rights to the UN
Racial Gap Widens on SAT Scores
Though the average scores of Black students on the combined criti-
cal reading and math portions of the SAT increased this year by one
point, the racial gap between black students' and white students' aver-
age performance on the test has increased by seven points.
White students had an average score this year of 1063, while Black
students averaged an 856, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher
Since 1988, the racial gap on the reading and mathematics sections
of the SAT has increased from 189 points to 207 points.
A total of 217,656 Black high school seniors took the SAT college
entrance examination this year, about 13 percent of all the SAT test
takers in the class of 2012.
$42.6 Million FEMA
Trailer Settlements Approved
NEW ORLEANS -A federal judge gave his final approval last week-
to a S42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that
made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005
and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to haz-
ardous fumes while living in the shelters.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled from the bench after hear-
ing from attorneys who brokered a deal resolving nearly all remaining
court claims over elevated levels of formaldehyde in trailers provided
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following hurricanes
Katrina and Rita.
Roughly 55,000 residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and
Texas will be eligible for shares of the S37.5 million paid by more than
two dozen manufacturers. They also can get shares of a separate S5.1
million settlement with FEMA contractors \\x h installed and main.-
tained the units.
One in Five Black Youth Are
Unemployed or Not in School
One in seven American teens and young adults age 16 to 24 is nei-
ther working nor in school, according to a new report released by the
Social Science Resource Council. The number of "disconnected
youth" totals 5.8 million, almost equal to the population ol \\ i %.ii
The highest rate of disconnected youth is among African-Americans,
as 22.5 percent of Black youth in this age group are without a job or
not in school. African-American teenage boys and young men make
up 26 percent of disconnected youth, compared to 19 percent of Black
teenage girls and young women.
Researchers say school enrollment and low-income families play a
big role in African-American young people not having jobs or not
being in school.
The study lists Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Diego and
Washington, D.C., at the top of a list of 25 metropolitan cities with the
least amount of disconnected youth. Atlanta, Riverside-San
Bemadino, CA, Detroit, Miami and Phoenix round out the bottom of
the list with the highest rates.
Teacher Sues City for Allegedly
Being Beaten Up by 1st Grader
NEW YORK Queens gym teacher, John Webster, is claiming a first
grade student injured his knee and fractured his ankle after an April
incident. The 220 lb teacher alleges the 4-foot-2 student, 6-year-old
Rodrigo Carpio, kicked and bit him, causing him so much stress he
needed to see a psychologist.
The 27-year-old Webster is now suing the city after the Department
of Education ordered him back to work last month.
In the same report, the boy's father, Jorge Carpio, vehemently reject-
ed Webster's portrayal of his son.
"The lawsuit is totally absurd. How could my little boy do so much
damage? My poor son," said Carpio
Webster, who played football for Morrisville State College, claims
his doctor encouraged him to stay away from work for several months
due to his fragile emotional state.
Virginia Man Shoots
Self, Family Over Election
A Virginia man who killed himself, his wife and his two children
allegedly sent increasingly paranoid notes to family and friends,
detailing his concerns that President Obama would be re-elected.
Peterson, 57, reportedly had an uncle who committed suicide recent-
ly, and suffered from mental illness. Friends said he told them he was
under tremendous pressure at his job with a defense contractor, and he
feared that sharp reductions in defense spending would cost him his
job. Defense cuts are looming at the end of the year, since Democrats
and Republicans in Congress failed to make a deal on spending and
The bodies of Peterson, his wife Kathleen, 52, and sons, 16-year-old
Matthew and 13-year-old Christopher were discovered Tuesday inside
their Herndon, Virgina home. Petersons co-workers reportedly told
police that they grew worried when Peterson began coming to work
late. Hils wife also worked in the defense industry. The Petersons were
also active churchgoers.
Oprah \\Win tfrey
and Tyler Perry
Ir, Poll Numbers
are Strong But
Now is Not
the Time to
OAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 25 No. 50 Jacksonville, Florida October 4-10, 2012
Deaths roim breast chance aire
decreasilng l \or \\oicn of ,all races
except African-American \\omenl
with a mortality rate of 33."
percent, compared to 25 percent
among white women. This, despite
the fact that among all ages, white
women have breast cancer more
than black women.
Under the age of 45, black
women have breast cancer more
than white women, and the cancer
is usually more IL'..-i' i .e.
Experts believe African-
Tins past SaIIItutda. actress Kcisha
Kntght Pulliam,i knox n for her
roles as Ruid\ Iluxtaible on "Ihe
Cosbt Showx" and Mirarndad on
"Tylcr Perrv's: H Ious o Paxne."
made a stop on the E'WC campus.
The former child star was in town
Fo join the .:ck<'n\ ile t't L of
Organiting lor AiIimenrca tor
Florida's "Multipih Your Voice"
Weekend of Action. Activities
include a canvass kickoff to
encourage F1lonrdians to get
involved in President Obama's
grassroots campaign in iFlorida.
Keisha spoke at a Youth
Engagement Forum hosted by
Delta Sigma Theta Sorontiy, Inc.,
Omicrot Beta Chapter at Edward
Waters College. She \\as also on
hand to register students to vote
before heading o\er to the OFA
office to 'continue President
Obama's fight to protect the
progress we've made together in
moving this country forward".
Keisha announced. "'I got involved
with this campaign because I
believe in Obama's issues. I also
believe that young people should
register to vote. We have to remem-
ber that many people fought for our
rights and privilege to vote,' she
Dying Faster and Quicker From
American women are not getting This year, 26,840 African-
ianuinograms enough, so the can- American women will be diag-
cer is at a worse stage when detect- nosed with breast cancer in the
ed, thus harder to treat. United States and 6,040 will die.
Black women The gap recently
are also more began to narrow
likely to have between the num-
triple-negative ber of black women
breast cancer, a getting mammo-
type of breast grams compared to
cancer that does ,. white women. In
not respond to late 2009, a govern-
conmmon treat- ment task force
ments. released their opin-
ion that women under the
age of 50 no longer /
needed routine mam-
mograms based on
research that showed /
There has been a reported
decline in the number of mammo-
grams since that announcement. It
is unclear whether this will result
in an increase in undiagnosed
breast cancer or if it reduced the
number of mammograms per-
ar Stomps for Obama at EWC
Keisha Knight Pulliam (center) is pictured with her Delta Sigma Theta Omicron Beta Chapter Sorority
Sisters Stephanie Jones (1), Jemeiah Porter (r) and newly registered voter Gary Pierrelus. KFP photo
Ride for Sickle Cell
As part of Sickle Cell awareness month, Jacksonville motorcycle clubs
the Open Ryderz, Black Onyx, Light Ryders, I Indisputed Riders and vari-
ous independent riders co-hosted the "Cycles for Sickle Cell" event in
Brentwood Park. Sponsored by the Blood Alliance, the goal was to raise
awareness for th(lie disease and to increase African-American blood donors.
Blood Alliance Communications and Public Relations representative
Odette Struys expressed, "This was our first event and we plan on hosting
several more similar to this. We launched our African-American awareness
campaign a year or two ago and this is part of that initiative."
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Pictured is Michael Dyson, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and
campaign supporters Monica and Michael Isom.
Black Caucus Brings Big Names
to Town to Maximize Early Voting
This past Saturday at the
Gateway Mall, the Service
Employees International Union
(SI11I) and the Congressional
Black Caucus Institute (CBCI)
hosted its "Vote Ready" voter pro-
tection event in Jacksonville. The
event featured the Honorable
Corrine Brown. Mayor Alvin
Brown, Michael "ric Dyson and
Marcia Dyson along with other
prominent national and community
leaders and entertainers.
Participants learned about Florida's
voting rights laws, and had the
opportunity to confirm their voter
registration status and hear from
elected officials on the importance
of voting in thile upcoming election.
EIarly voting began on Sunday.
Oclober 4-10, 2(112
P:iet' 2 Mis. Perrv's F'ree Press
Hv 11. 1'. i iNe
'lie NAAT. spoke uip t lthe i2 st
session of thlie N Ilumuan Rights
Council in t eni c\i S\\I t/cerland thins
week fort tie rights of millions of'
tioriner 'eleons \\ io hai\ c beendenied
the light o \oet.
"l'od.il niea l\ l 5.1 million U.S.
citi.'Cns hli\ c been stripped of their
\ og rights onI a tlmporarly or' per-
manlent basis, including more than
4.4 million citizens \\Io are no
longer inctceriatcd," said l.orraine
Miller, chair of the A\d\ocacy and
Police\ Committee of thlie NAACPT
board of directors, during a panel
"'\e cotmutend U.S. Attorney
General Holder for his work to pre-
\ent the impletmentationt of recent
challenges to voting rights," Miller
added. "Howev er, wxe remain deeply
concerned w\\ith the continued prac-
tice and discriminaitor\ impact oft
t'elort\ disetlt'ranihiseittent. W e are
here to urgee the United Nations'
Special Rapporteur oil Racisnmt to in-
vestigate racially discriminatory
Earlier tills year, the NAA\t'P sent
a delegation to Geeie\a to bring at-
tention to aI suite of laws., including
otherr IDL measures, \ other roll purges
and reduced icoting hours that could
result in \ other suppression.
Man\ of those measures, along
x\ ith law\\ s that bar felons itrot \ voting
booths, unt'airl\ tIrget A:\trican
Americans and other minorities,
NAACP officials argued. More than
two million At'rican-Americanrs are
atlotng those felons xwho cannot
\ote, vet African Americans make'
tip less than 13 percent of the I IS.
population, officialls said
Kemba Smith Prahdia, a convicted
ielon whose romantic link to a drug.
dealer resulted in h cr hC aiceration,
decried Ithe fact that she cannot vote
in tier home state ol Virginia.
A published author and ex-of-
fender rights advocate, Pradia said
7 iV TE
she believes such policies are guided
"'ven if I did understand thile stai
of Virginia's hesitancy to automtati-
cally restore a tfelonI convict's)
right to vote, how could the state to-
tally ignore that these felony disen-
lrancihisemennt laws 1had racial intent
and emerged al'er the 15thi Am\nend-
menit'"' she said at thIe panel.'
"It's time for Vrginia to right thins
wrong and follow suit w itithe nima-
jority of other states across the
Virginia jeins Flotrida, lox\a and
Kentuckyx' as the only states tlit coln-
tintue to disenfrtanchise persons con-
victed of felonies c\en after the\
Fight to U.N.
hav c compl eteld tlh ir seniteceI ,
I'lorii .oint ld the list ths ear aft er ic
currcnl (io\. Rick Scott (R) rein-
staled I( lony disctiliuichisement re
stlicioIs e en VC lihou'h his Ivwo
ptcdeccssors, .JL itush1 anl ('Chulic
('t isl) w\oiked Il lnIvC hcicm.
I lilarv Shlicon, NAA\('P senior
Vice' president lfoi ad\'oc:acy, said
such policies block access to the batl-
lot box ito those \Iwho need it most.I.
"These forms of disenfranchise-
tneCit pirevcnt those Imst sI in needI of
at advocate firon the ability to elect
someone who will represent their
concerns: the need for a decent pub-
lic education, for a health care sys-
tem thit addresses their specific
demographic needs, as \\well as the
creation oli'deceni jobs, a filunctional
criminal justice system anitd other
basic human needs."
1!\ Jason Aldcimani
Ove\r ilie inet\l l'\ weCCks, millions
olf Am\t i iCans i \I ill ieccCl\ their 20113
open eitiolltiIIe t iiaterials. AIllhoughi
it's temptimg to simipl\ check "sanmec
as last eail," thi at can ble a costly\ nis-
take Cspcciall\ it \outr emplo\er is
oering dilfleclnit bLleneflt plans ne\l
\ car 0 t1 oll ltatilly l income situa-i
tion iIhs changed
Plus, an iimpoi lnt1 L ei tuiC of hIealth
ci tc" tlexibIlc spcIIdIIll, Accounits,
\\InchI mani \ pIole use t1o cdluce
lhclien IIx bite, is Nchgiltg next \ear
(more on that bclo\w )
I lere's w hiat to look tor when re-
i\ lx ingl \ our bCeneit options:
\aint bhencft plans especial l
mtedic., change coxer(rgc details
Ito ll \eat, o eCaI It \oi'rce offered
ImoIC thll.tii ne pl' in. compile Ieaituies,
stN e b' sile I niliudii plans ot,'IcdI
bi \ tout spou'"-cls e il o\l ci ) to 'tlensui
tou'lie cItoosin' the best ,illteInCtIi \
S )I loppliL 0I tepl.cinI,- inllpopul1,1
01\ o elci ex\petix\ pflint'
Inicc,te'sd monitli\ pilceitiin tot
5.3 Million Who Can't Vote: NAACP
clliployc l and olr d dependent' co\Lei
Inclcascd deductlible and i co-
payil ment amountIts I oi dLoc'toi \ iits.',
prIesc iptlion drugs, hlos|'p alital liol,
dental o \ islonl bK nelits, etc
Re\ iscd dint li otIuIlaLit s
)ocL't s al d hospitals somitetWlinics"
w illhdli ioml ,l plan',s pI L']c tcd
pilo\ idc nei c o k
Raising nmax iL \e,inl\ outt oI
pocket expense litiis
11oflfeIed bi\ \ tou einplo\ ci. hcilth
caic and dcpcnl d nl ci ac te\1xible
spIending accounts ( N.\As) can lniti-
Icantl\ ol, set the tiancn il impact ot
iedtical and dependent cihc b let-
t g \oil p.a\ tor ellgihlc outl-ol'-
pocket expeCnses on .1 pie-talx Ots.
that s. bcoI c I lOC e eI,t, A nitC ,1id so
ctil Secu'ti ix\ tli\'es .le. deducted i[0i t
\our pa \'hclc k I Ins reduces \1iui
taxable income .,ii h1Cli etlioie \ liut
Sot can use i ill.1h .nC I 's \ i
p oi\ loi IRS illo\xi. ls medicd. \.
P 'cnsCs not co\ Cicd I' \%lol m dc,'! 1l.
dICntl 01 \iton plans ( Check I1.S
I'uhIbiition 502 at xx' it\rs.cov for
allhiable expenses Dependent care
I .\As lit iu use plre-tax dollars to
p,) \loi clihgble expenses related to
care Ioi \outl child. spouse. parent or
ollhe dependent incapable ofl sell-
leie's lio\ 1 .\ I SAs \\oIk. Sal louI
cun -12.1)0( .I \c u i 11 t\ot contribute
' L.ttti to I health caie C SA and
t .IH) ii dependent care. \our tax-
aible income would be reduced to
5 .t.Oiott. tour resulting net income.
.lei txes. xould be roughly S .600
mil than it \ou had paid for those
expenses on an aticr-tax basis.
Keep in miind these lFSA restric-
Intportiant Il ccl lie .lanuar\l 1.
20 cnploece colt ItIlitltolns to
licillth ctie I S.\s ai now linitted to
2.s(i(t i \ xa it. ho e\c r. it \our
spouS has 1 S s ait \woik. \ ou still
in,.\ conttilbutte tip to 52.500 to each
liel dependcnit care I-SA liminl re-
inits unchanged at 's5.0t)(.
I Iclilth care and dependent care ac-
Sibling Rivalry and E
by MNIellodIN I lolsotl, IV what is icasoiblc', Andd ioW do yoU
More Ipeople cI dcalin, willi fIt scl lillit" aid boundaries so you
nancial dilspiMIitiy amongli'st don't feel yoir sibling is taking ad-
siblings.Many inidile aged adults vantage ol you'.i? The trick is to nmaln-
arc limiliar with the' "saindwiVich g ncll alge expeclationlls o(n both sides to
Cl'1ation" conundrums pailially sup' ;I\oid Imlt nation and resentment.
oilintg ll both eir kids uand their (: C(an you offer some l)basic
parents, but what about when tlie gtideliniis wlhein dealing with a re-
turkey wants some cheese? In aIddi- qest lifor finaiicial assistance from
tion to getting hit up trom the a sibling? A: Absolutely. First of all,
younger and older generations, some if you don't want to assist your sib-
people find themselves managing fi- ling or feel you are not in a position
nancial requests fIrolm siblings, to do so, simply be honest about it. A
experts say that the struggling firm, "I'm sorry, but no" is hard to
economy has led to more argue with. And never lend more
brotherly/sisterly loan requests in thie m one y than yo arc comfortable los-
baby boomer generation. Lost jobs, ing. You need to protect your own fi-
housing troubles and divorce are all nancial well being first. Never
hitting just as boomers' prime earn- sacrifice your retirement.
ings years are coming to a close. II you'( do wish to help. the Inrst rule
Of course, we\' all kInow\ the old is to be clem. A cash gift is just that
adage, "lharily starts at holime,"' and a glt Inliless you specify exactly
imanlly of us are more thanll happy to ha\t tllial money slhloild pay tor, you
help a brother or sister in need. Iit u oll a l pect I to conitiol how it is
count contributions ,arie not inter-
I estimate planned expenses care-
fully because you must forfeit unused
account hlances. Some employers
offer a grace period of up to 2 '/
months alter the end of the plan year
to incur expenses, but that's not
mandatory, so rei\iexw .vour enroll-
Outside of open enrollment. you
can only make mid-year FSA
changes after a major life or family
status change, such as marriage, di-
vorce. death of a spouse or depend-
ent. birth or adoption of a child, or a
dependent passing the eligibility age.
If one of those situations occurs mid-
\ear. re-jigger \our FSAs accord-
ingl for maximum savings.
iYou must re-enroll in FSAs each
year amounts don't ca-rr\ o er from
\ ea to \ ear.
Also remember that if\ ou marr'.
di\ ice., o gain or lose dependents.
it could impact the type and cost -
of \ our co\ erage options.
spent, so that iMeans you haveC to kCCeep
it to yourself' WhC yoiur sister goes
to the 3Bahamas on your dime. A loan
is a different matter. A small loan is
less likely to be repaid and you might
as well consider it a gift or ask for a
favor from your sibling in return.
Q: What about larger sums of
money? A: When it comes to more
substantial loans, a pinky swear is not
going to cut it. Always put an agree-
ment in writing, for everyone's pro-
tection. If you have a written record
that specifies amounts and dates, you
will be less likely to face issues in the
future. Be clear and professional.
Siblings know exactly how to push
our buttons, and a black and white
business agreement helps everyone
resist the urge to make passive ag-
gressive or sideways comments. The
last thing you need is a conversation
about money that results in resent-
menit and controversy.
Money Saving Open Enrollment Tips
New Michigan Law: No Welfare
Benefits If Kids Skip School
The Michigan Department of Human Services has a new la\\ that sa \,
that families can lose their welfare benefits, if the children iare not regularly
attending school. According to 'Fox Channel 2 News Detroit, starting Oc-
tober Ist. the state w\1ill monitor the school attendance of children c -1I
years old, and ifthe\ are skipping school, the state \will take aw a\ aid beitn
pro\ ided to the fami l\. The move is expected to make parents Ilmole ie-
sponsible. but wx eltare ad\ ocates and recipients sa\ its too harsh.
Obama and Romney Reject Invitation to Address Black Issues
By Freddie Allen
WASHINGTON Both President
Obama and Mitt Romney, his
Republican challenger, have reject-
ed an invitation from the NAACP
and other Black groups, to partici-
pate in a forum to discuss issues
important to African-Americans.
In late September, the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People invited President
Barack Obama and former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
to articulate their plans for the
Black community at a presidential
fonun planned for October 9 at
Lincoln University in
Pennsylvania, the nation's oldest
Black degree-granting institution.
The NAACP collaborated with
the National Newspaper Publishers
Association, MSNBC-TV, the
Grio, and American Urban Radio
Network in preparation for the
forum. Veteran journalist Lester
Holt had agreed to moderate.
Jerry Lopes, president of
American Urban Radio Network,
said that both candidates had
declined to appear, citing schedul-
Although both major candidates
rejected the invitation to address
issues important to African-
Americans, both found time to sit
down with Latino news anchors
Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena
Salinas for a presidential forum
that aired last month on Univision,
the Spanish-language television
network, with Ronmney appearing
Sep. 19 and Obama the following
Romney carved out 35 minutes
for the program and President
Barack Obama shared a full hour.
The candidates were grilled on top-
ics concerning Latino voters such
as inunigration, the drug war, and
the controversial Development,
Relief, and Education for Alien
Minors Act (DREAM).
Since 1988. only three Black
journalists have moderated debates
presented by CPD. CNN's Bernard
Shaw moderated the 1988 presi-
dential debate October 13, 1988
between then-Vice President
George H.W. Bush and another for-
mer Massachusetts governor,
Michael Dukakis. That debate was
the most watched program that sea-
son with 67.3 million viewers,
according to Nielsen Media
In 1992, ABC anchor Carole
Simpson became the first African-
American woman to moderate a
presidential debate when she took
the stage for the contest between
then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton,
President George H. W. Bush and
Independent business tycoon Ross
Shaw returned to the post in 2000
to moderate the vice presidential
debate between Senator Joseph
Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Former
Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.
PBS anchor Gwen Ifill moderat-
ed the vice presidential debate in
2004 between Vice Cheney and
Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.). In
2008, she repeated her performance
for the contest between then-
Senator Joe Biden (D-Del.) and
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Black journalists have moderated
just four debates, two presidential
debates and two vice presidential
debates, in 20 years. During the
same period, PBS veteran news
anchor Jim Lehrer moderated 10
presidential debates, including all
three presidential debates in 2000
and one vice presidential debate.
This year, CNN chief political
correspondent and host of "State of
the Union" Candy Crowley will
become the first woman in two
decades to moderate a presidential
debate. Crowley has big shoes to
fill. Simpson also holds the record
for the highest number of viewers
for a presidential debate at 69.9
Atlhough the Joint C('enter for
Political and Economic Studies, a
nonprofit organization that advo-
cates for public policy reform to
improve communities of color,
applauded the CPD for selecting
Crowley to moderate one of the
presidential debates, they ques-
tioned the commissions rationale
for denying Univision's request for
a fourth debate in a letter written to
Janet Brown, executive director for
the Commission on Presidential
The commission argued that the
general election debate focuses on
"'issues of national interest that
a effect all citizens, including
U Inivision's audiencce."
The Joint ('enter pointed to
unemployment as otne of tlie issues
that disproportionately affects
minorities that may require a more
complicated solution than one suit-
ed for a general audience. The
unemployment rate for Blacks was
14. 1 percent in August, six points
higher than the national average
(8.1 percent) and nearly double the
rale for Whites The unemployment
rale for Latinos was 10.2 percent.
The Joint Center compared the
lack of Black and Latino modera-
tors to the television industry's
practice of keeping minorities off
the screen for fear of losing their
As the country's population
grows more diverse so does its elec-
torate, driving the push for greater
minority representation at the podi-
uim and at the moderator's desk.
Critics of the Commission on
Presidential Debates argue that the
exclusion of minority journalists
contradicts the trends in population
diversity and growth in voter
turnout among minorities.
According to the Pew Research
Center Black voter turnout
increased nearly 5% from 2004 to
2008 (65.3 percent) and Hispanic
voter turnout nearly reached 50 per-
cent in 2008. White voter turnout
slipped during the last presidential
election to 66.1 percent.
Black women led all voters for
the 2008 presidential election with
a 68.8 percent voter turnout rate.
The Black youth (18-29 years-old)
voter turnout skyrocketed 8.7 per-
cent for 58.2 percent mark, historic
levels for Blacks.
Even though presidential candi-
date Mitt Romney received zero
percent of Black voters support in a
NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll
back in August, political pundits
contend that President Obama
shouldn't count poll numbers as
votes already in bag for November.
It's another reason for the
President to spend as much face
time as possible with minority vot-
ers, energizing the get out to vote
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Di r n s lfit Af -Ame icanDiaspor ,l a b -ep.-ee
It' you can believe there
polls, then President Obami 0
appears to be headed for a
second term in office, but
overconifidence can be a can-
It has happened time alter
time. From the classic story offhe
Tortoise and the Hare, to the last
election for Jacksonville mayor;
there are many stories of how over-
confidence can be your doom.
Overconfidence can breed compla-
cency which leads to your support-
ers, orfoundation, to staying home.
While the national polling num-
bers continue to show President
Obama with a slim lead, the battle-
ground state polls tell a slightly dif-
A recent Washington Post poll
shows 52 percent of likely voters
across swing states (Florida, Ohio,
and Virginia) support Obama, and
41 percent side with Romney. This
is a gap that has slowly increased
over the past few weeks.
Most realize that this election
and every other presidential elec-
tion is never won by the popular
vote. It doesn't really matter what
the national polls say because this
election is about key swing states
and electoral votes. To put it blunt-
ly, certain states are going to vote a
certain way, and there are very few
states that are up for grabs.
In most presidential elections the
electoral college is what matters
most, not overall popular votes -
just ask George W. Bush. In 2000,
he was the last President to win the
Ibama's Looking Strong in Polls
But Dont Get Complacent
election without winning the popu-
And of course, Florida was at the
center of the world of politics back
then; with hanging and pregnant
chads, recounts, lawyers, lawsuits,
Because of the state's make up -
Florida seems to stay in the spot-
light when it comes to politics. We
are possibly the only "Southern"
state that is not part of the solid
Republican South or "Bible Belt"
as some call it. Because of our large
minority population, large northern
migrantpopulation, and great
weather, Florida is truly a unique
President Obama \\'on the state in
2008, but President U. W. Bush
won the state in 2000 and 2004.
While the Florida Legislature is
heavily Republican all of the
mayors of the state's largest cities
What does all of' this mean? It
means that Florida will probably
always be a key "swing" state in
So as Obama slowly builds a lead
in Florida and other battleground
states, it is important not to get too
confident like that old rabbit:
because the tortoise is still coming.
A wise man once said, "Good
swimmers drown and good riders
That is exactly why the Obama
campaign has begun warning sup-
porters about the dangers of over-
confidence. Romney, meanwhile, is
still trying to recover from a bad
week of blunders, missteps, and
Someone once said that the polls
don't lie. Well, they may not lie, but
they can misrepresent Ithe facts.
For example, a Pew Research
Center national poll last week
showed the President up by eight
points with the most recent poll
lroin the National Journal showing
Obamita with a sevien-point lead.
And while some polls are conduct-
ed weekly, Gallup has a daily track-
ing poll that maybe a little more
Gallup's latest poll shows a inucli
closer lace with the President onl'
up by six points.
The luimn part about aill of ttus
polling is hoxw Republicainsare
reacting to Obama's gains. Talk
about having conspiracy theories,
Republican w ackos like Rush
Limbaugh are now saying that the
polls are rigged, .iand part of the
"liberal media's" game plan to sup-
press the Republican \ote b\ mak-
ing people think that the race is
over so you may as well not vote.
That dang liberal media again -
if you listened to some
Republicans, you would think that
the "liberal media" was some actu-
ally some licensed organization or
What about the conservative
media? What are they doing about
these liberal polls? Well, an anti-
Obanlma Web site called
UnSkewedPolls.conl has reweight-
ed a number of recent polls and
concluded that Rominey actually
has a lead of nearly eight points.
Wow, Democrats better get it
together. According to the conser-
vative media, Romniey is actually
winning pretty big.Let's see how
that works out for Governor
Roinnev. Maybe these guys should
be doing all of his polling, I amn
sure thiat it will be a welcomed
escape floiri rcalitv.
Biut again, if ()bara is the hare
and Ronitey' the tortoise then lie
needs to keep his foot on the gas
and do a great job at the upcoming
debates because this is a race that is
far from over. In politics, one bad
eenrit,. terrorist activity, or hidden
camera canr change the course of anr
Signing off from (City Hiall.
Maxine Waters: A Political Train Wreck
By George E. Curry
The headlines proclaim that Rep.
Maxine Waters, the outspoken
Democrat from California, has
been cleared of charges that she
violated House ethics by advocat-
ing on behalf of a Black bank in
which her husband held a substan-
tial investment. The real story,
however, is that Waters case serves
as Exhibit A for how a Black elect-
ed official who has done nothing
wrong can have her name smeared
for several years largely because of
Although the official report is
filled with carefully calibrated ref-
erences that downplays the infight-
ing and partisanship that character-
ized the investigation, it is clear
from the report that when the inves-
tigation commenced, it was obvi-
ous that Waters had never tried to
hide her husband's participation in
OneUnited Bank, the Boston-based
institution at the center of the
investigation, and that she believed
she was acting on behalf of the
National Bankers Association, an
organization of Black banks, when
she arranged between a group of
bankers and then-Secretary of
OneUnited, a member of the
National Bankers Association, was
in danger of closing its doors and
was seeking $50 million in federal
bailout money to stay afloat.
Waters' husband, Sidney Williams,
a former board member of
OneUnited, owned bank stock val-
ued at $350,000 that he would have
lost if the bank had tanked.
House conflict-of-interest rules
prohibit members of Congress
from using their official position on
behalf of an entity in which they
have a personal interest. In Waters'
case, as a senior member of the
House Financial Services
Committee and a strong advocate
for Black banks, it was not uncom-
mon for other to arrange meetings
between federal officials and the
National Bankers Association.
According to the report "Outside
Counsel concluded thai
Representative Waters reasonably
believed, at the time she requested
the meeting, that the attendees
would be speaking on behalf of
minority banks generally. While it
appears that all of the minority
bankers who attended the meeting
were associated with OneUnited,
and that OneUnited was alone in,
requesting substantial financial
assistance from the Treasury
Department at the meeting, the
record indicates that
Representative Waters did not have
reason to know of either of these
facts when she arranged the meet-
Waters made no secret of her
husband's involvement in
OneUnited. She made it part of her
public financial disclosure reports.
In addition, according to the Ethics
Committee finding, "it appears that
Representative Waters recognized
and made efforts to avoid a conflict
of interest with respect to
OneUnited. She informed the then-
Chairman of the House Financial
Services Committee that she was
'not going to be involved in'
OneUnited's request for assistance
from the Treasury Department, and
then relayed this decision to her
COS [Chief of Staff]."
House Republicans were aware
of the pertinentl f.icts biut decided ito
pursue lthe cise .tg-inst \\,itcler asn -
wa\. lThe tinril iepoI t noted i thatt
there \\,is ",in eendci d, lnd A. t i11une
contentioulis ini\ cstigiaion otf the
Flie commitiinltce hcd W\\illi.ini
"Bill\" M.irtin. .1 respected
Aftrica.ln-Ai\ ericin .iato rell.' \, to
ser\e as outside counsel. His
im estimation t'outid tht itnso ieC 't,litf
imerinber '. coririuniLCti.i.ed onl\ \ witl
members of one part \\ thotit coli-
murnicatintg \w lth the lest of lthe
committee 1,nd that one stltTcir htid
made coiimments that. were "-i aci.lly
insenstlixe and cortIplctely inip-
Although MI.Ilin did not 1naiCne
the specific partI in qI tcstionl, it is
easy to deduce lhtitI starters \\ere
cotimunicating with Republicans,
who hold a majority on the com--
mittee, and not Democrats. In addi-
tion. Republican committee miem-
bers were also communicating with
House leadership about the investi-
gation, which was supposed to be
The investigation became so
tainted that, in what they described
as a move to assure that Waters was
being treated fairly, the entire 10-
rmenlber panel and staff investigat-
ing Waters were replaced. And it
was this new committee, working
with Martin, that exonerated
"Outside C(ounsel recommended
and the Waters Committee con-
cluded that Representative \Waters
did not violate any I louse Rule,
law, regulation, or other applicable
standard of conduct," the report
It did not reach the same conclu-
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All the joints in D.C. jump when tens of thousands '
of Black elected officials, professionals, business and ''
industry leaders, celebrities, and media operators and VJ L
owners come to town. Black America's "Leadership"
recently converged in the nation's capital for rites
associated with the Congressional Black Caucus' 42nd Annual Legislative
"Black Caucus Weekend" is an annual African-American power confab.
The ALC is the nation's premier Black political gathering. For more than
four decades, the four-day weekend in September has been a time when
Black men and women put their race's political interests "front and center"
in the nation's seat of political power. In addition to its lofty political and
legislative goals around "Black issues," the ALC weekend is a "series of
top-shelf parties." An open bar guarantees standing room only at events
major corporations and government agencies sponsor and pick up the tab
for guests' food and drink. As a result, over the years, the legislative week-
end has taken on a highly social character with parties, fashion shows and
Back in the 1970s, Black Caucus Weekend's lore was formed. The four-
day bash continued again this year when the nation's Black intelligentsia
gathered for the 42nd rite of ALC issue forums and brain trusts. Black
Caucus Weekend is actually designed to highlight the mission and accom-
plishments of the Congressional Black Caucus [CBC] and its 42 members.
Coined "the conscious of the Congress," the Congressional Black Caucus
was formed in 1971. There are 42 Black members of Congress 40
Democrats and two Republicans, all in the House of Representatives.
The engine behind the ALC events is the Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation, which was formed in 1976. First Lady Michelle Obama was
there to deliver the Phoenix Awards Dinner's keynote address. The theme
was "Inspiring Leaders/Building Generations." U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore
of Wisconsin and Andre Carson of Indiana were honorary co-chairs. The
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. [CBCF] is a public policy,
research and educational off-shoot of the CBC that aims to help the socioe-
conomic circumstances of African Americans. The CBCF bills ALC events
as "one of the most important gatherings of African-American leaders."
ALC events bring diverse organizations together to collectively discuss
common issues and concerns. Programs included workshops, seminars and
information forums on relevant topics that capture and portray the con-
cerns of African Americans.
There's no question that the ALCs are "celebrations" of, and for, Black
leadership. This year. Black Caucus Weekend again had people that you
often see on the pages of Ebony and Jet in attendance at the numerous pol-
icy forums, general sessions, exhibit showcase, job fair and book signing.
The "Prayer Breakfast" is a major ALC staple. The event honored gospel
artist Kim Burrell. Throughout the weekend, over 10.000 urban, political
leaders and corporate leaders attended scores of functions across the city.
The CBCF recognized Trayvon Martin case litigants: while guests boogied
at the Roland Martin "Ascot Affair and CBC Dinner Afterparty:" Black
Press Party; Maxine Waters' gala: and the Black Republicans' reception at
the Heritage Foundation to welcome former Democratic Alabama Rep.
Aurtur Davis to their fold. Some say that Black Caucus celebrants are lost
in purpose and mission. To bring some perspective to the hoot and holler-
ing that's done about Blacks' importance at ALCs. Jewish-Americans who
comprise less than 6 percent of the nation's population have 10 more seats
in the halls of Congress than do Black Americans. There is little question
that while Blacks strut about the capital's party scene. Jewish issues still
get far more attention and priority status on the Hill.
Black Caucus Weekend is evolving. The legendary parties have been
toned down. The ALC now features less glitz, more gravitas. Corporations
that once competed for the most lavish fete have scaled back. And the over-
the-top fashion show has completely disappeared.
Under Elsie L. Scott, the CBCF expanded community outreach, contin-
ued to educate youth and find scholarships. Scott announced during the
ALC that she is stepping down as president and CEO.
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Taylor Wins With "Pride" as Jaguars Lose Bengals Catfight
This past Sunday former Jaguars
running back Fred Taylor was hon-
ored and inducted at halftime into
the "Pride of the Jaguars" as part of
the Jaguars Alumni eekeknd.
Taylor, the clubs first round draft
pick in 1998 started 136 of 140
games in 11 seasons with the
Jaguars and led the team in rushing
in eight of 1 I seasons. 1 1 v\ lol
accepted Ins ai',luid \~ith pide and Pictured enljo1ing the game which
\\a\ d to crmo\d. "thank \ on to Iesultcd in a loss against the
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Ritz Anniversary Concert
Features Jazz Artist Najee
In honor of their 13th anniversary, the Ritz Theater will present a con-
cert featuring American urban jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee. The
concert will be Saturday, October 20th at 8 p.m. For more information
and tickets call the box office at (904) 632-5555. The Ritz Theater and
Museum is located 829 North Davis Street.
Families Fighting Expensive
Prison Phone Calls
Pressure is mounting in what has
been an almost decade-long cam-
paign for phone companies to lower
the costs of prison phone calls. At a
connection fee of up to four dollars
and a per-minute fee up to 89 cents,
a 15-minute phone call between
inmates and their family members
could total almost $20 dollars.
"You just have to get everything
out in one line," Martha Wright,
whose grandson Ulandis Forte was
transferred between several state
prisons around the country when he
Wright is the face of the cam-
paign. She first filed what's now
known as the Wright petition with
the FCC' in 2003 after she realized
how expensive it was to keep in
contact with her grandson. Wright,
who is in her eighties, didn't have
the option to visit him regularly or,
because of her blindness, write him
Other families also struggle with
the costs, sometimes having to
make the decision between talking
to their relative behind bars or pay-
ing for other living necessities.
According to the U.S. Census,
there are over 1.6 million prisoners
in the United States and statistics
from the Bureau of Prisoners lists
37 percent of those prisoners as
black and 35 percent of them as
Latino. This leads to a thousands of
minority families, many of them
poor. not being able to afford to
stay in touch with their incarcerated
The calls come at such steep
prices because unregulated phone
companies pay states a commis-
sion, or "kickback," ranging from
15 to 60 percent, according to the
New York Times. The monopoly by
these companies allows both them
and the state to make an alarming
amount of income from phone
A Colorlines infographic report-
ed states like Alabama and
Washington make over $5 million
from high phone rates. Georgia
topped the list with an income over
Congressmen Henry A. Waxman
and Bobby L. Rush wrote a letter to
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
urging him to make a decision
about the "exorbitant rates families
of prisoners pay."
FCC Commissioner Mignon
Clyburn met with Wright, Forte and
others earlier this week about the
"I am pleased that the Chairman
has been receptive to the Wright
Petitioners, and my discussions
with him and his office have been
very positive about the next steps
needed to move forward in this pro-
ceeding." Clyburn said in a recent
"She never gave up on her grand-
son and always knew that to keep
her family together, communica-
tions was key," Clyburn told
Politico. "I think about the Mrs.
Martha Wrights of the world and
their families. These are not rich
families that can afford an $18
phone call for a few minutes ...
That is why I'm committed to mov-
ing this petition."
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Stage Aurora Presents the Color Purple
Jacksonville's very own Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present
the Tony Award winning Broadway smash hit musical, 'The Color Purple'
now October 14, 2012 (weekends only) at the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center.
Special guest performer Dontavies Boatwright from the 2012 Sunday
Best series will be with a cast features over 30 extremely talented, singers
and dancers throughout North Florida.
Upcoming showtimes include Fridays, September 28, October 5 and
13th at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, September 29 and October 6, at 2 and 6 p.m.;
Sunday. September 30, October 7 and October 14 at 3pm
For more information please visit www.ticketleap.com or call Stage
Aurora at 765.7372 or 904.765.7373.
Christian Youth Talent Extravaganza
Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship, a Full Gospel Baptist Church,
Robert LeCount Jr. Pastor is sending the call to "come one come all" to
Friday Night Live, Friday, October 19th at 7 p.m. Come enjoy and witness
talented youth from all over the city celebrate Jesus. For more information
please contact Saprina Harris at (904) 651-7744 or Sister E. I lansell at
(907) 576-6248 or call the church office at (904) 765-5683. You can also
email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. The church is located at 2061
W. Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville, Florida, 32208.
New Direction Bible Ministry to
Present Word and Worship Revival
Dr. Freddie L. Thomas, Pastor of the New Direction Bible Ministry of
St. Petersburg, Fl. extends an invitation to you, your family and friends to
attend a powerful Revival Worship Experience. The service will be held
October 10th 12th at 7 p.m. nightly at the Gateway to Heaven Christian
Church located in the Gateway Shopping Plaza (next to the Work Source
Building and Soul Train Fashion) on Norwood Avenue. For more infor-
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Stage Aurora Presents the Color Purple
Jacksonville's very own Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present
the Tony Award winning Broadway smash hit musical, 'The Color Purple'
now October 14, 2012 (weekends only) at the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center.
Special guest performer Dontavies Boatwright from the 2012 Sunday
Best series will be with a cast features over 30 extremely talented, singers
and dancers throughout North Florida.
Upcoming showtinmes include Fridays, September 28, October 5 and
13th at 7 p.m.; Saturdays, September 29 and October 6, at 2 and 6 p.m.;
Sunday, September 30, October 7 and October 14 at 3pni
For more information please visit www.ticketleap.comn or call Stage
Aurora at 765.7372 or 904,765.7373.
Christian Youth Talent Extravaganza
Disciples of 'Christ Christian Fellowship, a Full Gospel Baptist Church,
Robert LcCount IJr. Pastor is sending the call to "come one come all" to
Friday Night Live, Friday, October 19th at 7 p.m. ('ome enjoy and witness
talented youth tifrom all over the city celebrate Jesus. For more information
please contact Saprina Ha lrris at (004) 651-7744 or Sister 1. I lansell at
(907) 570-6248 or call the church oflice at (Wt4) 765-583.. You can also
e-mail the church Mat dccflinbci yahoo.coin. Disciples of 'Christ Christian
Fellowship is a church that's on the rno\e in worship with prayer, praise and
power. The church is located at 2001o \. Id'gewood Ave, Jacksonville,
Six Week Sermon and Bible Studies
Series at St.Paul Lutheran
Reverend James \Vggins, Jr., Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran church invites
the public to share in a six-week Sermon and Bible Study Series entitled:
"Howx to Share your Faifh' through October 14th. The church fall festival
is Saturday. October I13ih frorn to 2 p.m.. CIealuirng crafts, clothing, music.
food, fruits and \egtables, lawn care itelis and more. St. Paul L.utheranr
Church is open for Sunda\ school e\erIx Sulndax at 3) ,30 a in Worship wi\th
SHolyo ('Coinunionr1 is at I1:001 ain \Vednesdays is the church bible
study \\olkshop \\it ilihght supper ,t o 30 p.m i.. followed b\ e\aingelism
training at p p. ii All arc \\elcoiie ,is weC open our doors and hearts to the
colunlllll \. St. Paul's spi virtual church motto is '"Justified for Sanctiicatlion
that Matters." For inmoreC intormiion call the church office at (904) 765-
421) or \ Qsit w\x \\x.stp.iaul.ickson\ ille.org or e-mail
jamiesiigginsl3,a, mail corn or sliharon59) bellsouth.net
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Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
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Prayer at Events
Joint moderator John A. Delanev,
President. University of North
Florida to discuss: What does it
mean to lead prayer at official pub-
lic centss' This symposium will
take place Tuesday. October 30th. 7
t pt.n. al lhe tUNi Universitv
Center. I UNF Drive. For more
iiit11or1 0a on e0111ail o11 ejax ~1 tl'f.ed
or call (904) 020-1000,
and Loss Group
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief
and loss support group meeting
October 10th and Wednesday.,
November 7th at Westside Church
of Christ located at 23 W 8th St.
The group meets from 7-8 p.m. For
more information contact the office
at (904) 279-1677.
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El-Beth-El Honoring Successful Role
Models at Annual Banquet 10/24
The El-Beth-El Development Center will host its annual "Successful
Role Model" Banquet on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the
FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) Banquet Hall located at 5530 Beach
Since 1980 El-Beth-El has honored dedicated individuals from the com-
munity for outstanding achievements and leadership. For ticket informa-
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Social Security and
the 2012 Election
What you need to know
Unless Congress acts, the trust
funds that support Social Security
will run out of money in 2033,
according to the trustees who over-
see the retirement and disability
program. At that point. Social
Security would collect only enough
tax revenue each year to pay about
75 percent of benefits. That benefit
cut wouldn't sit well with the mnil-
lions of older Americans who rely
on Social Security for most of their
Where they stand:
President Barack Obamna hasn't
laid out a detailed plan for address-
ing Social Security. He's called for
bipartisan talks on strengthening the
program but he didn't embrace the
plan produced by a bipartisan
deficit reduction panel he created in
Republican challenger Mitt
Romney proposes a gradual
increase in the retirement age to
account for growing life expectan-
cy. For future generations, Romney
would slow thle growth of benefits
'for those with higher incomes."
Why it matters:
For millions of retired and dis-
abled workers. Social Security is
pretty much all they have to live on.
even though monthly benefits are
barely enough to keep them out of
po\ erty. Monthly payments average
S1.237 for retired workers and
S 1.111 for disabled workers. Most
older Americans rely on Social
Security for a majority of their
income: many rely on it for 90 per-
cent or more, according to the
Social Security Administration.
Social Security is already the
largest federal program and it's get-
ting bigger as millions of babv
boomers reach retirement. More
than 56 million retirees, disabled
workers, spouses and children get
Social Security benefits. That nunm-
ber that will grow to 91 million by
2035., according to congressional
Social Security could handle the
growing number of beneficiaries if
there were more workers paying
payroll taxes. But most baby
boomers didn't have as many chil-
dren as their parents did, leaving
relatively fewer workers to pay into
In 1960, there were 4.9 workers
for each person getting benefits.
Today. there are about 2.8 workers
for each beneficiary, and that ratio
will drop to 1.9 workers by 2035.
Nevertheless. Social Security is
ripe for congressional action in the
next year or two. if lawmakers get
serious about addressing the
nation's long-term financial prob-
lems. Why? Because Social
Security is fixable.
Despite the program's long-term
problems. Social Security could be
preserved for generations to come
with modest but politically difficult
changes to benefits or taxes, or a
combination of both.
Some options could affect people
quickly, such as increasing payroll
taxes or reducing annual cost-of-liv-
ing adjustments for those who
already get benefits. Others options.
such as gradually raising the retire-
ment age. wouldn't be felt for years
but would affect millions of
Fixing Social Security won't be
easy. All the options carry political
risks because they have the poten-
tial to affect nearly every U.S. fain-
ily while angering powerful interest
groups. Liberal advocates and some
Democrats oppose all benefit cuts:
conservative activists and some
Republicans say tax increases are
out of the question.
But Social Security is easier to fix
than Medicare or Medicaid. the
other two big government benefit
programs. Unlike Medicare and
Medicaid, policvynakers don't have
to figure out how to tame the rising
costs of health care to fix Social
Social Security's problems seem
far off. After all. the program has
enough money to pay full benefits
for 20 more years. But the pro-
gram's financial problems get hard-
er to fix with each passing year. The
sooner Congress acts. the more sub-
tle the changes can be because they
can be phased in slowly.
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So You Found a Lump? Now What?
So you found a lump now
what? Though all breast lumps need
to be evaluated by a trained medical
professional, the majority turn out
to be noncancerous, especially in
First, don't panic...
80 to 85 percent of breast lumps
are benign, meaning they are non-
cancerous, especially in women
younger than age 40. Not only that,
but if you're at an age where you've
been having regular inamnograins,
and if those mammograms have
been negative, odds are even better
that your palpable (capable of being
Change in skin
color or texture
Change in how
nipple looks, li
pulling in of th
Clear or bloody fluid
that leaks out of
felt) lump is not cancer.
But how do you know? How do
you differentiate between a lunp
that is breast cancer and one that is
benign? What causes benign breast
lumps? And do they go away on
Breast Lumps Distinctions
Your breasts are made up of fat,
nerves, blood vessels, fibrous con-
nective tissue, and glandular tissue,
as well as an intricate milk-produc-
ing system of lobules (where the
milk is made) and ducts (the thin
tubes that carry milk to the nipple).
This anatomy in and of itself cre-
ates a lumpy., even terrain.
A breast lump, however, distin-
guishes itself from this background
of "normal" irregularities: A breast
lump can be solid and unmovable
like a dried bean, or soft and fluid-
filled, rolling between your fingers
like a grape. It can be smaller than a
pea or several inches across,
although this larger size is rare.
Meanwhile, what typically differ-
entiates a benign breast lump from
a cancerous breast lump is move-
ment. A fluid-filled lump that rolls
between the fingers is less likely to
be cancer than a lump that is hard
and rooted to the breast.
This is not to say all benign
lumps move and all cancerous
lumps don't. While this is a good
rule of thumb, the only way to
know for sure is through the wis-
dom of your doctor and specialized
medical tests, such as an ultra-
sound, a mammogram, or a fine
needle aspiration, in which your
doctor uses a tiny needle to extract
a bit of the lump for a biopsy, or
laboratory examination. Another
rule of thumb lhas to do with pain.
Breast cancer does not uisially pres.-
enut pain, bul benign conditions
often do, although there are excep-
tions to this as well.
Not all benign breast lumps will
require additional testing, by the
way. If you find what appears to be
a fluid-filled cyst during your men-
strual period, your doctor may want
to check your breast again at the
end of your period to see if the cyst
has disappeared. If the cyst goes
away, you and your doctor will
know your lump was indeed benign
and related to the hormonal fluctua-
tions associated with menstru-
A Variety of Benign Breast
Lumps and Conditions
Most benign breast lumps
and conditions are directly
Ig related to your menstrual
cycle to fluctuations inl
your hormones and to the
fluid buildup that comes with
your monthly period. Other
benign breast luinps aind con-
ditions may be related to
the plugged milk ducts, infec-
ke tions, and even breast injuries.
ie Here are some of the most
common benign breast
Fibrocystic changes. A
general lumpiness that can be
described as "ropy" or "granu-n
lar," these lumps are the most
commonly seen benign breast
condition, affecting at least
half of all women. Symptoms
of fibrocystic change include ten-
der, fibrous, rubbery tissue: a thick-
ening of tissue: or a round, fluid-
filled cyst. These changes, related
to hormone fluctuation, may
increase as vou approach middle
age and then disappear withh
menopause. Sometimes, your doc-
tor will recommend limiting salt
and caffeine in your diet to case
fluid buildup. You may also be pre-
scribed hormones, in the form of
birth control pills, to help ease par-
ticularly troublesome symptoms.
Your doctor imay also recommend a
needle or surgical biopsy to iniiake
sure your breast condition is related
to fibrocystic L'chage and not
Cysts. Related to fibrocsystic
changes, these are round or oval
sacs, measuring one inch to two
inches across. They are tender to
the touch and filled with fluid. They
may come and go with your men-
strual period, becoming larger and
more tender at the beginning of
your period and disappearing at the
end. Your doctor may order an
ultrasound or a fine needle aspira-
tion to make sure it's a cyst and not
something else. In very rare cases,
when a cyst is particularly large or
painful, your doctor may use a nee-
dle to withdraw and reduce the fluid
inside it. Cy'sts generally affect
womlen beltweeni thle ages of 35 andt
Fibroadienomna. Occurring in
young girls tald \V imen in their
teens and 20s, fibroatideCnoInas are
more commonllllol in those who use use
birth control pills before age 20.
This benign tumor ranges in size
lroim mIicroscopic to several inches
across. It is Iimovable under the skin,
round andi hard like a nurble, ;and
nuay be diagnosed by aspiration or
rmcoval of the lIunp. It tile
tibroadCenoina shrinks or doesn't
grow oxver time, and your doctor is
sure of thile diagnosis, lie or she nma'
decide to siumpl leave it alone.
Fat necrosis. This occurs whlienu
ftttv breast tissue is damaged bv
injury to the breast, resulting in the
torlmation of round, tirin lunmps. It
is more conn0onil in xxwomlen wxithi
large breasts, particularly in omlllen
xwxho arie obese Your doctor xi\11
most likl\ wtch tilthe lump through
several mIeCnsIti l C\CIcs ind Milia\
decide to iCino\ C It suii'gic ll\x
Sot elites thle nteciosis xwill pro-
duce whli.t is called an oill c\ st,
Which \our doctor \\ill di.ain with .a
m Nipple discharge Sometimes
x oimen experience nipple discharge
with or without a breast lump. The
color of nipple discharge related to
benign fibrocystic changes can vary
from yellow to green. A clear to
milky discharge may mean a hor-
monal malfunction. Green-black
discharge could be related to duct
ectasia, a narrowing or blockage of
the duct. It can even be bloody in
appearance, which can, in fact,
mean cancer. More than likely
though, a red discharge means
injury, infection, or a benign tumor.
Your doctor may study the fluid
under a microscope to determine its
origin, particularly if there is also a
mass or lump in your breast.
Mastitis. An infection of the
milk duct, this can create a lumpy,
red, and warmly breast, accompanied
by fever. It occurs most commonly
in women who are breastfeeding,
but can occur in non-breastfeeding
wOlomen as well. Treatment involves
warim compresses and antibiotics.
Other less commonly known
conditions. Some medical condi-
tions can also cause breast lumps,
including hyperplasia, an over-
groxwth of cells in the breast ducts
or lobules, adenosis, which causes
enlarged lobultes,; mirau.i ctal papil-
loilma, a wxart-like giowlth of gland
tissue that growis in the duct; and
lipoma, which is a benign tatty
The risk for benign breast condi-
tions increases for women xwho
have never had children and those
\\xho ha\e a history of irregular
menstrual cycles and or a family
history\ of breast cancer.
If You Find a Breast Lump
All breast lumps should be vcalu-
ated b\ :a medical profCssionAil, wl\\ho
x\\ll help \o' do clde ho\\ to pio-
Ccecd Mosi belnignl brce,st conditions
.1c ticatable. ,ind some xw i tll c\cn go
aw,\il on then ow in. but it's best to
let x oul doctor be the one to tell \ on
Areas Of Specialty:
* Bariatric & Weight Loss
* Hormone Replacement
for Men & Women
* Well Women Exams
* Drug Addiction Therapy
If you want to drop pounds
faster, you should you limit
processed carbs such as white
bread and pastries. Instead, enjoy
more beans and whole grains,
such as whole-wheat bread and
pasta, and fruits and vegetables,
which provide a host of nutrients
and fiber, are low in calories, and
can help reduce the risk of obesity
and heart disease.
Other Things You Should
Frozen fruits and vegetables
are less nutritious than fresh
Produce picked at the peak of'
ripeness does have more vitamins
and minerals, but nutrient levels
drop during shipping and storage.
Frozen veggies and fruit, on the
other hand, are usually picked ripe
and immediately flash frozen, so
they retain most of their nutrients.
l:or calorie control, be sure to
select frozen produce without
added sugar, syrup, sauces.
Eggs have too much choles-
One large egg has 213 mil-
ligrams cholesterol, and health
experts suggest limiting dietary
cholesterol to 300 milligrams a
day or less (200 milligrams a day
if you have heart disease, dia-
betes. or high LDL "bad" choles-
terol). However, dietary choles-
terol's effect on blood cholesterol
is still a mystery, and studies sug-
gest that saturated fat and trans fat
may have a much bigger impact.
It you have cardiovascular dis-
ease, diabetes. or high LDL cho-
lesterol, you should eat no more
than 2 eggs per week. but you
help yourself to egg whites. since
the cholesterol is in the yolk.
You don't need to eat break-
Actually, eating breakfast can
help you lose weight. A recent
British study that tracked 6,764
people found that breakfast skip-
pers gained twice as much weight
over the course of four years as
breakfast eaters. Another research
group analyzed government data
on 4,200 adults. They found that
people who ate breakfast tended
to eat fewer calories throughout
You can't lose weight because
your metabolism is slow or
because of your genes.
Your genes determine about 25
percent of your weight. The rest?
It's all about your daily habits.
Whether you're 25 or 55, you can
change your body by eating right
and working out (and not forget-
ting strength exercises).
To lose your belly, you have to
focus on ab exercises.
Really want flat abs (or thinner
thighs, or more shapely arms)?
Then you need to increase your
lean muscle throughout your
body. When you work all of your
muscles, you increase your
metabolism. When you increase
your metabolism, your body will
Exercising in the morning is
the best way to lose the most
Fitness experts agree that the
best time to exercise is whatever
time you actually exercise. While
some studies show that people
who work out in the morning tend
to more consistent exercisers, you
burn about the same number of
calories whenever you work out.
The key is working out regularly.
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Everyone loves smoot looking anid beautiful skin. You know skin that
is clear and free of blemishes. That's exactly mav African American
households have a jar of Shea Butter stored somewhere in the medicine
What exactly is shea butter? Shea butter is derived from the nut of the
Karite tree, which grows throughout West Africa shea butter has been
utilized for centuries for its amazing ability to renew, repair and protect
the skin. The name Karite means the Tree of Life, tide to the many
important uses that Shea butter provides for the people of that region.
Shea butter is unique because of its high content of non saponifiable fats
which act as a natural skin moisturized. Shea butter moisturizes skin
with all the essential elements it needs for balance, elasticity and tone.
Enriched with vitamins A, E and F. Shea butter is \ ery popular.
Africans use shea butter to protect and rejuvenate their skin. To date.
it has has been effective at treating: dark scars, eczema, burns. rashes.
acne, severely dry skin, chapped
lips, skin discolorations, stretch
marks, wrinkles, psoriasis, razor
irritation and dry, damaged hair.
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SWVhat to do forom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Color Purple
on Aurora's Stage
The Color Purple will be on stage
at Stage Aurora, Friday, September
28th through Sunday, October
14th. Based on the Pulitzer Prize
winning novel by Alice Walker, The
Color Purple tells the inspiring
story of a woman named Celie who
finds the strength to triumph over
adversity, and discover her unique
voice in dithe world. For more infor-
mation, show times and tickets visit
vwww.stageaurora.org or call the
office at (904) 765-7372 or e-mail
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief
and loss support group every
Tuesday beginning, Tuesdaay
October 2nd through Tuesday
October 23rd at the Custead Care
Center in Orange Park, 745
Blanding Blvd. The group meets
from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For
more information, contact the local
office at (904) 279-1677 or e-mail
Once a month, the Ritz offers an
open mic for poets and poetry
lovers of all ages. Show off your
own talent for verse, or just come,
listen and soak up thlie creative
atmosphere. Spoken Word hits the
stage Thursday, October 4th at
7:00 p.m. For more information call
(904) 632-5555 or visit www.ritz-
jacksonville.com. The Ritz is locat-
ed at 829 North Davis Street.
Take Stock in Children is honoring
mentors with the "Unsung Heroes"
luncheon, Friday, October 5th,
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Players
Championship Clubhouse. Take
Stock in Children strives to break
the cycle of poverty through suc-
cessful education and nimeaningful
mentoring. For more information
visit \'ww.takestockduval.org or
call (904) at 633-5923.
Kingsley Plantation will host
Harvest Day on Saturday, October
6th, a special event marking the end
of the harvest season at Kingsley
Plantation. It will be held from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include
demonstrations of plantation activi-
ties, including: cooking, carpentry,
blacksmithing, and the harvest of
Sea Island cotton. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 251-3537.
Kingsley Plantation is open daily, at
no charge and located off
Ileckscher Drive/AIA one-half
mile north of the St. Johns River
Jacksonville's Nigerian Associa-
tion in Jacksonville will hold a
Nigerian Independence )Day
Celebration, Saturday October 6th,
from 7:30 p.m. to I a.m. at the
Southside Women's C('lub, 2560
Club Terrace. lInjoy cultural danc-
ing, music, ethnic dishes, iMasquler-
ade and a fasIhion show. 1'or more
information eCmail bamidelea oniiscoI-
The 40th Annual Rock Shrimp
Festival will bc he ld Saturday,
October 6th, in historic St. Marys,
Georgia. The festi \al presents a full
day of events including a pancake
breakfast, 5K and 10K runs, kids'
acti\ ities, entertainment, and of
course, the s\\et tasting rock
shrimp that is the eC cents namesake.
The fun begins at a.m. If interest-
ed in participating, \ isit \ \\v w.smki-
wans.com or call ( 12) S82-4000.
Raines Class of 1977
"Denim and Diamonds"
The William M. Raines Class of
1977 is celebrating their 35th
Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel,
1201 Riverplace Boulevard,
Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
All graduating classes are invited to
participate in the "Denim and
Diamonds" celebration. For more
information contact Chenesia
Brock at (404) 293-5498).
2012 Black Expo
Jacksonville's 12th annual Florida
Black lixpo will be held Saturday,
October 6th. The event which fea-
tures minority owned businesses
nid those w10) care about our mar-
ket opens at 10:30 a.m. until 7:00
p.n.. at the Primc 1F. ()sborin 111
ConVention ('Center. For more ilnfor-
mation mail jeannic((,blackpagc-
susa.coin or call (803) 254-6404.
Calling all Raines
The Raines Class of '70' will host
a bus trip and dav of fun at The
Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa, Florida.
Saturday. October 6th from 7:00
a.m. to i):00 p.m. The bus will board
at Gateway Mall. For more infor-
niation contact: Sandra Adegbayibi
at (0t4) 860-3002 or (904) 704-
0707. Or email
dthompson@Howard.edu or antho-
Pretty Pink Breast
The 2nd Annual Pretty in Pink
Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon
will be held Saturday, October 6th.
This informative and inspiring
event will be hosted at The Peek
Meeting Center, 6120 San Jose
Blvd. Come be educated, enter-
tained and make a difference to
those in our community. Special
performance by Gail Holmes, 2011
Stella Award Nominee. For more
information call 626-2812 or visit
59 or e-mail tduhart(a noktur-
Kim Waters at the Ritz
Saxophonist Kim Waters also
known as the chart-topping king of
smooth urban jazz, returns for the
Ritz Jazz Jaimm, Saturday, October
6th for two shows at 7 & 10 p.m.
For more information and tickets
visit www,,.ritzjacksonville.com or
call the box office at (904) 632-
5555. The Ritz Theater and
Museum is located at 829 North
Come together with the
Motorcycle circle and the
Democratic Party representatives to
reelect "President Obama" Sunday.
October 7th at 11 a.m. 2012 candi-
dates will speak at the rally. Come
register to vote. enjoy food and a
car and bike show. The rally will
take place at the field at the corner
of U.S. 1 and Gilchrist Rd. For
more information call (904) 955-
9943 or (904) 729-9049.
Reggae on the River
On Sunday, October 7th come
enjoy Reggae on the River from 5 -
9 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing.
Enjoy live music in the courtyard
by Pili Pili. Reggae on the River
takes place on the first Sunday of
every month. For more information
or contact Samantha Collins at
or call (904) 353-1188 x. 1038.
Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
Join P.R.I.D.E. Book Club for their
next meeting, Friday, October 12th
at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the home of Gwen Lee
Green. The book for discussion is
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett
Beecher Stowe. For more informa-
tion call (904) 766-8195 or email
National College Fair
The National College Fair is com-
ing to town Saturday, October
13th. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Information
sessions will include session on
scholarship programs. federal
financial aid. writing the college
admissions essay. historically black
colleges and universities. For more
information call (904) 421-9169 or
email pjimenez i\isitjacksonville.com.
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Supreme Court to Consider Affirmative Action, Voting Rights in New Term
The U.S. Supreme Court term
that begins Monday promises to be
one of the most important for civil
rights in decades, with the potential
for blockbuster decisions on issues
tiron race in classrooms and the
voting booth to legal recognition
for same-sex marriageg.
Less than a decade after ruling
that thile nation's colleges and uni-
versities can consider thile race of
student applicants to achieve more
racially diverse campuses, a prac-
tice now widely used by the
nation's selective schools, the court
has agreed to take a fresh look.
The new challenge comes from
Abigail Fisher, a white student
denied admission to the University
of Texas at Austin. The school
admits the top 10 percent of aca-
demic performers from all Texas
high schools, then considers the
race of applicants as one actor in
admitting the remainder of an
incoming freshman class.
Fisher did not finish in the top 10
percent at her high school and
claims that thle consideration of
race in reviewing applications cost
her a spot at the university.
"lThere were people in niy class
w ith lower grades, who weren't inl
all the activities 1 was in, whlio were
accepted into I I'. :And thle only dif-
lference between us was thle color of
our skin," sIhe said.
The university, backed by civil
rights groups, contends that while
thle top 10 percent plan achieves
some campus diversity, many of its
classes would have only a few, if
any, black and Hispanic students
without additional considerations
Making it harder to achieve the
diversity colleges need, argues
Gregory Garre, a Washington, D.C.
lawyer representing the University
of Texas, "would jeopardize the
nation's paramount interest in edu-
cating its futture leaders in an envi-
ronment that best prepares them for
the society and workforce they will
The New Di
By Aswad Walker
When the digital divide was first
introduced as a concept in the
1990s, it referred to a gap between
those who had access to computers
and the Internet and those who did
not. There were concerns that
minorities and low-incotme
Americans were being left behind
in cyberspace, while wealthier and
predominantly White Americans
These days. the old digital divide
- mere access to the worldwide
Web has somewhat closed. The
new digital divide between the
technology haves and have-nots is
now high-speed Internet access ver-
sus restricted wireless access.Withi
each passing day, urban and subur-
ban-dwelling, upper-income house-
holds enjoy high-speed Internet
access while the poor and working
class can only afford a much slower
level of access that limits access to
critical quality of life factors.
The recent emergence of online
education, video-on-demand, and
Internet-ordered medicine requiring
reliable, high-speed connections,
has meant many Americans don't
earn enough to acquire those servic-
es creating a virtual apartheid.
"W'hen xwe talk about the Internet
we often don't realize that today,
w e're really talking about two
Internets -- separate and unequal,"
said Joyce Johnson, a technology
S" n more than
S 20 years of
,.,.. -' experience.
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A ate a very
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b c t \\ ce l
the ,liCen i-
ties <> t
those left with their noses pressed
against the proverbial window, onil
the outside looking in."
Just more than 200 million
Americans have high-speed, wired
Internet access at home. Millions,
howecvr, are still completely
oftline, while others can only afford
Web access via phone lines or wire-
less smiartphones that don't allow'
for the full complement of online
The result technology have-
nots can expect lower-quality
health services, career opportuni-
ties, education and entertainment
The New Yorker's Jeffrey 'loobin
joins Morning Joe to discuss
President Ohbatna's relationship
with tile Supremle (Court, chief f
justice John Roberts and his ruling
onI the Affordable (are Act, and the
relationships thile justices have with
The Supreme Court that will hear
the case Oct. 10 is different from
the one that upheld a race-con-
scions admissions program at the
University of Michigan law school
"Sandra Day O'Connor was on
the court then, and she's been
replaced by Samuel Alito, who has
much less tolerance for affirmative
action," says Tom Goldstein, a
Washington, D.C. lawyer who spe-
cializes in Supreme Court cases.
O'Connor, who wrote the deci-
sion in tile Michigan case, retired
from the court in 200I0.
As a result, says Pamela tHarris, a
formtier Obatia administration ofl'-
options than they' already receive itf
something is not done immediately
to bridge the divide.
Statistics tell tile story of the ine\\
*According to tlie Department of
('Commerce, only lout out of \eir\
10 households with annual house-
hold incomes below S25.000 in
2010 reported having wired Internet
access at home, compared \N ith the
vast majority 03 percent of
households w ith incomes exceeding
*Only slightly\ more than half of
all Black and Latino households
have wired Internet access at hoinec,
conipared with 72 percent of
*According to a 2010 Pe\\ Poll.
5t percent of litspallncs and 4( per-
cent ofAftlican-Anmericans use their
cell phones to access the Internet,
compared with 33 percent of White
Americans. Florit-se\en percent of
Latinos and 41 percent of African-
Americans use theit phones for e-
mail, compared with 30 percent of
t)nimi WiVlcox, associate dean of
Prairie View A&M Nt'ni\ersc lt\
College of Arts and Sciences.
acknowledges that the dti rde haI'
been closed some. especIall\ t'or
Millennials (those born betcien
N1S0 and 2000) and women, butt
believes more needs to be done it
today's technology poor \\ill ceioyv
2 1st century success.
Social forecasters are predicting
that within a decade, people will be
able to speak with their doctors
online thus accessing lower-cost.,
higher-quality care, and monitor
their energy use via smart-grid
technology to keep costs down.
cial in the Justice Department, "I
don't think anyone thinks alfi'rina-
tive action is long for this xworil."
JuStiice Ileia Kagan, considered
one of the court's lihb rals, will sit
this oine out. She was tIle Obaiima
administration's solicitor general
when the Justice Departmenti
became involved il tile case in tlhe
The Suprenme C(ourt will take Lup
another racially charged issue this
term if, as seems likely, it agrees to
consider efforts to scale back the
landmark Voting Rights Act.
Passed by Congress in 1965 and
renewed four times since then,
most recently in 2006, a key provi-
sion reiiquires states with a history of'
discrimination at the polls to get
federal permission before nlalking
aniy clhaltges ito election pIroceduries
fiolill reditawing tcoligiessiotnal
district houidarics to changing thlie
locations oi polling places
I'hree 'years ago, the Suptlreme
Court blushed ilff a challenge tto
Plesentlliv, thousands are earnings t
high school and college degree's via
\ lrtual i'clsst lt s ilhanks to lhi h-t
Cogii/. i itl Ofthese lcaltlies., thle
2012 National t'hbain Leagtue
AnnI.ual ('Conference addressed the
issue ol increCising b ioadtband adop-
tion inti Black communities.
Johnsoii sees soe etttirts to
bridge the present dtl\lde.
"'\We hal\ c somlle incredible minds
\\ o are not onl\ tsinig technology .
buit ciC.iC tltile the technologies that
the w oe ld liuses Ilit's the untold
sti \ ., but it's .1 siot r\ il. Ct needs to
m0o\\, thatl needs ioteIC ot us usit
tcchnolo g tsoi piodui tli Ce pro-
iii.n iltt ic elloit' "
that requirement but strongly sug-
gested that several justices had
doubts about its constitutionality,
given recent electoral reforms.
"Things liave changed in the
South," the court said in 2009.
"l'latantly discriminatory evasions
of federal decrees are rare."
Pending cases ask the court to
strike down the pre-clearance
requirement entirely or throw out
the list of areas, consisting of nine
entire states, and of 12 cities and 57
counties elsewhere, that must get
permission to modify their election
The current map, says Bert Rein,
a Washington, D.C. lawyer repre-
senting Shelby County, Ala.,
includes some localities that have
made substantial reforms while
Inissing other parts of the country
that have failed to root out discrim-
ill tion at the polls.
As a result, Rein says, the system
is unfair. "Florida has been forced
into pre-clearance litigation to
prove that reducing early voting is
inot discriminatory, when states
sucli as ('onnlecticut, Rhiode Island
and Pennsylvania have no early
\otiling at all."
But )eho Adegbile of the
NAACP Legal Defense and
iEducation Fundf say's the current
mllap is a close enough fit to cover
the areas of greatest concern.
"Congress is not a surgeon with a
scalpel when it acts to legislate
across the 50 states. But it can rea-
sonably attack discrimination
w here it finds it." hlie says.
The court is almost certain to
take up a host of challenges to the
federal D)efense of Marriage Act
() DOMA) signed into law by
President Bill Cliton in 1996.
It defines marriage, for the pur-
poses of federal law. ias "only a
lcgal union between one man and
one \\oman ias husband and wife."
As a result, same-sex couples who
get married in the states where such
marriages are legal are accorded
state and local benefits but miss out
on more than 1,100 federal ones.
After at first defending the law,
the Obama administration notified
federal courts early last year that it
concluded the law was unconstitu-
tional. House Republicans then
took up the law's defense.
A Supreme Court ruling striking
down DOMA as discriminatory
would not force states to permit
same-sex marriage. But it would
require the federal government to
recognize those marriages where
they are legal.
The court could address the issue
of same-sex marriage more directly
if it takes up the legal challenge to
California's Proposition 8, which
banned gay marriage in the state.
Legal experts differ on whether
the court is prepared to go that far,
rather than deciding the DOMA
issue now and coming back to the
constitutionality of gay marriage in
a later term.
"We're not at the point where the
Supreme Court will require the
state of Mississippi to allow same-
sex marriage," says Louis Michael
Seidman of the Georgetown
University Law Center.
Among other questions the jus-
tices will confront:
Must police get a search war-
rant before taking a blood sample
from a suspected drunk driver?
How far can police go in using
drug-sniffing dogs outside some-
Can a 1789 law, the Alien Tort
Statute, be used to bring lawsuits in
courts for violations of internation-
al law that occur in other countries?
And. in an issue of growing
interest to U.S. businesses, should
more limits be placed on the ability
to bring class-action lawsuits?
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October 4-10, 2012
Pauoe 1( Ms. Perrv's Free Press
Photos courtesy of Getty Images
Help for women
I t's just a few drinks with dinner, or some wine
to unwind at the end of the day that's not a
problem, right? For some women, it's not. But
it's estimated that 5.3 million women in the U.S.
drink in a way that threatens their health, safety
and general well-being. It's a significant women's health
issue that more people need to be made aware of.
Women and Alcohol
When it comes to how the body responds to alcohol,
men and women are decidedly different. Women are at
greater risk for developing alcohol-related problems,
and some of that is due to simple biology.
When alcohol passes through the digestive tract, it
gets dispersed in your body's water. The more water
available, the more diluted the alcohol gets. Alcohol
also gets stored in body fat. Pound for pound, women
have less water and more body fat than men do. So
even with equal consumption, women's brains and other
organs are exposed to more alcohol and more of the
toxic byproducts formed when the body breaks down
and eliminates alcohol.
This means that women get intoxicated faster than
men do. Women also develop alcohol-abuse problems,
as well as alcohol-related physical health problems, at
lower doses and in less time than men.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug
Dependence (NCADD) says that women who develop
alcoholism have death rates nearly 75 percent higher
than male alcoholics. Death from alcohol-related
accidents, heart disease, stroke, cirrhosis of the liver
and suicide happens more frequently in women.
Barriers to Getting Help
Even with such high risk factors and such dire conse-
quences, fewer women than men are in alcohol treat-
ment programs. While 75 percent of alcohol clients in
U.S. treatment centers are men, only 25 percent are
women, according to the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Prevention (NIAAA).
"Women face some significant barriers to getting
treatment," said Molly O'Neill, president and CEO of
First Call, (www. firstcallkc.org) an affiliate of NCADD
based in Kansas City. "Lack of child care and limited
financial resources are two of the lbigg-, I practical
issues women face. They have a harder time paying for
treatment costs and the child care they need in order to
attend. And as the primary family caregivers, women
have added responsibilities that make it harder to parti-
cipate in regular treatment sessions."
The stigma of alcoholism is a unique barrier to
women seeking help. "There are different social
expectations for women," said O'Neill. "Women with
substance abuse problems are treated much more
harshly than men. If a drunk-driving accident is caused
by a man, it's seen as unfortunate. But if it's caused
by a wonan, particularly a mom, people tend to think.
' low could she do that'. She's a mother!' One \\iway \we
can help these women is to make sure people under-
stand that alcoholism is not a character failing it's
an addictive disease that can be treated."'
The good news is that once in recovery, women are
more likely to stick with it. There are plenty of
opportunities available through organizations such as
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the NCADD, which
offer programs in most cities across the country. And
many women take their first steps toward recovery by
talking with their healthcare providers.
Addiction to alcohol doesn't just affect the user -
it affects their families, significant others and friends.
"Children of alcoholics have greater physical, emotional
and behavioral problems than children of non-alcoholics,
said O'Neill, "and they're three to four times more
likely to abuse alcohol or other drugs themselves. That's
why at First Call we offer programs for family members
and friends impacted by a loved one's abuse, in addition
to help for the one who is addicted."
To make getting access to help easier, and to help
other human services agencies manage client care,
First Call developed Community CareLink. This online
program helps people connect with substance abuse
professionals in a safe, secure way, and helps them
stay on track with treatment plan goals and get the
help they need. "We've found that women and children
have trouble getting coordinated care," said O'Neill.
"Community CareLink helps facilitate referrals and
evaluations, and it gives people access to care they
might not otherwise receive. We're very excited to
share this program with agencies all across the country."
(Learn more about Community CareLink at
Alcohol addiction is a serious health issue, particu-
larly for women. If you even suspect a problem, don't
wait to reach out. There is hope, help and healing for
you and the women you love.
What is a drink?
Do you really know how much you're
drinking? You may think you only have a
little wine with dinner, but you could be
drinking more than what is recommended.
I lre is how the NIAAA defines "a drink":
One 5-ounce glass of wine
One 12-ounce bottle of beer
1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits
Ask yourself ...
* Do I drink when I feel depressed or stressed, hoping that it will make me
* Do I need a drink to feel more sociable?
* Am I more permissive with my children because I feel guilty about how I
behaved while drinking'?
* Do I ever wonder if anyone knows how much I drink?
m Have I tried to cover up when I couldn't remember promises, or felt ashamed
when I have misplaced or lost things?
Answering yes to these types of questions can indicate you have a problem
Where to Get Help
* Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Visit www.aa.org, or call 212-870-3400. You can
download the Steps Away smartphone app to help you find an AA meeting no
matter where you are. Find it at www.aastepsaway.com, or www.appbrain.com.
* Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters Oilers support groups for spouses and
other adults in an alcoholic person's life. Visit www.al-anon.alateen.org for the
free "Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism" magazine, or call 888-4AL-ANON.
* National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Visit
www.ncadd.org, or call 800-NCA-CALL to find a local affiliate near you.
* National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Visit
www RethinkingDrinking.niia.nih.gov to assess your drinking pattern and get
tips for cutting down on drinking.
Pai~e ii Mrs. Perry's Free Press October 4 -II, 2012
Tyler Perry and Oprah Enter Media Partnership
The Oprah Winfrey Network
(OWN) has entered into an exclu-
sive partnership with Tyler Perry,
tlte award \winning actor, director,
screenwriter, playwright and pro-
Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey
ducer, to become his singular desti- been
nation for all new television series breal
and projects, including two new foray
scripted series for the network to the
premiere in mid 2013. These will which
be the first original scripted series corn
OWN and Perry will executive
duce, write and direct both
ie announcement comes as
N's ImoInentuLm anid ability to
draw new viewers
continues to grow.
The network closed
its third consecutive
q quarter of year-over-
year, double-digit rat-
ings gains across
primetime and total
day in the key women
25-54 demno (+63%,
and +70% respective-
ly) and saw triple-
digit ratings growth
Perry's popular tel-
evision series "Tyler
S Perry's House of
,4 Payne," "NlMeet the
Browns" and '"For
Better or Worse" ha\ c
Massive hits with record-
king ratings. Perry had his first
v into television in 2007 \\ith
hit series "'lIouse of PaVne,"
h premiered as cable's biggest
edy debut ever. The series
remained basic cable's top-rated sit-
coin only until Ihe premiere of'
Perry's second series "Mee thlie
"I have been looking forward lo
(lthe day when we would be in the
position to enter the world of script-
ed television. That day has come,"
said Oprah Winfrey, CEO, O(WN.
"We are all energized by the oppor-
tunity to collaborate with Tyler who
has a proven track record for pro-
ducing highly successful cable
series. He has an incredible ability
to illuminate life stories and charac-
ters in his unique voice and inspires
and encourages people all over the
"It's a dream realized to partner
with Oprah and bring scripted pro-
grammning to OWN," stated Perry.
"She has accomplished so much
with the network and I'm excited to
work with her to be a part of its con-
"'Bringing l'ler Perrty exclusitvel\
to )OW\N is a major coup.
the power lof the Oprah brand to
attract some of the biggest names in
television and film to OWN," said
David Zadlav, president and CEO of
Discovery ( communications .
"OWN's growth over the past nine
months ihas been nothing short of
phetinomenal and, with the contin-
ted support of our advertising and
affiliate partners, this bold move
into scripted entertainment posi-
tions OWN to continue that
momentum going forward."
OWN's flagship series "Oprah's
Next Chapter," featuring Winfrey's
interviews with top news-making
celebrities, has given the network
its highest ratings ever, hitting #1 in
its time period in all of cable multi-
ple times. The fall premiere of the
OWN original primetime series
"lyanla: Fix My Life" featuring life
coach lyanla Vanzant garnered the
network's highest rated series debut
in network history and the return of
the popular family docu-series
"Welcomne to Sweetic Pie's" hit an
all-tinie series high. In addition, the
series "Our America with Lisa
Ling" recently wrapped its summer
season posting triple-digit gains
versus year ago numbers.
TLC's T-Boz Lands Her Own Reality Show
T-Boz, one-third of the R&B
group TLC, is reportedly getting
her own reality show, "Totally T-
Boz," which will air on the TLC
cable network in 2013.
The show will center around T-
Boz, whose actual name is Tionne
Watkins, and her journey as a single
mom trying to revive her singing
Since T-Boz's recording career has
somewhat faded into black, the per-
former has had a slew of problems,
from health to financial, to marital,
that she's battled.
Regarding her health, T-Boz, who
announced that she has sickle cell
disease back in 1996, was hospital-
ized for four months in 2002 due to
complications from it. And in 2009,
she announced that she had a poten-
tially fatal brain tumor, which
affected her balance, hearing, sight,
and facial movement. At the time,
T-Boz sought help from several
doctors, but they refused to remove
the growth because of her sickle
cell illness. The light at the end of
her tunnel came when a physician
at Los Angeles' famed Cedar Sinai
Hospital made the decision to
remove the tumor. While T-Boz sur-
vived tile surgery, she actually had
to learn how to walk and talk against
During her health crisis, the 42-
year-old singer has also had marital
woes that eventually lead to a
divorce from gangsta rapper Mlack
10. T-Boz alleged that her ex-hus-
band was a serial cheater \\ho
Former CNN Anchor Bringing
Back Intelligent Talk News to BET
threatened to kill r
her, so she was \ I
forced to get a
to protect herself
The rapper denied
Financially, thle ,
s o im e t i mI e s -
actress lhas also
lhad her fair share
of struggles In I -
No\ ember 2011,
l'-Boz \\as borced
to file for bank-
ruptic.\ again t lhie
filng \\ ,.I not duc to clh.ibOiate
spending practices but due to lack
of income cOIIiing iin to the house-
hold. Repornedl\ in 2011. from
January\ through O)ctober, F-Bo
ear-ned onl SI14.1000t At the liune,
her monthly expenses totaled aIbout
SS.S21. ,.ad ot tlli nu lbci. Sl ', "-
was t'or her mortgage alone
Last April, I-.Bo announced a.
comeback Tl.C tour that\ would lca-
Itute b1admate Ro1ancda "C'1llh"
FIhomias and a hologram of the late
group member l.isa 'Left-fy\'
Lopes. but so tfar. there has been no
t'urther updates regarding this new s.
A.s or her hne stlo\\w, it w ill feature
f-Boz's daughter with Mack-10.
her bother, and other extended
1amilnt ill embers The show's film-i
ing is taking place at her home in
by D. Hinckley, NYDN
Longtime CNN newsman T.J.
Holmes says he didn't need sophis-
ticated market research to know
there isn't anything on television
like "Don't Sleep," the topical
nightly news/talk show he launched
this week on BET. The show airs in
the traditional news slot of 11 p.m.
"All I had to do was turn on my
TV," he says. "Day in and day out,
so many issues critical to my com-
munity, the black community, are
not raised and discussed."
"Don't Sleep" will fill that void,
says the 35-year-old Holmes,
though he stresses the half-hour
show will not be "just a 'black'
show or just for black people."
He has invitations out to both
President Obama and (jov. Mitt
Romney, and he says he's "hopeful"'
one or both will come on his show
before the election.
"I know some Republicans might
think, 'Oh, that's an African-
American audience, they won't like
"But the black community isn't
monolithic. IEveryone isn't a
Democrat with a certain level ofi
education and all the other stereo-
types. And to me, even if you don't
intend to vote for somebody, you
should hear what they have to say.
Thai's what (lie marketplace of'
ideas is all about."
"I want this to be a show antyotne
will come oil, because they know
they'll get a fair shake."
The show will include some of
his own commentary on the news,
Holmes says, but it will focus more
on guests and a nightly panel in
which experts discuss critical
"We're not just going to report
somebody said this and somebody
said something else and move on,"
he says. "We want to tell viewers
what it means."
This news focus, he acknowl-
edges, will take the show into topics
that aren't light and fun like the
dangerously low rate of black high
"There are topics where people
will say, 'Oh, I've heard that stat
before,' Ilolmes says. "But what
we'll do in this case, for example, is
visit a predominantly black high
school in Chicago that has a 100%
graduation rate. We'll show some-
thing positive, something ihat gives
IHe's hoping to find thlie balance,
lie says, between presenting imlipor-
tant information and keeping (lihe
"Even at CNN," he says, "the
word 'entertain' had a certain con-
notation, like there was no sub-
slance. So I use hlie term 'engage'
and I think we can do Ihat."'
i'm lovin' it'
Happy 40th Anniversary
Cheers to your spectacular past
and a promising future. May you
continue to rise to the top.
S,, Venus and Serena's dad becomes
L_. ._' a father again at 70
L Richard Williams, the 70-year-old ten-
1 w nis-coaching father of Serena and Venus
t Williams, has done it again. It being
S becoming a daddy at the age of 70! This
: bit of info comes courtesy of Jose
S Lambiet's Gossip Extra.
Jose also writes that for some reason,
neither the sisters nor Richard have spo-
ken publicly about the little boy born to he and his 33 year old wife
Lakeisha on the first week of the US Open, in late August.
Richard Williams was divorced in 2002 from Oracene, the woman
with whom he had Serena, 31, and Venus, 32.
Their split became official three years after Oracene turned up at a
West Palm Beach hospital with three broken ribs. Nursing staff sus-
pected were the result of domestic violence. Police looked into it, but
ino olne was charged.
Lakeisha once owned a small grocery store near Fort Lauderdale and
moved into Williams' $750,000 home in Palm Beach Gardens in 2009.
They were married two years later.
Janet Jackson Planning $20
Million Wedding in Qatar?
The National Ien'auirer is claiming that
hanet Jackson and her billionaire fiance
W\issam al Mlana are planning a lavish $20
million wedding to take place next year in
l)oha. Qatar, where Al Mana was born.
Acor dine' to an insider the wedding will
be "'one of the biggest, most memorable extravaganzas in recent histo-
-They have tentatively set a late 2013 wedding date. But they are still
working out the details and the exact day." the source continued.
They will reportedly spend S3 million to fly in 500 wedding guests
from all over the world, while Wissam wants to give all attendees a
S 10,000 Rolex watch each as a thank you for attending.
The insider added: "Wissamn is going to splash big when he marries
Janet. It's oint, to be the wedding of the century."
Janet, 46, has been dating \issam who is almost a decade younger
than her sincc summe r 2010
W hitney Houston's Fainily
Exposed on Lifetinte
Coming in October. the family of
\Vhitney Houston will expose all of the
emotional ba2,ggag,2e. private laughs and
communal struggles since dealing with the
loss of the singer.
The show wxas first announced last May.
and will star the sister-in-law and former
manager of the singer. Pat Houston. Of
A course the young and lost Bobbi Kristina
is at the center of the family 's concerns. as
the aunties attempt to steer her in the right direction.
iiginally scheduled to extend only 10 half-hour shows. thile network
stretched it out to 14 episodes.
"'The I louslonls: O) lOut) r .Own'" \ ill debut Oct. 24 on Lifetime.
October 4 -11, 2012
Page 11 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
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D.C. Sniper Speaks On Capital Shootings:
I Felt Like 'The Worst Piece Of Scum'' A
D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo (pic-
tured in 2003) said in a newspaper
interview published Sunday that the
devastated reaction of a victim's
husband made him feel like "the
worst piece of scum."
Malvo expresses remorse in the
interview with The Washington
Post (wapo.st/SrLk9l) and urged
the families of victims to try and
forget about him and his partner
John Allen Muhammad so they can
move on. This week marks the 10th
loaded supplies outside a I lome
Depot in Falls Church, Va.
"They are penetrating," Malvo
said of Ted Franklin's eyes. "It is
the worst sort of pain I have ever
seen in my life. His eyes ... Words
do not possess the depth in which to
fully convey that emotion and what
I felt when I saw it. ... You feel like
the worst piece of scum on the plan-
Malvo is serving a life sentence
with no parole at a prison in south-
west Virginia for killing Franklin.
Shown above is Lee Boyd Malvo (pictured in 2003)
as he was led away to live the rest in prison.
anniversary of the beginning of the
deadly spree in the Washington area
carried out by Malvo and John
Allen Muhammad. The pair has
been linked to 27 shootings across
the country, including 10 fatal
attacks in the Washington area.
Malvo, 27, told the Post in a rare
interview that the look on the face
of victim Linda Franklin's husband
right after she was shot stands out
in his memory of the rampage.
Franklin, a 47-year-old FBI analyst,
was killed as she and her husband
Muhammad was executed inI
Virginia in 2009
The sniper-style attacks all but
paralyzed the nation's capital, as
people were shot at random x l Ic
going about their everyday life -
pumping gas, buying groceries, and
for one young boy, as he went to
school. The shooters used a high-
powered rifle, firing from the tnirunk
of a modified Chevy Caprice until
they were tracked down at a
Maryland rest stop.
Malvo also repeated previous
assertions that he was manipulated
by the older Muhanmmad during the
string of attacks that took place
when Malvo was 17. But he
acknowledges: "I was a monster."
Malvo has declined to respond to
many media requests, including let-
ters from The Associated Press. He
was interviewed in 2010 for a cable
When asked by the Post what he
would say to victims' families, the
remorseful Malvo said there's no
way to properly convey an apology.
"We can never
change what hap-
said. "There's noth-
ing that I can say
except don't allow
SM ne and my actions
to continue to vic-
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rest ofyour litoe."
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allow myself or
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tinue to make you a
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ulous about tilhe
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can't believe that.
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like that," Moore said in a phone
Moore said hlie believes his
daughter's slaxLing contributed to
his witf''s death several years later.
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fathmily. I'll never be able to put it
aside. Never," hlie said.
"There are things that stand out in
your life that you think about. I'm
83 years old and I'll carrm it to my
NEW YORK As President
Barack Obamna widened his lead
over Mitt Romnley in polls this
month, traders at hedge funds and
investment firms began shooting
emails to clients with a similar
theme: It's time to start preparing
for an Obama victory.
What many in the market worry
about isn't that high earners may
pay more in taxes if Obama wins.
They worry that federal spending
cuts and tax hikes scheduled for
2013 will kick in on Jan. 1 and start
pulling thlie country into another
recession. The higher taxes and
lower spending would total $(S600
billion. They take effect automati-
cally unless Congress and the
\VWute IHouse reach a deal before
If he's re-elected, Obama will
still face a House of
Representatives controlled by
Republicans the rest of the year.
And the new Congress that takes
office in January may have a
Republican House. too. Investors
says that's likely to set up a budget
battle similar to August of last year.
which ended with the country los-
ing its top credit rating and pan-
icked investors fleeing the stock
"If you have any kind of gridlock,
you run the risk of inaction," says
Tom Simons, a market economist at
the investment bank Jefferies. "This
is a situation where inaction is the
Obama and others like former
President Bill Clinton have
expressed the belief that House
Republicans could be more cooper-
ative once the election is over.
Most on Wall Street think
Congress and Obama would even-
tually manage to at least postpone
some of impending tax and spend-
ing changes before this year is out.
The Congressional Budget Office
recently laid out the grim conse-
quences of such an event often
compared to dropping off a "fiscal
cliff." Starting Jan. 1. tax cuts
signed by President George W.
Bush expire as do Obama's cuts to
payrToll taxes. Federal spending on
defense and other domestic pro-
grams will drop, while emergency
unemployment benefits run out.
The combined effect off all these
changes would shrink the economy
nearly 3 percent at an annual rate in
the first half of next year, the CBO
estimates, and push unemployment
up to 9.1 percent by the fall. The
unemployment rate was 8.1 percent
in August. Recent surveys of busi-
nesses suggest the threat is already
weighing on the minds of execu-
tives when they're making hiring
and spending plans.
For the world's biggest money
managers. the fiscal cliff now ranks
as the greatest hazard to the global
economy, according to Bank of
America's most recent fund manag-
er survey. It topped the European
debt crisis, a collapse in Chinese
real estate and even a war between
Israel and Iran.
The danger looms so large to
most investors that they believe
Washington will find a wvay to
"Ultimately. I think a deal gets
done. but it's just a question of how
long it takes to get there." Kleintop
says. "By no means is it going to be
an easy process. Gridlock means
there's a greater chance that this
drags on into next vear."
With Romney Slipping, Even Wall Street
is Preparing for an Obama Victory
October 4 -10, 2012
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