August 13, 2009
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Sculpture Marks Race Riots in Abe Lincoln’s Hometown BY CHRISTOPHER WILLS AP WRITER
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Abraham Lincoln’s hometown looked back last week at a longignored horror story, as officials dedicated a sculpture commemorating the 1908 riot in which white mobs lynched and terrorized black residents. The dedication came as Springfield faces a new furor over a noose left at the work station of a black city employee in late July, an incident that added an edge of anger to remarks at the ceremony. A second noose was found later on Aug. 6.
“We will not go back,” said R. Beverly Peters, chairwoman of the commission that organized the commemoration. “Let the word go out that we will not be deterred by one or two or even a few Neanderthal thinkers who would resurrect a hangman’s noose or any other relic of the dark and racist past.” The untitled bronze sculpture stands across the street from the Lincoln Presidential Museum. Its two parts resemble the chimneys left standing after black-owned homes were burned. It includes See RACE RIOTS SCULPTURE, page 7
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HEALTH CARE NOW — Inglewood Mayor Roosevelt Dorn, right, shakes hands with Stan Brock, founder of Remote Access Medical (RAM). The Tennessee-based nonprofit organization is providing medical care — from exams to root canals to prostate screenings — absolutely free through Aug. 18 at The Forum in Inglewood. RAM is only equipped to treat 1,500 individuals per day; about 1,000 people — part of the 47 million people in America who are without medical insurance or are underinsured — had to be turned away on Aug. 11.
Thousands Fill The Forum for Free Medical Care BY DARLENE DONLOE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, DAVID SPENCER
REMEMBERING AND REBUILDING — Sculptor Preston Jackson speaking at the ceremony commemorating the Springfield, Ill., Race Riots in 1908. Jackson created two large cast bronze sculptures that are symbolic of the chimneys that remained after buildings burned in the riot.
The Forum in Inglewood has become the staging location for what is being called one of the largest free health care events in the United States. Remote Area Medical (RAM), a Knoxville, Tenn.-based global nonprofit organization, is in Inglewood to provide free medical care for those in need. RAM has been serving patients in rural parts of the country and underdeveloped countries, and it has
Thousands of California Elders Losing Long-Term Care BY PAUL KLEYMAN AND JUSTINE DRENNAN NEW AMERICA MEDIA
Renowned bassist Ortiz Walton was once the youngest person and first African American to play in the Boston Symphony. But at 75, not only can’t Walton play his bass, but he cannot bathe, dress, eat or move in his wheelchair without the help of his wife, Carol, and assistance from state-subsidized services designed to keep him in their Berkeley home and out of a nursing institution.
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ELDER CARE? — Bassist Ortiz Walton, 75, once the youngest person and the first African American to play in the Boston Symphony, can no longer play his instrument. He also cannot bathe, dress, eat or move without the help of his wife. The Waltons are among the more than 20 million households in the United States that struggle to care for relatives for as long as possible without turning to nursing homes.
“First, he walked slower, then with a cane and now he’s in a wheelchair,” said Carol Walton about her husband of 52 years, professional bass player, music educator and author Ortiz Walton. The Waltons are among the 22.9 million households in the United States that struggle daily to maintain an elderly relative or sick child at home — and out of a nursing home — for as long as possible, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. The United States is the only economically advanced country that does not cover long-term care for middle-income people like Ortiz, who have chronic conditions. Only those in poverty, who qualify for Medicaid (called MediCal in California), and a small percentage of Americans with limited long-term care insurance may get help. Longterm care is currently not included in federal health care reform bills. Since 2006, Ortiz, has lost his ability to play the bass due to progressive supernuclear palsy, which saps his muscle control. “He used to go outside with a walker, but he has less and less energy to do that now,” said Carol, 74. It was about a half-century ago when Ortiz became the Boston Symphony’s youngest musician and
its first African American member. Eventually, he also earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and published his book, “Black, White & Blue: A Sociological Survey of the Use and Misuse of AfroAmerican Music.” Because the Waltons’ moderate income does not qualify Ortiz for MediCal, the couple pays hundreds of dollars a month for costs associated with chronic illness, such as medications, his wheelchair and hospital bed. They cannot afford care-giving services, so Carol must help Ortiz. The couple had hoped to continue receiving some therapy and other services from nonprofit public health organizations, but California budget cuts have severely reduced or completely eliminated much of that assistance. The Waltons’ isolation is risky in emergencies. In July, Carol passed out while trying to help Ortiz, who had fallen. Fortunately, Ortiz did not need emergency care, but Carol was shaken by the thought that no one else was available to help him while she was unconscious. Ortiz still hopes to play his bass in the future. When their finances See ELDER CARE, page 8
expanded its campaign to include U.S. urban areas. Inglewood is not exactly remote and doesn’t have a third world designation, but if the first day of the event was any indication, RAM’s help is sorely needed. To optimize its efforts, RAM has enlisted the help of hundreds of volunteer doctors, nurses, optometrists and dentists to perform
everything from root canals to eye exams, HIV and prostate cancer screenings, child vaccinations, mammograms and acupuncture. More than 30 communitybased organizations are on hand to help serve at least 1,500 patients each day. The mobile medical clinic will provide services from about 5 a.m. to See HEALTH CLINIC, page 8
NEWS IN BRIEF THE SOUTHLAND Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Death of Inglewood Boy (AP) — A hearing has been set for Aug. 25 for Andre Thompson to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. Thompson turned himself in to police Aug. 4 in connection with the hit-and-run death of a 14year-old Inglewood boy last week. Prosecutors also say Thompson, 40, of South Los Angeles, has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident, in addition to driving with a suspended or revoked license, a misdemeanor. He is currently being held without bail. Thompson pleaded not guilty to the charges in Inglewood Superior Court. Semaj Spencer was struck and killed early on the morning of Aug. 2 as he crossed Imperial Highway. The felony charge and enhancement carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. The misdemeanor charges have a possible maximum sentence of one-and-a-half years in jail, prosecutors said.
Council Passes Ban on New Billboards (AP) – The Los Angeles City Council passed a permanent ban Aug. 7 on giant billboards known
as supergraphics along with digital billboards that feature changing images or flashing lights. The unanimous vote also prohibited new billboards from being built alongside freeways and banned advertisers from converting existing signs into digital boards. The hastily arranged vote before council members left for a summer recess followed a closeddoor session with city lawyers Aug. 5 about a legal challenge to the city’s previous temporary moratorium on new signs. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who attended the meeting, said Liberty Media Group was challenging the 90-day duration of the temporary moratorium enacted while council members considered a package of new regulations. The company was arguing that bans can only be approved in 45-day installments, Alarcon said. The council passed the permanent measure after growing concern that it could be hit with a flood of billboard applications if a judge agreed with the company at an Aug. 17 hearing. A message left with Liberty Media Group’s parent corporation, California Community Redevelopment Association LLC, was not immediately returned. See BRIEFS, page 5
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OPINION EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON
Race — Not the Only Reason for Jump in Threats to Obama President Barack Obama has gotten more death threats in a shorter period of time than any other president in U.S. history. The legion of right-side talk radio gabbers, the GOP-induced professional mobsters who commit orchestrated mayhem at health care townhalls, and the endless montage of race-baiting cartoons, characterizations and depictions of Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — among other things — have created a climate of hate that knows no bounds. The stock assumption is that race is the reason that Obama is a bigger target than any other president; that’s a huge factor. The mere sight of a black man at the helm is more than enough to drive countless loose screws, Aryan Nation, skinheads and the just plain wacky fringe into a froth. But antiblack hate is only one reason for the record number of death threats against him.
Threats against presidents often come fast and furious immediately after their election. The reasons are varied. Many are the chronic cranks and nut cases; others hate the views of the president, fear change, or just get titillation from making the threat. But the GOP strategists and their stealth talk radio and blog allies are playing for much bigger stakes than just bashing a black president. The stakes are a rework of the GOP to take back power. A full-throttle destabilization of the Obama administration on everything from the economy to health care is the obvious attack point. The GOP and their surrogates have snatched a page from the playbook used against every Democratic presidential candidate and president by the GOP since Richard Nixon. That is to create havoc through character assassination, rumor-mongering, fear, intimidation and emotionally charged code words. The operative tag they’ve slapped on
Obama is socialist. That sets off a Pavlovian drool. Reason quickly goes out the window and the red flags run up the mental flagpoles of countless Americans. Obama’s message of hope and change feeds into rightist paranoia. He has drawn an instant global throng of admirers who see in him the embodiment of change and a fresh direction for U.S. policy on the war and the easing of global tensions. He’s also seen as a potential president who can put a diverse, humane face on American foreign policy. These are the exact qualities that stir the deep fury, hatred and resentment among a steadily growing number of frenetic malcontents and hate mongers. The thick list of fringe and hate groups, as well as the hordes of unbalanced, violenceprone individuals running free in America, can fill a telephone book. The long history of hate vio-
We Must Support the Youth PROMISE Act BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN CHILD WATCH COLUMN
Over the last three decades, politicians from Capitol Hill to local city councils have generated law enforcement policies and practices based on the mantra that we have to “get tough on crime.” The impact of that approach to law enforcement has made our nation the biggest jailer on the planet. With 2.3 million people behind bars, many for nonviolent drug offenses, America incarcerates more of its people than any other country in the world. African Americans constitute one-third, and Latinos one-fifth, of our imprisoned population. This is madness. But I’m gratified to report that rational congressional legislators — 229 in the House of Representatives alone — have supported the bipartisan Youth PROMISE Act (H.R. 1064) that calls for a fundamental shift in child policy and practice away from the too-frequent first choice of punishment and incarceration and toward prevention and early intervention and sustained child investment. There was also a companion bill in the Senate (S. 435). On July 15, I testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in support of the act, because I’m confident that it will be a powerful tool for dismantling the pipeline to prison. Hundreds of thousands of children and youths are being funneled into the pipeline each year at younger and younger ages. It’s a national disgrace that at-risk children are more likely to enter the pipeline to prison than they are of receiving the help they need to finish high school. The lack of health and mental health care is a crucial factor in putting children at risk. Because many pregnant women do not receive
prenatal care, one in 12 babies in the United States is born at low birth weight. These babies are at greater risk of having problems than normal birth- Marian Wright Edelman weight babies. Black babies in the United States are more likely to be born at low birth weight than babies in 100 other nations, including Botswana. Children are in great jeopardy if they don’t receive routine health care, including the standard vaccinations against communicable childhood diseases. These and other unmet health needs, such as early hearing or vision loss, turn into deficits and developmental delays that often go undiagnosed and untreated, causing children to start school with deficits that affect learning. Many fall behind before or in kindergarten and first grade and never recover. As their frustrations and failures pile up, they act out and get suspended and expelled. (The suspension rate among black public school students is three times that of white students.) We have been pushing our children out of school and into the pipeline to prison for far too long. By introducing the Youth PROMISE Act, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rep. Mike Castle (RDel.) have devised a better way. This act builds on what we know works and encourages states and communities to put in place alternatives to incarceration for youths. The legislation recognizes that the key to gang prevention is not increased federal prosecution of more young people by federalizing certain gang crimes — thus higher penalties and more incarceration. Instead, the bill promotes investment in quality, evidence-based early
childhood, voluntary home visitation, and comprehensive afterschool and summer school programs; mentoring; health and mental health care; job training; and alternative intervention. These approaches build success by decreasing youth arrests and delinquency and lowering the recidivism rate. Under the act, special help will be available for designated Comprehensive Gang Prevention and Relief Areas with high incidences of gang crime activity and violent crime. These areas will be eligible for priority attention under a number of federal early childhood, at-risk youth, literacy, training, employment and crime-control programs. The legislation calls for the formation of local PROMISE councils that include parents as well as representatives from law enforcement, the courts, schools, social service agencies, health and mental health providers, community-based groups and faith-based organizations. These councils will focus on developing and implementing a comprehensive local plan to support young people and their families and make our communities safer. The act also provides additional funding for state and local law enforcement agencies to hire and train youth-oriented police officers and help them better understand their role in prevention and early intervention. The act would establish a National Research Center for Proven Juvenile Justice Practices to collect and disseminate to local councils and the public evidence-based and promising practices to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity. It is unacceptable that the only thing our rich nation will guarantee every child is a jail or detention cell after she or he gets into trouble.
lence in America is more than enough to raise the antenna on the danger of violence against prominent political figures. The gun culture of the nation adds even more fuel and danger to the mix. Gun and ammo sales have gone through the roof since Obama’s election, with many openly bragging that they are ready for a war to win back the country. Whether it’s the wholesale wipeout of families, gunning down of police officers, or the shooting up of a women’s fitness center, the police invariably find that the cracked shooter has made some rant about guns and spouted wacky extremist views. Obama, of course, has been the target of unbounded hate from the moment that he announced that he was a presidential candidate in February 2007. The personal death threats began flooding in to his campaign. Obama had the dubious distinction of being the earliest presidential contender to be assigned Secret Service protection on the campaign trail. As the crowds grew bigger at Obama rallies and his public visibility grew even greater, the Secret Service increased the number of agents assigned to guard him. Obama campaign aides and
volunteers continued to report occasional racial taunts and jibes when they passed out literature and pitched Obama in some areas. This further increased the jitters that Obama was at risk. As the showdown with Sen. John McCain heated up in the general election, the flood of crank, crackpot and screwball threats that promised murder and mayhem toward Obama continued to pour in. This prompted the Secret Service to tighten security and take even more elaborate measures to ensure his safety. The troubling question, though, is how tight the Secret Service can clamp the security shield around Obama as president. The same report that there’s been a 400 percent leap in death threats against Obama also noted that the Secret Service does not have enough agents and is under-resourced. That’s not very comforting. But threats come with the presidential turf, which Obama stands firmly on, and for some that’s just too much to stomach. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His weekly radio show, “The Hutchinson Report,” can be heard in Los Angeles, Fridays on KTYM Radio 1460 AM and streamed live nationally on ktym.com.
America must act now with urgency to ensure all our children a healthy and fair start in life and to stop criminalizing children at younger and younger ages, and instead institute policies that place all children on a path to productive adulthood. This act would take an important step toward that goal. Join the Children’s Defense Fund and more than 240 national, state and local
organizations in supporting this legislation. And please thank Representatives Scott and Castle for their leadership. Marian Wright Edelman, whose new book is “The Sea Is So Wide And My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation,” is president of the Children’s Defense Fund. For more information about the Children’s Defense Fund, go to www.childrensdefense.org.
FOR THE RECORD A July 30 headline titled “Schwarzenegger Cuts an Additional $500 Million From State Budget,” should have read “Schwarzenegger Cuts Nearly $500 Million From State Budget.”
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BIZSHORTS Merrill Lynch Presents Program on Nonprofit Funding “Benevon — Creating Sustainable Funding For Nonprofits” will be presented Aug. 17, 1 to 3 p.m., at St. Anne’s, 155 N. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles. Presented by the Merrill Lynch Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, the event will have information on sustainable fundraising solutions. It will also feature success stories about organizations who have implemented a systematic four-step process to engage supporters in a way that respects the donor, capitalizes on mission, states the needs of the organization and builds on good stewardship. Canard Barnes, senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, will share strategies organizations can immediately implement to confront today’s challenging times. He has more than 20 years of nonprofit volunteerism and board service. Information: Loren Alexanian, (206) 428-2150, loren.alexanian@ benevon.com, www.benevon.com/ intros/Register-LosAngeles.
Job Fair for Women Scheduled The Women’s Resource & Job Fair: “We Can Do It! Retraining the Women of LA for the 21st Century Workforce” will take place Aug. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at LA Derby Doll Arena, 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. The event will feature information on low- and no-cost career training, career advice, methods to identify new job markets, meetings with employers and recruiters and free legal services. There will be free admission and a free light breakfast and lunch as well. To participate in the fair as an exhibitor, contact Rayshell Chambers at email@example.com. RSVP in advance for workshops by Aug. 17. RSVP information: (213) 9780300, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surprisingly Strong Jobs Data Signal Turning Point WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the clearest sign yet the recession is finally ending: Employers laid off far fewer workers in July, the jobless rate dipped for the first time in 15 months and workers’ hours and pay edged upward. Those are the kind of figures that could give Americans the psychological boost necessary for recovery to take root after the worst recession since World War II. A net total of 247,000 jobs were lost last month, the fewest in a year
and a drastic improvement from the 443,000 that vanished in June. The Labor Department’s Aug. 7 report showed that the unemployment rate dropped a notch to 9.4 percent in July, from 9.5 percent the previous month. Together with slight increases in the average work week and wages, the new figures suggested the economy is in a transition from recession to recovery.
Consumers Cut Debt for Fifth Straight Month WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers paid down their credit cards and cut other debt in June for the fifth straight month as they rebuild savings battered by the recession. Outstanding U.S. consumer debt fell by $10.3 billion, or 4.9 percent at an annual rate, to $2.5 trillion, the Federal Reserve said. That’s a much steeper cut than the $4.7 billion analysts expected, according to Thomson Reuters. June’s reduction follows a 2.6 percent cut in May and a 8.2 percent drop in April, when consumers reduced their borrowing by $17.4 billion. That was the most in dollar terms on record dating back to 1943.
‘Cash-For-Clunkers’ Program Gets $2B Refill WASHINGTON (AP) — Car shoppers caught up in the frenzy of the “cash-for-clunkers” program now have more time and a $2 billion reason to trade in their old gas guzzlers. President Barack Obama signed into law Aug. 7 a measure tripling the budget of the $1 billion incentive program that has drawn big crowds to formerly deserted showrooms. The Senate on Aug. 6 passed the legislation extending the two-week-old program into Labor Day and preventing it from running out of money. The extra money, recently approved by the House, is aimed at helping automakers and spurring the economy while removing some of the least fuel-efficient vehicles from the road.
Black Chamber to Hold Mixer The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce will present a summer membership mixer Aug. 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott, 333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. The event will feature a no host bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Valet parking is $13. RSVP information: (323) 2921297, email@example.com.
Unemployment, interest rates, the price of oil, and gross domestic product (GDP). It’s hard to read stories about economic trends these days and not wonder how such things affect your investments and financial plan. And you would be right do so, according to financial planners and economists. Especially now, said Marci Rossell, the former chief economist for CNBC. The current state of the economy is different from what the average American has ever experienced. “We’re in the midst of a crisis,” Rossell said. And that affects every aspect of your financial plan, including your investments. According to Rossell, the global economy is in the midst of establishing a new equilibrium, a new normal so to speak. “The last decade was not normal,” she said. Now, it’s unclear when the economy might establish its new
equilibrium. In her opinion, inflation at 3 percent, real interest rates at 3 percent; GDP at 3 percent and unemployment at 5.5 percent would indicate that the economy has stabilized. But it’s unclear whether and when the economy will stabilize. What’s more, you shouldn’t wait until the economy reaches its new equilibrium before you tweak your financial plan and investments. “There’s never been a greater need to plan for the certainty of uncertainty,” said Karin Maloney Stifler, of True Wealth Advisors LLC. In this current economic climate, she said you’d be wise to do the following: • Shore up safety nets, such as cash reserves and insurance before saving for other long-term goals. • Strengthen your personal balance sheet. Work to aggressively repay outstanding consumer debt such as credit cards. And consider refinancing mortgage debt if there’s
equity in the house and your current rate is either variable or fixed at a rate of 6 percent. • Live below your means. Know how much is needed to keep the household running and the spending areas that could be cut if needed. Pay for lifestyle needs with cash, not credit. • Treat this downturn as a teachable moment for everyone in the family. Discuss smart solutions to money decisions with the kids. Show the kids how they can contribute to the family’s financial well-being. As for your investments, Rossell predicted that inflation may rise in the not-too-distant future, and that investing in cash equivalents and short-term, fixed-income investments might be the best tactical move. In addition, she suggested that Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) have a role in every investor’s portfolio. See FINANCIAL PLAN, page 10
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COMMUNITY COMMUNITY MEETINGS, FORUMS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Seminar Planned in Pasadena The Fresh Balance 4 Life seminar will take place Aug. 22 at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. The focus of the seminar will be to help attendees unlock their potential in five key areas — finances, interpersonal relationships, peace, spirituality and health — and discover the changes they desire. Fresh Balance 4 Life aims to provide participants with the structure for pulling it all together and living quality lives. Information: (888) 910-0211, www.freshbalance4life.com.
Merge Summit Coming to Biltmore Hotel The Merge Summit LA 2009 Integrating Ministry and Entertainment event will take place Aug. 20 to 22, each day at 7 p.m., at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. The event will feature Holly Carter, Robi Reed, Pastor Donnie
Facts Aug. 15, 1843 The National Black convention meets in Buffalo, N.Y., with some 70 delegates from 12 states. The highlight of the convention is an address by Henry Highland Garnett, a 27-year-old Presbyterian minister who calls for a slave revolt and a general slave strike. Source: blackfacts.com
McClurkin, Mary Mary and Suzanne DePasse, among others. The conference is designed to provide a platform for promising Christian talent to interface with entertainment executives, talent and artists. The hope is that attendees will walk away with information that will encourage, enrich and empower them in their individual fields of pursuit. Confirmed speakers include Regina King, Vivica A. Fox and several others, as well as executives from Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, ABC Networks, Lionsgate and more. Summit passes are $99 to $249. Information: www.themergesummit.com
source that makes it work and is safe when used by professionals and stored properly. He said the instrument was stolen in 2003 and the thief illegally disposed of it in the street.
All Souls Christian Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary All Souls Christian Center will celebrate its 25th Year Silver Anniversary Conference, Breakfast, Awards and Black Tie Gala Aug. 23 to 30 at New Life Christian Center and the Sheraton Gateway LAX. This year’s speakers include Ambassador Dr. N. Cindy Trimm, Prophet Owusu Bempah, Archbishop Duncan Williams, Prophet Prince Frimpong and Al and Hattie Hollingsworth. Special musical guests will include Nana King, I.M.P.A.C.T. Youth Group and others. Monica “Monie Mon” Dyson will serve as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies for the awards and gala. Conference and workshop registration is free. Breakfast is $45 and the awards and gala are $85. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Peacelyn DeGraft-Blankson at (323) 244-8804. For vendor booth opportunities, contact Michelle Scott at (714) 553-0577. Information: All Souls Christian Center, (323) 291-2235, www. AllSoulsChristianCenter.org. See MEETINGS, page 10
Radioactive Crate Found on South L.A. Street (AP) — Police hazmat teams say a shipping crate labeled “radioactive” found on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles contains a specialized surveying device and poses no health danger. Neighbors reported the 3-footby-3-foot bright orange plastic crate Aug. 6. Firefighters detected radiation and hazmat teams confirmed that the crate was emitting low-level background radiation. Officer Matt Sieber said the crate contains a soil moisture density gage, which has a radioactive
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and DJs Kaleem, Omoade and Son Zoo will be spinning. Information: (323) 863-5434, fela2dela@gmail. com. ADULT TENNIS LESSONS — The Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of L.A. began its latest eight-week Wednesday night sessions on Aug. 12, but people interested in joining can still do so. The adult group classes will run through Sept. 30, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adults of all levels can enjoy the sport with instruction from Le George Mauldin. The classes are one hour and rackets are provided. All classes will take place at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles. The sessions cost $88 and payments can be made in person or online at www. tenniswithlegeorge.com. Information: (323) 392-6864, info@tennis withlegeorge.com. GANG TALK — Longtime community activist Lita Herron hosts “Gang Talk with Sister Herron,” Thursdays, 6 to 6:30 p.m., on KTYM-AM 1460. The show addresses the impact of gangs and violence on families and communities. See WGO, page 7
Facts Aug. 11, 1965 The Watts Rebellion begins, partly triggered by an incident of police brutality. The six-day insurrection takes 34 lives, injures 1,032, results in 3,952 arrests, and $35 million in property damage. Source: blackfacts.com
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WASHINGTON — Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America’s first black president on Jan. 20, declaring the nation must choose “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord” to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In frigid temperatur es, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama’s inauguratio n in a highnoon ceremony.
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With 11 million Americans out of work and trillions of dollars lost in the stock market’s tumble, Obama emphasize biggest challenge d that his is tattered economy to repair the left outgoing President behind by George W. Bush. “Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and See OBAMA, page 6
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Deputies Fatally Shoot Parolee in Carson (AP) — Authorities say deputies shot a man to death when he tried to grab a deputy’s gun during a confrontation in Carson. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Ho said deputies approached a group of men smoking marijuana in an alley of a housing complex Aug. 8. Most of the men dispersed but at least two remained and argued with deputies. Ho says one of them, a parolee with a warrant out for his arrest, refused to cooperate. Ho says when deputies sprayed the suspect with pepper spray, a
physical confrontation ensued, and he tried several times to grab a deputy’s gun. Deputies shot the man and he was declared dead at the scene. His name was not released at presstime. The incident is under investigation by the District Attorney’s office and the sheriff’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
THE STATE Report Warned of Problems at U.S. Prison S A N TA A N A ( A P ) — A national prison expert warned nearly two years ago of dangers at the Chino prison where a violent weekend riot occurred. Wayne Scott, former director
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SINGING WITH SOUL — Neo-soul songstress Angie Stone performs during the Long Beach Jazz Festival held at the Rainbow Lagoon Park on Aug. 9.
of the Texas Department of Corrections, wrote in a November 2007 report that the housing unit was a “serious disturbance waiting to happen” because of overcrowding and low staffing. A racially fueled riot on Aug. 8 at the California Institution for Men in Chino left 175 inmates injured and a wooden dormitory in ashes. State prison officials were scrambling to move more than 1,000 inmates to other locations after the riot. The Chino prison holds 5,900 men but was designed for 3,000. The military-style wooden barracks were built in 1941.
THE NATION Obama Chooses 1st Black U.S. Attorney for Alabama MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated a congressional staffer to be Alabama’s first black U.S. attorney. Obama nominated Kenyen Brown to fill the U.S. attorney’s post in Alabama’s Southern District. Brown has worked in Washington for the last decade and currently serves as director of advice and education for the House Ethics Committee. He previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Mobile, Ala. A panel organized by Democratic U.S. Rep. Artur Davis of
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EXPRESS YOURSELF — The 43rd Annual Watts Summer Festival took place Aug. 8 and 9 along East 103rd Street in Watts. The festival continues to allow the residents of Watts to express themselves culturally and aesthetically and provides a sense of community for the area. Top photo (left to right): Natadya McNeal, 6, Christopher Wimberly, 7, and Ahmad Lucas, 4, enjoy the sights, sounds and themselves at the Watts Summer Festival. Pictured (right): Charles Wright, founder of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band (“Express Yourself”) and the festival’s master of ceremonies, welcomes the audience;
Birmingham had originally recommended Mobile attorney Vicki Davis for the post, but the congressman said the Obama administration wanted to broaden the search. Brown’s nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. Brown is a University of Alabama graduate who got his law degree from the University of Tennessee. See BRIEFS, page 10
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ARTS & CULTURE The 2009 Teen Choice Awards were held at the Gibson Amphitheatre Aug. 9 in Universal City. More than 83 million votes were cast by teens between the ages of 13 and 19 years of age.
will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas Singer Jordin Sparks
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and children Actress Keke Palmer
A special screening of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” was held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Aug. 6 in Hollywood.
Timbaland and his wife Monique Idlett
Actors Marlon Wayans and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Rebecca Crews and actor Terry Crews
SHORT TAKES AFRICAN FILMS • “The Soul of Ashanti” will screen at 7:30 p.m. and “Aimé Césaire: A Voice of History,” will
amazon.com and iTunes. Information: e-mail pearljr@ michaeljacksoninsider.com. • Little Dizzy Home Video released “Becoming Barack: Evolution of a Leader” on Aug. 11. The film traces the early path of a man destined to make history and features footage from three of the earliest-known recorded interviews with
screen at 9 p.m. on Aug. 17 as part of the Downtown L.A. Film Festival’s African Cinema Program. A dialogue will take place before both screenings with director Euzhan Palcy (“Sugar Cane Alley,” “A Dry White Season.”) This event will occur at the Downtown Independent theater, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. Tickets are $15 for both films and entry to the Palcy dialogue. The festival will end Aug. 22. Information: (213) 623-1929, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DVDS • The documentary “Michael Jackson: The Trial and Triumph of the King of Pop,” covers the last 17 years of Jackson’s life, focusing on the child molestation accusations in 1993 and the criminal charges in 2005. The DVD explains why the jury found him innocent of all 14 counts and chronicles his activities until his untimely death. The DVD can be viewed on Warner Bros. Video On Demand, as well as
the president, including neverbefore-seen footage. The documentary also features rare personal photos; interviews with family and a range of Chicago-area leaders in business and in grassroots community organizing. The 55-minute DVD is available for $14.99. Information: www.littledizzyhomevideo.com, www.BecomingBarack. com. • Warner Home Video celebrates three popular urban film classics with the deluxe edition DVD and Blu-ray debuts of “Friday,” starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker; “Set It Off,” featuring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-
Smith; and “Menace II Society,” starring Larenz Tate and Samuel L. Jackson. These urban films, which include new commentaries, featurettes and director’s cuts, are scheduled to be released on DVD for $14.96 and Blu-ray for $28.99 on Sept. 8. Information: www.whvdirect.com.
PAGEANT • The Annual Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant will turn “Sweet Sixteen” on Aug. 16. At 4 p.m. at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, at 333 Universal Terrace Parkway in Universal City, there will be a parade of aspiring Little Misses, ages 6 to 12, along with alumni, who will display their confidence, awareness and pride before a panel of celebrity guests. The guests will include Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”), boxing champion Laila Ali, screenwriter Antwone Fisher and several others. Media personality Claudia Jordan will serve as host this year. LMAA is a nonprofit educational program designed to showcase the creative and academic talents of young girls living in urban centers throughout the country. LMAA has raised thousands of dollars toward the educational aspirations of its participants as well as their families. Information: www.littlemissafrican american.com.
CDS • Verity Gospel Music Group released “Praise Your Way Out: Songs of Inspiration and Hope” on July 28. The 10-track disc features songs that resonate with reassurance and triumph, while See SHORT TAKES, page 7
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providing a soundtrack for overcoming life’s difficulties. Featured tracks include Hezekiah Walker & LFC’s
“I Need You To Survive;” Yolanda Adams’ “Still I Rise;” and Dorinda Clark-Cole’s “Take It Back,” which Christianity Today called a “toe-tapping song of victory.” The label is also scheduled to release singer/ songwriter J Moss’ third compact disc, “Just James,” on Aug. 25. The CD exemplifies the life and times of this singer, representing triumph and transformation, as well as the issue of remorse for his own shortcomings. Information: www.verity records.com.
iTUNES • (AP) — Jermaine Jackson’s rendition of “Smile,” sung at his
RACE RIOTS SCULPTURE Continued from page 1 scenes from the riot and its aftermath: smoldering rubble, families rebuilding, National Guard troops offering protection. The artist, Preston Jackson, said he added the likenesses of friends who have made a difference in the community. He even carved one drummer to look like President Barack Obama. But he intentionally left out any depictions of the lynchings that occurred. “This is a time to build,” he said, “and sometimes images can stir emotions.” The violence began on Aug. 14, 1908, when a mob gathered outside a jail and demanded that two black prisoners be turned over for vigilante justice. The mob exploded in anger after learning that the prisoners had been secretly taken to safety. Thousands of people rampaged through the city’s black business area and residential neighborhoods, burning and looting as they went. They hanged one man and mutilated his body. The next day, a mob formed again and killed another black man. Some black residents armed themselves and fought back. Men took to the rooftops, firing at the screaming mobs below. Four rioters were killed.
WGO Continued from page 4 FASCISM — “What It Is and How To Fight It,” is a public discussion on how to counter “Killers for Life,” gay bashers and white supremacists. The group will meet on Mondays, beginning Aug. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Solidarity Hall, 2170 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. A door donation of $2 is requested and light snacks will be served at 6:30 p.m. for a $5 donation. Information: (323) 732-6416, fsplosangeles@gmail. com, www.socialism.com. ROUNDTABLE — The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable meets Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., in Leimert Park at the Lucy Florence Coffeehouse, 3351 W. 43rd St., Los Angeles. The roundtable features expert speakers on hot-button local and national issues, followed by an open discussion. It is free and open to the public. Information: (323) 383-6145.
The riots led to 107 indictments and 85 arrests. But witnesses, either sympathetic to the rioters or intimidated by them, were hard to find. In the end, one man was sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing a sword, and a teenager was sent to a reformatory for a few months. Outrage over the incident helped lead to the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). But memories of the riots faded, especially in Springfield. In recent years, however, city residents have been calling attention to the riots, with plaques marking key locations and a series of events on the 100th anniversary. Betty Waters, 63, brought her 4month-old granddaughter, JaCayla Waters, to see the sculpture. She said her three other grandchildren would see it, too, because they should know the story. “The more we know about history, the better we are to cope with what our future is going to be,” Waters said, kissing JaCayla’s hand. Springfield officials are investigating a noose that was found July 26 at the work station of a black employee at the city’s water and electricity department. The state’s attorney is considering criminal charges against the two employees accused of making the noose, and city officials are looking into disci-
brother’s public memorial, is coming to iTunes. A judge granted Michael Jackson’s estate a request to enter into an agreement with Apple to distribute the song on its popular music downloading service. The agreement calls for both the audio and video of the performance to be sold. Documents immediately available didn’t say how much the deal is worth. Jermaine Jackson said the song, written by silent film star Charlie Chaplin, was Michael Jackson’s favorite. He performed the number wearing one sequined glove as a tribute to his brother.
plinary action. A second noose was found Aug. 6 at one of the department’s buildings. An employee was arrested and immediately placed on unpaid leave. Mayor Timothy Davlin said the city must remember what can happen when bigotry is allowed to fester and transform into violence. “We’ve got to promise ourselves that the hatred in this community is going to stop,” Davlin said. “There’s no better time than right now to put up this monument. No better time.” Associated Press writer Christina M. Wright contributed to this report.
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Facts Aug. 12, 1990 August Wilson’s play “The Piano Lesson” wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It is the second Pulitzer Prize for Wilson, who also won one for “Fences” in 1981 and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Award for “Fences.” Source: blackfacts.com
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THE WORLD’S STAGE — Leimert Park’s World Stage Jazz Festival took place Aug. 9 in Los Angeles. In addition to jazz, attendees were treated to various arts and crafts and soul food, including jambalaya. Pictured (top): world-renowned trombonist Phil Ranelin; (right) festival attendee “Ms. Mello Blue” listens to the sounds and the performers at the festival.
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HEALTH ELDER CARE Continued from page 1 improve, the Waltons hope to find an electric bass that could strap around his neck so he wouldn’t have to hold the instrument upright. With determination, Ortiz said, “I feel sad that I have to give up the bass — temporarily.” Services were line-vetoed entirely recently by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor terminated $489 million in additional spending over and above reductions already agreed on by California legislators. Schwarzenegger stated that he wished to balance the state budget without raising taxes and wanted to increase the state’s rainy-day reserve fund for future “economic uncertainties and reduce the state’s structural deficit.” Among his actions to achieve those goals, Schwarzenegger “blue penciled” programs helping tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities. California’s explosive budget battles are famously unique to the Golden State’s convoluted financial structure. What California has in common with the rest of the nation, though, is the growing burden of health care costs, especially longterm care for people, such as Ortiz, who have chronic conditions. Surveys by AARP have shown that only about half of older Americans and their families realize that Medicare, the federal health program for people 65-plus and many with disabilities, does not cover most long-term care. In the United States, unlike every other advanced economy, families provide 80 percent of such care with little or no help. “Being able to turn to homeand community-based care programs is especially important to families from Hispanic, Asian and African American cultures that have a deep sense of obligation to their elders,” said Lydia Missaelides, director of the California Association for Adult Day Services, in Sacramento. No group, especially the 78 million aging boomers, likes nursing homes, she said, but ethnic families particularly resist having to put a loved one in a nursing home. For example, older women from ethnic cultures not living with a spouse are twice as likely to live with family members as white women, according to a 2008 report
from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Nationally, states spend more than $70 billion on long-term care through the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income elders and people with disabilities. Because the Medicaid law mandates that nursing homes be paid, cuts fall hardest on home and community care programs. A host of states have recently cut Medicaid programs for elders, including Illinois, Florida and New York. AARP’s Public Policy Institute shows in a June 2009 report that states use only $1 in $4 to pay for home- and community-based services, such as home care and adult day health care. The bulk goes to nursing homes, the most expensive help for frail people, at a national average of $70,000 per patient per year. Ironically, California recently became one of only five states to devote more than 50 percent of its MediCal spending for long-term care on home and community options. Missaelides and other experts worry that the new cutbacks might permanently reverse California’s leadership in helping elders to remain relatively independent at home for as long as possible. Kathleen Kelly, who directs FCA, one of the organizations assisting the Waltons, stated, “The infrastructure we’ve built over the last 20-30 years to keep people at home is crumbling fast.” Kelly expects a spike in costly emergency room visits and nursing home admissions in about six months, after the budget reductions take effect. Even modestly middle-class families, like the Waltons, who do not qualify for the Medicaid program, must turn to a patchwork of state and local services that are more or less accessible depending on a state’s financial fluctuations and political winds. At their Berkeley home, the job of care-giving has fallen to Carol since Ortiz was diagnosed three years ago with progressive supernuclear palsy (PSP), a neurological disorder. Because the Waltons pay thousands of dollars a year out-of-pocket for equipment, medications and health care needs, they’ve been grateful for community services that have enabled Carol to care for Ortiz at home.
Testosterone Dose Response in Surgically Menopausal Women Principal Investigator: Matthew H. Ho, Ph.D., M.D. “Thank you for your interest in our research program. The purpose of this particular study is to find out the effects of testosterone, in women. Women who are post-menopause often have low testosterone levels in their blood. Some doctors recommend giving testosterone to women after menopause, but it is not clear whether this helps women health. This study may find out whether it is beneficial to replace testosterone in women who are post-menopause and therefore have low testosterone in their blood. This research study may also find out the most appropriate dose of testosterone that shows beneficial effects on women’s sex life, muscle and fat mass, physical function, and ability to solve some types of problems with the least amount of side effects. “We will measure the effects of testosterone on fat and muscle size, muscle strength, sexual desire and activity, and higher functions of the brain. Approximately 140 women will take part in this study that is approved and funded by the National Institutes of Health. The protocol of this study has also been reviewed and approved by our Institutional Review Board. “For this study, we are looking for women between the ages of 21 to 60, who are post-menopausal (either menopause occurred naturally with their ovaries intact or occurred surgically with their ovaries removed) and have had their uterus removed by surgery, and who do not have breast or uterine cancer. Do you meet these criteria?”
For information call (323) 357-3697 “If you are interested in obtaining more information about this study or taking part in this study, I can set up an appointment for you to come to our Clinical Study Center at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. During this visit, I will explain all the procedures in great detail, describe the risks and benefits involved, and answer any questions that you might have about this research study.”
The couple found help from the nonprofit Over 60 Health Center at LifeLong Medical Care and the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA). These services have provided the Waltons access to respite care, allowing Carol to get time to recharge her energy away from the relentless demands of care-giving. She also received counseling, classes and support groups that have taught her ways to care for Ortiz safely, while taking better physical and mental care of herself. Key to this assistance was FCA’s San Francisco Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center — one of 11 such centers in California, which Schwarzenegger deleted from the budget. About a quarter of adult day care patients — “those most at risk of destabilizing” — could lose care by this fall, Missaelides said. She added, “We know from talking to our members that some will be placed fairly quickly in a nursing facility, if there is no caregiver or the family is unable to provide care for those two additional days.” To fill in the extra two days, Missaelides said, some probably will leave their jobs and others may take desperate measures. One adult day care provider she spoke to said a caregiver, whose father has Alzheimer’s disease, told her she will have to “lock him in his room during the day and hope he stays safe.”
HEALTH CLINIC Continued from page 1 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 18 and is expected to rack up about $6 million in free medical care over a weeklong period, according to Andrea Van Hook, a RAM L.A. volunteer and spokesperson. Thousands showed up for the opening day of the event to ensure they would have their medical needs addressed. Many began camping out and lining up on the evening of Aug. 10, while others, with children in tow, got in line in the wee hours of Aug. 11, the day it began. Only 1,500 people can be seen each day, so organizers are encouraging those in need to be in line no later than 1 a.m. each day. Already at capacity by 5 a.m., organizers had to turn away about 1,000 people on Aug. 11. Interestingly, the medical clinic was launched on a day when President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting to bolster his health care reform. Health insurance was a decisive issue during his presidential campaign. Statistics indicate that about 47 million people in America are without medical insurance and millions more are underinsured. Willie Hampton, 53, is one of them. He agrees that something has to be done about health care in America. He was one of the fortunate ones to receive treatment Aug. 11 after arriving at The Forum at 9 p.m. the day before. “Everyone should have health care,” said Hampton, who hasn’t had medical care in more than three years. “Something has to be done.” Hampton, who received dental and vision care at the clinic, said the time he waited to be seen “didn’t bother” him. “I’m just happy to be here and to
THE PULSE Supervisors to Vote on Plan for New MLK Hospital The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposal to open a new Martin Luther King Hospital. The vote will take place Aug. 18, at 11:30 a.m., in the Board Hearing Room, 381B of Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. To attend, RSVP at (213) 974-2222 or visit www.RidleyThomas.lacounty.gov/RSVPBOS meeting.htm. The time and date of the meeting are subject to change.
First Symptomatic Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in L.A. County The Los Angeles County health officer has confirmed the first symptomatic human case of West Nile Virus infection for the 2009 season. The case is a teenager, with pre-existing medical conditions, from the Antelope Valley who became symptomatic in midJuly. The individual has now recovered. Earlier this year, two individual blood donors tested positive for WNV but did not show any symptoms. “People should take precautions to avoid mosquitoes, as that is the primary way this disease is transmitted. Mosquitoes obtain the virus by feeding on infected wild birds,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, director of Public Health and health officer. People can decrease their risk of infection by following these recommendations: • Avoid mosquito-infested areas at dawn and dusk. • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. • Use repellants containing DEET, picaridin, or eucalyptus oil. • Check window screens for holes. • Do not allow water to collect in old tires, flowerpots, pools,
birdbaths, pet bowls, etc. • Clean and chlorinate pools; drain water from pool covers. Information: (800) 975-4448, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Black Women’s Health Project Celebrates 15th Anniversary The California Black Women’s Health Project launched its 15th Anniversary celebration by hosting the “Women Who Dared: Our Legacy & Our Future Breakfast Gala,” honoring Sheryl Lee Ralph (actress and HIV/AIDS activist); Octavia Miles (lifetime community activist and director of UCLA WORKING – a Worksite Wellness Project); and Joyce Jones Guinyard (administrative director of the UCLA Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and a pioneer in the black women’s health advocacy movement.) Nearly 150 women and men gathered at the City Club in the downtown Wells Fargo Center Aug. 3 to recognize the women for their contributions to the community. The project, the only statewide organization solely dedicated to improving the health of California’s black women and girls, chose this year’s honorees for their passion and commitment to social justice conditions and health advocacy. Further information: (310) 412-1828, e-mail wellwoman@ cabwhp.org, www.cabwhp.org.
Cancer Survivors to Participate in ‘Friends and Family Night’ The SISTERS Breast Cancer Survivors Network has reserved seats for the Los Angeles Sparks game against the Chicago Sky Aug. 25, 7 p.m., at the Staples Center. Tickets are $15. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the network. Information: Jewel Williams, (323) 759-0200, email@example.com, www.survivorsofbreastcancer.org.
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Dr. Brennan Hughes, oral and myofascial surgeon.
be able to get some work done,” Hampton said. “This was just great. This is a fabulous idea.” The idea is the brainchild of Stan Brock, who at one time starred on the television program “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Having survived malaria, dengue fever, several wild animal attacks and various encounters with Longhorns and mustangs in British Guiana (now Guyana) when he was young, Brock
understands the need for medical care. Luckily for him, he survived without the care of a doctor. Others weren’t so fortunate. “I had to bury some of them,” Brock said. After being thrown from a horse and being told medical care was a 26day trek away, Brock made what came to be a life-altering decision. He was going to make it his See HEALTH CLINIC, page 11
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SPORTS BEAT Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. Five, seven and 70. Those were Tiger Woodsâ€™ numbers after he won the Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 9 with a 65 and a 12 under par for the day.
he couldnâ€™t walk without two canes. He said his knees were battered because the coaches wouldnâ€™t let him â€Ś play with knees or hip pads.â€? And the beat continues
Tiger makes his next start Aug. 13 in the PGA Championship and the numbers heâ€™ll be shooting for are six, 17 and 71. His seventh win at Bridgestone, his all-time wins, fifth victory in 2009 and his 15th majors win will put him three behind Jack Nicklausâ€™ all-time record of 18. And the beat continues Both the Dodgers (67-45) and Angels (65-44) were slipping and sliding off their lofty first-place places in the NL and AL West divisions as of presstime. Hopefully this trend will have ceased as the Dodgers completed a three-game set last night (Aug. 12) against the second-place San Francisco Giants
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