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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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RIES ~ Take charge of a project at work and get it finished up. It’s been languishing on someone else’s shoulders and desk for way too long. A sensible outlook will get you far this week. AURUS ~ You may find yourself faced with many distractions this week but you'll sail through and accomplish much if you stay focused on each task and take them one at a time. You know you can do it this evening. EMINI ~ Creativity is favored and yours is especially favored with some project that you've been working especially hard on. For the next few days watch for a romance that will bring special gifts. ANCER ~ Your new ideas combine well with your will and skill. You get a lot done at work this week. Be soft and forceful. Make time for family life tonight. Your rewards come from those who are related to you by blood. EO ~ Before you spend your money check the quality of the goods. This rule applies to intangible goods as well. Make the first move with your honey this week. Be sweetly aggressive. IRGO ~ Let your creative juices flow. Advice from a child has a reward in it. On the job, coworkers will help you expand your sense of accomplishment. Only you can stand in your way.
IBRA ~ Opportunity knocks this week, be ready and waiting. An old love resurfaces. This week is good for you financially. Look for a special opportunity at work. Families matters, spend time with yours. CORPIO ~ Creativity comes from a deep source. Take the chance to pursue creative goals. Others will understand later. You and a child can come to an unmatched understanding. AGITTARIUS ~ This week is a week to let your diplomatic side work for you. Forcing will get you nowhere. No man or woman is an island, focus on togetherness even if you are annoyed with people. APRICORN ~ Take advantage of a burst of energy. Body and mind are in sync. Don’t take things too personally this week, you might get your feelings hurt. If you do, tonight is a great time to make-up. Make the call. QUARIUS ~ You have wonderful ideas about interior decorating. Be ready to accept a great opportunity at work. Money doesn’t matter tonight, don’t make finances more important than they need to be. ISCES ~ The influence of someone close can make all the difference in the world. Don’t go alone. Your achievements are closely tied to someone who might not have agreed with you in the past.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Social Security cuts are part of deficit plan BY ANDREW TAYLOR ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The members of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission began to go on the record Wednesday as they debate politically explosive budget cuts, including proposals to lower Social Security benefits, in a revised plan to wrestle the national debt under control. The new plan by panel cochairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, unveiled Wednesday, faces an uphill slog because of proposals to raise the Social Security retirement age and lower cost-ofliving increases, cut Medicare costs, curtail a huge assortment of tax breaks, like the deduction for mortgage interest, and almost double the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline. Though the plan appears unlikely to win enough bipartisan support from the panel to be approved for a vote in Congress this year or next, Bowles has already declared victory, saying he and Simpson have at least succeeded in initiating an “adult conversation” in the country about the pain it will take to cut the deficit. The plan faces resistance from many commission members. House Republicans appear uniformly against tax increases, while liberal Democrats like Jan Schakowsky of Illinois appear unlikely to be able to accept big cuts in federal programs for seniors. Obama named the commission in hopes of bringing a deficit-fighting plan up for a vote in Congress this year, but it appears to be falling well short of the 14-vote bipartisan supermajority needed. A new version of the plan, obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, makes mostly minor changes to a draft that whipped up enormous controversy when unveiled earlier this month. Some
domestic spending cuts are modestly higher than previously proposed, and health care savings from overhauling the medical malpractice system would reap less than proposed earlier this month. Unlike their original proposal, Bowles and Simpson stop short of calling for caps on medical malpractice awards. Instead they recommend changes in how awards are made. But other proposals remain the same. Among them are a gradual increase in the Social Security retirement age to 68 by 2050 and 69 by 2075, using a less generous costof-living adjustment for the programs and increasing the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes. The plan also retains a 15-centa-gallon increase on gasoline, a three-year freeze on federal worker pay and the elimination of 200,000 workers from the federal payroll through attrition. The proposal obtained by The AP was a draft that was still undergoing changes Tuesday evening. Other recommendations: • Eliminate congressional pet spending projects known as “earmarks.” • Reduce the corporate income tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent and stop taxing the overseas profits of U.S.-based multinational corporations. • Overhaul individual income taxes and corporate taxes, giving Congress the choice of reducing the top rate to as low as 23 percent and no higher than 29 percent. The lower the rate, the fewer the tax credits and deductions that would be available to taxpayers. Under one scenario proposed by Bowles and Simpson, taxpayers would face three tax brackets of 12 percent, 21 percent and 28 percent. Taxpayers would still be able to claim an earned income tax credit
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and child tax credit as well as all standard deductions and exemptions. Capital gains and dividends would be taxed at ordinary income tax rates. Taxpayers could claim a mortgage interest deduction up to $500,000, but only on their primary residence. If Congress does not undertake a comprehensive overhaul of the tax system by 2013, the plan calls for a “fail-safe” provision that would trigger across-the-board reductions in tax breaks, designed to raise revenue by $80 billion in 2015 and $180 billion in 2020. Bowles was White House chief of staff when former President Bill Clinton negotiated a balanced budget plan in 1997; Simpson is a former GOP senator from Wyoming. Only Bowles and Simpson are guaranteed to support the plan when the panel votes. None of the 12 House members and senators named by Obama have committed to the proposals, though Bowles and Simpson could pick up support from nonelected deficit hawks like Dem-
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Erskine Bowles, left, accompanied by former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission, take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. ocrat Alice Rivlin and Honeywell International’s chief executive, David Cote, a Republican, who won’t have to defend themselves to voters. Republican senators seem more likely to vote for the plan than their rigidly anti-tax increase House counterparts. “I don’t know if we’re going to get two votes or five votes or 10 votes or 14 votes,” Bowles told reporters. “There are enough reasons to vote ‘no’ in this plan for anybody to vote ‘no.’ ” A supermajority of 14 of the 18 panel members would have to
approve recommendations for a possible vote in the lame-duck session of Congress. That seems out of reach, but Bowles says it’s just as important to have jump-started a national debate on what it’ll really take to bring the deficit under control. “Our goal in this whole process has been really simple,” Bowles said. “It’s basically been to start an adult conversation here in Washington about the dangers of this debt and the deficits we are running.” He added, “The era of deficit denial in Washington is over.”
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Lawmakers stand firm on taxes as talks start BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans are working to reach a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the year, but neither side is budging as negotiations begin in earnest. Even as they talk, House leaders are planning to hold a politically charged vote Thursday to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting taxes for the wealthy expire. The bill, even if it passes the House, stands no chance in the Senate. Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is considering holding a similar vote. “House Democrats have long supported extending the tax cuts for America’s middle class,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. “Democrats continue to have concerns about the impact on the deficit of giving a tax cut to the nation’s wealthiest 2 percent.” President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders from both parties Tuesday at the White
House to discuss taxes and other issues. Republicans and Democrats said it was a cordial, productive meeting. But both sides emerged with the same stances on tax cuts, a pending nuclear treaty with Russia and other pressing matters. They agreed to appoint a bipartisan working group to discuss the tax cuts. The four lawmakers and two administration members won't have much time to come up with a deal to prevent sweeping tax increases that would hit taxpayers at every income level. The first meeting was planned for Wednesday. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Budget Director Jack Lew was going to Capitol Hill Dec. 1, saying that Obama “believes we can find common ground.” Gibbs said both sides on this dispute have a responsibility “to figure this out by the end of the year.” Appearing on morning network news shows, the spokesman also said he’s confident that Obama can win Senate ratification of the New START nuclear pact before Christmas, saying Republicans increasingly are moving in the direction of
supporting the treaty. Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress want to extend tax cuts for individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000. Republicans and some rank-and-file Democrats want to extend the tax cuts for everyone. Obama signaled he was ready to compromise after elections in which Republicans won control of the House and gained seats in the Senate. But the president has yet to make a detailed proposal. Republicans, meanwhile, have little incentive to make major concessions in December, considering their power on Capitol Hill will greatly increase in January. Democrats still control both chambers until the end of the year, but they need Republican votes in the Senate to pass a tax bill. “If President Obama and Democratic leaders come up with a plan in the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop all the tax hikes, they can expect a positive response from Republicans,” said House See LAWMAKERS, page 5
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In this May 4, 2009, file photo President Barack Obama makes a statement on tax reform with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Whether Congress extends former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts into 2011 in the weeks after Tuesday’s mid-term election or lets the automatic increase start cutting into most people’s paychecks early next year is pretty much up to Obama.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza, as he arrives to attend the second Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Civil Liberties Face Threat in Burundi SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK A newly-released report by the New York-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW) is expressing concerns that President Pierre Nkurunziza of the East African nation of Burundi is moving to impose a dictatorship. Opposition parties are partly banned, journalists imprisoned, and there are reports of torture, according to the report “Closing Doors? The Narrowing of Democratic Space in Burundi.” More than 100 members of opposition parties, activists, journalists, government officials, diplomats, and election monitors were consulted for the report. According to HRW, the situation took a turn for the worse before
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Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, who is in line to become the new speaker in January. “If the lame-duck Congress is unable or unwilling to act, the new House majority will in January.” The president appointed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Budget Director Jacob Lew to the tax negotiating group. Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, will represent House Republicans and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland will represent House Democrats. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, will represent Senate Democrats; Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second ranking GOP leader in the Senate, will represent Senate Republicans. Gibbs appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” and NBC’s “Today” program.
Mandela’s Wife Grieves for Zimbabwe Children Lost to AIDS SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE GLOBAL INFORMATION NETWORK During a weeklong tour of Zimbabwe, Graca Machel, wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, decried the loss of 100 children who die each day in that southern African country, many of them as a consequence of HIV/AIDS. Machel, a UNICEF Children’s Advocate, noted there is knowledge, medication and capacity to reduce the number of children infected with
HIV and to treat those with AIDS. There was no reason, she said, why children in Zimbabwe and other countries in the region should continue to die because they have no access to treatment. On her tour, the former first lady met with children from several different organizations, and called the experience “emotional.” A frequent critic of the government of President Robert Mugabe, Machel did not openly fault the president during the visit but urged him to continue with a constitution-rewriting process started in June.
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this year’s controversial election, and has not improved since that. Nkurunziza was returned to office last June 28 after five opposition parties boycotted a presidential election that month and a parliamentary vote in July. They accused the ruling party of winning municipal elections through rigging, Human Rights Watch said. The July election was the first since a U.N.-backed peace process that helped Burundi, a coffee-producing nation with a population of about 8 million, end a decade-long civil war that killed 300,000 people. Fighting broke out in 1993 when the country’s first democratically elected president, an ethnic Hutu, was assassinated by members of the Tutsi-dominated army. Nkurunziza is a former rebel leader and a born-again Christian. The son of a Tutsi mother and a Hutu father, he lost his father in 1972 during a wave of ethnic violence that resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Hutus and more than 10,000 Tutsis.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Cut-off of jobless aid would lower economic growth BY PAUL WISEMAN AP ECONOMICS WRITER WASHINGTON — If Congress lets unemployment benefits expire this week for the long-term unemployed, they won’t be the only ones to feel the pain. The overall economy would suffer, too. Unemployment benefits help drive the economy because the jobless tend to spend every dollar they get, pumping cash into businesses. A cutoff of aid for millions of people unemployed for more than six months could squeeze a fragile economy, analysts say. Among the consequences they envision over the next year: • Annual economic growth could fall by one half to nearly 1 percentage point. • Up to 1 million more people could lose their jobs. • Hundreds of thousands would fall into poverty. “Look for homelessness to rise
and food lines to get longer as we approach Christmas if the situation can’t be resolved,” says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. The issue is expected to be taken up in the lame-duck session of Congress that resumed Monday. Among other unfinished business, lawmakers are likely to vote on whether to extend 2001 and 2003 tax cuts that are set to expire at year’s end. The average weekly payment for the roughly 8.5 million people receiving unemployment benefits is $302.90. But it ranges widely: from an average of $118.82 in Puerto Rico to an average of $419.53 in Hawaii. Each state sets the amount through a formula meant to replace a portion of an unemployed person’s old income. That money ripples through the economy, into supermarkets, gasoline stations, utilities, convenience stores. That allows those businesses to hire more people, who, in turn, spend more money.
The Congressional Budget Office says every $1 spent on unemployment benefits generates up to $1.90 in economic growth. The program is the most effective government policy for generating growth among 11 options the CBO has analyzed. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, puts the bang-for-abuck figure at $1.61, and a recent Labor Department study estimates it at $2. Analyst Mark Miller of William Blair & Co. figures
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In this Nov. 22, 2010, photo, Yvette Ward who has been unemployed for two years displays a sign during a ‘Vigil for the Unemployed’ at the Arch Street Methodist Church in Philadelphia. Unemployed persons, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and other organizations gathered to draw attention to federal unemployment benefits that are scheduled to expire.
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that, in particular, discount retailers like Dollar General and Family Dollar will see their revenue pinched by a couple of percentage points next year if extended unemployment benefits expire. “If you’ve been unemployed for six months, you’ve gone through your savings,” says Heidi Shierholz, economist at the Economic Policy Institute. “You have no choice but to spend (benefits) immediately.” By contrast, money given to higher-income families — say, through tax cuts — tends to deliver less economic benefit because those taxpayers typically save a big chunk of their windfall. In July 2008, Congress began extending unemployment benefits, which can now last for up to a record 99 weeks: 26 weeks of regular benefits from the states, plus up to 73 weeks in federal aid in states with high unemployment rates. As of last week, about half the states offered the maximum 99 weeks of benefits. The extended federal benefits will start phasing out on Wednesday if Congress doesn’t act. When lawmakers extended the benefits, they were responding to a jobs crisis: Unemployment was on its way to double digits for the first time since the 1981-82 recession. The longterm unemployed — those out of work for more than six months — hit a record-high 6.8 million in May this year. Those people represented 46 percent of all unemployed Americans. That’s the highest such proportion on record dating to 1948. Unemployment peaked at 10.1 percent in October 2009. It’s been stuck at 9.6 percent the past three months. At its peak in the first week of this year, just over 12 million people were receiving unemployment benefits — the most on records dating to 1986. The Labor Department estimates that if Congress lets the aid run out, nearly 2 million people will lose their benefits by Christmas. Without an extension of aid, the number of impoverished Americans would rise, economists say. The income from unemployment checks
kept 3.3 million people from falling into poverty in 2009, according to government estimates. The Census Bureau defines poverty as annual income of less than about $22,000 for a family of four. Some economists worry that renewing jobless aid would discourage some unemployed people from seeking work. But a study this year by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco downplayed the impact as “quite small.” For most recipients, the average $300 weekly unemployment check doesn’t go very far: It covers just half of basic household expenses, according to the National Employment Law Project. In Glenview, Ill., Robert Horvath is barely hanging on. He says his jobless aid — $385 a week — doesn’t amount to even 15 percent of his former income as a commercial loan officer. Out of work nearly six months, he’s paying $1,300 a month to keep his health insurance. He’s burning through his savings and is trying to hold onto his home of 25 years. Thirty-three economists have signed a statement circulated by the liberal Economic Policy Institute calling for benefits to be extended for 12 more months. Signatories included Alan Blinder, a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, and five winners of the Nobel Prize in economics, including Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Solow. Republican lawmakers oppose an extension of the unemployment aid if it would enlarge the government’s $1.3 trillion budget deficit. They insist that the cost — around $5 billion a month — be offset with budget cuts elsewhere. Those cuts would reduce the economic impact of extending the benefits. Some in Congress want to pair an extension of unemployment aid with a deal to also extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Just outside Chicago, Horvath wonders why the lawmakers can't reach a deal: “What’s going to happen Dec. 1 when I have no benefits at all?” AP Business Writer Christopher S. Rugaber contributed to this report.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Before Payout, Republicans to Investigate Farmers’ Claims BY DOROTHY ROWLEY SPECIAL TO THE NNPA FROM THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER The victory scored by Black farmers with the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval of funds due to them in the 1980’s Pigford discrimination lawsuit has been mired by allegations of fraud. The U.S. Senate approved the dispersal of as much as $50,000 to each farmer involved. But while John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, stated to the House Judiciary Committee that, according to his assessments, there were 18,000 Black farmers due compensation with more than 90,000 claims that have been filed for a share of
the $1.25 billion payout. As a result, a group of Republicans led by Steve King, of Iowa, and Michele Bachmann, of Minnesota, claim that the settlement, which has the support of the Obama administration, is rife with fraud. Republicans, who will soon take charge in the House in light of last month’s midterm elections, are now promising to do a thorough investigation on disparities surrounding who applied for the money and who is actually eligible to receive it. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FBI, 50 percent to 95 percent of the claims submitted may be fraudulent.
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John W. Boyd Jr., from Baskerville, Va., founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, speaks during a rally in front of the United States Department of Agriculture with his mule in the foreground in Washington Tuesday, April 28, 2009. The group rallied in support of a bill for government funding of compensation for black farmers, who were discriminated against.
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Post-election violence reported in Haitian town BY JONATHAN M. KATZ ASSOCIATED PRESS PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Protesters demanding cancellation of Haiti’s weekend presidential election clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Tuesday, the United Nations mission and Haitian radio reported. Radio Kisekya said at least 15 people had been injured in two days of demonstrations north of the capital. U.N. police sent reinforcements Tuesday but had no reports of injuries, police spokesman JeanFrancois Vezina said. Rampant disorganization and allegations of fraud hang over Sunday’s critical vote for president, a third of the Senate and all of the lower house. The winner of the presidential race will have to deal with Haiti’s crushing poverty, a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,700 people, and post-earthquake reconstruction — including overseeing billions
of promised aid dollars from the United States and other nations. Violent protests that caused several deaths occurred across northern Haiti before the election, fed by suspicions shared by public health experts that the cholera epidemic was caused by a contingent of U.N. peacekeepers. While votes were still being cast Sunday, nearly all the major presidential candidates alleged government-backed hopeful Jude Celestin was benefiting from fraud and called for the election to be canceled. On Monday, however, leading contenders Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly backtracked and said the vote should stand. Radio Kiskeya said that most of the people protesting Tuesday in St. Marc were supporters of Manigat. A powerful senator also led proManigat protests farther north in Gonaives. Martelly told supporters in a Tuesday address: “We will win this battle. Stay mobilized.”
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Electoral workers counts votes after the closing of polling stations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Haitians wrapped up their election in discord, with nearly all the major presidential candidates calling for the vote to be voided over fraud and reports that large numbers of voters were turned away across the quake-stricken country. Haiti’s provisional electoral council said problems were limited and called the election a success. Organization of American States observers acknowledged many voters had been disenfranchised by disorganization, intimidation and vio-
lence but called the vote valid. But a delegation of U.S. Congress members led by Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina voiced “serious concerns” about the election. “We urge the U.S. government,
the OAS and the UN to give full consideration to the charges of fraud and abuse and to await the result of any investigation before passing judgment on the conduct of Haiti’s elections,” the legislators said in a statement Tuesday.
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Since becoming the chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Danny J. Bakewell Sr. has been working aggressively to make sure that the members of the nation’s largest Black newspaper organization have a voice at all levels of society and government – especially in areas of policymaking. Recently Bakewell met with senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to make sure that NNPA can be in a position to readily articulate the President’s agenda effectively to the community and by becoming more actively involved in that agenda as a national organization. The meeting covered a wide range of topics that included ways in which the NNPA and the administration could jointly affect the quality of life for African Americans throughout the country. According to Bakewell, “I would not divulge the specifics of the meeting at this time, but Ms. Jarrett was extremely committed to ensuring that the Black Press had full access to the President’s agenda.” He also added that the meeting was very fruitful and that he would put off discussing the full details until a later date. “I will be releasing a list of activities which will be undertaken by NNPA and the President, as a result of the meeting and that story would depict future plans and involvement between NNPA and the President.” Some of the actions that Bakewell has taken on behalf of the African-American community and
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Kamala Harris declares victory shares plans
BY SAM RICHARD Contributing Editor San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris declared victory Nov. 30 in the state’s tight race for attorney general and called attention to issues she plans to address as California’s top law ofﬁcer. Speaking before dozens at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A., Harris thanked supporters and talked about several topics, including reforming California’s criminal justice system, as well as dealing with mortgage fraud and environmental issues. Her speech came nearly a week after L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley conceded in the race, in which votes were counted for more than three weeks before Harris emerged as the winner; (the candidates had been trading off leads in vote counts by only thousands of votes.) Harris — who will make history when she becomes California’s ﬁrst African-American, Indian-American and female attorney general in January — defeated her opponent by ultimately getting 46.1 percent of votes compared to Cooley’s 45.3 percent, according to the Secretary of State’s ﬁgures as of Nov. 30. Besides making a mark in history because of her race and gender, Harris also participated in what was reportedly one of the closest elections in California history. Cooley conceded Nov. 24. “While the margin is extremely narrow and ballots are still being counted, my campaign believes that we cannot make up the current gap in the vote count for Attorney General,” Cooley said in a statement last week. “Therefore, I am formally conceding the
race and congratulate Ms. Harris on becoming California’s next Attorney General.” Harris also prevailed over Cooley in L.A. County, which has been viewed by some as Cooley’s stronghold. “I stand before you today humbled to be chosen to be the next attorney general,” she said, drawing cheers and applause from supporters in the hotel’s Emerald Room. Harris pledged “to work hard every day to make sure that the law of this state is on the side of the people” of California. In an interview with the Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times later that day, Harris said the ﬁrst issue to address is her transition into ofﬁce. At the press conference, she announced that she has been having many conversations with Governor-elect Jerry Brown, the current attorney general, and has put together “a very stellar” bipartisan group of leaders. That group includes former LAPD Police Chief Bill Bratton, former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and others. And the members will be working, as they have been, to lead a transition into the attorney general’s ofﬁce, she said. Later that day, Harris told the Sentinel and Watts Times her team will help look at issues her ofﬁce needs to address. She called some of those issues statewide “problems.” One of those problems is mortgage fraud, which Harris said has been committed against many Californians. “There are predators that have been coming in, in the form of … ﬁnancial institutions,” she told the crowd. “There must be (consequences) and it can and should be the next attorney general of this great state that takes that on.” She also said the attorney general’s ofﬁce can and should have a role in reforming the criminal justice system in California, which Harris said has the highest recidivism rate in the nation. What must also be taken seriously, she said, are issues that
impact the state’s environment because they impact all Californians, who she said need to be able to drink clean water and breathe clean air. Harris, 46, started her career as a prosecutor in Alameda County. The Berkeley native eventually became San Francisco’s district attorney, a post she’ll leave to become attorney general. Several politicians, community ﬁgures and others attended the press conference, including L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, California Assemblymember Mike Davis and community activist Willis Edwards. John Van de Kamp, a former attorney general of California, told the L.A. Watts Times he supports Harris because he felt she was the best choice of all the attorney general candidates he interviewed. “My conclusion was, at the end of the day, that she had a broader gauge that was a better ﬁt for the ofﬁce,” he said. Some issues he said she will have to confront include mortgage fraud, issues that have come up due to the scandals in the City of Bell, and water problems in the City of Barstow. After the press conference, Black community ﬁgures characterized Harris as “enlightened” and a “visionary.” “I think she’s an enlightened prosecutor; I think she (distinguishes) herself as such,” said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, later citing that “the emphasis of her work is on prevention rather than focusing on what happens on the back end of the problem.” He said he hopes to see her address what he calls scam artists in the foreclosure industry and said he thinks she’ll make sure that ballot titles are “solid and fair.” Edwards, who is on the board for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said, “I think she’s a visionary. She thinks outside the box about solving a problem. And, in this day and time, we need someone who’s a real visionary who thinks outside of the box and thinks that we can do better.” Between Harris and Cooley, California State Assemblymem-
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“...to make sure that the law of this state is on the side of the people...” ~ KAMALA HARRIS
ber Steven Bradford said he thinks Harris was the best choice. One thing he hopes to see Harris do as attorney general is give a more comprehensive look at some of the environmental justice issues that he says primarily fall on poor and minority communities. “A lot of times people have turned their back on that … thinking that’s not (an) issue of great concern but it really is,” Bradford said. “It impacts kids, be it childhood asthma, increased cancer rates, things of that nature. “And the attorney general will have to be the hammer to work with some of these corporations to make sure that they’re not polluting, and if they have polluted, that they clean up the mess they’ve made.” Later that day, she told the Sentinel and Watts Times: “There’s a lot of work that I plan to do and to begin what will hopefully be work that will impact people … over a period of time.”
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Miami Heat forwards LeBron James (6), and Chris Bosh (1) along with guard Dwyane Wade (3) stand on the court in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Miami, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 95-87.
Haters, rejoice! Heat struggles delighting many BY TIM REYNOLDS AP SPORTS WRITER MIAMI â€“ When it comes to the Miami Heat, it almost seems like thereâ€™s no choice between loving â€˜em or hating â€˜em. Most hate â€˜em. Booing, sure, thatâ€™s a given. Happens in every arena in the league, even sometimes their own. Hawkers of â€œBeat The Heatâ€? Tshirts in Orlando were busy when Miami visited there last week. In Philadelphia, Dwyane Wade got jeered more loudly than ever, getting no love in the city where itâ€™s allegedly brotherly. And the only time LeBron James draws applause on the road is when something goes wrong. Which, to the delight of many in the NBA, is happening far more often than anyone expected. â€œI want them to lose all their games,â€? Dallas owner Mark Cuban said. Hey, theyâ€™re coming closer to that than many ever imagined. A team that expected magnificence is getting mediocrity instead â€” a 9-8 record entering Mondayâ€™s game against Washington. The Heat began the day in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the New York Knicks. If the Heat had that record in the West, theyâ€™d be barely hanging on to the final playoff spot. And this week, James goes back to Cleveland for the first time as a visiting player. For as harshly as the Heat have been received until now, Thursdayâ€™s trip to a city scorned by its longtime hero might prove downright venomous. â€œIf you lose, no oneâ€™s going to be happy, nor should they be,â€? Heat
coach Erik Spoelstra said. Well, actually, plenty of people are happy about it â€” the rest of the NBA, for starters. From the moment that James made his decision on July 8 to play for Miami, the Heat knew this was coming. They knew they would carry the biggest bulls-eye in the NBA, even though the Los Angeles Lakers are the defending champions and the Boston Celtics are the reigning kings of the Eastern Conference. â€œAs an opposing player, youâ€™re going to have those boos, no matter what,â€? James said. â€œI had those boos when I was a Cleveland Cavalier and Iâ€™m having them again as a Heat.â€? Taking hits from across the league, thatâ€™s one thing. Taking hits from one another, thatâ€™s the latest issue. James bumped Spoelstra during a time-out in Dallas on Saturday night, a shoulder-to-shoulder bump that may have been unintentional, may have been out of frustration, may have been intended to send a message. James reached back instantly, almost as if making an apology, but no matter â€” by the time that quarter was over, the play was already on YouTube and the Twitterverse was buzzing that the two-time NBA MVP just hit his coach. â€œA perfect case of overspeculation on this team,â€? Spoelstra said. Yes, but to that fire, the Heat added plenty of fuel. Spoelstra said he will not change his coaching style â€” â€œIâ€™m going to demand, push, prod. A lot of times players don't know what is needed for a team to break through,â€? he said â€” and, at least See HEAT HATERS, page 18
Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-tocoast and all the stops in between and beyond. Serena Williams will not seek her sixth Australian Open title in January, nor will she play in the Hopman international mixed teams competition. Reason: Cutting her foot on broken glass has led to a second operation. And the beat continuesâ€Ś This is UCLA-USC week. Itâ€™s the traditional smack-talking time when one will have bragging rights for another year â€” depending on whichever team beats the other on Dec. 4. UCLA (4-7) hasnâ€™t had much smack to talk about against USC (75) in recent years or in 2010. The Trojans suffered a 20-16 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday at the Coliseum, so Rick Neuheiselâ€™s good-for-nothinâ€™ UCLA Bruins may have a prayer against the Trojans at the Rose Bowl this weekend. Notre Dame (7-5) made its season by upsetting the Trojans. Its team had lost to USC eight times in a row before winning last Saturday. The Bruins were drubbed by Arizona State, 55-34, on Nov. 26, nearly a week before its scheduled game against USC. See SPORTS BEAT, page 19
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49ers must prepare to move forward without RB Gore BY JANIE MCCAULEY AP SPORTS WRITER SANTA CLARA, Calif. â€” Frank Goreâ€™s season is over â€” and what a hit for the San Francisco offense. The 49ers placed their star running back on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. Gore fractured his right hip during the Ninersâ€™ 27-6 win at Arizona on Monday night and was scheduled to undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury. The team made the announcement less than two hours after Mike
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San Francisco 49ersâ€™ Brian Westbrook (20) celebrates his touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals with teammate Frank Gore (21) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz.
Singletaryâ€™s weekly news conference, then released a statement from the coach. â€œIt is unfortunate that we had to place Frank on IR,â€? Singletary said. â€œHe is not only a great football player, but a tremendous leader. He plays with such passion and desire, two traits that will serve him well as he recovers from the injury.â€? Singletary said he wasnâ€™t sure when Gore got hurt. The two-time Pro Bowler, in his sixth NFL season, ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns this season and also caught a teamleading 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs. Goreâ€™s 24 100-yard rushing games are the most in 49ers franchise history. Losing him is a big blow for San Francisco, which at 4-7 is only a game out in the NFC West despite an 0-5 start. The 49ers actually hid Goreâ€™s helmet from him on the sideline because he wanted to stay in the game. San Francisco also placed wide receiver Dominique Zeigler on IR with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. For now, Brian Westbrook and rookie Anthony Dixon will be called See 49ERS, page 19
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