This Week in History

SC Civil Rights Group to Welcome Dick Gregory

Columbia, SC – Civil and human rights advocates from communities across the state of South Carolina will gather Friday, June 27, 2008 in Columbia for the 30th Annual State Freedom Fund Celebration honoring the work of those who lived and died to make life a bit easier for people of color and the poor. Many of those expected to gather at the Carolina Coliseum will meet Dick Gregory in person for the first time but will leave with a new found appreciation for this citizen activist.

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Seed Show offers forum for Progressive Issues

Columbia, SC – Once again, the Seeds of Peace and Justice are in the air. Tom Turnipseed has resumed his role as Columbia’s most outspoken and progressive talk jock on WOIC 1230 AM, the local Air America affiliate. The Seed Show is broadcast live every weekday morning from 8 to 9:00 am and can be heard via the internet by visiting www.seedshow.com.

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Double Dutch Forces Jumping the World Over

Some say they jump for joy. For the past 23 years, indeed they have jumped for Joy. Joy Holman, the original coach who has led this incredible organization to several world championships, has taken great pleasure watching the team evolve into the formidable talent it is today.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

MEAC scheduled to kick-off 38th football campaign in late August

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Established as an affiliated group in 1970, with founding schools Delaware State University (at the time known as Delaware State College), Howard University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University (no longer a member institution) and South Carolina State University (then S.C. State College), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will kick-off its 38th football season when some of its member schools swing into action in late August.

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Sports Notes – June 26, 2008

Tigers football prospect brings national recognition to self in Track and Field

Spencer Adams, who is hopeful of making a name for himself as a star of the Clemson Tigers football team apparently has that recognition as a Track and Field participant.

Recently signed to play football and participate as a runner for Clemson, Adams bested the field to win the national title in the 110-meter hurdles during competition at the Nike Outdoor Nationals last Friday (June 20).

While competing in the finals of the aforementioned event, Adams crossed the finish line with a clocking of 13.75.

With his ability to cover distances with good speed, Adams is expected to strengthened the Tigers track and football teams.

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Bias in Drug Sentencing Remains

Willie Mays Aikens was not a drug kingpin, but he received a kingpin-sized sentence for selling crack cocaine. A former Kansas City Royal and 1980 World Series record holder, Aikens received a 21-year sentence for selling 63 grams of crack. At the end of his baseball career he had become addicted to powder cocaine but had no previous record for drug distribution when an undercover officer asked him to sell the drugs that led to his lengthy incarceration in 1994. This month Aikens received a sentence reduction after 14 years in prison — authorized due to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s determination that penalties for crack cocaine offenses are unnecessarily harsh. He returned to his major league hometown, Kansas City, to enter a halfway house, and hopes to soon reunite with his daughters, who live in Mexico with their mother.

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One Step Closer to a Police State?

Compliance weapons, also known as non-lethal or non-deadly weapons, have become the rage in law enforcement. On paper, these weapons seem like a welcome alternative to bloodshed, especially if it means protecting law enforcement officials from dangerous criminals and minimizing civilian casualties.

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