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President Obama & U.S. Senator Kirk Statements on attacks in Libya and Egypt

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President Obama remarks on the Deaths of U.S. Embassy Staff in Libya

WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama:  Good morning.  Every day, all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation.  Often, they are away from their families.  Sometimes, they brave great danger.

Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.  We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed.  And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers.

The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack.  We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats.  I’ve also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world.  And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.

Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.  None.  The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.

Already, many Libyans have joined us in doing so, and this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya.  Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans.  Libyans helped some of our diplomats find safety, and they carried Ambassador Stevens’s body to the hospital, where we tragically learned that he had died.

It’s especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city that he helped to save.  At the height of the Libyan revolution, Chris led our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  With characteristic skill, courage, and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries, and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.  When the Qaddafi regime came to an end, Chris was there to serve as our ambassador to the new Libya, and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy, and I think both Secretary Clinton and I relied deeply on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there.  He was a role model to all who worked with him and to the young diplomats who aspire to walk in his footsteps.

Along with his colleagues, Chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. Today, the loss of these four Americans is fresh, but our memories of them linger on.  I have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home.

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

But we also know that the lives these Americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers.  These four Americans stood up for freedom and human dignity.  They should give every American great pride in the country that they served, and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity.

We grieve with their families, but let us carry on their memory, and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger America and a better world for all of our children.

Thank you.  May God bless the memory of those we lost and may God bless the United States of America.

United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today released the following statement on the attacks on American diplomats in Libya and Egypt:

“As we continue to learn the details of the attacks on Americans in our diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who have sacrificed to protect our national interests.  America has lost one of its most able diplomats in Ambassador Chris Stevens and his murderers must be brought to justice.”

New Photo ID Laws may impact key battleground states because of sharp decline in voter turnout among young minority voters

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Report released by the Black Youth Project says 16 competitive House Races likely impacted


WASHINGTON, DC – Election turnout among young people of color, including African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans, may drop by nearly 700,000 voters in states with new photo ID laws, a decline potentially impacting presidential contests in the battleground states of Florida and Pennsylvania, according to a report released today by the Black Youth Project.


Completed by Cathy Cohen, a University of Chicago political science professor, and Jon C. Rogowski, an assistant political science professor at Washington University, the report found that turnout among young minority voters in states with new restrictive ID laws  could fall below 2004 and 2008 levels. The projections include Blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.


“Voter turnout among young people may be significantly reduced because of these laws,” said Cohen. “The demobilizing effects of these new laws are likely to be greater among young people of color than for young whites. We estimate that between 538,000 and 696,000 young people of color may be demobilized by photo ID laws that dilute the influence of young voters of color at the ballot box, potentially shifting outcomes in competitive races.”


Over the last two years, more than two-thirds of the nation’s 50 states have sought to increase restrictions on the kinds of identification that citizens must show before being allowed to vote, according to the report. As a result, nine states now have laws requiring citizens to show government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot. Eight other states enacted similar measures, but offer a limited set of alternatives for those without IDs. Only two of these laws were enacted prior to the 2008 election.


Some of the photo ID proposals have been defeated or denied. For instance, the U.S. Department of Justice invoked the Voting Rights Act and refused to grant clearance to laws passed in South Carolina and Texas, and the Wisconsin law was declared unconstitutional earlier this year. Legal action is ongoing in other states, including Pennsylvania, with civil rights and social justice organizations offering strong opposition to the measures that are likely to restrict voting.


“Engaging young people-our future leaders-in the political process and motivating them to vote should be among our highest priorities as a democracy,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League.  “While we are disheartened to see the apparently systematic way in which the minority youth vote is being undermined, we are committed to meeting this assault with redoubled efforts to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can and does vote.   Nothing less than the future of our political process is at stake.”


Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, expressed concern over the laws. “The voting booth is the one place in America where everyone has an equal voice,” said Browne Dianis, whose organization is engaged in the legal battles over the photo ID laws in the states. “It’s wrong for politicians to manipulate election laws for their own partisan gain. These photo ID laws have a disproportionate impact on people of color, so if we want our country to live up to its democratic ideals, then our voting system must be free, fair and accessible to all eligible Americans.”


Rogowskisaid the new laws may impact the presidential contest, as well as at least 16 competitive House races across the country where photo identification requirements will likely disproportionately impact minority voters.


In Florida, a crucial battleground state in the presidential race, voters are required to show photo identification or some other form of ID that displays a signature. More than 100,000 youths of color in the state could be demobilized by these new voting requirements – far more votes than separated George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election.


Meanwhile, the report estimated that if Pennsylvania’s photo identification law is upheld by the State Supreme Court, 37,000 to 44,000 young people of color may stay home or be denied the right to vote, significantly influencing the state’s presidential contest.


While these laws are likely to disproportionately demobilize all youth of color, they may have more severe consequences for young blacks. Citing data from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, the report said that 11 percent of American citizens don’t have government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID or a passport. But only nine percent of whites lacked photo identification, compared with 16 percent of Latinos and 25 percent of blacks.


“African Americans possess photo IDs at lower rates than other people of color, but black youth also exhibited the greatest increase in voter turnout in 2008 compared to 2004,” Cohen said. “These laws, therefore, create additional challenges for sustaining high levels of participation among African American and other youth of color and highlight the need for campaign, community and civic organizations to devote increased efforts to mobilizing young voters of color in November as well as contesting these laws over the long run.”


The entire report can be downloaded at: http://research.blackyouthproject.com/files/2012/09/Youth-of-Color-and-Photo-ID-Laws.pdf 


(For broadcast or print interviews with Cathy Cohen and Jon C. Rogowskito discuss the discus the report, please contact Michael K. Frisby at 202-625-4328 or Mike@Frisbyassociates.com.)



Van Jones: Obama Can Be ‘Moved’ on Environment, Romney Can’t

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Van Jones: Obama Can Be ‘Moved’ on Environment, Romney Can’t

(A Reprint from New America Media)

New America Media, Question & Answer, Ngoc Nguyen, Posted: Sep 11, 2012


Editor’s Note: As both Democratic and GOP conventions wrapped up, New America Media asked Van Jones to parse each candidate’s environment and energy agendas. Jones, briefly President Obama’s green jobs czar, is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, an organization that advocates for economic reforms. He is the author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. New America Media’s Ngoc Nguyen spoke with Jones about the role of green jobs in the recovery and what’s needed to address climate change at the national level.

New America Media: What stood out for you in Obama or Romney’s remarks on climate change, energy, or the green economy during the recent party conventions?

Van Jones: What struck me about Romney’s speech was his snarky joke about how Obama promised to stop the seas from rising. I thought that was a cheap shot. [It was] particularly disappointing to see the 2012 Republican nominee essentially pooh-pooh global warming when the 2008 GOP nominee John McCain took the issue so seriously.

It’s as clear a sign as any of the complete degeneration of the Republican Party into an extreme faction-based party that’s not qualified to govern. I was happy to hear President Obama rejoinder in saying that climate change is not a joke. In a period when extreme droughts are socking red states and hurting farmers, for the Republican nominee to make a joke about climate change isn’t funny at all.

NAM: How would you grade Pres. Obama’s record on the environment and energy in the last four years?

Jones: [I would give Obama a] B or B-minus, he can’t get an A because he didn’t fight for the cap and trade bill … [he] didn’t try to solve climate change, but he has other things when it comes to fuel efficiency for cars and some emissions stuff through the EPA.

NAM: What do you think are the key differences between Obama and Romney in terms of their environment and energy platforms?

Jones: Obama has tried to be consistent with his all-of-the-above approach [to energy] … [which] puts a big emphasis on renewables, and Romney has been all over the place on this issue … At least you know what you are getting with Obama. You have no idea what you are getting with Romney. (But) the environmental movement is going to have to push Obama hard the day after the election …

I think what we have learned in the last four years [is that] you have to have a president who is willing to be moved in a positive direction on the environment. That is Obama much more so than Romney, but you also have to have a movement that is willing to do the moving … that means willing to run tough ads, being willing to criticize publicly, being willing to protest and do all the things that we would do no matter who — a Democrat, Green Party member or Libertarian — is in the White House during a global planetary crisis like the one we have.

NAM: A recent Brookings Institution report found that clean-technology jobs accounted for a small fraction — just 2 percent — of employment nationwide. What does that say about the green economy?

Jones: The green economy is a part of the U.S. economy; it’s not separate from the U.S. economy … There are 2.4 million to 3.1 million green jobs, according to the government [U.S. Labor Department] and expert [Brookings Institution] studies … [that] is not a small number, especially when you realize that cap and trade was never passed into law. The green economy needed the playing field to be level so polluters are not getting subsidies and permission to pollute for free. It’s impossible for the green economy to take off under the present conditions where all the subsidies go to the polluters and polluters can dump megatons of carbon and not pay a penny for it …That said … the potential for the greening of the U.S. economy is very big.

There are 80,000 coalmining jobs in the country total. Now, the coal industry is on TV every day bragging about how many coal jobs they are creating, but there are 80,000 people in the coalmines. There are 100,000 workers in the solar industry alone in America right now. There are 100,000 in the wind industry right now. There are more people working in wind and solar than there are coal miners in America.

NAM: You are now focusing your efforts on economic policies to rebuild the American middle class through your organization Rebuild the Dream. Do green jobs play a role in the recovery you envision?

Jones: [The] problem is that we need about 15 to 20 million jobs and those can’t all be green jobs … If you have 2 to 3 million [green] jobs, you’ll be short about 15 million jobs … If you are going to take seriously moving the economy forward, you’re going to have to do other things … We have a 10-point program called Contract for the American Dream, which calls for investing in infrastructure and education and stopping [spending] on wars. The jewel in the crown of any economic recovery for America will be the greening of the U.S. economy and clean energy jobs of the future, but the crown will be bigger than the crown jewel.

NAM: What’s needed in terms of leadership on the national stage around climate change? Obama has adopted a pragmatic approach – one of small achievable steps. If he’s re-elected, will this be enough?

Jones: If the environmental community continues to do what it is doing, then the president will continue to do what he is doing. You see, this president reacts when there’s public protest and public pressure … just like any other president … When the Tea Party was pushing austerity, then he talked a lot about austerity. When Occupy Wall Street talked about income inequality, he started talking about that. But when the main pressure was coming from big polluters, there wasn’t a lot of talk about environmental issues, and when [noted environmentalist Bill McKibben’s group] 350.org started marching and sitting in about the Keystone [XL] pipeline [which would carry tar sands crude from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast], he took up that cause … So presidents respond to public opinion as much as they shape public opinion.

The constituencies that have stood up to this president — the immigrant rights community or the [LGBT] part of our movement — have thankfully and wonderfully gotten some results…Those parts that stood down too much — whether the environmental movement after the [BP] Gulf oil spill or the labor movement — [they] didn’t get as much done as they wanted. The lesson there is elect a president that can be moved, and then unleash a movement that can do the moving.

Lt. Governor Simon honors Illinois’ Fallen Heroes September 11

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Opens ‘Portrait of a Soldier’ exhibit on anniversary of September 11


CENTRALIA, IL  – On the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon paid tribute to Illinois military service members that have been killed since the start of the Global War on Terror.

Simon spoke at the opening ceremonies for the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit at Kaskaskia College. The traveling memorial will be on display at the college until September 24 and features hand-sketched portraits of nearly 300 fallen service members from Illinois.

“On this anniversary we remember those we lost as a result of the attacks on September 11, and the brave military heroes who have defended our country since,” Simon said. “The ‘Portrait of a Soldier’ exhibit honors and commemorates the young men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom.” 

Among the fallen service members from the Kaskaskia College-area included in the exhibit is Marine Lance Cpl. Torrey Stoffel-Gray of Patoka. Stoffel-Gray was 19 years old and on his second tour of duty when he was killed by hostile fire in Iraq on April 11, 2004. Stoffel-Gray was 17 years old when he joined the Marines and was credited with saving the life of friend Aaron Gordon of San Diego, Calif., during the invasion of Iraq.

Also included in the exhibit is Army Spc. Casey Hills of Salem. Hills died in Iraq on June 24, 2009 at the age of 23 when the vehicle he was in rolled over after coming under attack. Hills was part of a mission providing security for convoys driving into Iraq and volunteered for the mission so a fellow soldier could attend a naturalization ceremony to become an American citizen.   

Several other service members from the Kaskaskia College District are featured in the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit and include Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan Emrick of Hoyleton; Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Kleiboeker of Odin; Army Sgt. Matthew Straughter of St. Charles, Missouri whose parents were Kaskaskia students; Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Kyle Price of Woodlawn; and Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Melton of Germantown.

“We at Kaskaskia College are honored to be paying tribute to the 288 fallen heroes from Illinois in the Global War on Terror since September 11, 2001. We shall never forget these men and women who served this nation so proudly in preserving the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans,” said Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood. “We are very proud to have on display the ‘Portrait of a Soldier’ exhibit in honor and memory of the fallen heroes from Illinois.  It is a pleasure to have Lt. Governor Sheila Simon present to speak and represent the state of Illinois at this very special occasion.  We also welcome family members of these fallen heroes and the public to this proud event.”

 These service members will also be recognized by the “Veteran’s Tribute” that Kaskaskia College is constructing on campus to recognize past, present and future veterans from the college’s district. The memorial is completely funded by private donations and will feature a six-foot-tall eagle sculpture, two walls with the names and branches of area veterans, and the seals of all five branches of service. 

Seen by thousands of people at more than 100 venues across the state since 2005, “Portrait of a Soldier” is a tribute to the nearly 300 men and women from Illinois killed in the line of duty since 2001. Artist Cameron Schilling drew the first portrait in 2004, when he sketched Army Spc. Charles Neeley, a 19-year old Mattoon resident who died in Tikrit, Iraq, and presented the sketch to Neeley’s parents. Months later, while a student at Eastern Illinois University, Schilling committed to draw a portrait of every Illinois service member.

 Governor Quinn directed state buildings to fly their flags at half-staff today and also called on Illinois residents to take time to thank a veteran, help a military family or salute a Gold Star family. For more information on the “Portrait of a Soldier” exhibit and ways to help veterans and military families, visit www.operationhomefront.org.

Parents of murdered children to protest at police headquarters today

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Demand more detectives to solve cases

By Chinta Strausberg


Pam Bosley, founder of Purpose Over Pain whose son, Terrell, was slain on April 4, 2006 while standing in a church parking lot, will be joined by parents who lost their children to violence today, 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the Chicago Police Headquarters, 35th and Michigan, to protest the high number of unsolved murder cases.

Wearing black to represent “unfairness and sadness,” Bosley said, “Over 70 percent of the murder cases have not been solved.”  “We are coming together because we want to bring our concerns to the attention of the detectives.”

Referring to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s saying he has police on the frontline, Bosley said, “We need more people on the back working on our cases. Our cases are unsolved. We want more detectives to work on our cases.

“If they need more detectives hired to work on our cases,” she said. “Us parents go out posting flyers. I have a $7,000 reward for the arrest of the killer of my son. We get leads. I know that people don’t talk, but some do want to talk. We have detectives who are not going out to talk to them” after parents give them some good leads.

“They sit on these leads because they say they don’t want third party information, but third party leads to investigations. It leads to opening your case. It should be investigated and not have a door closed on these leads,” she said.

Bosley referred to Drew Peterson who was recently found guilty of killing his third wife and how that jury relied on circumstantial evidence and testimonies from friends who claimed his third wife told them he planned to kill her. “It can be done. It just depends on who you are.

“Our cases are numbers and my son was just another number with a tragic end, and I don’t want my son to be a number. I want my son’s case solved,” she said. “The person who murdered my child needs to be off the street because if you do it once, you’ll do it again. I need closure though I will always miss my son,” Bosley said.

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. 


U.S. Navy partnership with Philadelphia-based educational & community service organization gets an enthusiastic welcome and a major commitment

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The Urban STEM Academy Center of Excellence To Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education


Over 220 parents, students and influential civic, educational political, business and religious leaders turn out to hear Vice-Admiral Kevin McCoy, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command highlight the expanded NAVSEA initiative with the Urban Youth Racing School!

Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) — In a direct response to a White House call to action, the acclaimed Philadelphia-based non-profit URBAN YOUTH RACING SCHOOL (UYRS) is joining forces with the US Navy NAVSEA Systems Command to fast-track a new initiative to improve Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and proficiency among urban college bound primary through high school students.

A standing room only audience of 220 parents, students and influential civic, educational, political, business and religious leaders turned out to hear Vice-Admiral Kevin McCoy highlight the expanded NAVSEA Systems Command initiative with the Urban STEM Academy, for the official program presentation ceremony held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11:00 am at the Philadelphia Naval Base.

Speakers and special guests include: Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, NAVSEA commander; Mr. Jimmy D. Smith, from the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems; State Senator LeAnna Washington, UYRS Founder Anthony Martin and Board Chairman Jim Farmer.

The presentation was greeted enthusiastically by the audience there to support the expansion of educational and future career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math related fields for urban students in Philadelphia and cities across the country.

Moving forward with the NAVSEA Command partnership, the UYRS and the associated WHAT IT TAKES Foundation will continue to operate under the overall umbrella of the Urban STEM Academy.

“Over the years our mission has continued to expand but whether in racing or career mentoring, our objectives have always focused on our students developing solid technical and professional skills and credentials,” says Anthony Martin. “This commitment by the US Navy just steps our mission up into a bigger and more challenging and exciting arena. That’s what attracts students to our programs.”

The Challenge: Maintaining The Competitive Edge

The US is facing a serious challenge to its historic competitive and strategic leadership around the world, due to an alarming decline in the number American college students choosing majors in STEM related fields.

With inadequate emphasis in primary and secondary schools, and ever growing and increasingly rigorous demands for STEM skills in private sector, government and military career growth fields, this trend is a formula for disaster.

The situation is even more acute among minorities in urban communities, where only about 1.3 percent of high school graduates go on to earn the science, engineering and math degrees needed to pursue careers in today’s technology driven environment.

“When there’s a big job to be done, it’s hard to think of better partner than the United States Navy,” says Anthony Martin Founder and Executive Director of UYRS, which has expanded its STEM focused program in recent years to include broader hands-on technical training, personal development and mentoring.

“We are very excited to be working with Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy and Integrated Warfare Systems Director Jimmy D. Smith on the Urban Stem Academy initiative. Our missions are so compellingly synergistic. The inner city youth we have been training and mentoring are precisely the recruits the US Navy needs to step up as current active personnel are concluding their careers in the service, ” says Martin.

According to Vice Admiral McCoy the relationship is a two-way street. “Expanding this partnership will align NAVSEA’s efforts to engage a more diverse student population, their families and their communities by introducing them to the range of opportunities and benefits offered by the Navy,” said Vice Admiral McCoy. “It also gives us the ability to support existing STEM programs in our target markets for students engagement and outreach.”

A Record Of Distinguished Achievement

Over the last 15 years, the success of the UYRS Build A Dream Program, preparing inner city students for career opportunities in professional motor sports, has gained worldwide media attention. The UYRS innovative experiential learning approach to STEM education has been featured by CBS Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today, Associated Press, ESPN, NASCAR.com, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and literally thousands of other media outlets.

Most recently, the UYRS Naval Engine Design program in association with the Office of Naval Research, (ONR) has been so successful that the NAVSEA Systems Command saw an unique opportunity for a mutually beneficial collaboration.

The enormously sophisticated operations, communications and weapons systems of the modern Navy has created an urgent need for higher level STEM skills among new recruits. The alliance between the UYRS and NAVSEA Systems Command has resulted in the creation of the URBAN STEM ACADEMY (USA) Center for Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility in Philadelphia.

The new USA Center of Excellence seeks to engage students in STEM-related careers and pipelines them into college programs for degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields. This UYRS and NAVSEA partnership will collaborate with government, schools, churches, community groups and corporations to grow its STEM program initiative.

The scope of the program is initially focused on the Philadelphia region, with expansion plans to other cities with major US Navy installations like San Diego CA, Norfolk VA, Tacoma WA, and Groton CT.
Urban Stem Academy/
Urban Youth Racing School/
What It Takes Foundation
907 North Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Photo Caption: Anthony Martin, founder of the Urban Youth Racing School And Three Star Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command partner to create the Urban STEM Academy Center of Excellence.

The Skinny on Athletic Equipment and Advertising

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(From the Better Business Bureau)



Chicago, IL – After enjoying the lazy days of summer, many people return to a more consistent workout routine. With the marketplace filled with different athletic equipment, it is important to invest money wisely in products that will help achieve fitness goals. When you make the decision to get back in shape, it is easy to get distracted by different advertisements that claim fast results, but it is important to make cautious decisions when making purchases.


“Consumers often buy into products that promise quick results,” stated Steve J. Bernas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB). “But it is important to do research first and find a product that will fit a personal lifestyle and bring positive results.”


The BBB offers these tips to consumers when purchasing athletic equipment:

  • Avoid products that claim to focus on one certain area. Some products claim that they can burn off belly fat or tone legs. Be skeptical of these types of work out items. Experts advise only with a consistent routine that works the whole body can results be achieved.
  • Buy what you will use. While the “newest and trendiest” work out machine may seem like a necessity, if it is not practical for everyday use, it is probably not worth the investment. Make sure that buying decisions fit with your personal daily routines and help you reach the results you want.
  • Read the fine print. It is important to do the math when looking into purchasing workout equipment. What does “three easy payments” really add up to, or be aware of deadlines when trying a “free trial month”. Also, look for hidden fees that may not be included in the cost like shipping and handling or restocking fees.
  • Don’t be fooled by the fit models in the advertisements. Be aware that the “satisfied” customer in the advertisement may be a result of the product in conjunction with a good exercise routine and healthy eating habits. The before and after results may not be proof that the item works.    
  • Check every business with the BBB. Research the company that you are purchasing from and make sure that other customers were happy with their product. Look for the BBB Accredited Business seal on both Web sites and only purchase with businesses that have a good rating with BBB.

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org


New Stage Play aims to end racism

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D.W. Leonard presents “In Black & White” – The Stage Play to end all racism 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — D.W. Leonard’s latest production, “In Black & White,” will have its first run October 4-7, 2012 at the 13th Street Rep Theater in New York City. The audaciously hilarious new stage play aims to close the curtains on racism’s final act. With the goal of ending racism across America, this show will take you on a series of unadulterated straight talk, honest reactions, belly aching laughter and an altruistic search for common ground.

The play, starring Brian Baker and David Roberts, is everything you wanted to know about race relations but were afraid to ask. According to writer/director D.W. Leonard, it gives us “a chance to laugh at the things that drive us crazy and make us human.”

A timely work, “In Black and White” presents two characters, Black and White, whose comical banter rivals that of the “Odd Couple” as they attempt to bridge the racial divide. On a night filled with comedy, drama and satire they must figure out if they can make peace with a conflict ridden past in order to herald a brighter future. Not only does this production seek to entertain through shared perspective and insight, but it also strives to unite us as Americans.

Show Details:

WHAT: In Black & White
WHEN: October 4 – 7, 2012 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.
WHERE: 13th Street Rep Theater, 50 W. 13th Street, NY 10011
TICKETS: $20 in advance, $25 at door ~ College student discount on October 4th ~ Group sales available. Advance tickets are available at www.smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444.

About D.W. Leonard:
D.W. began his career as a co-writer, co-producer and co-director on several successful jointly produced stage plays. Receiving his education at New Paltz State University and later at New York Film Academy, D.W. took filmmaking classes and fell in love. Throughout the years, he has worked incessantly at his craft, initially using stage plays as a platform for the ideas and creativity he aspired to share with the world. Today, he brings both stage plays and films to the community with the goals of enriching, enlightening, empowering, and most of all, entertaining. For more information on “In Black and White” and other D.W. Leonard productions, visit www.4thofjulyent.com.

Fannie Crosby, sister of the late Ora A. Higgins, to celebrate 100th birthday

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Calumet City bash planned for matriarch

By Chinta Strausberg


Fannie Crosby, the sister of the late Ora A. Higgins, who recently passed at the age of 101, will be celebrating her 100th birthday 2 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Chestnut Court Club House in Calumet City, IL.

Born on December 15, 1912 in Birmingham, Alabama, Crosby, who was a nurse at Weiss Memorial Hospital for 27-years, is the lone survivor of eight children born to Ira and Alice McKinney. While her birthday is on December 15th, her family is coming in from several states to celebrate her natal day this Saturday.

She is the first cousin to First Lady Michelle Obama. Crosby graduated from Wendell Phillips High School and attended Madame CJ. Walker School of Cosmetology. Having worked in this field for two decades, Crosby went back to school and became a nurse. She retired from Weiss Memorial at the age of 65.

Crosby, nicknamed “Tutu” who has 25 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and more than 30 great-great grandchildren, lives with her son, Rev. Ira M. Phillips, associate pastor of New Harvest MBC and a retired CTA motorman, in Memphis, TN where she still plays the piano (her favorite song is “I’ll be Loving You Always”) and dances especially at her daycare school where Rev. Phillips said everyone loves her. Sometimes, he said, his mother gets “quite feisty.”

Her sister, the late Ora A. Higgins, Spiegel’s first African American personal manager who also taught for 31-years at Dunbar High School, passed on July 25, 2012 at the age of 101. She would have been 102 on September 24th and had looked forward to voting for President Barack Obama “one more time.” Before Higgins died of pneumonia, she planned her 36th Ora Higgins Youth Foundation Scholarship Awards dinner, Saturday, October 13, 2012 in the Sabre room.

Referring to Crosby, Rev. Phillips said, “My mother is a very loving person, very funny and she keeps you laughing, She was a strict parent with us but overall she was an inspiration to the children in the neighborhood. She tried to steer them in the right direction. She set them straight. She did not compromise. She spoke from her heart and a woman of wisdom. She was and still is a very good role model. 

“Sometimes she is a little feisty right now,” he admitted laughing. “She goes to a daycare where everyone loves her. She plays the piano and still dances around. She has gained more friends in Memphis than she had in Chicago,” her son said. “There is just something about my mother that sparkles. Her compassion and her love are simply contagious.”

Crosby’s daughter, Saundra Smith who lives in the suburbs of Chicago, said her mother is “like a box of chocolates…always something new with each bite of life.”  “With pride and a wonderful legacy, she continues to lead her family with love, support and a firm hand which God has entrusted her with,” Smith said. “Our family prayer is that she continues to have good health and the eternal love of God.”

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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