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NOAA awards FAMU $15 million to train a new generation of scientists

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Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons announces that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded FAMU an education and research grant totaling $15 million. This is the largest single grant awarded in the history of the University.

 

Tallahassee, FL (BlackNews.com) — Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been awarded an education and research grant totaling $15 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to meet the agency’s workforce needs in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that support NOAA’s mission. This is the largest single grant awarded in the history of the University.

“One of the highest criteria used to determine the quality of a university is the level of extramural funding and quality of research taking place by faculty and the funding obtained for them to conduct research on a regular basis,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “This announcement proves that Florida A&M University meets that standard of excellence.”

With 30 percent of the grant designated for scholarships, FAMU has partnered with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Delaware State University, Jackson State University, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Creighton University as well as three National Estuarine Research Reserves; Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; the Gulf of Mexico Alliance; and, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System. The grant will provide funds to support students as they pursue NOAA-relevant education, research, and training in environmental science. This grant supports enhancing environmental literacy from K-12 to the doctorate level.

“Our education efforts will focus on training and graduating under-represented minorities and utilize research as a vehicle to educate students, and develop skills relevant to the new economy,” said Michael Abazinge, professor and interim director of the School of the Environment who also serves as the principal investigator for this significant award.The award will support the NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center (ECSC), FAMU as the lead institution with its partners to focus on the following goals:

* Increasing the number of well-trained and highly qualified scientists and managers, particularly from under-represented minority groups entering the NOAA workforce and other resource management entities;

* Improving the scientific bases for coastal resource management and to develop tools and research products to characterize, evaluate, and forecast coastal and marine ecosystem responses to natural and human induced stressors; and,

* Facilitating community engagement related to the function and relevance of coastal ecosystems and the services they provide to society.

“The magnitude of this environmentally-focused research and training award is critical to our region, nation and to the world, as we develop best practices to govern us in all areas of our existence,” said K. Ken Redda, professor and acting vice president for research.

The ECSC was established in 2001 at FAMU through a national competitive process. This five-year award was made to a team of academic institutions led by FAMU. Through this award, ECSC will increase the number of scientists, particularly from under -represented minority groups in environmental, coastal, and oceanic sciences. Of the over 180 postsecondary student participants, ECSC has graduated 19 Ph.D. degree recipients, 41 master’s degree holders, and 56 bachelor’s degree recipients, since 2006. Graduates of ECSC, a part of FAMU’s School of the Environment, has a 100 percent placement rate. Eight are working as employees of NOAA, while others are employed by state or other governmental employees or as researchers in university settings.

“We’re committed to developing problem-solving skills as we engage undergraduate majors and graduate students from varied disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and other STEM areas needed to address and resolve environmental issues,” said Charles H. Jagoe, distinguished professor in the School of the Environment.

Those problem-solving skills are being put to use in the laboratories in the School of the Environment.

Currently, two students, LaTrisha Allen and Kali Farris, are conducting research under the leadership of Jagoe. Allen, a second-year Ph.D. research student, and Kali Farris, a third-year master’s degree student majoring in environmental science marine toxicology, are examining and conducting different analysis of several fish species to determine their exposure to the oil released in the BP Oil Spill.

This grant will also provide educational opportunities for students and teachers in the local K-12 school districts through summer workshops, Brain Bowl competitions and others enrichment activities. K-12 student participants will learn how environmental decisions impact the social and economic structure of their communities.

The Environmental Sciences Institute, which is currently referred to as the School of the Environment, was established in 1995 and became a school in 2011. It is one of several new innovative programs at Florida A&M University. The FAMU School of the Environment is a multidisciplinary unit that offers a wide range of services to students, governmental agencies, private sector companies, communities and other organizations.

The grant awarded to the School of the Environment is budgeted over the next five years, ending on June 30, 2016. For more information on NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center at Florida A&M University visit www.ecsc.famu.edu.

Attorney General Madigan reminds parents to check sex offender registry to plan Halloween Routes

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Madigan: Know your neighborhood                                                                                   

 

Chicago, IL – As Halloween approaches, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reminded families to  “know their neighborhood” and check the online sex offender registry when planning their trick-or-treat routes.  The Attorney General also issued a 10-question quiz designed to generate discussion about keeping kids safe during this time of year.

 “A majority of sex offenders commit their heinous crimes against children. I can’t stress how important it is, especially during this time of year, for parents to take advantage of the online registry,” Madigan said.  

Illinois law prohibits sex offenders on parole, mandatory supervised release or probation from distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween.

Parents and families can visit the Illinois Sex Offender Registry at www.isp.state.il.us or call the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team’s (ISORT) Hotline at 1-888-41-ISORT (1-888-414-7678). The Sex Offender Registry website is administered by the Illinois State Police.

A total of 25,246 sex offenders are currently listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, of which 20,381, or almost 81 percent, committed a crime against a child.

In advance of Halloween, Madigan’s office also distributed 1,500 posters about the sex offender registry to local park districts, Secretary of State facilities, and Chicago and university police departments.

Achievement gap narrows at Illinois elementary schools

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Nine schools make it off status even as benchmarks increase

 

Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education announced that 2011 state standardized test results released today show the achievement gap is narrowing at the elementary school level, particularly due to gains among African American, special education, and low income students. Additionally, nine Illinois schools made it off improvement status under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years even as the state’s proficiency benchmarks increased by 7.5 percent each year.

“It’s encouraging to see the achievement gap narrow among elementary school students,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Our students have shown steady, incremental improvement and we know that represents solid progress. It’s especially remarkable to see schools flagged for improvement make the dramatic changes necessary to get off status.”

State trend data show some closure of the achievement gap at the elementary level. Meanwhile, Illinois’ public school minority population grew from 36.7 percent of students in 1997 to 48.6 percent in 2011 and the state’s low-income student population increased from 35.7 percent in 1997 to 48.1 percent of students in 2011.

Over time, the achievement gap between White and Black students has narrowed by 11.4 percent in math and 7.9 percent in reading. Since 2006, Black students have made substantial gains, with a 14.3 percent increase in Black students meeting and exceeding proficiency in ISAT math and a 13.0 percent increase in ISAT reading. Percent of Hispanic students meeting and exceeding proficiency also increased, by 4.7 percent in ISAT math and 5.2 percent in ISAT reading.

Likewise, the achievement gap between special education students with an Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and students without IEPs narrowed. Percent of students with an IEP meeting and exceeding proficiency has increased by 7.6 percent in ISAT math and 7.0 percent in ISAT reading since 2006.

In addition, the achievement gap between low income and non-low income students narrowed by 7 percent in math and 4 percent in reading. Percent of low income students meeting and exceeding proficiency has increased by 10.8 percent in ISAT math and 10.4 percent in ISAT reading since 2006.

Graphs reflecting these gains can be found at this web page: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/report_card/rpt_card_ayp_findings10-11.pdf

The results were announced as part of the State Board’s statewide analysis of the 2011 State Report Card and as the state develops a comprehensive application for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 offered through the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Education. ISBE plans to submit its waiver application by the February deadline.

In addition, analysis of the statewide data for 2011 shows that nine schools have been removed from improvement status by meeting standards for NCLB, or AYP, for two consecutive years even as the benchmarks rose by 7.5 percent each year. They are:

  • Mount Greenwood Elementary School, City of Chicago School District 299
  • Glacier Ridge Elementary School, Crystal Lake CCSD 47
  • Frederick School, Grayslake CCSD 46
  • Pepper Ridge Elementary School, McLean County USD 5
  • Oakwood Grade School, Oakwood CUSD 76
  • Virginia Lake Elementary School, Palatine CCSD 15
  • Peoria Heights Grade School, Peoria Heights CUSD 325
  • Calvin Coolidge Middle School, Peoria SD 150
  • Oak Prairie Jr. High School, Will County SD 92

Across the state, eight high schools and one high school district, Adlai E Stevenson High School District 125, made AYP this year based on PSAE scores. (Two more high schools made AYP based on other indicators but not PSAE scores.) The eight high schools are:

  • Glenbrook North High School, Northfield Twp HSD 225   
  • Lane Technical High School, City of Chicago SD 299      
  • Jones College Prep High School, City of Chicago SD 299
  • Young Magnet High School, City of Chicago SD 299       
  • Northside College Preparatory High School, City of Chicago SD 299   
  • Payton College Preparatory High School, City of Chicago SD 299       
  • Adlai E Stevenson High School, Adlai E Stevenson HSD 125    
  • Dunlap High School, Dunlap Community Unit School District 323     

ISBE has produced the School Report Card since 1986 for every public school and district in Illinois. State report cards have been produced since 2002 and are required under No Child Left Behind. District report cards can be found on the ISBE website at www.isbe.net and http://iirc.niu.edu/

Information about statewide composite scores and AYP information released earlier this month can be found on the ISBE home page at http://www.isbe.net/news/2011/oct20.htm.

Lt. Governor Simon awards green industry leaders

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Local foods key to growing economy

 

Champaign, IL – At an award ceremony celebrating 25 of the greenest public, private and non-profit organizations and businesses in Illinois, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said good environmental practices strengthen the state’s economy.

“These awards recognize leaders in sustainability, and they also recognize smart economic policy for businesses and governments,” Simon said at the 25th Annual Governor’s Sustainability Awards Ceremony hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois.

Among those recognized was Uncommon Ground in Chicago, which runs two restaurants serving locally grown food from its 2,500 square foot rooftop farm. The group received a Continuous Improvement Award, given to organizations that have won awards at previous Sustainability Award Ceremonies.

Simon noted that Uncommon Ground helps keep local food dollars in the state. Simon, who chairs the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council has targeted building opportunity in Illinois by promoting local foods.  Illinoisans spend roughly $46 billion annually on food, but only $2 billion of that amount on food grown in Illinois.

The awards have been presented since 1987 by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois. Awards are given to organizations for their efforts in implementing green practices such as technology and energy conservation.

“The efforts of these businesses and organizations demonstrate that it is possible to meet social and economic needs while minimizing impacts on the environment,” ISTC Director Manohar Kulkarni said. “Present and future generations will appreciate their foresight.”

A Sustainability Award, which recognizes first-time winners, was given to the University of Illinois Retro-commissioning Group, which is comprised of engineers, field technicians and tradesmen. The group has spent $6 million making 27 campus buildings more energy efficient. The team’s efforts have resulted in an average energy savings per building of 26 percent and a total $9.7 million reduction in utility costs since 2007.

Four community colleges – John A. Logan College, Lewis and Clark Community College, Rock Valley College and Southwestern Illinois College – all received sustainability awards for implementing energy efficiencies on campus.

“More efficient energy use in community colleges means more opportunity for students to get the education they need to be ready for the workforce,” Simon said.

 

The winners are:

         ActOnEnergy Business Program, Peoria

         Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne

         Cabot Corporation, Tuscola

         City of Evanston, Evanston

         City of Naperville, Naperville

         DuPage County, Wheaton

                     Earth Friendly Products, Addison

         Elmhurst Park District, Elmhurst

         Gabriel Environmental Services, Chicago

         GE Healthcare IT, Barrington

         Harris Corporation, Quincy

         J.L. Clark, Rockford

         John A. Logan College, Carterville

         Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey

         Lincoln Park Zoological Society, Chicago

         NOW Foods, Inc., Bloomingdale

         PortionPac Chemical Corporation, Chicago

         Rock Valley College, Rockford

         Solberg MFG., Itasca

         Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville

         The Sherwin-Williams Company, Effingham

         Uncommon Ground, Chicago

         University of Illinois at Chicago, c/o Office of Sustainability, Chicago

         University of Illinois Retro-commissioning Group, Champaign

         Village of Hoffman Estates, Hoffman Estates

Author L Guy Burton reveals secrets to consistent winning at casino slots

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Warwick, NY (BlackNews.com) — L Guy Burton, author of several books, magazine articles, and screenplays, reveals, in his latest e-book on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, How To Be a Sure Winner At Casino Slots, the key strategies for winning consistently at casino slots and keeping ahead of the game as a regular player.

Burton advises, “If you want the same success rate that I’ve enjoyed, you first need to seriously answer some questions about your frame of mind regarding casino gambling and slots.” He says, “Remember, it is just a game you’re playing . . . and every game has winners and losers. “But,” he states, “also keep in mind, every game has rules and strategies for beating your opponent.” Burton says he has won over $100,000 since 2006.

He further states he has tested his theories at several casinos and discovered there is a pattern and certain conditions that will greatly improve one’s opportunity for a profitable payout. “I win, virtually, every time I go to a casino, and usually play with the money they give me as ‘free play.'”

Burton talks of being very disturbed by the overwhelming number of Blacks and Latinos he sees in the local New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut casinos, who pour money into the slot machines with less than positive results. He notes, “Most I’ve talked to say they don’t really expect to win . . . ‘but maybe I’ll hit the big one, someday,’ they tell me.”

Pointing out the fact that casinos want winners, Burton says they also want their winners to seen winning. A casino without winners would be a casino without customers, and luck, alone, based on random number generator(RNG), which is a system used in slot machines, would not insure sufficient winners and/or payouts. Casino managers have the ability to direct how, when, and where the next big jackpots are likely to occur.

Observation, insider information, trial and error, are what he says have allowed him to produce a comprehensive guide to playing it smart when playing the slots. He says he hopes the time and effort he has invested in learning about their ‘secrets’ will produce more knowledgeable players and give them a better advantage than just plain luck.

For more information Google “L Guy Burton” or go to:
www.amazon.com (ASIN: B005E90IK4) – Kindle
www.BN.com (BN ID: 2940012968418) – Nook

First Black Miss Norway visits the United States

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 From Refugee to ‘Look at Me!’


Iman Kerigo

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Iman Kerigo, the first woman of African descent to be crowned Miss Norway, arrives in the US this week as part of her goodwill tour. Miss Kerigo, a refugee from Kenya who fled with her family to safety in the United Kingdom, continues her mission to raise awareness on poverty, war and domestic abuse. She will be visiting Los Angeles, Las Vegas and surrounding areas as part of her twelve day visit.

As a child born into a life of extreme hardship forged by her family’s struggle in war torn Kenya, she and her mother struggled to survive day-to-day while living under the rule of an abusive father. Iman’s mother’s greatest dream was to simply see her children live. She never dreamed her second child could achieve something so amazing.

“My mother was just happy that we were alive but she didn’t want us to live a meager existence,” Miss Kerigo said. “Being crowned Miss Norway gave me the opportunity to make sure that her dream came true.”

After waiting for some time to gain citizenship in a new country, Iman, her mother and siblings were finally accepted under refugee status to the Scandanavian country of Norway. Growing up thousands of miles away from everything she had ever known, Iman worked hard to adjust to her new adopted home, even learning to speak Norweigan and English, rather than her native Swahili.

Through hard work and dedication, she overcame tremendous odds to eventually become the first woman of African descent to ever be crowned Miss Norway. She credits much of her success in the Miss Norway Pageant to her coach, nutrition expert David Sandoval. David, author of The Green Foods Bible, had Iman follow his ‘Superfoods For Supermodels’ program, an eating program designed especially for those in the public eye.

David says, “I created this program in response to the epidemic of bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders prevalent in the modeling and entertainment business.” But David is keen to explain that ‘Superfoods For Supermodels’ is not a diet. He adds, “Instead it features realistic guidelines for creating exceptionally healthy, lean, beautiful bodies through pure, organic, green food nutrition and core fitness.” David’s program also helps to build confidence and strength while focusing on taking personal responsibility for one’s own destiny.

Iman adds,”Part of my mission is to let young girls know that even if it seems all the odds are against you, you can still achieve great things.”

In the future, Iman hopes to forge a career in modeling and/or become a spokesperson for an African centric product line. Iman is available for interviews during her visit. All enquiries, including requests for press photos should be directed to David Sandoval’s assistant at dsandovalpa@organicbynatureinc.com

Dr. Wilson Secures Financial Commitment from Clergy to Secure CBI's Survival, Gives $130,000 and Saves Bible College from Foreclosure

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By Chinta Strausberg

willie wilsonWhile gospel great Vickie Winans stole the show Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Chicago Baptist Institute International’s (CBI) 30th annual banquet held at the Condesa Del Mar, it was Dr. Willie Wilson who once again  donated yet another financial blessing to the 77-year-old Institute having recently prevented its foreclosure, gave $40,000 for a total of $130,000 in just three weeks.

Close to 2,000 ministers, congregations, business man and women and elected officials including Gov. Pat Quinn, Rep. Danny K. Davis, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former Board President Bobbie Steele, Comms. Deborah Sims and Robert Steele, attended the BPI’s 30th annual banquet held at the Condesa Del Mar Banquet Room in Alsip, IL.

It was Wilson, who three-weeks ago took on the role of chairman of the Board of Trustees and erased a debt of $200,000 preventing the institution from being foreclosed upon, Monday gave another $40,000 bringing his total amount to $130,000 in just three-weeks.

“I will make sure this institution survives, but I’m not going to do it alone,” said Dr. Wilson. He challenged each one to stand if they would commit to donating a certain amount to CBI each month, then had others to stand showing their commitment to raise funds every six-months or once a year and to send students to the Institute so it will remain self-sufficient.

“I hope and my prayers are that who people who stood up and proclaimed their will understand the value of this institute and to do what ever they can to raise funds,” he said explaining he is not asking for a certain amount just a commitment to donate funds for the CBI.

‘In January, we are giving a breakfast for our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fundraiser and after that he will have another fundraiser for  Founder’s day in March or April of 2012 and on the first Sunday in July we will have a fundraiser for CBI ending with our annual 31st CBI annual banquet in October,” said Wilson.

But, Dr. Wilson is not stopping there. He has his eyes on the more than $500,000 he will need to make repairs to the historic CBI and already has plans on the table to build a banquet hall on CBI’s property so that people can hold their social and church functions there rather than go to other places outside of the community. Other’s present were: Justice Joy Cunningham, who is running for the Illinois Supreme Court, Spencer Leak and his wife, Henrietta, owners of the Leak & Sons Funeral Home, Pastor Tyrone Crider, Pastor Leonard DeVille who is former alderman of the 21st Ward and many others.

Davis called Wilson a “special guy” for getting Gov. Quinn and Preckwinkle “singing and rocking” and said he was glad he didn’t ask him.

Rev. Dr. John Gray introduced Rev. Dr. Johnny L. Miller who gave a tribute to Rev. Dr. J.B. Felker, first vice trustee board chairman of CBI, Jr.  Dr. Verdie Robinson-Curry gave a tribute to seniors, and Rev. Dr. Nathan Schaffer, Dean of Students, gave the recognition award presentation.

Dr. Wilson performed with his 18-piece orchestra band but it was Vickie Winans who rocked the house and had people dancing in the aisles.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Photo Caption: Chinta Strausberg

Prostate cancer: Another Tuskegee experiment?

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Are we headed towards a de facto Tuskegee-like experiment with prostate cancer?

 

By Thomas A. Farrington, PHEN President and Founder

 

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in 399 black men without their knowledge or consent. Researchers knowingly failed to treat patients appropriately, and harsh reaction to the Tuskegee experiment served as the catalyst for medical ethical standards.

Are we headed towards a de facto Tuskegee-like experiment with prostate cancer – the leading cause of cancer for men in the United States with more than 230,000 new cases and 30,000 deaths each year? African American men have the highest incidence rate, and a death rate 140% higher than all other men which is the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer.

On October 7, 2011 the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) shocked the medical community, along with prostate cancer survivors and advocates by issuing a draft recommendation against the use of the PSA test for the early detection of prostate cancer regardless of age, race, or family history.

The PSA test is the only test currently available for early detection of prostate cancer before the disease could potentially spread, become incurable and fatal. The overall prostate cancer death rate has declined by 40% during the time that the PSA test has been widely used, but implementing the USPSTF recommendation would turn the clock back twenty years to the pre-PSA test era where most men were diagnosed with advanced and incurable prostate cancer. This could be deadly and disastrous for African Americans and other men at high risk for prostate cancer…

(Read Mr. Farrington’s complete statement at www.rapcancer.org)

Thomas A. Farrington is the founder and president of the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) a non-profit organization with a mission to eliminate the African American prostate cancer disparity. He is an eleven year prostate cancer survivor and the author of the books “Battling The Killer Within” and “Battling The Killer Within and Winning.”

Madigan, Attorneys General nationwide debut ad campaign to stop teen texting behind the wheel

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Attorney General, Secretary of State Jesse White Urge Illinois Schools to Educate Teens on Dangers of Texting & Driving in Driver’s Ed, Health Classes

 

Chicago, IL – Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with Secretary of State Jesse White, state attorneys general nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council to unveil a new public service campaign to address a rising number of injuries and deaths caused by teens texting while driving.

As part of the new campaign, www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org, Madigan and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White today called on schools around the state to incorporate the new public service announcements in their driver’s education and health classes to spread awareness among teen and young adult drivers.

“‘Texting’ and ‘teenager’ are almost synonymous, but that is a dangerous combination behind the wheel,” said Attorney General Madigan “Thousands of Americans die each year from distracted driving and many more are injured. Because teens are the least experienced drivers on the road, they are especially vulnerable to accidents.”

“As chairman of the state’s Distracted Driving Task Force, I made it clear my top priority was to draft and enact legislation banning texting while driving in Illinois on all roads for drivers of all ages,” Secretary White said. “This important traffic safety law went into effect January 1, 2010.  Nobody has any business composing or reading a text message while driving, and this PSA will help further raise public awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.”

The new campaign stems from a settlement reached by Illinois and other attorneys general in 2002 with Ford Motor Company and Firestone Tires over the risk for rollover in sport utility vehicles. Over the last decade, settlement funds have been used for PSA campaigns to educate the public about risks associated with driving. As texting and driving accidents and fatalities have become more prevalent, the multistate group has turned its focus to this new danger.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports distracted driving is the No. 1 killer of American teens. Sixteen percent of drivers younger than 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were reportedly distracted while driving. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reports that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash.

Participating in the campaign along with Madigan are attorneys general nationwide and from the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The campaign includes TV and radio PSAs and messages on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. They aim to reduce the alarming number of teens and young adults – 82 percent – who admit to reading texts while driving, as discovered by the Ad Council in a new national study.

The Ad Council’s new survey, which was also released today, found that while 82 percent of young adult drivers said they have read a text while driving, 75 percent have sent a text from behind the wheel and 49 percent have done so multiple times. Half of respondents said that during the past month, they have been a passenger when a friend was texting while driving.

The campaign’s PSAs were created pro bono by the New York agency The Concept Farm, and communicate to teens and adults that when you text and drive, you are not multitasking, but essentially driving blind. By taking your eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, you are making the road less safe for you, your passengers and other drivers.

“For over 25 years we have been working with NHTSA to successfully address drunk driving prevention. The term ‘designated driver’ is now a part of the American vocabulary, but even more importantly 67 percent of all adults have tried to stop someone from drinking and driving,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “Research has shown that using a cell phone delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Through our Texting and Driving Prevention campaign we are working towards eradicating the mindset among young adults that texting and driving is a safe activity.”      

Since 2006, Madigan and the attorneys general have partnered with the Ad Council to address reckless driving among teens. To date the campaign has received more than $88.7 million in donated media support. The new PSAs will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

In his tenure serving Illinois as its Secretary of State, White has made it his priority to implement safe-driving measures to ensure the safety of our roads and reduce the number of fatal accidents among teens in Illinois.

Warning: StubHub e-mail scam making way around the Internet

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(A Message from the Better Business Bureau) 

 

Warning: StubHub Email Scam Making Way Around The Internet

 

Chicago, IL – Many consumers have reported being hit by an email scam this morning, appearing to be from StubHub (it isn’t) saying it is charging consumer’s credit cards in excess of $2,700 to pay for tickets to a boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns anyone with a StubHub account (and even some who don’t) to use caution with their email accounts.

StubHub has issued the following statement via its website. “We are aware that some people have received an email regarding order number 47223311, which they did not place. The email is a phishing email, and was NOT sent by StubHub or any affiliate. Your credit cards have not been charged. Please DO NOT click on any link in the email. If you have logged in to your account via one of the links in the email, you should log into your StubHub account immediately (www.stubhub.com/account) to change your StubHub password. If you have not clicked on any of the links contained in the email, you can safely delete it.”

According to StubHub, the following are precautions consumers can take:

  • If you receive the scam email, DON’T login. It may steal your passwords and then give thieves access to your StubHub account where valid credit card info may be stored.
  • Change your password if you have an account at StubHub – right away. Go directly to the StubHub site to do that, not through an email.
  • Send a copy of the scam email you receive to safety@stubhub.com so they can investigate.

“Consumers should always investigate emails they receive that claim they are going to be charged for goods and/or services,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “Go directly to the company for information and never enter your personal information including passwords and billing information as it may be a scam.”

The BBB offers the following tips to staying safe when shopping or doing business online:

  • Change passwords periodically. Ensure online accounts are kept private by periodically changing passwords, make passwords unique so they cannot be easily guessed by a scammer.
  • Do not give away personal information online. If led to an unfamiliar website, do not give away any personal information. This includes: Social Security number, banking information, passwords, birthday, etc.
  • Update virus protection and security software. Verify all anti-spyware, anti-malware, and security software and mechanisms are robust and up-to-date on the computer. Also, implement a process to periodically confirm they remain up-to-date. Security patches are often available via automatic updates.
  • Monitor your statements. Keep a close eye out for suspicious charges on the itemized breakdown of accounts. Through a financial institution, you may also sign up for alerts to notify you when certain types of transactions occur.
  • Report fraud immediately. Share any fraudulent activity with your bank as soon as you discover it. Consumer protections for debit and credit cards vary but largely depend on when the fraudulent activity is reported.

Check and report scams with your BBB’s Scam Source resource at www.chicago.bbb.org/scam-source

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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