Well-deserved honor soon to be bestowed on special SCSU team, coaches

Via e-mail, I was recently reminded of a special time in the history of South Carolina State football.

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This Week in History

Penn Center director Walter Mack retiring after 26 years

Walter Mack grew up on St. Helena Island five miles from Penn Center and passed it daily, never thinking about what went on there or knowing that someone as famous as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. might be on the grounds.

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Local teen on the right track to dream career

It is a rare privilege to realize a childhood dream. Sure it takes talent, but perhaps even more so a commitment to excellence… especially in today’s music industry.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Romney’s Disastrous Prescription for the Black Jobless Crisis

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has managed an incredible feat. In a Google search of millions of references of his campaign speeches, interviews, and his writings, I could not find a single word that he has written or spoken about the greatest economic crisis that faces any of the nation’s voter constituencies. That’s the crisis of black unemployment. The release of the June Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment figures found that the chronically high jobless numbers among blacks and the Great Depression level jobless numbers among young black males jumped even higher.

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The GOP & Unemployment

The unemployment rate has hovered above 8 percent for several months, most recently holding ground at 8.2 percent, the same as last month. Meanwhile the African American unemployment rate went up, technically to 14.4 percent, and we all know that means the real rate is even higher, in excess of 25 percent. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney interrupted his vacation to gloat about the number of Americans who are experiencing misery, and his gloating might be at least somewhat amusing were this not the same man who says he likes to fire people.

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Parenting Solo Presents: Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention

This program is designed to encourage individuals, at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, to become more physically active and to eat more healthful foods as a way to prevent or delay the disease. People with diabetes can also benefit from the program by learning skills that will help them control their blood glucose (sugar) levels. The curriculum is made up of multiple sessions that can help individuals and families make good nutrition and physical activity part of their daily lives.

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Endgame

More than 30 years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, African Americans represent half of all new cases in the United States. How did we get here? This new documentary explores the decades of events leading to today’s infection rates — and the activists and leaders who stepped up to fight AIDS in black America.

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Spike Lee Working on Michael Jackson Film

The Associated Press reports that Spike Lee is planning a documentary about Michael Jackson’s Bad album. He says he’s working with unseen footage that constitutes a “treasure chest of findings.” The project doesn’t have an official title yet, but it will be part of a wave of nostalgic material released to celebrate the iconic record’s 25th anniversary.

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