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RIES ~ Lucky! Your natural ability to shine is magnified this week. You’ll be garnering positive attention on a project you recently completed. Bask in the glow of public admiration! AURUS ~ A celebration is in store and you are the guest of honor! You’ve achieved something wonderful and you need to take some time to enjoy it. Let yourself enjoy the applause then move onward and upward. EMINI ~ Let someone else make a few decisions this week. Take a backseat and enjoy the respite from doing all the driving. You’ll enjoy the ride more this week if you just admire the view as it goes by. ANCER ~ Sometimes you imagine that everyone needs to hear your sensible opinions on all matters of significance. And other weeks you know that you are wise and generous enough to listen to others as they share their good ideas. This week is a week for listening. You’ll learn much. EO ~ Anybody may occasionally have a week when their energy feels low. Your natural good health will see you through a possible down time if you just go with the flow and let yourself relax. Rest if you have the chance and you’ll feel like your wonderful self in no time flat! IRGO ~ You are the center of attention this week and while you’ll be very busy you’ll love every moment. Enjoy your time in the spotlight! You may want to indulge yourself with some emotional theatrics this week. Add up the costs and benefits before

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NOV. 25-DEC. 1 acting out. If you can afford it go for it! If not count to ten and smile, smile smile! IBRA ~ Stay flexible this week especially where a partner is concerned. While they may be moody there’s no need for you to join them in their attitude unless you really, really want to! Stay positive and go with the good vibrations that surround you. CORPIO ~ Ding-dong! Destiny is at the door. Let it in and enjoy the change of pace. You’ll be happy to make a few adjustments for this most welcome guest. Follow through on instincts and hunches! AGITTARIUS ~ Stay on course with your current decisions and dreams. You may doubt your progress this week but you really are moving toward a better tomorrow with your determined attitude. APRICORN ~ You feel great! Your shining spirit attracts many seekers this week so let your best wisest self answer questions that are put to you by those who want advice. You’ll smooth over a sticky situation at work with ease. QUARIUS ~ Busy week. You’ll want to get up with the birdies and you may, even want to whistle a happy little tune. You’ll be very much in demand for your expertise and positive attitude. Way to go! ISCES ~ Happiness arrives and sits on your shoulder like a bright butterfly this week. A relationship can make significant progress if you stay open to love. Keep your evening free for romance in a social setting.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mayor Tabor and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors Celebrate Library Day Also in attendance was Inglewood City Mayor Daniel K. Tabor, member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Tabor was in full support of the service project and appreciated the time the Sorors provided to the city. Theta Mu Omega ended the day by presenting a donation of craft supplies to the librarian to maintain in the library for their youngest to enjoy. Theta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was chartered in Inglewood in 1966.

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THANKSGIVING FEAST (LIFE CHOIR) — H.B. Barnum & LIFE Choir’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Community Feast, in conjunction with Dr. Mable John and Joy Community Outreach, will host the Thanksgiving Day Feast Celebration on Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 N. Cole Ave., Hollywood. Attendees can bring a friend, or tell anyone who won’t have their families with them on Thanksgiving, to come and eat. Children, homeless, young and old, rich and poor — all are welcome. Information: www.lifechoir.com, (323) 469-3207.

EARTHQUAKE SYMPOSIUM (ADAM FRIEDMAN ASSOCIATES) — An earthquake symposium designed to address seismic risk in Los Angeles and possible solutions to mitigate damage to life and property will be held at the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, on Dec. 1. Hosted by Los Angeles Times writer Ron Lin, the symposium will bring together experts from academia, and the private and public sectors to assess the vulnerability of L.A. and major U.S. cities to a major earthquake. The event is expected to draw an audience of more than 200 and will be streamed live online. Experts will explore recent seismic events, risk management, and practical solutions that mitigate earthquake damage to human life and property. The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. More details and registration: www.eqsymposium.com.

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS (MOTHERS IN ACTION) — Mothers in Action is seeking donations and volunteers for its Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Ward Villa Senior Complex, 1177 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. Volunteers would help serve food, as well as clean up. They would also aid in preparing the dining room and delivering meals to the sick and shut in. Also, donations can be sent to: Mothers In Action, 3800 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles 90008. More information: (323) 299-3800, brenda@lasentinel.net.

11-28-10 HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE (STEVE MOYER PR) — The 2010 Hollywood Christmas Parade, benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots, will take place Nov. 28, 6 p.m. The grand marshal will be Larry King, host of “Larry King Live.” Parade

12-03-10 CALI CHRISTMAS — The Power 106 Cali Christmas — featuring artists such as Pitbull, Chris Brown and The New Boyz, just to name a few — will take place Dec. 3, 7:15 p.m., at the Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. More information: www.power106. com. 12-04-10 LUNCHEON — The 31st Annual Kick-Off Luncheon will take place Dec. 4 at the LAX Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles. The aim of the event is to raise funds for Ruth Moore’s 45th Annual Christmas Party, which will be put on by F. Ruth Moore V.S.O. Inc. The party will be for at-risk youth. Tickets for the luncheon cost $60 per person and $600 per table. Checks can be made out to F. Ruth Moore V.S.O. Inc., P.O. Box 1380, Los Angeles, CA 90001. More information: www.frmvso.org.

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taking place at the country club. The matches will be a fan-friendly, close up showcase of American tennis, spanning three generations. The event will also feature celebrity umpires and live giveaways. Pro Am spots cost $3,500 and include a VIP box for the exhibition matches plus a table at the evening dinner/auction/party for participants and their five guests. Grand Slam tables are available at $2,000 and include six box seats to the exhibition and a table for six at the evening party. Exhibition matches will begin at 3 p.m., but ticket holders are also invited to come early and see the Pro Am action, which begins at 10 a.m. Courtside tickets are available now and are priced at $100. For ticket sales, go to www.ticketalternative.com, and to secure a Pro Am spot contact Stuart Duguid at sduguid@lagardere-unlimited.com or (202) 721-9571.

Blvd., Los Angeles. General admission is $25 and $20 for students and seniors. Group rates are available (minimum 12 or more people). Group ticket purchases, general information: Aminah, (213) 929-1304. More information on the play: www.facebook.com/pages/Meetin-inthe-Ladies-Room/136349463084005.

12-24-10 CELEBRATION — The 51st annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration will be held Dec. 24, 3 to 6 p.m., at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. The event will feature 23

12-09-10 COMEDY (PLANETPIX MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP) — A comedy tour, titled “FUNATIPhoto byEd Krieger CAL: Taking Comedy to the Extreme,” will come to Los ers Sing ilee Albert McNeil Jub Angeles Dec. 9 at The dance and Comedy Store (at 8433 W. Sunset Blvd.). music groups, including the Pacifico Dance The aim of the tour is to unify all Americans. Co., Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and “FUNATICAL” features an Indian Jewish Women’s Chorale. Admission is free, but peocomedian, a black Muslim convert, an Arab ple must have a wristband to get in. Jewish performer, a half Iranian/half black Wristbands will be passed out the day of the performer, Hindu comedians and more. event, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Free parking “FUNATICAL” will also take place at will be available in the Music Center’s garage. Beyond the Stars Palace theater in Glendale More information: (213) 972-3099, (at 417 1/2 N. Brand Blvd.) on Dec. 10, and www.HolidayCelebration.org. the Los Angeles Theatre Center (at 514 S. Spring St.) on Dec. 11. The tour’s motto is ONGOING “We Come in Peace.” More information: www.funaticalcomedy.com, www.planetpix“GREAT EXPECTATIONS” (ANW) — A productions.com/blog/?p=57. Noise Within (ANW), the classical repertory theater company, offers a choice for family holiday entertainment with Charles Dickens’ 12-10-10 “Great Expectations.” The production, which is the West Coast premiere of a stage adaptaPLAY (ALLISON QUEEN) — “Meetin’ In tion by Neil Bartlett, plays through Dec. 19. the Ladies Room,” a new play by D’Shaun Special rates for groups (10 or more) and Booker, will run at Stage 52 from Dec. 10 to school groups are available. “Great 19. The play is about five black women who unexpectedly take a journey to self-discovery. Expectations” is the story of Pip, orphaned as an infant and thrust into a childhood of cruel The path leads them to face their pains, dispoverty, who clings to the hope of a brighter appointments, fears, weaklife. On a rain-swept winter’s eve, great tidings arrive: An anonymous benefactor has anointed Pip heir to a tremendous fortune, setting into motion a life’s journey ripe with wonder, heartbreak and finally triumph. A Noise Within is at 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. To purchase tickets or for a full season brochure, call (818) 240-0910, ext.1, visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.

TENNIS TOURNAMENT (LAGARDÈRE UNLIMITED) — Several talents in U.S. tennis are teaming up to bring a charity tennis event to the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach on Dec. 5: the Inaugural Charity Challenge. The format Photo by Steve Lomas will consist of a Pro Am, three Massey exhibition matches and an (l to r) Kyle Massey and Christopher evening party that includes roving reporters will be the Massey brothers, surprise musical guests and an aucKyle (“Dancing With The Stars”) and tion — all held at the Club. The Christopher (“Zoey 101”). Celebrities will Boys and Girls Clubs of America include Vivica A. Fox, Holly Robinson Peete and the UNC Lineberger and many others. More information: Comprehensive Cancer Center www.thehollywoodchristmasparade.com. will benefit from the event. The Pro Am event will see amateur COMEDY SHOW — The Knock Out participants test their skills against Parkinson’s Comedy Show will take place some of the greatest names in Nov. 28, 8:30 to 11 p.m., at The Comedy past, present and future tennis. Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Other players already confirmed Maryum “May May” Ali, daughter of include former world No. 1 and Cast of “Meetin’ in the La Muhammad Ali, will host the stand-up come- three-time grand slam winner dies Room” dy show. The event will help fund research Lindsay Davenport and former nesses and hidden for Parkinson’s disease. Information: (310) world No. 1 and two-time U.S. Open champisecrets — ultimately liberating their souls 348-8441. Tickets: http://teamparkinson.kinon Tracy Austin, as well as African-American and restoring their faith in themselves and tera.org/knockoutpd10. tennis player Sloane Stephens and Denis God. Stage 52 is at 5299 W. Washington Kudla. There will also be exhibition matches

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The 2010 L.A. Auto Show opened with record debuts The energized Los Angeles Auto Show opened last Thursday, Nov. 19, and will continue to run until Nov. 28 with a record 50 vehicle debuts, with more than 20 world and 30 North American first looks. This year’s show features more elaborate and interactive exhibits and more manufacturers, making it one of the most dynamic L.A. Auto Shows in history. One million people are expected to attend this year. More than 900 vehicles will be featured. After a dismal period of sales slumps and dealership closings, things have begun to take an upturn for 2010, with the three top U.S. automakers all showing profits this year. It’s only fitting that the L.A. Auto Show, based in the heart of one o f t h e w o r l d ’s largest automobile consumer markets, would be the site for the comeback site for the return of two auto companies and a record number of debuts. Among the world debuts are

three premieres from Nissan including the completely redesigned Quest minivan. Land Rover will unveil its all-new, fivedoor Range Rover Evoque, and SAAB will showcase its first crossover, the 9-4X. Convertibles are always a favorite in Los Angeles and two popular drop-tops making world debuts include the new Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and the redesigned Volkswagen Eos. Several topselling vehicles have received all new designs for 2011 including the Ford Explorer crossover, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Hyundai Elantra sedan. Returning to the United States after a 27-year hiatus, Italian automaker Fiat, now partnered with Chrysler, will feature its new compact vehicle, the Fiat 500-Cinquecento

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This year, Ford and Land Rover will offer daily test drives and an offroad course where people can try the rugged SUV. On the weekends, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Toyota will let drivers test several new models. Electric Cars have been a popular Auto Show feature over recent years, this year they have moved from concept to mass production reality. Los Angeles is expected to be one of the biggest markets for electric cars, as well as one of the first cities to sell the mass production models. Electric cars like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, which are set to appear in showrooms later this year, are anticipated to be popular attractions at the show. Toyota’s RAV4 EV will also make its debut and highlight its use of battery technology developed with Tesla (it is scheduled to hit the market in 2012). Other electric vehicles at the show include luxury sports cars such as the Fisker Karma, and economy sedans like the debut vehicle from Coda Automotive. Other green vehicles will include hybrid, alternative and other electronic models such as the Audi A3 TDI, BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7, the MercedesBenz B-Series F-Cell, the MINI E, the Volvo C30 Electric and VW’s Golf TDI. Last year, Nissan and Infinity were notably absent from the show, citing the cost and slow sales. This year they’re back with Nissan debuting a redesigned Quest minivan, the Murano Cross Cabriolet crossover convertible concept, and a sedan concept called the Ellure. More than 15 concept cars will also have their have debuts. Family fun and entertainment will

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Cadillac concept be available at the Nissan Quest Kids’Fun Zone, open both weekends including the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The play area features video games, toy car rides and a variety of other games, crafts and activities free to show attendees. The L.A. Auto Show has dedicated the entire Kentia Hall to the automotive aftermarket and specialty vehicle industries, featuring a wide array of products including limited production cars, customized exotics and the latest in mobile electronics and accessories. Attendees this year will benefit from more test drive opportunities than ever before. Every day of the show, Ford and Land Rover will be offering unique test drives, including a rugged Land

Rover off-road course and Ford's outdoor urban expo featuring cars and trucks. On Fridays through Sundays, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Toyota will let drivers get behind the wheel to test out a variety of its latest models. The L.A. Auto Show is open to the public Nov. 26-28. Hours are: Friday, Nov. 26: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $2-off discount coupons, valid from Friday, Nov. 19 through Thanksgiving Day, can be found at laautoshow.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For general information, visit laautoshow.com.


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Black farmers finally get Senate action SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS The Senate cleared a $1.15 billion appropriations measure recently to settle a decades-old discrimination suit by Black farmers, paving the way for one of the largest civil rights settlements in history, if the bill clears the House.

“I applaud the Senate for passing the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which will at long last provide funding for the agreements reached in the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers, and the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans over the management of Indian trust accounts and resources,” Obama said. The nation’s Black farmers were awarded the money as part of a larger $4.6 billion settlement awarded to them and Native American farmers. The action stems from the settlement of Pigford v. Glickman, a class-action lawsuit named after Timothy Pigford, a Black farmer from North Carolina. Pigford’s suit claimed that Black farmers received

little or no U.S. Department of Agriculture support in the form of loans and grants compared to their White counterparts. The case, which began in 1997, saw a settlement reached in 1999 that stated qualified farmers could receive $50,000 to settle claims of racial bias. However, many farmers missed the filing deadline to receive payment. A settlement reached last February allowed those farmers to resume pursuit of their claims. “The passage of this bill is long overdue,” said John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, in a statement. “Black farmers have already died at the plow waiting for justice,” Boyd told the Richmond TimesDispatch. “I hope the ones who are living will see justice. The amount of money will not put farmers back into business.” The appropriations bill was stalled in the Senate for months while Democrats and Republicans fought over how to pay for the settlement. The stalemate was broken during the first week of the lame duck session of the 111th Congress when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, dropped an objection to the package, after Senate leaders agreed not to finance it through additional deficit spending. The matter now goes to the

John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, in front of the U.S. Capitol, earlier this year. Supporting the Black farmers bill were CBC Members Barbara Lee, left, and Shelia Jackson Lee, right. House where even more recalcitrance is expected from lawmakers who contend that the settlement adds to what they consider excessive spending at a time of federal budget deficits. According to the USA Today, the settlement will be paid for from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children and by extending customs user fees. President Barack Obama praised

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the Senate for ending that chamber’s refusal to clear the settlement. In a statement, he expressed hope that the House would follow in the Senate’s footsteps and pass the bill as well. “I applaud the Senate for passing the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which will at long last provide funding for the agreements reached in the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers, and the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native

Americans over the management of Indian trust accounts and resources,” Obama said. “I urge the House to move forward with this legislation as they did earlier this year, and I look forward to signing it into law,” he continued. The legislation also included an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and settlements for Native American water rights.

Auto industry success a hard sell for White House BY JIM KUHNHENN ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The auto industry is providing President Barack Obama a good news story — automakers are making money, plants are hiring and the taxpayers’ stake in General Motors is dwin-

dling. Things are looking up for the president in assembly line country — just not the voting. Obama, fresh from claiming vindication after last week’s GM public stock offering, is joining Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday at a Chrysler auto plant in Kokomo, Ind. This See AUTO INDUSTRY, page 15

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Maya Angelou, John Lewis named as Medal of Freedom Recipients SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS

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In this April 18, 2008 file photo, author Maya Angelou is seen at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama named Angelou a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Writer Maya Angelou and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, were among 15 announced recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. It singles out those who have made contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace or other significant endeavors. “These outstanding honorees come from a broad range of backgrounds and they’ve excelled in a broad range of fields, but all of them have lived extraordinary lives that have inspired us, enriched our culture, and made our country and our world a better place,” President Barack Obama said in a statement announcing the recipients. “I look forward to awarding them this honor.” The award ceremony will take place at the White House in early 2011. Maya Angelou, a world-renowned poet, author, educator, and civil rights activist is currently the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. This is the third presidential award she’s received, fol-

lowing the Presidential Medal for the Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. Lewis, a longtime congressman, was a seminal figure during the Civil Rights Movement. While chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he helped organize the first lunch-counter sit-in in 1959, and was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington in 1963. In 1965, he led the Selma-to-Montgomery march on what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday,” drawing a violent, turbulent Alabama police response that prompted the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Also honored was basketball legend Bill Russell. One of the most successful performers in professional sports, Russell led his Boston Celtic teams to 11 NBA championships in 13 years while also winning five most valuable player awards. He was the first African-American to become a coach of a major sports team at the professional level in the United States. Among the other honorees were President George H.W. Bush, billionaire Warren Buffett, civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez and president emeritus of the AFL-CIO, John J. Sweeney.

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In his March 19, 2009 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is seen in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama named Lewis a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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African Americans share their Thanksgiving experiences, plans BY SAM RICHARD Associate Editor Take a guess at what you might see at Rosalyn Upchurch’s Thanksgiving dinner. Mac ‘n’ cheese and collard greens? For sure. Turkey? That’s a no-brainer. Confetti other goodies that come out of little Christmas “crackers”? Probably didn’t see that coming on Thanksgiving. “Cute little stuff comes out,” says Upchurch, who introduced the idea of having crackers at her family Thanksgiving dinners. “It’s just so much fun. It’s like fireworks without the danger.” That’s just one of her traditions. The 46-year-old African-African said she and her sons usually get together with friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. She loves to be at her Sacramento home by the fireplace, watch movies and play board games. The L.A. Watts Times recently spoke to Upchurch and several other Blacks about how they have and will celebrate one of America’s favorite holidays and what they’re thankful for. From giving thanks to traveling, they’ll be joining millions of other African-Americans in participating in the holiday their way. Time to go down South There’s at least one thing Sian Ukpolo doesn’t like about this year’s Thanksgiving: the $1,000 price tag for two plane tickets to fly to Louisiana. The reason for the price? The State Farm Bayou Classic, where the football teams of Grambling State and Southern universities will battle it out this weekend at the Superdome in New Orleans. The big event helped ticket prices go up, says Ukpolo. But Ukpolo is keeping with tradition: She spends time with her family in the area on Thanksgiving and will once again attend the Bayou Classic and a battle-of-the-bands event. On the actual day of Thanksgiving, there’s no going to football games; it’s

time to eat. And there are certain dishes her family must have. “Being in New Orleans, you have to have gumbo. You cannot have Thanksgiving without gumbo,” says Ukpolo, a native of the Big Easy. Among other things, her family’s gumbo must have shrimp, crab, and andouille sausage — and no other sausage, she insist, if you want the dish to come out tasting good, that is. Another thing: She cannot have Thanksgiving without mirlitons, a green vegetable that resembles a pear. She considers her Thanksgiving celebrations unique. “Most people, once they go away to school and get married and things, they start doing their own Thanksgiving in their house,” she says. “My family has found some kind of way to keep it together.” Her family has kept alive their Thanksgiving traditions for many years, at least since the 30-year-old was born. They often have 20 or 25 people at the home of Ukpolo’s 91-year-old grandmother, where family members spend time together and competitively play the game Taboo. One thing Ukpolo is thankful for is the outcome of her family’s well-being; they were affected by Hurricane Katrina when it hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. Her aunt lost a home. “We’re thankful that we’re still a family unit,” Ukpolo says. “So together we lost no one in the flood. I mean we lost things, but didn’t lose people. So we’re very grateful. “And especially (during) the holidays we get a chance to reflect on those things.” Everyone chips in A lot of people can sit back and watch their mom or aunt cook a Thanksgiving meal, but not Eric Hairston II; all the kinfolk who attend his Thanksgiving make at least one dish, the 23-year-old says. He will once again make ambrosia — a mix of fruit that includes apples, oranges, pecans, sour cream and marshmallows, among other ingredients. Hairston will spend Thanksgiving in Victorville, Calif., at his grandmoth-

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er’s house, which in the past couple of years has had about 15 or 20 people. One success in the family has been fried turkey, and they’ll have it again this year. He says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. “It’s just something about Thanksgiving that’s … not re-energizing or renewing or anything, but it’s just very restful,” says the San Fernando Valley resident. There’s just something about sitting down with family members who reminisce about their childhood and comparing them to his current experiences that Hairston really enjoys. Expected this Thanksgiving will likely be some male bonding, Hairston says, as he and his grandfather may watch the TV. Then there will likely be talk about current events, and, of course, joking and family members playfully egging on each other. “It’s always that dynamic going on,” he says. “Always in Motion” Elaine Martin’s family members are often busy with something: church activities, singing (Martin and her three siblings form the gospel group Martin’s Favor), and more. So it’s not unusual for them to regularly interact throughout the year. Yet, there’s still something special about spending time with them during the holidays for Martin. “Even though you see each other throughout the year … when you spend time (during) the holidays, it’s kind of like a relaxed environment and there’s no other things to focus on,” says the 46-year-old L.A. resident. “You’re just focusing on, you know, catching up and seeing what’s going on and hanging out…” Family members get to really bond and focus on each other. “You’re always in motion when you see each other,” she says, referring to other times of the year. But on Thanksgiving, though, “you just turn the power off for a second.” One family member she’s thankful to see is her brother Eric, who on Dec. 28, 2009, was in a car accident and couldn’t walk for months. Although he still has lingering health problems, he’s doing better and is back at work. She plans to spend the holiday at her place or Eric’s house with the rest

of her siblings and perhaps some friends. “God kept him, and we could have not had him,” Martin says. “And so I’m thankful — very, very, very thankful — for that.” Family: No. 1 For Albert Shumate, celebrating Thanksgiving is about bringing family together. Whenever there’s an occasion to get together, fellowship and share time, energy and love, they do it, he says. Oh, and there’s another reason why he celebrates: “Cause we like food.” If you attended one of Shumate’s regular Thanksgivings, you could have a glass of wine, what he calls the best dressing in town, collard greens, rolls and honey-baked ham. But in the past three years, Shumate, 61, hasn’t had the usual Thanksgivings at his View Park home or another family member’s place close by. In the past, and this time around, he has spent his holiday with other family in San Diego, where his wife’s brother lives. Next year, he says, his family will go back to the “old system” of having Thanksgiving locally. The Thanksgiving gatherings hold a special place in his heart, Shumate says. “I would be lonely without them,” he says. At his gatherings, there is a lot of laughter. “It’s a good time to just come together and laugh and find out what people are doing and how they feel about the president and his situation,” says Shumate. He’s thankful for several things. Number one is family, including his immediate one. “I’m fortunate to have a wife and kids,” he adds. “We have a nice home in View Park and cars and everybody’s stayed out of jail all this time, so what more could you be thankful for?”

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Union chief ‘99 percent’ sure NBA lockout looms

Leslie Frazier steps in to take over Vikings

BY BRIAN MAHONEY AP BASKETBALL WRITER

BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP SPORTS WRITER EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – During perhaps the most AP Photo by Jim Mone tumultuous season in franchise history, the Minnesota Vikings In this Aug. 1, 2009, file photo, Minnesota were looking for a steady hand Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and a calming voice to guide attends NFL football training camp in them through the rest of this Mankato, Minn. The Vikings fired Childress on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, cutting ties with a rocky year. Leslie Frazier fits that head coach who had come under increasing fire from his players — and his boss — for description perfectly. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf everything from their horrid start to his 1-2 turned to Frazier, the team’s playoff record and his abrupt decisions. defensive coordinator, to take Frazier will serve as interim head coach for over for the fired Brad the remainder of the season. Childress on Monday, com“Leslie is a tremendous individual pletely unsatisfied after a talent-laden roster was blown out at home by divi- who has a wealth of experience and sion rival Green Bay to fall to 3-7 in a knowledge, and we believe is highly season that began with Super Bowl respected by our players (and) certainly expectations. See VIKIINGS, page 12

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In this photo taken on Nov. 10, 2010, and provided by USA Swimming, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones, gives area children a swimming lesson at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones and the USA Swimming Foundation visited Shreveport, La. as part of national water safety campaign “Make a Splash with Cullen Jones� to help develop learn to swim programs in the region.

NEW YORK – NBA players’ association executive director Billy Hunter said Monday he is “99 percent sure� there will be a lockout next summer. “I think it’s highly probable that there will be a lockout and that’s what I’m preparing for because I don’t see anything else right now,� Hunter said. With negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires next summer going nowhere, Hunter said he’s been instructing his players to save their money. There was no breakthrough in the latest meeting with league representatives last week, and the sides hope to meet again next month. But Hunter said the owners aren’t budging on their demands for cuts in salaries, contract lengths and guarantees, annual raises, and the rookie salary scale. “What’s left?� Hunter said in a conference room at the union’s headquarters after helping distribute turkeys to 2,000 families outside. The sides have been negotiating for more than a year, but Hunter agreed with Commissioner David Stern that there’s been no progress. And the players are no closer to agreeing to the cuts that the league is seeking. “I don’t really see that the argument’s all that compelling for the changes that they're asking for,� Hunter said. The league is calling for a reduction in player salary costs of $700 to $800 million and is seeking a hard salary cap to replace the system which now allows for certain exceptions. The players counter that the current system has worked, pointing to record revenues and ticket sales, and strong TV ratings. They say the total of negotiated salaries has dropped for three straight seasons and forecast a 3 to 5 percent increase in revenues in 2010-11. “It seems like things are doing all right and so our position is that we want to do what’s best for the game,� said Knicks guard Roger Mason Jr., a member of the players’ executive committee. “Any way

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NBA Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter, left. that we can make the game better as players, speaking for a lot of the guys, we’re all for it. But we don’t want to have a deal that's just not fair and that’s what we think is being presented to us right now.� Hunter said the league has given no feedback on the proposal the union submitted in July. He offered no specifics of it, other than to say the players could be open to negotiating their guarantee of 57 percent of the revenues — which Stern has said is a central issue in the next CBA. Hunter added that the players believe their proposal resonated with some owners, but blames others — he called them a hawkish group — for pushing Stern toward a deal Hunter says he won’t get, one that would guarantee each owner a minimum annual profit of $10 million. And Hunter, who has been mostly silent while Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver revealed items from their wish list last month, decided it’s time to speak out to them. “I think the message has to be driven home to I guess that hawkish group of owners that if they’re inclined, if they want to lock us out — because we’re not going to strike — if they want to lock us out and they want to pull the roof down on themselves, then hey, have at it,� Hunter said. Both Hunter and Stern have said progress must be made by February’s All-Star break to reduce fears of the first work stoppage

since 1998. Hunter isn’t sure it’ll come by then, saying he’s “waiting for some sign, some movement from the owners that they want to reach a reasonable deal. “Right now they’re being unreasonable and I can’t tell you when reason’s going to set in,� he said.

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“It was so big for me being in Shreveport after something like that had happened,� Jones said. This is why he spends months traveling the country even as he trains to get back on that podium at the 2012 Olympics. Jones has visited 12 cities in two years as part of USA Swimming’s “Make a Splash� program to prevent drowning by minor-

ity children. When Jones speaks to a group of kids, he first asks how many like being in the water. Almost all raise their hands. Then he asks how many know how to swim. Only a few hands go down. Finally he asks how many have taken swim lessons. “Then literally 80 percent of the hands drop,� Jones said. “That’s

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Jay-Z talks the streets, Do we really defends Kanye and love ourselves? Obama Ask rapper, BY NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP MUSIC WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Do you want to know when Jay-Z and Beyonce plan to have children? Those behind-the-scenes moments hanging out with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow? And what really happened between Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella cofounder Damon Dash? You will not find those kinds of gossipy nuggets in “Decoded,” Jay-Z’s first book, published Tuesday (Spiegel & Grau, $35). But that is not to say it does not contain plenty of revealing moments. AP Photo by Chris Pizzello “Decoded” provides In this April 16, 2010 file photo, Jay Z performs unique insight into what during his headlining set on the first day of the shaped and continues to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in shape the 40-year-old Indio, Calif. hip-hop icon, from being abandoned by his father, ited in a while? his early mistakes in the rap game, Jay-Z: That was fun. It was and his approach to creating the almost like looking at an old photo music that has defined rap for almost album, like going back through those two decades. emotions and feelings. Looking at But Jay-Z mainly does it the this song was like looking at me with way he best communicates: through a high-top and the four-finger ring. his lyrics. AP: You discuss the assault By “decoding” his songs, some charge you faced early in your career famous, some obscure, he offers (he received probation). What are readers a unique vantage point of the your thoughts on stars like Lil Wayne mogul born Shawn Carter. and T.I. who have fallen into those On the eve of the book’s release, situations? Jay-Z talked about its meaning, while Jay-Z: The same sort of thing offering his thoughts on President almost happened to me, and I pride Barack Obama, the legal woes of Lil myself on being a disciplined person. Wayne and T.I., and why Kanye West I was looking out for that sort of was right about President George W. thing. I was trying to avoid it, and it Bush the first time around. still happened to me, so it just goes to The Associated Press: Why did show how difficult it is. Once you you decide on this kind of book rather become a so-called celebrity, your than a traditional autobiography? life or your decisions don’t stop. You Jay-Z: I wanted to tell the story have to make smarter decisions, of a generation. Through my story, because you’ve grown up living your I’m telling the story of a generation of life a certain way. Most people grow kids, and we grew up in one of the up and just smoke weed. ... You just worst eras ever. ... Just to tell the story smoke weed and think, “OK, I’ll of my generation through music, and keep weed in my pocket.” Now that through that give a deeper under- you’re a celebrity it’s a whole differstanding to rap lyrics and to make the ent sort of thing. ... Celebrities need case that rap is poetry. ... Maybe there to be conscious and know who they is other layers and meanings and are, because the same choices they things to be decoded in songs. made as a civilian will cost them AP: What were the challenges years as a celebrity. of putting “Decoded” together? AP: What do you make of Jay-Z: The hardest problem President Obama’s recent struggles? was getting the lyrics right, ’cause I Jay-Z: I believe the same thing don’t write them down, so, we had to about Barack that I believed at day find them somewhere, and a lot of one. What he represents is bigger those songs I forgot. So I had to listen than any political agenda that he can to them again and then look at the pass across the House, Senate or lyrics and then say, “No, that’s whatever. I think that right now he’s wrong.” So the hardest part was real- going through a difficult period ly getting the lyrics right. because people are putting the last AP: What was it like going eight years on his table and they’re back through songs you hadn’t visSee JAY-Z, page 15

‘Sheek Louch,’ aka Donnie G BY BIKO N. POINDEXTER-HODGE CONTRIBUTING WRITER Do Black people really love themselves? Do we really know that we are descendants of kings and queens? Do we know that the Rev. Martin Luther Kings Jr., Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and many other African-American civil rights leaders and icons gave

their lives so we can be free and treated as human beings? Do we understand that history has been made and that young Black boys and girls have a fighting chance to be someone when they grow up since Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the United States of America? Well, some of us do, but not all of us! Obviously, rap artist Sheek

Louch (of The Lox) and Def Jam either are being ignorant or are uneducated regarding African-American history. Louch and Def Jam should be ashamed for putting half of Louch’s face and half of a gorilla’s face together and making it the image of his CD cover. This is as stupid as when rapper Nas titled one See SHEEK LOUCH, page 13

Wesley Snipes ordered to surrender in tax case (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered actor Wesley Snipes to surrender to authorities so he can begin serving a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes. U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges in Florida rejected a request from the actor’s attorneys to review Snipes’ sentence and grant a new trial. Snipes has been free on bond for more than two years while appealing. “The defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence. … The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” the judge wrote in his 16-page decision. The 48-year-old star of the “Blade” trilogy and Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns. He was acquitted of two more serious felony charges. See WESLEY SNIPES, page 14

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Walking in Kindness BY PASTOR T. MARVENE WRIGHT THE WORD CENTER CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”- Mark Twain How will you be remembered? Do you profess to be a Christ-like person? What exactly does that look like? What type of fruit is growing on your tree? Do love and the fruit of the spirit flow through and from you? I thought I would give you a few things to ponder as the year closes. I will look at I Corinthians 13 and Galatians 5:22. In both of those passages the word “kind” appears. So when we say we walk in love, is kindness evident in our walk? When we profess to be in Christ, do people experience, see, or find kindness as we relate to them? Kindness looks like goodness, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. Is that you? Kindness should not be random, but deliberate. The lad who gave his lunch to Jesus to feed the multitude was generous and kind. The men who ran to get David some water were extremely thoughtful and kind. The widow who made a

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Continued from page 10 within our organization,” Wilf said. Frazier will serve as the interim coach for the remainder of the season and Wilf would not discuss his plans for hiring a permanent replacement. Frazier is from the Tony Dungy model of coaches, a quiet leader with an open-door policy that players appreciate. After several Vikings clashed with Childress over the last four years, the change to a players’ coach could help settle a volatile locker room. “He’s a very businesslike guy who is encouraging, upbeat and energetic,” said Dungy, who was head coach in Indianapolis when Frazier served as his top assistant on a Super Bowl-winning staff. “He’s got a lot of experience, but the biggest thing is he’ll have the players’ confidence that he believes in them and they’ll have the confidence to believe in him.” The 51-year-old Missouri native has interviewed for seven NFL head coaching jobs over the last few seasons, occasionally wondering if he was brought in simply to satisfy the Rooney Rule that requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate during their search. Now he is finally getting his first crack at a job he has long coveted, but it certainly doesn’t come under ideal circumstances. “It’s not the way I expected it to (happen),” Frazier said. “I didn’t expect to be at a press conference here in Minnesota under these circumstances. But at the same time, it’s a

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us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school? Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward the grade. “Absolutely,” the professor said. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. If you plan to reflect on your life as the year ends, check your inventory list and see if you have any “kind” on the shelf or in the pantry. If you are overstocked, please get it off the shelf and give it away. If your shelf is almost empty, make sure you get that into circulation and get started with some new fresh kindness. You know God is faithful like that. He has new fresh gifts every morning. When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. – Abraham Joshua Heschel

great opportunity for myself and our team to take advantage of it and to do what we’ve been called to do, what we’ve been asked to do. As in my case, the head coach, and also with our players to go out and perform at the level we know we can perform at.” The Vikings are a mess. Despite a roster that sent 10 players to the Pro Bowl a year ago, the team is languishing during a chaotic season filled with off-the-field scandals and on-the-field failures. Brett Favre is the subject of an NFL investigation and has turned the ball over 22 times. Sidney Rice returned from a season-long hip injury on Sunday, just in time for starting right guard Anthony Herrera to be lost for the year with a torn ACL in his left knee. And the defense is aging and leaking, and was embarrassed by the Packers time and again on Sunday. All of it has snowballed the last two weeks — with the Vikings getting outscored 58-16 in losses to the Packers and Bears — to compel Wilf to fire a coach he signed to a four-year extension just last season. Now, after getting passed over so many times, Frazier finally gets a chance to show what he can do. “My personality is what it is,” he said. “I hope that I don’t become one of those guys that sometimes gets a little bit out of body because they get a title. I hope that I remain who I am and still get the most out of our players every single practice, every single meeting, every single game.”

Players were unavailable Monday to discuss the move in detail, but the team provided statements from several veterans expressing support for their new leader. “He’s got great football smarts and players can relate to him and vice versa,” running back Adrian Peterson said. “He has a certain vibe and energy that everyone can feel when they’re around him. When he speaks, guys perk up and tune in.” Over the last two years, Frazier has formed a trust with Favre, who often butted heads with Childress over the offensive philosophy and play-calling. Frazier quickly threw his support behind Favre at his news conference on Monday, saying the 41-year-old was the man to lead them out of the abyss. “What you see is what you get with Leslie,” Favre said in his statement. “He has a background of winning Super Bowls as a player and coach and he knows what it takes to win in the NFL. He can relate to players having been in their shoes himself and will prepare the team well.” But like Childress, Frazier has never been a head coach at a major college program or in the pros. He played defensive back on the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won the Super Bowl and is considered one of the greatest defenses in league history. His coaching career started at Trinity International University in 1988 and he has also been an assistant at the University of Illinois and in the pros with the Eagles, Bengals and Colts. “He’s very smart. The players

cake for the prophet in time of famine was obedient and kind. The man who helped the Samaritan who had been mugged by robbers was unselfish and kind. And Jesus the Son of God who died for the sin of the world and rose again for our freedom and eternal life was exceptional in His loving kindness and tender mercies. Joann C. Jones shares this story: During my second year of nursing school, our professor gave

Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees selects new president

Henry Lewis III The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees has selected Henry Lewis III, Pharm.D., to serve as Florida Memorial University’s new president. The announcement was made during an afternoon meeting attended by nearly 300 faculty, staff and students anticipating an introduction of the new president-elect by Charles W. George, chairman of the Board of Trustees. After being introduced to the campus family, Dr. Lewis expressed his appreciation to the board for their confidence in his leadership and stewardship, and his enthusiasm to instill confidence and competence in each prospective Florida Memorial graduate. “I see a diamond in the rough in Florida Memorial University, and I am confident that the institution can be the greatest institution it can be,” he stated. Lewis has served as dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Fla., for the past 15 years. As a former interim president of FAMU, he also served as dean of the Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for four years. Lewis is the past president of the Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). Under his leadership, the two organizations secured more than $100 million in support of programs improving the quality of education and availability of health care to underserved communities. Lewis is also the former chairman of the board of the Florida Education Fund, the nation’s largest producer of African-American Ph.D.s. After graduating from FAMU with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the program where he now serves as dean, he earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia and completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. loved him. He’s an ex-player so he understands what your body is going through and he was in the Bears Super Bowl video, so you always have to tease him about that,” Colts linebacker Gary Brackett said. “But he’s a great coach, very fundamental, so I’m excited for him.” Dungy was delighted to see his close friend and protege finally get a chance at the job he’s been touting Frazier for for several years, but was

also apprehensive about the situation that surrounds him. “Very, very rarely do (interim jobs) work out,” Dungy said. “But I’m hoping this one does, absolutely.” Speaking with more authority and bravado than ever, Frazier is not shying away from what he knows will be a daunting task. AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.


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Eagles QB Michael Vick finally gets out of the dog house BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA COLUMNIST Michael Vick has been sensational on the football field this season as quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. A couple of weeks ago, he put on a phenomenal show against the Washington Redskins, setting a single-game record by throwing for 333 yards, including four touchdowns, and rushing for 80 yards and two more touchdowns. The visiting Eagles routed the Redskins 59-28. NFL analyst and former Eagle quarterback Ron Jaworski called it the most remarkable performance he’d ever seen on Monday night. However, the most remarkable part of the rise, fall and second rise of Vick is what happened off the field. The Atlanta Falcons selected Vick as its top pick in 2001, the first Black quarterback to be the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL draft. The nadir came in 2007 when he pleaded guilty to dog fightingrelated charges. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison and served 18 months at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., followed by five months of home confinement in Virginia. In 2008, he filed for bankruptcy. Rather than throwing Vick to the dogs, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy reached out to the gifted but troubled athlete, visiting him in prison, counseling him after his release, and advocating on his behalf with NFL brass. When the NFL agreed to allow Vick to return to pro football under a strict set of guidelines, Dungy was there to help guide Vick, keeping his spirits up while he was ridiculed and hounded by animal rights activists. Some critics have suggested that justice for Vick would be his dying and coming back as a fire hydrant. Last year, the Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 million contract, with a $5 million option for 2010, which it exercised. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a statement saying, “PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to sign a man who hanged dogs from trees, electrocuted them with jumper cables, held them underwater until they drowned in his swimming pool, and even threw his own family dog into the fighting pit to be torn to shreds while he laughed. What sort of message does this send to young fans who care

George Curry about animals and don’t want to see them harmed?” Fortunately, the Humane Society of the United States took a more humane approach toward Vick after his advisers approached the group about the fallen athlete’s embarking on a speaking tour to discourage urban youth from engaging in dog fighting. So far, Vick has spoken to more than a dozen groups about his bad behavior. In a fact sheet, the Humane Society stated, “Vick was a role model for many young people, and he lost everything because of what he did to dogs. His story is the strongest possible example of why dogfighting is a dead end. Just as former drug addicts are able to reach people with addiction, former dogfighters are some of the most effective voices against this crime.” One of the most effective voices lobbying for the Eagles to sign Vick upon his release from prison was quarterback Donovan McNabb, a friend who had played with Vick in the Pro Bowl. Not many NFL quarterbacks would volunteer to serve as Vick’s big brother and even fewer would ask his team to bring in a talented player who could possibly be his replacement. To his credit, McNabb did just that. By all accounts, Vick became a changed player in Philadelphia. In Atlanta, he had been accused of being the last player in the locker room and the first to exit. Under McNabb’s tutelage, Vick became more of a student of the game, spending more time studying film and learning to remain in the pocket instead of eyeing the nearest lane to run.

In a surprise move, the Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins, a division rival, prior to the start of this season. Eagles coach Andy Reid declared young Kelvin Kolb as his quarterback of the future. But when Kolb was sidelined with an injury in the opening game, Vick was given the opportunity to display his upgraded talent; the quarterback of the future quickly became the quarterback of the past. Vick played so well that Reid, who had said Kolb wouldn’t lose his starting job because of an injury, had to reverse himself and anoint Vick as his quarterback. Vick was sidelined for three games with a rib injury but returned to his starting role. Vick has won every game he started this year and there is even talk of him becoming selected the league’s most valuable player. On Nov. 21, Vick led his team to a 27-17 victory over the New York Giants, placing the Eagles atop the NFC East for the first time this season. It was a game marred by dropped touchdown passes, mindless penalties and two fumbles by Vick, who had not fumbled or thrown an interception all year. “This was an important game for him,” his coach said after the game. “It’s very important to battle through when a team is coming after you, bringing extra people, you’re getting hit and knocked around, and things might not be going as smoothly as you want. You have to fight and that’s what he did…” Vick has fought his way back to the top. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www. twitter.com/currygeorge.

Let’s hear it for the girls BY DENISE HUNTER During a time when a woman still makes 77 cents for every dollar her male counterpart makes, when only 3 percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women, and even when the rights of women continue to take a backseat to the rights of men, nonetheless there is still reason for great hope and even celebration. During this most recent election cycle, I could not have been more proud to see such outstanding African-American women offering themselves up for public service at a time when the needs of our country are perhaps greater than they have ever been. Women who are intelligent, innovative and focused leaders who stand ready to take our communities and our country to higher heights, without sacrificing integrity, depth or breadth. Some are relatively new to public office while others are seasoned veterans still fighting the good fight and paving the way for others to follow. Without regard to tenure, they all came committed to making positive change for those they serve. Women like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswomanelect Karen Bass; Congresswoman Laura Richardson; San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris; Assemblywoman-elect Holly Mitchell, and others. Women who clearly understand that to whom much is given, much is required. And much will be required. As we stand on the cusp of making history with the election of Harris to the office of California’s

attorney general, let us not forget to savor the sweetness of this moment. Let us not forget to remind our children and our youth that we can and will continue to achieve at the highest levels in every facet of life. Let us not forget to thank God that some way, somehow, we made it through despite setbacks, obstacles and haters. And lastly, let us not forget that when we stand together, pray together and work together, we can accomplish anything. So let’s hear it for the girls as they take the reins of leadership and usher in a new era of thoughtful and courageous governance that provides benefit and opportunity for all. Thank you, ladies, for your sacrifices and your hard work. And no, gentlemen, we did not forget about you — much love and gratitude is owed to you for supporting these amazing women in this latest election. We will all rise together toward a brighter future for ourselves and our children.

you’ve got to be kidding me! That’s an insult! Not just to me, but to the all of the great African-Americans who fought for our equality, rights and freedom. We are digging our own grave and shooting ourselves in the head if we continue to accept this kind of degrading behavior. We as African Americans are the pioneers and builders of America. Our people “have come this far by faith” and yet we still decide to backtrack and head into a path of destruction and not one of production. Is this the kind of image we want to portray to our

youth? Do we want them to see themselves as animals? No! This behavior is unacceptable and is an outrage. We as African Americans shall and should not tolerate this kind of behavior anymore. Now, some rap artists’ excuse could be, “This is what the media wants, this is what sells records, etc.” So I guess degrading and selling out your own people is worth cashing in a dollars to fill up your pockets? If so, then you have little or no value of respect, or love, for yourself, or your own people and you need some serious help.

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of his rap album’s “Ni**er.” Black people seem to have engraved in their brain that they must degrade one another or themselves in order to be successful or for people to buy their products. A lot of Black folks seem to think positivity makes you feel good, yet it keeps you poor. However, some think negativity makes you feel bad, but keeps your pockets flowing with money. I’m just keeping it real. We are poisoning ourselves and our young people with all this Black self-hatred. To associate a black man with a gorilla,


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Trustee Sale No. CA09001261-10-1 . Loan No. 0020724746 Title Order No. 100463502-CA-GTI APN 6050-019-025 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED May 17, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 13, 2010, at 01:00 PM, At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building,350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA, MTC FINANCIAL Inc., dba Trustee Corps, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on May 24, 2007, as Instrument No. 20071261480 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: ADOLFINA DE JESUS UITZ, AN UNMARRIED WOMAN , as Trustor, in favor of BEAR STEARNS RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 817 AND 819 EAST 97TH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90002 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest theron, as provided in said Note(s), advances if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $429,243.05 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder`s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. DATE: November 18, 2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC dba Trustee Corps TS No. CA09001261-10-1 . 17100 Gillette Ave Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300 Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.NoticeSolutions.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714-786-5351 Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the "mortgage loan servicer" as defined in Civil Code s 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded or the time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52. Clarisa Gastelum, Authorized Signature TRUSTEE CORPS IS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Ad #6707 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0944408-1 Loan# 158132647 Order # 55006228 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/26/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/02/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/07/2007 as Document No. 20070494650 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, EDWIN A ROMERO, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, COUNTRYWIDE BANK, N.A., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6002-007-027 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1617-1617 1/2 W. 59TH STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90047 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $480,415.26 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated:

Thursday, November 25, 2010 11/11/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #6964 2010-11-11 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 Trustee Sale # CA0945950-1 Loan# 168566549 Order # 4157260 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 05/11/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/17/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 05/18/2007 as Document No. 20071212030 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, NAHUM VICTORIA, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE & SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC. DBA AMERICA'S WHOLESALE LENDER, as Beneficiary, WILL SELLAT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5492-005-017 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 376 LESLIE WAY, LOS ANGELES, CA 90042-4860 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $460,032.96 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/11/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #6965 2010-11-11 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 Trustee Sale # CA0945949-3 Loan# 170451250 Order # 4157230 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 06/21/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/02/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 07/03/2007 as Document No. 20071587342 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, JOSE ADELIO ALVARENGA, A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, COUNTRYWIDE BANK, FSB, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5019-017-004 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 724-726 WEST 41ST PLACE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90037-2025 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $595,079.25 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made

a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/11/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #6966 2010-11-11 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 Trustee Sale # CA0938899-1 Loan# 165829805 Order # 55004962 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03/22/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/02/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/02/2007 as Document No. 20070769715 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, MAGDALENA GARCIA, A MARRIED WOMAN AS HER SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, COUNTRYWIDE BANK, FSB., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 6041-008-003 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 9106-9108 SOUTH MAIN STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90003-3723 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $513,486.72 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/11/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #6967 2010-11-11 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 Trustee Sale # CA0946745-2 Loan# 1915315977 Order # 4168107 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 01/06/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 01/13/2006 as Document No. 06 0089920 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, TELMA M. MARROQUIN, A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, MORTGAGEIT, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 2747-020-011 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 21726 MERRIDY STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 91311 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $471,026.39 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of

Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7175 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0947980-3 Loan# 3002777732 Order # 090439055 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/20/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/28/2007 as Document No. 20070428726 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, JORGE HERNANDEZ AND LISBETH HERNANDEZ, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, as Trustor, MORTGAGENT, INC, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5019-013-013 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 633-635 WEST 43RD ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90037 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $617,199.50 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7186 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0932393-3 Loan# 1009806546 Order # 090070180 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 03/12/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 03/16/2007 as Document No. 20070590882 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, SANTOS PORTILLO. A SINGLE MAN, as Trustor, JUST MORTGAGE, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5402-021-036 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2419 2421 AND 2421 ½ KENT STREET, LOS ANGELES, CA 90026 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses

and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $719,219.00 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7189 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02 Trustee Sale # CA0939348-1 Loan# 1915357296 Order # 4073237 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 04/19/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/09/2010 at 01:00PM, MTC FINANCIAL INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 04/26/2006 as Document No. 06 0912076 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, ALEJANDRO L. OLIVARES, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY, as Trustor, MORTGAGEIT, INC., as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier's check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance of the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd, Pomona CA The property heretofore described is being sold "as is". All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 2507-006-073 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED ON SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 12459 RALSTON AVENUE #B, LOS ANGELES (SYLMAR AREA), CA 91342 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee's Sale is: $342,296.07 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary's agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. See Exhibit "A" attached hereto and made a part hereof. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 __ Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/18/2010 MTC FINANCIAL INC., DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: CLARISA GASTELUM, TRUSTEE SALES OFFICER TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)786-5351, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 RPRequests@trusteecorps.com Ad #7192 2010-11-18 2010-11-25 2010-12-02

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Snipes’ defense attorney, Daniel Meachum, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he planned to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meachum said later in an interview that he didn’t expect the Bureau of Prisons to take custody of the actor for another five to seven days. Snipes is in Atlanta, preparing to film the movie “Master Daddy.” “Wesley is incredibly calm and positive,” Meachum said in the interview in his Atlanta office. “He wasn’t angered. He wasn’t bitter.”


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children, Jones joined up with “Make a Splash” after winning gold on the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team at the 2008 Olympics. Only after nearly drowning as a 5year-old did Jones learn to swim. He kept swimming all the way to becoming the first AfricanAmerican to break a world record in an Olympic-contested event. When he isn’t training for a major meet, Jones is on the road — making appearances, doing clinics. “This is what came with the gold medal,” he said. “I love it. The events are my life right now.” Maybe he’d have even more opportunities if you could see him in the images of his teammates celebrating Jason Lezak’s stunning comeback in the anchor leg to beat France. Jones swam third, so he had just climbed out of the side of the pool when Lezak touched the wall first. “Worst marketing move ever,” Jones joked. “I missed the pictures, everything. If I could change one thing ...” He truly wouldn’t change anything. Not even the fact that it’s challenging to train at an elite level while crisscrossing the country. USA Swimming puts Jones in touch with a local club while he’s on the road so he can complete the workouts his coach sends him. So some days a youth swimmer attending her regular practice

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looks over to see an Olympic champion swimming alone in the next lane. “I do my workout, hop out, maybe sign autographs for the kids, and then I’m off on the plane home,” Jones said. He’ll return to training fulltime early next month to prepare for next year’s world championships. First he had a “Make a Splash” event in New York on Friday. The tragedy in Shreveport was a reminder of all the lessons Jones wants to pass on. A group of teenagers who didn’t know how to swim were splashing around waisthigh in a river on a steamy August day when one slipped off a ledge into deep water. Six others tried to save him and drowned. Not only does Jones want to teach swimming skills but basic water safety and emergency preparedness. Once his swimming career is over, Jones hopes to go into fashion and design his own jeans line. For now, his goals are all in the pool. “I think I can definitely see myself on the awards podium singing our national anthem again,” Jones said. “This time I might be by myself, though.”

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Continued from page 11 judging him by it. You can’t expect a man to clean up eight years of mess in two years; it’s just bad math. It’s impossible. AP: You talk in the book about how you agreed with what Kanye West had to say about President Bush, but Kanye recently apologized for saying Bush didn’t care about black people during Hurricane Katrina. What are your thoughts on that? Jay-Z: I think what Kanye went through was, he himself became that, over the Taylor Swift incident. People said he was racist. And he’s not a racist person, so it made him reflect on the comments that he made. But I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he

made, because again ... it felt like it was being done to black people. Like all you saw on the news was black people on the news with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by. It’s like, What is that? ... If that had happened anywhere else besides New Orleans, would the response (have) been so slow? Would Bush (have) been on the ground? You have to ask these sort of questions. Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him. Like, what? That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me? Online: www.jay-z.com.

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bite. As Obama himself said on “60 Minutes” earlier this month, “The hardest argument to make in politics is: Things would have been a lot worse if we hadn’t done all those, taken all these steps.” GM has given the administration some bragging rights, at least for now. The company launched one of the largest initial public offerings in U.S. history last week, more than a year after it was pushed into bankruptcy by the Obama administration and two years after the Bush administration propped it up with billions of dollars in loans. All in all, the taxpayers’ stake totaled about $50 billion. But the auto rescue came amid bailouts of big banks and financial companies — interventions that Republicans attacked and many in the public resented. As signs of the auto industry’s recovery began to emerge last summer, Obama traveled to GM, Ford and Chrysler plants in Michigan and Illinois to highlight local success stories. But that did nothing to ease the voter anger that was spreading. In Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois — all states that Obama carried in his 2008 presidential run — Democrats suffered major losses. Michigan and Ohio elected Republican governors and placed control of the state legislatures in GOP hands. Illinois filled Obama’s former Senate seat with a Republican. And many Republicans still cast the rescue effort as a mistake. “Government needs to stay out of those things,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

For Obama, the trip to Kokomo is a chance not only to respond to his bailout critics, but also to promote the $800 billion economic stimulus he pushed through Congress in the early days of his presidency. Declared one of “America’s fastest-dying towns” by Forbes magazine in 2008, Kokomo hit bottom in June 2009 when unemployment in that midsize city in north-central Indiana reached 20.4 percent. Unemployment is still higher than the national average, but it dropped by nearly 8 percentage points to 12.7 percent in September. The Chrysler bailout helped keep the company’s Kokomo transmission plant open. The Kokomo area also benefited from about $400 million in stimulus money, including an $89 million Energy Department grant to help Delphi Automotive Systems develop electronic components for hybrid vehicles. Still, the local congressman, Democrat Joe Donnelly, who won reelection in 2008 with 67 percent of the vote, barely survived his race this year. “What really blows my mind is, I don’t know if people realize what would have happened to Kokomo, Ind., if Chrysler wouldn’t have gotten the bailout,” said Jerry Price, the vice president of United Auto Workers Local 685. Mellman, the Democratic pollster, said voters’ visceral feelings about the bad economy overwhelmed them even if they personally were not affected. He said that while Obama could not be expected to turn the economy around in a short period, as president he owned it. “The reality is that we’re in charge, things suck, we pay a price,” he said.

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month in Indiana, Democrats lost a Senate seat and two House seats and were driven into the minority in the state legislature. While Obama is embarking on a mission to change the public’s mood, the story is much the same elsewhere in auto manufacturing states: The industry might be on the mend, but neither Obama nor the Democrats are reaping the benefits. “You could talk to people in Michigan who would say, ‘Yes, I work at GM, my job was saved because the administration saved GM, but you know what, I’m voting Republican because I’m mad about the economy,’ ” said Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, who has polled in the state for departing Gov. Jennifer Granholm. “And, you know, there were lots of those people,” he said. It’s a sign of the enormous challenge facing Obama over the next two years. Unless the economy shows dramatic improvement, incremental gains such as a stabilizing the auto industry or recouping much of the money used to bail out giant financial firms are not big political winners. “The auto progress not withstanding, it doesn’t solve every problem that we’ve had,” senior White House adviser David Axelrod said in an interview Monday. “There’s no panacea, no silver bullet. Until we get that momentum going to the point where we can fill in that huge hole the recession created, people are going to be frustrated.” And while Obama and his aides have repeatedly asserted that without the government’s intervention the economy would be in a sorrier state, few in the White House would argue that that’s a winning political sound-


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