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The Austin Times
Volume:16 Issue 26
YOUR MULTICULTURAL NEWS SOURCE
Friday. June 7. 2013
Joyce Elizabeth Adejumo (Hunt) 1959-2013
Will Smith’s “After Earth’ tanking at the box office
Obama tags Rice for national security advisor, pg 2
Medgar Evers remembered as pioneer in civil rights, pg 3
Parker leads Spurs to win in game 1, pg 5
HEALTH HPV growing cause of throat cancer, pg 7 Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later, pg 7
OPINIONS Ending felony disenfranchisement, pg.8 TSA screening is a magnet for racial profiling, pg 9
BY SEDRIC WALKER, PUBLISHER, THE AUSTIN TIMES Joyce Adejumo (Hunt) passed away this week. We at The Austin Times would like to take this time to share a few things about Joyce. The Austin Times started in December of 1997. My partner and I were new to the city and didn’t know anyone. But that quickly changed when we met an art gallery owner named Joyce Hunt. When we met Joyce things seemed to accelerate. Joyce was a major player in the community. She knew everyone and seemingly everything about Austin especially the minority community. After knowing her 16 years , that never changed. As the owner of a small business, we have had our share of ups and downs here at the paper. Through it all, Joyce was our biggest supporter. She gave us unwavering support. She purchased advertising. She offered us story ideas. She gave out and promoted our publication more than anyone. She was a strong supporter of our special editions, MLK, Anniversary issues and she worked with us on the Obama commemorative issue that hangs in many homes today. Joyce would always greet us at the door when we delivered the newest weekly edition. While servicing her customers, she would stuff their bags with a copy of our paper and say “Here’s a great
community paper.” Even after 15 years of publishing, she would refer to our paper as the new community paper. I admired Joyce and I admired here as a business person. She had a marvelous energy and passion. Not only was she passionate about her work, she was just as passionate about her causes. She wore many hats but none as important as the work she did with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Anyone who knew her knew of her remarkable love for her son Mitchie. I remember her working 16-hour long days all while caring for him. Several times I stayed after just to help her carry him to her car late at night. But that’s something any parent would do, yet I marveled at her strength. A few years ago I had a birthday party at my home with a few close friends. Joyce and her husband showed up and we had a great time. We sat on the patio and had a lovely evening. That may not seem all that important to you, but if you knew me and how little I socialize, you would know that was a big deal. Just another wonderful memory I will have of Joyce. I will miss her in many ways. I will miss her eagerness to tell me how to do my job. I will miss her calls asking me “have you heard about…”, I’ll miss her strong personality. I’ll miss my friend Joyce. Joyce was a warrior. If any of us is going to be successful, we will need a little of Joyce Hunt Adejumo in us. On behalf of The Austin Times, we salute and thank you Joyce.
Obama tags Susan Rice for national security advisor
Friday. June 7. 2013
BY OLIVIER KNOX
Firing of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Donner justified
In a major second-term foreign policy shuffle, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce that Susan Rice, his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will take over from Tom Donilon as his national security adviser, a White House official said. Obama also will announce that long-time confidante Samantha Power will replace Rice at the U.N. “This afternoon in the Rose Garden, the President will announce that after more than 4 years at the National Security Council, Tom Donilon will be departing as National Security Advisor in early July and will be succeeded by Ambassador Susan Rice,” the official said in an email to reporters. “ The President will also announce that he will nominate Samantha Power to succeed Ambassador Rice as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.” Obama had considered Rice last year to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state—but went with John Kerry instead after Republicans made it clear they would block Rice due to the controversy over the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist strike in Benghazi, Libya. GOP lawmakers accused Rice of misleading Americans about the attack on the first Sunday news programs after the deadly raid. But documents released earlier this year show Rice was working from talking points crafted by the intelligence community and shaped by an inter-agency process overseen by the White House in which she appears to have had little to no input. The appointment—which does not require Senate confirmation—comes with Obama days away from sitting down for the first time with Chinese President Xi Jinping and facing international crises including the civil war in Syria and the increasingly tense standoff over Iran’s suspect nuclear program. Rice and Power—who left the National Security Council earlier this year and is best known as a human rights advocate and champion of U.S. intervention to prevent genocide—are both close to the president. Their picks confirm a pattern
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An internal review by the Los Angeles Police Department concluded that rogue ex-officer Christopher Dorner was justifiably fired, a lawyer who reviewed the findings told The AP on Tuesday. Civil rights attorney Connie Rice said the lengthy examination found no basis for allegations of racism and bias that Dorner made in a manifesto vowing revenge on his former colleagues and their families. Authorities said Dorner killed four people, including two law enforcement officers, during a weeklong rampage in February that involved a massive manhunt and ended with his apparent suicide in a mountain cabin following a gunbattle with police. The findings, which are expected to be made public this month at a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting, concluded that Dorner had a history of embellishing stories, misperceiving slights and making bogus complaints against his fellow officers, Rice said. He took more than twice as long as most officers to complete his training, was nearly incomprehensible during the hearing over his firing, and only filed a complaint against his training officer when he learned she gave him a bad performance review, Rice said. The department said in a statement the review had not been finalized. “Any comments or conclusions about the contents of the review are premature,” it said. “The LAPD will announce the review once finalized.” Police Commission President Andrea Ordin said the report still needed to go to the inspector general for review and then to the Police Commission. Chief Charlie Beck ordered the review as Dorner was on the run after being accused of killing the daughter of his former union lawyer and her fiance and releasing the manifesto saying he would get even for being unfairly fired because he was black. Rice, a longtime department watchdog and frequent critic, was allowed to review the findings. “The firing was justified and his allegations are completely unfounded,” said Rice, who spent two weeks reviewing the findings. “This guy needed to go. And the question was, even if he needed to go, did the LAPD get rid of him in a way that was illegitimate? And the answer for me was no.” The roughly 40-page report relied on about 80 documents, including 900 pages of transcripts from the Board of Rights hearing that concluded Dorner lied when he claimed a training officer had brutally kicked a mentally ill man during an arrest. He was fired for making a false report and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sided with the department during a 2010 appeal. The internal LAPD review conducted by Gerry Chaleff, the department’s special assistant for constitutional policing, also re-examined at least 10 complaints Dorner officially lodged with the department while he was an officer, Rice said.
of Obama picking close aides or longtime allies, not outsiders, for key posts in his second term. Power’s nomination requires Senate confirmation. Republicans are sure to seize the opportunity to pick apart Obama’s foreign policy. And they could use some of her own past comments as ammunition. In addition to Kerry as secretary of state, Obama tapped Republican former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary. Both criticized the Iraq war and are not known as eager interventionists. As national security adviser, Rice would be in charge of adjudicating disputes among the various agencies as well as helping the president chart a course on world affairs. Donilon is considered the architect of Obama’s so-called “pivot” to Asia, an effort to recalibrate American foreign policy with a fresh focus on that region—and notably on a rising China. But he has taken heat as well in the media, where he has sometimes been portrayed as a harsh boss and someone overeager to protect Obama politically. A Power confirmation hearing could dredge up some of her past writings, which have been...undiplomatic. In a March 2003 piece in The New Republican, Power lamented that American foreign policy in the 1990s under then-President Bill Clinton was in the grips of “sloth induced by our seeming
invincibility and unprecedented wealth.” (She also memorably mocked foreign policy pundit Tom Friedman of the New York Times and his so-called McDonald’s Doctrine. “Since no two countries with golden arches on their skylines had ever made war on each other, it would be left to Big Macs to prevent gross violations of human rights.”) As for her future workplace, if she’s confirmed, Power wrote that “the U.N. Security Council is anachronistic, undemocratic, and consists of countries that lack the standing to be considered good-faith arbiters of how to balance stability against democracy, peace against justice, and security against human rights.” And she urged a full accountin of the “dark chapters” of American foreign policy, like CIA-backed coups in Guatemala, Chile, and the Congo; the Vietnam War-era bombing of Cambodia; and support for right-wing paramilitary groups tied to human rights abuses in Latin America. “U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking but overhauling. We need: a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States,” she wrote. That view ultimately had little purchase in the Obama Administration, which ended interrogation practices widely seen as torture but did not prosecute those who carried it out or those who ordered it.
Friday. June 7. 2013
African-Americans are satisfied with their lives
BY ALEXIS GARRETT A study released on Tuesday has found that 86 percent of African-Americans are overwhelmingly satisfied with their lives. Sixty percent believe they will eventually achieve the American dream of homeownership and financial security, according to a report by NPR. Sixteen percent of African-Americans believe they will never achieve this goal, while twenty-two percent said they already had. The poll findings released by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health are based on a survey of 1,081 people, a sample constructed to mimic the sociological breakdown of blacks across the country. Asked a wide array of questions about economic status, health care access, and overall quality of life, respondents painted a positive picture of the black experience. Fiftythree percent of those polled said their lives have steadily improved over the years. Crime was listed by a majority of respondents as their primary concern, but healthcare access and job security remained pressing issues. Despite the fact that most blacks reported having better access to quality healthcare than ever before, with 47 percent reporting to be “very satisfied” with their options, in 2011 one in five AfricanAmericans lacked health insurance according to government statistics. Many were found to be concerned that a job loss, or a health emergency resulting in a large medical bill, could result in a significant personal setback. In the area of love and relationships, more black men than black women reported difficulty in finding mates. Forty-three percent of black men said they were looking for a significant other, but only 25 percent of women were seeking the same. Two-thirds of single African-Americans between 18 and 45 said they were not looking for a longterm relationship at all. (Marriage was not a subject of the poll, only longterm relationships.) “African-American women appear to have
more security than men, and so women [might] see less men who bring financial security to the table,” said Harvard University professor of public health Robert Blendon, a co-director of the study. He also speculated to NPR that, based on studies showing that black women take the earning power of potential mates into higher consideration than other women, their higher educational attainment compared to black men overall renders them less interested in partnering. Economic stability strongly determined how African-Americans rated many other factors in their lives due to a stark contrast in blacks’ self-assesment of their assets. Study authors noted a 50-50 split between blacks describing themselves as being in ”good” or “excellent” financial shape, versus those feeling as though they are ”not good” financially or “poor.” Another interesting split? About half reported living in all-black areas at 47 percent. Fifty-one percent live in areas with just a few blacks. An oddity of the poll revealed that African-Americans, regardless of their level of financial well-being or places of residence, find their local entertainment options unsatisfying. Movie theaters and nightclubs in their locales were described as being just not up to snuff, garnering worse ratings than schools or police departments even for those in low-income neighborhoods. What was not surprising was the revelation that most African-Americans consider religion to be important to their lives. Thirty-three percent said it is the most important thing in their lives, while 60 percent said it is very important or somewhat important. Only 36 percent of blacks said they had encountered negative social experiences because of their race, such as receiving sub-par service in stores or being treated as though they were less intelligent, in the past year. This study is a follow-up of a similar poll of African-Americans conducted by Harvard in 2002. In the previous study, 90 percent of blacks responded that they were satisfied with their lives compared with 86 percent today. Happiness levels are not easily correlated to self-perceived financial status for blacks, study authors note. “People view their lives in very complex ways; it’s not just one-dimensional,” Blendon told NPR.
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Walmart announces it will offer fresh produce guarantee to shoppers BY JESSICA WOHL
New study finds African-Americans are overwhelmingly satisfied with their lives
Walmart is the largest grocer and seller of produce in the United States. It has already lowered prices on produce as it tries to get its shoppers, many of whom are on limited budgets, to buy more healthy fare. Now, it is working on getting fresher produce to its stores more quickly and training its staff to do a better job of selling the goods. Walmart is able to cut the time it takes to get produce into stores by buying directly from growers and relying on its own distribution centers and trucking systems. It has produce experts working with farmers in key growing regions and aims to double its sales of locally grown produce by December 2015. Buying more local produce and cutting supply chain costs have helped Walmart keep a lid on prices, which has been key in its push to stay ahead of rivals that include traditional grocers such as Kroger Co and drugstores such as Walgreen Co. Walmart started to see sales gains in produce earlier this year after it began making improvements in produce handling. Other chains, such as Safeway Inc and Texas’ H-E-B, have already offered guarantees on their produce, but Walmart’s push will be the biggest as it is the nation’s biggest retailer. Walmart customers not satisfied with the produce can bring their receipt back to the
store for a refund. Walmart said the shoppers will not need to bring back the produce to qualify. To ensure that fresh produce makes it to the stores, Walmart said unnamed thirdparty service providers will do weekly checks in more than 3,400 of its stores selling produce. Walmart said it would benchmark itself and its competitors week over week. Walmart also said it recently began a produce training program for 70,000 employees. Store managers, market managers and produce department managers are set to learn more about handling fruits and vegetables. Quality guides for workers will illustrate how to identify top produce, the company said. Grocers, restaurants and food makers are under pressure from consumers and public health officials to sell more healthful food in an effort to address the nation’s obesity crisis. More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of youth aged 2 to 19 are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Food is a huge business for the world’s largest retailer, which has been lowering prices, along with its healthier makeover, to boost sales. Groceries, from food and drinks to cleaning products, accounted for 55 percent of Walmart U.S.’s $274.5 billion in sales in the latest fiscal year.
Medgar Evers remembered as pioneer in civil rights
Slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers was honored for paving the way for black leaders during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death. Evers should be remembered as a pioneer who helped lay the foundation for much of the nation’s civil rights progress over the last five decades, said Eric Holder, the nation’s first African American attorney general. “We pledge that we will never forget the man, the foundation that he laid, nor his broad shoulders that made possible the election of the first African American president and the selection of the first African American attorney general,” Holder said. Former President Bill Clinton and Evers’ widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, also spoke at the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where the former NAACP leader in Mississippi is buried.
Arts & Entertainment
Friday. June 7. 2013
New York City radio station Hot 97 celebrated its 20th annual Summer Jam concert with young rappers who are dominating the charts, a respected veteran hip-hop group and a slew of surprises. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Lil Kim were among the guest stars of Sunday’s show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J, where Beyonce and Jay-Z watched from backstage.
Paris Jackson hospitalized
Can Will Smith survive ‘After Earth’?
Paris Jackson, the 15year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, was rushed to a hospital after cutting one of her wrists early Wednesday morning, sources said Paris called a suicide counseling hotline early Wednesday, which lead to a counselor calling 911 to the Jackson home in Calabasas, California, those sources said. “Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are,” attorney Perry Sanders said Wednesday morning. “It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.” Paris Jackson: Superstar’s daughter builds own identity in spotlight Other Jackson sources stopped short of calling the incident a suicide attempt, although one suggested it might be “a cry for help” from the teenager. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said its deputies “responded to a medical situation” at an address that matches the Jacksons’ Calabasas home at 1:27 a.m. Wednesday. A patient was taken to a hospital, it said. Paris, along with her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, are suing AEG Live for liability in Michael Jackson’s 2009 drug overdose death. Paris and Prince are listed as witness in the Los Angeles trial and have been expected to testify in the wrongful death trial later this month. Jackson trial lawyer Kevin Boyle spoke to reporters outside of court Wednesday afternoon, saying Paris can decide if she will testify during their part of the case, but AEG Live has subpoenaed her, calling her a key witness. “The Jackson family and the Jackson lawyers are putting no pressure on Paris regarding this case at all,” Boyle said. “It is AEG who is putting
Benicio Del Toro joins ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ BY BRYAN ENK Could Benicio Del Toro be playing Thanos? How is Marvel going to sell its weirdest property to date to an audience of which a good chunk is made up of people who really just come for Robert Downey Jr.? By assembling the weirdest cast possible. Benicio Del Toro is the latest seemingly random addition to the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the film that features a talking raccoon, a talking tree, Andy Dwyer from “Parks and Recreation,” and the woman who boiled a rabbit in “Fatal Attraction” protecting the universe from some unknown cosmic threat. Yes, this is the film that Marvel felt would be an easier sell than “Black Panther.” And it just might be, with such a completely bizarre dramatis personae that turns it into the studio’s first true curiosity piece. For the record, “Guardians of the Galaxy” follows the adventures of American astronaut Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), the son of an alien father and human mother who is reinvented as ‘Star-Lord’ when he joins up with a team of strange superheroes from another dimension: Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a slain human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos; Groot, a giant walking, talking tree; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a love for guns n’ bombs; and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the sole surviving member of a race of peaceloving humanoid aliens whose seemingly contradictory assassin abilities have earned her the title of The Deadliest Woman in the Universe. Benicio Del Toro’s role is being kept under wraps, though apparently it’s a character that’s designed to be part of future Marvel films, according to Deadline. This has many speculating that the “Traffic” star could be playing the villainous Thanos, the mysterious, evil-loving character in the post-credits scene before the shawarma bit in “The Avengers”. Could this be Del Toro’s way of making up for turning down the bad guy role in another sci-fi adventure franchise, “Star Trek”? (Del Toro is certainly more traditionally Khan-ish than, say, Benedict Cumberbatch.)
this case at Paris’ back door.” Paris and Prince were questioned separately over two days by AEG lawyers just before the trial began in April. “A grilling of a child regarding the loss of her father is going to create a lot of pressure,” Boyle said. “Paris Jackson was asked intimate details about her father and her father’s death; it was a very intense situation.” AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putnam denied his team was tough on Paris Jackson in her deposition. “I don’t think anybody in the world could call it a grilling.” He declined to say he would not call her as a witness if she does not testify during the Jacksons’ case. “We have to know what they’re putting on as a case before we decide what our defense will be,” Putnam said. “I have no idea who we’re going to call.” Paris made millions cry four years ago when she spoke up at the end of the public memorial service for her father. “Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine,” she said, fighting back tears as relatives consoled her. “And I just want to say that I love him so much,” she said as she burst into tears and sought refuge in the embrace of family members. Paris questioned about dad’s death in lawsuit Paris was recently reunited with her mother, who bowed out of her life when she was an infant. She has been spending time with Debbie Rowe on her horse farm. Rowe issued a statement through her lawyer Wednesday morning: “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy.”
BY LESLIE GORNSTEIN Burning Question: Now that “After Earth” has bombed, is Will Smith’s career far behind? — Yadda Yadda Pete Now, now. “After Earth” may feature vicious attack animals who have about as much love for Smith’s latest work as critics do. And, no, “After Earth” did not supernova at the box office this weekend. It brought in just over $27.5 million domestically, which sounds like a lot of money, until you realize that “Fast & Furious 6” is on its second weekend and earned more than $35 million in the same period. And that “After Earth” cost an estimated $130 million to make. But does that mean movie fans aren’t getting jiggy with the Fresh Prince any more? “While we were expecting more domestically, we believe the film will perform strongly when we open overseas over the next few weeks,” says a glass-half-full Sony flack. Besides, after taking a three-year vacay to spend time with his family in 2008, Smith is currently juggling something like a halfdozen upcoming releases, either as an actor, producer, director or some combination of the three. Among those gigs: the Katrinathemed drama “The American Can”; Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy “The Winter’s Tale”; and, according to TheWrap, a possible starring role in the reboot of the Sam Peckinpah classic “The Wild Bunch.”
“Will Smith isn’t out of the game by any stretch,” Exhibitor Relations boxoffice analyst Jeff Bock tells me. “His next moves will be watched closely though, but I guarantee every big-name director would still be willing to work with him on the right project. “Quentin Tarantino couldn’t persuade him to join ‘Django Unchained,’ but it proves that Big Willy is still a hot commodity.” Just how hot? Well, the guy is still — still — considered an A-lister, in an era when almost no one is. The bellwether for such status is measured by The Ulmer Scale; the index estimates the likelihood that an actor will make a producer’s money back, in presales, before a single frame of a movie been shot. If that likelihood is 100 percent, then an actor is awarded a 100 score by Ulmer. The people who may need to watch their careers, however, are Smith’s son — fledgling co-star Jaden — and director M. Knight Shyamalan, who does not have a pretty reputation among critics. Oddly, Shyamalan has a way of making crazy bank overseas — his 2010 U.S. stink bomb “The Last Airbender” made nearly $320 million overseas (check out a recent episode of my podcast to hear some more pretty incredible numbers) — but that streak may not last after this weekend. “The real fall guy for “After Earth” will be M. Night Shyamalan,” Bock predicts. As for Jaden, “’Karate Kid 2’can’t come soon enough for the burgeoning star.”
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www.theaustintimes.com A week-and-a-half off didn’t hurt Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs. On the wings of Parker’s clutch play, San Antonio toppled the Miami Heat, 92-88, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Deacon Jones: The creator and master of the QB sack passes away
“Deacon Jones was one of the greatest players in NFL history. Off the field, he was a true giant,” said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whose father, George, coached Jones with the Los Angeles Rams. “His passion and spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him. He was a cherished member of the Allen family and I will always consider him my big brother.” Not only was Jones the main practitioner of the sack in his 14 pro seasons, he coined the term. He once compared bringing down quarterbacks to hog-tying them in a sack. He was smiling when he said it. Yet Jones never got the statistical credit for all those QB knockdowns; sacks didn’t become
an official statistic in the NFL until 1982. Jones retired after the 1974 season, having played 11 years with the Rams, two with the Chargers and one with the Redskins. Rams stats show Jones with 159 1/2 sacks for them and 173 1/2 for his career — all unofficial, of course. Jones also was one of the most durable players, missing just five games in his pro career. He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. “He was an icon among the icons,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Even with his fellow Hall of Famers, Deacon Jones held a special status. He was a hard-charging football player and the original sack artist who coined the term. He is warmly regarded by his peers not only as one of the greatest players in NFL history, but also for his tremendous influence and sense of humor.” Jones was held in such high esteem that when he made the league’s 75th anniversary all-time squad, it prompted former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood to say: “Deacon Jones has been the most inspirational person in my football career.” That sort of praise was typical for Jones, the anchor of the Fearsome Foursome. Jones made the Pro Bowl every year from 1964-70 and played in eight overall. He combined with Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy on a defensive line that at times was unblockable. Olsen died in 2010 at 69 and Lundy died in 2007 at 71. Grier, 80, is the only surviving member of the Fearsome Foursome.
Texas A&M nabs top quaterback recruit BY FRANK SCHWAB Texas football had it pretty good in its state for a number of years. The other schools in the state of Texas were fine, but didn’t stand out. They were in the same conference as the Longhorns, battling for the same recruits, and there was really no reason to go anywhere but Texas. It was Texas, that’s the state’s team, and the others were battling for second. Texas A&M’s move to the SEC may have totally changed the landscape. A school finally differentiated itself, in a major way. The commitment of top quarterback Kyle Allen is just another sign that the game might be changing in the Lone Star State. Realignment was a pain for most college fans, who had to sit by while school presidents chased paychecks at the expense of everything in the sport, but the one move that made sense was Texas A&M to the SEC. The Aggies have a different pitch now. They can sit in a recruit’s living room and ask if they want to come play in the greatest conference in college football. What is Texas going to counter with, a trip to Ames, Iowa? Texas A&M struck gold with its dynamic new coach and his fun offensive system (Kevin Sumlin) and a marketable superstar who has the attention of everyone watching college football (Johnny Manziel). Announcing a massive stadium renovation that will put Kyle Field among the top venues in the sport doesn’t hurt either. And the seismic win at Alabama last year only made it easier to get recruits’ attention. Texas A&M currently has Rivals’ No. 1 recruiting class for the class of 2014. That will change dramatically over the next few months, but it’s pretty clear Texas A&M is one
of the few schools with a legitimate chance for the top spot after signing day. Getting Allen, the No. 1 ranked pro-style quarterback in next year’s class, is a great sign for the Aggies. With the in-state talent available to the Aggies and the SEC and Sumlin to pitch, they have the chance to be a monster in the recruiting world for a while. Texas is doing fine in recruiting too, with the third-ranked class right now. But it might not be so easy for the Longhorns as it once was. Texas has had a few mediocre seasons, and now has to contend with an up-andcoming program in its own state. Texas has been the king in the state forever but things change fast, especially when so much of a program’s success is based on the whims of 17- and 18-year-old high-school players. Texas has tradition. Texas A&M is the hot program right now. Of all the subplots in college football, Texas A&M’s attempt to finally overtake Texas as the top program in the state is one of the more interesting. The Longhorns better be taking the challenge seriously, or they’re going to get passed by without knowing it. The Allen commitment isn’t an aberration
“Deacon was an incredible team guy and he always wanted to win, he wanted all of us to run the race together,” Grier said Tuesday. “We didn’t play run, we played pass and we all came off the ball together. The whole point was to get in the backfield fast and mess everything up. They couldn’t stop the Fearsome Foursome - we made a great contribution to the game of football.” George Allen, who coached the Fearsome Foursome, called Jones the “greatest defensive end of modern football.” The Allen family had Jones present George Allen for his Hall of Fame induction in 2002, yet another example of the regard in which Jones was held. “Not only to coin the term sack, but just his personality of being a defensive lineman; his charisma and his presence,” Smith, the career sacks leader by official count with 200, told NFL Network. “When he walked into the room, he commanded respect, whether it was on the playing field or his choice of words. This is going to be a great loss for all of the football nation, the fans and particularly those who loved him dearly like myself.” After he retired, Jones appeared in some TV commercials and later began an eponymous foundation in Anaheim Hills, Calif., that encourages youngsters from inner-city schools to become leaders in their community. The Redskins said Jones died of natural
causes. In 2009, he told the St. Louis PostDispatch he had undergone lung surgery and received a pacemaker. That year, the Rams retired his jersey number, 75. As for that nickname, well, when Jones joined the Rams out of Mississippi Valley State as a 14th-round draft pick in 1961, he wanted to make himself memorable. Eventually, he’d do so every game on the field, terrorizing blockers, runners and passers. “No one would remember a player named David Jones — there are a thousand David Joneses in the phone book,” he said. “I picked out Deacon because it has a religious connotation and it would be remembered in the violent pro football world. When the Rams sent out my player questionnaire, I simply listed my name as Deacon Jones. From then on, that’s what I was.”
Callahan set to call plays for the Cowboys in 2013 Bill Callahan is replacing coach Jason Garrett as the play-caller for the Dallas Cowboys. So said owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday. Even Callahan himself confirmed it. All of which served only to get Garrett to dig in a little deeper in his refusal to publicly acknowledge a change in the role he’s had since Jones hired him as offensive coordinator in 2007. “There is no real advantage for us to reveal who’s calling the plays explicitly, and how we’re going to do it, in early June,” Garrett said. “It’s just the way I feel about it. We have a plan in place. We’ve had a plan in place for a long, long time. I don’t want to get into that plan much further than I already have.” Garrett kept play-calling duties when he replaced head coach Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season. Jones wanted Phillips to be the defensive play-caller when he hired him, and he wanted the same for Garrett on the offensive side. Jones had said the decision to let Callahan call plays was made weeks ago. Callahan looked to be the one calling plays during offseason workouts, and Jones said anyone “looking at practice ... can get a pretty good idea of how it’s going there.” “It’s a real honor and a great responsibility,” Callahan said. “I’m flattered to be part of this and take on the additional responsibilities.
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Joyce Elizabeth Adejumo (Hunt) 1959-2013 Joyce Elizabeth Adejumo (Hunt) was born to Mary Elizabeth Sales and Johnny Willie White in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Dec. 24, 1959. She grew up in Durham North Carolina, where as a child, she demonstrated exceptional skills in mathematics, music, and visual and performance arts. In June 1983 she became the first African American female to graduate from the North Carolina Military Academy in the 25-year history of the academy. She rose to the rank of Captain during her service in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. She completed her degree from Vincennes University prior to leaving the military. Joyce had one son, Fred Leon “Mitchie” Mitchell, born in 1985. As a child, Mitchie was injured in a driving-whileintoxicated (DWI) related car wreck. Together, Joyce and Mitchie became outspoken advocates for tougher laws against DWI working closely with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. They helped to educate the public, lawmakers, policy makers and DWI offenders about the consequences of drunk driving, helping to pass laws to protect victims of DWI. After Mitchie’s passing in 2007, Joyce formed the Mitchie Mitchell Foundation (mitchiemitchell.org) to provide academic scholarships to high school students who are survivors, and the immediate family members of people injured or killed by drunk drivers. Many considered her a pillar in the Austin community where she lived since 1985. She served on numerous boards including KAZI 88.7 FM community radio. Her passion for African American art inspired her to open Mitchie’s Gallery in 1989, and the gallery became a gathering place for the community. Mitchie’s Gallery introduced thousands of people to African American art, books, and collectibles while providing a forum for poetry reading and free meeting space for community groups and community events. Each year, Mitchie’s provide activities in art, story time, poetry, and singing for hundreds of children living in Central Austin and immediate area. Mitchie’s Easter egg design and taking pictures with Santa at Christmas time were some of the most anticipated annual events at Mitchie’s. Joyce closed Mitchie’s Gallery in August, 2012 to receive treatment for pulmonary emphysema. While receiving treatment, she became an advocate for organ donation in society. She passed away on May 27, 2013 awaiting a lung transplant. By Adisa Communications
Despite some evidence it might be beneficial for adults, eating flaxseed every day didn’t help children with high cholesterol get their numbers down, in a small new study.
Gene Flaws common in blacks with breast cancer
BY MARILYNNE MACHIONE Gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer are surprisingly common in black women with the disease, according to the first comprehensive testing in this racial group. The study found that one-fifth of these women have BRCA mutations, a problem usually associated with women of Eastern European Jewish descent but recently highlighted by the plight of Angelina Jolie. The study may help explain why black women have higher rates of breast cancer at young ages — and a worse chance of survival. Doctors say these patients should be offered genetic counseling and may want to consider more frequent screening and prevention options, which can range from hormoneblocking pills to breast removal, as Jolie chose to do. “We were surprised at our results,” said the study leader, Dr. Jane Churpek, a cancer specialist at the University of Chicago. Too few black women have been included in genetic
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studies in the past and most have not looked for mutations to the degree this one did, “so we just don’t have a good sense” of how much risk there is, she said. Churpek gave results of the study Monday at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. The researchers include Mary-Claire King, the University of Washington scientist who discovered the first breast cancer predisposition gene, BRCA1. Jolie revealed a few weeks ago that she carries a defective BRCA1 gene, giving her up to an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 54 percent risk for ovarian cancer. The actress’s mother had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer. An aunt recently died of breast cancer. Children of someone with a BRCA mutation have a 50 percent chance of inheriting it. In the U.S., about 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be due to bad BRCA genes. Among breast cancer patients, BRCA mutations are carried by 5 percent of whites and 12 percent of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jews. The rates in other groups are not as well known. The study involved 249 black breast cancer patients from Chicago area hospitals. Many had breast cancer at a young age, and half had a family
history of the disease. They were given complete gene sequencing for all 18 known breast cancer risk genes rather than the usual tests that just look for a few specific mutations in BRCA genes. Gene flaws were found in 56, or 22 percent, of study participants; 46 of them involved BRCA1 or BRCA2 and the rest were less commonly mutated genes. Harmful mutations were found in 30 percent of black women with “triplenegative breast cancer” — tumors whose growth is not fueled by estrogen, progesterone or the gene that the drug Herceptin targets. Doctors have long known that these harder-to-treat cases are more common in black women. The National Cancer Institute, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Komen for the Cure paid for the study. It included many younger women and those with a family history of cancer, and they are known to have higher rates of gene mutations that raise risk, said Rebecca Nagy, a genetics counselor at Ohio State University and president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Still, “it has always stumped us” to see black families with lots of breast cancer but no mutations that can be found in ordinary testing for BRCA genes, she said. Doctors said, “I’m sure there’s something going on genetically” but they didn’t have the tools to find it, Cook said.
Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later Boys who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in elementary school are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than those who don’t have the condition, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed two groups of 41-year-old men and found those with a history of ADHD were 19 pounds heavier than their non-ADHD counterparts, on average. The findings are consistent with past studies that looked only at children or only at adults and linked ADHD to extra pounds, researchers said. “There’s definitely been enough research now where it does appear there is some connection between these two disorders,” said Sherry Pagoto, who has studied ADHD and obesity at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Data for the new study came from 207 white boys with ADHD who were referred to a research clinic at around age eight and followed as they grew up. Ten years later another group of teenage boys without ADHD, who were otherwise similar to the original participants, were added
to the study. By the time they were asked to report their weight at age 41, 111 men from each group were still in the study. On that survey, men with a history of ADHD reported weighing 213 pounds, on average, and 41 percent of them were obese. In comparison, men without ADHD weighed in at an average of 194 pounds, and 22 percent qualified as obese, Dr. F. Xavier Castellanos from the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York and his colleagues wrote in Pediatrics. “As we learn more about the regions of the brain that may be implicated in obesity, they overlap with brain regions implicated in ADHD,” Castellanos told Reuters Health. “The reward system seems to be relevant to both conditions.” In addition, he added, “There is the speculation that the obesity is at least partly reflecting some of the impulsivity, poor planning and the difficulty in making choices” that come with ADHD.
Health & Fitness HPV growing cause of throat cancer BY MIEK STOBBE Doctors have known for some time that a sexually spread virus can cause some types of oral cancer. But actor Michael Douglas’ comments on his own throat cancer in a newspaper story Monday threw a spotlight on a subject not often discussed. And it raises a lot of questions: What virus can cause oral cancer? HPV, the human papillomavirus. It’s best known for causing cervical cancer and genital warts. It also can be spread by oral sex, and men are more susceptible than women. It is a growing cause of certain types of oral cancer — those in the upper throat, at the base of the tongue and in the tonsils. Indeed, studies suggest that HPV can be blamed for 60 to 80 percent of cancers of the upper throat. What’s the risk of getting oral cancer from performing oral sex? About 2.5 million Americans are estimated to have oral HPV infections. But only about 14,000 cases of that type of cancer are expected this year, suggesting the risk of developing this cancer is low. The virus is hard to avoid. As many as 75 percent of sexually active men and women will be infected with it at some point. Most people clear the infection on their own within two years. Some, however, have difficulty ridding themselves of HPV. And in some cases, the virus creeps down through tiny fissures in the base of the tongue or in the tonsils to lodge deep in the tissue. Those deep-settling infections can become dangerous cancers that often aren’t diagnosed until they’re at a late stage, experts say. What are the symptoms for upper throat cancer? Symptoms can include a sore throat that doesn’t go away, pain or trouble swallowing, a lump in the back of the throat, ear pain and voice changes. Men are at greater risk? Apparently, yes. A small study in Baltimore found men accounted for about 85 percent of recent HPV-related oral cancers, said Dr. Sara Pai, a Johns Hopkins University researcher. Experts believe men have lower amounts of antibody protection against HPV, she added. What should I do if my girlfriend or boyfriend has an HPV infection? Abstain from oral sex, experts advise, though if you’ve had sex you likely were already infected. And use condoms during vaginal intercourse. How do I know if my partner has an HPV infection? Usually there aren’t symptoms, though there may be genital warts. Or a woman might learn from her gynecological exam that she has it. But there is no such testing for men. If a woman had an infection but subsequent tests suggest it’s gone, is it safe to have oral sex with her again? Probably. Bear in mind that if you are her partner, you’ve probably been exposed already. The issue is not so much whether or not people are exposed to HPV. Rather, it’s that some people develop cancer from exposure and some do not, said Dr. Maura Gillison, an HPV expert at Ohio State University. Is there a greater risk from a person who’s had many sex partners? Yes, that’s the greatest risk factor. HPV is highly communicable, so it only takes sex with one partner to infect you. But the more partners, the greater the chance you’ve been exposed, Gillison said. Isn’t there a vaccine against HPV that’s available to males? Yes, but it’s recommended for boys before they first have sex. Experts say it generally doesn’t work after someone’s already been exposed to HPV. There is some work being done on a therapeutic vaccine against HPV, but such a treatment is believed to be many years away, at best.
Opinions & Editorials The Grand Old Party needs a reboot BY CYNTHIA TUCKER The political party of Abraham Lincoln is in trouble, threatened with irrelevance, even extinction. Its weaknesses are legion. Its congressional leaders are quite unpopular, polls show. So are the party’s positions. Its beliefs -- animosity to samesex marriage, hostility toward saner gun laws, rejection of higher taxes for the wealthy, suspicion of popular entitlement programs -- are not shared by the majority of Americans. It is bereft of ideas, committed to formulas that don’t work (cut taxes, no matter the economic conditions) and to a rejection of reasoned analysis (climate change is a hoax). It has alienated the nation’s voters of color, who represent growing blocs of influence. As if those deficiencies were not enough, the party is falling into a civil war, its internal feuds increasingly loud and obstreperous. The only thing that still unites all parts of the Republican Party is an irrational hatred of President Barack Obama. That’s not good for the country. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, the United States needs at least two competitive political parties dedicated to solving problems. Their solutions will differ, of course, but each should offer them. At the moment, the Republicans have no solutions -- to anything. It hasn’t been so long ago, a couple of decades back, that the GOP prided itself on being the party of ideas. Its wealthy funders had created a network of research institutions to funnel their policies into Congress and state legislatures. There’s little doubt that those wealthy donors were looking to protect their own interests by emphasizing low taxes and less government regulation. But it’s also true that GOP thinkers came up with some good ideas. The Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, widely known as Obamacare, was one of them. The earned income tax credit, which reduces the federal income tax burden of lower-earning families to zero or less, was also born of conservative thinking. Unfortunately, the current GOP has either renounced or distanced itself from both of those programs. Some of the party’s more practical members have begun to plead with their fellow partisans to change course. Jeb Bush,
former governor of Florida, has openly fretted about the GOP’s future. Maine senator Susan Collins has expressed frustration with her party. And last week (May 26), Bob Dole, wellrespected former senator and onetime presidential nominee, gave GOP leaders a bit of advice: “I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says ‘closed for repairs’ until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.” Here’s hoping Republican strategists do as Dole suggested -- figuratively, anyway. The GOP needs to reinvent itself as a party dedicated to policies that offer solutions to current problems. That’s what Democratic leaders did back in the mid-1980s, when they finally came to terms with their growing obsolescence. The Democratic Party was in a similar slough then. It was riven with competing factions, saddled with unpopular positions and tainted by the perception that it coddled criminals and deadbeats. It was only when the Democratic Leadership Council assiduously reinvented the party, with Bill Clinton as its standard-bearer, that it emerged from the political wilderness. And it emerged with ideas, such as a new fiscal responsibility, that gave it gravitas. At the moment, Republicans are still at war with ideas -- at least those that grow from a rational grasp of facts. There is no way, for example, to cut the deficit without raising taxes, but GOP congressional leaders insist on a voodoo math that defies that. They are obsessed with their belief that Obama has “covered up” his responsibility in the deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic post in Benghazi, though countless hearings have found no evidence of any such cover-up. They insist that Obamacare will kill jobs, though they present no evidence. In a larger sense, the GOP is at war with reality -- a reality of fewer white voters, myriad family structures and challenges that demand scientific solutions. Until it makes peace with reality, it cannot re-create itself as a winning party.
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Ending felony disenfranchisement BY JOTAKA EADDY AND KEMBA SMITH It’s should come as no surprise that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is taking steps to rid the states of laws blocking people with felony convictions from the ballot box. Earlier this month Census data revealed that in the 2012 elections black voter turnout was higher than white voter turnout for the first time in history. This was a great achievement, but hidden within this achievement was the painful detail that a 100 year-old voter suppression tactic still had a negative impact on voter turnout. According to the New York Times the state-by-state practice of blocking people with felony convictions from the polls, played a major role in decreasing black voter turnout in the 2012 election, especially for black men. Voter turnout is highly impacted if the Census removes the nearly 4.4 million citizens. In an analysis by Bernard L. Fraga, the voter turnout rate jumps from 61.4 to 68 percent for black men. For black women, the difference is more than one percent. The numbers are stark, but not surprising and they come at the expense of millions of disenfranchised citizens. After all, the analysis shows what felony disenfranchisement was always intended to do, which is not to serve as a tool for crime and justice, but to suppress the vote particularly for communities of color. Shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation and shift in black influence, black codes and grandfather clauses were put in place to stop the growth of black voters. At the same time, felony lists were amended to include crimes committed by blacks, like petty theft, and exclude crimes committed by whites, like rape. This bolstered felony disenfranchisement laws already in place. Delegate Carter Glass announced that it would “eliminate the darkey as a political factor” at the 1901 Virginia Commonwealth Convention. The intent was explicit. Today the intent is less explicit, but the result is the same. In Florida, Kentucky and Virginia alone, these laws disenfranchise more than 20 percent of their black adult votingage population. Nearly one in 10 black men nationwide cannot vote because of state laws barring people with felony convictions from the polls and there is a face behind the data.
These disenfranchised voters are our lovedones, neighbors, coworkers, fellow citizens and taxpayers. A ring of bad choices, and a zero tolerance minimum sentence, sent an abused young woman to jail and into a voting rights battle that lasted 12 years. Another mistake 15 years ago, stopped a Florida mother and law graduate from taking the bar exam and voting in elections. For Dennis Gaddy in North Carolina, a bout of bad luck and poor financial decisions threw him into a quagmire of re-entry obstacles, including being blocked from the polls. The stories are limitless. Without the high visibility of those stories however, the disenfranchisement of the formerly incarcerated will continue unchecked. But moves to restore voting rights in states like Delaware, Virginia, and Iowa are proof that the narrative is gradually changing. Delaware state legislatures recognized it as a matter of rights and empowerment. The state Senate bill sponsor referred to this year’s historic state Constitutional amendment as a right that they must guarantee to voting aged citizens that are returning to society and reestablishing their lives. After making restoration of rights a priority this year, the Virginia’s governor officially announced his plan to restore the votes of all non-violent offenders on Wednesday and the change could restore the votes of more than 100,000 Virginians this year. For Virginia, Delaware and remaining states, the fight to amend the state Constitution and expand automatic restoration of rights to all people who have paid their debts and are returning to society will continue beyond the current administration. We must reverse 100-year old practices designed to disenfranchise citizens based on the color of their skin. Let’s hold our democracy to the highest standard— where all citizens, including those that have paid their debt to society, can vote on Election Day.
Cynthia Tucker, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a visiting professor at the University of Georgia.
The Austin Times WEEKLY HOROSCOPE ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don’t reveal anything about your personal life to those who may use such information against you. You may find yourself a bit frazzled if you allow someone to goad you into an unsavory debate. A new relationship can be yours if you get out with friends. You may not get your facts correct this week, TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Give everyone in the house a physical chore that will help burn off some of the excess energy. Focus on forming business partnerships. You may have a problem at work with a female coworker. Hard work will bring rewards. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Abrupt changes concerning your professional position are evident. You will need to do a lot of research if you wish to get to the bottom of things. You’ll look guilty if you don’t lay your cards on the table. You may have a rather hectic day due to events that children are involved in. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should include children in your activities. You can sell your ideas to those who have the money to back them. Travel for pleasure will be enticing. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to spend more time with children and relatives. You won’t have much time for your mate this week. Your persuasive nature will win the heart of someone you’ve had your eye on. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your passionate nature may make you jealous if your mate has been too busy to take care of your needs. This will not be the best day to sign deals or to take care of other people’s financial matters. You will get along well in social situations. You may find travel to be most rewarding.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don’t get into heated discussions. You may find that your quick wit and charm will help you in obtaining allies. Be innovative. You can’t lose this week unless you get involved in gossip or overwork to the point of exhaustion. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) You are best to ask questions if you aren’t certain about issues that are confronting you. Don’t make mountains out of molehills if you want to avoid conflict. Don’t push your mate if you want to keep this union going. You can make money if you put your mind to it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Get involved in competitive sports. Friends will appreciate your attention and playful nature. You can receive recognition for the work you’ve done. Your social activity should be conducive to finding love. Enjoy some socializing this week. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Make plans to do the things you enjoy. Family members may want you at home, when your heart is telling you to spend time with someone you recently met. Be sure to cover all the necessary groundwork before signing binding contracts. A friendship might suffer if money becomes an issue. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will enjoy getting together with friends. You mustn’t take on other people’s responsibilities or you may find yourself irritable and exhausted. Don’t give in too quickly. Hobbies will be good for your emotional well being. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Go over their important documents and take the time to suggest alternatives. Sudden changes in your financial situation are likely. You will be able to talk about emotional problems with your partner. You can gain distinction; however, it may be for the wrong reasons.
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RFK what we lost, what we learned By Jeff Greenfield He has been gone longer than he was alive. When he was killed 45 years ago on June 6, just after winning the California presidential primary, Robert Kennedy was 42 years old. Because I worked on that campaign, I’ve been asked the same questions over and over: Could he have been nominated? Could he have been elected? Could he have made a real difference had he won? After four decades of brushing the questions aside—“Who knows?”—I tried to answer them in a detailed narrative. If you want one version of how Kennedy might have won in Chicago, how he might have beaten Nixon and what he might have tried to do, you can find it in my “what-if?” book, “Then Everything Changed.” Of course, it’s just as possible to imagine Kennedy losing the nomination—Hubert Humphrey had most of the big nonprimary states—or losing to Nixon in November. (Maybe in a decade or so, Robert Caro will tell us what LBJ would have tried to do to Bobby.) For me, the real loss does not lie in the realm of speculation. We know what we lost: The voice and vision of a still-young man with an extraordinary—perhaps unique— understanding of the possibilities and limits of public action. By the time he ran for president, Kennedy had spent almost three years at the very center of power, as attorney general and (much more important) as President John F. Kennedy’s closest confidant. He had learned lessons that few aspirants to the White House ever get to learn: the way “experts” may be ignorant; the way certainties offered to a president may be dead wrong; and the way untested assumptions can lead to disaster. Some of these lessons came at the cost of humility. John and Robert Kennedy brought no small measure of arrogance to the presidency. The efforts to subvert Castro’s regime in Cuba (possibly including assassination), the embrace of counterinsurgency in Vietnam and the failure to understand how to deal with Congress cost
the Kennedy administration heavily. The crucial point here is that Robert Kennedy had learned from these mistakes. (One of his favorite quotes, from Aeschylus, says, “God calls men to a heavy reckoning for overweening pride.”) At the point when most powerful people are setting out to write their memoirs, he found himself suddenly, violently thrown from power with the death of his brother—which meant that he found himself outside the corridors of power, with full knowledge of what went on inside. It meant, for instance, that he knew that passing a bill and spending money did not necessarily make things better. It meant he understood how structural, institutional weaknesses could undermine good intentions. (My first day on his Senate staff, I went to a hearing on the then-new federal aid to education law. “What is happening with the money?” he wanted to know. Why is it then, he asked, “whenever I go into a ghetto, the two things people hate most are the public welfare system and the public education system?”) He was, in other words, a public figure challenging orthodox liberalism at the very moment of its postwar peak and raising radical questions about what we were doing for the least of us. Decades before Newt Gingrich suggested that school kids could work (as janitors, of course, since Gingrich was pandering to a very conservative base), Kennedy was suggesting that high school kids might be let out of school a few hours a week to work: to earn money, learn a trade, maybe find an appetite for a profession. That’s why in my alternate history, I imagined him in a major fight with the teachers’ unions. That’s what we lost: Not necessarily a president, but a 42-year-old man who should have decades more to use what he had learned in helping shape the public policy of his time. Jeff Greenfield is a Yahoo! News columnist and the host of “Need to Know” on PBS. A fivetime Emmy winner, he has spent more than 30 years on network television, including time as the senior political correspondent for CBS News, the senior analyst for CNN, and the political and media analyst for ABC News.
TSA screening is a magnet for racial profiling BY DAVID A. LOVE A new report from the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security says an airport screening program administered by the Transportation Security Administration is not effectively or objectively screening passengers. The TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program, also known as SPOT or “behavioral detection program”—which costs the taxpayers nearly $1 billion—is designed to screen passengers and identify high-risk travelers based on their behavior. Under the program, which is based on the model used by Israeli security forces, airport security officers are supposed to look for behavior that indicates signs of stress, fear or deception. But the inspector general’s report said it “cannot ensure that passengers at U.S. airports are screened objectively.” Airport officers have claimed AfricanAmericans wearing baseball caps backward and Latinos traveling to Florida are profiled. And these passengers are profiled, sometimes arrested by officers at the insistence of their superiors, in the hopes of uncovering arrest warrants, immigration violations or drugs. Under the SPOT program, 644 Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) are deployed in 42 airports. Working in pairs, BDOs conduct brief conversations with passengers waiting in line and observe their actions. Based on the observations, BDOs identify passengers for further screening, and possibly a referral to law enforcement. A law enforcement officer (LEO) may interact with the traveler to determine if further steps are necessary. Sometimes it could mean a passenger it not allowed to board the flight. News of the report comes as the TSA recently pulled its “naked-image” body scanners, which critics have found humiliating and a health risk. The agency has also come under fire in recent years for intrusive pat-downs and excessive body searches, including a lawsuit challenging the scanners and pat-downs. And in April, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced a bill to reform TSA’s contract screener program. The legislation increases standards for hiring and training screeners and for handling security breaches and sensitive security information. Many of us are no stranger to racial profiling at the airport, whether through firsthand experience or personal observation of the treatment of other passengers who “fit the description.” Why are the black and brown folks always singled out for special treatment, that annoying, extra step that few
others seem to get? One at the airport, as I was about to board a plane for London, I recall the screeners harassing a South Asian family—women and children included— with a long, drawn out search process. There was a sense the humiliating exercise had more to do with the race of the passengers than any suspicious activity or perceived threat. For people of color, racial profiling takes place in the airport and in the streets under the guise of observing suspicious behavior. Last week in Florida, a Miami Dade police officer chased a 14-year-old boy, threw him to the ground and put him in a chokehold for playing with a puppy while black. According to police, the boy, Tremaine McMillian exhibited “demunanizing stares” and clenched fists. The boy wet his pants as a result of the ordeal. Moreover, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, typically for small amounts. In Washington, DC, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, the arrest rate for blacks is 7.5 to 8.5 times higher. In the “war on drugs”, not unlike the case of TSA, billions of dollars are spent to boost some agency’s reputation as crime fighters. So much wasted in time and resources, so little achieved, and so many people of color victimized over stereotypes. Racial profiling creates losers in the criminal justice system, causing people to lose their freedom and even their lives. In remarks made at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, federal Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit said that “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics are predisposed to crime,” are “prone to commit acts of violence,” and more likely than people of other ethnicities to be involved in “heinous” acts. Jones also said the death penalty allows prisoners to “make peace with God,” and dismissed as “red herrings” any arguments the death penalty is discriminatory, is imposed arbitrarily and violates international law. The judge’s statements are the subject of a lawsuit by the NAACP, the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program. In the meantime, criminalizing people for “flying while black or brown” does not make anyone safer. It puts everyone at risk. Plus, it wastes lots of money and only humiliates people in the process. TSA should find the real threats to public safety in the skies, not those innocent people who are guilty of having darker skin or a certain ethnic or religious background.
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AUTOZONE 2013 Toyota Camry - Reliable Formula
BY GEORGE ODELL The Toyota Camry is the long-time best-selling passenger car here in the U.S.. It’s offered as a four-cylinder mid-size sedan with V-6 and hybrid drivetrain options. Years back, there was also a coupe and convertible version of the Camry called the Solara. Reliability, roomy interior, comfortable ride, and gas mileage are all attributes for which the Camry has become known. The Camry’s competition comes from the entire mid-size sedan segment and includes the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Mazda 6, Chevy Malibu, and Subaru Legacy, among others. Whether you buy a used Toyota Camry from the 1990s or a brand-new one, you’re getting a comfortable, spacious sedan that performs reasonably well but isn’t downright sporty. In recent years, the Camry has kept to the same formula, but Toyota has upgraded safety and added desirable options like a navigation system, heated leather seats, and a smart key system. The Toyota Camry first was introduced to the U.S. market as a front-wheel-drive replacement for the rear-wheel-drive Corona. Quite boxy and basic, that first Camry won over masses of U.S. buyers who, during that time, were reaching a critical point of frustration over the reliability and quality of domestic-brand cars. Subsequent Camry models became a little larger, more refined, and more comfortable and luxurious with each generation. At the time the second-generation Camry
made its debut for 1987, the Camry’s 115-horsepower, 2.0liter four-cylinder was quite technically advanced as it was one of the first engines in an affordable four-door sedan with four valves per cylinder. Wagon variants of the Camry were reasonably popular through this period, too, and a five-door hatchback version of the model was even sold through ‘86.
This past decade has seen two generations of the Camry. The previous generation, introduced for 2002, introduced a rounder look once again—this time making major advances inside with significantly upgraded materials—with a stronger 162-horsepower, 2.4-liter base engine. A 192-horsepower, 3.0liter V-6 remained a popular option, and safety features were bolstered during this generation with the phasing-in of side airbags and stability control on some models. Then, for 2007,
the Camry was redesigned again, with a smoother, less slabsided look, much-improved safety and safety features, and an all-new 268-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission at the top of the range. In this latest generation, a tighter suspension and upgraded wheels in the SE V-6 model brings a more sophisticated VDIM stability control system and a surprising level of responsiveness and performance satisfaction, if you can get past the bland appearance. For 2010, the base Toyota Camry got an even larger fourcylinder engine—a 2.5-liter, making 169 or 179 hp, while fuel economy was actually made better thanks to a new sixspeed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual remained available on a limited basis with the four. A 2012 redesign didn’t recast the Camry, but brought substantial improvements to comfort, refinement, and handling, but from the outside the changes were so evolutionary that some might only see it as a mild refresh. Gas mileage was also improved across the lineup (up to 25/35. The 2013 Toyota Camry earned a few more trim and feature changes—like expanded availability for the Blind Spot Monitor option, which is now packaged with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Even base Camry L models for 2013 got the Display Audio screen-based entertainment system, as they tightened their game against the all-new 2013 Honda Accord. A round of crash-test results for the new IIHS small-overlap frontal test, Honda managed the top nod, while the Camry was rated ‘poor.’