Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

Posted on September 6th, 2017

Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”


  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources


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Miss Georgia relinquishes crown after 12 hours

Posted on September 5th, 2017

Monday, June 29, 2009

Kristina Higgins, who won the title of Miss Georgia 2009 Saturday evening at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in downtown Columbus, gave up the crown almost as quickly as she received it. On Sunday morning, Emily Cook, the first runner-up, received word that she would be the new Miss Georgia 2009, and would compete for the title of Miss America next January in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Higgins, 24, having previously won the title of Miss Capital City, beat out 34 other pageant hopefuls to take the crown, only to relinquish it privately the next morning. In a rather confusing twist, Higgins had competed twice before in the Miss Georgia pageant, placing second just last year.

In a prepared statement via the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant, Higgins said, “Due to my current job responsibilities as a middle school teacher and the responsibilities and time commitment as Miss Georgia, I have decided to not fulfill the duties of Miss Georgia 2009. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been chosen as Miss Georgia and fully support the system and wish Emily Cook the best of luck.” Higgins is a 2008 graduate from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, receiving her degree in special education.

Cook, 22, won the title of Miss Cobb County before eventually placing second in Saturday’s competition, and now takes over duties for Higgins effective immediately. A 2005 graduate of Kennesaw Mountain High School, Cook graduated this May with a degree in music from the University of Miami, and will be pursuing a law degree this year at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Cook was scheduled to make her first televised appearance as Miss Georgia 2009 on Sunday evening, during WTVM‘s six o’clock news.

What’s The Difference Between A Dermawand And Derma Rollers?}

Posted on September 3rd, 2017

Submitted by: Marie Herik

Both the DermaWand and derma rollers are used for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging. Both are also used to obtain natural facelifts, if you will. While there are many brands of derma rollers, a DermaWand is a unique device and is a popular brand name product thats been around for a number of years. Derma rollers, on the other hand, are relatively new facial devices just surfacing as important in the past year or so. So, what exactly is the difference between a DermaWand and derma rollers?

While both of these facial devices are said to be highly effective in facial rejuvenation, they work quite differently. The DermaWand creates a series of very small electrical impulses that produce a powerful facial massage. These impulses work on your skin to stimulate circulation, draw oxygen and nutrients to the surface and revitalize your facial appearance.

The electrical massage of the DermaWand is said to be roughly a hundred times more effective than a standard facial massage. Because the massaging action of the Derma Wand is so concentrated, results are more immediately visible. The micro-current massage of the Derma Wand can lead to a very visible and quick reduction in fine lines and wrinkles even with the first treatment. Also, the DermaWand produces enriched oxygen that helps cleanse and purify the skin.

Some of the benefits of DermaWand Use:

– Sagging skin appears lifted and toned

– Wrinkles begin to fade and over time, disappear altogether

– Eye bags and puffiness are eliminated

– Poor skin texture and large pores are restored for a clearer and brighter complexion

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– Line lines are eliminated, lips plumped

The DermaWand has been on the market for several years which speaks to its popularity as a successful natural face lift device. It is also relatively inexpensive for the results its capable of producing.

Easy to use anytime, the DermaWand is also lightweight and portable.

This product does indeed do what it claims to do, again, as evidenced by its longevity in the marketplace, testimonials and its continued popularity.

Derma rollers, on the other hand, are manual skin and facial devices that are relatively new in the market. They are based on ancient acupuncture techniques of micro needling which immediately adds credibility to their working potential.

A derma roller (like a hair brush) has a handle with a small roller attached to the end of it. Roughly 200 or so micro needles are embedded in this roller. By rolling a derma roller back and forth 4-6 times across and sideways over certain types of skin imperfections, skin pores are parted. In doing so, collagen production is stimulated.

As most of us are aware, collagen is essential to firm skin and collagen production decreases as we age.

Derma rollers claim to be able to reduce or eliminate the following:

– Wrinkles and sagging skin

– Acne and surgical scars

– Cellulite

– Hair loss and thinning

Derma rollers work very gradually over time building collagen and thickening the skin. Different length needles are recommended for different skin conditions as well. While the .05 length is considered a standard, safe needle length for general facial rejuvenation and wrinkle prevention, longer needles are used for deeper skin imperfections. Derma rollers can also be used on skin problems all over the body. Additionally, since the tiny needles penetrate skin, deeper absorption of nutrient rich skin creams is possible.

While derma rollers present an exciting new option for anti-aging facial appearance, there are caveats to consider prior to use. They should not be used on any inflamed skin areas for example. Prudence or just plain common sense requires that one do their own investigation of derma roller applicability to their singular skin issues. If there are questions or concerns, consulting a medical doctor is advisable as well.

Portable, easy and quick to use, some derma rollers are expected to need replacement every 3-6 months. Similar in price to the Derma Wand, these skin rollers could end up costing a bit more than the Derma Wand over a years time depending on individual usage. But you can also use the same derma roller on several different parts of your body for different skin problems. A bit more bang for the buck there.

While offering correction of numerous problematic skin conditions, both devices present exciting potential for facial and skin rejuvenation.

While both of these products address similar skin problems and offer excellent anti-aging protection, you will likely see more immediate and dramatic results with the Derma Wand. On the other hand, derma rollers, by actually penetrating the skin, present long term solutions for damaged skin that the Derma Wand doesnt address as readily. These micro needling rollers offer new hope for correction or improvement in several of our most tenacious and difficult skin problems like scars, stretch marks, hair thinning and cellulite.

As anti-aging, wrinkle and sagging skin reduction/removal devices, both products appear equally viable. Some minor discomfort and skin reddening is reported in derma roller use although applying Topacaine gel prior to use can remedy that issue. The Derma Wand elicits a tingling sensation in the skin the intensity of which can be adjusted by a small dial on the bottom of the device. Dont start out with maximum intensity and be sure to read the valuable instructions prior to use.

There are more restrictions and warnings about who should use a derma roller than there are with the Derma Wand. Obviously, for example, you wont want to use the skin roller on your lips or eyelids.

Youll also want to do further investigation regarding your unique skin challenges before jumping on the derma roller wagon.

Both facial devices are remarkably fast and simple to use. Three minutes in the am and pm work well for a Derma Wand lift. Similarly, a few minutes is all it takes for a derma roller treatment once a day or less. Both are non-invasive compared to traditional surgical face/skin procedures. Recovery times following treatment are non-existent for the Derma Wand and any facial reddening lasts for maybe an hour or so after skin rolling. Selling for or under $100 each, both of these products are extremely reasonably priced for the value and real results they provide.

We live in interesting times where we no longer need to struggle with the deterioration of our facial good looks. Is this all just the vanity of our culture? Not really. I dont know anyone who likes watching themselves age, helpless to prevent it. Not to say that there arent advantages to aging (someday Ill write about that) but how we look is strongly attached to how we feel about ourselves. Now, thanks to these devices, we have the power to control and ensure continuing to feel good about ourselves and the way we look.

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US Supreme Court judge Ginsburg undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer

Posted on September 3rd, 2017

Thursday, February 5, 2009

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, has undergone surgery for early pancreatic cancer today. The disease was spotted during a routine check-up. She is likely to be hospitalised for ten days.

“Justice Ginsburg had no symptoms prior to the incidental discovery of the lesion during a routine annual checkup in late January at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland,” the Supreme Court announced.

Ginsburg underwent sugery and had chemotherapy for colorectal cancer in 1999; her mother and husband also suffered from cancer.

She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and is considered to be on the liberal wing of the nine-member court.

A spokesman for President Barack Obama said that Obama’s thoughts and prayers are with Ginsburg.

According to the American Cancer Society, the one-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 24%, and the five-year survival rate is 5%.

First face transplant performed on French woman

Posted on September 2nd, 2017

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Surgeons in France have performed a face transplant operation on a French woman who had lost her nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog. According to Iain Hutchison, an oral-facial surgeon at Barts and the London Hospital, the transplant is the first one to use skin from another person.

Doctors say the woman’s new face will be a “hybrid” between her donor’s face and her own face before the attack. In the five hour long operation, the donor’s tissues, muscles, arteries and veins were attached to the patient’s lower face. It is more favourable to use skin from another person’s face instead of skin from another part of the patient’s body, as the texture and colour of the skin are more likely to match.

A statement released by the hospital in Amiens said that the 38-year-old patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, has not been able to eat or speak properly since the attack in May this year. The woman was reportedly in “excellent general health” and her graft looked normal.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, concerns relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Hutchison warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon’s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

Altered HIV a potential cancer treatment?

Posted on September 2nd, 2017

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 At UCLA, a team of researchers has developed a harmless version of HIV that is designed to seek out, and potentially destroy, cancer cells.

In a laboratory-mouse experiment, the treated cells headed directly for melonoma and lung cancer cells, clustering around them with a surprising level of intuitiveness. Gene therapy for cancer has been at an impasse for the last 20 years, said the team, but now an effective carrier has been found in the most unlikely of sources. Essentially, one of the world’s largest health threats is now being considered to fight another.

Says Dr. Irvin Chen, from UCLA’s AIDS Institute, “The disarmed AIDS virus acts like a Trojan horse, transporting therapeutic agents to a targeted part of the body, such as the lungs, where tumors often spread.”

First the virus’s coating is removed and the virus is reprogrammed so that it recognizes and attaches to the p-lipoproteins of a cancer cell, one of cancer’s primary defenses. The retro-virus was also altered with a fluorescent protein for easy tracking within the lab mice. The next step will be to graft a cancer-killing gene onto the modified AIDS virus’s genetic structure.

Currently, a case of melanoma skin cancer spreading to the lungs is a confirmed death sentence. Should this method of treatment improve into a workable treatment, both life-threatening cancers and the AIDS retro-virus could be effectively neutered. But the team cautions that the treatment is in the very early stages and will take several more years to develop.

How To Get Affordable Health Insurance In West Virginia}

Posted on September 1st, 2017

Submitted by: Alexis Jensen

Finding affordable health insurance in West Virginia has become a seemingly impossible quest for thousands of West Virginia families. In fact, the soaring cost of health insurance has forced about 16% of all West Virginia families to drop their health insurance entirely.

While there is no way to eliminate the cost of health insurance completely there are several things the average person can do that will lower the cost of their health insurance – sometimes substantially.

If you can make even just one of the following suggestions work for you, then it is possible that you could save hundreds of dollars each year on your health insurance cost.

Let’s start with something really basic: maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Stop eating junk food and fast food, especially fried fast food. If you can’t force yourself to stop completely cut back to once or at the most twice each week.

Get a little exercise. You don’t need to join a gym or buy the latest fad from an infomercial. Walking or biking is a great way to burn a few calories and get your heart pumping.

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Now for the really hard part – if you are truly serious about finding affordable health care in West Virginia then you can’t smoke or use any tobacco product. No chew, no cigars, and definitely no cigarettes.

If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is too high you’ll also pay more for your health insurance. Sorry – but it’s a fact of life. The good news is that often if you can shed just a few pounds you can drop down a notch on your insurance company’s BMI chart and that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars a year on your health insurance.

Look for group health insurance. If you can find group health insurance your smoking and your weight might not be quite as important. If your place of employment doesn’t offer group health insurance ask around at any clubs or organizations or association that you belong to. Ask all of your relatives and friends if they belong to any clubs or groups that offer their members low cost group health insurance.

If you run your own business, even a simple home-based business that just employs your spouse, you may qualify for group insurance rates. In any event talk to your tax advisor and see if a portion of your monthly premium can be tax deductible – a tax savings could be just what you need to make your health insurance more affordable.

Pay your monthly premiums automatically out of your checking account.

Join an HMO or a PPO. While HMOs and PPOs offer more affordable health insurance they don’t allow you to see just any doctor. If your current doctor is not a member of the HMO or the PPO then you may have to switch doctors in order to get the best savings.

Can you increase your co-pay? If you can afford a 50% co-payment each time you visit your doctor then you can reduce the cost of your health insurance by a nice amount. This is an especially good way for people who do not see their doctor on a regular basis to save money.

What about your deductible? Raising your deductible will instantly lower the cost of your health insurance – but don’t go overboard. Remember, each year you will have to pay your deductible in cash before your insurance company will pay for any of your medical expenses. You do not want to agree to pay more for your health needs than you can actually afford to pay.

Buy your health insurance online. You can almost always find lower prices online. However, if you really want to find the most affordable health insurance in West Virginia you can’t stop at just one price comparison website. You need to take the time to compare prices on a minimum of 3 different sites.

And you need to enter the exact same information into the form on all 3 sites so that you are comparing the same health insurance policy. Once you’ve done that the rest is simple. Just review your results and choose the lowest-price policy you find. You are now an expert at finding affordable health insurance in West Virginia.

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Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled

Posted on September 1st, 2017
Buffalo, N.Y. Hotel Proposal Controversy
Recent Developments
  • “120 year-old documents threaten development on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, November 21, 2006
  • “Proposal for Buffalo, N.Y. hotel reportedly dead: parcels for sale “by owner”” — Wikinews, November 16, 2006
  • “Contract to buy properties on site of Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal extended” — Wikinews, October 2, 2006
  • “Court date “as needed” for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal” — Wikinews, August 14, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing for lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal rescheduled” — Wikinews, July 26, 2006
  • “Elmwood Village Hotel proposal in Buffalo, N.Y. withdrawn” — Wikinews, July 13, 2006
  • “Preliminary hearing against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal delayed” — Wikinews, June 2, 2006
Original Story
  • “Hotel development proposal could displace Buffalo, NY business owners” — Wikinews, February 17, 2006

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Buffalo, New York – The preliminary hearing for a lawsuit against the Elmwood Village Hotel proposal has been pushed back to August 10, 2006.

The hotel would require the demolition of at least five properties owned by Hans Mobius, 1109-1121 Elmwood and would cause the closure of several businesses. Already, two businesses, Skunk Tail Glass and Six Nations Native American Gift Shop have relocated, outside the Elmwood Strip. Don apparel, H.O.D. Tattoo and Mondo Video still remain on Elmwood; however, Mondo Video is planning on moving to a new location. The hotel will be 72 rooms and will cost at least 7 million dollars to build. Savarino Construction Services Corporation would be in charge of building the hotel and Wyndham Hotels would operate it.

Attorney Arthur Giacalone says that the court date was pushed back because “the court apparently felt it did not make sense to proceed with oral argument on 7/27 if Savarino is going to re-start the process.” Giacalone also stated that the decision to adjourn until August 10 “was not my idea.” On July 13, 2006 Savarino announced that they were withdrawing the proposal to “resubmit” it to “shed the lawsuits” against the proposal.

Savarino was allegedly supposed to resubmit the proposal by the end of last week but so far has not done so. The final meeting of Buffalo’s Common Council for the summer occurred today. The Council will not meet again until September.

“If they [Savarino] took no action today, re the hotel, [that is, accepting the new application, or rescinding the prior rezoning resolution], nothing official will happen for the next 6 weeks or so,” added Giacalone also saying that if this is the case, “the court may not be willing to hear oral argument on 8/10 since we will still be up in the air about what’s going on.” Giacalone also states that he is unsure about “what they [the Common Council] did today.”

Despite the call for a “do-over” of the proposals process, Giacalone still states that his client’s position of the “pending lawsuit will not be ‘moot’ or ‘academic’ unless and until the Common Council rescinds its prior vote(s) that approved the rezoning” for the buildings on Elmwood and one property on Forest Avenues.

Sam Savarino, CEO of Savarino Construction has been contacted, but has not replied to any e-mails. Area councilman Joseph Golombeck has also been e-mailed, but also has not replied.

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14,000-acre Southern California ‘Crown Fire’ at 82% containment, evacuation orders lifted

Posted on September 1st, 2017

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Antelope Valley, California — The Crown Fire that has burned through 13,980 acres in the High Desert of Southern California since 2:32 pm (2232 UTC) Thursday was at 82% containment Saturday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

On Friday high winds caused the fire to jump the California Aqueduct and spread into the city of Palmdale. Over 2,000 residents of Leona Valley, Ana Verde, and Rancho Vista were given mandatory evacuation orders. The sky was blanketed with thick orange pyrocumulus clouds and falling ash, making the air hard to breathe.

State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Palmdale on Friday to survey the burned areas. “We were very fortunate to not have fires for quite some time because the air temperature was cool and we didn’t have the experiencing of dry weather and all the winds and so on, but all of a sudden the fire season kicked in as if, ‘Here we are,'” Schwarzenegger said during a press conference. “But we are ready and we have luckily distributed resources all over the state of California, so we are ready at any given time.”

The fire has so far destroyed one house and three mobile homes, damaging the roof of another and burning car garages, horse stables, and other outbuildings. Most of the more seriously threatened homes were constructed recently from fire-proof materials, with walls coated in stucco, and fire-resistant plants in the yards. Although some roads are still closed to all traffic, all existing evacuation orders were lifted late Friday night and 500 residents of Rancho Vista were told to “shelter in place” until further notice. Despite the absence of mandatory evacuation orders, over 2,000 houses, 60 commercial buildings, and 100 outbuildings are still under threat.

Throughout the night, fire crews have been battling the wildfire, assisted by cooler temperatures and lighter-than-expected winds which have enabled them to establish containment lines. “Crews went out [Friday] night and did some great work trying to complete more lines and also trying to take care of what we call ‘cat eyes’ which are embers within the perimeter of the fire, so there will be much more work being done there today,” said LACFD Captain Roland Sprewell. “But of course we’re not going to rest on our laurels today…we’re going to be vigilantly watching the winds, especially in the ridge and down in the valleys.”

At the height of the fire, 1,700 firefighters from all over California were battling the flames, although as of 12:00 pm Saturday afternoon, it has been reduced to around 1,350 personnel. 16 fire camp crew have also assisted. 250 fire engines and four bulldozers have been used. In the air, 4 Boeing 747 supertankers, 1 McDonnell Douglas DC-10 tanker, and 6 modified Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters known as “Firehawks” have been dropping water and red Phos-Chek slurry. The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department also increased its presence in the Antelope Valley by bringing in response teams from stations outside the AV. This afternoon, the deployment has been scaled back to three teams as the fire stabilizes and further evacuation orders become unlikely.

Three firefighters have been injured battling the fire, although all injuries are minor. One sheriff deputy was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation but has since been released.