Van Stone’s Social Sci-fi List of Black Superheroes: Black Hood
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Van Stone’s Social Sci-fi List of Black Superheroes: Black Hood
Above: The Black Hood
AP- Redskins, Titans Earn Wild-Card Berth
The backup quarterbacking firm of Collins & Collins lifted teams into the playoffs on the final day of the NFL season.
First, Todd Collins carried the Redskins past the Dallas Cowboys 27-6 Sunday, securing an NFC wild-card berth. Washington (9-7) has won four in a row.
"To think four weeks ago, where we were, and where we are tonight, it was a great experience and a great ride," said coach Joe Gibbs, who has quieted doubters with perhaps the best performance of his Hall of Fame career. "To get in the playoffs was a dream of ours, and four weeks ago, obviously everybody would have said, 'You know, it looks next to impossible.''
It wasn't. Nor was it for the Tennessee Titans, even when starter Vince Young went down at Indianapolis with a quadriceps problem. In stepped Kerry Collins, another veteran QB, who led his team to three field goals by Rob Bironas and an AFC wild-card spot with a 16-10 victory.
"That's life as a backup. You never know when you'll go in," Collins said.
Elsewhere, it was San Diego 30, Oakland 17; Baltimore 27, Pittsburgh 21; Chicago 33, New Orleans 25; Green Bay 34, Detroit 13; Atlanta 44, Seattle 41; Houston 42, Jacksonville 28; Carolina 31, Tampa Bay 23; Cincinnati 38, Miami 25; Philadelphia 17, Buffalo 9; the New York Jets 13, Kansas City 10 in overtime; and Arizona 48, St. Louis 19.
On Saturday night, New England finished its perfect regular season with a 38-35 win over the New York Giants. The Patriots' Tom Brady set a record with 50 touchdown passes, and Randy Moss established the mark of 23 touchdown receptions.
The Patriots (16-0) are the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to win every game on the schedule; Miami went 14-0 in the regular season. New England also has won 19 straight overall, a league record.
"It's a relief that we played the regular season and it's finished," Brady said. "Now we get ready for what we've been preparing for all season. The week off is extremely important for us to rest and a little bit of pressure is relieved for this week. Coach will turn up the pressure Thursday when we go back."
The Patriots, Colts, Cowboys and Packers have byes next weekend. Washington is at Seattle and Jacksonville at Pittsburgh on Saturday, then the Giants (10-6) are at Tampa Bay and Tennessee is at San Diego on Sunday.
Redskins 27, Cowboys 6
The Redskins capped an emotional renaissance since the slaying of safety Sean Taylor. They are 4-0 since Taylor's funeral, and all the victories were engineered by Collins after Jason Campbell dislocated a kneecap.
Clinton Portis ran for two touchdowns and had 104 yards on 25 carries and 27 yards on four receptions. His yards from scrimmage in the four-game winning streak: 122, 126, 124 and 131. Santana Moss caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Visiting Dallas (13-3) rested anyone who was questionable with an injury because it had clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Still, the Cowboys played their healthy starters most of the game.
Titans 16, Colts 10
At Indianapolis, A 54-yarder by Bironas retook the lead and left Tennessee celebrating and Cleveland grimacing. The Titans had to win to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003. A loss would have given Cleveland its first playoff berth since 2002.
When Peyton Manning left after two series, things looked good for the Titans.
Instead, the offense bogged down after a touchdown drive on the game's opening series. When Young left in the third quarter, Tennessee appeared to be in trouble. Collins replaced Young in the middle of a 13-play, 56-yard drive that ended with Bironas' tying 40-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
Collins moved the Titans 58 yards in 12 play and Bironas curled the 54-yarder inside the right goal post for a 13-10 lead. Bironas sealed the win with a 33-yarder with 2:56 to go.
"This is why we got him here," coach Jeff Fisher said of Collins. "He's done a great job for us since he got here."
Manning and Reggie Wayne played just long enough to reach milestones for the Colts (13-3). Manning extended his NFL record of most 4,000-yard seasons to eight, and Wayne became the second Colt with 100 receptions in a season and passed Randy Moss for the league title in yards receiving.
Browns 20, 49ers 7
At Cleveland, Joshua Cribbs returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, Jamal Lewis rushed for 128 yards and rookie quarterback Brady Quinn made his long-awaited NFL debut. But the Browns (10-6), just 4-12 a year ago, fell short of the postseason despite handling the 49ers (5-11).
Derek Anderson threw a TD pass to Braylon Edwards and Phil Dawson kicked two field goals as the Browns finished 7-1 at home for the first time in club history. Cleveland's 10 wins are the most since it had 11 in 1994 .
Broncos 22, Vikings 19, OT
At Denver, Jason Elam kicked a 30-yard field goal less than a minute into overtime.
Minnesota (8-8), which scored 16 points in the final 5:18 to erase a 19-3 deficit, won the overtime coin flip, but on the Vikings' second snap, Tavaris Jackson was sacked and fumbled. Elvis Dumervil recovered at the Minnesota 12, and Elam won it for the Broncos (7-9).
With the playoffs out of his reach, Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson settled for the NFC rushing title. He gained 36 yards on 11 carries and his 1,341 yards edged Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook by 8 yards.
Chargers 30, Raiders 17
At Oakland, LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 56 yards to win his second straight rushing title with 1,474 yards, Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes, and the Chargers spoiled JaMarcus Russell's first career start.
By ending the season with six straight wins, the Chargers (11-5) beat out Pittsburgh for the No. 3 seed in the AFC.
Russell, the No. 1 overall draft pick for Oakland (4-12), got off to a slow start by throwing an interception on his first play and losing a fumble in the end zone that led to a touchdown by Jyles Tucker midway through the third quarter. Russell finished 23-for-31 for 224 yards.
Ravens 27, Steelers 21
At Baltimore, Musa Smith ran for 83 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start, helping the Ravens (5-11) earn their first victory since Oct. 14 and end a nine-game losing streak.
The Steelers (10-6) had already clinched the AFC North and were locked into a wild-card game at home next weekend. So they rested quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Hines Ward, safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback/kick returner Allen Rossum.
Bears 33, Saints 25
At Chicago, Devin Hester sprinted 64 yards for a TD with a punt return - his NFL-record sixth kick runback for a score this season to break his own mark set a year ago - and also caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton.
When the teams met 11 months ago for the NFC championship on the same field, the Bears earned a trip to the Super Bowl with a 39-14 victory. Now they and the Saints, both 7-9, are going home before the playoffs even start.
Drew Brees and Marques Colston hooked up for two first-half touchdown passes, and Brees set a single-season NFL record for completions (443).
Packers 34, Lions 13
The host Packers finished their turnaround regular season with a victory while resting several key players for the playoffs.
Brett Favre extended his quarterback-record consecutive starts streak to 253 games, but didn't keep his helmet strapped on for very long. Favre led the Packers (13-3) to touchdowns on their first three possessions before yielding to backup Craig Nall in the second quarter.
Green Bay running back Ryan Grant left the game with a stinger in the first quarter, and cornerback/punt returner Will Blackmon was carted to the locker room with a foot injury just before halftime.
The Lions (7-9) delivered an uninspired performance in finishing with seven losses in their last eight games.
Falcons 44, Seahawks 41
At Atlanta, Chris Redman set a career high with four touchdown passes, including two to Alge Crumpler, and the Falcons (4-12) ended a six-game losing streak, giving interim coach Emmitt Thomas his first win in three tries.
Seattle (10-6), the NFC West champion, allowed the woeful Falcons to beat their previous scoring high by 17 points.
Shaun Alexander and Maurice Morris, who rushed for 91 yards, had touchdown runs for Seattle.
Texans 42, Jaguars 28
At Houston, Andre' Davis returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against the Jaguars (11-5), who rested many starters with their playoff spot secure.
The victory gave the Texans (8-8) a .500 finish for the first time in their six-year history, and their 42 points are a team record.
Davis became the first player in the NFL this season to return two for scores in a game and the seventh player in league history to achieve the feat.
Panthers 31, Bucs 23
At Tampa, Fla., the Buccaneers rested most of their key players for the playoffs, and DeAngelo Williams rushed for 121 yards and two second-half touchdowns.
The retiring 44-year-old Vinny Testaverde took the last snap in the same city where he began his NFL career in 1987. Testaverde, the first pick in the '87 draft by the Bucs, entered the game after the Panthers stopped Tampa Bay's final drive on downs with 35 seconds remaining. He received polite applause from what was left of a crowd of 65,609, then took a knee on the last play.
Bengals 38, Dolphins 25
Host Miami allowed 316 yards passing by Carson Palmer, gave up a touchdown on a fumble return and staggered to the end of the worst season in franchise history. The Dolphins became the eighth team to finish 1-15 and flopped in their audition for new boss Bill Parcells.
Palmer went 23-for-32 and threw for three scores to help the Bengals finish 7-9. It's their first losing season since 2002, the year before Marvin Lewis took over as coach. Palmer finished with 4,131 yards passing to break the Cincinnati record of 4,035 he set last year.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh made nine receptions to tie New England's Wes Welker for the NFL lead with 112, a Bengals record Chad Johnson had four catches for 131 yards to reach 1,440 yards, another team record.
Eagles 17, Bills 9
At Philadelphia, with the Eagles (8-8) eliminated from a playoff spot, Brian Westbrook still gave their fans a reason to celebrate with a pair of team records. Westbrook set Eagles marks for catches in a season (89) and total yards from scrimmage (2,104), putting the finishing touches on a Pro Bowl season.
The Bills (7-9) failed in their bid for a .500 record and missed the playoffs for an eighth straight year, establishing the longest drought in franchise history.
Jets 13, Chiefs 10, OT
Mike Nugent kicked a 43-yard field goal, after having a 33-yarder negated by a penalty in the extra period.
Nugent made the 33-yarder that appeared to win it, but the Jets were called for holding. The officials didn't announce who the penalty was on. After Edwards called a timeout, Nugent sliced the uprights to give the Jets (4-12) the victory.
The loss was the ninth straight for the Chiefs (4-12), who had tied it at 10 with just under 3 minutes remaining in regulation.
One of the few bright spots for Kansas City was Tony Gonzalez breaking the NFL record for receptions by a tight end, when he caught his 816th career pass early in the third quarter.
Cardinals 48, Rams 19
Larry Fitzgerald caught 11 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Arizona finished an 8-8 season with the Cardinals' highest-scoring game in 30 years.
The .500 record under first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt is Arizona's best since going 9-7 and making the playoffs in 1998. The Cardinals' only other non-losing season in 23 years was 8-8 in 1994.
The visiting Rams (3-13), plagued by injuries most of the year, finished with a four-game losing streak after opening 0-8.
LOS ANGELES -- A Jewish group said this week that it accepts Will Smith's explanation that he never praised Adolf Hitler in remarks the star says were misinterpreted.
by Diane White firstname.lastname@example.org
Renounces Green Party Membership
OPEN STATEMENT TO THE GREEN PARTY
As of today, I am no longer a candidate for the Green Party nomination for president of the United States, and I hereby resign from all affiliation with the Green Party. I believe the leadership of the Green Party of the United States has been seized by neo-liberal men who entrench the Party in internecine antagonisms so as to compromise its stated principles and frustrate its electoral and other goals. They have made it impossible to advance any truly progressive ideals or objectives under the umbrella of the Green Party, and, thus, rendered it counterproductive for me to go forward as a Green Party candidate or member.
I believe this small clique that has captured control of the Party has transformed it into a repository for erstwhile, disgruntled Democrats, who would violate the Party’s own vision and sabotage the good will and genuine commitment of the general membership. Indeed, these usurpers foster a reactionary agenda, supporting partisans in and backers of the Bush wars and disavowing the Party’s more progressive tenets in favor of promoting high-profile participation in the politics of the establishment.
This became clear to me almost from the moment I announced my candidacy in February of 2007. I intended using my campaign to bring large numbers of blacks and browns into the Party, particularly from the hood and the barrio—as would come to be reflected in the lists of supporters and delegates I’ve submitted in connection with my candidacy. As I asserted I would use the respect I enjoyed as a former leader of the Black Panther Party to do so, some in the hierarchy seemed utterly fearful of the prospect of a massive influx of blacks and browns into the Green Party. Soon, there was wide circulation of false rumors that I was a one-time “government agent,” which was intended to discredit my history in the Black Panther Party so as to undermine my potential influence.—And, since then, I have had to devote significant time and energy to addressing these lies.—What this effort revealed, though, was how the Green Party, while advocating “diversity,” remains dominated by whites. Indeed, the Party is able to count less blacks, browns and natives in its membership than our national population percentages and certainly less than the Democrats themselves.
In effect, the present Green Party leadership promotes a kinder, gentler capitalism, a moderated racism, an environmentally-sustainable globalism, which I cannot support. They are dedicated to the underside of the Party’s platform, which falls short of repudiating the capitalist state, source of all the social ills the Party would address. They equivocate by promoting “an economic alternative to corporate capitalism and a socialist state,” advocate a “re-formulation” of the IMF, NAFTA, so forth, and advance the institution of “stakeholder capitalism.”
On the other hand, they demonstrate a willingness to override the best of the Party’s platform. My sharp criticism of high-profile Party members’ support for the “three-strikes” crime laws, the sole basis for the inhumane mass incarceration of people in the United States, particularly blacks—the repeal of which the Party’s platform advocates—has been met with outright enmity. And, to divert attention from this and other critical issues, the leadership has employed chicanery in their promulgation of defamatory lies about me—which they finally extended to character assaults on my supporters and critics of their unscrupulousness.
It is my sincere belief that the Green Party as it now exists has no intention of using the ballot to actualize real social progress, and will aggressively repel attempts to do so. To remain in the fray or in the Party, then, would require a betrayal of my lifelong and ongoing commitment to serving the interests of black and other oppressed people by advancing revolutionary change in America.
Historic Low in NYC, Chicago Homicides
New York City reported 488 slayings as of Friday, versus 596 for all of 2006. The city is on track to have the lowest number of killings since reliable record-keeping started in 1963.
Homicides in New York reached an all-time high of 2,245 in 1990, making the city the nation's murder capital. Since then, the numbers have plummeted, and experts attribute the decline in part to computerized tracking of crime trends and the practice of strategically flooding high-crime areas with police officers instead of spreading them evenly through the precincts.
Chicago is on track to have the lowest homicide toll since 1965, when police reported 395 killings. The city had logged 435 slayings through Dec. 26. In the early part of the decade, police often reported more than 600 a year.
Chicago officials credit the improvement to their tough stance on gangs, guns and drugs.
"Those three ingredients, so to speak, are what we're focused on," said police spokeswoman Monique Bond. "That's really what leads to random violence."
Those factors were blamed for increases in murders in other cities.
In Miami, authorities say the proliferation of assault weapons led to an increase in killings, from 56 in 2005 to 79 in 2006 and 86 so far in 2007."You just pull a trigger and 20 or 30 rounds
Earlier this year, Baltimore was headed for its bloodiest year in nearly a decade. But the bloodletting eased up after a new police commissioner took office.
The bloodshed in Baltimore is blamed on entrenched poverty, widespread drug addiction, failing schools and easy access to guns.
Through Dec. 26, there were 280 homicides in Baltimore - four more than in all of 2006. Things looked even grimmer in mid-July, the day Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm resigned. At that point, Baltimore had 178 homicides, putting it on pace for a total of 325. The city has not topped 300 since 1999.
The new police commissioner, Frederick H. Bealefeld III, and Mayor Sheila Dixon have gone after repeat violent offenders more aggressively, flooded high-crime zones with officers, and revived a unit that traces illegal guns. Also, repeat gun offenders are being sent more frequently to the federal court system, where they face stiffer sentences.
"They have become more focused, appropriately, on getting illegal guns off the streets and violent gun offenders off the street," said Daniel Webster, co-director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University.
It has been a particularly bloody year for children in Baltimore: Twenty-seven of this year's homicide victims were under 18.
In Philadelphia, killings dipped this year after reaching a nine-year high of 406 in 2006. Through midnight Tuesday, the city had 390 slayings, or 11 fewer than at the same point a year ago.
Like Baltimore, Philadelphia is dealing with a rash of illegal handguns that officials believe are being used to resolve minor disputes.
In other big cities, Phoenix reported 207 killings at the end of November, just shy of last year's total of 214 for the same period; Boston had 66 slayings as of Dec. 28, compared with 71 by the same point in 2006; Dallas was on track to finish considerably higher, with 200 homicides as of Dec. 26, versus 175 last year.
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Judge Barry C. Dozor and Maureen Fitzpatrick in Delaware County 2004
by Gerald McNeil and James Sullivan
The white Judges Barry C. Dozor and Maureen Fitzpatrick supporters of the alleged Protection From Abuse (PFA) victim were all together abusing the courtroom to wrongfully imprison males. The black male defendant, Minister Van Stone stood alone. September 27, 2004, Judge Dozor quickly summoned Media Delaware County Sheriffs to imprison Minister Stone without an arrest or valid arrest warrant of indirect violation of a PFA. Nor did Judge Dozor make a final decision in the case where Stone was fighting a custody battle to keep his 2 children free from abuse by the alleged PFA victim in another court. Stone was to attend the PFA court shortly after Judge Dozor should have decided to give sole and full custody to Stone. The 2 children between the Minister and the alleged violator of their marriage had made years of complaints that the mom was abusing both the dad and them during the relationship.
Stone, who was a 43 year-old educator at the time he was locked up faced up to 2 years in prison. Many other black males as well as white males await similar trials on false complaints of violating protection from abuse orders. Van Stone was scheduled for a hearing 18 days after September 27, 2007. Judge Maureen Fitzpatrick partnered with Judge Dozor giving Stone a minimum sentence of 6 weekends in prison at the George Hill Delaware County Prison. Fitzpatrick ordered Stone to never see his 2 children again, have no visitation rights based on the court order of presiding Judge Dozor over the custody hearing on September 27, 2007. Dozor warned Stone that if Stone ever attempted to see his children again, using the court process, Dozor would imprison him again. Dozor worded the court order so that a contempt of court would be clear to decide leaving Stone as yet again a victim of court abuse. The 2 children and Stone have yet to experience a reunification for at least 3 years now.
Once completing his sentence by both Judge Fitzpatrick and Judge Dozor, Stone attempted to sued the Delaware County prison amid complaints that guards placed inmates 40 men to a cell to and laughed when prisoners were forced to sleep in feces and urine cells with no toilets. Men could neither shower nor wash clothing for at least 5 days. Meals were bread and luke warm tea. The cells were put on lockdown for 23 hours and 1 hour out each day of the rest of the week.
Stone later told the story in his newspaper column for the SCOOP U.S.A. Newspaper never identifying clearly that he was the victim fleeing from an abuse relationship with a Marcia Brown. Brown, Judge Fitzpatrick and Judge Dozor dealt harshly as Stone was put under angry pressure to plead guilty at the FPA. Stone had no intention to plead guilty to a direct violation of a PFA especially where there were no charges listed before the Judges.
The prosecutor called no witnesses. Brown said she saw letters that Stone sent to her employer to harass her. Browns employer was Stone’s attorney. Stone had received assistance with the custody case from this attorney. The attorney, Feldman & Pinto reviewed founded evidence of Brown abusiveness and child endangerment. Judge Fitzpatrick refused to hear testimony or evidence supporting Stone’s defense. Black Males, white males and women are treated differently in Media Delaware County Courthouse.
The women should get serious punishment for using guns and knives to abuse their spouses and children as Stones attorney had evidence of in the case of Brown and Stone. In fact, evidence shows that Brown had an existing PFA against her during the incident involving her threats using a gun and not allowed having the 2 children in her possession. Since then Stone has created a online demonstration and newspaper protest against the Media Delaware County Courthouse in an effort to fight discrimination and bias clearly done comfortably as business as usual by Judge Barry C. Dozor and Judge Maureen Fitzpatrick. Both Judges swiftly uses the codes in the rules of honoring the Protection From Abuse Order to support women that are angry when men no longer wish to be in an abusive relationship choosing to leave while raising their children. Court abuse destroys children lives.
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Tiger kills one, injures two at SF Zoo
A tiger escaped from its pen at the on Christmas Day, killing one man and injuring two others.
The three men were all in their 20s, and were visiting the zoo, San Francisco Police spokesman Steve Mannina said. They were attacked just after 5 p.m., when ticket counters are shut down, on the east end of the 125-acre zoo grounds near Ocean Beach.
They suffered "pretty aggressive bite marks," Mannina said.
It was unclear how the tiger escaped or how long it was loose. The Siberian tiger, named Tatiana, was the same big cat that attacked a zookeeper last December during a regular public feeding, according to Robert Jenkins, the zoo's director of animal care and conservation.
The approximately 300-pound female did not leave through an open door, Jenkins said. But he could not explain how it escaped -- the tiger's enclosure is surrounded by a 15-foot-wide moat, and 20-foot-high walls.
"There was no way out through the door," said Jenkins. "The animal appears to have climbed or otherwise leapt out of the enclosure."
Investigators working to understand what happened have sketched a chilling picture.
The first attack happened right outside the Siberian's enclosure -- the victim died at the scene. A group of four responding officers came across his body when they made their way into the dark zoo grounds, said Mannina.
Then they saw the second victim. He was about 300 yards away, in front of the Terrace Cafe.
The man was sitting on the ground, blood running from gashes in his head. Tatiana sat next to him. Suddenly, the cat attacked the man again, Mannina said.
The officers started approaching the animal, bearing their handguns. Tatiana started moving in their direction. Several of the officers then fired, killing the animal.
Only then did they see the third victim, who had also been mauled.
The zoo is open 365 days a year. Although no new visitors were let in after 5:00 p.m., the grounds were not scheduled to close until an hour later, and there were between 20 and 25 people still on site when the attacks happened, zoo officials said.
The two who were injured were in critical but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital.
The victims "are in the operating rooms, getting their wounds cleaned," a nurse at the hospital said.
Eric Isaacs, a doctor at San Francisco General, told KGO-TV that the tiger bites were being treated as any animal bite would be -- the wounds were being cleaned, and the men were put on antibiotics. They'd be observed for infection over the next week.
"This is a tragic event for ," San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Lt. Ken Smith said. "We pride ourselves in our zoo, and we pride ourselves in tourists coming and looking at our city."
Employees and visitors were told to take shelter in zoo buildings when zoo officials became aware of the attacks.
Authorities did not believe others were mauled, but because it was dark they could not be certain. After the attack, firefighters used ladders and flashlights to search through the zoo's vegetation.
Investigators remained on the scene and Smith said a thorough sweep of the grounds would be conducted Wednesday morning.
There are five tigers at the zoo -- three Sumatrans, and two Siberians. Officials initially worried that four tigers had escaped, but soon learned only one had escaped its pen, according to Mannina.
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he was deeply saddened by the incident and said a thorough investigation is underway.
Last December, Tatiana reached through the cage's iron bars and badly lacerated the zookeeper's arm. The zoo's Lion House was temporarily closed during an investigation.
Following last year's attack, the zoo added customized steel mesh over the bars, built in a feeding shoot and increased the distance between the public and the cats.
The Zoo will be closed on Wednesday, officials said.
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CHANDLER, Ariz. — All the pieces fell into place Friday at the Nike Tournament of Champions.
First, No. 1 Notre Dame Academy took care of business, cruising to a 54-31 win against Southridge. Then, after allowing Highlands Ranch to lead much of the game, No. 4 Long Beach Poly took the Black Bracket's second semifinal game, 66-61.
With their victories, the Dragons and Jackrabbits set up a 5:40 p.m., East vs. West showdown for Saturday's championship.
It will be a battle of Notre Dame's strong team defense and on-point shooting versus the frenzied speed and bench of fresh legs at Long Beach Poly's disposal.
In other games, Lynwood beat Ursuline, 39-26, and H. D. Woodson beat Christ the King, 65-57, for a shot at 13th place. Shelbyville Central beat Narbonne, 46-44, and Sapulpa beat Punahou, 58-41, to play for ninth place. Sequoyah beat Auburn Riverside, 72-63, and Archbishop Carroll beat Bishop Gorman, 50-44, to battle for fifth place Saturday. Auburn Riverside senior Katie Grad had the game of the day, scoring 37 of the Ravens' 63 points, including 11 from the line.
Notre Dame's defense, especially when focused on one player, can control a game as well as any offensive plan. Using that strength on Arizona State-bound Alex Earl paid off, as Southridge's point guard scored just six points in her team's loss Friday.
"They didn't leave me at all," Earl said. "I had to create my own shots and that was tough. I shot a three-pointer five feet behind the arc with a hand up. That's the only kind of shot I could get."
Offensively, Notre Dame Academy, led Friday by senior Azania Stewart's 18 points, has a tough inside game as well as strong guards who can hit nearly any outside shot.
"We just played great (Friday)," Tinsley said. "We're just defending so well, and we executed real well in the halfcourt."
As for Long Beach Poly, the Jackrabbits have depended more than normal on their depth this week.
That includes freshman guard Ariya Crook-Williams, who almost single-handedly guided the Jackrabbits into the championship despite nursing a chest cold for two weeks. Off the bench, Crook-Williams scored 12 points - all in the fourth quarter – including a layup, a baseline jumper and a long two-pointer that banked in, all on consecutive possessions.
"We were down and I wanted to get my team up so we could win this," Crook-Williams said. "I had to do what I had to do."
"She had nerves of steel," Buggs said. "And the reason why she's with us is she has that potential. She showed what we knew that she had today."
With seniors Jasmine Dixon and April Cook, as well as junior Monique Oliver, leading the rest of the troops, Long Beach Poly can become a handful in a hurry. And although the Jackrabbits have already lost this season, to San Francisco's Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Dec. 8 championship of the Northwest Nike Invitational, they want a shot at claiming the national title.
So do the Dragons, who share a common thread with Long Beach Poly: Both teams' only loss during their 2006-2007 campaigns was at the TOC to a Maya Moore-led Collins Hill team. If both Notre Dame Academy and Long Beach Poly go undefeated after returning to their respective states, Virginia and California, the victor of Saturday's game could be ranked No. 1 in the country.
"That's what we came here for," Buggs said. "We came here to win this thing."
Girl dies while awaiting liver transplant
A Northridge teenager awaiting a liver transplant died Thursday after she was pulled off of life support.CIGNA Insurance Company initially refused to cover the cost of the transplant for Natalee Sarkisian, saying the surgery was too experimental. On Thursday, friends, family and members of a nurses association held a protest outside CIGNA headquarters in Glendale, urging the insurance company to reconsider.
During the protest, Natalee's mother got word CIGNA had changed its mind and would make an exception for Natalee's surgery. But the decision came too late for Natalee. Just after six o'clock tonight, her condition worsened.Natalee's family took her off life support and she passed away.
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Tattle about waking up an inactive giant. Just when box office wizards were writing stories about how the box office grosses were down from last year, go to Will Smith to do something unsuspected and turn the movies from red to green. Will’s latest film, 'I Am Legend', took in more than expected and grossed a booming $76 million dollars.
The MICA League, Not Just Another Resource Center; James Bryant
by Van Stone email@example.com (215) 747-8746
Many large cities are in desperate shape as each year their population decreases due to the reduction of valuable financial resources and mentors that help its youth have self-confidence when they are about to enter the world of small business. But James Bryant, a graduate of Simon Gratz High School, Philadelphia, PA and a member of the Philadelphia NAACP is working very hard to end this type of desperation by directing business minded persons to become active in various community programs to promote economic development in big cities. One such program is the MICA League.
MICA stands for Mutual Interdependent Cooperative Auxiliary League, Inc. The MICA strives to build strengths in individuals that truly believe that the local community needs to step up and provide support through a headquarters that shares money, family, and firms, making the neighborhood better. And this community must quickly become what MICA calls a communiversity.
A communiversity is a fellowship in research and training for community economic development with historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) with various professional groups such as the National Medical Association, National Technical Association, National Bar Association, National Society of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, amongst others with the MICA League serving as the benefactor for overall outreach programs and projects.
The MICA League acquires other resources for its benefit and social entrepreneurship that big cities need to take some of the pressure off when things look like they just can’t seem to turn around for the moment. HBCU’s are very important to the MICA because they serve as a catalyst in expediting and facilitating programs to the community. They also perform research and training for community economic development.
MICA has the community resource center that builds its youth leadership forum. Youth, particularly black male youth, need to understand how MICA works for them. The MICA is a consortium of a cooperative economic commonwealth, an overall network system promoting socio-economic opportunities and community economic development such as a fellowship in cooperation with other professional groups. Many groups that do mentoring have self-help groups but few have the experience to give proper advice as advisors in career development. Big cities are very busy finding jobs and training for companies that are the business as usual those makes the city function. Since youth are not considered a business that must be maintained youth are left to fend for themselves.
Here’s where MICA comes in to help lighten the problem. They also train in leadership development and teach other skills that contribute to holistic development as well as collaborate with other grass root institutions to expedite programs in the communiversity. MICA League’s purpose of the Youth Leadership Forum is to undertake the process of developing leaders of the future who will be equipped to undertake responsibility in many capacities and confront challenge they will face. What else does MICA do to help big cites reduce desperation? There is a Mutual Benefit Exchange (MUBE), an affiliation that serves as a sponsor of the programs of the cooperative association. Youth need think-tanks to assist them regarding policies and mechanisms that concern youth development in big cities. And so, youth and small businesses that are interested in finding resources can contact the MICA online by visiting www.mutualbenefites.com.
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Caryn Jarocki has a presence about her.
It isn’t about the multiple state championships she has won at the helm of the Highlands Ranch girl's basketball team. And it isn’t from the numerous honors — including two All-Colorado Coach of the Year awards from the Rocky Mountain News — she has picked up in her 23-year career.
When Jarocki steps on the court to lead the Falcons, she doesn’t have to do anything out of the ordinary.
People just know.
The Illinois native, in her 12th year as head coach at Highlands Ranch, is one of just four female coaches who will lead teams into the 16-squad black bracket this week at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chandler, Ariz. And, as the five-time Colorado large school champions have many times before, the Falcons will rise to the occasion under their coach’s watchful eye.
"With her teams, it’s not necessarily about Xs and Os," said Bill Bradley, head coach at ThunderRidge High in Colorado. "Their kids come to play, and she doesn’t over-coach. Caryn just coaches."
Jarocki’s Falcons, winners of five of the past eight 5A Colorado titles, had given up the title only to Centennial League opponent ThunderRidge, which won it from 2003 to 2005. The 2004 title was Bradley’s first year as head coach.
"We’re in this fraternity of coaches," Bradley said. "And she’s just a normal person in this fraternity. She’s laid back, she’s not high strung. A lot of these real successful coaches want you to know it."
But Jarocki isn’t an in-your-face success. The female coach, somewhat of a rarity in girl's basketball, has racked up a 370-125 record — an impressive 74.7 percent — as a head coach.Jarocki got into coaching a year earlier than she intended. Her second torn anterior cruciate ligament, at the end of the summer leading up to her senior season at University of Denver, led her there. Jarocki, who had intentions of being a coach and teacher before she headed to college, was asked if she would be interested in coaching a seventh-grade girls basketball team since she couldn’t play her senior season.
"We had to have the no-screaming rule," Jarocki said, laughing. "Because seventh-grade girls, all they do is scream a lot and yell at each other for the ball."
After one season, Jarocki moved up to a ninth-grade boys team for a year. From there, she moved on to a junior varsity girls team and then to her first varsity job, as head coach at Colorado Academy. She led the Mustangs for 11 years before the job at Highlands Ranch opened up, and she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. With the Falcons, she is 219-52, including 5-1 this season, with the team’s only early blemish a 58-51 loss to No. 4 Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in the Northwest Nike Invitational.
The league is tough and the players are athletic. And, as has become the norm, Jarocki is surrounded by male counterparts once again.
"In the league we’re in, and even in (Colorado), there aren’t a lot of women coaches," Jarocki said. "I think that’s unfortunate. I think the girls could be great coaches that have played for me. I just don’t know why they don’t go into it."
It’s two different worlds from when Jarocki was getting into coaching, within a decade of Title IX’s beginnings when women coached girls, to the girls of today, who are told they can be anything they want to be when they grow up.
"It didn’t seem strange then, because I think my freshman year was only the second year they had sanctioned girl's basketball," Jarocki said. "(The men) didn’t want to coach the girls, they only wanted to coach the guys. "
So the coach-to-be had two strong female role models as a player, her high-school varsity coach and her college coach.
"It’s starting to come back around a little bit, but it’s not easy," Jarocki said. "I don’t think a lot of them are going into fields that are even closely related to coaching. And if they are, they want to coach college and go that route. "I had one (former player) tell me that when she got out of college, she would go coach a college and I could come be her assistant."
But Jarocki is happy where she is. With Highlands Ranch, she has had opportunities for vote for the WBCA High School All-Americans, compete in arguably the toughest league in Colorado and, this past summer, work with high school players for the USA Basketball program. She spent a week in June as head coach of the USA White Team in the 2007 USA Basketball Women’s Development Festival at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., just down the road from Highlands Ranch. The girls were split into three teams, each with a head coach and assistant coach.
Ed Shepard, the girls basketball coach at Proctor R. Hug High in Reno, Nev., was Jarocki’s partner for the week.
"We just hit it off like we’d been coaching together forever," Shepard said. "She’s just really easy to get along with and work with."
Jarocki and Shepard’s squad that included USC-bound Ashley Corral, Connecticut signee Caroline Doty and Long Beach Poly junior Monique Oliver, went 5-0, winning the gold medal game the final day.
"She shot with the girls, she laughed with them, you could tell she’d played," Shepard said. "She certainly got respect. … Coach or player, you just knew it would be a good thing to listen to her."
At the USA Basketball event, Jarocki was one of four female coaches in six spots, giving every 12-girl squad at least one successful female coach to look up to.
"I think they need more role models," Jarocki said of female coaches. "But more than anything, I think they need good coaches, whether it's guys or girls."
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