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Evidence of racial bias in Texas death penalty cases

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Under Texas’s death penalty statute, juries may impose a death sentence only if they find that the defendant poses a future danger. As evidence that Duane Buck was a “future danger,” prosecutors elicited testimony that African Americans, like Mr. Buck, are more likely to commit future acts of violence. In September 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court halted Mr. Buck’s execution in light of arguments that his death sentence was racially influenced. His lawyers have petitioned the court to grant him a new hearing.

Mr. Buck was sentenced to death in Harris County, Texas. In their latest filing, his attorneys cite evidence of a history of racial bias and discrimination in Harris County’s schools, its political system, and its court systems. They also cite research showing that at the time Mr. Buck was sentenced to death, all else being equal, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office was three times more likely to seek the death penalty for African Americans than for whites in similar cases and that juries were twice as likely to impose the death penalty in cases involving blacks.

Integrated Inequality: A Tale of Two Americas, Part 1

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To Be Equal #14 (A Reprint)

By Marc Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League

“Our nation is moving towards two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal.” 1967 Kerner Commission

In 1963, more than a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, DC for the historic Great March for Jobs and Freedom. This was a watershed moment in American history, giving unprecedented voice to the hardships facing Blacks as they sought a fair shot at an elusive dream. In 2013, America witnessed the second inauguration of our first Black president. Much has changed in 50 years.

We now see a fair number of successful Blacks hailed as examples of the progress and possibilities that define American democracy. Most of the legal impediments preventing African Americans from learning, earning and living where they want have been removed. Unfortunately, these apparent indicators of improvement cannot lead us to conclude that Blacks in America have overcome. A veneer of progress cannot remove the stains of inequality that still exist in our country. As we simultaneously commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we are still on the march for economic and social equality.

The battlefield may look different, but the most pressing demands of today mirror the ones faced by those gathered in Washington, DC on that August afternoon in 1963: economic equality, educational opportunity and parity, and civil rights. However, instead of fighting against employment discrimination or a $2 minimum wage, we now fight for job training and wage equity. Instead of calling for school segregation to end, we now demand an end to disparities in educational investment. Instead of calling for meaningful civil rights legislation, we now fight to preserve voting rights and affirmative action — those very rights for which our ancestors fought and died.

Next week, the National Urban League will release the 37th edition of the State of Black America report, which takes a 50-year retrospective look at economic and educational equality in America. I have seen the findings and studied them, and I am more convinced than ever that there remains much for us to do.

As I pointed out in an appearance on CNN last week, the so-called housing “recovery” clearly demonstrates that we are in “a tale of two Americas” — one where the rich are surging ahead while the average American is getting squeezed out — again. Further Blacks and Hispanics are faring even worse. The findings from the 2013 State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America make that painfully clear.

America is at a critical juncture. If we are to continue on the road to full economic recovery, every American needs access to jobs with a living wage and good benefits. Every child deserves access to the best schools, the best teachers and the best education in the world. Without that commitment, we will continue to see America, as the 1967 Kerner Commission put it, “moving towards two societies…separate and unequal.”

But persistent problems require sustainable solutions. Next week, we will begin to move that conversation forward.

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Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for attempted murder of suburban police officers

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A 31-year old man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for using a sawed off shotgun to shoot and injure two Stone Park police officers, leaving one of the officers permanently disfigured in 2010, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Rashaun Carlisle, of Melrose Park was sentenced to the 60 year prison term by Cook County Judge Carol Kipperman during a court hearing today at the Maywood Courthouse. Carlisle was convicted by a jury in February of five counts of Attempt Murder of a Police Officer.

According to prosecutors, on May 8th, 2010 at approximately 2:30 a.m. the defendant was involved in a physical altercation with rival gang members in the parking lot of a liquor store located in the 1600 block of north Mannheim Road in Stone Park. After the altercation the defendant went home and retrieved a double barrel sawed off shotgun from his closet.

Carlisle loaded the shotgun with 2 shells and placed two additional shells in his coat pocket. He then walked back to the scene of the original altercation, arriving at approximately 3:00 a.m. By the time the defendant returned to the parking lot, members of the Stone Park police department had cleared the parking lot of all but one civilian.

According to prosecutors, the parking lot was occupied by two Stone Park squad cars as well as three Stone Park police officers. The defendant positioned himself in the middle of Mannheim Road and fired two shots directly at the police officers. One of the officers was struck in the face and neck and is permanently disfigured as a result of the shooting. A second officer, who was shot in the chest during the incident, has since recovered.

Carlisle fled but was apprehended a short time later. The shotgun and one live shell were recovered by assisting officers.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Keating and Russell Baker for their work on the case. She also thanked the Stone Park police department for their assistance.

Noted Broadcaster Tavis Smiley to moderate “Latino Nation” Symposium in Chicago

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In Partnership with The William C. Velásquez Institute, PBS Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Univision America’s Fernando Espuelas to Moderate a National Conversation with Latino Leaders about Critical Issues like the Economy, Healthcare, Education and Immigration

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — In the wake of the historic political muscle flexed by America’s 50-million-strong Latino community in the 2012 elections, PBS broadcaster Tavis Smiley, in partnership with The William C. Velásquez Institute, is gathering America’s Latino leaders in the nation’s third-largest Latino market for “LATINO NATION: Beyond The Numbers,” Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive, Chicago, IL.

This all-day symposium will include 2 three-hour panel discussions, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Smiley will moderate the morning panel, and Univision America’s syndicated radio host Fernando Espuelas will moderate in the afternoon. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for this free and open-to-the-public event. Advance registration is required online at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001NaMT3l_wvN5UUslZUJnQk2mB71-Wv05RDOMYRP1YN3HbjPfFm3LjTVaH0svoVqrfItSFPsQxnE_IWXhhoNY-eYa5_SAA311S4u1OdZMwkaMHYyAEMqV5_g==.

“Whether of Mexican, Cuban, South American or Caribbean heritage, America’s destiny is forever linked to its recognition and understanding of its diverse Latino citizens,” said Smiley. “Gone forever are the days of painting Latinos as a monolithic or insignificant community. In many respects, as the Latino community goes, so goes America.”

During the nationally televised symposium, panelists will examine the full range of Latino social, political, economic and cultural influence on American life. According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, Latinos are the largest minority group now on America’s college campuses, including 44 percent of those attending college in Chicago. More than 46 percent of Latinos are homeowners in this country, and 67 percent of those live in the Windy City. Also, “LATINO NATION” panelists will challenge stereotypes that plague the 14 million Latino voters, whose ranks grow by approximately 20 percent every four years.

Confirmed and invited panelists include: Antonio González, president of The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI); Luis Gutiérrez, U.S. Representative (D-IL); Eva Longoria, actress and activist; Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF; Adriana Quintero, senior attorney and director, La Onda Verde de NRDC; Aracely Panameño, director of Latino Affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL); Oscar Chacon, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC); Hector Barreto, chairman of the Latino Coalition and former administrator of the Small Business Administration; Ana Navarro, Republican political strategist; Jesus Garcia, commissioner, District 7, Cook County, Illinois; Stephanie Sanchez, student trustee board member of Chicago State University; David Montejano, professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; Mary Rose Wilcox, supervisor, District 5, Maricopa County, Arizona; Xavier Gutiérrez, president and chief investment officer of Meruelo Capital Partners; Bettina Inclán, director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee; Domingo Garcia, Law Offices of Domingo Garcia; Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; and others.

“‘LATINO NATION: Beyond The Numbers’ promises to shatter the skewed lens through which much of America still view us,” said Antonio González, president of The William C. Velásquez Institute. “Tens of millions of viewers will get unprecedented access to Latino thinking and insights on a range of issues rarely heard before.”

Highlights from this symposium will air over three consecutive nights on Tavis Smiley on PBS beginning Wednesday, April 10 through Friday, April 12, 2013. Additionally, selected portions of “LATINO NATION” can be heard on The Tavis Smiley Show, distributed through Public Radio International (PRI), the weekend of April 12. C-SPAN will broadcast the conversation in its entirety the week of April 29. Those not in the Chicago area can watch the symposium LIVE online or on mobile at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001NaMT3l_wvN47QOroqT-hH9xBXEpNn-qQkwQFoVyOMtAtoKvvOxjsyrg4CeGVfqkqgcrikAgQ-gXcz0rURJHy-acwEYho0WHpVVtnqAPIIHFhbrY9G9Tbu-g2BJMLxz2e, and everyone can engage in the conversation by using the Twitter hashtag #TheLatinoNation2013.

For additional information, visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001NaMT3l_wvN5UUslZUJnQk2mB71-Wv05RDOMYRP1YN3HbjPfFm3LjTVaH0svoVqrfItSFPsQxnE_IWXhhoNY-eYa5_SAA311S4u1OdZMwkaMHYyAEMqV5_g==.

About Tavis Smiley Presents
Tavis Smiley Presents produces events and programs dedicated to bringing thought-provoking discussions, engaging town hall meetings and consumer expos to communities across the country. During the past 14 years its programs have reached more than two million conference attendees and attracted millions of television viewers nationwide.

Tavis Smiley is the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS, and host of The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). Smiley is also co-host of Smiley & West, a weekly news and opinion program featuring provocative commentary and exclusive interviews also distributed by PRI.

About The William C. Velásquez Institute
The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan public policy analysis organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to: conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities; to provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents; to inform the Latino leadership and public about the impact of public policies on Latinos; and to inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos.

New Report details how many Illinoisans will qualify for new Health Insurance Tax Credits in 2014

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Report Set for April 4, 2013 release will provide County-Specific Breakdown of Tax Credit Eligibility by Income, Age, Race and Ethnicity, Employment Status

Illinois – A report to be released on Thursday, April 4 by Families USA, the national health consumer organization, spells out how many Illinoisans will be eligible in 2014 for premium tax credits that will help them pay for health coverage. These premium tax credits—available to Illinois residents under the Affordable Care Act—will help provide affordable access to quality health care for individuals and families of all ages and of all racial and ethnic backgrounds across the state.

The report comes at a particularly crucial time as Illinois continues to move forward with the development of the health insurance marketplace, or exchange. State-based health insurance marketplaces are a critical component of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions to expand access to more than one million uninsured individuals in Illinois.

In addition to being the gateway for people to purchase subsidized health insurance, if an exchange is designed well it will also help to organize insurance markets, promote robust competition among health plans, and keep rates affordable for consumers and small businesses. Currently before the Illinois General Assembly, Senate Bill 34 (SB34) provides for development of exactly that kind of consumer and small business friendly marketplace.

The report will provide both statewide and county-specific numbers for:

  • The number of Illinoisans eligible for new premium tax credits in 2014,
  • The number of eligible Illinoisans by racial or ethnic group,
  • The number of eligible Illinoisans by income level, and
  • The number of eligible Illinoisans by employment status and age.

The report will also provide a brief discussion of how the premium tax credits will relate to the statewide health insurance marketplace that will be created and what kind of health insurance will be offered in the marketplace.

We Are Climbers, All: Uplifting Poetry Book by Tom Blaisse Offers Insights for Learning, Loving and Living Well

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Professional Keynote Speaker and Corporate Trainer Blaisse also shares these illuminating insights in an exciting new customizable keynote event for all types of business organizations and community groups
Harrisburg, PA– For Tom Blaisse, life’s challenges make perfect sense if we think of Life as our mountain to climb. As Blaisse has scaled his proverbial mountain, he wrote poems to express his insights about how to make the climb less stressful and more enjoyable.
Blaisse’s new book,We Are Climbers, All, offers 30 of those poems, to inspire and motivate all to learn and grow from Life’s triumphs, setbacks, and uncertainties.
Using traditional and “user-friendly” rhyme and rhythm patterns, Tom Blaisse’s poem share practical, life-enhancing insights gained over the past 25+ years as a Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Executive Consultant. The second-half of the book contains his literary critique and a personal comment for each poem.
These poems address many universal Life Themes: the challenge of change; how we can learn from all relationships; what motivates us to learn; and how we can benefit by remembering that, as the title poem asserts, “the goal alone injects the needed strength to leap on top and dance in air.”
Blaisse has combined his professional expertise with his many other talents as a Poet, Author, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Director, and Playwright, to focus on his personal Mission: Turning on lights so people can shine. During his career, he has addressed and trained more than 100,000 people of all ages, from all walks of life. Through his poetry and his new keynote event based on themes in the book, Blaisse hopes to inspire and uplift an ever-wider audience.
According to Blaisse, “Life is exhilarating, confusing, frustrating, and rewarding. It is a journey of countless forward and backward steps. In these poems and in everything I do, I try to turn on lights so people can discover and use easier and more enjoyable ways to learn, love, and live.”
Initial reviews by poets and professional speakers/trainers confirm the life-affirming value of Blaisse’s poems. One reviewer, Rory Aplanalp, Transformational Speaker and Co-Author of The Five-Minute Rule, wrote: “Tom…has put his talent and ‘light’ on a hill, to inspire and bless the life of all who read his book. We need more people like Tom on this planet.”
Blaisse also shares the book’s insights and wisdom with corporate and social organizations in a lively new keynote event that includes speaking, storytelling, and reading selected poems from the book. Event Planners and Speaker Bureaus are invited to contact Blaisse about scheduling this unique ‘edutainment’ event for their audiences. Attendees receive a complimentary signed copy of the book.
We Are Climbers, All is now available in paperback, and will also soon be available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and other e-readers. For more information including contents, artwork, several sample poems and their commentaries, and how to purchase the book, visit: www.TomBlaisse.com/waca.html.
About the Author:
Tom Blaisse is President of TFB Consulting (TomBlaisse.com), a Human Resources Training & Development company based in Harrisburg, PA. His experience includes 11 years as a Senior Consultant with FranklinCovey Co. (formerly Franklin Quest), and over 10 years as a certified Executive Facilitator for several regional and national Management Consulting firms. Tom holds a B.A. in Theatre & Speech from DeSales University, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rider University. In addition to authoring We Are Climbers, All, Blaisse has co-authored five musical plays for children, and has also written the music and lyrics for more than a dozen contemporary Christian songs, under the title Manifest the Glory of God.
Tom Blaisse is available immediately for media interviews and speaking engagements.
Media Contact:
Ms. Biz Burnett, Marketing Director
TFB Consulting

Jesse White awards more than $11 million in Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants

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Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Fiscal Year 2013 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $11.9 million to 611 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.

“I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens, and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.”

Some of the valuable services public libraries provide include:

  • Free Internet access
  • Books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs
  • Audiobooks and eBooks
  • Interlibrary loan service (Items can be obtained from other libraries.)
  • Reference services such as homework assistance
  • Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and text messaging
  • After school and summer programming for children
  • Book clubs where patrons read and discuss a particular book
  • Multicultural programming and translation services
  • Special programs and services for senior citizens, such as tax return assistance and how to use computers and email
  • Space for voter registration and organ donor drives
  • Meeting rooms for important community events

Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law and helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants help certain public libraries that have a low library tax base, and ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

TimeLine Theatre Company presents the Chicago Premiere of J.T. Rogers’ Blood and Gifts, April 30 – July 28, 2013

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CHICAGO, IL — TimeLine Theatre Company concludes its 2012-13 season with a play that was named among the Top 10 of 2011 byThe New York Times. The Chicago premiere of Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, runs May 9 – July 28, 2013 (previews April 30 – May 8) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave, Chicago.

Blood and Gifts brings together a stellar Chicago cast to tell a gripping behind-the-scenes story of international intrigue in Afghanistan during the pivotal 1980s. The cast, led by Timothy Edward Kane as CIA operative James Warnock, also features Kareem Bandealy, Raymond Fox, Anish Jethmalani, Craig Spidle, Owais Ahmed, Behzad Dabu, TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton, Josh Odor, TimeLine Company Member David Parkes, Emily Ariel Rogers, Andrew Saenz, Peter Sipla and Don Tieri. After June 9, Jethmalani takes over the role previously portrayed by Bandealy, and Demetrios Troy joins the cast in the role previously portrayed by Jethmalani.

This spy thriller goes deep inside the secret United States intrigue that powered the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. A CIA operative struggles against conditions on the ground and politics in the halls of Washington to stop the Soviet Army’s destruction of Afghanistan. As alliances shift and the outcome of the Cold War appears to hang in the balance, he and an Afghan warlord find that the only one they can trust is each other. This bold new play unmasks the actions of men behind one of recent history’s most important events—the repercussions of which still shape our lives.

Blood and Gifts had its world premiere at the National Theatre of London’s Lyttelton Theatre in 2010 and its U.S. premiere at Lincoln Center Theater in 2011. The New York Times raved that the play “has the taut grip of a spy novel … [Playwright J.T. Rogers’] knowledge of the hearts and minds of his characters is as deep as his grasp of the geopolitical games being played.”

“TimeLine is excited to bring J.T. Rogers’ provocative and insightful play to Chicago for the first time,” Artistic Director PJ Powers said. “Since reading his play about Rwanda, The Overwhelming, in 2008, we have admired J.T.’s bold international playwriting scope and were determined to bring his work to TimeLine. Building a relationship over the last five years has been an honor and a pleasure, as our mutual admiration for each other’s work has grown. We were thrilled when he shared the script for Blood and Gifts with us and said that he thought TimeLine would be a great home for it. We hope this is the first of many collaborations together.”

Blood and Gifts is supported in part by The Pauls Foundation. Additional support provided by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or buy online at timelinetheatre.com.

Performance Schedule/Events

Previews: Tuesday, April 30; Wednesday, May 1; Friday, May 3; and Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

OPENINGS: Press Opening on Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Opening Night on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Regular Run: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (except no performance on June 30) through July 28, 2013.

Post-Show Discussions: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member, featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast, will be held on Wednesday, May 15; Thursday, May 23; Wednesday, May 29; Thursday, May 30; Sunday, June 2; Thursday, June 6; Thursday, June 13; Wednesday, June 19; Wednesday, June 26; and Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Sunday Scholar Series: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Company Member Discussion: A free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company members will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Buying Tickets

Tickets are $32 (Wednesday through Friday) or $42 (Saturday and Sunday). Preview tickets are $22. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or buy online at timelinetheatre.com.


Blood and Gifts will take place at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. TimeLine Theatre is located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6 for 1-5 hours. TimeLine also offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking. There are two flights of stairs (18 steps) between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.

Production Staff

The production staff for Blood and Gifts includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Jenny Mannis (Costume Supervisor), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Mikhail Fiksel (Sound Design and Original Music), Mike Tutaj (Projections Design), Julia Eberhardt (Properties Design), Joshua Altman (Dramaturg), Peter Andersen (Assistant Director), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Habibullah Wardak (Cultural Consultant), Michelle Bradley (Assistant Dramaturg), Andrew Carter (Assistant Dialect Coach), Lauren Hickman (Stage Manager), Shelbi Cox (Production Assistant), John Kearns (Production Manager), Caleb Charles McAndrew (Technical Director), Meg Grgurich (Scenic Painter) and Mac Vaughey (Master Electrician).


J.T. Rogers (Playwright) is an American playwright. His play Blood and Gifts premiered at the National Theatre in London and had its American debut last season at Lincoln Center Theater. In Chicago, his playsThe Overwhelming (National Theatre premiere, United Kingdom tour with Out of Joint and BBC Radio; Roundabout Theatre, New York City) and Madagascar have been staged by Next Theatre, and White People was seen at the Gift Theater. As one of the original playwrights for the Tricycle Theatre of London’s Great Game: Afghanistan, he was nominated for a 2009 Olivier Award. His works have been seen throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, and Israel, and are published by Faber and Faber and Dramatists Play Service. Rogers’ essays have appeared in American Theatre and in London’s Independent and The New Statesman. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Dramatist Guild and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Nick Bowling (Director) was the founding Artistic Director and is now Associate Artistic Director and a Company Member of TimeLine Theatre. He is the recipient of five Jeff Awards for Outstanding Direction (The History Boys, Fiorello!, This Happy Breed and The Crucible at TimeLine, Another Part of the Forest at Eclipse Theatre) and also received Jeff Award nominations for The Farnsworth Invention, Hauptmann and The Lion in Winter at TimeLine and for Closer Than Ever at Porchlight Music Theatre. Recent credits at TimeLine include 33 Variations, My Kind of Town, A Walk in the Woods, The Front Page and In Darfur. Other Chicago credits include Porchlight Music Theatre’s A Catered Affair, Writers’ Theatre’s Bach at Leipzig, Shattered Globe Theatre’s Time of the Cuckoo and Frozen Assets, Rivendell Theatre’s Factory Girls and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s Angels in America, among others.

About TimeLine Theatre Company

TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago magazine, 2011) and the nation’s theater “Company of the Year” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Over 16 seasons, TimeLine’s history includes more than 50 productions, including nine world premieres and 19 Chicago premieres; launching the Living History Education Program, bringing the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools; and completing each season operating in the black. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 47 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production nine times.

TimeLine Theatre is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers and Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. Company members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem.

The 1st Annual Teddy Bear of the Year Dinner and Awards Gala to celebrate the American Teddy Bear at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Calling all Teddy Bears from across the Nation to take their place on the RED CARPET in behalf of Charities who assist the Elderly, those in Nursing Homes, Hospice Centers and health related organizations serving Children awaiting treatments for life threatening diseases

Beverly Hills, CA (BlackNews.com) — The American Teddy Bear has been a friend to the lonely, and a blessing of comfort to all who have sought solace through the night and a furry gift for children of ages, and this Fall they will be honored for their therapeutic value.

On November 10, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Stars will shine in the night as Teddy Bears large and small; take center stage in behalf of Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency and various local charities who provide health related services to the community. Celebrity entertainment, dancing bears to the latest hits, gourmet dining and motion picture movie stars will relate stories of their love and delight as a child with a best friend, their Teddy Bear!

The charitable awards will be presented to related charities of the winner’s choice in categories such as Best Dressed Bear…Most Adorable Bear…Most Beautiful Bear…Best Facial Expression Bear…Most lovable Bear…Living Resemblance Bear…Sports Resemblance Bear…Corporate Representation Bear…Entertainment Representation Bear and Childlike Resemblance Bear. The evening will soar with Teddy Bears “showing up and showing out” with their owner caretakers on the Red Carpet to be judged and declared a winner in their category!

Mercy Mission Bear Hospital and Adoption Agency, which provides Teddy Bears and lectures across America as to the value of a Teddy Bears presence in all healing modalities, has been greeted with support and endorsements from those committed to help bring cheer to those in need of their special friendship in their time of need when facing difficult medical decisions and subsequent care.

For those interested in attending the November Gala, or for a Teddy Bear Submission Form which gives instructions on how you can submit and enter your Teddy Bear for judging in the Awards portion of the show, please e-mail to mothernature7@gmail.com for a formal invitation as the event in invitational only, which includes a very special world renown female entertainer who loves all teddy bears and those who support them.

Many Teddy Bears showcased on the evening of the Gala will be those recently abandoned in old dilapidated homes, found in thrash bins and back alleys and other throw-a-way areas of life. Several are shipped to us weekly as a donation to be placed for adoption into good new homes, and others serve the interest of the hospital for placement in our proposed future hospital site, 2014.

Additional bears are cleaned and await surgery” to repair missing eyes, limbs, ears and other body parts by volunteer bear physicians, cosmetic bear surgeons and bear nurse assistants. (Indiegogo.com)

They also offer a “Get Your Name on A Shingle” opportunity by a famous artist who will paint your name on their rooftop shingle of their temporary hospital building for all the world to behold. Their “Naming Rights” to their many hospital wings, and several other options have become available for those who wish to support efforts of goodwill for all, into perpetuity, and they welcome all supporters of Teddy Bear love from the beary heart!

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