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The University Gospel Choir performed with the Blue & Gold Marching Machine Saturday during halftime of the football team’s 16-3 defeat over Florida A&M. The performance that had been planned for over a month happened to take place a week after an alumni band member, Desiree Howard, died. Howard died from heart failure, she had been battling for several years, on Oct. 27. A silent, half filled stadium directed its attention toward the field as the band and gospel choir assembled to perform 3 moving pieces together: “Center of My Joy,” “I’ll Make It,” and “Thank You Lord.” It had not been stated previously, but this performance was an understood dedication to the fallen alumni band member. The initial idea came from Kenneth Ruff, band director. Thomas Jones, arranger, drill writer and music instructor for the band said Ruff is a very spiritual person so it is no surprise that he would want to team up with the gospel choir once again for a performance. The band and choir had a month and a half to prepare for this performance simultaneously. They still had to prepare for other performances separate from one another such as homecoming events, tours and road trips. “It was an overwhelming pleasure to work with Dr. Ruff, the staff and the band. The students did a phenomenal job,” said Ronald Jones, the Director for the University Gospel
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Choir. Jones said the choir already gets a high degree of exposure, but this performance helped make others more aware of them. The timing was great, though tragic. Since September, the band and gospel choir have been working together to plan a half time performance. It was a coincidence that the passing of Howard occurred exactly one week before the performance but her passing made this performance even more significant. The loss of Howard had an effect on both the band and choir, as she had friends within both organizations. Aaron Campbell, a senior industrial and systems student from Atlanta and best friend to Howard, reminisces their friendship. “She was absolutely one of my best friends. She never hesitated to help with or give me whatever I needed. We shared a bond that I only have with a couple of other people,” Campbell said. Howard played in the band from 2004-2006 as a proud Ebony Queen, the name of the clarinet section. She graduated in December of 2009. “As the week went on, we knew that we were dedicating the entire performance to her. It wasn’t said, but it was understood,” said Thomas Jones. The mood was somber. Jones could sense that the band members were emotional as they hit the field. For the band and choir, this may have been an emotional performance, but the audience loved it. Initially, the crowd sang to u See HALFTIME on Page 2
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Fonzworth Bentley visited campus in spite to urge students to go vote early and led students in a march to the polls in the Dudley Building during his Express RV bus tour in October.
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As the 2012 presidential elections closed, candidates pushed issues directed towards first time voters, young voters in school, women and voters concerned about major manufacturing companies around the world. This year’s election process highlighted crucial issues that affect a wide range of Americans. Both candidates have visited battleground states, various cities and college campuses to encourage people to vote. Celebrities like Alicia Keys and Fonzworth Bently have come to A&T’s campus to talk to the students about the importance of knowing their stance on political issues and how the candidates plan to help the country as a whole. “It has helped me to see how important it is, especially seeing how celebrities come down to HBCUs to encourage students to vote,” said Katrina Fields, a sophomore psychology major from Oxford, N.C. Also Tyson Beckford, Russell Simmons and A&T alum Jesse Jackson visited other areas in Greensboro. Before A&T’s homecoming concert, Trey Songz made
an appearance on Bennett’s campus. Early voting began Oct. 18 on A&T’s campus and ended Nov. 3, the last day to early vote in the entire state. There was a big push for people to vote early. At the Bill Clinton rally in Raleigh on Sunday, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) stated that over 2.7 million people had voted early. A march to polling the site in Dudley Building was held shortly after Alicia Keys left campus. Early voting helps avoid problems that could occur when a person heads to the polls. Another bonus of early voting is that the polling location does not matter, which enabled off campus students to vote at Dudley, or any other polling site near them as opposed to their designated site. As the first time many students have voted, Aggies were eager to partake in this election. “My key reason to vote early was that the tuition has been rising and I really need to stay in school and better my life,” said Lison Miller, a sophomore psychology major from Erie, Pa. Students and faculty on campus have been getting involved in the campaign from donating money, to volunteering time, or simply telling others about the importance of voting.
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alicia keys gives a speech to students of the importance of early voting and her support for President Obama.
Four years ago, A&T alum Craig Stokes brought the campus his “My Vote Counts” tshirts in a non-partisan effort to get people to vote. This election season has caused an increase of people wearing the shirts. Bookstore Director, Donna Morris-Powell stated, “the shirts have a big sale in the bookstore.”
The Presidential debates showcased the candidates’ positions on various issues from women’s rights to universal healthcare. One issue college students are discussing is where each candidate stands on higher education and it’s funding. Presiu See REACTIONS on Page 2
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the Gospel Choir participate in the halftime show with the Blue and Gold Marching Machine during the football game against FAMU on Saturday.
With the weather changing and the temperature drops, students are beginning to fall ill. As coughs and sneezes around classrooms, it is not surprising that these slight colds are being passed from Aggie to Aggie. “I am currently sick so I just make sure I go to bed ear-
ly enough to get my full amount of sleep at night and have time to get up and take extra steps to make sure that I’m good to go to class that day,” said Ariel Gilmer, a senior marketing major from Charlotte. Some students are opt to visit a health professional to what’s wrong, while others use this time to self-diagnose and conjure up “excuse notes” to get out of class. Before you Google your symptoms and think of the worst
scenario, be sure to visit Sebastian Health Center to receive a professional opinion. Nurse supervisor, Yvonne Parks wants students to know “we are officially in flu season.” It is extremely important that students take complete precaution when dealing with colds and their allergies. “Knowing all the symptoms of the flu and proper hand sanitizing is very important to the health of students during this
season,” said Parks. Students should wash their hands after frequently touching items on campus such as doors, computers, pens and stair rails. Sanitizing, increases chance s of avoiding the flu or passing illness on to others. When students are affected with the flu, or even if they have flu-like symptoms, Parks suggest that “those students should come in to Sebastian to be
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Golden Delight took part in the halftime performance on Saturday as a tribute to alumni band member, Desiree Howard who passed on Oct. 27.
the instrumental of “I Will Bless the Lord” that the band played while getting into formation. Javon Robinson, a senior sociology social work major from Durham, loved the half time show. “I don’t know many HBCU’s that would have their band and choir perform with one an-
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treated as soon as possible. The sooner we are able to treat the student, the less time they will have to spend out of class and in solitude.” Sebastian Health Center’s main concern for all students this season is to ensure they are treated effectively and that they are able to avoid coming into contact with the flu virus. Parks hopes to have a mild flu season, similar to last year, but she wants all students to be aware of their surroundings. Not only on campus but within the city of Greensboro as well, flu season is a hot topic for physicians and health centers. Having access to the Guilford County Department of Public Health and the Triad HealthCare Network in partnership with Cone Health, who are making sure residents of Greensboro are taken care of as well. According to a monthly column written by Dr. Edward N. Robinson Jr., Medical Director, Guilford County Department of Public Health, individuals need to take precaution of the weather and take care of themselves when seeing symptoms. He emphasizes that a flu shot is the
first plan of action along with using other medicines to treat other flu-like symptoms. He notes that in any case where you may have a fever and or aches and pain, over counter drugs such as Motrin, Tylenol would be useful in treatment. Robinson addresses other ways to prevent and help with curing oneself. “[I] haven’t been sick yet but I am taking vitamins daily to prevent that from happening. I’m anemic so I make sure I bundle up even if I look like I’m going snow surfing,” said Neque Willis, a junior supply management major from Charlotte. In order to stay healthy and to prevent the spread of any colds or flu, be sure to sanitize frequently, cover your mouth when coughing, see a professional immediately if you are not feeling well and stay well rested. For any information, utilize resources such as Sebastian Health Center, area hospitals and clinics, and the Guilford County Department of Public Health on flu shots and prevention in this cold and flu season, you can call to set up an appointment. –Email us theatregister@gmail. com and follow us on Twitter @ATRegister
dent believes higher education is important and wants to make sure that it is affordable for all Americans. Mitt Romney, however, wants to cut government funding for student loans. He also wants to cut the Pell grant, a major source of funding for a lot of students. “I love my education and my major and that’s some reasons why I voted, to keep myself in school,” Fields said.
As an alternative, he told students to ask their parents for the money for school. Many Aggies tweeted that their parents did not have $30,000 for them to borrow, which further showed the clear disconnect between Romney’s reality and that of an average American. “For the students and my grandchildren coming up in the world, I think President Obama will do great with a second as president,” said Patsy Frazelle,
manager in Brown Hall. “We don’t want to see student loans reduced anymore or the Pell grant taken away.” “This election is important because we are trying to correct things that did not go right in previous office administrations,” said assistant manager of Brown Hall, Tia Uitenham. –Email us firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter @ATRegister
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Post-storm construction hiring may aid U.S. economy ALEX VEIGA & MATTHEW PERRONE Associated Press
Hiring in the long-depressed U.S. construction industry will get a boost from the rebuilding that will follow Superstorm Sandy. Those jobs, in turn, could raise economic growth, analysts say. The modest lift to the economy is expected to come in the first months of 2013. Construction firms, contractors and local governments will hire to rebuild or renovate homes, buildings, roads and bridges that were damaged or destroyed. “This is going to be a net positive, particularly in the mid-Atlantic,” said Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director Moody’s Economy.com. Sandy inflicted up to $50 billion in estimated losses from property damage, lost business and additional living costs. The damage was concentrated near the coastlines of New Jersey and New York City. Construction jobs are especially vital to the economy. Pay is higher than average: At $25.86, average hourly pay tops the average of $23.58 for all
U.S. private-sector jobs — and is far above the averages for areas like retail ($16.43) and leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants and hotel jobs ($13.35). In addition, job growth in construction typically spurs hiring for other jobs, like architects, real estate agents and sellers of appliances, building materials and office equipment. The stocks of home-improvement retailers like Home Depot (up more than 3 percent) and Lowe’s (up nearly 6 percent) surged last week even as overall stock prices were flat. Boats and cars destroyed by Sandy will have to be replaced, too, likely leading to some increased manufacturing. Economists caution that the construction hiring may be only modest and will likely boost the economy only slightly. And the storm damage could slow growth a bit in the current October-December quarter. Factories, oil refineries, restaurants and stores that were closed or disrupted will cut hours or jobs. Some consumers will earn and spend less as a result. And some construction projects that had
been set to start will have to be canceled or put off. In the current quarter, the storm will slow the economy’s annual growth rate by a slight two-tenths of 1 percentage point, predicts Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo. But Vitner thinks reconstruction will speed the economy by the same amount in both the first and second quarters of 2013. Last quarter, the economy grew at an estimated 2 percent annual rate. Any help for construction could help invigorate the economy. Since the Great Recession ended nearly 3½ years ago, economic growth has been slowed by lost construction jobs and diminished residential and commercial building. Most of the rebuilding won’t start right away, analysts noted. Insurance claims must first be settled. Government money will need to be allocated in some areas. And if the Northeast winter is severe, much work will have to be put off until spring. Once construction firms step up hiring in the first few months of next year, Koropeckyj foresees a beneficial ripple effect.
“Not only will it help construction directly, but also the building supply stores, wholesale trade,” she said. “It’s going to be helping the automotive industry by boosting demand for utility trucks and pickup trucks.” The need for rebuilding is widespread in the areas hit by the storm. Along New Jersey’s 127-mile coastline, for example, Sandy wrecked thousands of homes, from multimilliondollar houses to modest bungalows, along with boardwalks, roads and bridges. “I have construction companies calling me — companies from North Carolina that have moved up here and want to partner up with us,” said James Jefferson, co-owner of Property Services Integrated, a contractor in Jersey City. “We’ll hire another manager, if not two managers, and another person in the office. We’ll probably pick up a handful or six new carpenters.” Some contractors and construction firms could face a shortage of the skilled workers they need for rebuilding. Many lost jobs and left the industry after the housing meltdown all but
General prosecuted for alleged sex crimes MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press
FORT BRAGG (AP) — U.S. Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a military hearing Monday he committed sex crimes against five women, including four subordinates and a civilian. An Article 32 hearing on evidence in the case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair opened Monday at Fort Bragg, a sprawling post that is home to the 82nd Airborne Division. Officials said it was expected to last at least two days. Sinclair faces possible courts martial on charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships, misusing a government travel charge card, and possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed. He served as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the division’s troops in Afghanistan from July 2010 until he was sent
home in May because of the allegations. Before prosecutors could begin presenting their case Monday, defense lawyer Lt. Col. Jackie Thompson said military investigators had violated Sinclair’s rights by reading confidential emails he had exchanged with his lawyers and wife discussing the accusations against him. Under questioning from Thompson, the lead investigator in the case acknowledged she had read the confidential e-mails, violating the terms of the subpoena used to obtain them from Sinclair’s service provider. Those e-mails were later turned over to prosecutors, who are barred from seeing Sinclair’s communications with his counsel. Thompson then asked Criminal Investigative Command Special Agent Leona Mansapit if she had the resources she needed to conduct a proper investigation in Sinclair’s case. “Probably not, sir,” Mansapit replied. “I wish I had.”
The defense is asking the hearing officer, Maj. Gen. Perry L. Wiggins, to either require all new prosecutors be assigned or have the case thrown out. Until now, the Army had kept details secret in the rare criminal case against a high-ranking officer. In other high-profile cases, Army prosecutors have been quick to release charging documents. In March, the Army quickly released charge sheets laying out evidence against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of gunning down 17 Afghan civilians in a massacre in southern Afghanistan. The first Article 32 hearing in Bale’s case also began Monday across the country at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, Washington. There have been only two other court-martial cases against Army generals in recent years. Prosecutors in Sinclair’s case alleged at Monday’s hearing that the crimes occurred between 2007 and 2012 in places including Iraq, Afghanistan and
Germany, as well as Fort Bragg and Fort Hood in Texas. In one case, prosecutors also said that Sinclair threatened one woman’s career, as well as her life and the lives of her relatives, if she told anyone about his actions. Sinclair’s attorney asked for the charges to be thrown out, arguing that the prosecutors had read confidential emails between the general and his defense. Defense attorney Lt. Col. Jackie Thompson said this violated his client’s rights and asked that new prosecutors be brought in to try the case. Army prosecutors have made documents similar to indictments in civilian courts available in other high-profile cases. The general was deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan before being abruptly relieved. The hearing officer called a recess until early Monday afternoon to give a legal adviser time to review the documents.
froze demand for construction. Nearly 30 percent of the industry’s jobs vanished. Their loss has been a chronic drag on the economy. Typically, once recessions end, construction booms and fuels a new economic expansion. That didn’t happen after the recession officially ended in June 2009, which helps explain why growth and hiring have remained subpar since. Construction has begun to recover. Last month, U.S. home construction reached its fastest rate in more than four years — a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 872,000. That’s more than 82 percent above the recession low. Yet it’s still well short of the 1.5 million annual rate considered healthy and the 2 millionplus homes that were begun at the peak of the housing boom in 2007. Just in New Jersey, construction employment since the boom has shrunk by a third, or 60,000 — 12,000 of them this year. “It’s going to be harder for construction firms to find these by-definition experienced workers,” said Ken Simonson,
chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. “Given that it’s been six years of no net gain in (construction) employment, I think a lot of them would be hesitant to say ‘I’ll drop the job I’ve now found or give up on the training that I’m getting and go back to construction.’” Some construction companies have struggled to find carpenters or wallboard installers, in addition to pipe-fitters and welders who have migrated to the oil and natural gas industries, Simonson said. Still, most economists expect the sudden demand for construction jobs to draw more workers into the industry, at least temporarily. “We will see not only construction workers in the northeastern part of the country, but workers from around the country will be flocking to the area,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University. “I think it will be a significant boost to the construction industry.” 7 p.m. Carver Hall Larceny Further Investigation
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ATLANTA (AP) — Over the last decade, the federal government has withheld money from four states and the District of Columbia for the poor performance of their child protection systems. The effectiveness of those federal reviews and the wisdom of penalizing cash-strapped child welfare agencies has been a matter of debate among experts in the field. That issue remerged in September when two child protection workers were arrested and accused of manipulating data so it would appear they were meeting internal guidelines related to the federal review process. State child protection agencies are heavily funded by the U.S. government. Started around 2000, the U.S. Administration for Children and Families began reviewing state-run programs to determine how they were serving children. Prior reviews focused largely on whether federal money was spent correctly. Penalties from that process have cost child welfare agencies nearly $11 million and counting in Georgia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington, D.C., according to ACF spokesman Kenneth Wolfe. Sanctions against South Carolina and Rhode Island are ongoing, while the penalties against the other states have ended. The penalties are relatively small compared to overall agency budgets, but they still sting.
The budget for Georgia’s child protection system fell from $487 million in 2008 before the Great Recession to $395 million now, a cut of roughly 18 percent, according to estimates compiled by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. “In these economic times, it’s probably not achieving what it was originally desired to achieve,” said Alberta Ellett, a professor studying social work at the University of Georgia, who described the process as well-intentioned though problematic. Other states had trouble too. Budget cuts and a foster home shortage hampered South Carolina in finding permanent homes for children and placing children in foster care with their siblings, according to the reviews. Rhode Island was faulted for not keeping children in their homes when possible and for not having enough quality caseworker visits to parents and children. States must create improvement plans to deal with problems. In its last 188-page submission, Georgia acknowledged it sometimes focused too much on helping individual children without fully considering other factors present in a home. Critics have argued that review teams examine too few cases to draw reliable statistical conclusions. “Hopefully not to the point of malfeasance, but hopefully trying to figure out how we get another 20 kids home every month,” he said.
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Chinese communist commitee will impact economy Tom Lasseter
BEIJING — If all goes according to plan, in about two weeks a small, secretive group comprising some of the world’s most powerful leaders will walk across a red carpet in downtown Beijing. The members of the Chinese Communist Party’s new politburo standing committee almost certainly will make their first public group appearance lined up and wearing uniformly dark suits, tepid smiles and dyed black hair. As the apex of power in the globe’s second-largest economy, the committee’s decisions will affect not only the region but also much of the planet. Yet despite much informed analysis in the run-up to the once-adecade transition in top national leadership here, the long-term intentions of that cloistered band of Communist Party leaders are anyone’s guess. The unveiling of China’s new rulers will be a reminder that nowhere else today is so much geopolitical strength combined with such thick secrecy. Not even the size of the committee is certain. It will be either seven or nine members, depending on backroom negotiations thought to be still ongoing. Only two so far are assumed to be confirmed: Vice President Xi Jinping, 59, will be presented to the West as China’s incoming president, though his mightier title will be general secretary of the Communist Party; now-Vice
Premier Li Keqiang, 57, will join him as premier. The other members are expected to be revealed after a weeklong assembly that begins Thursday, known officially as the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. The standing committee will confront a daunting list of challenges, including: _Corruption, which is viewed as having run rampant throughout the ranks of officialdom. _A growing gap between the country’s privileged elite and its vast population, which is the source of deeply rooted resentment. _Increasing worries about the possibility of a slowdown in the nation’s economy that could cut into employment. For a regime intensely preoccupied with social stability, that could spell trouble. _Staggering environmental woes, which have been emphasized by large-scale demonstrations this year against chemical plants in local communities. It’s far from clear that the leadership will push in major new directions, notwithstanding the festering issues. The standing committee rules by consensus, and Xi will have a hard time steering party power sharply on those or other issues. As with the other potential committee members, Xi has spent much of his life in the ranks of the Communist Party, an organization made nervous by its own historical turmoil about change that’s too big or too sudden.
“There is nothing in Xi’s background to suggest that thinking deeply about or experimenting with political reform has been a priority,” Elizabeth Economy, the director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, said in an email exchange. “Throughout his career, he seems to have been far more focused on developing the economy in a smart and rational manner.” If there is to be transformation, many observers anticipate that it will come in the economic sphere. The entrenched power of large state-owned enterprises is widely seen as having stifled moves to diversify the economy. Breaking up their monopolies would be difficult, however, and it’s not clear to what extent the enterprises’ interests are intertwined with those of senior officials or members of their inner circles. Western news reports this year have described staggering wealth for those connected to top Chinese leaders. The family of the politician who’s most famously positioned himself as a reformer, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, was found by a recent investigation by The New York Times to have assets worth at least $2.7 billion. China responded to that report by blocking access to the Times’ Chinese- and English-language websites. Censors did the same to Bloomberg News’ site after it ran an analysis of Xi’s family in June that tabulated hundreds of
millions of dollars in assets. Xi is considered a possible reformer, but so was President Hu Jintao when he came into office. After a decade of the Hu administration, however, that characterization seems misguided, with domestic repression and corruption rife. Whether the same will be true for Xi remains unknown. Many analysts point to a disconnect between what Western ears hear when Chinese leadership speaks about “reform” and what is actually meant. “Any reformers in the Chinese context, they are not going to introduce multiparty elections. They are not going to legalize opposition parties,” said Wang Zhengxu, an expert on Chinese politics and the deputy director of the China Policy Institute at England’s University of Nottingham. “But if you talk about reformers who are willing to try local elections, who are willing to give more freedom to civil society groups, who are willing to enforce the rules to force the government officials to be more accountable, you may be able to find a few.” Wang, speaking by phone, added, “Their objectives are to make the government work better, not to reduce the monopoly of power of the party.” Economy, at the Council on Foreign Relations, pointed to two candidates whose inclusion might signal desire for political reform: Wang Yang, the 57-year-old party secretary of coastal Guangdong province,
and Li Yuanchao, 61, who heads the party’s organization department. On Friday, a prominent Hong Kong newspaper reported that neither man was on the current list, although it said that with less than two weeks to go there could be last-minute changes. “Conservatives appear poised to dominate the Communist Party’s new leadership as furious horse trading continues,” said the article in the South China Morning Post. The Post noted that five of those in its probable lineup for the standing committee will have reached the targeted retirement age of 68 at the next party congress in five years, when Xi and Li will remain but others may be shuffled. Beyond the individuals at hand, the broader structure of the Chinese Communist Party, which in many ways still resembles that of the defunct Soviet Union, brings with it a political and bureaucratic inertia that analysts say would be hard to shift. “Changing that in a meaningful political way is way beyond the capabilities of a Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao or whoever else is at the top,” said Sam Crane, a professor at Williams College in Massachusetts who specializes in the study of political power in China and ancient Chinese political philosophy. Given the operatic nature of Chinese politics this year, it’s difficult to forecast what, exactly, the landscape will look like
going forward. A Chinese politician who was once a top contender for the standing committee, Bo Xilai, now awaits formal indictment for as-yet-unnamed charges. He’s been accused by the party, via state media, of abusing official power, receiving “huge” bribes and maintaining “improper sexual relationships with a number of women.” His wife was sentenced in August to death with reprieve for the murder of a British businessman. The downfall of Bo, the scion of a famous party leader, doubtless enflamed factional jockeying over who’ll-getwhat. The same is probably true for the cover-up of a car crash that reportedly killed the son of a top ally of President Hu. In that March accident, the aide’s son was said to be driving a black Ferrari that slammed into a wall, killing him and seriously injuring two female passengers who were allegedly in various stages of undress at the time. Amid the considerable confusion, former President Jiang Zemin, 86, has been appearing in public of late, a development that observers take as a sign that he’s become heavily involved in brokering deals over the standing committee slots. Just last year, there were rumors that Jiang had died or fallen into a vegetative state. There are questions about why Xi disappeared for in September. Few are counting on an answer by the time he and the rest of the standing committee are introduced this month.
Prison factories in Puerto Rico seeks to define relationship to US private biz debate DANICA COTO
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park. Step a little closer and it’s clear the apparel shop lies in the middle of a medium-security federal prison in east Alabama. The factory and those like it that employ convicted felons are at the heart of a simmering debate about whether prisons should be siphoning away jobs — at much lower wages — that could be filled by those who need them during the nation’s toughest period of unemployment in decades. Congressional Republicans, a handful of Democrats and private-industry critics want to clamp down on Unicor, the trade name for Federal Prison Industries. Almost 13,000 inmates working in federal lockups around the country for a few dollars a day make everything from military uniforms to office furniture to electrical parts that are sold exclusively to federal agencies. With annual revenues that reached $900 million last year, Unicor is the federal government’s 36th-largest vendor. Corrections officials say the program teaches prisoners invaluable job skills and personal discipline that help cut down on their return to prison. Inmates who work in the program are 24 percent less likely to commit more crimes than other prisoners after being released, they say. “While it operates as a business, the real output is inmates who are trained in marketable job skills so that they can return to the community as productive members of society,” Philip J. Sibal, senior deputy assistant director of Federal Prison Industries, told a congressional committee earlier this year. But Misti Keeton’s eyes welled with tears at the thought of losing her job to a convict. She sews military apparel in the west Alabama town of Fayette at American Power Source. The company is laying off about 50 workers at her plant and another one in Columbus, Miss., after losing a contract to make Air Force exercise garb to Unicor. “I’m terrified,” Keeton said
as she fed camouflage cloth through a machine with one hand and wiped away tears with the other. “I’ve got two teenagers at home. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say to them if I lose this job. I don’t know what I’m supposed to feed them.” Critics of the program say Unicor undercuts private companies because of lower operating costs and laws that require federal agencies to use inmateproduced products when able. Inmates in the Talladega prison factory are paid by the pieces of clothing they complete and average around $150 a month, which goes into an account at the prison. At American Power Source, workers make $9.25 an hour average, or about $1,480 a month based on a 40-hour week. Federal prisoners, though, haven’t taken huge numbers of jobs away from private industry. Private groups supporting limits on Unicor’s operation have documented only 300 or so layoffs directly linked to private companies losing work to federal prisoners, all at four textile plants in Alabama and Tennessee. And, though Unicor doesn’t have to pay benefits like many private employers, Talladega plant manager Robert Bynum said the factories face a challenge other businesses don’t: Making quality products with convicted felons, many of whom don’t know how to work. “Every day I get guys who’ve never had a job,” said Bynum. Correctional officers are stationed all around the prison, but not inside the factory unless needed. The tension between private jobs and rehabilitating prisoners has hounded the prison industry program since it began under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression in 1934, when the national unemployment rate was 22 percent. Back then, the American Federation of Labor opposed creating a prison-based manufacturing network, arguing it would suck jobs away from the private sector at a time when working people needed every job they could get. Federal agencies are now required to purchase items when possible from Unicor. However, Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., is the primary sponsor of legislation to change that.
Puerto Rican voters will once again ponder the decadesold question over the island’s political future when they go to the polls Tuesday: What kind of relationship do they really want with the United States? Do they support the status quo? Or would they prefer statehood, independence or “sovereign free association,” a designation that would give the island of nearly 4 million people more autonomy? Officially, the Caribbean island is the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a semi-autonomous extension of the U.S. mainland, its giant neighbor 1,000 miles to the northwest. But in fact it is a territory, lacking both the freedom of an independent country and some of the fundamental rights it would have if it was a U.S. state. Aimed at resolving the 114-year-old conundrum over Puerto Rico’s status, Tuesday’s referendum marks the fourth time in 45 years that a vote has been held on the island’s future. Past balloting has never given statehood a majority, and independence never garnered more than 5 percent, but debate over the territory’s legal standing remains heated. The latest vote comes at an especially difficult time for the island as it struggles to recover from an economic crisis and fights a wave of violent crime. Puerto Rico reported a record
1,117 killings last year, and its 13.6 percent unemployment is higher than that of any U.S. state. The ballot measure’s first question asks voters if they support the island’s current status, while a second one offers the options of statehood, independence or sovereign free association. The U.S. Congress would have to agree to any change. Recent surveys have said a limited majority favors the status quo in the referendum’s first question. Regarding the second question, surveys found statehood and increased autonomy nearly tied, with a small percentage favoring independence. Noel Colon Martinez, a political analyst who once ran for governor under the Puerto Rican Independence Party, said the referendum is confusing because it forces voters to choose from three options they might not favor. Colon also said that whatever the vote’s outcome, the U.S. Congress is unlikely to lend too much attention to the status debate given Puerto Rico’s “pressing economic, political and social problems.” Voter turnout likely will be high, said Luis Delgado, who heads an organization that supports increased autonomy for Puerto Rico. “It’s a tiny country of 4 million people coming face-to-face with the world’s biggest political and economic empire,” he said, describing the
island’s relationship with the United States. The referendum is being held along with elections for Puerto Rico legislators and governor, with Gov. Luis Fortuno of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party seeking a second term. He is running against Alejandro Garcia Padilla of the Popular Democratic Party, which supports the island’s current political status. Even though Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they cannot vote in Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Both President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have said they support the referendum, with Obama saying he’ll respect the people’s will if there is a clear majority. Backers of statehood consider Puerto Ricans’ inability to vote for president an outrage, and remind voters that the island would benefit from an extra $20 billion a year in federal funds if it could become the 51st U.S. state. It would also get two seats in the U.S. Senate and five in the House of Representatives, instead of its current single congressional representative with limited voting powers. “We don’t want to continue being a colony. We want the full rights that we’re entitled to as American citizens,” said Thomas Rivera Schatz, president of the territory’s local Senate. “Because we’re a colony, we have the misfortune of being first (in line) for federal
cuts and last in line for handouts.” Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, a statehood supporter who represents Puerto Rico in the U.S. House, is seeking re-election and running against Rafael Cox Alomar. Pierluisi said some people on the U.S. mainland incorrectly view Puerto Rico as a welfare state that is “too Spanish,” and insisted it eventually will become a state. “It’s going to take a while for my colleagues in Congress to accept it, to deal with it,” he said. Those who favor the status quo insist statehood would erode the island’s culture, including its use of the Spanish language. Leoncio Burgos said he voted against statehood in 1967, 1993 and 1998, and will vote the same way Tuesday. Playing dominoes under a leafy tree in a public park, the 90-year-old San Juan resident said he is a lifelong member of the Popular Democratic Party, which favors the status quo. Independence supporters, say the island should stop depending on federal funds and needs the freedom to negotiate trade agreements with any country without U.S. approval. Juan Dalmau, gubernatorial candidate with the Puerto Rican Independence Party, compared the island’s current status to a bonsai: “The Americans look at the colony as a cute, tiny little thing because it’s convenient to them.”
Terrorist scolds prosecutors in N.C. beheading trial EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press
RALEIGH (AP) — A man who is already serving 45 years in prison for a terror plot that aimed to kill U.S. troops read Quranic verses to jurors Monday and scolded the federal judge and prosecutors at the start of his trial on charges that he plotted to have government witnesses in his earlier trial beheaded. Acting as his own attorney, Hysen Sherifi, 28, waved off opportunities to resist the government’s case against him. After opening statements by prosecutors, Sherifi read religious verses in Arabic and lectured jurors on their meaning in English. “We fight for Allah. We have authority. Do you have authority to make laws for mankind?” Sherifi told jurors without de-
scribing who else he claimed to represent. “We do not make laws. We follow the laws that have been revealed by Allah.” Sherifi was one of six Raleigh-area Muslims convicted last year for plotting to attack the Marine base in Quantico, Va., and overseas targets. The case hinged largely on surveillance tapes made by confidential informants paid by the FBI, with no direct evidence any of the men had actually agreed to kill anyone. A prosecutor said in opening arguments Sherifi tried to hire a hit man to behead government witnesses who testified against him in his terror trial. His brother Shkumbin Sherifi, 22, and former special education teacher Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 47, of Raleigh pleaded guilty to lesser charges last week and could testify against Hysen Sherifi.
Hysen Sherifi was already in custody in the terror case when he asked another inmate in the same lockup to help him hire a hit man, said prosecutor Matthew Blue of the U.S. Justice Department’s counterterrorism section. The fellow inmate contacted the FBI, allowing federal agents to set up a sting operation that included a confidential informant posing as the representative of a shadowy assassin named Treetop. At Hysen Sherifi’s direction, his brother and Elshiekh spent the first week of 2012 rounding up $5,000 to pay for the initial hit on a government witness, Blue said. Elshiekh hocked her gold jewelry to help finance the beheading, he said. In the sting, a middleman collected the money and later provided faked pictures appearing to show the targeted witness
beheaded. His co-conspirators brought Hysen Sherifi a photo, holding it against the wire separation in the jail’s visiting area, Blue said. Sherifi told the inmate claiming to have murderfor-hire connections he wasn’t satisfied with the killing, Blue said. “He had one complaint; ‘I wish you wouldn’t have wasted a bullet. I wish you would have just chopped his head off,’ “ Blue told jurors. Sherifi’s family are ethnic Albanians who fled Kosovo in 1999 during a brutal sectarian war with Serbs. Under questioning from U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt on Monday, Hysen Sherifi said he is a citizen of Kosovo. Britt allowed Hysen Sherifi to shout and otherwise lecture jurors for about 15 minutes before telling him to quit. He did.
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Where will Sandy’s victims live? Sales skyrocket JENNIFER PELTZ & MEGHAN BARR Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Government leaders are turning their attention to the next crisis unfolding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: finding housing for potentially tens of thousands of people left homeless. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has already dispensed close to $200 million in emergency housing assistance and has put 34,000 people in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area up in hotels and motels. But local, state and federal officials have yet to lay out a specific, comprehensive plan for finding them long-term places to live, even as cold weather sets in. And given the scarcity and high cost of housing in the metropolitan area and the lack of open space, it could prove a monumental undertaking. For example, can enough vacant apartments be found? Will the task involve huge, Hurricane Katrina-style encampments of trailer homes? And if so, where will authorities put the trailers? In stadiums? Parks? Authorities cannot answers those questions yet. “It’s not going to be a simple task. It’s going to be one of the most complicated and long-term recovery efforts in U.S. history,” said Mark Merritt, president of Witt Associates, a Washington crisis management consulting firm founded by former FEMA director James Lee Witt. Tactics that FEMA used in other disasters could be difficult to apply in the city. For example, Merritt said, it’s impossible to set up trailers in people’s driveways if everyone lives in an apartment building, and it’s harder to find space to set up mobile homes. Sandy killed more 100 people in 10 states but vented the worst of its fury on New Jersey
and New York. A week after the storm slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, 1.4 million homes and businesses remained in the dark. Another storm — a nor’easter packing heavy rain and gusts of 50 to 60 mph — was headed for the metropolitan area Wednesday, threatening more flooding and power outages that could undo some of the repairs made in the past few days. With the temperatures dropping into the 30s overnight, people in dark, unheated homes were urged to go to overnight shelters or daytime warming centers. Because so many voters have been displaced by the storm, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing people to vote in Tuesday’s statewide and presidential elections at any polling place in the state. New Jersey had already taken similar measures. “Just because you are displaced doesn’t mean you are disenfranchised,” Cuomo said. “Compared to what we have had to deal with in the past week, this will be a walk in the park when it comes to voting.” As for long-term housing for the homeless, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that the government is looking into using everything from hotels and motels to FEMA trailers and prefab homes. “Given the extent of need, no option is off the table,” she said. “All of them will have some place in this puzzle.” Napolitano said the government’s first priority is getting people to a warm place where they can eat a hot meal. Beyond that, the government wants to find housing as close to people’s homes as possible. “Whether we’ll be able to accomplish that, I couldn’t say,” she said. “We’re just now getting a handle on housing.”
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Men’s Fashion and Sneaker Boutique opens in downtown Greensboro shanea phillips Contributor
Looking for an outfit that will set you apart from the crowd? The new men’s fashion and sneaker store Social Status (602 South Elm) offers a wide range of upscale, unique brand name items that will satisfy even the most fashion-forward crowd. Owner, James Whitner has been in this business since the opening of his first store in 2005. With stores in Charlotte and Pittsburgh, Whitner decided to bring his store to Greensboro, an upcoming metropolitan city. Whitner likes Elm Street specifically for its artsy vibe. He plans to tie his newly opened store into the fabric of the city and connect with the universities in the area. Voted the Top Ten Sneaker Boutique in the South by Complex magazine, Social Status offers more than 20 brands such as Nike, 10 Deep, True Religion and Billionaire Boys Club that is impossible to find at local malls. Social Status strives to stay ahead of the constantly changing fashion trends by offering exclusive sneakers and international brands. This has
gained the store visits by rappers Wale, Rick Ross and R&B singer Usher, as well as basketball player Carmelo Anthony. Social Status is a one-stop shop for all occasions. You can find hats, watches, glasses, bags, phone cases, outerwear, jeans and tops ranging from $25$600. Social Status is also its own brand offering snapbacks, fleece sweatshirts and jeans made from imported material. Customers will automatically feel welcomed by the knowledgeable sales associates, seen sporting the latest Jordans and snapback caps. The boutique resembles upscale sneaker stores that are found in lower Manhattan with glass display cases, finished wooden floors and the latest hip-hop playing in the background. Ipads are displayed throughout the store, offering customers the opportunity to research unfamiliar brands and tweet about the store. “Our job is to educate the people on our products and service the people who are trying to take their fashion to the next level,” said Whitner. —email The Register at email@example.com and follow us Twitter @ATRegister
Officials have yet to even establish the magnitude of the problem. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that officials are going door-to-door in hard-hit areas to assess the need for shelter. He said the worst-case estimate is 40,000 people, half of them in public housing. But he said as many as 20,000 will probably get their heat and power back within a few days. Ultimately, the number of people who need housing could be under 10,000, he said. In New Jersey, state officials said they are still trying to figure out how many people will need long-term housing. At least 4,000 residents were in New Jersey shelters. In the meantime, Bloomberg appointed Brad Gair, an emergency management specialist, as chief of housing recovery operations, with responsibility for overseeing the city’s efforts to find shelter for those left homeless by the storm. At a news conference, the mayor asked for patience after reporters pressed Gair for more specifics on how he intended to deal with the problem. Bloomberg pointed out that Gair had been on the job for only four hours. “I want to assure everyone that every New Yorker who needs a warm place to live and a roof over his or her head is going to have one,” Bloomberg said. Cuomo said that, statewide, solving a problem that extends from city to suburb is “going to be a community-by-community option.” While some local governments may want trailers, for instance, others may look to motels or apartment rentals. In the New York City borough of Staten Island, blue-jacketed FEMA volunteers knocked on doors in a devastated neighborhood, making sure everyone
was registered to apply for aid. Amin and Rachael Alhadad and their four children have been sleeping sitting up in their Jeep. They were supposed to finally meet with FEMA workers on Monday afternoon. “We’re homeless right now and it just keeps getting worse every day,” Amin Alhadad said. “We can’t shower, we can’t use the bathroom, we can’t sleep properly. We’re struggling right now. I’m losing my job right now due to this.” Alhadad said FEMA told him the government would deposit $2,900 in his account for a hotel, but it has yet to show up. He planned to make some phone calls to see if there were any hotel rooms available. His kids do not want to go to a shelter. “I’m all out of ideas. I’m dazed and confused,” he said. Relief agencies have been conferring with real estate agents in hard-hit areas like Belle Harbor in the Rockaways section of New York City but have found only a few vacancies, said Yisroel Schulman, president of the New York City Legal Assistance Group. And even if people can find apartments, FEMA payments for temporary housing may fall short in a city known for its expensive housing. “In the short term, the government is completely ill-prepared,” Schulman said. It’s unclear what plans the city, state and federal government had before the storm to deal with a housing crisis of this magnitude. But in 2007, the city Office of Emergency Management held a design competition for post-disaster housing if a Category 3 hurricane smashed the city and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The winning ideas included building a six-story complex mounted on ship hulls; using debris to create provisional housing; and turning shipping containers into living quarters.
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jenell mcmillon Senior Reporter
Terrence Haynes Jr. is not the normal student at A&T but a clothing designer and creator of “Fly Minds.” Fly Minds started in 2008 as a dream with great expectations. When Haynes came to A&T in 2010, he was able to produce his first shirt. The products began to spread locally as Haynes sold apparel to his friends, but later he realized the need to expand his business in order for it to be successful. Haynes began to reach out to other groups of people and artists to get a fully developed brand. When he decided to create a clothing brand, he never imagined that celebrities would be wearing it as soon as they did. Fly Minds is up and coming with celebrities like Big K.R.I.T. and DJ Skee sporting the label. “The stuff is dope! Thank you man, I like it a lot, and will definitely support,” DJ Skee said to Haynes in an email. “I have gained more confidence in my line. I now know that if these celebrities are interested in it then others will be too,” said the junior business management and Michigan native. Before the success, Haynes faced a few challenges. One challenge was finding a name to go with the vision of his company. Haynes initially wanted to name his line Fly Boys, but the name was already taken. “I’m glad it was taken. This was a name I made up my freshman year of high school and then that name transformed as I got older.”
That’s when he decided to change the name to Fly Minds. The name is known for having “no limits to your mind, the arrow [which is the logo] represents the mind going in one direction and expanding,” he explained. Dealing with investors also proved to be problematic. Two of his investors fell through both times due to time frames and packaging. Learning from past experiences, Haynes gets his products shipped from China in bulks to avoid bad timing or not having any products in stock. Because all of his products come from China, he has to communicate through email adjusting to the different time zones when partnering with manufacturers. Through all the challenges, his company remains to have a strong brand that continues to grow. Because of it simplicity and direction of the design, the brand is targeted toward men. Fly Minds sells t-shirts, beanies, hats and hoodies for prices ranging from $25 to $40. Haynes feels Fly Minds offers an everyday look young men on campus can change up on different occasions. “It’s not limited to any style. You can wear it to try and get fresh or just wear it when you are trying to be laid back,” said Haynes. Don’t be limited! Get your official Fly Minds products. Check out the website, www. flyminds.com and follow on twitter @flymindsperiod for more information on the company. —email Jenell McMillon at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @Classy_Nell
Cold weather and new storm add to misery JENNIFER PELTZ & MICHAEL HILL Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Shivering victims of Superstorm Sandy went to church Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan region — and another powerful storm forecast for the middle of the week — added to their misfortunes and deepened the gloom. With overnight temperatures sinking into the 30s and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still without electricity six days after Sandy howled through, people slept in layers of clothes, and New York City officials handed out blankets and urged victims to go to overnight shelters or daytime warming centers. At the same time, government leaders began to grapple with a daunting longer-term problem: where to find housing for the tens of thousands of people whose homes could be uninhabitable for weeks or months because of a combination of storm damage and cold weather. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 30,000 to 40,000 New Yorkers may need to be relocated — a monumental task in a city where housing is scarce and expensive — though he said that number will probably drop to 20,000 within a couple of weeks as power is restored in more places. In a heavily flooded Staten Island neighborhood, Sara Zavala spent the night under two blankets and layers of clothing because the power was out. She had a propane heater but turned it on for only a couple of hours in the morning. She did not want to sleep with it running at night. “When I woke up, I was like, ‘It’s freezing.’ And I thought, ‘This can’t go on too much lon-
ger,’” said Zavala, a nursing home admissions coordinator. Nearly a week after Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline in an assault that killed more than 100 people in 10 states, gasoline shortages persisted across the region, though odd-even rationing got under way in northern New Jersey in an echo of the gas crisis of the 1970s. Nearly 1 million homes and businesses were still without power in New Jersey, and about 650,000 in New York City, its northern suburbs and Long Island. With more subways running and most city schools reopening on Monday, large swaths of the city were getting back to something resembling normal. But the week could bring new challenges, namely an Election Day without power in hundreds of polling places, and a nor’easter expected to hit by Wednesday, with the potential for 55 mph gusts and more beach erosion, flooding and rain. “Prepare for more outages,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina. “Well, the first storm flooded me out, and my landlord tells me there’s a big crack in the ceiling, so I guess there’s a chance this storm could do more damage,” John Lewis said at a shelter in New Rochelle, N.Y. “I was hoping to get back in there sooner rather than later, but it doesn’t look good.” At the chilly Church of St. Rose in Belmar, N.J., its streets still slippery with foul-smelling mud, Roman Catholic Bishop David O’Connell said he had no good answer for why God would allow such destruction. But he assured parishioners: “There’s more good, and there’s more joy, and there’s more happiness in life than there is the opposite. And it will be back.” In the heart of the Staten
Island disaster zone, the Rev. Steve Martino of Movement Church headed a volunteer effort that had scores of people delivering supplies in grocery carts and cleaning out ruined homes. Around midday, the work stopped, and volunteer and victim alike bowed their heads in prayer. After the abrupt cancellation of Sunday’s New York City Marathon, some of those who had been planning to run the 26.2-mile race through the city streets instead volunteered their time, handing out toothbrushes, batteries, sweatshirts and other supplies on Staten Island. Thousands of other athletes from around the world ran anyway inside Central Park, where a little more than four laps around it amounted to a marathon. “A lot of people just want to finish what they’ve started,” said Lance Svendsen, organizer of a group called Run Anyway. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state is facing “a massive, massive housing problem” for those whose neighborhoods or buildings are in such bad shape that they won’t have power for weeks or months. “I don’t know that anybody has ever taken this number of people and found housing for them overnight,” Bloomberg said. “We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city,” he added. “We’re not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets. ... But it’s a challenge, and we’re working on it.” The mayor and the governor gave no details of where and how the victims might be housed. Sue Chadwick, who left her Bayville, Long Island, house ahead of the storm, said Sunday night she and others were told to leave the Extended Stay America hotel room in Melville that she booked through the end
of next week to make room for other storm victims. Chadwick’s house is uninhabitable while repairs are made so she’s staying in Vermont with family and taking time off from work. “It just seemed morally wrong that you had people who made reservations and are paying,” she said. “We have the need. It’s not like I’m there on business and could catch the next plane out. There are people in worse shape, but I just feel like when people are in these dire circumstances, you don’t want to make it worse.” After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita smashed the Gulf Coast in 2005, hundreds of thousands of victims were put up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in trailers, hotels, cruise ships and apartments across several states for months and even years. “The amount of actual units the city might have in buildings is probably very limited, so I think people will be in FEMA shelters for a while,” he said. “Nights are the worst because you feel like you’re outside when you’re inside,” said Josey, who sleeps under three blankets and wears longjohns under her pajamas. “You shiver yourself to sleep.” She added: “It’s like we’re going back to barbaric times where we had to go find food and clothing and shelter.” Fearing looters, Nick Veros and his relatives were hoping to hold out in their storm-damaged Staten Island home until power was restored. He figured the indoor temperature would plunge into the 40s. “If we get two consecutive below-freezing days, I’m probably going to have to drain the water out of the pipes,” he said, “and then we’ll have to get out of the house.”
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Tight race expected in presidential election DOYLE MCMANUS
Los Angeles Times
After a year of campaign sound and fury, we’re about to hold an election that will probably fail to usher in the one thing voters of all stripes would like to see: an end to the partisan gridlock in Congress. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney appears likely to win the kind of landslide victory that provides a mandate for big change. Whoever wins the presidency is almost certain to face at least two years of divided government in Congress: a Republican House, a Democratic Senate. No problem, both candidates have said in recent weeks, insisting that reasonable members of the other party can be persuaded to cooperate. “I’m going to have to reach across the aisle and meet with good Democrats who love America,” the newly moderate Romney told supporters in Virginia last week. “And there are good Democrats like that,” he felt it necessary to add. Obama’s professed his bipartisanship too. “We don’t need a partisan agenda; we need a common-sense agenda,” he said in Las Vegas, trying to revive his old post-partisan persona. But the priorities he listed _ federal spending on education, energy and job creation _ sounded as Democratic as ever. Both candidates have plenty of plans _ for ﬁscal policy, economic policy and every other kind of policy. But neither has offered much of a plan for bridging the partisan divide and breaking the deadlock over ﬁscal policy beyond hoping that the election’s results are onesided enough to shock the other
side into submission. In an interview with the Des Moines Register released only after the newspaper chided him for wanting to keep it off the record the president laid out a rough timeline for the ﬁrst year of his second term. It begins with an acknowledgment that compromise will be difﬁcult, starting with negotiations to avoid the “ﬁscal cliff,” the draconian spending cuts and tax hikes that kick in automatically at the end of the year unless
Congress intervenes. “I believe in the ﬁrst six months we are going to solve that big piece of business,” Obama told the Register. “It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant.” Once that ﬁscal bargain is struck, Obama said, bipartisan agreement should be possible on corporate tax reductions, regulatory reform, more spending on infrastructure and immigration reform. All areas that he suggested “should be non-
ideological.” Has he not been paying attention the last four years? This is a Congress that can’t even agree on what kind of utensils to use in the House cafeteria. Immigration reform, in particular, is an issue designed to tear Congress in two. Most GOP leaders, including Romney, recognize that their party won’t have a future unless it sheds its anti-immigrant image, but grass-roots conservative opposition to anything that
sounds like amnesty has made it impossible for Republicans (including Romney) to move very far. But at least Obama has suggested some areas in which he’d try to forge compromises. The Republican candidate has been even less speciﬁc, breezily assuring voters that he knows how to work with Democrats because he did it as governor of Massachusetts. But Romney’s record in Boston wasn’t really four years of genial comity; it
was more like three years of gridlock (the legislature overrode more than 700 Romney vetoes) interrupted by one brilliant piece of bipartisan legislation, the healthcare law that Romney passed with help from the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Romney’s professions of bipartisanship also collide with promises he has made to his own supporters promises he could scarcely abandon even if he wanted to (and he says he doesn’t). On “Day One” of his presidency, the GOP candidate says he would begin the work of repealing Obama’s healthcare law something Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to block. If a straightforward attempt to repeal Obamacare fails in the Senate, many Republicans want to undermine the law by blocking its implementation and funding a guerrilla campaign that would embitter Democrats and undercut cooperation on other issues. So even if a President Romney turns out to be the Moderate Mitt of October 2012 instead of the severe conservative who won the Republican nomination, he’ll still be pursuing deep cuts in domestic spending that most Democrats will resist. We’re in strange political times. The only clear mandate from the electorate is to end the partisan divide, but that seems to be the one message our political leaders can’t hear. Both sides take the narrowest of wins as a clear mandate for their most extreme views. They’re all for compromise, as long as it’s the other side doing the compromising. My reluctant forecast for Tuesday’s outcome: a victory for gridlock.
Hurricane Sandy touches the northeast on several different levels KIMBERLY FIELDS Staff Reporter
Hurricane Sandy is no joke. Imagine living without electricity for a week. Telephone and electrical lines are down, your city is submerged in salt water, and your only means of transportation is under temporary suspension. Gasoline is insufﬁcient, and you are living in constant fear of what malicious crime will take place next. This concept of apprehension and uncertainty is the unfortunate reality of many people who live in the northeastern region of the United States. Schools have been cancelled and most people cannot make it to work. Redemption of the northeast is currently a work in progress and surely presents a great number of challenges. With a death toll that is
constantly rising, the friends and family members of the deceased are left with one option. That option is to weep in sorrow. Based on your geographical location, you may have thought that you were immune to the after effects of this catastrophe, but everyone is affected one way or another. Voting, the economy, taxpayer dollars, and health are all factors that have been affected by Sandy. In states with early voting, voting was brieﬂy suspended and hours were extended when reopened. Because transportation is limited, issues regarding voting locations have risen. Not all residents are able to reach their designated voting polls or any polls for that matter. A lack of electrical service is bringing about questions con-
cerning how efﬁciently votes will be recorded. These issues could have a serious effect on who is voted President, especially if the cities are not operating adequately in time for voters to go to their polls or send in their absentee ballots. It is hard for us to come out of a debt when we are always spending. So this is where we stand, a struggling nation trying to get out of a recession while facing major setbacks. Yes, it is true that natural disasters strike spontaneously, so there was no way for us to be ﬁnancially prepared for such a serious event. The northeast is one of the country’s largest tourist areas and certainly our economic powerhouse. If people cannot perform their jobs, the northeast’s economy could become immobile
and deadlocked. With all of the unsanitary water in the streets, there is an obvious health risk. I am also sure that the stagnant sewage ridden water is providing the perfect setting for the breeding of bacteria and disease. Residents are more vulnerable to contract sicknesses and spread germs amongst each other, which will eventually spread to other areas. Dealing with unsanitary streets and gradually declining temperatures is the same as extending an invitation to chronic illness. If you thought that you were in the clear, think again. Hurricane Sandy had it out for all of us, not just the East Coast. I hope I am wrong and the aftermath of Sandy will not be as bad as I expect it to be, but you never know.
UPD makes skateboarding a hassle CHARLES DAVIS Contributor
Skating is the best way for me to collect my thoughts and relieve the stress of a hectic semester. I ﬁrst became involved in skating when I rode one of my friend’s boards. After riding, I decided it would be a more efﬁcient way to travel, rather than the traditional one-two step. About two weeks later, I purchased a skateboard from Wal-Mart. I immediately began to work on maintaining my balance. After perfecting my bal-
ance, I began skating to class everyday. Skating became much better than walking. As time went on, my skills improved and skating went from being a hobby to being a serious fascination. Eventually the urge to go faster and do more tricks took over, so I decided to buy a long board. Long boards are simply longer skateboards that go four times faster. I began long boarding for several hours a day and practiced going down hills and sliding while going full speed. Skating with a large group
of my friends invited major attention, usually from campus police. The more we would skate, the more they bothered us. Most of the time we skate in the circle by the New Academic Classroom Building. Anytime we skated in the area, campus police always reminded us we are not allowed to do tricks. When we ask why, they said they do not want us damaging objects. Even after we tell them that we do not jump on objects, they still tell us to leave. They treat us as if we are doing something wrong, even
when we are not bothering anyone and complying with the rules. Their restrictions take away the enjoyment of skating. Campus police ofﬁcers are taking their jobs too seriously. They need to relax and leave us alone, unless we break the rules. Skating is what I enjoy doing in my free time, I should be able to enjoy it without the hassle from campus police. -email us at theatregister@ gmail and follow us on Twitter @ ATRegister
What is a main feature that you look for in women and why? Guy #1 I like a lady who carries herself with pride and selfrespect. It means a lot when a lady can draw attention to herself without taking off her clothes. I would rather marry a beautiful mind than just a beautiful woman. Guy #2 The feature I look for is a nice smile. A smile can tell you a million things about a person, whether boy or girl. I feel like a smile can tell you about a person’s journey past or present. Guy #3 The feature i require in a female is natural hair. I love when black women stay true to who they really are. It is such a turn on. Perms and relaxers take away from the black women’s original beauty. Who is the most beautiful woman on earth today? Guy #1 The most beautiful woman is Kim Kardashian. From the top to the bottom she is a ﬂawless piece of art. I got a thing for her caramel complexion and eyes. Yea, Kim K is deﬁnitely my number one. Guy #2 Meagan Good is hands down the hottest chick on the planet today. She has all the tools and equipment for the job
description. Meagan Good is a goddess and a masterpiece. If there is one chick who is really in her own league, it is Meagan. Guy #3 The baddest chick on the face of the earth is Beyoncé. She is thick, ﬁne, and best of all rich. If it’s not Beyonce, it is probably Nikki Minaj. Even though much of what she is might be fake, it still looks real to me. Is it cheating if you don’t get caught? Guy #1 Well, I guess not. You know they say, “what momma don’t know won’t hurt her.” But I will say that as soon as she does ﬁnd out, you better have a hell of an explanation. Your guilty until proven innocent when it comes to cheating. Guy #2 Cheating is cheating. I don’t see why you would get in a relationship and then cheat. If there is something better that you want, your better off just end the one your in and pursuing whatever it is that you really want. Getting cheated on can kill someone’s esteem. Guy #3 It all depends on what exactly you mean by cheating. It is ok to ﬂirt with other people, just as long as you don’t act on it. I mean that goes both ways though. So basically, once it feels like your cheating, your cheating.
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Aggies give Rattlers the boot Paul Smith
With another losing streak on the line and no 5th quarter for the fans to enjoy after the game, all eyes were on the Aggie football team. The Aggies (5-4, 4-3 MEAC) beat the FAMU Rattlers (3-6, 3-3 MEAC) 16 -3 in Aggie Stadium Saturday. A week after breaking their seven year homecoming losing streak, the Aggie football team battled their MEAC rivals, the Rattlers, who led the Aggies in the series 13 – 44 – 3. The game turned into a battle of defense with both teams unable to score an offensive touchdown. Most of the Aggies offense came from the ground with Mike Mayhew leading the pack with 99 yards. In house, the quarterback battle continued as Kwashaun Quick played the first half, and Lewis Kindle played in the second. “We will continue to play both quarterbacks in situations that give us the best chance in winning,” said Coach Broadway stated after the game. The Biggest play of the game occurred when junior defensive back D’Vonte Grant intercepted a pass from FAMU quarterback Tyler Bass for a 35-yard touchdown return to seal the game in the fourth quarter. “This was a tough defensive battle and we fought hard to come away with the win,” Grant exclaimed. Monday, Grant was named MEAC De-
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fensive Player of the Week. In last weeks game Grant also made six tackles. This season he is second on the team in tackles with 70, and has returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season. “He’s an undersized guy [who] to be honest with you, shouldn’t be playing,” said A&T head coach Rod Broadway. “But he has determination, he runs decently and he learns well. That gives him an opportunity to make some plays for us. That’s big.” The player of the game without a doubt was freshman kicker Zach Cimaglia, who in past weeks struggled when his number was called. Cimaglia came in the clutch with three field goals to gain the lead early in the game. This Saturday, the Aggies battle the South Carolina State University Bulldogs for the last home game of the season. The Bulldogs (4-5, 3-3) are coming off of a 41 – 23 victory over Howard and is looking to take the Aggies spot in the MEAC championship. Even though both teams are not playing for a top spot in the MEAC, they will be playing for fifth place and the Battle of the Bulldogs trophy. The Bulldogs lead the series 30 – 18 – 2 and the Aggies are on an 11 game losing streak against them. With this being the Aggies last game in Aggie Stadium this season, competing for the fifth place spot in the MEAC, and the covenanted Battle of the Bulldog trophy on the line, this has all the makings of a great game.
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THIS WEEK’S GAME: Saturday vs. S.C. State Aggie Stadium 1:30 p.m. NEXT WEEK’S GAME: Saturday at N.C. Central Durham 2 p.m.
MEAC Northern MD Eastern Shore 10-0 Norfolk State 7-2 Hampton 7-3 Coppin State 5-5 Morgan State 4-7 Delaware State 2-8 Howard 0-10 Southern Florida A&M 9-0 South Carolina State 5-3 North Carolina Central 5-3 Bethune Cookman 5-4 North Carolina A&T 1-7 Savannah State 0-8
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THIS WEEK’S GAME: Friday vs. Savannah State Moore Gymnasium 6 p.m. Sunday vs. S.C. State Moore Gymnasium 1 p.m. NEXT WEEK’S GAME: Friday MEAC Volleyball Championship Tournament
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The Aggie defense has now gone 10 straight quarters without giving up an offensive touchdown as of last Saturday’s game.
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Tony Mashburn senior defensive end and returning starter had seven tackles in Saturday’s game against FAMU.
Injury-plagued Maryland set to test No. 10 Clemson David ginsburg Associated Press
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An unfathomable rash of injuries has turned a once-promising season into a disaster for Maryland. With a linebacker at quarterback and their leading tackler out for the year, the Terrapins are limping to the finish line with little chance of winning another game. Maryland (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) is a 31½-point underdog Saturday on the road against No. 10 Clemson (8-1, 5-1). The Terrapins then host eighth-ranked Florida State before traveling to North Carolina. It looks hopeless, but Maryland intends to make the best of the situation. "We're not going to fold the rest of the season up," defensive end A. J. Francis said Tuesday. "We're not going to down to Death Valley and tell them, 'You guys can have this game.'"
The rash of injuries includes three quarterbacks with torn ACLs — C.J. Brown, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe. Hartsfield also has the same injury, leaving one to wonder what the Terrapins can do to prevent such a devastating mishap. Coach Randy Edsall waved it off as coincidence, insisting that the knee injuries have drawn extra attention because three of the victims are quarterbacks. "I hear all of this stuff about strength and conditioning and turf, all of these things," Edsall said. "It's unfortunate that these injuries happen, but that happens in the game of football. There is nothing that you can do to strengthen the ACL. Some years you are just a bit luckier than others." According to Maryland officials, three members of the football team in 2011 had torn ACLs. There were four ACL tears in 2010, two in 2009 and five apiece in 2008 and 2007. None of that is going to make the Terrapins feel any better about their current plight. Not
too long ago, Maryland was 4-2 and needing only a couple more wins to become bowl eligible. But Hills tore his ACL and backup Devin Burns broke his foot in a 20-18 loss to North Carolina State on Oct. 20, and Rowe was hurt in a loss to Boston College one week later. Now the offense is being led by true freshman Shawn Petty, a converted linebacker who struggled last week in a 33-13 loss at home against Georgia Tech. The defense, which yielded 370 yards rushing last week, faces a potent Clemson team without Hartsfield, a senior whose skills and leadership are sure to be missed. "I feel terrible for Demetrius," Francis said. "We came in here together on signing day and we've been working together since George Bush was president. And now to see his last year end like that, it's tough. I love him like a brother. It's sad the way things ended up, but I know he wants us to move on. He knows the train can't get derailed by one passenger."
Exhibitions give promising preview for regular season Symone Kidd
The Aggie men’s basketball team competed in two exhibition games getting them ready for the start of regular season on Friday against Greensboro College. Over the weekend the basketball team showed true signs of defensive focus and improvements. The Aggies had 13 steals and 11 blocked shots in their 78-47 win against Fayetteville State in the first exhibition game. In the second exhibition game the Aggies defeated the Sabers of Barber Scotia 101-66 and forced 35 turnovers. “We’ve got to play 10-times harder Friday (vs. Greensboro College) than we played in our exhibition games,” Head coach Cy Alexander said. “If we play our system the way we’re capable of, it doesn’t matter what the other team does because we’ll be able to defend them.” Along with good defense the Aggies also played exceptional offense with shooting 49 per-
cent in the second exhibition game compared to 37 percent in the first game. For the two combined exhibitions senior guard Jean Louisme had a total of 28 points, senior forward Austin Witter had a total of 14 points, nine assists and seven rebound, and senior forward Adrian Powell had a total of 26 points. Senior production will be very important this season along with staying out of foul trouble and minimizing turnovers. “Our toughest challenge is to change the mind set of our seniors from losing to winning,” said Alexander. “That’s going to take an attitude change. It’s incomprehensible to me that North Carolina A&T men’s basketball has gone 15 years without a winning season. This was the most dominant program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in my early years as a basketball coach. In order to get back, we have to help the seniors understand how hard they have to work, both physically and mentally, to go from losers to winners.” –firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @LifeCreating
"What gets you through all of this is the fact that you have a philosophy and you build the team concept and guys understand that there is going to be adversity that strikes during the season," Edsall said. "We probably didn't expect this much adversity to strike. But again, it's all in terms of how you approach adversity. And we have the mindset here that we can only control what we can control." L.A. Goree, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, will take over for Hartsfield at middle linebacker. "It's a collision sport and people get injured," Francis said. "Some injuries hurt your team more than others, but we've just got to get back up. We've got the next-man-up mentality. L.A. is up, Shawn Petty is still up, and we're getting ready to go play." Tackle Justin Gilbert, who missed parts of two seasons with injuries, said, "The biggest thing is, it's football and it happens. You hate to see it, me especially because I know what they're going through. You just
have to keep pushing, adjust, adapt and keep playing." Although 19 freshmen have been pressed into action this season, Edsall believes it will not impact the future of the team. "We have the opportunity to play some guys, maybe a little earlier than we would have liked to, but it helps because it gives them experience," he said. "I do not think it is going to affect our program negatively in any way. It's just one of those things where we get knocked down but we have to keep going forward." Edsall has some sympathy from Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. "I've heard of having one or two (season-ending injuries), but the injuries they've had, as many as they've had, especially at the quarterback position and now this — with one of the best defensive players in the conference — I hate that for him," Morris said.
Men’s Basketball THIS WEEK’S GAME: Friday vs. Greensboro College Corbett Sports Center 8 p.m. NEXT WEEK’S GAME: Monday vs. Utah Valley Corbett Sports Center 7 p.m. Friday at Wright State Dayton, Ohio 7 p.m.
WOMEN’s Basketball THIS WEEK’S GAME: Friday at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. 8:05 p.m. NEXT WEEK’S GAME: Monday at Nebraska-Omaha Omaha, Neb. 8 p.m. Friday vs. Iona Corbett Sports Center 6 p.m.
AROUND SPORTS CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Bobcats announced starting guard Gerald Henderson could miss approximately 2-4 weeks with a sprained left foot. Henderson, Charlotte's leading scorer last season, injured the foot during Saturday night's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The team initially didn't think the injury was going to be a problem, but further medical tests revealed Henderson sprained the mid-foot area and will miss more time than expected. Through two games Henderson is averaging 12.5 points, 3 steals, 2.5 assists and 2 rebounds in 28 minutes. He had 18 points in Charlotte's season-opening win against Indiana last Friday night. Either Ramon Sessions or Ben Gordon will take Henderson's spot in the starting lineup when the Bobcats (1-1) host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
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Meek Mill’s album is ‘Worth the wait’
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Meek Mill showed listeners that there is more than just a Maybach to his music. He proves he is self-made on his major label debut album “Dreams and Nightmares”. With his two previous mixtapes, “Dreamchasers 1” and “Dreamchasers 2”, the anticipation of this album’s release was well warranted. After releasing mixtapes, some rappers choose to channel different audiences with their music, thus transforming their sound and style to please the masses. Meek Mill is not a typical MC. He sticks with his established sound and refuses to divert by any means. This album showcases Meeks style and plays to his strengths. The album begin with “Dreams and Nightmares Intro” a subtle, smooth melodic flow in which he introduces heaven and hell emulating rap styles of Lil Mouse from “Get Smoked” while captivating the swagger of French Montana, creating a melting pot of creativity that only Mill can tap. Rick Ross has proven that he is Maybach Music Group’s MVP, but Mill may have surpassed Rozay. The advent of ripping every track as if it is his last has catapulted Meek Mill to success throughout the years. Meek Mill takes his personal stories and channels them into tracks such as “Traumatized,” where Mill speaks of the murder of his father and the loss of close friends while living in inner-ciy Philadelphia. “You made my momma cry/ so when I see you n**** its gonna be a homicide,” he says.
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Rihanna released her highly-anticipated album playlist for all of her Navy fans. The album includes the hit single, “Diamonds,” that is blasting on every station. Some other hot songs we project will be a hit are “Loveeeeeee Song,” “Pour it Up,” and “Lost in Paradise.” Fans can buy the original or the deluxe album. The deluxe album comes with remixes of “Diamonds” and exclusive footage from her Loud Tour. Check out some of the songs!
He illustrates the realities of street life and his ambition for success. Meek Mill never fails to provide a club banger, with tracks like “Young and Getting It” ft Kirko Bangz and “Amen” ft. Drake. He also shows appreciation for being afforded the opportunity to enter the rap scene and his love for music. Listeners may be impressed by his aggression and stories of love, drugs, violence, and ambition. What impresses fans the most is the way he always shares his story of hardships to triumph with motivating
tracks. One for example is “Maybach Curtains” ft. Nas, John Legend, and Rick Ross. His least unimpressive track is “Lay Up,” where Trey Songz gives a painful, unimaginative, drawn out metaphor of a chorus saying, “She be trying to lay up all night/but I swish, I don’t miss.” Wale accompanied with his horrendous verse, “In her body, in her head/like quote, unquote.” On Mill’s track “Believe It” ft. Ricky Rozay, he huffs and puffs on a catchy chorus that overshadows Mill’s ability. “Selling that Miley Cyrus
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Widely considered the most promising figure to come out of West Coast hip-hop since the Death Row Records dominance in the 1990s, Kendrick Lamar has been championed by legendary producer Dr. Dre, who brought Lamar (and his L.A. label Top Dawg Entertainment) to Dre’s Interscope imprint, Aftermath. Now Lamar is in the elite company of label mates such as Eminem and 50 Cent and has a critically acclaimed, major-label debut to his name in “Good kid, m.A.A.d city,” released Monday. “I wanted to construct an actual album that makes sense, with a full story and a dialogue about what kids are going through and what my generation is reacting to,” Lamar said. “What I want is for someone, when they think about this album, is to say ‘I know who that person is,’ not ‘That song went to the Top 40.” Though an heir to a label that made its reputation with hyperviolent nihilism, Lamar is more introspective and self-interrogating than his predecessors. His records reflect the perspective of a watchful outsider detailing the dark allure of life in south L.A. County. But rather than succumb or
revel in that culture, he unpacks the reasons why he wants in, and then looks for ways out. While Lamar’s ‘90s L.A. rap ancestors could be painfully misogynistic, he has written women as complex characters and fellow travelers. “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)” from 2011’s breakthrough digital album “Section.80” showed how his city posed its own particular perils for young women. On “Good kid’s” poison-pillow-talk track “Poetic Justice,” he one-ups his guest Drake in detailing what a wounded lover’s heart wants, “If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it? ... You’re in the mood for empathy, there’s blood in my pen.” The album’s story is how that good kid navigates the Compton of his adolescence, a time well after crack cocaine had ravaged South L.A. and the L.A. riots exposed the city’s racial and economic wounds to the world. The album isn’t explicitly about those things, but their social consequences seep into the experience of the young Lamar narrating the album, along with the universal travails of bad love, manipulative friends and the pull of vices on tracks like the drug dream “m.A.A.d City” and “Swimming Pools (Drank)” that bravely tackles his binge drinking. Lamar calls the album “a
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from my Monte Carlo/I got that Justin Beiber please believe me.” This strategy is usually acceptable for new upcoming rap artists, but let’s hope Meek does not use these features as a crutch. This 14-track album only scratches the surface of Meek Mill’s skills. Meek is not giving his fans everything he has to offer, but it might just be worth the wait. -email@example.com and follow us on Twitter at @ATRegister
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short film” and when it’s over one does get a dazed feeling, like walking out of a movie theater. That storytelling craft earned him one of L.A.’s most devoted audiences and the ear of collaborators such as Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga. But is that what a pop audience wants? “Good kid” is singles-savvy (the technically astounding, ironically cocky “Backseat Freestyle” is already an Internet hit) and sonically enticing, with production work by known hit-makers like Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, Hit-Boy and of course, Dr. Dre (though it’s telling that the album’s most obvious radio-baiter, the Drefeaturing “The Recipe,” with its paean to L.A.’s “. Lamar and his team have more complicated expectations for what a hit rap career looks like today. “Good kid” is a landmark record in L.A. hip-hop and one of 2012’s defining releases. But Dr. Dre and Interscope are in the business of making canonical, top-selling MCs, not well-regarded cult artists. “There will never be another Jay-Z or Nas or Tupac,” Lamar said. “What I can do is continue their passion.
After a four year hiatus, Brandy’s sixth studio album, “Two Eleven,” has many saying that it’s the R&B diva’s greatest comeback. After hearing that her work has been the best yet earlier this year, fans rushed to computers to purchase the album. W e must say, Brandy is standing front and center lookBrandy ing like Norwood the 1996 singer we once knew, minus the “Moesha” braids. The title of her sixth album, “Two Eleven,” refers to the singer’s birthday and the death of her mentor, Whitney Houston. This concise album comes with sleek, modern songs that Brandy, now 33, can call hers and hers alone. Norwood, opens her album with an up tempo ballad singing “Never in my Wildest Dreams.” Many would deem this song as a personal love letter to her boyfriend, Ryan Presson. Brandy serenades her lis-
teners, with famous low, register harmonies, and vibratos of blissful love. Sounding like past albums, Brandy sings for approval. On “ Slow Down” and “Slower,” she shows a her vulnerable side without major bass singing how it is never too late to love. The album also shows a more current Brandy with “Let Me Go,” and her hit single “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown. These fast tempo, modern songs are major club bangers that will be played repeatedly on the radio. Brandy ends her album just the way she came in luring you in with soft love songs like “Scared Of Beautiful,” “Wish Your Love Away” and Paint This House.” Brandy’s album leaves listeners with joy and yearning for love. The 90’s were a great time for music and Brandy revives this period wanting listeners to pop in SWV. Even with great vocals, her album does not amount to the classic “Have You Ever.” One thing is for sure, it is a great attempt to recreate a time where music was at its best. -firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter at @ATRegister
1. Was Halloween a excuse for dressing like a tramp? 2. How many ladies felt like swinging on a pole? 3. Did you all hear about the fight at the Poetry Slam? 4. Is it ever that serious? 5. Did he threaten you using a simile? 6. How many people were scared to hear the Election results? 7. Did you think the world was going to end? 8. How many ladies were disgusted to see Alicia Keys on “Black Girls Rock?” 9. Can home wrecking kill a person’s career? 10. Does anyone follow Joe Budden on Instagram? 11. I know you saw his girlfriend, right? 12. Can a girl ever get that thick? 13. Was that a dumb question to ask? 14. How many girls plan on getting butt shots after college and becoming a video model? 15. Is Instagram your portfolio? 16. Who puts on make-up and does their hair to post a picture saying “Just waking up #naturalbeauty?” 17. How many seniors woke up at 7 a.m. to make sure they registered for classes? 18. Shouldn’t it be first priority for seniors to get in the classes they needs? 19. How is this a Technical University, but Aggie Access goes down every registration? 20. Are they going to create a extra fee on our tuition to fix it?
The Weeknd releases his first debut album, “Trilogy,” this later month. The singer has been on the OVOXO Tour with singer Drake, showcasing his talent. The Weeknd’s, or Abel Tesfaye, voice is unique and can almost be linked to singing legend, Michael Jackson. From all of his soft ballad mixtapes, like “House of Ballons,” we know that he will be the next big thing after Frank Ocean. Students can go in stores to buy his album on Nov. 13.
Nov. 20 Talib Kweli, most known for his single, “Hot Thang” with Will.I.Am, is releasing his new album “Prisoner of Consciousness.” This hot rapper has been in the game for a while and is certainly one of the most underrated. This Brooklyn native and college graduate’s album hits stores Nov. 20.
Nov. 23 Joe Budden has been laying low till now with his recent Twitter and Instagram fame, hot parties and vivacious girlfriend. The rapper is coming back into the rap game with his mixtape “Loose Quarter.” Joe Budden is most known for his song, “Pump it Up,” that is featured in several movies. Will the rapper make his big comeback or will it be a fail? Check out his mixtape Nov. 23.
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