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Archive for August 12th, 2014

Robin Williams, Funny Man Revere, a Global Icon, has Left the Stage

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Williams died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide

President Barack Obama issues statement on his death

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By Juanita Bratcher

Actor & Comedian Robin Williams was funny as hell! He was hilarious. With a bag full of jokes and satirical humor, he was by far the world’s funniest man. He made us laugh. He made us smile. Sometimes the jokes were so funny they brought us to tears. There was no question, Williams was the king of comedy. He was super talented. I can’t think of any other artist (comedian, that is) that could match his wit and skills when it came to putting funny things together or even the way he would say and express  them. He was truly in a class all by himself; he was a comedy giant, a comedy icon, a comedy genius, and one of a kind. When he made TV appearances you knew before he opened his mouth that you would be in for minutes of hilarious laughter…good laughter,  and would find yourself laughing all over the place, at just about anything he said. He had a natural talent. It seems he was meant to be a comedian,  that was his forte’. He knew it; and so did his many followers and admirers. His movies were hilarious…all good, as they say. And now the famous and not so famous mourn his loss.

But just as the talented Williams had us bursting over with laughter…there were other nagging things that doggedly  stood in his way – his bouts with cocaine and depression. And at times he had talked about those nagging things. Take for instance, Williams battled nagging health problems and struggled with substance abuse – cocaine and alcohol addiction. Even after 20 years of sobriety, Williams found himself checking into rehab in 2006 for alcohol abuse.

An Oscar-winning actor/ comic, Williams, his full name, Robin McLaurin Williams, was found unconscious and not breathing in his home in Tiburon, Calif. Monday.

In a brief statement, his wife, Susan Schneider, said, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”

Williams won an Oscar for his supporting role in Good Will Hunting and Wikipedia noted that he was “ Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards .”

President Obama’s statement on Williams’ death:

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.  The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Robin Williams will be sorely missed by family, friends, associates and people across the world who were aware and familiar with his career on and off the big screen. He was funny and a favorite to many. He knew it and so did we. RIP Robin Williams.

Juanita Bratcher is the CEO & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine

Photo: Actor & Comedian Robin Williams.

The American Foundation for Suicide Preventions Offers Condolences to Robin Williams’ Family and Friends

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ASFB’s Statement on Robin Williams:

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers our condolences to Robin Williams’ family, his friends, and everyone touched by Robin’s generous spirit.  Based on initial reports, we understand that Robin took his life by suicide.

He brought laughter into every life he touched; Robin also suffered from depression.  It is our hope that we are able to have an open conversation that depression and addictions are real illnesses that can sometimes be fatal.  Every 13 minutes someone dies from suicide and it is among the top ten causes of death in the US.

We have to do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, warning signs, effective interventions and treatment.  Suicide is preventable and we all have a role to play to end the tragedy of suicide.

Media wanting more information regarding suicide, warning signs and prevention can visit our website at www.afsp.org.

Experts from our organization are also available for interviews and background information for media.  Please contact Alexis O’Brien, aobrien@afsp.org to schedule an interview or briefing.

Prosecution Issues Statement on Sheley Sentencing

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce issued statements following Rock Island County Judge Jeffrey O’Connor’s sentencing of Nicholas T. Sheley to four sentences of natural life in prison for killing four people in Rock Falls in June 2008. The sentencing concludes criminal prosecution of Sheley in Illinois for his seven-day crime spree that left six people dead.

Sheley was convicted by a Whiteside County jury in May of the murders of 29-year-old Brock Branson; 20-year-old Kilynna Blake; her son, 2-year-old Dayan; and 25-year-old Kenneth Ulve in Rock Falls, Ill. Sheley was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder.

Madigan’s office previously secured convictions against Sheley in the slayings of Ronald Randall, 65, of Galesburg, and Russell Reed, 93, of Sterling. He is currently serving two life sentences for those murders. Sheley is also accused of two murders in Missouri following his crimes in Illinois.

In response to today’s sentencing, Attorney General Madigan made the following statement:

“Life in prison is the only appropriate sentence under Illinois law for these heinous crimes. Today’s sentencing ensures that Nicholas Sheley will continue to pay for his actions for the remainder of his life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the all the victims of this awful tragedy.”

Whiteside County State’s Attorney Joyce added:

“It is fitting that a lifelong criminal has received lifelong sentences of imprisonment for his horrific acts. My hope is that the families of the victims find some sense of peace and their suffering lessens with time.”

State’s Attorney Joyce requested the assistance of Attorney General Madigan’s office in prosecuting Sheley. Working with State’s Attorney Joyce, Assistant Attorneys General Bill Elward and Steven Nate handled the case for Madigan’s Criminal Enforcement Division.

Reps. Conyers, Clay, and Fudge Call on Department of Justice to Investigate the Death of Michael Brown

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WASHINGTON, DC – Following the tragic killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee John Conyers Jr. (MI-13), Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01) and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to formally investigate the shooting.

In the letter to Holder, it stated that: “The facts that have begun to emerge surrounding the August 9, 2014 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri raise potentially serious concerns, particularly because it may be part of a continuing pattern of the use of deadly force by police against unarmed African-Americans. While we appreciate that the facts are still coming to light in this case and we do not pre-judge the incident, we believe that the seriousness of the incident requires intervention by federal law enforcement agencies and we are heartened to learn of the parallel federal investigation that you announced today.

“According to press reports, Mr. Brown, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by a member of the Ferguson Police Department this past Saturday afternoon. The St. Louis County Police Department, which is currently investigating the shooting, claims that the shooting occurred after Mr. Brown assaulted the officer and the two men struggled for the officer’s gun, but local community members have expressed strong skepticism and outrage about this explanation. According to one eyewitness account, several shots hit Mr. Brown as he attempted to flee with his hands in the air, suggesting discrepancies with the St. Louis County Police account. More broadly, press reports suggest that Mr. Brown’s shooting may be symptomatic of larger racial tensions in Ferguson.

“We applaud the Department of Justice’s decision to investigate the shooting of Michael Brown, but hope that you will consider expanding the scope of federal involvement and ask that the Department dedicate sufficient resources to investigate the legal and civil rights ramifications of the shooting and surrounding circumstances. We urge the Department to examine both the facts of the specific incident as well as the potential for any pattern or practice of police misconduct by the Ferguson Police Department. We understand that the federal investigation will be concurrent to, rather than supplant, the St. Louis County Police Department’s investigation of this matter, but this arrangement may not be the most objective or credible body to investigate civil rights matters involving law enforcement given evidence of racial profiling by that department in the recent past, which Congressman Clay had asked the Department of Justice to investigate. Second, only the federal government has the resources, the experience, and the full independence to give this case the close scrutiny that the citizens of Ferguson and the greater St. Louis area deserve. Moreover, to the extent that a pattern of practice of police misconduct would be a clear violation of federal law, including 42 U.S.C.14141, which makes it unlawful for State or local law enforcement officers to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives persons of rights protected by the Constitution of laws of the United States. Such conduct would include the use of excessive force by police.

“We further appreciate the fact that the Community Relations Service is already present in Ferguson to help calm tensions in the community following the shooting of Mr. Brown. A full federal investigation, however, is needed and we ask that the full resources of the Department of Justice be brought to bear in this matter.

“Please direct your response to the Committee on the Judiciary to the attention of Ranking Member Conyers at 2142 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 (tel: 202-225-6906). Further, please copy your response to the other undersigned Members’ offices. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.”


The letter was signed by the three aforementioned members of Congress.

There were also several footnotes in the letter.

IEMA Announces Richland Community College Attains ‘Ready to Respond Campus’ Designation

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Richland is first community college, second campus in state to complete program requirements

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Richland Community College in Decatur was recognized by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) as the first community college in Illinois to receive the Ready to Respond Campus designation.  Richland is the second Illinois campus to complete program requirements; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received the designation earlier this year.

Richland Community College was one of nine campuses in Illinois that participated in a 2013 pilot of the Ready to Respond Campus program, an initiative aimed at enhancing campus safety, preparedness and response efforts.  The program is voluntary and is now open to all institutions of higher education in Illinois.

“All campuses have safety plans, but the rigorous standards of the Ready to Respond Campus program take those plans to a higher level,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken.  “The Ready to Respond Campus logo tells students, parents, faculty and visitors that safety is a top priority on this campus.  I applaud Richland Community College officials for their strong commitment to campus safety.”

Monken presented the college with a plaque bearing the Ready to Respond Campus logo.  The college can use the logo on official correspondence, websites, brochures and other media.  The designation is valid for three years, at which time Richland Community College officials can submit updated documentation in order to renew its status.

“The designation of a Ready to Respond campus is an indicator to our community that Richland has taken significant steps to put in place a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan to ensure campus safety.  While we cannot completely insulate the campus from unexpected events, we can and should be prepared in an effort to mitigate negative impacts to the best of our ability,” said Richland Community College President Dr. Gayle Saunders.

To achieve Ready to Respond Campus status, a college or university must meet criteria that address hazard identification, risk assessment and/or consequence analysis, operational planning, incident management, training and exercise.  In addition, the campus must develop and maintain a violence prevention plan and implement a campus outreach and education campaign.

Monken said several other campuses have taken significant steps toward the designation and will soon be recognized.

The Ready to Respond Campus program is the latest component of Illinois’ Ready to Respond effort.  IEMA announced the Ready to Respond Community initiative in 2012 and plans to add Ready to Respond Schools K-12 and Ready to Respond Business.

Boeing Peace Protesters to go to Court; Vow to Continue Efforts Against Boeing’s Alleged Complicity with Israel’s Murder of Palestinians in Gaza

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Boeing Company has become a national target of the BDS movement (Boycott/Divest/Sanction) in the U.S. against U.S. companies aiding the Israeli government. This national trend began when five Chicago activists were arrested at Boeing headquarters on July 16.

Will hold a 3:00 p.m. Press Conference Tuesday, August 12. Court date is at 2:30 P.M. at Circuit Court of Cook County, 2452 W. Belmont, Chicago

Five activists were arrested in an act to expose the Boeing Company’s complicity with Israel on July 16, when they entered the Boeing lobby wearing blood-soaked t-shirts to oppose the company’s ongoing provision of weapons to Israel to bomb and shell civilians in Gaza. Chicago police arrested and charged them with trespass, a misdemeanor.

Four of the arrestees will appear on Tuesday at 2:30 in court at 2452 W. Belmont, Chicago. They will hold a press conference directly following the court appearance to discuss the case.

The protesters include activists with the Anti-War Committee/Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine.

Speakers will include the protesters’ attorney, Melinda Power, and Hatem Abudayyeh, of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, one of the Palestinian community leaders of the recent mass marches in Chicago that oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza.

The July 16 Chicago Boeing protest initiated a growing wave of protests against the company around the country opposing Boeing’s profiteering from Israeli air strikes on Gaza. Boeing provides fighter jets, bombs and missiles to the Israeli military that have been in steady use on the bombardment of Gaza.  More than 2000 Palestinians have been killed, many due to weapons produced by Boeing.

Protests against Boeing will continue in Chicago this week. The Anti-War Committee is supporting a protest at the Air and Water Show on August 16th to oppose war and militarism and to demand that Boeing be removed as a sponsor. Joe Scarry of the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo will attend Tuesday’s press conference.

Hani Al Safadi, a Chicagoan with family in Gaza, will also speak about the suffering and death experienced by the Palestinian people there.

New Lincoln Papers Found in Heart of Dixie

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Papers of Abraham Lincoln collection adds letters located at University of Alabama

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Papers of Abraham Lincoln announced that it has scanned two previously unknown Lincoln documents from the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama Libraries in Tuscaloosa.

The first is a letter to Lincoln’s former secretary of war, Simon Cameron, written on Nov. 6, 1863. The letter concerns a series of treason cases against prominent Baltimore officials. Cameron had imprisoned many of them during his time in Lincoln’s cabinet, and in turn, several of them had sued him in federal court for false imprisonment. Cameron wrote to Lincoln urging the president to press the treason trials to demonstrate the government’s intolerance for treason and to help Cameron’s case.

Lincoln responded that he had sent an attorney to Baltimore to investigate the matter and had learned that the judge did not want to proceed without the presence of the Supreme Court justice responsible for Maryland’s federal circuit.

Lincoln, the resourceful lawyer and politician, suggested, “It might do good, for the government to urge for the trials, whether it should succeed in bringing them on or not.” He asked Cameron to confer with his attorney in Baltimore and report back. Ultimately, both cases were dismissed.

The second document is an endorsement written by Lincoln on an 1862 letter from New York firearms dealer Orison Blunt to an Army official trying to locate rifles for Illinois soldiers. Blunt wrote that several thousand British-manufactured Enfield rifled muskets had been captured from ships trying to run the blockade into the Confederacy. “I think it would be well for this quality of arm to be put into the hands of our Western soldiers who know how to use the Rifle,” Blunt said.

Blunt suggested the President order the court in control of the rifles to turn them over to the Ordnance Department. Lincoln wrote the following endorsement on Blunt’s letter:

If approved by the Sec. of War, I request the court to turn the arms within mentioned, over to the U.S. Ordnance Department.

A. Lincoln

July 30, 1862

These documents are in the A. S. Williams III Collection, a rich assortment of Americana assembled over forty years by a Birmingham businessman. Williams presented the collection in 2010 to The University of Alabama, where selections are on display in the Gorgas Library.

George C. Rable, the university’s Charles Summersell Chair in Southern History, said, “It is amazing that in the twenty-first century new Lincoln materials are still being found. It was especially pleasing that the two new documents were discovered at the University of Alabama. Once again the relentlessly diligent researchers for the invaluable Papers of Abraham Lincoln have discovered previously unknown material on our sixteenth president.”

Jonathan W. White, author of “Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War,” remarked, “This is a very important find. It confirms how Lincoln’s finger was on the pulse of so many aspects of the war.”

“After working in the collection for four years, I continue to find treasures, and the Lincoln Letters are indeed treasures,” said Nancy DuPree, curator of the Williams Collection. “One of these small pieces of paper was actually written by Lincoln himself, only a few days before he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Besides their historical importance, such original documents offer a link with Lincoln himself, a sense of connection across space and time. We are honored to have the letters in the Collection.”

Daniel W. Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, said: “This discovery shows the importance of following document leads from helpful researchers. We rely on researchers and collectors to alert us to documents in private collections or to those recently acquired like these at the University of Alabama.”

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a long-term documentary editing project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). The project is administered through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and is cosponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield and by the Abraham Lincoln Association.

The Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library at The University of Alabama supports teaching and research needs in humanities, social sciences, and government information as the campus’ main library and is among the premier research libraries in Alabama providing the latest technology-driven services and unparalleled print and online research collections.

‘David Bowie Is’ Makes its U.S. Debut in September at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art

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Sennheiser Technology Enables Visitors to Experience a Unique, Multi-Faceted Journey of the Artist’s Sound and Style

CHICAGO, IL — On September 23rd, the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition makes its U.S. debut at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). The exhibition, meticulously curated by the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, explores the incredibly diverse work of one of the greatest artists of our time. For each of the exhibits, including the MCA exhibit coming to Chicago in September, V&A has partnered with audio specialist Sennheiser to ensure the best possible audio experience for visitors.

‘David Bowie Is’, which has already been experienced by more than half a million visitors around the world during its recent visits to London, Berlin, São Paulo and Toronto, is an artistic and technical marvel that covers the entire expanse of Bowie’s luminous career: from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane and beyond. By leveraging Sennheiser’s audio expertise, including its guidePORT technology and 3D immersive sound simulation equipment, visitors are left with an unforgettable sound and style experience that explores the very essence of David Bowie. Sennheiser’s guidePORT expert Robert Généreux is on site to install and configure the system at MCA.

David Bowie’s career is marked by continual re-invention, intellectual depth, musical innovation, striking visual presentation and unwavering artistic integrity. The exhibition takes visitors on a sonic and visual journey, retracing his creativity and influences from all areas of his art using a wealth of material — including videos, stage costumes, album covers, stage sets, photographs and of course his music. To develop the exhibit, curators Victoria Broackes (V&A) and Geoffrey Marsh were given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive, consisting of more than 70,000 pieces.

An Unprecedented Marriage of Art and Technology
In preparation for their sonic and visual journey, each museum visitor is given a pair of Sennheiser headphones and a guidePORT receiver — enabling them to walk freely into 25 different ‘display zones’. Inside a control room behind the scenes, Sennheiser is constantly broadcasting 25 live audio streams through transmitters that are perfectly mapped to the floor plan of the exhibit. Each time a visitor walks towards a different display, the relevant audio stream activates, broadcasting high quality audio through corresponding antennas located nearby. Small trigger units called ‘identifiers’ located throughout the exhibit are able to recognize the geo-location of each visitor and pick up the appropriate audio stream.

In addition to the pristine streaming audio occuring throughout the exhibit, visitors are also invited to experience an extraordinary 3D audio spectacle, consisting of Bowie concerts from over the years and an exclusive ‘mash up’ of his songs, created by Tony Visconti, Bowie’s long-time producer. The immersive audio experience is made possible by a special 3D upmix algorithm created by Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser’s International Recording Applications Manager, and the experience is delivered through an array of hidden loudspeakers from Neumann — a Sennheiser subsidiary.

‘David Bowie Is’ is groundbreaking not only as an interactive exhibition of one of the greatest artists of our time, but also in how it integrates Sennheiser technology throughout the overall experience. This is another example of how Sennheiser has been a driving force in the innovation of sound since 1945 and routinely supports innovators and artists all around the world.

Air Force Officer Wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title

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Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander is named Miss Black USA
Miss Black USA Jasmine Alexander
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Contestants and runners up gather to congratulate Jasmine Alexander, Miss Black USA 2014.
PHOTO CREDIT: Nicole L. Cvetnic/The Root
The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation recently announced Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander as the new Miss Black USA 2014. On Sunday night at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., a distinguished panel of judges chose Alexander for top honors out of 25 contestants from across the nation. Alexander is a 26-year-old Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.

In 2013, Alexander was deployed to Afghanistan on a special mission to provide pertinent information to the troops to secure their safety. Immediately after being crowned, Alexander said, “As a member of the Armed Forces and now as Miss Black USA, I can’t think of a better way to serve my country.”

The newly crowned beauty queen will use her reign to promote the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease. “One in every four women die of heart disease and we really need to push fitness, healthy living, and a healthy lifestyle so that will be one of the first endeavors I undertake as Miss Black USA,” explains Alexander.

Alexander’s Miss Black USA prize package included a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Africa. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and a Master’s degree in Human Services and Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Alexander is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The 2014 Miss Black USA pageant was sponsored by Arik International Airways, K. Khristian Michael, and the NYS Collection. Please contact Carita Parks at carita@parks-pr.com or 571-403-1596 for interview requests.

Top 5 Results:

Winner: Miss Black Colorado, Jasmin Alexander

1st Runner up: Miss Black Tennessee Gabrielle Lewis

2nd Runner up: Miss Black California, Jasmine Johnson

3rd Runner up: Miss Black Ohio, Terra Strong

4th Runner up: Miss Black Washington, Alexandra Morton

Founder’s Award: Miss Black Kentucky, LaPrecious Brewer

Community Service Award: Miss Black Maryland, DeJanee Fennell

Miss Congeniality: Miss Black Alabama, Jessica Alexander

Miss Talented Teen 2014: Miss Black California, Kylee Johnson

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color. The Miss Black USA Pageant was founded by Karen Arrington in 1986. To date, the pageant has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships.

Sec’y of State Jesse White Urges Talking Book and Braille Patrons to Participate in New U.S. Currency Reader Program

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Program Provides Free Currency Readers for Blind and Visually Impaired

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the launching of a pilot program to enable Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) patrons the option to pre-order a free currency reader.  The program, set to begin September 2, is sponsored by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

“Federal Reserve notes are the same size and weight regardless of denomination, making it difficult for blind and visually impaired individuals to tell them apart,” said White.  “The innovative program helps visually impaired people to navigate a common aspect of day-to-day life.”

The four-month pilot program allows the government to test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers by initially offering the reader only to TBBS patrons.  State Library staff will order the currency reader, which will be delivered to the patron’s home. To receive a free currency reader, current patrons of TBBS should call 1-888-NLS-READ or 1-888-657-7323.

In January 2015, following the pilot rollout to TBBS patrons, the program will be available to all residents who are blind or visually impaired. Individuals interested in applying for a currency reader device or learning more about the program can visit www.bep.gov/uscurrencyreaderpgm.html.

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