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Supreme Court Revisits Affirmative Action – Here We Go Again!

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
The U.S. Supreme Court Rehearing Affirmative Action – Here We Go Again!
By Professor Kevin L. Antoine, JD
Kevin L. Antoine

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Every few years U.S. Supreme revisits the issue of admitting African Americans and other under represented groups into college. This issue goes by many names, equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, inclusion, and most recently holistic admission. The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand the practice of colleges using many factors when reviewing the credentials of students applying for admission. These factors include, gender, geography, family income, disability, gender identity, LGBT, military status, language spoken at home and race just to name some of them.

However the only factor that ends up in a lawsuit when a white applicant is denied admission is race, more specifically, the race of an African American student that was admitted. I cannot think of any affirmative action lawsuits where a white applicant that was denied admission because the college admitted another student who was a military veteran, or gender identity, or disability.

No other population in America is so heavily burdened with the task of enjoying life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness than African Americans. This historical burden stems all the way back to 1776, the birth of the nation when white colonist won their freedom from Great Britain, but denied freedom to their African slaves. In 1807 America abolished the international slave trade, however the institution of slavery continued in America for another 58 years. It took a Civil War, passage of the 13th amendment, and the assassination of a president to end slavery in America.
After passage of the 13th Amendment, the newly freed population, though free, could not read or write, had no schools, housing or healthcare. The great emancipator Abraham Lincoln established the Freedmens Bureau, the first federal government office with oversight of education, housing, employment and healthcare. These programs exist today as agencies in the executive branch of the federal government (The Departments of Education, Housing, Labor, Health and Human Services). Though first establish to help African Americans, these federal agencies now assist all Americans.

By 1876, reconstruction ended with the election of Rutherford B Hayes as president. Hayes granted former confederates the right to hold political offices in the south. In short order southern states began to turn back the clock on all of the equal opportunities afforded African Americans under reconstruction. Sounds familiar.
Here we go again!
One hundred years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, President Kennedy sent his civil rights bill to the Congress. It took a civil rights movement and the assassination of a president to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sound familiar?
Here we go again!

In the Fisher v. the University of Texas Law School at Austin case, the Supreme Court will decide if race can continue to be one of many factors colleges can consider when reviewing student applications for admissions. Heres the rub. For centuries in America, the law made it unlawful for a whole race of people, African Americans, to go to school, to learn, to read, to write, add and subtract. Now once again the law will decide whether race is a factor for keeping African Americans from obtaining a college education.
Here we go again!

 

Professor Kevin L. Antoine, JD is the Legislative Director for the American Association for Access Equity and Diversity. He is the Assistant Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion/Professor of Health Law and Policy at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center located in Brooklyn. Professor Antoine can be contacted by email at kevinantoine@icloud.com

Photo: Professor Kevin L. Antoine, JD

California Medical Board Accused of Illegally Targeting Black Doctors

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Physician Assistant Billy Earley says that the state Medical Board is wrongfully targeting and discriminating against African-American doctors.
 
Billy Earley, Physician Assistant in Corona, California

Corona, CA (BlackNews.com) – Billy Earley is a Physician Assistant with over 18 years of experience. He speaks 3 languages and is an inventor, musician and author of the book, The Gods of the Bacteria, available on Amazon.com.

 
However, when Earley recently opened his own clinic in Corona, California, within just six weeks, the California Medical Board served a complaint on his practice. Earley says the Medical Board tampered with the charts to illegally revoke his license and close down his clinic. Earley says he believes its because he is African American, and because he sued CVS and Walgreens pharmacies for calling his patients Negritos and faxing papers to him changing his name to Billy N. Earley (Nigger Earley).

 
Earley is asking for the public to support him by sending the Medical Board a strong voice, and demanding that they stop targeting minority doctors and mid-level practitioners. Earley comments, “African American doctors are underrepresented and we need more doctors and people in the medical field to help our people. The Medical Board investigators have police officers authority and this is a wide spread media problem when it comes to minority justice.”

 
According to Earley, the Criminal Justice Research Center conducted an important study on wrongfully convicted people and estimated that 10,000 innocent people are convicted each year.

 
Earley alleges that he is one of those thousands of people, and that the Medical Board investigators made a lot of false reports about him and his staff. He is petitioning the Governor of California and the State Assembly to enact new guidelines to hold their investigators accountable for their actions and for the investigators to be more transparent with their investigation. “Racism and discrimination should never be involved in medicine or the World Health Organization,” he says. “But I and most of my African American patients are being exposed to this daily.”

 
Early adds, “There are a lot of doctors who are being punished and their licenses are being revoked because of these police officers making these false reports and fabricating evidence. Most minority doctors cannot fight off these false charges because attorneys are very expensive and they will consume all of the doctors savings in a few gulps. Please take a few minutes of your time to help Black doctors stay in business and stop the Medical Board from abusing their powers and illegally incriminating African American medical providers and innocent minorities who are trying to help their people. This is not fair!”

 
Those who wish to help are encouraged to sign the Change.org petition at https://goo.gl/GDTQuW

 

 

Also watch the following videos on YouTube:
Forensic Evidence Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEYrXHWR07A
Outrageous Racial Video (Negritos): https://youtu.be/4bkIMGctVn8

 

 

Contact Billy Earley at:
First Choice Clinica Familiar
1307 West 6th Street, Suite 102 & 103
Corona, California 92882
951-520-1003
www.corona-healthcare.com

Photo Caption: Billy Earley, Physician Assistant in Corona, California

Federal Court Orders Ex-Dallas Affiliate to Stop Representing Itself As Urban League and Using Trademarked Logos

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

NEW YORK – U.S. District Court Judge Jane Boyle has ordered the former Urban League of Greater Dallas, which was disaffiliated earlier this year, to stop using the Urban League name and logos.

“This marks the end of a difficult chapter on the Urban League Movement,” National Urban League President Marc H. Morial said. “We can now move forward and work with community leaders to find the best solutions to continue serving the Dallas community.”

Morial stressed that the National Urban League is working to identify a non-profit organization in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that could serve as a new affiliate.

The Board of Trustees of the National Urban League authorized the disaffiliation in July in response to serious concerns about the fiscal management and organizational governance of the Dallas organization. The affiliate appealed and the Board’s Affiliate Services Appeals Committee affirmed the decision in November, coinciding with the National Urban League’s federal lawsuit. Judge Boyle issued her decision Dec. 3.

Prior to the disaffiliation, the National Urban League worked for months with Dallas leaders to bring the organization into compliance with the Terms of Affiliation, the contract which governs the relationship between the National Urban League and its affiliates. The affiliate failed to comply with the corrective action plan, Morial said.

 

IDOT, Law Enforcement: Drunk Driving Ruins the Holidays

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
     Drunk driving fatalities remain consistent; police aim to save lives

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and 170 police and sheriff’s departments kicked off an all-out effort to keep drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season. The end-of-year campaign comes as new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics indicate that while Illinois drunk driving fatalities are not increasing, they are not declining, either.

“This most recent data clearly shows drunk driving is still very much a problem in Illinois and the nation,” said IDOT Director of Traffic Safety, Jared Thornley. “This holiday season, don’t put yourself or others at risk because, chances are, you’ll be caught.”

In 2011, NHTSA estimates there were 278 drunk driving fatalities (motor vehicle deaths involving at least one driver with a BAC of.08 or higher) in Illinois. But in 2012 and 2013, the number increased to 322, a 15 percent increase from 2011. There was a slight decrease in 2014, with 317 drunk driving fatalities in Illinois in 2014, according to NHTSA estimates. As recently as 2007, there were 439 drunk driving fatalities in Illinois.

 

Nationally, drunk driving fatalities decreased just one percent, from 10,076 in 2013 to 9,967 in 2014. The statistics for 2015 will be available in late 2016. Click here for a year-by-year breakdown for Illinois and nationally.

This month, Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a proclamation declaring December as Impaired Driving Prevention Month in Illinois, asking motorists to do their part to make our roads safer by not driving under the influence.

 

This year’s holiday enforcement campaign features the familiar “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” messages and will include stepped-up DUI and seat belt law enforcement efforts. Through the first weekend of 2016, Illinois motorists will see this life-saving effort in their communities and throughout the state. Law enforcement will be increasing enforcement efforts, conducting roadside safety checks and safety belt enforcement zones.

 

“Driving under the influence remains a significant factor in fatal traffic crashes,” said Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Williams. “The ISP will be doing our part to help keep the roadways safe this holiday season by conducting extra patrols with an emphasis on removing impaired drivers. You can do your part by planning ahead to designate a driver or arrange for other responsible transportation methods. Voluntary compliance with safe driving laws is the goal for the ISP. Help make this a better holiday for everyone. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

 

Data compiled by IDOT shows seven people died in six fatal crashes last year during the extended Christmas weekend (crashes from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28.) Two of those seven individuals lost their lives in crashes involving a driver who had been drinking. 594 people were injured in crashes during the same time frame in 2014.

The Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs are administered by IDOT and supported by the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement.

Winchester Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $1 Million from Credit Union

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Donna L. Jennings, 44, of Winchester, pleaded guilty today to charges relating to embezzling over $1 million from Winchester Community Federal Credit Union.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Jennings admitted to stealing $1,059,767.52 in funds from Winchester Community Federal Credit Union where she was employed as its manager. From 2001 through 2014, Jennings took cash from teller drawers, fraudulently opened financial accounts, conducted financial transactions without customers’ knowledge, made false entries into accounting records, and approved loans without authority. Jennings funneled the proceeds of her fraud into accounts she controlled and used the stolen funds to purchase gifts for herself and pay credit card bills. When federal bank examiners questioned Jennings about suspicious transactions, she made false statements and altered Board of Director meeting minutes to support her lies. As a result of Jennings’ conduct, the National Credit Union Administration placed Winchester Community Federal Credit Union into a restricted status and invited another financial institution to merge with it for the protection of its membership and the National Credit Union Administration insurance fund.

Jennings faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on April 8, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye is prosecuting the case.

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 18, 2015
  • Eastern District of Virginia (703) 299-3700

Department of Justice Announces Leaders of U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Will Continue Serving for Duration of Administration

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Department of Justice announced that both Acting Director David Harlow of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will continue to serve as the heads of their respective agencies for the duration of this administration.

“Over the course of their decades in law enforcement, David Harlow and Thomas Brandon have demonstrated themselves to be outstanding public servants and extraordinary partners in the work of building a stronger, safer nation,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “As head of the U.S. Marshals Service, David Harlow has led on a range of important issues, from helping to expand the ability of USMS to assist in cases involving missing children, to promoting an understanding of implicit bias, to apprehending violent fugitives.  As the leader of ATF, Thomas Brandon has forged broad-based partnerships, advanced intelligence-driven policing and helped shape ATF’s impact as a guardian of public safety.  In all of their efforts, they have worked to fulfill America’s highest priorities and most deeply-held values.  I am pleased that the American people will continue to receive the benefit of their professionalism, integrity and devotion to duty.”

Harlow became Acting Director of the U.S. Marshals on July 26, 2015.  Pursuant to the Vacancies Reform Act, the title of acting director will expire on Feb. 20, 2016, at which time Harlow will continue leading the Marshals as Deputy Director for the duration of this administration.

Brandon became Acting Director of ATF on April 1, 2015.  Pursuant to the Vacancies Reform Act, his title of acting director expired on Oct. 27, 2015, and he will continue leading ATF in his role as Deputy Director for the duration of this administration.

Biography of Acting Director David Harlow

David Harlow became the Acting Director of the U.S. Marshals on July 26, 2015, following more than 30 years of dedicated service in the agency.  He leads the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, responsible for federal judicial security, fugitive apprehension, witness security, asset forfeiture and prisoner operations.

Acting Director Harlow was named the agency’s Deputy Director in February 2014.  Since that time, he has focused on ensuring accountability and excellence, and bringing about successful organizational change.

From 2012 to 2014, Acting Director Harlow was the Associate Director for Operations, managing the USMS Operational Directorate, which includes Investigative Operations, Judicial Security, Witness Security, Tactical Operations, Prisoner Operations and the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System.

In May 2012, Acting Director Harlow was promoted to the Senior Executive Service when he was selected as the Assistant Director of the Investigative Operations Division (IOD), overseeing the agency’s extensive fugitive investigations mission.  Prior to assuming the position, he was the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of IOD for approximately one year.

Acting Director Harlow served as Chief of the Sex Offender Investigations Branch from 2008 to 2011, overseeing the development and deployment of the agency’s newest investigative program, the Sex Offender Apprehension Program.  He also oversaw the interagency National Sex Offender Targeting Center and developed the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist with prioritizing and targeting non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders.

Before arriving at USMS Headquarters, Acting Director Harlow was the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal (CDUSM) for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2007 to 2008.  Prior to that, he was CDUSM for the Northern District of Ohio, where he served from the time he joined the USMS as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1983 until 2007.  He made numerous contributions to Northern Ohio over the years, including serving as Commander of Operation FALCON 2007, serving as Deputy Commander of Operation FALCON III, developing the first cooperative fugitive apprehension team consisting of multiple law enforcement agencies in the Toledo area and overseeing the development of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Throughout his career, Acting Director Harlow has received numerous awards, including Attorney General’s Awards, Director’s Awards and several other special act and performance awards.  He is also an active member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Acting Director Harlow holds a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.  He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Sean and Brian.

Biography of Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon

Thomas E. Brandon serves as the Deputy Director and head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  He was appointed ATF’s Deputy Director in October 2011.  On April 1, 2015, he was named Acting Director of the agency, and served in that position until October 27th, 2015, when pursuant to the Vacancies Act the title expired.   As Deputy Director and head of ATF, Mr. Brandon is responsible for the unique law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice charged with enforcing firearms and explosives laws and regulations that protect communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations.

At the time of his appointment as Deputy Director in 2011, Mr. Brandon was serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, directing field operations for ATF in Arizona and New Mexico.

A member of the Senior Executive Service and a seasoned law enforcement professional, Mr. Brandon began his ATF career as a Special Agent in 1989, with Detroit as his first office assignment. Rising through the ranks at ATF, he has served in many management positions including Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division and Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division; Supervisory Special Agent of the Detroit Arson and Explosives Enforcement Group; Special Agent with the Office of Inspection in Washington, D.C.; Supervisory Special Agent of the Achilles Enforcement Group in Los Angeles, California; and as the Division Intelligence Officer with the Phoenix, Arizona, Field Division. Mr. Brandon also held the position of Chief, ATF National Academy, in Glynco, Georgia.

Mr. Brandon is a member of several professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, in 1987.

Mr. Brandon proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 to 1982, where his assignments included Embassy duty in Rome, Italy, and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Mr. Brandon is a native of New Jersey.

FBI Releases 2014 Crime Statistics from the National Incident-Based Reporting System

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The FBI released details on more than 5.4 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2014. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS, 2014, provides a diverse range of information about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 23 offense categories composed of 49 offenses. It also presents arrest data for those offense categories, plus 11 more offenses for which only arrest data are collected. NIBRS, 2014 provides agency-level offense data by state; however, there are no estimates for agencies that did not submit NIBRS data to the UCR Program.

Unlike data reported via the Summary Reporting System in Crime in the United States, data in NIBRS, 2014 includes all offenses within an incident, as well as additional aspects about each event such as location, time of day, and clearances. The data-rich nature of NIBRS is the main reason that FBI Director James B. Comey has made across-the-board implementation of NIBRS one of his priority initiatives. In his remarks to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago on October 26, 2015, Director Comey said, “…without information, every single conversation in this country about policing and reform and justice is uninformed, and that is a very bad place to be. So I hope you will join me in getting us all to move to NIBRS.” Comprehensive and accurate data are paramount to sound decision-making in law enforcement and intelligence. Director Comey also commented in a speech given at Georgetown University in February 2015, “The first step to understanding what is really going on in our communities and in our country is to gather more and better data related to those we arrest, those we confront for breaking the law and jeopardizing public safety, and those who confront us. ‘Data’ seems a dry and boring word but, without it, we cannot understand our world and make it better.” Moving all law enforcement agencies to submitting their data via the NIBRS is the first step in gathering more comprehensive data, an important goal of the UCR Program. The information in NIBRS, 2014 is an example of the kind of “better data” about which the Director is speaking.

Making use of these better data, the special report Sex Offenses Reported via NIBRS in 2013 is included in NIBRS, 2014. This monograph is a brief illustration of the kind of granularity that can be achieved on a topic when more and deeper data are collected.

An Overview of NIBRS, 2014

In 2014, 6,520 law enforcement agencies, representing coverage of more than 93 million U.S. inhabitants, submitted NIBRS data. While not yet nationally representative, this coverage represents 35.2 percent of all law enforcement agencies that participate in the UCR Program. A more detailed look at these data is available with the new interactive NIBRS map, which presents statistics for each agency that reported 12 months of NIBRS data in 2014.

NIBRS agencies reported 4,759,438 incidents that involved 5,489,485 offenses, 5,790,423 victims, and 4,414,016 known offenders. In addition, these agencies reported 3,099,779 arrestees. The number of reported arrestees for 2014 is not comparable to previous years’ numbers due to a change in the methodology for calculating this number. The change included adding all persons arrested for Group B offenses to arrestees connected to Group A offenses, which were the only arrestee numbers published in previous years. (The Arrestees page of NIBRS, 2014 provides further detail.)

Of the reported offenses, 63.6 percent involved crimes against property (i.e., those crimes in which the object is attaining property), 23.0 percent involved crimes against persons, (i.e., crimes whose victims are always individuals), and 13.4 percent included crimes against society (i.e., typically “victimless crimes” that represent society’s prohibition against engaging in certain types of activity, such as gambling).

NIBRS victim types, collected for all reported offenses, may be an individual, a business, an institution, or society as a whole. Of the 4,032,600 individual victims reported in 2014, 24.0 percent were between 21 and 30 years of age. A little more than half (51.0 percent) were female, 48.1 percent were male, and sex was unknown for 0.8 percent. The majority (72.0 percent) were white, 21.1 percent were black or African-American, 1.3 percent were Asian, 0.6 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, and less than 0.1 percent were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Race was unknown for 5.0 percent of victims.

In 2014, there were 4,414,016 known offenders, meaning that some aspect of the suspect—such as the age, sex, or race—was identified and reported. Of these, nearly a third (32.3 percent) were between 16 and 25 years of age. By gender, the majority (63.9 percent) were male, and 25.6 percent were female; gender was unknown for 10.5 percent. By race, more than half (57.1 percent) of known offenders were white, 27.8 percent were black or African-American, and 1.7 percent were of other races. The race was unknown for 13.4 percent of reported known offenders.

Concerning the relationship of victims to known offenders, there were 1,273,602 victims of crimes against persons (e.g., murders, sex offenses, assault offenses) and of robbery offenses from the crimes against property category. Of these victims, 52.7 percent knew their offenders (or at least one offender where more than one was present) but did not have a familial relationship to them. Nearly a quarter (24.8 percent) of victims were related to their offenders (or at least one offender where more than one was present).

Law enforcement agencies submitted data through incident reports—and, in 2014, also through arrest reports—for 3,099,779 arrestees in 2014. Of these, 18.8 percent were 21 to 25 years of age. By gender, 71.9 percent were male, and 28.1 percent were female. By race, the majority (71.0 percent) of arrestees were white, 25.0 percent were black or African-American, and 2.4 percent were of other races. The race was unknown for 1.5 percent of arrestees.

NIBRS, 2014
Related Story: 2014 Expanded Crime Statistics Released

Washington, D.C. December 14, 2015
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens Extends at Goodman Theatre Through January 2

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
 Extension week includes a special New Year’s Eve performance at 6 p.m. on December 31

Chicago, IL – By popular demand, Goodman Theatre adds four more performances of The Second City’s “riotous havoc” (Los Angeles Times) and “most amusing” (Chicago Reader) interactive seasonal satire, Twist Your Dickens, written by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, directed by Matt Hovde. The seven-member cast of The Second City’s funniest members and Chicago favorites remains intact—Francis Guinan as Scrooge; Travis Turner as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Peter Gwinn as Jacob Marley; Sue Salvi as Tiny Tim; Beth Melewski as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Danielle Pinnock as Mrs. Cratchit; and Tim Sniffen as Bob Cratchit. Twist Your Dickens now runs through January 2. Tickets ($25-40) are now on sale for the added performances (prices are subject to change) and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org/Twist, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Twist Your Dickens is appropriate for adults and savvy teens age 16+. Please be advised that the show incorporates the use of strobe lights, smoke and haze.

Additional performances include:
Wednesday, December 30 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 31 at 6pm (New Year’s Eve)
Saturday, January 2 at 4pm & 8pm

Discount Ticket Opportunities

Advance Student Tickets: $20 balcony tickets are available to students with a current student I.D. using the promo code TWISTSTU. Limit four tickets per student. Not valid 12/22 – 12/25, on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. Discounted Group Tickets for 15 persons or more are available at 312.443.3815 or TwistGroups@GoodmanTheatre.org. Purchase Goodman Gift Certificates in any amount at GoodmanTheatre.org/GiftCertificates. The flexibility of Goodman Gift Certificates allows recipients to choose the production, date and time of their performance. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

About The Second City

Beginning as a small cabaret theater on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire, building a robust $40+ million business based on its core improvisational methodologies. Resident theaters in Chicago and Toronto create topical sketch comedy revues that satirize politics, culture and news of the day. Additionally, Second City performs thousands of shows each year in regional theaters, colleges, performing arts centers and through an exclusive partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. Beyond its stages, The Second City created the foremost school of improvisation-based arts in the world with training facilities in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles that currently enroll over 11,000 students annually; a corporate division that works with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in areas of training, marketing, entertainment and brand services; and The Second City’s forays into television and new media include the classic, Emmy Award-winning comedy series SCTV and continues to produce new content and programming originating from The Second City Entertainment’s offices in Los Angeles.

About Goodman Theatre

Called America’s “Best Regional Theatre” by Time magazine, Goodman Theatre has won international recognition for its artists, productions and programs, and is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago. Founded in 1925 by William O. Goodman and his family in honor of their son Kenneth (an important figure in Chicago’s cultural renaissance in the early 1900s), Goodman Theatre has garnered hundreds of awards for artistic achievement and community engagement, including: two Pulitzer Prizes, 22 Tony Awards (including “Outstanding Regional Theatre” in 1992), nearly 160 Joseph Jefferson Awards and more. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman’s artistic priorities include new plays (more than 150 world or American premieres in the past 30 years), reimagined classics (including Falls’ nationally and internationally celebrated productions of Death of a Salesman, Long’s Day’s Journey into Night, King Lear and The Iceman Cometh, many in collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy), culturally specific work, musical theater (26 major productions in 20 years, including 10 world premieres) and international collaborations. Diversity and inclusion have been primary cornerstones of the Goodman’s mission for 30 years; over the past decade, 68% of the Goodman’s 35 world premieres were authored by women and/or playwrights of color, and the Goodman was the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle.” Each year the Goodman’s numerous education and community engagement programs—including the innovative Student Subscription Series, now in its 30th year—serve thousands of students, teachers, life-long learners and special constituencies. In addition, for nearly four decades the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has led to the creation of a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago.

Goodman Theatre’s leadership includes the distinguished members of the Artistic Collective: Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Gilman, Henry Godinez, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor, Henry Wishcamper and Mary Zimmerman. Joan Clifford is Chair of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees, Swati Mehta is Women’s Board President and Gordon C.C. Liao is President of the Scenemakers Board for young professionals.

Visit the Goodman virtually at GoodmanTheatre.org, and on Twitter (@GoodmanTheatre), Facebook and Instagram.

The Illinois State Fire Marshal Encourages Fire Safety During the Holiday Season

Posted by Admin On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

 SPRINGFIELD, IL – With the holiday season upon us once again, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal reminds all Illinois residents to be vigilant about the fire risks presented by Christmas trees, decorations, overloaded extension cords and candles. They carry tremendous danger when unattended, and are often linked to seasonal home fires.

In 2013, 91 house fires reported in Illinois were caused by Christmas trees and other decorations.  Those fires resulted in more than $1.7 million in property loss.

“The holidays are a busy time, therefore it is easy to get swept up in the holiday spirit and forget about fire risks and safety,” said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “However, taking extra precautions when dealing with decorations, cooking and entertaining can help keep your holiday merry and fire-free.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2009 and 2013, two of every five fires in December and January were linked to Christmas trees, holiday lights and other decorations.  The same report indicates that U.S. fire departments have responded to an average of 210 Christmas tree fires annually.

 

The OSFM offers the following tips to residents who want their holidays to be enjoyable and safe:

 

Christmas Trees

  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit and is at least three feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or space heaters.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • When using an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as UL listed. 

  • Make sure artificial trees are tested and labeled as fire resistant.
  • When using a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched.  This could mean that the tree is brittle and dry, and therefore hazardous.

  • Put your tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand, and be sure to water daily.
  • After Christmas, promptly remove the tree.  Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside the home.

Holiday Lights

 

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Determine whether lights are designed for indoor or outdoor use.  Only use indoor lights indoors, and outdoor lights only outdoors.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
  • Never overload extension cords, outlets or power strips. Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
  • Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs, or across doorways.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.  Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of LED strands that are safe to connect.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Candles

 

  • Consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles.  If you do use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and remember to blow them out when you leave the room or go to bed.

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, won’t tip over, and are placed on uncluttered surfaces.

  • Avoid using candles in the bedroom, where two of five U.S. candle fires begin, or other areas where people may fall asleep.

  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
  • Always put candles out before leaving the room.

  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains or drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

For more information about fire safety and prevention, please visit http://www.sfm.illinois.gov or www.nfpa.org                                                  

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