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Diversity summit offered inclusive practices See page B1

Vol. 84 No. 28

CAC Audited OCTOBER 11 – 17, 2012


Q&A with Claire McCaskill Incumbent senator supports Obama on important issues By Rebecca S. Rivas Of the St. Louis American U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is running for re-election on Nov. 6. The American: A lot of our readers may not know about some of the outrageous things that your opponent has said. Give the black community three reasons to vote against U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.

Claire McCaskill: Todd Akin wants to abolish programs. He wants to abolish the minimum wage. And he thinks employers should have the “freedom” to discriminate. He believes employers should have the freedom to pay anyone anything they like. If they negotiate a wage with an employee, it shouldn’t make any difference. If this is about employer freedom, then that would remove the ability to require employers to not discriminate against workers based on gender or race or anything else.

The American: You have been attacked relentlessly for your support of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Tell our readers the benefits of Obama’s health reform available now and the benefits to come. Claire McCaskill: There are a few benefits already in place. Young people can stay on their parents’ insurance policy. We made a


Sen. Claire McCaskill said she has supported President Barack Obama on numerous issues, from increasing Pell grants to passing health care reform.

BJC, CORTEX minority goals questioned Leaders urge developers to mirror city workforce ordinance ordinance (68412), which sets forth workforce goals on all city-funded public works contracts of 25 percent minority, The new BJC administration five percent women, 20 percent building and future projects in local workforce and 15 percent the CORTEX research park will apprentices. shoot for a goal of Although CORemploying 15 per “It would seem TEX leaders do not cent minority and that not adopting plan to follow the women workers on city’s workforce the proposed $2.2 Board Bill 75 is goals, Sandra billion phase of yet another poor Marks, who was CORTEX construcexample for recently selected as tion, said project CORTEX, setting the BJC project’s leaders at an Oct. 4 diversity consultminority and a negative tone.” ant, said the BJC women business administration outreach event. – City of St. Louis building and all Fifteen percent Comptroller CORTEX projects marks the lowest Darlene Green will mirror the goal for putting city’s goals on the minorities and business side. The women to work on projects will adhere to the a St. Louis City project of this mayor’s executive order (#28) scale in the last several years. goals of hiring 25 percent The $19-million O’Fallon minority business enterprises Park Recreation Center in North (MBEs) and 5 percent women St. Louis City put 33 percent business enterprises (WBEs). minority workers and four percent women to work. The Tiff in public financing Metropolitan Sewer District is aiming for 25 percent minority On Oct. 31, CORTEX CEO and 6.9 percent women workDennis Lower will ask the Tax force goals (on projects Increment Finance (TIF) $500,000 or more) on its upcoming $4.7 billion projects. See CORTEX, A7 In 2009, the city passed an By Rebecca S. Rivas Of the St. Louis American

Photo by Wiley Price

Sista Struttin’ in Forest Park About 8,000 supporters gathered in front of the Missouri History Museum for the third annual 3K Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk, organized by Clear Channel St. Louis, in Forest Park on Saturday morning.

History Museum controversy Media uproar reminder of missed opportunities for black community By Rebecca S. Rivas Of the St. Louis American People who grew up in St. Louis remember that two central exhibitions in the Missouri History Museum, for a long time, focused on Charles Lindbergh and the Veiled Prophet organization. “While Lindbergh is, rightfully, a St.

Louis icon, earlier exhibitions failed to tell the complete truth about his antiSemitism and Nazi sympathies,” stated the Missouri Historical Society in its case statement for the Center for History and Community Collections. And for the African-American community, this type of missing historical acknowledgment can create a barricade

to the museum, the society stated. That’s why in 2004 the society and Museum President Robert Archibald decided to build a center where the entire community could unite its history with that of the museum by sharing and archiving their stories together.

‘Bigger than life’

“Donald was a beautiful person who brought light into the lives of all comers.”

St. Louis remembers Helen Elizabeth Nash, M.D. fondly


By Sandra Jordan Of The St. Louis American

By Rebecca S. Rivas Of the St. Louis American

A beloved and respected children’s health advocate and medical pioneer, Helen Elizabeth Nash, M.D. passed away Thursday, October 4 at her home in St. Louis. She was 91. Dr. Nash blazed trails as an African-American woman training for and starting a medical practice in the 1940s. She opened her medical practice in 1949 in the St. Louis black business district, See NASH, A13


Donald M. Suggs, Jr., (1961 – 2012)

Donald M. Suggs Jr., son of St. Louis American publisher and executive editor Donald M. Suggs, died of heart complications in New York City on Fri., Oct. 5, 2012. He was 51. A St. Louis native but long-time resident of Manhattan’s East Village in New York City, Donald was a senior editor at The Village Voice, a former associate director at the Gay & Lesbian

Alliance Against Defamation, and a former program director at Harlem United Community AIDS Center. A memorial service is being planned in New York City. Many friends, colleagues and community members poured out their memories and praises of Donald on Facebook. “Donald was a beautiful person who brought light into the lives of all comers,” posted New See SUGGS, A13

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