Former Florida A&M standout Dawson enters Baseball Hall of Fame

Andre Dawson, a former standout baseball player at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and late of the Chicago Cubs and the Montreal Expos was recently elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dawson, who played 11 seasons with the Expos and six with the Cubs was the only former major league  player elected when the votes went in just days ago..
Saying he was highly honored being elected to the shrine at Cooperstown, N.Y., the erstwhile FAMU diamond mainstay thanked those who voted him into the prestigious Hall.

Gamecocks get off to plus start in SEC action

Not playing well prior to a trip to Auburn, Ala. last Sat. (1/9), the Gamecocks of South Carolina were challenged with positively changing the course of their recent plunge, during a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opener against the Auburn Tigers.

And although it wasn’t an easy task triumphing over the host Tigers, at Beard-Eaves Coliseum, the Gamecocks apparently met the before game demand for better play, in the wake of an 80-71 win over AU.

Scoring 17 points in second half play, senior guard Devan Downey, who finished with 33, led the scoring parade for USC-East, which improved its record to 10-5, 1-0 SEC.

Downey got help from center Sam Muldrow (12) and Brandis Raley-Ross, who tossed in 11.

Senior point guard Dewayne Reed led the Tigers with 19 points while Richland-Northeast High School product Lucas Hargrove sank 11 for Auburn.
In falling to the Gamecocks, the AU Tigers mark dipped to 9-7,0-1

Tigers clip wings of Eagles in rout at Littlejohn

Having been all but a no-show at Duke, on Sunday, Jan. 3, the 24th ranked Clemson Tigers returned to action six days later obviously hoping to improve in their overall play.
Scoring only 12 points in the first half versus the Blue Devils, during a double-digit loss in Durham, N.C., the Tigers, to a man apparently wanted nothing more than a leave no doubt win over their next opponent, the Boston College (BC) Eagles.

And that Oliver Purnell’s charges got, on the heels of a 16 point (72-56) rout of BC Sat. (Jan 9), at Littlejohn Coliseum.
En route to clipping the wings of Al Skinner’s  Eagles, in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) outing, the Tigers were led by the trio of Trevor Booker, Demontez Stitt and Tanner Smith. All but having his way down low, Booker led all scorers with his 19 point contribution. Stitt added 15 and Smith chipped in 12.

With the win over BC, Clemson upped its mark to 13-3, 1-1 ACC while Boston College left the Foothills of South Carolina with a 10-6, 1-1 worksheet.

Still Insufficient Funds

Had Dr. Martin Luther King lived until his birthday, January 15, he would be 81. It is interesting to speculate how the octogenarian might spend his time. If he is anything like some of his peers – Ambassador Andrew Young or Rev. Joseph Lowery – he’d still be involved in some form of activism, perhaps combining religious service with involvement in domestic and international affairs, perhaps with dimensions that included some involvement in commerce (such as Mr. Young’s consulting company Good Works). What might Dr. King think or say about the state we find ourselves in today? A year since the inauguration of President Barack Obama, would he embrace the concept of post-racialism that some bandy about? Would he reflect on his words during the March on Washington and conclude that the dream he so brilliantly articulated had been realized? Or would he be forced to conclude that the check is still marked “insufficient funds”.

I am sure there will be those who will quote Dr. King’s dream that people would be judged by “the content of their characters, not the color of their skin”. That’s the easiest King quote to use, but it is not the most telling. In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech he said, “I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, peace, dignity and freedom for their spirits.” Have any of these things yet been attained? In the middle of our recession there are millions who go hungry. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that one in 50 American households have no income except food stamps. You can’t pick up a single paper without reading of the foreclosure crisis, and the increasing economic dislocation, including homelessness, which goes with it.

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Why Michael Steele Is Wrong About Harry Reid

GOP Chairman Michael Steele and other leading Republicans have called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to resign for suggesting in 2008 that then-Sen. Barack Obama had better chances of winning the presidency because he was “light-skinned” and didn’t speak with a “Negro dialect.”

On Fox News Sunday, Steele said, “There is this standard where Democrats feel that they can say these things, and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it is racism.”

Similarly, in a written statement, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said “In 2002, Democrats expressed outrage at Senator Lott and called on him to step down as leader. That same standard should be applied to Senator Reid and his embarrassing and racially insensitive statements…”

Steele’s and Cornyn’s comments argue for “moral equivalence” between Reid’s statement and then-Sen. Trent Lott’s. But Steele and Cornyn are wrong. (Moreover, Steele and Cornyn aren’t just wrong, they’re also hypocrites for advocating precisely the opposite positions from when Lott was in hot water.)


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King Day at the Dome: Jealous to be featured speaker

JealousJoin South Carolinians from every walk of life for the 2010 Statewide Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy on Monday, January 18, 2010. This historic day will begin with the Annual Prayer Service starting 8:30a.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 801 Washington Street, followed by the march to retire the Confederate Battle Flag and bring justice and dignity to all South Carolinians.

Ben Jealous, national president of the NAACP, will be the featured speaker at the rally.

This year’s event, held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will be the 10th rally. The first rally in 2000 drew roughly 50,000.

The NAACP is using the rally to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds, changes in the state criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates African Americans and changes to how the state funds education, so poor school districts are provided more resources.


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