News 2014 April

Stories for April 2014

Tuesday, April 29

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Sterling banned for life by NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, the first step toward forcing a sale of the club and permanently removing Sterling from the league.

Monday, April 28

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Advertisers backing away from Donald Sterling’s Clippers

Some advertisers are beginning to back away from the Los Angeles Clippers after racist comments attributed to the NBA team's owner.

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Lawnside Historical Society celebrates Jessie Redmon Fauset Day

The Lawnside Historical Society celebrated Jessie Redmon Fauset Day on April 26 and featured prize-winning poetry about democracy written by fifth through 12 graders from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties.

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Pineda suspension renews pine tar debate

The debate about pitchers in baseball using pine tar is at the forefront once again.

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Phoebe Haddon to Become Chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has announced that Phoebe A. Haddon will assume the post of chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden on July 1.

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Millennials are More Diverse – In Many Ways

Millennials are easy to spot. They’re the ones welded to their handheld devices, touting peculiar professional titles and ambitions. Born between 1980 and the early 2000s, Millennials, or Generation Y, are entitled, lazy, self-centered, and callow, according to popular perception.

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GM’s Top Designer has Always Been Career Driven

Though no one knew it at the time, the decision by Edward T. Welburn Jr.’s parents to take him to a local auto show in Philadelphia around the time he was learning his multiplication tables would shape the rest of his life.

Sunday, April 27

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Panel discussion slated on Octavius V. Catto

On Wednesday, April 30 the Mann’s Philadelphia Freedom Festival presents an engaging scholarly panel, “Let Freedom Ring,” on civil rights from the age of Octavius V. Catto (19th century) to today through the voices of representatives from Philadelphia’s academic and activist communities.

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Mental Illness is Our Dirty Little Secret

I’m tired, my sisterfriend says. I don’t know how much longer I can hold on. As I hear her I have a couple of choices. One is to tell her to get with her pastor and pray; the other is to tell her to get real with her illness.

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Students Should Withdraw from Some Credit Card Programs

As 21st Century employers continue to seek a highly-trained workforce, the marketable value of a college education has never been higher.

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Columbus Short exits ‘Scandal’ amid legal woes

Columbus Short’s legal drama has cost him his job.

Tuesday, April 22

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Logan mayor joins race for congressional seat

Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor announced late last month that he would seek the vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the First Congressional District for New Jersey.

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Porsha Williams charged with battery

Porsha Williams was charged with misdemeanor assault after a fight with her co-star.

Monday, April 21

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more about preventing child abuse and neglect in your community.

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Rutgers Professor Pens Memoir Chronicling Triumph over Tragedy

A child of migrant farm workers in Puerto Rico, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago defied family, tradition, and expectations to reach the highest ranks of academia and create LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Partnership) Academy University Charter School in Camden, one of the nation’s most successful charter schools.

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The State of Black America

The 2014 National Urban League (NUL) report, State of Black America, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” contains a lot of great information, but it will only prove to be “good” if we use it to build a solid and long lasting economic base.

Sunday, April 20

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Improving the Odds for America’s Children

We are now blessed with a new indispensable evidence-based book from Harvard Education Press—Improving the Odds for America’s Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice.

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Sixers look toward the future

The Philadelphia Sixers entered this season in clear rebuild mode — labeled around the league as tanking — and they lived up to their preseason billing as one of the worst in the league in record fashion: Philadelphia matched an NBA record with a 26-game losing streak.

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McNabb spends day in jail over DUI charge

Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb served one day in jail on April 16 as part of a sentence he received after being charged with DUI on December 15.

Thursday, April 17

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Obama announces $600 million for jobs training programs

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited the Community College of Allegheny County in Oakdale, Pennsylvania to announce a new program that would lead a reform of America's job training programs.

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Annual Fauset Day to Feature Student Poetry

The Lawnside Historical Society will celebrate Jessie Redmon Fauset Day April 26 featuring prize-winning poetry about democracy written by fifth through 12 graders from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties.

Monday, April 14

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Credit Management 101

In today’s world of high finance, managing your credit is a key to financial success.

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University of Connecticut sets sports history- again

The University of Connecticut is setting history once again as the men’s and women’s basketball teams are both national champions.

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Lupita Nyong’o is the face of Lancôme

Hollywood’s newest fashion darling has just scored another coup. The fresh-faced Lupita Nyong’o has been named the new face of Lancôme.

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Inspira Launches Lung Cancer Screening Program for Early Detection

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the United States for both men and women and 85% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.

Sunday, April 13

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“Rising to the Top” Class of 2014 Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Incorporated, (NCBW) Southern New Jersey Chapter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awarded monetary scholarships, book awards, and a laptop computer to one college (non-traditional) and 12 high school students for demonstrating excellence in the classroom and in the community.

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Wendell E. Pritchett Named Interim Dean of Penn Law School

He is currently chancellor of Rutgers University

Wendell E. Pritchett has been named interim dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School for the 2014-15 academic year.

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The Audacity of Voting

I love voting. Every time I go into the booth, I see little girl me, pigtails and all, plaid skirt, white blouse and green sweater, part of my Catholic school uniform. Most of my relatives were Democrats, though my grandmother voted Republican a time or two because “Lincoln freed the slaves.” In 1960, I had the privilege of pulling the lever to elect John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the candidate that the nuns at Immaculate Conception Elementary School rhapsodized over.

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Obama Says Civil Rights Movement Opened Door for his Election

With civil rights legends Andrew Young, John Lewis and Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President Barack Obama on April 10th credited the Civil Rights Movement and landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s for paving the way for his becoming the nation’s first Black president.

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Clinton says Voter ID Laws Undermine Civil Rights Progress

Former President Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law, but said the progress that stemmed from those landmark measures are being undermined by Republican-led efforts to suppress the vote.

Thursday, April 10

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RHOA’s Kandi Burruss ties the knot

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” (“RHOA”) star Kandi Burruss, 37, tied the knot with her fiancé, Todd Tucker, 40, on April 4 in Atlanta.

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Shirley Turner says no to pay-to-play politics

For outspoken State Sen. Shirley Turner, recent passage of a bill to ban the widespread concept of pay-to-play politics and business is a personal victory for the longtime politico.

Monday, April 7

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NUL State of Black America: Growing Income Inequality

The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League’s 38th annual State of Black America report titled, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America.”

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Jackson gives Redskins a playmaker at receiver

Former Eagles wideout recently signed a three-year deal with Washington

The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason on April 2, adding three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson days after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

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Book Review: ‘Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina’

Who would ever have guessed Misty Copeland would one day become a world-class ballerina with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre? After all, she had a rocky childhood as one of six kids born to a struggling mother and several different fathers.

Sunday, April 6

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Chuck Stone, former Daily News columnist and NABJ co-founder, dies

Chuck Stone, a former Philadelphia Daily News columnist, founding member and first president of the National Association of Black Journalist and former Tuskegee Airman, has died.

Wednesday, April 2

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Atlanta housewives come to blows

Simmering tension came to a head during a recent taping of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (RHOA) reunion show.

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Candidates emerge for Trenton mayor

A cadre of at least six candidates have recently announced plans to permanently take over the much beleaguered and besmirched capital city.

Tuesday, April 1

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My Brother’s Keeper

When President Barack Obama announced a new initiative last month called “My Brother’s Keeper,” aimed at improving the lives of young African-American and Hispanic men, I was eager to hear what he would say.

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April BUZZ

Is the bromance over? Well, not really. But if Kanye West wants his good friend, Jay Z, to stand as his best man in his wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian, the cameras have to fade to black.

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“Black History - Continuing a Legacy of Greatness”

(Recently) Black History Month 2014 came to a close, for many a time of reflection on the tumult and greatness of our Black Heritage in America.

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.