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2013 Bill Gates Scholars Program giving away one thousand scholarships to minority students

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Applications Now Available For 2013 Scholarships

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Every year, the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The program provides scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Administered by the United Negro College Fund, the program was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 1999, it has funded the education of more than 16,000 students, awarding them more than $614 million dollars to pay for tuition, fees, books and housing.

The program aims to reduce financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need; increase the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented; develop a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; and provide seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs, for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines

Individuals selected as Gates Scholars will receive funds in an amount to be determined based on their financial need. The amount determined will be based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the 2013-2014 academic year, as well as the availability of grants and other scholarships reported on the financial aid award letter. The average scholarship award in the 2000-2010 academic years was $11,000 per student.

The application process is a three-part effort: 1) a Student Application is completed and submitted by the student; 2) a Nominator Form must be completed and submitted by an educator- Principal, teacher, guidance counselor or higher education representative; 3) a Recommender Form must be completed and submitted by any adult who is familiar with the student’s community service and leadership activities, such as a supervisor at work or a community leader.

The deadline for submission is January 16, 2013.

To apply for the 2013 Gates Millennium Scholars program, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/08/the-gates-millennium-scholars-program.html

To find hundreds of other scholarship opportunities, visit:
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Clifford Law Offices files lawsuit on behalf of young woman hurt in Megabus crash

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Clifford Law Offices filed a lawsuit against Megabus on behalf of a young woman injured when the bus crashed into a concrete bridge support pillar on I-55 some 10 days ago. Cook County Circuit Court Judge William Maddux entered a protective order yesterday (Aug. 13, 2012) after attorneys at Clifford Law Offices asked that the bus be preserved and not be altered or disposed of as well as all data, video recordings, radio transmissions and cell phone records, driver schedules, logs and employment records in connection with this incident be preserved.

Robert Clifford, Kevin Durkin and Michael Krzak, partners at the firm and attorneys for plaintiff Jamie Schultz, asked that they be permitted to inspect and photograph the bus, its tires and any component parts within seven days of the entry of the Protective Order. The lawsuit is believed to be the first filed regarding this tragedy.

Schultz, 19, of Chicago, was sitting in the bus as it traveled to St. Louis, Mo., one of its first scheduled stops on Aug. 2, 2012, when she was struck by the seat in front of her and suffered severe emotional distress from the trauma of witnessing a woman killed in front of her. Dozens of others were injured when the Megabus struck the pillar near the intersection of mile post 57 in Montgomery County downstate near Springfield, Il.

The complaint alleges that the driver, Preston Taylor, was driving too fast for conditions and that Megabus and its employees failed to maintain the subject bus in a reasonably safe condition and failed to properly train its employees.

The complaint alleges that the plaintiff’s injuries are in excess of $50,000, the jurisdictional minimum for a case to be filed in the Law Division in Cook County. The complaint also was filed against Coach Leasing, Inc., the owner of the bus.

Countdown to State of the Black World Conference III: Mark Thompson, Bev Smith to moderate High Profile Panel of Black Leaders

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National Town Hall Meeting to kick-off State of Black World Conference III

 

The impact of the 2012 presidential election on the interests and aspirations of Black people in the U.S. and the Pan African world will be subject of the National Town Hall Meeting at State of the Black World Conference III (SOBWCIII, November 14-18 at the Blackburn Center and Crampton Auditorium at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Convened by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), SOBWCIII is billed as the first major gathering in Black America post-election. The Town Hall Meeting will feature a high profile panel of some of Black America’s most influential leaders including George Fraser, President/CEO , FraserNet, the largest network of Black professionals in the world; Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director of Essence Magazine and Director of National Mentoring Cares Movement ; Dr. Marc Lamont Hall, Host of Our World with Black Enterprise and Associate Professor, Columbia Teachers College; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women, Syndicated Columnist; Professor Cornel West, Author Analyst, Professor of Religion, Union Theological Seminary, and Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa, Professor of Black Studies, California State University, Long Beach. Confirmations of additional panelists are pending.

Bev Smith, Host of the Bev Smith Show on the Empowerment Network, SIRIUS/XM the power and Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM, will serve as moderators of the Town Hall Meeting – which will be broadcast by SIRIUS/XM.

Commenting on the significance of the Town Hall Meeting, Dr. Ron Daniels, President of IBW, said: “The theme of the Conference is State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities. This is a serious subject and we expect this stellar panel to provide an assessment of what Black people can expect from the next administration. This will help guide our deliberations as we develop a Declaration of Intent to Heal Black Families and Communities as the Action Agenda for SOBWCIII.”

The National Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., at Crampton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University. The Conference will begin November 14th with the Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute.

Register now to take advantage of discounts:

General Registration

$75.00 by September 10th – $100 after September 10th

Damu Smith Institute: $175.00 by September 10th (includes General Registration) and $200.00 after September 10th.

Accommodation at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel : $125.00 Single/Double by September 10th, $179.00 Single/Double after September 10th.

Sign up Online for Registration and Accommodations at www.ibw21.org or call 1-888,774.2921

State Board of Education reminds families to start school year with good habits

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Teacher of the Year encourages schools and families to work as a team

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL ― The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) encourages families to establish and maintain good health and study habits as schools across the state open doors for the start of a new academic year. The onset of the school year provides a prime opportunity to review academic skills and implement positive habits and routines.

“Students need to arrive at school ready for new challenges and experiences,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Families can help their children excel by developing habits that ensure children get enough sleep, a good breakfast and a dedicated study time and place. Most importantly, they can pass on a positive attitude about education. Learning doesn’t just happen during the school day but every moment adults spend with children.”

As students approach the new school year, families might start new bedtime hours for an easier transition during the first week of school. Setting aside a quiet dedicated study space, with good light and appropriate supplies, may help children focus as they do homework.

A review of academic skills before the start of the school year may also help students succeed in the classroom. Some ideas include:

·         Dictate a grocery or task list to a child for writing practice.

·         Read both fiction and non-fiction to your children.

·         Ask a child to write about summer vacation for a family scrapbook.

·         Review multiplication and division skills.

·         Talk about current events, the causes and possible connections to the school and local community.

·         Ask students to write three goals for the school year and then discuss steps that might help them realize their goals. Review goals every couple weeks.

·         Talk to children about their fears or concerns regarding the return to school.

·         If a child is transitioning to a new school building or a new district, arrange a visit to the building so they might be familiar with their surroundings and perhaps meet faculty, staff or even other classmates in advance.

·         Check homework nightly and find ways to expand on topics through trips to local museums, libraries, parks and zoos.

Illinois 2012 Teacher of the Year Josh Stumpenhorst, a sixth-grade language arts and social science teacher at Naperville’s Lincoln Junior High School joins ISBE in encouraging families to make sure children arrive at school ready for the rigors and joy of learning.

“Learning and school success is a team effort,” Stumpenhorst said. “Parental involvement plays a huge role in how children approach school, work with their peers and embrace challenges. An enriching school experience not only teaches children critical academic skills but prepares them for a successful and happy life.”

This year, families might also talk to their local school district officials and educators about implementation of the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math. These state learning standards, approved in 2010, provide benchmarks for academic progress that students should have achieved at the end of each grade level. Teachers and principals design curriculum and best practices at the local level to meet the standards. A new state assessment, aligned to these standards, will debut in 2014-15. To learn more, visit the ISBE web page on the Common Core at http://www.isbe.net/common_core/default.htm.

Families are also encouraged to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date and that students have had the appropriate eye, dental and physical exams prior to the start of the school year. For more information on school health records and requirements, visit the ISBE web page at http://www.isbe.net/school_health.htm. New IDPH rules require students entering sixth and ninth grades this school year show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine, a booster shot for continued protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

For the latest news from the Illinois State Board of Education, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Illinois-State-Board-oEducation/136022251779 or Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/ISBEnews. Visit the official ISBE website at http://www.isbe.net.

 

Lt. Gov. Simon names Kati Phillips new chief of staff

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced that Kati Phillips will serve as her new chief   of staff effective August 15. Phillips has served as the deputy chief of staff for communications in Simon’s office since January 2011 and will continue to fulfill that role. She replaces DK Hirner who plans to work in Missouri.

As chief of staff and communications director, Phillips will work as a senior policy advisor, manage office operations and execute the administration’s internal and external communications. She replaces DK Hirner who resigned after successfully re-establishing the office that had been vacant since 2009.

“Kati Phillips shares my commitment to transparency and accountability, and she will serve taxpayers well in this expanded role,” Simon said. “I thank DK Hirner for her leadership in starting the office from scratch, and look forward to working with Kati to move our office and state forward.”

Phillips formerly served as deputy director of communications for State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Prior to entering public service, she was an education and news reporter at the Daily Southtown and Star Newspapers in the south suburbs of Chicago and Elmira Star-Gazette in upstate New York. Her watchdog coverage of school districts in Calumet Park and Sauk Village received local and national awards. Born and raised in Bloomington-Normal, Phillips graduated from the University of Iowa and resides in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

“I appreciate this opportunity to serve as chief of staff and maintain continuity in our leadership,” Phillips said. “I have great respect for Lt. Governor Simon and am excited to pursue meaningful education and ethics reforms that will make a difference for Illinois students and taxpayers.”

Among her accomplishments as chief of staff, Hirner lists the Lt. Governor’s Complete College tour of the state’s 48 community colleges and the resulting policy report, “Focus on the Finish.” As a result of Simon’s attention to education reform, Illinois was chosen by the Lumina Foundation to participate in its Postsecondary Productivity Strategy Labs, a network that is providing guidance on performance funding for community colleges and universities and higher education affordability and completion issues. 

“Now that the office is fully operational and positioned to make a difference in the education of Illinois children, I feel my work in the Illinois Lt. Governor’s office is complete,” said Hirner, who previously served as the chief of staff and policy director for former Missouri Lt. Governor Mel Carnahan and deputy chief of staff for former Missouri Governor Bob Holden. “I plan to put my experience to good use in helping my friend of 33 years, Mary Still, in her run for the Missouri Senate. It has been a pleasure serving Illinois, and I wish Lt. Governor Simon and her staff all the best and continued success in the remainder of her term.”

State Senator Collins’ Radon-Resistant Construction Bill becomes law

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Radon, a leading cause of lung cancer, can easily be prevented

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) hailed the governor’s signing of a law she sponsored to protect people from an often undetected danger lurking in more than one-third of Illinois homes. Radon, a colorless and odorless gas, can accumulate in houses, schools and other buildings and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

“The bad news is that radon is potentially deadly, and unacceptable levels are found in an estimated 36 percent of homes in our state; the good news is that preventing radon build-up in the construction phase is relatively easy and inexpensive,” Collins said. “In 2009 the legislature convened a task force of experts to research best practices for radon-resistant new construction, and this year legislators asked them to finish the job and produce standards the building industry can implement promptly before anyone else needlessly develops cancer from radon build-up.”

The new law (introduced as House Bill 4665) states that all new homes built in Illinois must include passive radon-resistant construction. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), after receiving a report from the Task Force on Radon-Resistant Building Codes, will develop guidelines for radon-resistant construction; local governments may pass their own ordinances on the subject if they are at least as strict as the IEMA guidelines. The task force must report its findings by January 1, 2013. Passive radon-resistant techniques typically involve installing a pipe that runs from the foundation to the outdoors to vent radon from the structure. Preventing radon from building up inside a new home is cheaper, safer, and less unsightly than mitigation done after a high radon level has been found inside an existing building.

Collins also co-sponsored a measure requiring daycare facilities to test for radon every three years and post the results for parents to see. HB 4606 still awaits the governor’s signature.

“One of the state’s most basic public health priorities should be to ensure people have safe housing,” Collins said. “No one should have to battle cancer because of radon that could have been vented safely and easily from the home.”

Ensemble Member K. Todd Freeman brings South Boston to the Steppenwolf Stage in 2012/2013 Season Opener, “Good People”

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Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Lindsay-Abaire makes Steppenwolf Theatre Company debut in the Downstairs Theatre, September 13 – November 11, 2012

 

CHICAGO, IL – Rehearsals began this week at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the 2012/13 season opener, Good People, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s surprising, humorous and deeply moving tale of a modern American story set in economically opposed South Boston and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Ensemble member K. Todd Freeman directs Lindsay-Abaire’s Steppenwolf debut, featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Mariann Mayberry and Molly Regan. Good People begins previews September 13 (Opening Night is September 23; Press Performances are September 22 at 3pm and September 25 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 11, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – $86) are on sale now (prices are subject to change).

“This is the perfect moment to be producing Good People. With our country immersed in a conversation about economic opportunity, class and whether we, as a country, are providing a level playing field for all of our citizens to achieve the American Dream, Good People gives us an opportunity to witness what those questions mean for a small group of people whose lives are intertwined but whose paths are widely divergent,” comments Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey. “Are we responsible for the outcome of our lives or do privilege and luck trump personal integrity? What does it mean to be a ‘good person’ in the face of another’s need?”

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a Southie boy who left the neighborhood and became a successful doctor. Margie’s attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when she realizes the power a secret from Mike’s past holds. From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the dangerous consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind.

“People in general present themselves in a way that they want others to see them. And in particular, in this play people want to be seen as ‘good people,’” adds director K. Todd Freeman. “And while it seems so specific to the South Boston neighborhood, the female characters make this play universal—Margaret, Dottie and Jean. I recognize those women from the neighborhoods I grew up in, the black neighborhood—my sisters, my mother and their friends. Those women staying true to who they are is so meaningful to me.”

Steppenwolf’s 2012/13 season, The Reckoning, explores the moment when we are called to account. Will our deeds be repaid? Will our secrets be revealed? Will we get what we deserve? Good People is one of five stories about what happens when the past comes knocking.

The cast of Good People features ensemble members Alana Arenas as Kate, Mariann Mayberry as Margaret, and Molly Regan as Dottie, with Will Allan as Stevie, Keith Kupferer as Mike, and Lusia Strus as Jean.

Director K. Todd Freeman has been a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member since 1993. At Steppenwolf he has appeared in The Brother/Sister Plays, The Tempest, Art, Topdog/Underdog, A Clockwork Orange, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (also on Broadway) and The Song of Jacob Zulu (also on Broadway; Tony Award nomination for Best Actor) and has directed “Master Harold”…and the Boys for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Additional directing credits include Need: Hedges 3 (Pine Box Theater Company); and A Raisin in the Sun (New York University, Graduate Program). Off-Broadway credits include Spunk, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (The Public Theatre); and Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Drama Department). Regional credits include Miss Evers’ Boys and Angels in America (Mark Taper Forum). Television and film credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue, A Different World, A Gifted Man, The Dark Knight, The Cider House Rules and Gross Pointe Blank.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, Good People, premiered on Broadway last season, and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year, as well as two Tony Award nominations. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as five Tony nominations and the Spirit of America Award. David was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Tony Awards for his work on Shrek: The Musical for Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. Prior to that, David was awarded the Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theater lyricist. His other credits include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theater, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman; Oscar nomination), as well as the upcoming features Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney).

The production team for Good People includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Kevin Rigdon (lighting design), and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and original music). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Christine D. Freeburg (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager).

For ticket information, call 312-335-1650.

Research shows millions of Blacks have serious health issue

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Landmark research spotlights serious health issue affecting millions of African-Americans

 

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The African-American Wellness Initiative (AAWI) has launched BlackHealthWeb.com, a natural health website targeted to the African-American community. The web site is running a featured article based on landmark research conducted by the organization with a headline that reads: “A HEALTH ALERT FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY: The color of your skin may be contributing to a hormone deficiency that’s putting your life at risk”.

The article, which will be featured at the top of their home page for an extended period, details steps you can take to protect your health.

According to Patrick Delaney, founder of the African-American Wellness Initiative and publisher of BlackHealthWeb.com, “This is a topic that has received some media attention, but we cover the topic in a comprehensive, illuminating and particularly useful way. I believe this is information every African-American should be aware of, and strongly believe many lives will be saved as a result of our research and reporting.”

The African-American Wellness Initiative, which advocates a natural, holistic approach to health and wellness, publishes natural health articles Monday through Friday on BlackHealthWeb.com. Their library of articles, which according to Mr. Delaney “provide an alternative, insightful and eye-opening perspective on health issues confronting the African-American community”, cover over 100 health conditions and over 200 topics.

For more details, visit www.BlackHealthWeb.com

Father Pfleger credits spiritual street heat to no gunfire in community

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God and love worked a miracle

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday expressed excitement over the results of Saint Sabina’s Friday march throughout several streets after police told him for the first time in a week there were no reports of gunfire.

 

Pfleger told his congregation about a phone call from a lady who thanked Saint Sabina for their last Friday march in the Auburn Gresham community because it was the first night that week she slept all night and not be awaken by gunshots.

 

Pfleger and his supporters had marched throughout the Morgan, Racine, 78th and 80th Streets where there had been nightly shooting reportedly by a new gang seeking territorial rights to sell their drugs.

 

After receiving the call from the elated woman, Pfleger called the Sixth District and talked to the acting watch commander who told him “a person was killed over there last Wednesday. We had gun fire calls every night, but Friday night was the first night in a week there was no shooting in the area between Morgan and Racine from 78th to 80th.”

 

“It wasn’t us,” Pfleger told his congregation. “It was the God we loosened when we walked, when we prayed and we talked. God is so faithful. Sometimes it doesn’t take a whole lot. It’s just showing up and showing love. It doesn’t take a whole lot. Sometimes the most powerful force in the world is love and if we just show up and show love….

 

“I’m just crazy enough to believe we can turn around the whole city, the whole country. Anybody else in here believe that with me? Anybody that crazy in here that you believe we can stop the violence with love?

 

“I’m just so excited,” said Pfleger. “God is doing something. I’m excited what God is getting ready to do and show himself strong. Show his power. Show his might. I said, ‘Go head, God, just throw your weight around and let the devil know whose boss. Let the devil know you’re in charge. Just uppercut him and knock him down,” bellowed Pfleger. “I’m excited about what God is doing, and I believe we are on the tip of something.”

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.

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