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5 Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival Time: 7:00PM Location: Central New York Playhouse 3649 Erie Blvd. E. The Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival returns to Syracuse, bringing comics and improv teams from across the state to the Central New York Playhouse. 5 80th Annual Tigris Shrine Circuis Time: 7:00 pm Location: Empire Expo Center-NYS Fairgrounds - 581 State Fair Blvd. Now in its 80th year!!! Acrobats, clowns, motorcycle thrill act, elephants and other animals... enjoyable for the entire family! Event Contact: 315-478-0277. Saturday April 6th: 10:00am; 2:30pm; 7:00pm. Sunday April 7th: 1:00pm; 5:00pm

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Syracuse focused on journey to Final 4


By By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Overcoming all sorts of adversity has been the norm for the Syracuse Orange of late. Player eligibility issues, negative headlines, slumps at inopportune times something seems to creep up each season for longtime coach Jim Boeheim. He figures hes not alone. Theres no team that doesnt have distractions during the course of the year, Boeheim, who guided the Orange to a school-record 34 victories last season with scandal swirling around his program, said Monday. Thats part of life, thats what you have to learn to handle. They focused well all year. In large part because of that singular focus, the Orange, seeded fourth in the East Regional of the NCAA tournament, are headed to the Final Four for the fourth time since Boeheim became head coach in 1976. And when they get in a groove with their stifling zone defense, especially at this time of year, they are tough to break down. Led by versatile 6-foot-6 point guard Michael Carter-Williams, sharpshooting forward James Southerland, and do-it-all swingman C.J. Fair, the Orange are deep, motivated, and intent on bringing a second title to central New York. And this proud, blue collar town, where basketballs shot clock was invented, is eagerly anticipating that again, just like in 2003. The Final Four seems to be very important. Its a huge thing up here, said Boeheim, 3-0 in national semifinals. Our fans really support us, and they like what we do. Whats not to like about the past three weeks. Syracuse (30-9) made the Big East tournament final, losing to Louisville, then beat Montana, California, top-seeded Indiana, and third-seeded Marquette in NCAA regional play. It will meet Michigan (30-7) the South Regionals No. 4 seed in the national semifinals at Atlanta on Saturday. Michigan beat Florida 79-59 Sunday to reach the Final Four. They have played tremendous basketball over a four-game period, which is not always that easy to do, Boeheim said of his Orange. Its doubtful many saw this deep run into the postseason coming. Syracuse finished its final Big East regular season the Orange are headed for the Atlantic Coast Conference in July with four losses in the final five games. Syracuses last home game was a five-point setback to Louisville, which snapped a tie in the final minute on a defensive breakdown. The Orange left Luke Hancock uncovered in the left corner and he drained a back-breaking 3-pointer. Then, after easily beating DePaul, Syracuse was humiliated by archrival Georgetown for the second time in two weeks, dropping the season finale 61-39. It was Syracuses lowest scoring total in 558 Big East games and its fewest points in any game since a 3635 victory over Kent State in 1962 before shot clocks and 3-pointers. There have been few breakdowns since. In the Big East tournament, Syracuse reeled off victories over Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, and Georgetown before bowing to Louisville. Once we got to New York and started to play well, we felt we could compete with anybody, Boeheim said. We were always a good team. We obviously had a very difficult last part of our schedule and didnt play

Marquette guard Trent Lockett (13) shoots past Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas particularly well. But our defense was Hes really been good in terms of good and once we got to New York helping his teammates be better. He and started to play there, we could see had eight defensive rebounds against that we were fine. Marquette. Ive never had a guard get that many defensive rebounds. Im not I wasnt worried at all about the NCAA sure that theres been many times that tournament. I felt we were in a good any guard, anywhere, has gotten eight place and we would play well. defensive rebounds. Hard to imagine being in a better place, especially after the Bernie Fine scandal last year. The former associate head coach was fired after being accused by two former ball boys of sexual abuse more than two decades ago but was never charged. There also were academic issues that forced Southerland to miss six games this season. In the regional semifinals, Syracuse had 12 steals and 10 blocks in a convincing 61-50 beatdown of Indiana, the lowest offensive output of the season for a team that was averaging 80 points. Then, with a berth in the Final Four at stake against Marquette, which eliminated Syracuse in the NCAA tournament two years ago and beat the Orange 74-71 during the season, Syracuse won 55-39. The Golden Eagles 39 points were a record low for a team in an NCAA tournament regional final since the shot clock was introduced in 1986. Carter-Williams, a sophomore in his first full season and likely bound for the NBA in the near future, finished with 12 points, six assists, one turnover, five steals, one block, and eight rebounds, and was voted the East Regional MVP. Hes even picked up his play. Leadership, getting the ball to people, still being able to score when we need him to because we need him to score, Boeheim said. He had a great year, but hes had an even better tournament. Thats hard to do sometimes for a young player. Syracuses octopus-like defense has covered every inch of the court, eliminating passing lanes, consistently depriving opponents of easy baskets down low, and defending the perimeter with abandon. Its four tournament opponents shot just under 29 percent from the field (61 of 211) and a minuscule 15.4 percent (14 of 91) from behind the arc. This is the best that weve played it, Boeheim said. But Michigan presents more problems than anybody in the tournament. Theyre the best offensive team in the tournament. Weve played some really good teams, but we havent played anybody as good offensively as Michigan. Its been a decade since a freshman named Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to its only national championship. Its such a big deal to the university and a city that bleeds Orange that the school has a continuous looping video replay on a television monitor of that 81-78 win over Kansas. The TV monitor sits along one wall of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center where the team practices, and smack dab in the middle of that wall is the national championship trophy. Finding room for another shouldnt be a problem. I think getting to the Final Four is a great thing for the fans and the city, Boeheim said. Non-basketball people get involved when we get to the Final Four. Of course, winning the championship is pretty big.

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Syracuse to Secure $600,000 in Healthcare Savings


An agreement between the city of Syracues, POMCO Group and the Central New Yorks two largest hospitals, Crouse and Upstate University Hospical is expected to save the city of Syracuse $600,000. The agreement, which included a one year extension of the citys health insurance contract with the POMCO group will allow city employees to access health care from the hospitals at a reduced cost. I am very pleased that two of our leading hospitals, Crouse and University, have demonstrated their willingness to be strong community partners during challenging fiscal times, Mayor Stephanie A. Miner said. We are working with our large non-profit tax exempt institutions in Syracuse to identify new ways for them to help us fund vital services. In light of the citys continued fiscal crisis, Miner says she to find cost-saving opportunities for the citys increasing health insurance crisis. My goal was to identity ways to reduce the service expenses the city incurs by supporting these tax-exempt organizations, Miner said. The old model for financing New Yorks cities needs to change and this is one creative way to start doing just that. Additionally, I want to thank the POMCO Group, the citys healthcare provider, for helping to secure these new decreased rates. Our partnership with the city to ensure high-quality, cost-effective

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healthcare for its employees is reflective of this effort, said Crouse CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD. POMCO Group President and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Pomfrey said, Our role in this process has simply been to identify each and every avenue available to the city in its efforts to reduce health care costs. Challenging times require additional efforts from all parties involved, and as part of our partnership with the city, we gladly encouraged the utilization of collective efforts to achieve this shared goal. This is not the first agreement Mayor Miner has made with local nonprofits. In 2011, Mayor Miner secured a five service agreement with Syracuse University making $500,000 payments.

Earlier this year, Crouse Hospital entered into a four year, $50,000 annual service agreement with the city. We are delighted that we were able to find an avenue to help take a significant cost off the Citys plate, said John B. McCabe, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital. We are proud to be the Central New York Regions only Academic Medical Center and only Level One trauma Center and now we can be a health care destination of choice for the city employees, families and retirees. Great cities need great partners and this holds the promise of a great partnership for years to come.

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NEW YORK (AP) A New York state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday along with several other politicians in an alleged plot to bribe his way into the race for mayor of New York City. Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith tried to pay off some of New York Citys Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a GOP candidate, federal prosecutors said. New York City Councilman Dan Halloran and with four other political figures also were charged in what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself. Smith tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion, Bharara said in a statement, referring to the official mayors residence. Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes. In meetings with a cooperating witness and an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer, Smith agreed to bribe leaders of Republican Party county committees around New York City in an attempt to run for mayor as a Republican, even though he was a registered Democrat, the criminal complaint said. Also charged are: Bronx County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino; Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone; Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin; and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. In exchange for payments to Savino and Tabone, Smith agreed to use his power as a senator to help obtain state funds for a road project in Spring Valley. That, in turn, was to benefit a real estate project that Smith believed was being built by the undercover agents company in suburban Spring Valley, the complaint alleged. Charges in the case include bribery, extortion, and wire and mail fraud, Bharara said. Smith denies wrongdoing, his lawyer, Gerald L. Shargel, told The New York Times. Malcolm Smith is a dedicated and highly respected public servant and he steadfastly denies these charges, Shargel said. NY State Sen. Malcolm Smith Representatives politicians did for not the other immediately respond to comment requests.

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Cicero-North Syracuse High School parent Letrice Titus made headlines in February after taking on the North Syracuse School District regarding the schools all-white production of The Wiz, and now, she said, shes going forward with a showcase of local and diverse talent on her own. Previously, Titus said her daughter, senior Kierrah Titus, auditioned for a lead role but was cast as part of the ensemble as were all of the other AfricanAmerican students who tried out for the play. And, after bringing her concerns regarding the historically all-black production to the musical director, Caryn Patterson, and school officials, Titus said she felt a complete disregard for her position on the matter. So I went to the school in a timely manner for them to make some accommodations, but they just received me as though I was angry because of my daughter, she said. And I said, no, this is a cultural play that is indicative of the African-American culture and community, so you should respect that at the least. But it was just disregard. In January, her daughter dropped out of the play, which prompted the first time Titus met with the principal and requested that the school recast to include more African American students or possibly do a different musical. When I went to the meeting, I explained, you know, maybe recast, maybe do The Wizard of Oz, or do something different altogether, she said. I never said to cancel the play, you know, Im an artist. I respect the theater and the kids who are dedicated to the performance. This whole issue has nothing to do with the students. It all boils down to having an artistic director who lacks vision. The Wiz in itself already has a message that needs to be portrayed whenever you decide to display that. Titus also said the fact that she was disappointed in the plays lack of a diverse cast was not based on race alone. I think it didnt really matter if Kierrah was a white student, she said. She wouldnt have had a chance with this theater production because its a click. You know, its a matter of Yes were going to have open auditions, however, we already kind of know whos going to have the lead and supporting roles. So, you have the issue of favoritism. You have the other issues of parents who contribute financially to the musical. Their kids are in it. So, we cant get to the core of the issue because everyones focused on race, and so defensive that I even presented this issue to them. You know, its like how dare she. At the time, officials said Patterson selected to do The Wiz because it has a positive message, its easy for the students to understand, it has great music and the choreography and script are easy to perform.

And, subsequently, after weeks of meeting with the schools principal, NSSD board of education, superintendent Kim Dyce-Faucett and associate superintendent Dan Bowles, Titus said the school decided to go ahead with the shows all-white cast anyway. Mr. Bowles told me that the superintendent would not intervene because the audition process was followed, she said. In response to the decision, Titus said she proceeded with a scheduled boycott of the show last week, which ran from March 22 to March 24. Everything that Im doing now I presented in that initial meeting with the principal, Mr. Bowles, and the music director, said the former member of the military. I explained that, Im a soldier and I respect the chain of command, but if its not resolved here Im going to do x, y and z. Im going to go to the NAACP, Im going to write a letter to the editor, these are the steps I will take because Im not going to stop right here. So, in addition to gaining the support of the local chapter of the NAACP as well as garnering national media attention, she has now put together her own theater production, titled Cabaret & Conversation, in an effort to give her daughter, as well as other diverse students in the area, what she said is a new opportunity to highlight their talents. I collaborated with the new executive director of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Co., Ryan, Titus stated. And April 19 and 20 at the Community Folk Art Center, 8 p.m. both nights, we will have a cabaret. After the show there will be a discussion about color-blind casting and how it affects AfricanAmerican artists. Were just looking for a good turnout and, you know, support of what were doing because its relevant. In the meantime, even though she said there has been increased racial tension at the high school, which has 93 African American students out of a total student body of about 2,200, according to Titus, her daughter is coping well. Shes doing ok, Titus said. Initially, right after the board meeting, apparently the following week, some of the other parents who might have been upset with what I presented at the previous board meeting just had concerns like Well, is this going get canceled because of her? Not knowing that that

was never my intention. In addition to dealing with some polarization in the school, Titus said shes also had to stay on top of racially-based threats from the Internet since the situation began. Because of this I had to follow up with the F.B.I. to make sure theres no real threat against my daughter, she said. Just from a school musical. So I had to file a formal complaint with the Human Rights Commission and the Justice Department. I spoke with Mike Atkins, I spoke with Van Robinson. I spoke with civil rights attorneys. The superintendent did say If you can find out if any of the comments or posts come back to the school, let me know. But that just goes to show, you know, its just not an incident at the school. I mean now you can see, overall, how racism is alive and well. In the future, with another daughter in the same school district, Titus said, she would like to see changes. I mean I think the overall message may be who oversees the decisions for the plays, she said. And if you choose to do a play that is immersed in a specific culture, make sure that that is represented. You know what I mean? So that if anything happened, [they could] be more cognizant of what theyre presenting and not to just pick something because its fun and easy. [They said] We picked the wiz because its fun and easy. Wrong answer. Because the wiz is more than that. For additional information regarding the upcoming performance go to http://www.theprpac.org/

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Democrat Gary Morris Runs for Common Council President
Democrat Gary Morris has chosen to run for Syracuse Common Council president. He made the announcement Tuesday evening in the cafeteria of Most Holy Rosary School in front of supporters and press. After speaking with so many people in the city and leadership in the city and people encouraging me to take part of the new generation of leaders and after speaking with my wife, I decided to take part in this race, Morris said. Morris, native of Syracuse owns G&R Real Estate 2007 LLC. He holds an associate degree from Onondaga Community College, a bachelors degree in business administration from Le Moyne College and a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix. He also teaches business courses at OCC and is a former adjunct professor of business at Cazenovia College. Last year, Morris lost the race for Onondaga County clerk to Sandy Schepp, a former Manlius town councilor by approximately 4,000 votes. Previous allegations of check bouncing, delinquent county taxes, bankruptcy filing and negative press have cast a shadow on the candidate. Whether those issues have been resolved, has yet to be determined. However, Morris says voters should still elect him to run a government office. During his announcement, Morris laid out a five point plan consisting of bridging the gap to form a better relationship between the Mayors office and the Common Councils office, investing more into schools, a strategic plan against crime, economic development and a plan for a balanced budget. Morris will be running against current Common Council president Van Robinson, for who last month, announced his race for a second term as council president. He has held different positions on the Syracuse Common Council since 1999. There is quite a bit of unfinished work thats left in the city and basically thats it. Theres some issues in the community that have to be addressed, Robinson said. Morris was Robinsons campaign manager in 2009. When asked for his response to his former campaign manager now running against him, Robinson said, This is a democracy. Everyone has an opportunity to, if they wish to run for an office. Thats their right to do and hes just exercising his rights. By Delani Weaver

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Rights Leaders Say New Strategies Necessary for Old Issues


By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) When Barbara Arnwine sensed the pending attack on voting rights across the country by a string of Repubican politicans attempting to enact voter identification and other questionable laws last year, she immediately tried to warn everybody who would listen. But, it was her son, Justin, 25, who gave her the ultimate tool by which to warn the nation. He said, Mom, you need a map And he said it would go viral, she recounted at an annual forum at the National Press Club last week. From that concise suggestion was born the now famous Map of Shame. With this map, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its partner organizations charted and fought the legislative movements of dozens of states as they attempted voting changes that would ultimately result in a civil rights backlash. That backlash included a grassroots ground operation, church to church get out to vote inspiration, social media strategies, phone banking and word of mouth that galvanized the largest Black turnout in voting history in the Nov. 6 presidential election. Arnwine, president/CEO of the Lawyers Committee, credits youth ingenuity, coupled with seasoned civil rights minds for the successful result. Weve got to have that intergenerational and multigenerational fight, she told the audience at the Stateswomen for Justice luncheon and forum March 28. Lets unite, lets stay vigilant, lets remember that we never prevail by sitting back and thinking others will take care of our issues. As a part of the Third Annual forum, - a celebration of Womens History Month - Arnwine was being honored by the host, Trice Edney Communications and News Wire, for her 30 years of civil rights leadership with the Lawyers Committee, now in its 50th year. The forum, moderated by Dr. Elsie Scott, founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Center at Howard University, featured Arnwine alongside four other leading women in civil rights. They outlined crucial issues and future methods of engagement five decades since the March on Washington and founding of the Lawyers Committee. Tonya Robinson, special assistant to President Barack Obama for justice and regulatory policy pointed out yet another important anniversary this year, 50 years since President John F. Kennedys signing of the Equal Pay Act, a goal that has yet to be attained. In the five decades since the signing, [there has been] tremendous progress, but women on average still earn only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns, she said, noting the significant difference of 23 cents. Perhaps unsurprisingly to this crowd, the gap is even more stark for women of color with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latino women earning only approximately 50 cents for every dollar. With 23 million working mothers, Regardless of where you are, your race or your age, the 23 cents matters, she said. She said President Obama drew a line in the sand with the Lilly Ledbetter Act as the first piece of legislation he signed in his first term, extending the time that a woman can sue over pay issues. Still, she said, there remains a compelling economic case that especially impacts women of color and African-American women with respect to the need for AfricanAmerican women to finally close the pay gap. For the most part, the string of modernday civil rights battles discussed among the leaders reflected a continuum of the battles of the 1960s. All of these anniversaries are coming at us at a single moment in time WEB Dubois death, whether its the assassination of Medgar Evers or whether its the March on Washington for Jobs and JusticeAnd here it is, here we are 50 years later and guess what we need to march for - jobs and justice, said Kim Keenan, NAACP general council. That work is not done. The work isnt based on the color of the president. Civil rights battles take place from

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Stateswomen for Justice - Kim Keenan, NAACP; Laura Murphy, ACLU; Leslie Proll, NAACP-LDF; Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Tonya Robinson, the White House discuss modern-day civil rights issues and strategies as forum organizer, Hazel Trice Edney, looks on. PHOTO: Roy Lewis/Trice Edney News Wire

the streets to Congress to the courts. Diversity and conscious people on the inside of institutions have historically made a difference said Leslie Proll, director of the Washington, D.C. office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Civil rights laws are only as strong as the judges who enforce them, she said. We need to get some AfricanAmerican women nominated and confirmed. Its very important that new people get nominated to take over the mantle. Proll cited startling numbers. She said there are only 75 judges on the district court benches and 50 of them are men. I hope you will join in this fight, she said. She said Obamas judicial nominees are often slowed by partisan politics in the U. S. Senate. One of the reasons fair judges are needed is because of the disparate numbers of African-Americans and other people of color coming through the system, said Laura Murphy, director of the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union. From the moment that we enter the criminal justice system, AfricanAmericans are treated differently There is still rampant racial profiling in the United States, Murphy said. For this reason, Murphy disagrees with Vice President Joe Biden who wants more security officers in public schools. Those police officers in the schools are much more likely to send AfricanAmerican and Latino students into the criminal justice system. Im not just talking about teenagers, Im talking about elementary-aged children, she said. I am very concerned because this is the first step in the school to prison pipeline Once kids are brought into the criminal justice system, they get records, they are more likely not to graduate, they are more likely to get suspended. Were talking about young people who often encounter police officers when they need guidance counselors or tutors. Weve overcriminalized America. We have more people in prison than any nation in the world.

Murphy said current immigration laws are exacerbating the arrest rate of people of color as some go to jail merely for crossing the borderThe Department of Homeland Security spends more money on border security than the DEA, the FBI and the Justice Department combined. We are talking about billions of dollarsIm appealing to taxpayers to look at how many peoples lives were ruining because they have to have encounters with the criminal justice system. The civil rights leaders told the audience what must be done to heighten public involvement in those issues: Those recommendations included the following: Become more active in the community. Dont stand there and let this happen, said Keenan. We have been chosen to carry on this legacy, to carry on this work. I submit to you that its never done because once its done, we have to make sure its not undone. She told a group of Maya Angelou Public Charter School students in the audience, We need you all coming hard and strong with the biggest, baddest of everything you can bring because this fight must go on and we will not give up. Get on the email list of civil rights organizations, including the ACLU, and make sure notices dont go to the SPAM folder, said Murphy. As for influencing members of Congress, Never underestimate the power of one visit or one call, says Proll. Your weighing in on the ground is really the most important thing. Call the local office. Arnwine stressed the importance of remembering the enemies of justice and how they work. Those of us who are driven by a vision of inclusion and diversity and love have got to realize that there are people who are equally driven by a vision of exclusion, privilege, racial superiority and other thoughts, she said. We can have an African-American president in the White House but at the same time have people trying to take our voting rights so you must be vigilant.

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it were just the opportunistic cry of a family embroiled in racial controversy. But this belief - that male black teens are inherently more likely to be criminals - is ingrained in our society. It has seeped into our institutions in the form of racial profiling, and too often it poisons the judgment of those who are supposed to protect us. Last year I visited Sanford, Florida in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case. The NAACP hosted a forum where residents could report incidents of police abuse. A number of African American mothers alleged that their teenage sons had been profiled, abused or even assaulted by the police. I found that the attitude of the local police department toward black teens was uncomfortably similar to that of Robert Zimmerman. But the fact is that fifty years after the Civil Rights Act, racial bias still runs rampant among law enforcement in this country. And Zimmermans attitude infects an institution much more influential than the Sanford Police Department: the NYPD. The New York Police Department is currently fighting a class-action lawsuit against their racially biased practice of stop-and-frisk policing. Stop-and-

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A Year Later, Trayvon Martin Tragedy Still Stings


One year later, the Trayvon Martin tragedy still stings - and some people are still throwing salt on the open wound. Last week George Z i m m e r m a n s brother, Robert Zimmerman, BENJAMIN JEALOUS posted a tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to DeMarquis Elkins, 17-year-old black teenager charged with fatally shooting a one-year-old baby. The tweet showed a photo of Elkins side by side with a photo of Martin, both making inappropriate gestures, with the caption A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions? Zimmermans follow-up tweet read Lib[eral] media [should] ask if what these [two] black teens did [to] a [woman and her baby] is the reason [people] think blacks might [be] risky. The implication was that Trayvon Martins actions on the night he was murdered were equivalent to the killing of an innocent child. This would be worrisome enough if frisk allows officers to stop, question and physically search any individual they consider suspicious. In 2011 NYPD officers stopped nearly 800,000 people for alleged suspicious activity. Nine out of ten were innocent, 99 percent did not have a gun - and nine out of ten were black or Latino. The most revealing tidbit to come out of the class-action trial is a secretly recorded conversation between a deputy inspector and a police officer. The inspector is discussing a highcrime neighborhood, and he can be heard telling his patrolman: The problem was, what, male blacks... And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem telling you this, male blacks 14 to 20, 21. In other words: stop more young black boys. Other evidence indicates that patrolmen may be encouraged to meet arrest quotas. A tape played at the trial reveals a supervising officer asking for more 250s - or more stopand-frisk forms. One plaintiff, a police officer, testified about the pressure he felt from supervisors - they were very clear, its non-negotiable, youre gonna do it, or youre gonna become a Pizza Hut delivery man. A picture may speak a thousand words, but leaked recordings speak volumes about an institutions priorities. These tapes reveal that the NYPD has effectively placed a bounty on black teens. By profiling young teens of color, they are using the same grisly logic as Robert Zimmerman. And the result is apparent: in 2011, black and Latino men between the ages of 14 and 24 made up 42 percent of those targeted by stop-and-frisk. That group makes up less than 5 percent of the citys population. The crime attributed to DeMarquis Elkins was truly horrific and despicable. But Elkins does not represent an entire demographic, just like Adam Lanza did not act on behalf of all young white men. Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nations police departments.
--------------------------Ben Jealous is President/CEO of the NAACP. Ben Wrobel, 202-292-3386, bwrobel@naacpnet. org.

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NCAA to Charge $1.5 Million for 30 Second Ads in Championship Game: Athletes Just Get a Scholarship
Those who oppose the idea of the NCAA sharing its billions with the families of student athletes tend to cite the scholarship as a fair and primary form of compensation. The problem for the NCAA is that its difficult to rake in more money than the NBA and NFL, yet give the families of your workers nothing to show for it. Advertisers are paying big for the chance to showcase their brands during the big dance. The cost of a 30-second ad for the championship game is speculated to run about $1.5 million, according to TRA Inc, a media analysis company. The costs for ads during the opening rounds of the tournament were over $100,000 apiece, and clients will pay roughly $700,000 for 30-second ads during the national semi-finals. So, if the average cost of a full-year scholarship is $50,000, the NCAA could pay for every single scholarship for both teams with the ad revenue from just one of the 20-plus ad slots that they plan to sell on the night of the big dance. This doesnt include the money being made from ticket sales, t-shirts, video games, and all the other cash cows that the NCAA has in place to fill the coffers of its coaches and administrators. To put things into context, all of the coaches appearing in the Final Four are set to receive several hundred thousand dollars in bonuses for their accomplishments. Simultaneously, Im sure that the

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mother of Louisvilles Kevin Ware (who had a bone rip through his skin and may never play again) wont receive anything for her familys major financial and emotional loss. All of the millions that this family had hoped to earn from Kevins professional basketball career may disappear in (a literal and figurative) snap, even though he has already earned millions for his university on the court. If this sounds like an equitable system to you, then I feel sorry for your ignorance. The NCAA should be dismantled for violating both US anti-trust law and the labor rights of college athletes and their families. This system is disgusting.
---------------------------Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and author of the book, Black American Money.

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Medical Attitudes Maintain Health Disparities


(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Anna Brown, a St. Louis-based homeless woman needed treatment for a sprained ankle. She went to three emergency rooms seeking such treatment. In the third hospital, St. Marys Health Center, Ms. Brown was emphatic about needing care. Instead she was arrested for trespassing, and died in a jail cell! Was she ill-treated Julianne malveaux because she was homeless? Black? Broke? It really doesnt matter. The fact is that the hospital that failed to treat her may have contributed to her death. Too many African-American people are treated in emergency rooms, as criminals, not people in need of health services. After learning of the Anna Brown case, a sisterfriend shared that she had such an extreme anxiety attack that her 10-year-old son called 911. When she got to the emergency room (with health insurance, thank you), she was queried about her use of drugs and alcohol, not her health condition. It was only after her blood was tested that she was treated. So she spent four agonizing hours on a hospital bed with raspy breath, a frightened son, and no medical care. They arent the only ones. African-American and Latino men, with broken bones, are less likely to get pain medication than others. Even children of color are less likely to receive painkillers than White children, because some physicians think they are faking the level of their pain. When we look at health disparities and wonder why AfricanAmericans are more likely to have diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failures, breast cancer, AIDS and then some, one might point to the many ways that doctors, especially those in emergency rooms, signal that Black pain is not worth treating. The result is that someone who is really hurting chooses to forego medical care instead of dealing with medical condescension and arrogance. To be sure, and to our societys shame, emergency rooms often become the health providers of last resort. Those without a regular physician are stuck going to an emergency room when all else fails. A cold becomes the flu becomes pneumonia and only when a patient is struggling for breath does she seek treatment in an emergency room. I can understand a doctors frustration because the patient did not deal with her challenges earlier. But emergency room doctors, well paid, need to do their work without judgmental attitudes getting in their way. Anna Brown deserved to be treated as a human being. She deserved to be treated as someone who was struggling with pain. Instead, she was treated as a criminal because she insisted on care. Thus, she was accused of trespassing, instead of being treated as someone who was hurting. While many would describe our society as post-racial that is a specious and inaccurate description of the world in which we live. Racism muddies the water that we all swim in, and pjysicians are not exempted. Those who swim in muddy water reflect the muddy attitudes that are prevalent in our society. Many doctors consider themselves culturally sensitive but they have come to conclusions about poor folks, black folks, and others that they treat. It is easier to write off a woman like Anna Brown than it is to find out what is really wrong with her. The Hippocratic oath that physicians swear to says, first, do no harm. From the facts that have been published about Anna Brown though, this homeless 29-year-old mother of two children was harmed by a medical indifference that landed her in a jail cell instead of a hospital bed. The tragedy is that Anna Brown is not the only one who has been treated this way. We have health disparities because people are treated differently in our health care system. We cannot talk about closing gaps without talking about the ways that medical attitudes shape the medical experience for those who are so underserved that they come to emergency rooms for help. While the jury is out on the ways that Obamacare will reform our health care system, the intent of health care reform is to eliminate tragedies like Anna Browns.
----------------------------Julianne Malveaux is a DC based economist and author.

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