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Obama Signs Jobs Bill as CBC Chair Calls for Specific Help for Blacks BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY NNPA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF WASHINGTON (NNPA) — As the Black unemployment rate rose slightly last month, President Obama has signed the long-awaited jobs bill with hopes of turning around employment rates, which for African-Americans still nearly doubles the national average of 9.5 percent. “The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 will create jobs, help American companies compete, and strengthen manufacturing as a key driver of our economic recovery,” Obama said during a bill signing ceremony at the White House recently. “To make their products, manufacturers — some of whom are represented here today — often have to import certain materials from other countries and pay tariffs on those materials. This legislation will reduce or eliminate some of those tariffs, which will significantly lower costs for American companies across the manufacturing landscape — from cars to chemicals; medical devices to sporting goods. And that will boost output, support good jobs here at home, and lower prices for American consumers.”
Obama’s stroke of the pen will not wipe out all of the damage done during the economic crisis that started in earnest during the Bush administration. But, there are high hopes in Black communities where the jobless rate reached back to 15.6 percent last month, up from 15.4 in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment among Black males — though down significantly from its high of 19 percent in March — is still at 16.7 percent, nearly twice the average White rate of 8.6 and White male rate of 8.8 percent. There is contention among some that Obama may need to take specific actions to help quell the disparate economic suffering in the Black community. “Unemployment rates for African-Americans and Latinos remain unacceptably high at 15.6 percent and 12.1 percent, respectively, and highlighting the disproportionate impact the recession has had and the need for targeted efforts to address chronic unemployment,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement. In the president’s bill-signing statement, there was no specific
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President Barack Obama signs a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Behind him are, from left, Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and three out-of-work teachers teachers: Amanda VanNess of Toledo, Ohio; Shannon Lewis, of Romney, W. Va.; and and Rachel Martin of Richton Park, Ill. mention of the Black unemployment rate at the bill signing Aug. 11. However, recently, Obama acknowledged to thousands at the National Urban League Convention that Black communities had already been hit substantially by the economy before he ever took office. “The African-American unemployment rate was already much higher, the incomes and wealth of African-American families already
BRIEFS Memorial Honors Victims of L.A.’s ‘Grim Sleeper’ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Victims of the “Grim Sleeper” serial killer were honored with a photo memorial in South Los Angeles. Pictures of 10 slain women were placed in front of Bethel AME Church on Aug. 10 — the 25th anniversary of the first killing. Organizers say it’s an attempt to humanize victims who have become little more than names with the passage of time. People left flowers and candles and penned notes of consolation to the families on the photographs. Civic leaders also stopped by and an evening memorial service was planned. Local mechanic Lonnie Franklin Jr. has been charged with murdering women in a series of attacks from 1985 to 2007. A 14-year gap between assaults led police to dub the mysterious killer the “Grim Sleeper.” Police say DNA evidence led them to arrest Franklin last month.
L.A. Carwash Owners Sentenced To Prison (AP) — The owners of four Los Angeles car washes who were accused of mistreating workers have
each been sentenced to a year in prison as part of a plea agreement. Brothers Benny and Nissan Pirian also were ordered Monday to pay $1.25 million in unpaid wages to 54 workers and received four years probation. The men each pleaded no contest Friday to a half-dozen criminal counts, including conspiracy and grand theft, and several labor code violations. Prosecutors say the brothers’ employees worked for years without receiving minimum wage or overtime, and worked in hazardous conditions where they were regularly exposed to chemicals and also were not provided with drinking water. A prosecutor says the $1.25 million payment will be divided among the 54 workers named in the criminal complaint.
Excessive Bell Salaries Prompt Bills in California SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —California lawmakers are debating bills stemming from a salary scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell that set off a fierce debate about the compensation of municipal employees. The deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature passed in February, but lawmakers
are amending existing bills to allay fears that other municipalities could be paying excessive salaries to their employees. Under one bill going before the Legislature this week, SB501, all city, county and school district employees would have to report their compensation each year and have it posted on a public website. The secretary of state would develop a form for employees to report salaries, stipends and other reimbursement. “We have all heard about the pillaging in the city of Bell,” Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate, co-sponsor of the bill, told colleagues in a recent address. “This is one measure ... that will be coming through the process so that we will never see this situation again.” Sen. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, said he introduced SB501 to increase transparency in all levels of government. He said members of the Legislature and their staffs already report their compensation publicly. “People look through this stuff, and I think that’s good for the system,” Correa said. That bill will be heard in the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday.
lower,” he said. “There was less of a cushion. Many minority communities — whether in big cities or rural towns — had seen businesses and opportunities vanish for years, stores boarded up, young people hanging out on the street corners without prospects for the future.” He added, “So when we came in to office, we focused not just on rescuing our economy in the short run, but rebuilding our economy for the long run — creating an economy that lifts up all Americans.” He also told the NUL crowd that certain actions by his adminis-
tration have been intended to at least respond to the Black unemployment rate, including “making sure civil rights and anti-discrimination laws are enforced.” Meanwhile, the issue that was predicted to be his toughest is measuring up to its expectations, Obama said: “Now, we knew from the beginning that reversing the damage done by the worst financial crisis and the deepest recession in generations would take some time — more time than anyone would like. And we knew that it would require an ongoing effort across all fronts.”
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‘I Am Here,’ Rangel Declares Alianza, the Post reported, owes $280,000 to its employees and is slated to receive $2.5 million from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), which is a nonprofit organization associated with Rangel. Ken Knuckles, president and CEO of UMEZ, told the Amsterdam News that the Post story was AP Photo by Bebeto Matthews misleading in several Rep. Charles Rangel speaks during a news conference at his Harlem office, Aug. 12, ways. “We didn’t guarantee in New York. Rangel says he’s ready to start campaigning for re-election. The embattled 20-year House veteran says he is ready to stop discussing the ethics allegation any of the loans,” he pending against him. Rangel says he’s going to turn his attention back to his district explained. He said the funds provided for the in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. six-story building behind the Audubon Ballroom — commanding time that many of his BY HERB BOYD and the last work designed by the fellow Democrats preferred to SPECIAL TO THE NNPA spend celebrating the passing of a late Max Bond — is money for the FROM THE AMSTERDAM NEWS new jobs bill. Political consultant Bill Lynch (NNPA) — Congressman Charles Rangel, charged with 13 said in a recent interview that violations by the House ethics com- mainstream media “will do everymittee, took the House floor Aug. 10 thing they can to discredit him.” A recent story in the New York and, in effect, began his defense. Allotted an hour to express his Post is perhaps indicative of feelings about the charges, the 80- Lynch’s concern. According to the paper, year-old representative from Harlem, often resorting to the third per- Rangel was defiant in his defense son when referring to himself, threw of Alianza Dominicana, an Upper down the gauntlet and let his col- Manhattan charity group that is leagues know that he was not quit- enduring financial woes. “Anyone who wants to chalting, that “I am here.” “I rise to the floor because the lenge the integrity of Alianza newspapers and the media have Dominicana, talk to the people that indicated that there’s a concern of have been the beneficiaries of it,” some of the members of this House Rangel said during a prethat I retire or I remove myself from Dominican Day Parade breakfast at this body, and I’ve always tried to the Mamajuana Cafe on Dyckman play by the rules,” he said after Street.
“fit out or build out” or completion of a building that “will be a community asset (while) trying to preserve” many cultural aspects, Knuckles concluded. Rangel is trying to protect and preserve his career. During his floor speech, he made several references to his 40 years in Congress and the contributions he has made. “I’m the guy who was raising money in Republican districts to get you here,” he reminded some of his Democratic colleagues, many of whom are facing re-election bids and are wary of being too closely associated with him. Rangel also mentioned Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the legend he defeated in 1970, who, near the end of his political career, was similarly snared in a web of allegations about wrongdoing.
“Adam Powell knew (the situation) when they wouldn’t let him be seated,” Rangel said about Powell’s problems. “And the courts, of course, overruled it. But if I can’t get my dignity back here, then fire your best shot in getting rid of me through expulsion.” At the core of his speech was a call for the ethics committee to move with alacrity and not let him hang in the wind until November. “And maybe, just maybe, the members of the ethics committee might think about telling me when they think they might have a hearing, so that whatever they decide, I can let my constituents, my (family), my friends know that I did the best I could, as an American, as a patriot, and someone who loves this country,” Rangel concluded. “Thank you for your attention. Go home.”
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Dozens of people gathered Aug. 16 to remember Mitrice Richardson, the then-24-year-old African- American woman who was missing since last September and whose remains were recently found in a Malibu canyon. At the event, Michael Richardson, Mitrice’s father, stressed that he’s determined to find out what happened to his daughter. Mitrice Richardson was arrested at Geoffrey’s Malibu restaurant on Sept. 16, 2009, after reportedly not paying a bill for about $89. She was eventually taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills station in Agoura, and, after some time there, was released in the early morning without a purse, car or cell phone. Her remains were found last week. Pictured: (right) A crowd gathered at the vigil; (left) Michael Richardson speaks to the audience.
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African Diaspora South Africaâ€™s Womenâ€™s Day Takes Aim at Inequality Special to the NNPA from GIN (GIN) â€“ Following in the steps of 20,000 women who in 1956 marched to the Union Buildings, seat of government, in Pretoria, to protest racist pass laws, hundreds of women marked the day, Aug. 9, known as national Womenâ€™s Day. Led by Tshwane executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa, the march was held under the banner of â€œWorking together for equal opportunity and progress for women.â€? Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille paid tribute to the daughters and granddaughters of the women of 1956. â€œOver half a century later, on Womenâ€™s Day ... there is cause for some celebration, but much needs do be done.â€? A more critical note was sounded by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who faulted the African National Party (ANC) party for failing to implement its own policies â€“ especially those concerning women. â€œI wouldnâ€™t say the ANC has failed women ... itâ€™s the responsibility of every South African to transform society,â€? she said. But South African women need more than annual womenâ€™s rallies to solve their inequality, she said. At a crowded Buffalo City sta-
dium in the Eastern Cape, President Jacob Zuma agreed that rapid gender and racial transformation in the private sector was crucial. He urged men to â€œconfront their attitudes and insecurities.â€? Currently, less than 3 percent of top level directors in the private sector are Black women, while coloured and Indian women make up only 1 percent each of all top management positions, according to a new study. Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, said a planned new law would look at equal pay for equal work and â€œ5050 representation and participation of women in decision-making structures.â€? She said the bill will be introduced in Parliament soon.
Nigeria: Former VP Announces Presidential Bid BY BASHIR ADIGUN ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) â€” Nigeriaâ€™s former vice president Atiku Abubakar, who was accused of bribing a U.S. congressman while in office, announced Sunday he would seek the nomination of the oil-rich countryâ€™s ruling party to run for the presidency. Abubakar, 63, would need the
Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party to again accept him as a member before contesting the primary, as he ran unsuccessfully as a presidential candidate for an opposition party in 2007. However, his candidacy as a Muslim from northern Nigeria could pressure the party after a Christian from the south became Nigeriaâ€™s president earlier this year following the death of its elected Muslim leader. At a news conference Sunday, Abubakar told reporters he came to the decision after talking with family, friends and supporters. â€œI have no illusions about the toughness of the challenges ahead, but with the support of our people we can overcome them,â€? he said. He took only a few questions from reporters before rowdy supporters who flooded the event drowned out their voices. Abubakar served as vice president under President Olusegun Obasanjo during his two, four-year term presidency. Their time in office marked Nigeriaâ€™s return to democracy after a string of military dictatorships and failed governments that followed the nationâ€™s independence from Britain in 1960. However, Abubakar received the most international attention during the trial of ex-Louisiana congressman William Jefferson, whose freezer was stocked with $90,000 in cash at the time of an FBI raid. During Jeffersonâ€™s 2009 federal trial, a Nigerian businessman testi-
fying for the prosecution told jurors that Abubakar paid Jefferson $100,000 to help Abubakar make political contacts in the United States. A lawyer for Abubakar denied the allegation at the time. Orphaned at age 8, Abubakar worked through law school and joined the Nigerian customs service, rising to the secondhighest position after 20 years. He left as a wealthy businessman and his support helped ensure Obasanjoâ€™s electoral wins in 1999 and 2003. He fell out with the ruling party after refusing to support a constitutional amendment allowing Obasanjo to run for a third term. Abubakar is the second high-profile Nigerian to announce his plans to run in next yearâ€™s election, which could be held as early as January. Former Nigerian military leader Ibrahim Babangida, who seized power in a bloodless coup and annulled an election intended to hand over power to a civilian leader, also has said he will run. President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from Nigeriaâ€™s oil-rich and restive southern delta, has yet to say whether heâ€™ll run. Jonathan came to office after the May 5 death of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua, a Muslim from the country's north. An unwritten agreement in the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party calls for
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its presidential candidates to alternate between the Christian south and the Muslim north. Party leaders anticipated Yarâ€™Adua holding office for two, four-year terms, like his Christian predecessor Obasanjo. On Friday, the ruling partyâ€™s executive committee said Jonathan could stand in the 2011 election, though that wouldnâ€™t preclude any other candidate seeking the nomination during the primary.
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Shrimping Season in La. Reopens After Spill BY CAIN BURDEAU AND MARY FOSTER, AP WRITERS GRAND ISLE, La. – Fishermen who spent much of the summer mopping up oil from BP’s disastrous spill got back to work as the fall shrimping season in Louisiana’s coastal waters opened Monday amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean. Scores of shrimpers headed out at first light, and early reports indicated a plentiful and clean catch. But a new analysis of federal estimates show the optimism may be premature about how much oil remains in the Gulf. “We’re not seeing any oil where I’m at. No tar balls, nothing,” said Brian Amos, a 53-year-old shrimper who trawled in his 28-foot skiff, The Rolling Thunder, in a bay near Empire. It was a step toward normalcy for many coastal towns that have been in limbo in the nearly four months since the spill shut down fishing, an economic linchpin for dock owners, restaurants and many other businesses along the Louisiana coast. Louisiana ranks first in the nation in shrimp, blue crab, crawfish and oysters, and the state's seafood industry overall generates an estimated $2.4 billion a year. Five Georgia scientists who reviewed the data said Aug. 16 that instead of only 26 percent of the oil remaining, as a federal report said earlier this month, it’s actually closer to 80 percent. “Where has all the oil gone? It hasn’t gone anywhere. It still lurks in the deep,” said University of Georgia marine scientist Chuck Hopkinson. He headed the quick independent look by the Georgia Sea Grant program at the estimates the White House released.
White House energy adviser Carol Browner said on morning news shows earlier this month: “More than three-quarters of the oil is gone. The vast majority of the oil is gone.” The Georgia team said it is a misinterpretation of data to claim that oil that is dissolved or dispersed is gone. “The bottom line is most of it is still out there,” Hopkinson told The Associated Press. “There’s nothing in the report to substantiate the 26 percent.” Also Monday: • Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the oil-spill crisis for the government, said it will take at least a week to permanently plug the well with mud and cement once he gives the go-ahead for the “bottom kill.” He said he is not sure when that will happen, because scientists are working on ways to perform the kill without further damaging the well. • The Obama administration announced it is requiring environmental reviews for all new deep-water oil drilling, ending the kind of exemptions that allowed BP to drill its ill-fated well with little scrutiny. • BP said it will give federal and state health organizations $52 million to help people dealing with stress and anxiety because of the spill, which erupted after the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. The oil finally stopped flowing in mid-July after BP put a temporary cap on the blown-out well. Amos and his fellow shrimpers were working in Louisiana’s state-controlled waters, which extend three miles from shore. Shrimpers who ply those waters lost most of
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(Above) Shrimpers haul in their catch in Bastian Bay, near Empire, La., on the first day of shrimping season since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Aug. 16. their spring season — which runs from midMay to early July — because of the spill. The fall shrimping season runs from mid-August to December. Shrimping is also open in state-controlled waters off Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. Federal waters, which are open nearly year-round for boats to trawl for bigger shrimp, remain closed to shrimping off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, though some spots could open within days, depending on the results of extensive tests.
Laboratory tests on seafood from the gulf have shown little hazard from oil, and a test is being developed for the chemicals used to disperse the crude, though there is no evidence they build up in seafood. Still, shrimpers are worried that the public won't want what they catch. “I feel that we have had a bad rap on the perception of our product,” said Andrew Blanchard, who waited Monday for shrimp boats to arrive at his processing plant in Chauvin. Fewer arrived than normal, five versus the usual 20 on a normal opening
day, but he said that was because most boats are still doing cleanup work for BP, not because of any problem with the shrimp. Ravin Lacoste of Theriot said he believes his fellow shrimpers know better than to turn in a bad catch. “If you put bad shrimp on the market — we in enough trouble now with our shrimp,” Lacoste said. “You might can go in the closed waters and catch more shrimp. But it ain’t worth it.” Prices spiked soon after the rig explosion, fueled by fears that the shrimp would soon be unavailable. But then, despite state and federal assurances that the seafood reaching the market was safe, demand dropped and prices crashed a month ago. Things were precarious in the industry even before the spill. For the past decade, shrimpers along the Gulf Coast have had to contend with hurricanes, high fuel prices and a flood of imported shrimp. Louisiana’s shrimp harvest was valued at $240 million in 2000, but that dropped to about $133 million last year. The number of shrimp licenses issued by the state plummeted from about 44,000 in 1986 to 14,000 last year. Still, there are reasons for hope. There were fears that the spill would kill large amounts of shrimp larvae. But Martin Bourgeois, a state fisheries biologist, said initial observations show they may have made it through intact. Associated Press Writers Harry R. Weber, Kevin McGill and Tom Breen in New Orleans and Erica Werner, Lauran Neergaard and Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report.
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Some Muslims Question Mosque Near Ground Zero BY RACHEL ZOLL AP RELIGION WRITER NEW YORK — American Muslims who support the proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero are facing skeptics within their own faith — those who argue that the
He said the space should include a synagogue and a church so it will truly be interfaith. Abdul Cader Asmal, past president of the Islamic Council of New England, an umbrella group for more than 15 Islamic centers, said some
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the location they’ve got,” said Nomani, an advocate for women’s rights and tolerance in the Muslim world. The developers for the project, called Park51, have modeled their plan on a YMCA and Jewish Community Center. The site, two blocks from
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In this Aug. 14, 2010, photo, pedestrians walk past the 19th century building on Park Place in Manhattan where Muslims plan to build a mosque and cultural center in New York. project is insensitive to Sept. 11 victims and needlessly provocative at a time when Muslims are pressing for wider acceptance in the U.S. “For most Americans, 9/11 remains as an open wound, and anything associated with Islam, even for Americans who want to understand Islam — to have an Islamic center with so much publicity is like rubbing salt in open wounds,” said Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic studies at American University, a former Pakistani ambassador to Britain and author of “Journey Into America, The Challenge of Islam.”
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opponents of the $100 million, 13-story project are indeed anti-Muslim. But he said many Americans have genuine, understandable questions about Islam and extremism. In light of those fears, and the opposition of many relatives of 9/11 victims, Asmal said organizers should dramatically scale back the project to just a simple mosque, despite their legal right to construct what they want. “Winning in the court of law is not going to help improve the image of Muslims nationwide,” said Asmal, a Massachusetts physician. “You have to win the hearts and minds of the ordinary American people.” The project has touched off a national debate over religious tolerance, American ideals and the stillfresh pain of the terrorist attacks. The center’s leaders, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and his wife, Daisy Khan, have a long record of interfaith outreach in New York and beyond. They insist the center will be a voice for moderate Islam and will welcome people of all religions. Supporters are outraged that critics suspect the couple of an extremist agenda. Asra Nomani, author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam,” said she backs the idea of the mosque in principle but believes the feelings of families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks should trump the plan. “I haven’t been able to support the building of the mosque right there in
where the World Trade Center stood, will include a pool, gym and 500-seat auditorium for cultural events for the general public, along with a mosque and a Sept. 11 memorial. Rauf is now traveling overseas on his latest speaking tour for the U.S. State Department. Even among American Muslims who back the idea, there has been grumbling about what they consider the organizers’ public relations missteps. A plan to build what would essentially be a local city mosque has now turned into a national confrontation that is roiling Muslim communities nationwide. Rauf’s decision to remain overseas without making a statement on the controversy has also caused some frustration. Khan, and developer Sharif ElGamal of SoHo Properties, which owns the building, have mostly been the public face of Park51. “The total absence of Feisal Rauf has a ‘Where’s Waldo’ quality that is maddening in itself,” U.S. Muslim writer Aziz Poonawalla, who supports the center, told the blog ordinary-gentlemen.com. “I’m quite capable of defending Rauf against some of the accusations against him, but am not inclined to carry his water for him while he gallivants about the globe.” Beyond misgivings about the location, some U.S. Muslims have raised concerns about what the mosque could become after Rauf and Khan retire and inevitably turn the center over to new leadership. Like houses of
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worship in all faiths, Islamic centers can change over time depending on the worldviews of congregants and the imams who lead them. Nomani said American Muslims have not fully confronted extremism in Islam, which makes her worried that any mosque has the potential to become a haven for those with rigid views. “Yes, there is prejudice against Muslims in the modern day, but also Muslims in the modern day have an extremist problem,” Nomani said. Tawfik Hamid, an Egyptian scholar and reformer who said he was once a member of a terrorist group, said he had a “conditional objection” to the proposed Islamic center. He said it was not enough for Park51 leaders to call themselves moderate. Instead, they should “clearly and unambiguously” reject radicalization by opposing specific extremist practices, such as killing apostates, stoning women for adultery, calling Jews “pigs and monkeys” and "declaring war" on non-Muslims who refuse to convert. “This, in my view, will be perceived by radicals in Islam as a defeat for their ideology,” said Hamid, senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for
Policy Studies. “They think in a very primitive way. If they see a mosque near ground zero, this would certainly be perceived as a sign of victory for alQaeda. In the end, they will think, ‘They are bowing to us.’ ” Few American Muslims who lost relatives in the terrorist strikes have spoken out, but those who have are also divided. Talat Hamdani, a Muslim whose son Salman, a New York police cadet and emergency medical technician, was killed on Sept. 11, supports the proposal. “I’m not fighting for a mosque. I’m fighting for my rights,” she said. By contrast, Neda Bolourchi of Los Angeles, a native of Iran whose mother was on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, opposes the plan. “I fear that over time, it will cultivate a fundamentalist version of the Muslim faith, embracing those who share such beliefs and hating those who do not,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “To the supporters of this new Islamic cultural center, I must ask: Build your ideological monument somewhere else, far from my mother's grave, and let her rest.”
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SPORTS BEAT B Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. Tiger Woods still hasnâ€™t won a tournament in 2010. He tied for 28th place and only made 46,700 of those pretty little green ones.
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about the duo, according to the L.A. Times: â€œThose two guys are two of the finest sophomore cornerbacks I can imagine.â€? Ex-USC running back Stafon Johnson unfortunately has been injured â€” again. But the injury wasnâ€™t as
Lorenzen Wrightâ€™s body was found July 28 in woods outside Memphis after he had been missing for 10 days. He was shot to death in what police are calling a homicide. No arrests have been made.
Wrightâ€™s Ex-Wife Says He Left Her House With Drugs MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) â€” The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs the night he disappeared, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. Sherra Wright said her ex-husband left her home at 10:30 p.m. on July 18 with the drugs, returned a short time later, then left again with an unspecified amount of money, said an affidavit for a search warrant by Memphis police Sgt. W.D. Merritt. Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to â€œflip something for $110,000,â€? the document said. Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left her home in a car with a person she said she could not identify. Hours later, police dispatchers received a 911 call from Wright's cell phone and heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped. Wrightâ€™s body was found July 28 in woods outside Memphis. The 34-year-old had been missing for 10 days. No arrests have been made in the homicide and Memphis police
will not discuss whether they have a motive or suspects in the shooting death. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on July 27 five days after the former University of Memphis basketball star's mother filed a missing person report. Sherra Wright also told police that her ex-husband owned a shotgun that he kept at her home and a handgun he kept inside the family van. A search of the home and the van failed to turn up the weapons, the affidavit said. Police did find shell casings of different caliber bullets at the scene where Wright was shot, but they could not find Wrightâ€™s cell phone. The affidavit said police were going to use documents showing ownership of the two weapons to see if they match the bullet shell casings recovered at the crime scene. Wright, a 6-foot-11 forwardcenter, played with five teams during his 13-year NBA career. He averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 career NBA games.
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Woods will play again in Paramus, N.J., on Aug. 26 at the Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club. Martin Kaymer won the PGA C ha mpions hip a nd pic ke d up $1,350,000 in a playoff with Bubba Watson. Who would have ever thought Woods would ever tie for 78th place in a golf tournament? Well, recently he did at the Bridgestone Invitational. If Woods is to play in the Ryder Cup, he must be voted on the team. And the beat continuesâ€Ś University of Southern California running back Marc Tyler will have to go some to match the running feats of his dad, Wendell Tyler, the UCLA All-American and pro football star with the then-L.A. Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Wendell won all-star honors at Crenshaw High School. Young Tyler starred in high schools in Orange County. Has there ever been a Hall of Famer with a vice president of the United States as a personal friend? Well, former running back Floyd Little has one â€” Vice President Joe Biden. How good are UCLAâ€™s cornerback duo of Aaron Hester and Sheldon Price? Hereâ€™s what Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel has to say
Pierce, and the rest of the Celtics will play against the back-to-back champion Lakers. Also, the Lakers will open the season Oct. 26 against the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center. Lisa Leslie, now that she has retired as one of the greatest performers and record-setters in womenâ€™s basketball history, has a new goal: She wants to be an NBA studio analyst for TNT, the L.A. Times reports. Leslie tells the newspaper she feels she will fit just fine as a TV analyst with Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. â€œIâ€™ve got great love for Lisa,â€? the L.A. Times quoted Barkley as saying. â€œIt would be cool to work with her.â€? And the beat continuesâ€Ś Itâ€™s official: The Williams sisters â€” Venus and Serena â€” will play in the final of the Fed Cup in San Diego on Nov. 6 and 7, according to the U.S. Tennis Association. And the beat continuesâ€Ś The L.A. Dodgers and L.A. Angels of Anaheim will be missing in the post-season playoffs unless both teams can come up with a pair of miracles. They need to do a better job and win more games. Yes, just list both the Dodgers and Angels as â€œmissing in actionâ€? when it comes to the playoffs. And the beat ends. Brad Pye Jr. can be reached at email@example.com.
serious as when weights crushed his throat and larynx last September while he was in a gym. Johnson dislocated his ankle recently when his Tennessee Titans played against the Seattle Seahawks. The Titans lost 20-18. In other football news, the University of Pittsburghâ€™s Dion Lewis is being called the schoolâ€™s greatest running back since the great Tony Dorsett. Lewis rushed for 1,799 yards last season. And the beat continuesâ€Ś It seems Shaquille Oâ€™Neal has been welcomed to the Boston Celtics with open arms, especially by Ray Allen. â€œOne of our bad traits this past year was offensive rebounding and rebounding in general, and heâ€™s a guy that takes up a lot of space, so I definitely think he can help us,â€? The Associated Press quoted Allen as saying. The Celtics is the sixth team Oâ€™Neal has been with. Two big games of the NBA regular season will be played at the Staples Center: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat, will battle it out with the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day. And on Jan. 30, 2011, Oâ€™Neal, Paul
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