a microphone — when she was wearing barely any

clothes. Cole’s attorney said of the account, “Sandler deliberately humiliated Ms. Cole in front of her peers.” Cole’s attorney, Solomon Gresen, said in a statement, “This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent.” He added, “Ms. Cole

did nothing to provoke Richards and Sandler. Once the harassment began, she was powerless to stop it.” Cole complained about her harassment only after being called into a meeting regarding alleged harassment of another model. When the Pasadena native filed her suit, she was told she was “holding the show hostage,” and she eventually left the show. Host Drew Carey is not named in the lawsuit or blamed in any way. Cole is seeking a jury trial and monetary compensation to cover her medical and legal expenses and loss of earnings. “The Price Is Right” has been served with multiple sexual harassment lawsuits over the years. The show has not yet commented.

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Race car driver Helios Castroneves and actress Vivica Fox are to be judges of the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant in Brazil, organizers said. NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, also said broadcast journalist Connie Chung, Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana, TV personality Adrienne Maloof, stage actress Lea Salonga and Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega will sit on the panel for the pageant, which is to be broadcast live from Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo Monday. Singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto, daughter of Brazilian legend Joao Gilberto, will perform her electronic bossa nova single “Close Your Eyes” during the evening gown portion of the competition. Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live,” and Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC’s “Today,” will preside over the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant.

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Microsoft lines up its big swing at tablets By BILL RIGBY SEATTLE — Next week a high-ranking Microsoft Corp executive will stand on stage and show off a new version of Windows on a tablet computer. It won’t be the first time. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer did it last year. Co-founder Bill Gates did it 10 years ago. This time, when Windows chief Steven Sinofsky shows off an early version of its next touch-enabled, tabletfriendly operating system — code-named Windows 8 — to independent developers at their annual conference in Anaheim next Tuesday, there is a sense that it really matters. “It’s a big deal,” said Todd Lowenstein, portfolio manager at HighMark Capital Management, which holds Microsoft shares. “Investors are hungry to see how they are going to join where the market’s going. They’ve been lagging and they need to catch up and surpass what’s going on, to demonstrate they truly are an innovative company.” Despite foretelling the tablet revolution a

decade ago, Microsoft is last off the blocks with a salable device. The tablet PC Gates unveiled at the Comdex tech show in November 2001 was too clunky to catch on. The slick-looking HewlettPackard prototype slate brandished by Ballmer at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2010 did not even make it onto the shelves. The first generation of touch-enabled tablets running Windows 8 are expected on the market in about 12 months. That gives Apple Inc two and a half years head start with its iPad, which has already sold 29 million units. Tablets running Google Inc’s Android software will also have gained ground, likely boosted by an expected Amazon.com device. The shift away from desk-based PCs — which mostly run on Microsoft software — toward tablets and smartphones is happening quicker than expected. The future of Microsoft, and its moribund stock, may hinge on how well Sinofsky can sell the latest combination of tablets and Windows. “Windows 8 might actually matter if they can do the touch-screen

innovation,” said Michael Yoshikami, Chief Executive of fund manager YCMNET Advisors. “Otherwise Windows 8 is just Windows 7 with one more number.” First, Microsoft needs to get itself back in tune with developers and entrepreneurs who are flocking from Microsoft-centric programing platforms to the more exciting realms of Apple and Android. The shift to a Applebased culture is noticeable among innovators and entrepreneurs, said Matt McIlwain, managing director at Seattlebased venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group. “Five years ago I would have said 80 percent of the startups or ventures who came to pitch us pulled out their laptop and started showing us their PowerPoint presentation,” said McIlwain. “Now 80 percent pull out their Mac. If I were Steve Ballmer, that would be concerning to me.” The enthusiasm of independent software developers is key for the health of what Microsoft calls its Windows “ecosystem”. It has stirred excitement with

its new motion-controlled Kinect system for the Xbox game console, but is lagging in the exploding market for mobile apps. Apple iPhone and iPad users can download 425,000 apps, while Android users have a choice of 250,000. There are only 30,000 apps for Windows Phones, although that is expected to grow when Microsoft launches its own app store with Windows 8. Microsoft finds itself playing only a background role in many tech-savvy startups, such as fashion site StyleCaster, which uses Apple computers, Google email, Linux web systems and Amazon.com Inc for its data storage. “In the last four or five years, ever since the iPhone platform came out, you have even more developers who have moved over onto Apple systems, and that’s created more and more tools,” said Drew Butler, StyleCaster’s vice president of technology. Not everyone is so downbeat. Wes Greene, lead mobile developer at Seattle-based Groundspeak, which makes a leading app for geocaching — basically

GPS-enabled treasure hunting — for Windows, Apple and Android phones, expects Microsoft’s deal with Nokia to bring it into the mobile mainstream. He likes what he has read so far about Windows 8. “It’s kind of cool to see it’s not like three separate companies any more, it’s all falling into line.” Microsoft also needs to connect with Wall Street and investors, who are nonplused with a share price that hasn’t budged in the past decade. Next Wednesday, Ballmer and his top lieutenants are set to make their annual presentations to analysts, in the midst of the developer conference, to explain their strategy. Analysts will likely focus on the perennial issues — how long Microsoft should persevere with its massively money-losing Bing search business, and what it should do with its $53 billion cash pile. Ballmer may also need to address a rising tide of protest from unhappy shareholders, including influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has

called for Ballmer’s removal and demanded the sale of the online services unit — including Bing — which has lost more than $6 billion in the last three years. In addition, a letter from an anonymous investor to Microsoft’s lead independent director was widely circulated over the summer, calling for the company to issue $40 billion of debt to fund a massive share buyback and to direct all its domestic cash flow toward paying dividends, which might increase the share price by more than 50 percent. Some are hoping for a repeat of Microsoft’s special dividend in 2004 which handed back more than $30 billion to shareholders. At the very least, most investors are looking for an increase in Microsoft’s dividend later this month, from the 2.5 percent dividend yield it sits at now. Whether through innovation or financial engineering, investors are looking for Microsoft to show it has more value than its $26 share price — nine times expected earnings — indicates. “The stock is reflecting a no-growth, or exgrowth kind of multiple,” said Lowenstein. “Their hurdle is to convince investors this is not the case.”

Twitter now has 100M active users Delta to lay off 200 office staff By ALEXEI ORESKOVIC SAN FRANCISCO — Only about half of Twitter’s 200 million-plus registered members log on daily but the microblogging website is chalking up growth of 40 percent every quarter in mobile device usage, Chief Executive Dick Costolo said on Thursday. Twitter, one of a coterie of Internet social networking services like Facebook and Google Inc’s embryonic “Google+”, is gearing up for a hotly anticipated initial public offering. But Costolo told reporters they would do so only on their own terms. “We want to be able to

remain independent, grow the business the way we want to, and not be beholden to public markets until we feel like we want to be,” Costolo said at Twitter’s offices. Twitter, which allows people to send 140-character text messages, or Tweets, to groups of socalled followers, is one of the Web’s most popular social networking services, along with Facebook and Zynga. The website has grown into a social phe-

nomenon employed by celebrities and politicians alike, hailed at times for promoting the free flow of global information. Analysts have sought details however on how many of Twitter’s registered users are “active”, a key metric in determining its business potential. Twitter.com now sees about 400 million unique visitors every month, a 60 percent leap from 200 million at the start of the year.

ATLANTA — Delta Airlines said Thursday it would pare down its administrative workforce with 200 layoffs that would follow a job buyout of 2,000 U.S. jobs. Delta spokeswoman Keyra Lynn Johnson said 2,000 workers signed up for an early

job buyout program, but the reduction did not go as far as needed to keep operating costs as far down as the airline required, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “We’re not simply reducing headcount. We’re reducing costs as a whole as part of the

pressures of high fuel costs,” Johnson said. “Reducing headcount involuntarily at Delta is truly something that we look to as a last resort,” she added. Delta currently employs about 80,000 people, the newspaper said.


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Layaway, $15 toys among Walmart’s holiday plans By JESSICA WOHL CHICAGO — Eager to keep its sales momentum growing, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is kicking off the holiday season early, cutting some toy prices in September, offering layaway in October and selling more Christmas decorations. The winter holiday season, which traditionally runs from the day after U.S. Thanksgiving through Christmas, is the most important time of year for retailers. In recent years, U.S. chains including Walmart have advertised earlier and offered deeper discounts to drive sales amid the struggling economy. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is getting back into layaway after a fiveyear break, albeit on a smaller scale, after other chains received a boost by offering the service during the downturn. It is also bringing back a host of items, such as Christmas village sets and outdoor decorations,

that it had removed from stores last year as part of a failed attempt to streamline its assortment of goods. The moves announced on Thursday come as the chain’s core shoppers continue to face a fragile economy including steep gasoline and food prices, high unemployment and a housing slump. Sales at stores open at least a year fell for nine straight quarters, as shoppers went elsewhere, but they rose in July. As Walmart’s sales rebound and the company works on cutting expenses, it can again become more aggressive with its pricing, said Gilford Securities analyst Bernard Sosnick. During the last couple of years, Walmart had a small amount of Christmas merchandise in its stores in the middle of October. This year, those items will arrive in late September. Wal-Mart is cutting prices on dozens of toys to $15 starting September 12, including Leapfrog Scribble

Gartner slashes 2011 PC market growth forecast HELSINKI — Research firm Gartner slashed its growth forecast for the global PC market this year to 3.8 percent from its earlier forecast of 9.3 percent, citing slower economies in Western Europe and the United States. “Western Europe is not only struggling through excess PC inventory, but economic upheaval as well,” Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said in a statement on Thursday.

“U.S. consumer PC shipments were much weaker than expected in the second quarter, and indications are that back-to-school PC sales are disappointing. An increasing pessimistic economic outlook is causing both consumer and business sentiment to deteriorate in both regions. We’re expecting consumer spending to tighten in response. Business spending will also tighten, but less than the consumer space.”

and Write, Disney Princess Toddler Doll, Hasbro Inc. Transformers 3 Mechtech and certain Lego sets. Those toys typically sell for around $20. That “rollback,” as Walmart calls it, is also coming a little earlier than usual. The layaway plan, which debuts on October 17, has restrictions and fees that should help reduce costs and complications that caused Walmart to walk away from general merchandise layaway after several years in 2006. Wal-Mart, which still offers layaway on fine jewelry yearround, said its customers have been asking about layaway for other things. At this point, it will have layaway for toys and electronics leading up to !"' " & &(#% "(%' $( !& "(!'+ !+ ' '%(&' ! ' ! " ! * +"% & " ' % !' ! (&'" ! "% !+ ' '%(&' #8?2 A> # ) 1? -8 12?> :01C &DA BD0=C C> 9D36<4=C >5 5>A42;>BDA4 0=3 B0;4 30C43 D6 F8;; B4;; 0C ?D1;82 0D2C8>= 0C C74 )D?A4<4 >DAC )DC?78= ;E3 0<0820 $/ 8= >DACA>>< >= %2C 0C 0 < ?A4< : 0 ;>2: ">C )>;3 BD1942C C> C4A<B 0=3 2>=38 C8>=B >5 58;43 9D36<4=C 0=3 C4A<B >5 B0;4 - "" # * ( ) %"" (454A44 " ,/ " ,/ CCHB 5>A &;C5 *D;8? A A40C $42: $/ !"' " & &(#% "(%' $( !& "(!'+ !+ ' '%(&' ! " ! * +"% & " ' % !' ! (&'" ! #8?2 A "( & &' ( % 1? -8 12?> :01C &DABD0=C C> 9D36<4=C >5 5>A42;>BDA4 0=3 B0;4 4=C4A43 41 F8;; B4;; 0C ?D1;82 0D2C8>= 0C C74 'D44=B >D=CH )D?A4<4 >DAC >DAC A>>< )DC?78= ;E3 0<0820 $/ >= )4?C 0C 0 < ?A4< : 0 ?4 &? $@11:> !+ 8;/7 ;? 0B B7>F= >= C74 C0G <0? >5 C74 8CH >5 $/ 8= C74 >A>D67 >5 'D44=B 0=3 8= C74 >D=CH >5 'D44=B ??A>G 0<C >5 9D36<4=C 8B ?;DB 2>BCB 0=3 8=C4A4BC )>;3 BD1942C C> C4A<B 0=3 2>=38C8>=B >5 58;43 9D36<4=C 0=3 C4A<B >5 B0;4 # ) , # **%$ (454A44 ) & (% (% ( ! "" CCHB 5>A &;C5 #0G4BB (3 )C4 $ #4;E8;;4 $/ 8;4 $>

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Polamalu keeping contract talks quiet By WILL GRAVES PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu wants to remain in black and gold the remainder of his career. How much green it will take, and how quickly he’ll start to see it, is still up in the air. Polamalu said Wednesday contract talks with the Steelers are between his agent, Marvin Demoff, and the team. The 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is in the final season of a five-year deal that will pay him about $6.4 million this season. The perennial Pro Bowler has said he’d love to stay, but limited salary cap space could be an obstacle to getting a deal done before the season. Either way, it’s unlikely Polamalu would leave considering his fondness for the team, and the city, and the organization’s habit of keeping homegrown stars. The Steelers have already signed linebackers Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley to lengthy extensions and return all 11 defensive starters from a unit that led the league in points against a year ago.

Woodley said last month it’s only natural that Polamalu is next in line to get a new contract, but the soft-spoken safety would rather not do his negotiating in public. “I’ll leave all contract discussions between the Steelers and my agent,” Polamalu said. “It’s just better that way, so that things don’t get misconstrued.” The 30-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, finishing with seven interceptions, 64 combined tackles and a sack. Yet he was slowed by an Achilles injury late in the season and admits he wasn’t 100 percent during the playoffs or the 31-25 loss to Green Bay in the Super Bowl. He’s paced himself during training camp, though he showed flashes of brilliance in a preseason win over Philadelphia three weeks ago, intercepting Michael Vick and going on a freewheeling return that included a fake pitch and an abrupt ending after Vick drilled Polamalu in the knees. The Steelers rarely negotiate during the season, but would likely give Polamalu the franchise tag next year while it works on a new deal for him, a tactic they used this spring before re-signing Woodley. If the talks are weighing on

him, it doesn’t show. He’s too concerned with Sunday’s opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Polamalu demurred when asked who’s the best safety in the league, himself or Baltimore star Ed Reed. “I’ve always considered Ed Reed to be the best safety in the NFL and perhaps ever,” Polamalu said. “So, we can clear that up right away. But the truth about it is that defenses always come down to how the secondary plays. So, whatever defense plays best in this game, usually comes out with the win.” The Steelers should be at full strength as both Ike Taylor (broken left thumb) and Bryant McFadden (hamstring) practiced on Wednesday. Yet it’s clear Polamalu is the defense’s biggest playmaker, his instincts have a habit of bringing him in contact with the ball with stunning regularity. Taylor has been so impressed during camp he felt the need to declare “Troy’s back.” Actually, Taylor said, he never went anywhere in the first place. “Sure, he missed a couple games,” Taylor said, “but the games he was in there, he had like seven picks in six games. “So, Troy is Troy.”

Nyjer Morgan lashes out on Twitter Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan continued to blow off steam on Twitter after Milwaukee’s 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Benches and bullpens had emptied in the top of the ninth after Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter struck out Morgan. Morgan and Carpenter exchanged words before Morgan threw a wad of chewing tobacco at the pitcher. Albert Pujols came to Carpenter’s defense before Morgan was ejected. Pujols’ actions drew Morgan’s ire after the game. On his official Twitter feed — @theRealTPlush — Morgan had this to say: “Alberta couldn’t see Plush if she had her gloves on!!! Wat was she thinking running afta

Plush!!! She never been n tha ring!!!” Pujols said he got into the fray to protect Carpenter. “I just got in the middle to make sure that Morgan didn’t jump on Carp,” Pujols told MLB.com. “The last thing you want is our guy that’s trying a shutout game to lose his focus. “I actually like that guy (Morgan). I don’t mind having a guy like that on my team. He brings a lot of energy to the ballclub, and you want to have a guy like that. But sometimes I think he goes (a little overboard) and tries to put too much energy.” Carpenter said he had had enough from Morgan. “Every time, every time. When he hit that double he was scream-

ing,” Carpenter told MLB.com, referring to a hit earlier in the game. “Yesterday he screamed, a couple days ago when he hit that ... Which I don’t mind. Do whatever you want. But when you strike out like that and try to throw the chew (at) the mound to our pitcher and yell? Come on, man. You need to be more professional than that.” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Morgan came close to crossing a line by getting into it with his pitcher. “(Morgan) is having a good year for them, he’s a talented guy, but he’s close to the edge as far as creating problems and trouble,” La Russa told MLB.com. “It takes away from the player that he’s been for them or wherever he’s been

with his fuse being so short and actually looking for things to instigate. So I hope he gets a clue.” Morgan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It’s just one of those things, the competitiveness coming out in both teams. (Carpenter) was battling and I was battling. He felt he had to say something. If he feels he has to say something, let him say it. But as soon as he said it, he turns his back and runs away. The Brewers hold an 81/2-game lead on the Cardinals in the NL Central. “We’re still in first place, believe it,” Morgan told the Journal Sentinel. “It’s nothing left to say other than we’re still in first place and they’re chasing us.”

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SPORTS BRIEFS NBA owners, players back at the bargaining table

NEW YORK - Negotiators for NBA owners and players are meeting again, the first time they have done so on consecutive days during the lockout. The sides met for about 51/2 hours Wednesday, then returned Thursday morning for further discussions. They said they could even continue talking Friday if Thursday’s session is productive. Neither side is saying if progress is being made to end the work stoppage. But after a six-hour meeting last week, the frequency of their talks is being viewed as a positive after they held only two sessions in the first two months after owners locked the players out on July 1. Commissioner David Stern said after Wednesday’s meeting they have three weeks to reach a deal, with training camps set to open the first week of October.

All-Star guard Deron Williams arrives in Istanbul ANKARA, Turkey - New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams has arrived in Istanbul to start his stint with Turkish basketball team Besiktas. The Istanbul-based club said the All-Star guard arrived Thursday together with his family. Williams has joined Besiktas until the end of the NBA lockout. Williams averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists for the Nets and the Utah Jazz last season. Besiktas signed Allen Iverson last season, but the former NBA MVP only played 10 games because of injury.

Steelers offense primed for breakout year PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger knows the team’s identity will always rest with the defense no matter how many touchdown passes he throws. That doesn’t mean he’s not ready for the offense to create some headlines of their own. The defending AFC champions open the season on Sunday against rival Baltimore with arguably the most dynamic attack in Roethlisberger’s eight years on the job. Wide receiver Mike Wallace had a breakout season in 2010 and has joked he’s ready to rack up a record 2,000 yards this year. Running back Rashard Mendenhall thinks he can improve on the 13 touchdowns he scored last fall while speedster Antonio Brown turned heads with a breakout preseason. - WILL GRAVES

Greg Jones ready to replace Goff as Giants MLB EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie middle linebacker Greg Jones has come a long way in a short time with the New York Giants. The sixth-round draft pick from Michigan State spent most of training camp working with the third-team defense. Following the final cuts over the weekend and a major knee injury to Jonathan Goff on Monday, Jones seemingly is now the starting middle linebacker for the season opener against the Washington Redskins Sunday. - TOM CANAVAN


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SPORTS BRIEFS Larry Johnson back with Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins re-signed running back Larry Johnson on Thursday. The two-time Pro Bowler was one of the Dolphins’ final cuts Saturday as the team got down to the 53-man roster limit. The move may have been prompted by an injury to rookie running back Daniel Thomas, who sat out practice Thursday. Newcomer Reggie Bush will start at running back in Miami’s season opener Monday against New England. Johnson sat out most of last season after being released by the Washington Redskins in September. He has career rushing totals of 6,221 yards and 55 scores, but his most recent touchdown came in 2008. He was drafted in the first round by Kansas City in 2003, and his time there was marred by off-field problems, including two suspensions in his final 12 months with the team. The Chiefs released him in 2009 after he posted a gay slur on his Twitter account and questioned the competence of coach Todd Haley. When he signed with the team last month, Johnson cited his background as the reason he remained out of work this summer until almost four weeks into training camp. “I don’t think it had anything to do with talent,” he said. “I understand you want your best guys to represent the organization. You go with the guy with the cleaner slate. That’s what I realized going through this process. All you can do is be thankful for one little shot.” Johnson’s best years were 2005-06 with the Chiefs, when he had consecutive 1,750-yard seasons and ran for a total of 37 touchdowns. After they released him in November 2009, Johnson played in seven games as a reserve in Cincinnati. He signed a three-year, incentiveladen contract with Washington in March 2010, but gained only two yards on five carries in two games before being cut by the Redskins.

Dallas Cowboys football’s most valuable team: Forbes NEW YORK - The Dallas Cowboys will end 2011 as the National Football League’s (NFL) most valuable team for a fifth consecutive year, according to a Forbes report released on Wednesday. With protracted labor talks finally resolved in July to end a months-long league lockout, the average NFL team is now worth $1.04 billion, a 1.4 percent rise from last year. The Cowboys lead the way with an overall value of $1.85 billion, two percent higher than in 2011. The Washington Redskins are second ($1.56 billion), with the New England Patriots third ($1.4 billion) and the New York Giants fourth ($1.3 billion). The Giants, up 10 percent, benefited from the biggest rise this year largely due to the success of their new home venue, Metlife stadium. English Premier League soccer champions Manchester United, however, retain the title as the world’s most valuable sports team, according to a Forbes report earlier this year. - Mark Lamport-Stokes

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ESPN, NFL reach $15 billion Monday Night Football deal By PAUL THOMASCH NEW YORK The National Football League and ESPN have agreed to a deal that will keep “Monday Night Football” on the cable sports network through 2021, extending the current contract by eight years, the two sides said on Thursday. Announced on the same day as the NFL was set to begin its 2011 season, the deal is worth $1.9 billion a year — or about $15.2 billion over the life of the contract — accord-

ing to a source familiar with the negotiations. That is about 73 percent more than ESPN previously paid the NFL. The deal will give ESPN 17 regular season NFL games along with rights to the Pro Bowl, NFL draft, 3-D distribution and Spanish language and international broadcasts. ESPN will also get rights to more than 500 hours of NFLbranded studio programing. ESPN, a division of Walt Disney Co, has carried a full 17-game “Monday Night Football” schedule since 2006 and has become one of the network’s — and cable television’s — most valuable franchises. Last season,

“Monday Night Football” was the highest-rated Monday program on broadcast and cable TV among young men. The current deal, which paid the NFL about $1.1 billion a year, was to expire in 2013. ESPN plans a number of new highlight and preview shows, and intends to develop their distribution on tablet devices such as the iPad, ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer said on a conference call with reporters on Thursday. “This agreement will fuel ESPN on a yearround basis because it touches all corners of our company and supports our best available

screen strategy, with NFL content on TV, online and on mobile devices,” Bodenheimer said. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it was encouraging to have a long-term deal during difficult economic times and it was aided by the league’s ability to reach a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement with its players in July. “The long-term nature of this is the result not only of a successful partnership (with ESPN) but also the ability to reach a long-term agreement with our players,” Goodell said. “This will be beneficial to the players, our league and our fans.”

Saunders fits perfectly as Raiders OC By JOSH DUBOW ALAMEDA, Calif. - Al Saunders was a teenager when he first worked for the Oakland Raiders, serving as a ball boy in Al Davis’ first year as coach with the franchise in 1963. Nearly five decades later, Saunders is back in a much more substantial role as offensive coordinator on coach Hue Jackson’s staff as the Raiders try to return to a level of success that has eluded them during a run of eight straight non-winning seasons. “As a kid, this was my team,” Saunders said. “When you get to the tail end of your career, there are a lot of things more important in what you do than some other things. I would love to see this franchise return to the way it was when I was a kid growing up. I’d like

to help the guy that I was a ball boy for years ago, maybe return this franchise to the class and the quality that it was many years ago. I would really feel great if I could make a contribution in that regard.” Saunders, an accomplished marathon runner, is still full of energy at age 64. He often sprints down the practice field to congratulate someone after a big play and has even chased a receiver and knocked the ball out of his hands as he gets to the end zone to teach a lesson about ball security. But Saunders brings more than energy to the job. He is also famous for his voluminous playbook, which quarterback Jason Campbell compares to Webster’s Dictionary, and vast knowledge of the passing game learned under Don Coryell. Saunders has been

involved with some of the most prolific offenses in the NFL during his three decades as an assistant or head coach from San Diego in the 1980s to the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in 1999 to a Kansas City Chiefs team that led the league in total offense during his five years as coordinator from 2001-05. “Coach Saunders is very detailed,” said Campbell, who spent two years in Washington with Saunders. “He does a lot of different things. He just wants to see things done right and pretty much help us improve where we left off last year, just continue to grow and continue to get better.” When Jackson got hired in January to replace Tom Cable one of the first calls he made was to Saunders to be his offensive coordina-

tor. Jackson had talked to Saunders about being on his staff long before he ever got the job, having told him during their time together as assistants in Baltimore that he would hire him when he became a head coach. While Jackson will remain the play-caller, Saunders is deeply involved in coaching the quarterbacks and running the offense. “He allows me to be all that I can be for this team, and what he does for our offense is just tremendous, with the quarterbacks, with the offensive line, with the whole offense,” Jackson said. “So it makes me very comfortable when I need to run around and be a part of the defense, special teams or anything, Al Saunders is definitely the right guy for me and for this organization and for this team.”


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Arizona rookie Peterson gets start at cornerback By BOB BAUM TEMPE, Ariz. A teammate’s injury has accelerated rookie Patrick Peterson’s ascent into the Arizona Cardinals’ starting lineup. The fifth overall draft pick will start at cornerback when the Cardinals open the season Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Coach Ken Whisenhunt likes to bring rookies along more slowly but a season-ending knee injury to starter Greg Toler forced his hand. Peterson will start alongside second-year pro A.J. Jefferson, who was on Arizona’s practice squad last year, giving the Cardinals an exceedingly young pair of cornerbacks. “I haven’t figured it out yet, because if you’ve got old guys you

get criticized for having old guys. If you’ve got young guys you get criticized for having young guys,” a somewhat defensive Whisenhunt said after the team practiced in triple-digit heat Wednesday. “Maybe we can go out and spend enough money under the cap and get the top player at every position and then we’d be OK. “You know, at some point, young guys have got to play.” Peterson said he did not expect to start this soon “because coach told me from the beginning he kind of wanted to spoon feed me because it’s definitely different from college.” “I’ve got to grow up fast now,” he said. “I’ve got to grow up on the fly. But it’s going to be a fun opportunity. I can’t wait to go out there and really, really showcase my talents.” Peterson showcased

that talent in the preseason game against Green Bay, when he intercepted Aaron Rogers’ pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. In addition to playing cornerback, he has won the punt returner’s job. “The kid’s talented,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. “He’s made plays in the preseason, and that’s what we drafted him for. There’s a learning curve and it was accelerated by the injury to Greg, so No. 21’s going to be out there starting the game.” Peterson will be facing a familiar foe in Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft who will start for the Panthers. “They’re throwing they’re No. 1 guy out there, we’re throwing our No. 1 guy out there,” defensive coordinator Ray Horton said,

“so let ‘em play.” They were SEC opponents when Peterson was at LSU and Newton at Auburn. “Me and Cam, we have a lot of history together,” Peterson said, “going to almost every awards show together, almost every scene. Cam, he’s a great guy. I can’t wait to see him Sunday, see what he’s going to do. Hopefully, I can pick him off a couple of times.” Auburn beat Peterson’s Tigers 24-17 last season en route to the national championship. “He only had to throw five passes against us. He was running all over us,” Peterson said, “so me and him didn’t have too much of a clash.” Opponents, Newton included, will undoubtedly look to take advantage of Arizona’s young corners.

“We hope so,” Peterson said. “We want them to take advantage, so we can go ahead and pick them off. Me and AJ, we have a tremendous amount of confidence within each

other, this being our first career starts as young guys. It’s going to be fun for both of us. We’re both looking to make plays on Sunday and throughout the season.”

Lofton leads D that may be key to Atlanta’s hopes By PAUL NEWBERRY F L O W E R Y BRANCH, Ga. Heading into the opener Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are drawing plenty of attention for that high-powered offense. Their Super Bowl hopes, however, may rest on the defense. With that in mind, middle linebacker Curtis Lofton knows he’ll have to fill essentially the same role that quarterback Matt Ryan plays on the offensive side. The guy who calls signals and makes adjustments. The guy who motivates. The guy who doles out discipline when it’s needed. “Being the Mike (football-speak for middle) linebacker means you’re the leader,”

Lofton said Wednesday. “You’ve got to do everything right, on the field and off the field. If you see somebody doing something wrong, it’s your job to step in and correct them and tell them, ‘You’ve got to step up.’” It wasn’t a role that came naturally to Lofton, especially when he arrived in the league as a second-round draft pick in 2008. He’s softspoken off the field, not exactly the sort of forceful personality who can impose his will on those around them. But he tutored under two linebackers who’ve never been bashful about expressing what’s on their minds starting with Keith Brooking, and now Mike Peterson, who’s still on the team in a backup role, still around to remind Lofton that this is his defense now. “You may not be

born with it, but you’ve kind of got to adapt to it,” Peterson said. “A lot of that is getting those big guys to listen to you. That’s a respect thing. You do what you have to do, and you demand that respect. You’ve got to demand it. Sometimes they may grunt. But you’ve got to demand it being the Mike linebacker.” Coach Mike Smith has tried to let Lofton ease into the role. “Curtis is a very humble man. He’s very even-keeled when you talk to him off the field, but he’s very competitive on the field,” Smith said. “You don’t anoint someone your leader they rise to the top. And Curtis has done that with his play.” Except for a brief stint at outside linebacker early in his college career at Oklahoma, Lofton has always been in the middle of the defense. Like

just everyone at that position, he’s tried to model his game after Baltimore’s Ray Lewis. But his favorite player is Washington’s London Fletcher, who’s only 5-foot-10 and has never missed a game heading into his 14th season. “He’s an undersized guy who’s been playing in this league for many years,” Lofton marveled. “But he hasn’t slowed down any.” Lofton started all but one game his rookie season, working mainly in the team’s base package, and he’s been an every-down player the last two years. He had a team-high 142 tackles in 2010, besides making an interception, forcing three fumbles and breaking up three passes. His leadership style is also versatile. “I wouldn’t say I’m a vocal guy or a lead-byexample guy,” Lofton

said. “I’m a combination of both. When something needs to be said, I say it. Sometimes, it’s good to lead by example and just let the guys follow you that way.” Ryan came into the league with Lofton in 2008 and they’ve grown up together. During the lockout, they took the lead in organizing voluntary workouts at a local high school, maintaining the camaraderie that served the defending NFC South champions so well during their 13-win season. “Having to take ownership of getting guys out there and practicing and doing things and teaching guys the defense, I though Curtis did a great job,” Ryan said. “It was incredibly impressive to watch. He was a big part of the reason we had the turnout and the effective practices that we had.” The Falcons should-

n’t have any trouble scoring points, not with a unit that includes Ryan, running back Michael Turner, tight end Tony Gonzalez, and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. But they always say defense wins championship, and the Falcons addressed one of their major weaknesses by signing end Ray Edwards to put additional pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Now, it’s time for results on the field. Surely, anything less than a Super Bowl will be a letdown for this team. That was apparent from a T-shirt White was wearing around the locker room Wednesday, which said “Unacceptable” on the front and had the score of last season’s 48-21 playoff loss to Green Bay on the back. Time for everyone to step up. Especially Lofton.


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