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Thursday, November 8, 2012
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RIES ~ Flexibility is the word for this week. Don’t insist on being right, even if you think you are. You will gain more this week if you allow others the freedom to have their way rather than insisting that people do things your way. Soul Affirmation: He who doesn’t ask will remain a fool forever. AURUS ~ You don’t have to worry about being alone in the journey that you have undertaken. You are on this path because someone guided you. Take the memory of their guidance as comfort and keep on trucking. Soul Affirmation: Things are as I know them to be. EMINI ~ Commit to a way this week, lucky archers! You are developing your craft by practice and more practice. Accept recognition gracefully, and keep on task. You are investing in your art this week. Soul Affirmation: Goodness is its own reward. ANCER ~ Your word this week is “Persistence.” Keep at the task of persuading others that your idea or vision is as remarkable as you know it is. You just need to get the word out, and you need to be persistent in your efforts. Make a game out of it and have fun! SoulAffirmation: Often it’s not what I say but the way I say it that gets the message across EO ~ Results that seemed like they would never show up may arrive this week, and it will make you very happy. Keep the feeling this week in mind so that you’ll remember and benefit from it next time you are impatiently waiting for an outcome. Everything is working to your good Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for the chance to give. IRGO ~ Your exciting and adventurous self will want to come out and play. You’ll be happiest if you are exploring something, and then topping it off with a visit to a restaurant that serves something you’ve never tried before. Live it up at the banquet of life this week! Soul Affirmation: When I am clear about who I am, the world becomes clearer.
IBRA ~ Watch for that item you’ve been wanting to be on sale at a good price this week. While you are feeling pretty confident with money, you don’t want to splurge or overspend just yet. Keep your eye out for bargains for a little while longer! Soul Affirmation: This week I find joy in the gifts that life has already given me. CORPIO ~ It’s easy to take it easy! Just slow down and let each moment arrive at its own speed. You’ll get a lot done this week if you get in tune with the rhythm of the week. Each moment has its own beat. Stay with it. Soul Affirmation: The wisdom of the ages is revealed as my spirit. AGITTARIUS ~ Change is near, and it’s going to be good. Clear your desk of pesky tasks this week and get your mind free to receive what life brings. Positive results help you feel even more positive. Soul Affirmation: Someone wonderful is looking to find me. APRICORN ~ You are the boss of your week this week, so act like the leader you are and let the week follow you around. Your creativity is soaring; schedule enough time to get some of your brilliant ideas on paper. Soul Affirmation: Trust gives me a deep sense of peace and joy. QUARIUS ~ A steady stream of opportunities is beaming your way, lucky you and they contain endless variations of possibilities. Wear your instincts like a rainbow colored coat this week and gather the good resources that you need. Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. ISCES ~ Some down time will work wonders for you this week. You’ve been running fast with your projects, and now it’s time to slow it down. Try to spend time outdoors and with nature. Enjoy! Soul Affirmation: Hope is a beautify jewel. I enjoy owning it.
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November 7, 1934 Arthur L. Mitchell defeated Oscar DePriest in a Chicago election and became the first Black Democratic congressman. November 7, 1989 L Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virgina, becoming the first Black Governer in the US since Reconstruction, 1989.
Presidential general election wrap-up Los Angeles County RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean Logan announced that preliminary voter turnout sampling figures for the November 6, 2012 General Election showed a 66.66% turnout at the polls as of 8 p.m. A comparative sample turnout for the November 2008 General Election showed 82.39% for the same time period. Samplings from previous year General Elections for the time period ranged from 50.5% in 2006 to 49.31% in 2010. The total number of ballots counted totaled 2,368,283, that included 448,470 vote by mail ballots.
Wesson: LA Fire Dept is hiring BY LAWT NEWS SERVICE Council President Herb Wesson has announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department is now conducting its hiring campaign this fall. Hiring for the Fire Department was suspended three years ago because of the city’s budget crisis. Over the next two years 300 firefighter positions have been funded and will be available for which applicants can compete. The Fire Department will be hiring the first 150 firefighters between 2013 and 2014. “This is a great opportunity for someone with the necessary skills and level of physical ability,” said Wesson. “We need men and women of good character who have a strong desire to serve the community. I expect there will be thousands of people who have
The RR/CC conducted the hourly sampling of 30 precincts out of 4,621 for use as an unofficial indication of voting activity. Turnout in certain districts or areas of the County can fluctuate, so caution is encouraged in using these figures as a statistical prediction of voter turnout. Additionally, these figures do not reflect vote by mail ballots. “Overall, we saw good turnout and voter participation at the polls,” said Logan. “The success of elections relies on the community service we see across See ELECTION WRAP-UP, page 7
Councilman Herb Wesson an interest.” This will be an opportunity to improve the diversity of the Fire Department. Currently, women make up approximately 3 percent, Asian-Americans 7 percent, African-Americans 11 percent, and Hispanics 31 percent. Those applying must take a written test, be in good physical condition and be able to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), said LAFD personnel. Candidates are required to pay $150 to take the CPAT, which requires applicants to excel in timed trials climbing stairs, dragging hoses and tests strength and endurance. The Fire Department offers free CPAT practice session. More detailed information can be accessed by contacting the department by phone at 855-552-LAFD, or at www.joinlafd.org.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Jackie Lacey makes history
Re-elected, Obama heads back to divided government
She is the first African American and the first woman to become Los Angeles County’s district attorney
Jackie Lacey, L.A. County district attorney-elect
BY SHIRLEY HAWKINS, CONTRIBUTING WRITER The battle for the district attorney’s seat between chief deputy assistant attorney Jackie Lacey and deputy district attorney Alan Jackson was fierce and heated, but on Tuesday November 6, California voters lined up at the polls and overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Lacey who as of press time, Wednesday, had captured 54.75 percent of the vote. While her opponent, Los Angeles County Prosecutor, Alan Jackson, trailed Lacey after capturing 45.25 percent of the vote. The mood was jubilant as Lacey’s supporters celebrated her victory at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles where singer Macy Gray kept the crowd movin’ and groovin’. The evening proved to be especially significant for Lacey: the veteran prosecutor made history by becoming the first woman and the first African American to be elected as district attorney in Los Angeles County since the office was first established in 1850. Lacey, dressed in a striking pink jacket, was humble and emotional in her acceptance speech as she addressed her supporters. “First to all, I just want to thank my husband, David, who has done everything from serving as campaign treasurer to posting signs in our neighborhood,” she said. “I thank my kids and my nephew Ladell, my lovely sister Carol Phillips. I thank her for her Saturday morning talks and that she said, ‘No matter what the outcome is, I am so proud of you.’” Lacey’s lengthy experience in the district attorney’s office will serve her well. She previously told the Sentinel; “I believe anyone who leads the largest prosecutorial office in the nation should be someone with my qualifications, who is able to bridge gaps between people, who is a good listener, and who has the foresight to see changes ahead, and respond to those changes.” Lacy will be faced with two crucial issues in her new role as Deputy District Attorney; the death penalty and overcrowded state prisons. “With regard to our county (Los Angeles), basically we are running out of room in the state prisons and the
county jails, and it is time that we look at ways in which we can more efficiently address crime and look at long range solutions—particularly at those who may be suffering from unaddressed mental health issues,” Lacy previously pointed out. She also expressed her position on the death penalty. “I think the biggest fear, morally, of the death penalty is that we do not want to execute the wrong person,” she declared. “I think we need checks and balances in place. Under my administration, (the D.A.’s) office (will) make absolutely sure the evidence points to the right person. One of the reforms we have to do is streamline the appeals process. It suffers from a lack of training for lawyers to handle those appeals. Although I’m a prosecutor who has been on the side of seeking justice by seeking the death penalty, I believe everybody has a right to a fair trial.” Lacey’s win comes seasoned with a wealth of experience: the prosecutor rose through the ranks to become chief deputy assistant attorney when outgoing Deputy District Attorney Steve Cooley elected her to the second highest ranking spot in March 2011. For the past 26 years, Lacey helmed the daily operations of the nation’s largest prosecutorial office that employed nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 peace officers, and more than 800 support staff members. She is recognized as spearheading several groundbreaking crime-fighting initiatives within the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, including the Animal Cruelty Prosecution Program, the Project Safe Neighborhood Gun Prosecution Program, and the Graffiti Prosecution Program. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lacey is a graduate of Susan B. Dorsey High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California Irvine. She attended the University of Southern California, where she obtained her law degree. Married to high school sweetheart David Lacey, an investigative auditor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, the Lacey’s have two adult children. See JACKIE LACEY, page 7
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President Barack Obama BY NANCY BENAC AND NEDRA PICKLER ASSOCIATED PRESS One day after his surprisingly comfortable re-election, a triumphant
President Barack Obama headed back to the White House and divided government on Wednesday with little time left for a compromise with Republicans to avert spending cuts and tax increases that threaten a new recession.
The president also is looking ahead to top-level personnel changes in a second term, involving three powerful Cabinet portfolios at a minimum. Republicans headed into a season of See RE-ELECTED, page 4
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Another shooting at USC Not too long ago, two students were killed near their off-campus housing and now, another incident. What’s next? FRANCIS TAYLOR, SENTINEL CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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Geno Hall (left) was a star at Crenshaw High School, where he was named the City Section Player of the Year in 2009. He played on a team that also featured Hayes Pullard (USC) and De’Anthony Thomas (Oregon). nity will not rush to judgment about Brandon’s guilt until the investigation has been completed and all of the facts have been revealed. Brandon had a plan for his life and his future that included college, productive employment and a family of his own.” Little has been revealed about Hall, the primary victim of the shooting except a report in a local newspaper indicating that in 2009, a panel of sportswriters named Hall the City Section (football) player of the year and the Los Angeles Times described him as "the most versatile and feared player for Crenshaw High's 14-1 team." The college campus party was well attended with hundreds of students and hundreds of others who were outside the venue, waiting or attempting to enter. Described as “The Biggest Halloween Costume Party,” hosted by the Black Student Assembly at USC, it was unclear if the young people who were not students
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Four individuals were injured, one seriously, in a short barrage of gunfire Halloween night on the University of Southern California campus, in Central Los Angeles. Brandon Spencer, a 20-year old college student and part-time licensed security officer is being held for the shooting and is facing four counts of attempted murder charges.While details of the shooting have not been revealed, it has been reported that the shooting occurred during a confrontation between Spencer and a former Crenshaw High School football player, Geno Hall, who sustained serious injuries with three bullet wounds. The other three unidentified victims reportedly received only minor injuries. “Brandon was with his girl friend and two of her female friends and they were out for a night of Halloween celebration activities,” said James Spencer, father of the accused. “I have not learned any details of the shooting as I am sure the investigators are trying to determine what actually happened, why it happened, and who else may have been involved. My family and I pray for a full recovery of all of the victims of this incident, just as we hope that the commu-
at the university were invited and encouraged to attend or if they merely saw the flyer and thought it would be a fun way to spend Halloween night. Assistant University Police Chief John Thomas, of the USC Department of Public safety announced a day after the shooting that “there is no pending danger” to the university, indicating that the event was “totally an isolated incident.” Spencer was arraigned earlier this week in downtown Los Angeles Criminal Court, Department 30 in case BA404363. Bail was set for the defendant in the amount of $2.04 million. A preliminary hearing will be conducted after further investigation has been completed. According to the district attorney’s office, Deputy D.A. Antonella Nistorescu of the Hardcore Gang Division has been assigned to prosecute the case. If convicted, Spencer will be facing up to life in prison.
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RE-ELECTED Continued from page 3 potentially painful reflection after retaining control of the House but losing the presidency and falling deeper into the Senate minority. One major topic: the changing face of America. “We’ve got to deal with the issue of immigration through good policy. What is the right policy if we want economic growth in America as it relates to immigration?” said former Republican Party Chairman Haley Barbour. Obama drew support from about 70 percent of all Hispanics, far outpacing Republican challenger Mitt Romney. There was little time to celebrate for the winners, with a postelection session of Congress scheduled to convene November 13. By common agreement, the main order of business is the search for a compromise to keep the economy from falling off a so-called “fiscal cliff.” The White House said Obama had made postelection phone calls to congressional leaders and reiterated a commitment to bipartisan steps to “reduce our deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and create jobs.” “The president said he believed that the American people sent a message in yesterday’s election that leaders in both parties need to put aside their partisan interests and work with common purpose to put the interests of the American people and the American economy first,” the statement said. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters that any solution should include higher taxes on “the richest of the rich.” That was in keeping with Obama’s election platform, which calls for the expiration of tax cuts on income over $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. Reid said he spoke with Republican House Speaker John Boehner as well as Obama on election night as the election results became known, and he declared that “of course” a compromise was possible on the overall issue. “I’m not going to draw a line in the sand. He’s not going to draw a line in the sand, I don’t believe,” Reid said of Boehner. The speaker set a conference call with his Republican rank and file for mid-afternoon. He said in pre-election interviews he would not agree to raise taxes on small business owners, a formulation Republicans often use in opposing the president’s position on the issue. Barring legislation by year’s end, taxes are on course to rise by more than $500 billion in 2013, and spending is to be cut by an additional $130 billion or so, totals that would increase over a decade. The blend is designed to rein in the federal debt, but officials in both parties warn it poses a grave threat to an economic recovery that has been halting at best. Obama and congressional leaders in both parties say they want an alternative, but serious compromise talks were non-existent during the fierce campaign season. That ended November 6 in an election in which more than 119 million votes were cast, mostly without controversy despite dire predictions of politically charged recounts and lawsuits while the presidency hung in the balance. Obama won the popular vote narrowly, the electoral vote comfortably, and the battleground states where the campaign was principally waged in a landslide.
The president carried seven of the nine states where he, Romney and their allies spent nearly $1 billion on television commercials, winning Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Colorado and Virginia. The Republican challenger won North Carolina, and Florida remained too close to call Obama also turned back late moves by Republicans in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota. Hispanics account for a larger share of the population than the national average in Nevada and Colorado, two of the closely contested battleground states. The president’s outsized majority among Hispanics — in the range of 70 percent according to Election Day interviews with voters — helped him against a challenger who called earlier in the year for self-deportation of illegal immigrants. Other factors in crucial states: — In Ohio, roughly 60 percent of all voters said they favored the Obama administration's auto bailout, and the president captured nearly three quarters of their votes, according to the survey, conducted for The Associated Press and a group of television networks. He stressed the rescue operation throughout the campaign. Romney opposed it, and in late campaign commercials suggested it had contributed to the loss of U.S. jobs overseas. — In Virginia, the black vote was roughly half again as big in percentage terms as nationally, also an aid to Obama. Changes are in store for the victorious administration. The election past, three members of Obama’s Cabinet have announced plans to leave their posts: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Other changes would not be unusual in the second administration of any president. As for Congress, Democrats improbably gained seats in re-establishing their Senate majority. Their final margin hinged on a decision by independent Sen.-elect Angus King of Vermont, who has not yet said which party he will affiliate with. The election was the second in a row in which Republicans lost potentially winnable races after nominating candidates who articulated views that voters evidently judged as too extreme. Two years ago, tea partybacked insurgents were defeated in Nevada, Colorado and Delaware. This year, senior Republicans watched in disbelief as Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana flamed out after making incendiary comments about rape. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said his party has “a period of reflection and recalibration ahead.” In a statement issued before the extent of GOP losses was known, he added, “While some will want to blame one wing of the party over the other, the reality is candidates from all corners of our GOP lost tonight.” There were 13 House races that remained too close to call, leaving the final size of the Republicans’ majority in doubt. They won at least 232 seats and led for two more, a trend that would translate to a net loss of 8 from the current lineup. In defeat, Democrats pointed to races where they turned tea partybacked conservatives out of power as evidence they had stemmed a tide.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Calif. man behind With win, CA anti-Muslim film governor takes next step in pledge gets prison BY HANNAH DREIER AND JULIET WILLIAMS ASSOCIATED PRESS
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File-This Sept. 27, 2012 file courtroom sketch shows shows Mark Basseley Youssef talking with his attorney Steven Seiden, left, in court in Los Angeles. Youssef received a one-year sentence Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, in federal prison for parole violation. BY GREG RISLING ASSOCIATED PRESS The California man behind an anti-Muslim film that roiled the Middle East was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction by lying about his identity. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder immediately sentenced Mark Basseley Youssef after he admitted to four of the eight alleged violations, including obtaining a fraudulent California driver's license. Prosecutors agreed to drop the other four allegations under an agreement with Youssef’s attorneys, which also included more probation. None of the violations had to do with the content of “Innocence of Muslims,” a film that depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and womanizer. However, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale argued Youseff's lies about his identity have caused harm to others, including the film’s cast and crew. The movie sparked violence in the Middle East, killing dozens. “They had no idea he was a recently released felon,” Dugdale said. “Had they known that, they might have had second thoughts” about being part of the film. Youssef’s attorney Steven Seiden said his client admits to being the film’s scriptwriter but had no other involvement except what he described as being a “cultural adviser.” Youssef, 55, was arrested in late September, just weeks after he went into hiding when the deadly violence erupted in the Middle East. Enraged Muslims had demanded severe punishment for Youssef, with a Pakistani cabinet minister even offering $100,000 to anyone who kills him. Federal authorities initially sought
a two-year sentence for Youssef but settled on a one-year term after negotiating a deal with Youssef’s attorneys. Prosecutors said they wouldn’t pursue new charges against Yousseff — namely making false statements — and would drop the remaining four probation-violation allegations leveled against him. But Youssef was placed on four years’ probation and must be truthful about his identity and his future finances. Seiden asked that his client be placed under home confinement, but Snyder denied that request. Youssef will spend his time behind bars at a Southern California prison. Youssef served most of his 21month prison sentence for using more than a dozen aliases and opening about 60 bank accounts to conduct a check fraud scheme, prosecutors said. After he was released from prison, Youssef was barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer. Federal authorities have said they believe Youssef is responsible for the film, but they haven’t said whether he was the person who posted it online. He also wasn’t supposed to use any name other than his true legal name without the prior written approval of his probation officer. At least three names have been associated with Youssef since the film trailer surfaced — Sam Bacile, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Youssef. Bacile was the name attached to the YouTube account that posted the video. “This is a defendant who has engaged in a long pattern of deception,” Dugdale said. “His dishonesty goes back years.” Court documents show Youssef legally changed his name from Nakoula in 2002, though when he was See ANTI-MUSLIM FILM, page 7
California Gov. Jerry Brown took a big step toward delivering on a campaign promise he made two years ago to fix the state’s perpetual budget deficits and to raise taxes to do it only if voters agreed. Brown said voters put their trust in his plan during the November 6 election by approving Proposition 30, which raises the statewide sales tax and boosts income taxes on the wealthy. The changes will provide $6 billion to balance the state budget. Brown, a Democrat, said Wednesday that Proposition 30 will put California on a course to fiscal stability after five years of battering by the recession. He characterized his victory as “a vote of confidence with some reservations.” Now, he said, he must retain voters’ trust by avoiding spending binges. “There are two things that I’m very skeptical about. One is mandates and the other is legacies,” he said. “So I'm just going to carry on.” With Democrats poised to secure a
two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature, Brown should have an easier time pursuing his broader agenda. That makeup would allow Democrats to pass budgets and make other spending decisions without any Republican support. Observers have said Brown’s desire for a lasting gubernatorial legacy was one of the chief reasons he sought the job again in 2010 after first serving as governor from 1975 to 1983, before voters approved term limits. He has said he wanted to return to the governor’s office after nearly three decades to “get stuff done,” explaining he would lay out his best ideas and leave the choices to voters. His broader agenda includes building a $68 billion high-speed rail line, streamlining the state’s environmental regulations, and building two giant underground tunnels to funnel water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the heart of the state’s water system. Brown has strong support from labor unions that also were victorious Tuesday in fending off an initiative challenge to their political clout.
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Gov. Jerry Brown leaves his office to attend a news conference where he discussed the passage of his tax initiative, Proposition 30, in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. Proposition 30, which raises the statewide sales tax for four years and income taxes for seven years on those who make more than $250,000 a year, got an immediate nod of approval from the credit rating agency Standard & See PROP 30, page 10
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The votes have it… There were high profile officials and policies on the line this voting season…bringing an end to some and new beginning to OTHERS BY BRIAN W. CARTER, SENTINEL STAFF WRITER It was a night of ups-and-downs as President Obama ultimately defeated the competition in Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. State and local officials also fought for districts and senate seats while propositions and measures were weighed. Some floated
Rep. Karen Bass
to the top while others sank to the bottom. (As of press time, these were the official results) U.S. Senate: Dianne Feinstein ahead with 70 percent of the vote U.S. Representatives and their new districts: -U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, 43rd District
State Sen. Roderick “Rod” Wright
-U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, 37th District, ahead with 86 percent of the vote State Senate: -Senator Roderick Wright, 35th District, ahead with 77 percent of the vote -Senator Carol Liu, 25th District, ahead with 59 percent of the vote State Assembly: -Assemblymember Chris Holden, 41st District, ahead with 56 percent of the vote -Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, 54th District, ahead with 83 percent of the vote -Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, 59th District, ahead with 54 percent of the vote -Assemblymember Steve Bradford, 62nd District, ahead with 73 percent of the vote -Assemblymember Isadore Hall, 64th District remains the U.S. State Representative The propositions and measures won and lost as votes will change the flow of economy and affect our local school districts. Many of the props passed brought an end to unfavorable laws and mandates that have menaced underserved communities: See THE VOTES, page 7
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Rep. Maxine Waters
State Sen. Carol Liu
Ass’y. member Chris Holden
Ass’y. member Holly Mitchell
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Ass’y member Steve Bradford
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Publisher Cheryl Brown Election night victories scores a major upset expand Calif. Legislative She went against the grain and scored an upset victory against a candidate who had the backing of the Inland establishment.
Black Caucus numbers by one
Cheryl Brown, publisher of Black Voice News scored a major upset against Joe Baca Jr. (son of an established local politician) Tuesday, in a race for the state’s 47th Assembly District. The early election returns showed her with a double-digit lead over Baca Jr. in the assembly race. “There are a lot of votes to be counted, and I’m hoping this holds,” she said before the final results. “Voters are looking for a leader who can bring people together rather than divide.” By the end of the evening after the votes were tallied and 100 percent of the precincts reported, the numbers read: CHERYL BROWN – 29,500 with 56.45 percent of the total votes. JOE BACA JR. – 22,757 with 43.55 of the total votes. Now, Brown will be going to the Assembly to represent the 47th District, where she will join her colleague, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, for whom she worked. Her political experience includes working in the California legislature as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod; for the San Bernardino County Planning Department; the County and City Planning Commissions; and as a commissioner where she was elected president of the California County
Sacramento, CA – African American election night victories in races for the California State Assembly resulted in a net gain of one and increased the California Legislative Black Caucus to nine members. The Caucus has never had more than nine members since its founding in 1967, and is particularly proud of the election of representatives in districts where African Americans are not in the majority. “I want to congratulate the newly elected African American legislators for breaking new ground and increasing our strength and collective voice
Publisher, Cheryl Brown, assemblywoman-elect Commissioners’ Association. Brown’s journalism credentials include 12 years as a television talkshow host for local access television, KCSB Channel 3, guest appearances on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams’ Show and Channel 11 Fox News. She and husband Hardy Brown, co publisher of Black Voice News have been recognized as the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black See CHERYL BROWN, page 10
ANTI-MUSLIM FILM Continued from page 5 tried, he identified himself as Nakoula. He wanted the name change because he believed Nakoula sounded like a girl’s name, according to court documents. After the hearing, Seiden told reporters he had a message to relay from his client.
“The one thing he wanted me to tell all of you is President Obama may have gotten Osama bin Laden, but he didn’t kill the ideology,” Seiden said. Asked what that meant, Seiden said, “I didn’t ask him, and I don’t know.”
JACKIE LACEY Continued from page 3 Lacey’s supporters include District Attorney Steve Cooley, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Gov. Gray Davis, NBA great and businessman Ervin “Magic” Johnson, Los Angeles
Sentinel, La Opinion newspaper, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Cerritos Community newspaper, the Daily News, the Malibu Times, The Signal, Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association and the county’s Democratic Party.
ELECTION WRAP-UP Continued from page 2 Los Angeles County. I want to say a big thank-you to the 25,000 poll workers that made the election run smoothly.” “We will continue the process of tallying ballots that have arrived from the 4,621 precincts throughout Los Angeles County. We want to be meticulous about the tally process so that every vote cast at the polling place is properly counted and added to the overall results.”
Updated election tabulation results may be accessed via the RR/CC website www.lavote.net and will be updated until an unofficial election night tally is posted. The mission of the RegistrarRecorder/County Clerk is to serve Los Angeles County by providing essential records management and election services in a fair, accessible and transparent manner. For more information, visit www.lavote.net.
in the California Legislature,” said Senator Curren D. Price, Jr., Chair of the Black Caucus. “The Caucus was instrumental in helping achieve these victories and we are gratified.” The newly elected African Americans to the State Assembly are: Cheryl Brown, 47th District Chris Holden, 41st District Reggie Jones-Sawyer, 59th District Shirley Weber, 79th District “Without the commitment and tireless support of Senator Price and the California Legislative Black Caucus, these electoral victories would not have been possible,” said
Brown. Weber is the first African American ever elected to a state office from San Diego County. Also, Los Angeles County elected its first ever African American female District Attorney, Jackie Lacey. “I think these election results are particularly important because they underscore the fact that African Americans can win elections in districts that are not traditionally represented by African Americans,” said Senator Price. “Good elected representation has no color and we are proud to be a part of that progress both socially and politically.”
Wells Fargo approves a record $1.24 billion in SBA loans for America’s small businesses Wells Fargo is No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars for the fourth consecutive year based on 2012 Small Business Administration data BY LAWT NEWS SERVICE Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) approved a record $1.24 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loans in federal fiscal year 2012 (Oct. 1, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2012) and for the fourth consecutive year is America’s leading SBA 7(a) lender in dollar volume. This is the second year in a row that Wells Fargo has approved more than $1 billion in SBA 7(a) loans to small business owners – the only lender to achieve this milestone, said WF reprentatives. An SBA preferred lender in all 50 states, Wells Fargo also is the second largest SBA lender in units extending 3,176 SBA 7(a) loans in fiscal 2012, they said. “It is very rewarding to know that every SBA loan we extend is helping American small business owners build their businesses for the long term,” said David Rader, head of Wells Fargo’s SBA Lending Division. “At Wells Fargo, we work hard to provide the financing that supports business growth and drives economic development and job creation in every community we serve. The fact that we approved more than $1 billion in SBA loans each of the last two years is a result of that hard work. While we take pride in our market leadership, we’re more proud that we provided the essential capital for thousands of customers across the country to start or invest in a small business.” In addition to its national ranking, Wells Fargo is the No. 1 SBA 7(a) lender in dollars in 15 states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado,
Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming – and the No.1 SBA 7(a) lender in number of loans (units) in 10 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina and Wyoming. Among the 3,176 SBA 7(a) loans extended by Wells Fargo in 2012 was a loan that helped Bill Hoyt of Tampa, Fla., realize his dream of becoming a business owner. In September, Hoyt acquired Southern Pride Landscaping, a Lakeland, Fla., commercial landscaping firm with eight full-time employees. He financed the purchase with a Wells Fargo SBA 7(a) loan and secured an SBA Express line of credit
for working capital. “The entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my blood, but I needed to find the right opportunity to use my management experience and skills, and the right financing to make it possible,” says Hoyt, a former Navy helicopter pilot who more recently worked for a Florida real estate management company. “In Southern Pride, I found a solid business with strong customer relationships and a reputation for great landscaping service that I could build further as an owner. With Wells Fargo, I had a team of people who worked with me to secure an SBA loan, giving me confidence that I had the capital I needed to be successful from day one.”
THE VOTES Continued from page 6 -Prop. 30 won with 57 percent of the vote -Prop. 31 did not pass calling for a change on how the state budget is spent -Prop. 32 did not pass with 61 percent not in favor of changing union initiatives -Prop. 33 is a no with 54 percent not in favor auto insurance companies offering questionable discounts -Prop. 34 is a no with 52 percent in favor of keeping the death penalty -Prop. 35 wins with a big 81 percent of the vote for harsher penalties for human trafficking -Prop. 36 also wins with a huge
lead of 72 percent sending “the three strikes law” to the dugout -Prop. 37 loses to 51 percent in favor of not having mandatory labeling of food -Prop. 38 does not pass with 68 percent not in favor of a general state tax increase -Prop. 40 wins with a yes of 67 percent in favor of redistricting Local measures, GG, J and B were on the fast track to pass. MEASURE “GG” WAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE INGLEWOOD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.
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Obama’s media coverage Black unemployment half as positive as 2008 still needs to be
After studying the tone of coverage between April 27 and October 21, 2012, the Pew report found that 46 percent of the stories about Obama on Fox were negative and only 6 percent were positive. On MSNBC, by contrast, 39 percent about Obama were positive and 15 percent were negative. More negative than positive stories about Obama appeared on CNN, but only by a margin of 21 percent to 18 percent. Of the stories about Romney on Fox, 28 percent were positive and 12 percent were negative. There was a huge imbalance on MSNBC, with 71 percent of the stories about Romney negative and only 3 percent positive. There were three times as many negative stories than positive about Romney on CNN (33 percent to 11 percent). “MSNBC was especially negative in its treatment of Romney’s policy prescriptions,” the Pew study found. “Fully 75% of the stories focused on Romney’s policies were negative compared with 1% that were positive. For Obama, by comparison, 32% of policy stories were favorable while 18% were negative.” The report stated, “Fox aired more negative stories about Obama than positive on every aspect of campaign coverage. When it came to policy, 6% of the stories on Fox about Obama were positive and 51% were negative.
“Fox also focused much more on Obama than on Romney. The Democratic Party nominee was a significant figure in 74% of Fox campaign stories compared with 49% for Romney.” Unlike Fox and MSNBC, CNN devoted a similar amount of time to both candidates (63 percent to Obama and 59 percent for Romney. “The biggest change in CNN coverage from four years ago is the number of stories with no clear positive or negative tone,” the report said. “In 2008, about a quarter of the stories for Obama (25%) and McCain (26%) were mixed in tone. In this campaign, the count of balanced stories has more than doubled in 2012, fully 61% of Obama’s stories were mixed compared to 53% for Romney.” The report found social media far more critical of the candidates than mainstream media. On Twitter, 48 percent of the discussions about Obama were negative, compared with 58 percent for Romney. On Facebook, 53 percent on Obama were negative versus 62 percent for Romney. Comments about Romney on blogs were slightly more negative than those about Obama (46 percent to 44 percent). “Throughout the eight-week period studied, a good deal of the difference in treatment of the two contenders is related to who was perceived to be ahead in the race. When horse-race stories—those focused on strategy, tactics and the polls—are taken out of the analysis, and one looks at those framed around the candidates’ policy ideas, biographies and records, the distinctions in the tone of media coverage between the two nominees vanish,” the report stated. “With horse-race stories removed, 15% of campaign stories about Obama were positive, 32% were negative and 53% were mixed. For Romney it was 14% positive, 32% negative and 55% mixed.” George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, www. georgecurry.com. You can also follow him at www.twitter.com/currygeorge.
dent and chief executive officer of the Bay Area Council, which represents businesses in the San Francisco Bay area, said in a statement. In winning passage of his initiative, Brown overcame strong voter distrust of state government fueled by a stream of negative publicity over the summer. Brown was aware of the challenges and did his best to tie the tax initiative to education funding, noted Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California. “All of this just reinforces just how knowledgeable the governor is about the political process as well as the policy process to make this happen, because it’s not easy,” Baldassare said. School districts that were prepared to lay off teachers and cut as many as three weeks of classes were jubilant, as were leaders of the state’s university and college systems. The California State
University system, which faced a $250 million mid-year budget cut if the initiative failed, was set to hand out $249 perstudent tuition refunds for the current semester. Exit polls showed Brown’s initiative did well with minority and younger voters, and that the poorest voters were the most likely to support it. A coalition of community groups that initially backed a separate millionaire's tax claimed credit for turning out some of the new and infrequent voters who they said helped push Brown’s initiative over the threshold. “This coalition of community, interfaith and labor came together because we knew passing Prop 30 would be tough, and believed that a focus on turning out our base voters could be decisive,” said Anthony Thigpenn, chairman of a group California Calls.
BY GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA COLUMNIST Barack Obama campaigned for president four years ago on a theme of change. Now, four years later, he has seen change in the way the media has covered him – change for the worse. That’s a major finding of an exhaustive study by the Pew Research Center titled, “Winning the Media Campaign 2012.” The report stated, “…The starkest difference is that coverage of Obama is only half as positive this year (19%) as it was in 2008 (36%). And while his percentage of negative coverage in 2012 (31%) is only modestly larger than four years earlier (29%), neutral coverage has grown markedly, to 50% this year compared with 35% in 2008.” Mitt Romney received more favorable treatment from the media than Arizona Republican Senator John McCain did four years ago, according to the study. “The percentage of positive coverage about Romney is very similar to McCain’s four years earlier, but there is about one-third less negative coverage of the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign,” the report stated. “Romney has also seen considerably more neutral coverage than McCain received in 2008.” Of the three major networks, only ABC gave Obama more positive coverage than negative (27 percent to 20 percent). CBS and NBC were essentially the same. On CBS, 17 percent of the stories about Obama had a positive tone and 28 percent were negative. Of NBC’s stories, 16 percent had a positive tone and 29 percent were negative. Romney did not fare any better on the networks. On ABC, Romney’s negative stories outpaced his positive ones (33 percent to 18 percent). On CBS, 15 percent of the stories about Romney had a positive tone and 29 percent were negative. NBC had an identical percentage of negative stories, but a slightly higher percentage of stories with a positive tone (18 percent). The high-octane, opinion-driven cable networks provided decidedly partisan coverage of the two presidential candidates, with Fox favoring Romney, MSNBC backing Obama and CNN sandwiched between the two.
PROP 30 Continued from page 5 Poor’s. It called the measure “the linchpin to the governor’s broader, multiyear strategy for reversing the state’s negative budget position.” Revenue from the initiative will help the state avoid deep cuts to public schools and more tuition hikes at California’s colleges. Business groups that had feared a downward slide if the measure failed and forced huge education cuts, also cheered the win, despite higher tax bills for some Californians. Brown had “done the near impossible” and given California “the temporary breathing room it needs to continue getting its fiscal house in order, restore our economy to health and avoid additional massive cuts to education and vital local public services,” Jim Wunderman, presi-
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addressed BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX NNPA COLUMNIST Considering the possibilities that face us now that election day has passed, there are real issues that must be faced not only in the next few weeks but also in the next few years. The unemployment rate report that was released earlier this month was good news for President Obama. The unemployment rate ticked up just a tiny bit, from 7.8 to 7.9 percent. It stayed below the magic number of 8 percent, which was a boost for the president. Behind the good news, though, there are issues of concern. For example the African American unemployment rate rose significantly from 13.4 to 14.3 percent. Black women took most of the hit, with unemployment rates rising from 10.9 to 12.4 percent. Meanwhile, Black male unemployment dropped from 14.2 to 14.1 percent. There’s more. More than 5 million people have been officially unemployed for more than half a year. They have been looking for work for an average of 41 weeks. I cannot imagine the pain and misery that is reflected in such a long job search. One wonders how many of these folks have left the labor market because they have become discouraged. At the same time, the data shows that more than 600,000 people returned to the labor force as a result of recent trends. The most discouraging data comes from hidden unemployment and other measures of unemployment. The 7.8 percent overall rate of unemployment is reported as 14.6 percent. Thus, the Black unemployment rate of 14.3 percent translates to an overall Black unemployment rate of 26.4 percent. That means more than one in four African Americans is unemployed. In some urban areas, as many as half of the African American male population does not work. Now that President Obama has won the election, African American activists, especially those who have access, must remind him of this data. They must suggest that there is a coordinated and comprehensive response to the disproportionate exclusion of African Americans in our economy. When African Americans are marginalized in the labor
Julianne Malveaux market, the whole of our nation suffers. Any unused human capital is a drain on our economy and society. The brain drain that is a result of high unemployment rates will not be staunched until there is focused attention on Romney’s “47 percent.” The focus on education improvements in China and India are really a focus on the failure of our nation to fully invest in higher education, especially for those who are underrepresented. Our nation’s situation is not simply about an election, but about a matter of direction. Too many of us think that voting is the most we can do, not the least we can do. Too many of us have eschewed the role of community agitator and activist. Way too many of us feel that professional success and community involvement are mutually exclusive. Too many of us fail to understand that our personal success germinates from community activity. The unemployment rate data is a monthly reminder of the State of Black America. If we are unsatisfied with the facts, what will we do to change them? Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
CHERYL BROWN Continued from page 7 Press in America. Their names are among historic publishers like Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Carlotta Bass – all who overcame great obstacles to publish the truth and to give voice to stories that had gone untold. They have refined the art of the Black publishers’ credo, “For too long we have allowed others to tell our story; we have to tell our own story.” As a state legislator, she will be able
to carry that same fervor and commitment to Sacramento as she serves her constituents. The Browns have four children, eight grand children and four great grand children. “What I want for my family, I want for all families: a safe community that provides good jobs, innovative business opportunities, excellent schools and quality, affordable healthcare,” Brown said.
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SEASON 8 OF AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NOW AUDITIONING:
Competition, Beauty and Image: Join Films at CAAM in screening the critically acclaimed film that follows the stories of six young and gifted ballet dancers as they compete in the world’s most prestigious ballet competition for emerging dancers. An indepth look at what it really means to be committed to one’s art in the face of stunning adversity, personal sacrifice and disappointment. Produced and directed by Bess Kargman. This event is free and open to the public, for more information visit www.caamuseum.org. RSVP (213) 744-2024. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: CAAM is located at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 90037. Parking is $10 per vehicle and available on 39th and Figueroa streets.
11/9 19TH ANNUAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM MARKETPLACE AND S.E. MANLY SHORT FILM SHOWCASE: The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) host its 19th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. WHEN: November 911. WHERE: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California. On Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at our Opening Night Reception we will honor African-American Photographers from our community for their contributions and excellence in their profession, including: Malcolm Ali, Howard L. Bingham, Cazzie Burns, Ian Foxx, Valerie Goodloe, Bill Jones, P.A. Mead, D. Stevens, Bruce Talamon and Haywood Galbreath. On Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. our Youth Diversity Film Festival will showcase the talents of young aspiring filmmakers who are currently in High School. On Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. each day, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will feature the artistry of emerging African American Filmmakers by screening short films. The screenings will include blocks of short films with an extensive Q&A with directors, cast and crew immediately following. Our 19th Annual African American Film marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will close with our Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m. Celebrate the artistry, our prices are affordable because the goal is to support our filmmakers, the diversity of topics, stories, techniques and themes are broad, dimensional and multi-layered with humor, drama and reality. The costs include: Opening Night Festivities $25; a Block of Films is still only$10; All Day Pass $25; Closing Night Reception $25; and Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films and Closing Night Reception) $100. For complete information and screening schedule please visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170.
USC BLACK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 28TH ANNUAL TROJAN LEGENDS HOMECOMING CELEBRATION: The USC Black Alumni Association will celebrate its
Your dream is 90 seconds away!! Any talent and any age goes. WHEN: November 14 & 15, 2012. WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 Nick Cannon
Allyson Felix 28th Annual Trojan Legends Homecoming Weekend featuring an all-star alumni line up of Honorary Chairs. WHEN: November 9-11. This year’s celebration will be hosted by Olympian Allyson Felix ’08, American Airlines Executive Debbie Pattillo ’84 and Rose Bowl Champion Martin French ’92. The weekend’s activities will culminate with a Scholarship Walk in posthumous honor of alumni Gregory Watson ‘80. All proceeds from the Scholarship Walk will be donated to the Gregory Watson Scholarship housed within the Black Alumni Association. The tailgate will take place at VKC (time TBA) with a brief program. Tickets are on sale now. Combo packages which include a football ticket, meal and scholarship walk contribution are $115. For further information and a complete list of pricing options please contact the BAA office at 213740-8342 or visit the BAA website at http:alumni.usc.edu/baa.
11/10 “AFRICANS AND CHEROKEES, 1540 1907”: A GENEALOGY AND HISTORICAL WORKSHOP: Charles G.
Meigs, Jr. is a family historian and Independent Management Consultant who holds an Engineering Degree from UCLA. After years of personal research that led him to African Ancestors in the Cherokee Tribe, Mr. Meigs has been conducting workshops at the Family History Library in Los Angeles for more than twenty years, and has been a featured speaker on Cherokee and African American genealogy at various genealogical societies throughout Southern California. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by participating in this workshop and learning the process of tracing Cherokee and African American genealogy. WHEN: 2:30 p.m. WHERE: AC Bilbrew Library, 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., L A 90061, 310-538-3350. For ADA accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or materials in an alternate format, call 562-940-8462 (voice) or 562-940-8477 (TTY), M-F, 8-5, at least six days prior to event.
South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90015. We want to see anything and everything. Don’t miss your chance to show America your talent and compete for the opportunity of a lifetime at winning the Grand Prize of $1 Million Dollars. To pre-register for and audition and for more information on AGT, please log onto www.agtauditions.com.
Foundation invites you to a Fun Party celebration of Birthdays. WHERE: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 4650 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 located in the Marion and John Anderson Pavilion, 4th floor inpatient lounge. WHEN: 3 – 5 p.m. For more information please visit www.sabriyascastle.org or call (323) 291-0009.
THE J SPOT COMEDY CLUB NIGHT MADNESS:
Hosted by the J Spot Divas. Come watch Monday night football at the J Spot Comedy Club.
UP & COMING 11/17 WATTS TURKEY TROT 5K WALK/RUN: Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling & Learning Center, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Watts Healthy Farmers' Market will join efforts to encourage local residents to get out there and thrive as they participate in the Watts Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run. WHEN: Register before 9:00 a.m. Walk/Run begins at 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Ted Watkins Park, 1335 East 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002. Look for Kaiser Permanente Tent by the parking lot. For more information: (323)564-7911 or email Ignacio.V.Cano@kp.org . First 50 participants will receive a prize. Registration is free!
Specks: Saturday Nights at the Getty returns on November 17 with a performance by Cold Specks at the Getty Center. At only 23 years old, lead singer Al Spx has a soulful and experienced voice com-
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WHERE: W. Manchester Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045. WHEN: Monday nights. Doors open at 4 p.m. $3 Draft Beers, $5 Margaritas & Long Island Iced Tea. Have a birthday party on either of these days for parties of 10 or more and J will give you a free cake and bottle of champagne. Must call day before by 10:30 .p.m. to RSVP. For more information call (310) 337-9057.
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plemented by her talented six-piece band. Cold Specks's "doom-soul" style is timeless and raw, offering a sense of peacefulness and meditation for listeners. Filled with tales of redemption, prayer, faith, and loss, Al Spx's songs are delivered with an earthy, gospel-like power. She resembles the superstars of her style, such as Mahalia Jackson and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and is inspired by legends Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center. Admission: Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or visit www.getty.edu. Parking is $10 after 5 p.m.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Foxx, Wonder among stars Naomi Campbell honoring Eddie Murphy hosts boyfriend’s birthday in India
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Stevie Wonder, left, is joined by Eddie Murphy to sing Wonder’s song “Higher Ground” onstage during “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” a celebration of Murphy’s career at the Saban Theater on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. BY SANDY COHEN | ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) — However riotous the Eddie Murphy stories from Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler and Russell Brand, the highlight of Spike TV’s tribute to Murphy was the comedian’s duet with Stevie Wonder. Murphy joined the subject of one of his most classic impressions for a rousing rendition of Wonder’s 1973 hit “Higher Ground” during the taping of the Spike TV special “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” which is set to air Nov. 14. The Roots served as the house band. Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock and Keenan Ivory Wayans were also among those paying tribute to Murphy Saturday at the Saban Theater. Accompanied by a pretty blonde, Murphy beamed throughout the twohour program, saying he was touched by the tribute. “I am a very, very bitter man,” he
said with a beguiling smile. “I don’t get touched easily, and I am really touched.” Morgan called Murphy “my comic hero” and came onstage wearing a replica of Murphy’s red leather suit from his standup show “Delirious.” “He set the tone for the whole industry a long time ago,” Morgan said before taking the stage. “He inspired me in a fearless way.” Sandler was still in high school when he first saw “Delirious,” which he described as “one of the most legendary standup specials of all time.” “Everybody on the planet wanted to be Eddie,” he said. “He funnier than us. He’s cooler than any of us.” Samuel L. Jackson said Murphy “changed the course of American film history” by giving Jackson his first speaking role on the big screen, in 1988’s “Coming to America.” “If it weren’t for Eddie, we might not have all the wonderful films that I’ve made,” Jackson quipped. “He is a true movie star,” Jackson
continued, lauding Murphy’s performance in “48 Hours” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” “You became an inspiration for all young African-American actors.” The program featured clips of Murphy’s standup shows, his film appearances in “Shrek” and “Nutty Professor” and his work on “Saturday Night Live.” Murphy insisted before the tribute that he is retired from performing. “I’m just a retired old song and dance man,” he said, adding that he only makes rare appearances these days. “That’s what you do when you’re retired: You come out every now and then and talk about the old days.” The 51-year-old entertainer took the stage at the conclusion of the tribute to say he was moved by the honor. “This is really a touching moving thing, and I really appreciate it,” he said. “You know what it’s like when you have something like this? You know when they sing happy birthday to you? It’s like that for, like, two hours... and I am Eddied out.”
Rihanna a rock star on Victoria’s Secret catwalk
ASSOCIATED PRESS Naomi Campbell is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the birthday of her boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, in the palaces of western India. The supermodel’s spokeswoman, Debi Zornes, says the celebration of Doronin’s 50th birthday kicked off in the 15th century Mehrangarh Fort in the city of Jodhpur on Tuesday night.
The festivities included fireworks, traditional music and dancing and an elaborate buffet meal. The setting for another party Wednesday evening was a former medieval palace, Umaid Bhawan, now run as a hotel. All 42 rooms at the palace hotel have been booked for Campbell’s guests. No other details were immediately available.
Black Facts.com November 13, 1956 Supreme Court upheld lower court decision which banned segregation on city buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Federal injunctions prohibiting segregation on the buses were served on city, state and bus company officials, December 20. At two mass meetings Montgomery Blacks called off year-long bus boycott. Buses were integrated on December 21.
BY SAMANTHA CRITCHELL | ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna rocked the lingerie look at Wednesday night's Victoria’s Secret fashion show in New York, providing the highlight of the live-music soundtrack and holding her own on the catwalk with some See RIHANNA, page 15
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British model Naomi Campbell arrives for a Fashion For Relief dinner at Downtown restaurant in central London, Thursday, Aug 9, 2012.
November 14, 1915 Educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute, Booker T Washington, dies, 1915
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Winfrey and Huffington launch new HuffPost section ASSOCIATED PRESS
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This April 16, 2012 file photo shows Oprah Winfrey in Toronto. Winfrey and Arianna Huffington launched “HuffPost OWN,” a new section on the Huffington Post website on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Two of the most powerful women in media — Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington — are joining forces. The two launched “HuffPost OWN,” last week, a new section on the Huffington Post website that will feature material from the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com. The new online destination will focus on lifestyle advice and personal inspiration. Winfrey said she was “delighted to join the conversation” at the Huffington Post. In a blog post, Huffington said Winfrey is “made for the Internet,” given her qualities of engagement and authenticity. There are now nearly six dozen niche sections on the Huffington Post.
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Jermaine Jackson petitions to alter famous name
Director John Singleton, Paramount settle lawsuit ASSOCIATED PRESS Director John Singleton and Paramount Pictures Corp. have settled a lawsuit over his claim that the studio broke an agreement to let him produce two films in exchange for the rights to distribute the Oscar-nominated movie “Hustle & Flow.” Court records show the deal was reached late Thursday November 1 in Los Angeles, just days before a trial was scheduled to begin. Attorneys for Singleton and Paramount said the settlement terms are confidential, but the matter was amicably resolved. Singleton produced “Hustle & Flow” and claimed he agreed to work with Paramount on distribution rights because of the opportunity to make two films for the studio. A judge had previously ruled Singleton was not entitled to reacquire rights to 2005’s “Hustle & Flow,” which earned a best actor nomination for Terrence Howard and won for best song.
Jermaine Jackson (AP Photo) ASSOCIATED PRESS
Black Facts.com November 13, 1913 The first Black elected to the American College of Surgeons was Dr. Daniel Hale Williams who was also the first person to perform openheart surgery.
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Jermaine Jackson wants to change his name to something a little brighter. He’s asking a court to allow him to alter his famous surname and become Jermaine Jacksun. The older brother of Michael Jackson filed a name change petition on Tuesday in Los Angeles, stating the switch was for “artistic reasons.” The filing doesn’t elaborate, but Jackson’s friend Steve Dennis, who was speaking on the singer’s behalf, said it’s not unheard of for artists to change their names. “Phonetically, it changes nothing,” he said. “It is something he has chosen to do, and it's fair to say that you cannot blame this one on the boogie, you’ve got to blame it on the sunshine,” Dennis said, in a play on the Jackson 5 disco hit, “Blame it on the Boogie.” Jackson has been touring with his brothers in recent months and has been promoting his book about his superstar brother titled “You Are Not Alone.” A hearing on whether Jackson will become Jacksun is scheduled for Feb. 22 in Los Angeles.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
RGIII: Unlike any QB ever seen 49ers RB Gore Black sports legends like Doug Williams say he’s one of a kind
BY PERRY GREEN SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody in the history of football with the combined skills and talents that RGIII has. He’s the total package!”
Those were the words legendary Howard University Sports Information Director Ed Hill Jr. used to describe the impact of Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. In fact, that’s how several folks have described what they’re witnessing from Griffin so far this NFL sea-
son. Whether it is hardcore ‘Skins fans, NFL reporters, national pundits or even the president of the United States: they all suggest that RGIII offers something that has never been witnessed in the league before. Hill has served as Howard’s SID for 29 years and worked as a sports reporter for years before arriving at Howard, so he’s seen his fair share of talented football players. He’s covered athletes that went on to win Super Bowl titles in the NFL, yet none of them quite compare to what he’s seeing from Griffin, the former Heisman trophy winner. “There are maybe only a handful of quarterbacks that come close to the skills that RGIII have shown us so far this season,” Hill told the AFRO. “Some of these names are commonly known like Warren Moon, Doug Williams, Steve McNair, Randall Cunningham or most recently Michael Vick. But some of the older quarterbacks like Marlon Briscoe, had the talent but never got a chance to show it because of the racial tension back then.” Hill said all of those players were great in one category or another, whether it be running the ball or passing but weren’t equally effective doing both. Warren Moon and Doug Williams were great passers but weren’t very mobile; Vick and Cunningham could run and scramble but weren’t as accurate passing the ball. Hill said Griffin can not only outrun any and every quarterback that has See RGIII, page 15
Pacers could be without Granger for 3 months BY MICHAEL MAROT ASSOCIATED PRESS Indiana needs to find a long-term replacement for Danny Granger. Team officials announced Wednesday that the one-time All-Star forward is expected to miss up to three months after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis. Losing Granger for an extended period is a big blow for a team that entered this season hoping to contend for an Eastern Conference title. He was the Pacers’ top scorer last season See GRANGER, page 15
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Indiana Pacers’ Danny Granger takes a shot during the three-point event at the NBA All-Star Weekend basketball, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in Phoenix.
loving big holes created by O-line BY JANIE MCCAULEY ASSOCIATED PRESS Frank Gore looks at his three 100-yard rushing performances, four touchdowns and overall stellar output in the season’s first half and is quick to praise an unheralded offensive line that plays such an integral part in helping him do it. Helping San Francisco’s entire offense shine, too. These big boys AP Photo/Tom Hauck block all over the field, every San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) which way — stands on sideline during an NFL game between the San even if it means Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks in San taking on a Francisco, California October 18, 2012. speedy, more sometimes even call out — the skepathletic defensive back. “It’s fun because they look at you tics and move forward by sticking like you’re not supposed to be down together to stay the course. “There’s a lot of talent in that there,” right tackle Anthony Davis said Wednesday. “We’re a lot bigger room, on that line. The one thing I'll say about this line is it’s a hard-workthan them.” Gore appreciates every athletic ing line, it's a line that’s not satisfied with a little success,” Goodwin said. block, every hustle play. The three-time Pro Bowl running “I think everybody wants big success back insists he has never had such for themself and this team.” And the Niners are getting more huge holes ahead of him to run, and that is the ultimate compliment to the of a push from opposing defenses 49ers’ talented, much-improved O- within the division this season, as line. Gore is now gearing up for a every team has either upgraded or strong stretch the rest of the way with just plain improved on that side of the the NFC West-leading Niners (6-2), ball. Rams coach Jeff Fisher realizes as long as these guys keep doing the dirty work ahead of him to keep what a load his defense faces on things clicking toward another play- Sunday in stopping Gore, slowing down Smith and his large cast of off berth. Gore has run for 656 yards on receivers — and doing all that against 119 carries, averaging a career-best a physical, do-everything offensive 5.5 yards - topping his 5.4 average in line. “I can’t remember having to pre2006. “My O-linemen are doing a pare for an offense that was so well(heckuva) job of springing me and coached and so diversified in the run giving me big lanes that I’ve never game and so talented, the different seen before,” Gore said. “So I have to types of run concepts,” Fisher said. Smith connected with nine differgive it to them, and to the receivers ent wideouts in a 24-3 road rout of blocking down field.” While Gore has only played the Arizona Cardinals on Monday alongside two Pro Bowl linemen dur- Night Football on Oct. 29, and like ing his eight NFL seasons with San Gore the quarterback gives much of Francisco — Larry Allen in 2006 and the credit to the line. Smith was also left tackle Joe Staley last season — sacked four times that night and has recognition hardly means much to been taken down 22 times this season this tight-knit unit that truly enjoys for 128 lost yards — yet the 2005 No. going to work together each day dur- 1 overall pick recently said he takes the blame and would rather be sacked ing the grind of a 16-game season. Early last year, the line faced crit- than risk throwing an interception. “They have a lot on their plate, icism for a slow start, then took more heat after quarterback Alex Smith week in and week out,” Smith said. was sacked nine times in a “We ask them to do a lot, run and Thanksgiving night loss at Baltimore. pass. Really, our balance starts with Staley, Jonathan Goodwin and Co. them, the ability in the run game and have done their best to ignore — and See 49ERS RB GORE, page 15
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Continued from page 14 (18.7 points) and is typically their first option in late-game situations, too. All the Pacers can do now is move on. “We still have a heck of a team,” coach Frank Vogel said before Saturday night’s home opener. “We’ve still got a great deal of talent, a great deal of depth. So my hopes are very high that we’ll excel without Danny.” Granger originally hurt the knee during May’s playoff run. Vogel said the soreness dissipated for a while, then returned while Granger was working out during the offseason. In September, Granger said he underwent blood-platelet treatment, which he described as a painful experience that could take months to fully heal. “It hurts,” Granger said in midOctober. “They take the blood out and inject it back in, so it hurts. But it helps you heal tremendously.” Apparently, Granger hasn’t reaped those benefits yet. He has not played in any of Indiana’s first four regular season games, though he did make one preseason appearance. At Cleveland, on Oct. 23, Granger scored nine points in 13 minutes. Without him, things haven't always gone smoothly. The Pacers (2-2) are averaging 20.3 turnovers a game, a number Vogel has already acknowledged needs to be cut significantly. Vogel is also trying to figure out lineups and rotations without Granger. Gerald Green, signed as a free agent in the offseason, started the first three games. He’s scoring 9.8 points and grabbing 4.3 rebounds, but giving up 2.5 turnovers per game. On Monday night at San Antonio, Sam
Young moved into the starting lineup and finished with three points and three rebounds in a 101-79 loss. Granger's absence has been more notable in the closing moments of games. Indiana looked out of sync in the final minute last Friday at Charlotte and couldn’t take advantage of several chances to win at lowly Charlotte. Instead, they wound up losing 90-89 — the Bobcats’ first win in 24 games. The next night, against Sacramento, Indiana missed two shots at the end of regulation and two more at the end of the first overtime before finally getting past Sacramento 106-98 in double overtime. Even opponents have noticed a difference. “Maybe if you have him (Granger) he closes that (Charlotte) game out,” Kings coach Keith Smart said. “Not having your go-to guy can change a lot of things.” But instead of building this team around a superstar, the Pacers decided to reinforce their bench. They’re hoping that will take them go deeper into the playoffs than last season’s second-round exit against Miami. That decision could serve them well now. David West, Paul George and George Hill are all scoring in double figures. All-Star center Roy Hibbert is averaging 8.8 points 7.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. And Tyler Hansbrough and Lance Stephenson have given the Pacers good minutes off the bench. So Vogel remains optimistic. Granger has averaged 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons.
RIHANNA Continued from page 12 of the world’s top models. And those models even had props, including Adriana Lima’s ringmaster wand, Doutzen Kroes’ body cage and several pairs of the oversized wings that the retailer has made its signature. It would be a close contest who got the biggest wings: Toni Garrn’s giant poppy pair or Miranda Kerr’s swan-style feathered pouf. Only Lily Aldridge could boast star-spangled wings that shot out silver sparkles. Alessandra Ambrosio’s orchidpetal wings might have lacked a little grandeur, but she made up for it with a $2.5 million jeweled “floral fantasy bra.” Still, wearing a sheer pink mini that gave glimpses of her bra, Rihanna sang “Fresh Out the Runway” at the end of the corset-and-garter parade and she was the one to grab the audience’s biggest applause. The fashion show has become a pre-holiday season tradition for the retailer. CBS will turn it into a onehour special, which also had performances from Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars, to be shown on Dec. 4. This year’s event had a slight twist. It started with an announcer noting that Victoria's Secret and CBS had each made a donation to relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy, and a thank you to the National Guard members who are based out of the Lexington Avenue Armory that has for years been home to the show. Mostly, though, models are
encouraged to smile, ham it up and show off the extra time at the gym that most admit to in the weeks beforehand. “It’s highly televised, and you take that into consideration,” said model Joan Smalls ahead of the show. “This is kind of not the same as other runways. You have to prepare your body: No. 1 is the wings are heavy, and No. 2 is you have to be comfortable with your body because the camera will pick up on it if you’re not comfortable and confident.” There’s an emphasis on glitz, skin and dramatic production here, not wearable undergarment trends for typical Victoria’s Secret shoppers. It was divided into six sections: Circus, complete with acrobats, contortionists and a sword eater; Dangerous Liaisons; Pink Is Us; Silver Screen Angels; Angels in Bloom; and Calendar Girls, which allowed Bruno Mars to serenade a model for each month of the year. For his first song, “Beauty and the Beat,” Bieber, wearing low-slung white pants and a white leather studded vest, sat alone with his guitarist in the mellowest part of the show. For “As Long As You Love Me,” however, he brought in backup dancers and interacted with the models while moving around a giant makeshift pinball machine. “It’s like a dream come true,” said Bieber on the pink carpet before the show. “I would rather be here than anywhere in the world.”
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49ERS RB GORE Continued from page 14 then protect in the pass game. They continue to execute, not just physically but mentally.” That’s just part of the job, said left guard Mike Iupati. He and Davis were both first-round draft picks in 2010 and became instant starters. Now, they’re veterans. “We’re all on the same page. We want to win. That’s the key to it,” Iupati said. “Just sticking together, camaraderie. We have each other’s back, and also the communication factor.”
Whatever makes them work, other teams are taking notice. There’s so much to deal with on San Francisco’s offense. “They have a lot invested in the Oline and do a very good job. It just makes that play action a nightmare when you try to stop the run,” St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “And when you have an O-line like that, they have some weird running plays. They’ll run some running plays I don’t think I’ve seen since the Tecmo Super Bowl, playing that video game.”
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012211377 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Fashion Driven by IstyleIsmile, 6625 Springpark Ave Apt 14, Los Angeles, Ca. 90056, County of Registered owner(s): Monét Lorenz Lamb, 6625 Springpark Ave Apt 14, Los Angeles Ca. 90056 This business is conducted by an Individual The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/ Monét Lorenz Lamb, Owner/Operator This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 23, 2012 NOTICE-In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29/12 CNS-2406285# WATTS TIMES
Continued from page 14 ever played football, but can pass the ball just well and accurately as he runs. “His speed as a runner is unmatchable and his arm strength and accuracy is as good as any passer out there, but you know what, the most impressive thing about this kid is his confidence,” Hill told the AFRO. “He’s just so confident in his abilities and people attract to confidence. His teammates, his fans, and even his haters, they all can’t help but follow this kid because he’s just so confident that he can do anything he wants on the field. “That confidence is what will eventually lead him to becoming probably the best quarterback in the NFL,” Hill continued. “And not just the best Black quarterback, but the perhaps the best of any race to play the game.” One of the Black quarterbacks that Hill mentioned, Doug Williams, echoed that sentiment that RGIII can develop into the best to ever play, almost as if Griffin is setting the precedent for a new prototype of quarterback in the NFL: one that can be equally great as a runner and a passer, not just be good at one or the other. “Cunningham and McNair were both pretty passers and we all know
they both could run the ball very well, but I don’t think neither one of them passed the ball as pretty as Griffin does,” said Williams, the first and only African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl and win Super Bowl MVP as a starter for the Washington Redskins in 1987. “Some may say that I threw a pretty pass, but I can tell you that I only wish that I had half as much talent as Griffin has. This kid throws the prettiest pass that I ever seen, and he’s only a rookie.” Williams told the AFRO that the culture of the NFL was far different back when he was first drafted in 1978 compared to today’s league. Because of those differences, Griffin will get a chance to become not only the face of his franchise, but also the face of the entire NFL. “When I was drafted in ’78, things were different. I was drafted to be a Black quarterback and Black quarterbacks had limitations. It’s a new league now and RGIII wasn’t drafted to be just a Black quarterback; he was drafted to be the quarterback. He was chosen to be the star of the city, and he’s been thriving in the role so far.”
GOVERNMENT LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (METRO) Metro will receive Bids for IFB OP830803019 per specifications on file at the Office of Procurement, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (9th Floor). All Bids must be submitted to Metro, and be filed at the reception desk of the Office of Procurement on or before 2:00 p.m., January 3, 2013 Pacific Time, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read. Bids received after the above date and time may be rejected and returned unopened. Each Bid must be sealed and marked Bid No. OP830803019. A PreBid conference will be held on November 20, 2012, 1:00 p.m. in the Union Station Conference Room (3rd Floor) located at the address above. You may obtain Bid specifications, or further information, by faxing Deborah Spottsville at (213) 922-1004. 11/8/12 CNS-2402860# WATTS TIMES
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