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VOLUME XVI, NUMBER 33

Imaging the Politics, Culture, and Events of Our Times

August 17, 2007

Dr. Condoleezza Rice: THE 66TH SECRETARY OF STATE

r. Condoleezza Rice became the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, on January 22, 2001. In June 1999, she completed a sixyear tenure as Stanford University `s Provost, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost she was responsible for a

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$1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors--the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

At Stanford, she was a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control from 1981-1986 (currently the Center for International Security And Cooperation), a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and

Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. Continued on pages 12­13

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ll the things you have done before . . . makes you who you are today: The pouring of Rice on the world and the growing of Condoleezza Rice in America: Is it or is she a flower to admire, or a rice-bird that flies over all things touched by America . . . Do you fertilize it as some farmers in Asia and Russia do with all things natural . . . or is what she creates special seeds that vegetate the American model

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of democracy that are not defined. American Democracy has never germinated around the world before . . . and is America a Condoleezza Rice velocity-pede with its world vision of what is not only good, but right for those nation-states who are obliquity protozoan in vision and thought. ... and when does I.Q. trump common sense and when wars are fought in places where our God has a different name . . . their God to them is as important as our God is to us. Remember,

be it a civil war, a religious war or a war between nations; the enemy is as focused on its national goals as a football kicker lining up the angle in which to kick the winning goal with no time left on the clock, in the fourth quarter with the only variable on field . . . being the winds of change . . . There have been only a few who have had the wherewithal in knowing how to climb inside the moment and

change that course of movement. It is impossible to measure the hells that exist in war; no man or woman who experiences the nakedness of war will ever be able to clothe the minds of the souls of war. This war is now surrounded in the movement of the shadows of those touched intimately by the tentacles of war . . . the dawns of war are reflected in the colors of its lights . . . , Madam Secretary PDD

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August 17, 2007

IRENE M. KIRKALDY DIES AT 90

interview with The Times-Dispatch in 2000. The bus driver stopped in Middlesex County and summoned the sheriff, who arrested her for resisting arrest and violating Virginia's segregation law. Her case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first black justice on the high court. The case resulted in a 1946 decision striking down Jim Crow segregation in interstate transportation. "It is a decisive blow to the evil of segregation and all that it stands for," Marshall said. At the time, the case received little attention, but it paved the way for Parks' famous stand on a local bus in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955. "If something happens to you which is wrong, the best thing to do is have it corrected in the best way you can," Mrs. Kirkaldy said. "The best thing for me to do was to go to the Supreme Court." Mrs. Kirkaldy's actions also inspired the first Freedom Ride in 1947, when 16 civil-rights activists rode buses and trains through the South to test the law enunciated in her Supreme Court case. In 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Citizens Medal--the second-highest civilian honor in the United States. "She really didn't think that she was such an extraordinary person," said her granddaughter, Janine Bacquie. "She felt she had to do what was right. She just wanted to live her life and love her family." Editor's Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.

AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP PROJECT ANNOUNCES ITS KATRINA OBSERVANCE AND COMMEMORATION

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rene Morgan Kirkaldy, a black woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat to white passengers triggered a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision more than a decade before Rosa Parks gained recognition for doing the same, has died. She was 90. Mrs. Kirkaldy died Friday at her daughter's home, said Fred Carter, director of Carter Funeral Home in Newport News. Born Irene Morgan in Baltimore in 1917, she was arrested in 1944 for refusing to give up her seat on a Greyhound bus heading from Gloucester, where her mother lived, to Baltimore. She sat down four rows from the back of the bus, in the section for "colored" people. When a white couple needed seats, the driver told Morgan and her seatmate to move farther back. She said no. "I paid for my ticket. I was where I was supposed to be. Why should I move?" Mrs. Kirkaldy recalled in an

BEING AN AMERICAN" ESSAY CONTEST EXPANDS TO 19 STATES, PLUS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN THREE REGIONS

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he Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in suburban Washington, DC, will award U.S. high school students--and their teachers--cash prizes totaling over $60,000 during the 2007-08 school year, the organization announced today. Students in 19 states and the District of Columbia will be eligible to compete in the "Being an American" essay contest, which explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. "We are pleased to offer students and educators in these regions the opportunity to explore how values such as integrity, courage and responsibility are interconnected with America's founding documents and American heroes," said Victoria Hughes, President of the Bill of Rights Institute. "As the classroom engages in discussion about our country's civic values, we trust that young Americans will gain an appreciation for putting those values into practice." In their essays, participating students are asked to answer the following question: "What civic value(s) do you believe are most essential to being an American, and how can you personally put those values into practice?" Winning essays will be announced in the spring of 2008 and will earn the students and their teachers in each region cash prizes of up to $5,000 each. To help integrate the contest into the classroom, the Bill of Rights Institute has created a lesson plan and supplemental materials about the contest topic, tied the contest to state and national academic standards, and constructed a web site so that teachers can submit their students' essays for consideration. Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the contest will continue to expand nationally until all 50 states participate during the 2009­ 2010 school year. Additional details on the "Being an American" essay contest can be found below. Further information, including complete contest rules, submission details, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Founding Fathers and other Americans who have contributed to America's shared civic values are available at www. BeingAnAmerican.org.

he African American Leadership Project (AALP) Katrina Observance to feature an exciting mixture of conversations, dialogues and ceremonies. The schedule includes a distinguished lecture series, local conversation on the Recovery and flood protection, a National Dialogue on disaster planning and rebuilding the cities and concludes with the dramatic "Hands Around the Dome Ceremony." "When that circle is formed reflecting a diversity of human hands, and the Dome is surrounded and encircled, there is a dramatic feeling that we are together, and that we will prevail no matter what has happened" said Gail Glapion, AALP Chairperson. The AALP Project Manager, Mtangulizi Sanyika, continued "we try to overcome the pain and suffering that occurred in this building which along with the Convention Center has become symbolic of the general pain and suffering caused by human error and neglect during Katrina." For the AALP this year's Ceremony as the closing and "crowning event" of the 2nd Katrina Anniversary Observance and commemoration. AALP encourages the public to support other events and activities, especially the Day of Public Policy and Community Service on the 28th, the Day of Presence on the 29th, The Great Flood March on the 29th and the "Candle Light Vigil" at Jackson Square at 7:30 pm on the 29th. AALP is equally as supportive of a series of activities being planned by residents of public housing. In addition to the HADC, the AALP will host its 2nd Katrina lecture series on August 30th from 7:00­ 9:00PM at Dillard University (Cook Theatre) to explore the lessons of Katrina for the broader struggles for justice and liberation. It will also host a Local Dialogue on the "State of the Recovery" with Dr. Ed Blakely and local alternative media reps at 6:00 pm on August 30th at McDonough #35 High School auditorium, immediately followed by a National Dialogue from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm that will explore Hurricane readiness and rebuilding the cities as emerging national priorities. This year, one of the AALP's partner's the Millions More Movement will host

a Southwest regional meeting during the HADC weekend which will add an important and broader dimension to the significance of the events. AALP will also play a prominent role in the call for volunteerism to take place during the "Day of Public Policy & Community Service" and the "Black Women's Roundtable" dialog scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2007. Immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, AALP signed on to a partnership agreement with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation through its' local affiliate, the Louisiana Unity Coalition with the specific goals of developing a sustained presence surrounding the issues concerning residents of the Gulf Coast Region. The `Day of Service' activities, in which volunteers from around the country are being called upon to conduct an environmental clean-up of an Eastern New Orleans neighborhood, the restoration of an historic African American lead church, painting of a local public school, and the visitation of a senior citizen home, and other service activities is an outgrowth of that agreement. By now, most analysts agree that Katrina was the most devastating disaster in modern US history. To date, about 2000 lives have been "officially lost," hundreds of thousands have suffered, billions in property damages, and better than 200,000 persons remain in exile in some 48 states in the US. Schools remain closed, health care is fractured, affordable housing is vanishing, public housing is threatened, and infrastructure is not functional in many places. Yet tourism and uptown appear normal, while many downtown neighborhoods remain broken and uninhabited, in part due to the colossal failure of LRA's so called Road Home program. There is much work to be done at the local, state and national levels to return our residents and rebuild our city. Thus, the 2nd Anniversary should be a time to remember, reflect, understand, plan and organize for the rebuilding of a just, equitable and hurricane safe city. In that spirit, the AALP joins with other organizations and the city to cordially invite the public to join us as we rededicate ourselves to the struggle for

the right to return, and a just and equitable reconstruction of the city. Please join us in the following events:

THURSDAY AUGUST 30TH-- KATRINA LECTURE SERIES

· 7:00­9:00PM--A Lecture series that raises questions that situates Katrina in the broader context of the historic struggle for Black liberation and human justice. Location: Dillard University, Cook Theatre

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST-- NATIONAL DIALOGUE

· 6:00­9:30PM--A two part panel that examines the "State of the Recovery" and disaster readiness and rebuilding of Cities as new national priorities. · 6:00­7:20PM--"State of the Recovery" a conversation with Dr. Ed Blakely and alternative/community media. · 7:30­9:30PM--"Getting ready for hurricanes and rebuilding cities as new emerging national priorities"­A panel of nationally distinguished practitioners, organizers, advocates, citizens and policy planners. Location: McDonough 35 High School Auditorium

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST --"HANDS AROUND THE DOME CEREMONY"

· 1:00­4:00PM--Full details below. · 12:30--Program participants gather and process from City Council chambers. · 1:00PM--Program and cultural events at the Superdome. · 3:30PM--Circling of the Dome. Location: La. Superdome Plaza Level (free parking) We urge citizens to consult the master calendar and support ALL events of their choice, especially the Great Flood Commemorative March, The Day of Presence, the Bell ringing/Wreath laying ceremony, and the Public Housing residents memorial service, all on the 29th. Finalization of program participants posted on www.AALP.org and www. TheNewOrleansAgenda.com once complete. For more info: 713-376-3364.

THIRD ANNUAL RISING STAR AWARD PROGRAM

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he National Urban League and Heineken USA recently announced the selection of Lisa Kathumbi of Columbus, Ohio as the national winner of the 2007 NUL Young Professional-Heineken USA Rising Star Award competition. An attorney with the law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP, Kathumbi was one of four regional finalists that defended their economic and community development-related policy papers during this week's National Urban League's 97th Annual Convention in St. Louis, Mo. As the 2007 NUL Young Professional-Heineken USA Rising Star, Kathumbi will receive a $5,000 cash award, the opportunity to present her paper at the National Urban League's Whitney M. Young Leadership Development Conference and a trip to the annual National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference. She will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to a Heineken USA sponsored event, such as the U.S. Open, the Heineken Red Star Soul tour or the Sundance Film Festival. "The caliber of papers defended this week illustrates the impact of the

Rising Star Award program over the last three years," said Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer, National Urban League. "Lisa's passionate examination of the Community Reinvestment Act and her recommendations to evolve the legislation to further empower African-American business and home owners reinforce what our organization stands for, and the contribution our Young Professionals are making to this movement. I and the National Urban League leadership team congratulate Lisa and look forward to working with her to further our urban economic growth agenda." The four regional winners, representing the New York, Columbus, Houston, New York and Seattle affiliates, were selected to compete in the national finals based on their submission of strong policy position papers. In addition to Lisa Kathumbi, the regional winners included: Larae Booker (New York); Rachel Graham (Houston) and Felicia Kline (Seattle). Kathumbi and the other regional winners presented an oral defense of their papers to a panel of judges comprised of a previous Rising Star pro-

gram winner, National Urban League representatives and business and community leaders just prior to the National Urban League Annual Convention in St. Louis. "Throughout this program, we have seen some of the brightest stars shine and raise important issues and more importantly, proposed solutions, related to the economic empowerment of our communities," said Tamara Moore, senior director, corporate communications, Heineken USA. "When Heineken USA began our collaboration with the National Urban League on this program, we hoped to identify new avenues and leaders to positively impact the communities where our employees and customers live and work. The work of Lisa and her fellow competitors exceeded our expectations and we congratulate her on this and future successes." Completing its third year, the NUL Young Professional-Heineken USA Rising Star program is designed to identify and recognize young professionals in the National Urban League movement for their commitment to community and economic empowerment.

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DR. ASA GRANT HILLIARD, III, PAN- AFRICANIST, EDUCATOR, HISTORIAN AND PSYCHOLOGIST, HAS PASSED

Hilliard has lectured at leading universities and other institutions throughout the world, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Geographic Society. As a distinguished consultant, Dr. Hilliard has worked with many of the leading school districts, publishers, public advocacy organizations, universities, government agencies and private corporations on valid assessment, African content in curriculum, teacher training, and public policy. Several of his programs in pluralistic curriculum, assessment, and valid teaching have become national models. Dr. Hilliard designed the approach and selected the essays that appeared in The Portland Baseline Essays (Portland, OR.) which represent the first time that a comprehensive global and longitudinal view of people of African ancestry has been presented in a curriculum. In 2001, Dr. Hilliard was enstooled as Development Chief for Mankranso, Ghana and given the name Nana Baffour Amankwatia, II, which means "generous one." Dr. Hilliard spent more than thirty years leading study groups to Egypt and Ghana, as part of his mission of teaching the truth about the history of Africa and the African Diaspora. He co-chaired the first national conference on the Infusion of African and African- American Content in the School Curriculum in Atlanta. Dr. Hilliard was a founding member and first vice president of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and a founding member of the National Black Child Development Institute. Dr. Hilliard was also a key advisor for the African Education for Every African Child Conference, held in Mali and sponsored by the government of Mali. Scholarly Achievement, and Humanitarian Service, Association of Black Psychologists Distinguished Psychologist Award, Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Leadership Award, an award from the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Laureate Chapter, American Educational Research Association Committee on the Role & Status of Minorities in Education, Research & Development Distinguished Career Contribution Award, American Association of Higher Education Black Caucus, Harold Delaney Exemplary Educational Leadership Award, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Thurgood Marshall Award for Excellence, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary observance of the Brown v. Board of Education Topeka decision. Dr. Hilliard was a fellow with the American Psychological Association and has received honorary degrees from DePaul University, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Wheelock College, Doctor of Education.

STUDY FINDS RATE OF BLACK MEN MURDERED IN U.S. IS ON THE RISE

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r. Asa Grant Hilliard, III, world renowned Pan-Africanist, educator, historian, and psychologist, passed from this life on August 13, 2007 in Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Hilliard was in Egypt to deliver a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization (ASCAC), an organization he helped found. He was also lecturing for a study trip led by Reverend Jeremiah Wright of Chicago. The cause of death is attributed to complications from malaria. "Dr. Hilliard was in his favorite place, with his favorite person--our mother, when he died," said his daughter, Robi Hilliard Herron. Dr. Hilliard was married for nearly 50 years to the Honorable Patsy Jo Hilliard, former mayor of East Point, GA and former school board member for the South San Francisco Unified School District. Born in Galveston, TX on August 22, 1933 to Asa G. Hilliard, II and Dr. Lois O. Williams, Dr. Hilliard graduated from Manual High School (1951) in Denver, CO. He received a B.A. from the University of Denver (1955) and taught in the Denver Public Schools before joining the U.S. Army, where he served as a First Lieutenant, platoon leader, and battalion executive officer in the Third Armored Infantry (1955-1957). He later received his M.A. in Counseling (1961) and Ed.D. in Educational Psychology (1963) from the University of Denver. In pursuit of his education, Dr. Hilliard worked in many occupations including teaching in the Denver Public Schools, as a railroad maintenance worker, and as a bartender, waiter and cook. The professional career of Dr. Hilliard spans the globe. He was on the faculty at San Francisco State University; consultant to the Peace Corp in Liberia, West Africa; superintendent of schools in Monrovia, Liberia; and returned to San Francisco State as department chair and Dean of Education. At the time of his death, Dr. Hilliard was the Fuller E. Calloway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he held joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education. Dr. Hilliard was a board certified forensic examiner and diplomate of both the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He served as lead expert witness in several landmark federal cases on test validity and bias, including Larry P. v. Wilson Riles in California, Mattie T. v. Holliday in Mississippi, Deborah P. v. Turlington in Florida, and also in two supreme court cases, Ayers v. Fordice in Mississippi, and Marino v. Ortiz in New York City. Dr.

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He is survived by his wife, Patsy Jo Hilliard and four children: Asa G. Hilliard, IV, Robi Hilliard Herron, Dr. Patricia Hilliard-Nunn and Michael Hakim Hilliard and seven grandchildren. For those friends and colleagues who wish to give comments and expressions about the life and works of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard or to give remembrances to the family, you may do so at www.asaghilliard.com. Dr. Hilliard's family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Per Maat Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 357171, Gainesville, FL 32635. The Per Maat Foundation is a non-profit public foundation created to educate people about African and African Diaspora history and culture. All contributions are tax deductible.

early half of the United States' murder victims in 2005 were black, and the number of black men who were slain is on the rise. A majority of the black murder victims were relatively young _ between 17 and 29, the U.S. Justice Department said in a study released Thursday. The department's Bureau of Justice Statistics report offers a snapshot of racial disparities among violent crime victims. Black people represented an estimated 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2005, the latest data available, but were the victims of 49 percent of all murders and 15 percent of rapes, assaults and other nonfatal violent crimes across the United States. Most of the black murder victims-- 93 percent--were killed by other Black people, the study found. About 85 percent of white victims were slain by other white people. National Urban League President Marc Morial, a former mayor of the city of New Orleans, in the southern U.S. state of Louisiana, said the data reflect a trend that cannot be reversed by law enforcement alone. It will require changes in public education and a revival of federal summer jobs programs for economically disadvantaged young people, he said. "The mixture of illegal drugs, easy access to handguns, and young men who feel locked out of economic opportunity is what these statistics reflect," Morial said. An estimated 16,400 people were murdered in the United States in 2005, down from a peak of 21,400 a decade

ago. Similarly, the number of black people slain dropped over the last 10 years, from 10,400 in 1995 to almost 8,000 in 2005. But the murder rate among black men rose slightly between 2004 and 2005, continuing several years of dips and increases. Two years ago, 6,783 black men were murdered, up from 6,342 in 2004, the study shows. The murder rate among white men also rose, but less dramatically: 5,850 were slain in 2005, compared with 5,769 the year before. Murders of women, white and black, remained relatively unchanged between the two years. Additionally, more than half of black murder victims--51 percent-- were in their late teens and twenties. Comparatively, just over a third--37 percent--of white people murdered were between 17 and 29, the study shows. The study did not take a detailed look at violent crime victims who are Hispanic or Latino, or other races. However, it concluded that violent crime victims were more often black than any other race except American Indians. Among the study's other findings: · Never-married black people were more likely than all other blacks to be victims of violence. · Poorer black people were at a greater risk of violence than households with higher annual incomes. · Black people living in cities were more likely to be violent crime victims than people living in suburban or rural areas.

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RESEARCH & WRITINGS

Dr. Hilliard has authored more than a thousand publications including journal articles, magazine articles, special reports, chapters in books, and books. Some of his publications include The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization (Black Classic Press 1995); SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind (Makare Publishing 1997); and African Power: Affirming African Indigenous Socialization in the Face of the Cultural Wars (Makare Publishing, 2002), to name a few. He also co-wrote The Teachings of Ptahhotep, the Oldest Book in the World, with Larry Williams, and Nia Damali (Blackwood Press 1987); and Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students (Beacon Press, 2004). Additionally, he edited Testing African American Students, Nos 2 and 3: Special Issue of the Negro Educational Review Julian Richardson Assoc. Pub. (December 1990).

MINORITIES HAVE BECOME THE MAJORITY IN 10 PERCENT OF U.S. COUNTIES

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He has received hundreds of awards and recognitions from many prestigious organizations and institutions including the Morehouse College "Candle in the Dark Award in Education," National Alliance of Black School Educators "Distinguished Educator Award," American Evaluation Association, President's Award, Republic of Liberia Award as Knight Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption, New York Society of Clinical Psychologists Award for Outstanding Research,

hites are now in the minority in nearly one in 10 U.S. counties. And that increased diversity, fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among blacks and Hispanics, is straining race relations and sparking a backlash against immigrants in many communities. "There's some culture shock," said Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington-based research agency. "But I think there is a momentum building, and it is going to continue." As of 2006, non-Hispanic whites made up less than half the population in 303 of the nation's 3,141 counties, according to figures the Census Bureau is releasing Thursday. Whites were a minority in 262 counties in 2000, up from 183 in 1990. The Census Bureau's report has population estimates by race and ethnicity for every county in the nation. They are the first such estimates since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, scattering hundreds of thousands of people. The biggest changes in were in Orleans Parish, La., home to New Orleans. The share of non-Hispanic whites in Orleans Parish grew from 27 percent in 2005 to 34 percent in 2006, while the share of blacks dropped from about 68 percent to 59 percent.

Many of the nation's biggest counties have long had large minority populations. But that diversity is now spreading to the suburbs and beyond, causing resentment in some areas. Many Latinos say they see it in the debate over illegal immigration. In northern Virginia, Teresita Jacinto said she feels less welcome today than when she first arrived 30 years ago, when she was one of few Hispanics in the area. "Not only are we feeling less welcome, we are feeling threatened," said Jacinto, a teacher in Woodbridge, Va., about 20 miles southwest of Washington. Woodbridge is part of Prince William County, which recently passed a resolution seeking to deny public services to illegal immigrants. Similar measures have been approved or considered in dozens of communities across the nation. In all, state lawmakers have introduced more than 1,400 measures related to immigration this year, the National Conference of State Legislatures says. Supporters say local laws are necessary because Congress has failed to crack down on the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. But many Hispanics legally in the U.S. say they feel targeted, too. "I think across the board all of us feel like we're not welcome," said Jacinto, who was born in the U.S. and

volunteers for an advocacy group called Mexicans Without Borders. Prince William County has seen its Hispanic population more than double since 2000, to nearly 70,000 last year. Non-Hispanic whites account for a little more than half the population, down from about two-thirds in 2000. Greg Letiecq recently helped form a group to fight illegal immigration in northern Virginia, called Help Save Manassas. The group is named for a city surrounded by Prince William County. "It's not about ethnicity, it's not about race. It's about lawful behavior versus unlawful behavior," Letiecq said. Still, he complained that many newcomers eschew American culture in favor of their Latino heritage. "It's the folks who come in and try to maintain the culture of the country they came from," Letiecq said. "They don't seem to embrace the American culture, the English language, the social norms of American culture." Nationally, the number of minorities topped 100 million for the first time in 2006--about a third of the population. By 2050, minorities will account for half of U.S. residents, according to Census Bureau projections. "I don't think Latinos or any other so-called minority group are seeking to make white people a minority," Jacinto said. "It's just a reality."

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AFRICA UPDATE

August 17, 2007

DARFUR FORCE TO BE ALL-AFRICAN

after their meeting. Mr. Konare did not give a breakdown of the countries offering to supply more personnel, leading correspondents to question the viability of an all-African force. BBC Africa analyst David Bamford said it was unclear where so many African troops would come from. Senegal and Malawi have promised to send peacekeepers to Darfur, while the AU has said that Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria have also promised to contribute. Hafiz Mohamed from lobby group Justice Africa said Sudan would be able to manipulate AU troops - as he said they had been doing with the 7,000 AU troops already in Darfur. "This will affect the whole credibility of the new resolution," he told the BBC's Network Africa program. Mr. Konare's announcement came just days after the UN published a list of Asian countries it said had already committed troops and police officers to a Darfur force. UN officials said the joint AU-UN force would be "predominantly African", but confirmed that countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh had pledged personnel. According to a UN resolution, the composition of the force must be decided by August 30. At least 200,000 people are believed to have died and more than two million have been left homeless in Darfur since fighting broke out in 2003. Sudan's Arab dominated government, and the pro-government Janjaweed militias, are accused of war crimes against the region's black African population--although the UN has stopped short of calling it genocide. Sudan has always denied backing the Janjaweed militias and argued that the problems in Darfur were being exaggerated for political reasons. Promised Peace Keepers: · 7,000--existing AU force · 1,000--pledged by Senegal · 800--pledged by Malawi Other pledges: · Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Egypt · Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh · 26,000--total planned

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frica will provide all of the 26,000 peacekeepers to be sent to Sudan's Darfur region, the head of the African Union (AU) has said. AU chairman Alpha Oumar Konare said enough African troops had been promised for no outside help to be needed but he did not give details. The UN had expected to call on Asian troops. Critics say Africa lacks enough trained troops for an effective force. Sudan's government has long opposed the involvement of nonAfrican soldiers. It only agreed to a joint United Nations-AU force after months of negotiations. The UN Security Council resolution setting up the force said the troops would be mostly African but they would be under UN command. UN spokesman Farhan Haq said that while there may be enough AU troops for the force, it was important to get the right mix of abilities on the ground.

"It's not simply a question of raw numbers of troops--we're trying to find a good mix of skills," he told the BBC News website. "We're looking to make sure this force is robust, it's mobile, it's well-armed and equipped, so that it can carry out the full mandate that it needs to perform." Speaking after talks in Khartoum with the Sudanese President Omar alBashir, Mr. Konare said: "I can confirm today that we have received sufficient commitments from African countries that we will not have to resort to non-African forces." He added that the "ball is now in the court of the UN" to provide funding for the force. Mr. Bashir, who has long argued that a UN-backed force would be a violation of Sudan's sovereignty and could worsen the situation there, backed Mr. Konare's plan. "[We] support the AU force, which consolidates the efforts of the Sudanese government to ensure security, peace and stability in Darfur," he said

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uinea's government says commercially viable reserves of uranium have been discovered for the first time. Information Minister Justin Morel Junior announced that samples of uranium were extracted by a mineral company in Firawa. A BBC correspondent says Guinea is hoping to cash in on the strong global demand for uranium as a nuclear fuel, which has led prices to boom. The West African nation already has a third of the world's bauxite reserves. "The government has the pleasure of officially announcing the discovery of uranium deposits in Guinea," Mr. Morel said on national television. A mine official told the BBC's Alhassan Sillah in Conakry that uranium could be extracted soon, although he could not give any specifics. Our correspondent explained that the discovery could bolster the Guinean economy. "It will be good for a country in which people have been reduced to beggars," he said. Most of the popula-

tion lives on less than $1 a day. An official told Reuters news agency that Australia-based mineral exploration company Murchison United had made the discovery. Firawa, where the uranium reserves were found, is in the southern region of Kissidougou, about 600km east of the former French colony's capital, Conakry. Murchison had been drilling there in May. "At this stage the genesis and delineation of the uranium mineralization is unclear," the company said in a statement, last week. Murchison said it had sent samples of the uranium to laboratories in Mali and Canada. "Additional samples have been collected from sections indicating the highest radiation, in order to further examine the clay minerals and assess optimal methods of uranium extraction," the statement explained. Guinea has other natural resources like diamonds, gold and iron ore, and is the second largest producer of bauxite--the ore used to make aluminum-- after Australia.

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he United States has ordered the closure of Eritrea's consulate in California, in a sign of worsening diplomatic relations. US embassy officials in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, say the decision is due to a string of restrictions imposed on its embassy. In response, Eritrea has accused the US of an unjust and unfriendly policy. Relations between the two countries soured after US-backed Ethiopia entered Somalia to fight Islamist forces. The BBC's Peter Martell in Asmara says the closure will affect the Eritrean government's attempt to collect a 2% income tax on Eritrean expatriates in California--an important source of income. This row is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat measures the countries have imposed on each other. These include Eritrean demands to inspect confidential diplomatic bags against international conventions, as well as imposing visa restrictions--claims rejected by Eritrea.

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our people have been killed in gun battles between rival gangs in Port Harcourt, the main city in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region. A large fuel-pumping station in the city was also attacked. The latest violence brings the number killed in nearly a week of fighting between gangs to at least 10 people. Violence around Port Harcourt has increased since militants launched a campaign last year for a greater share of oil revenue for the poor region. The fighting began on Monday with sporadic clashes between gangs that Port Harcourt residents say are vying for control of territory in the city. Residents reported gunshots and explosions through Friday night and on Saturday the battles intensified. Security forces have set up roadblocks and mounted patrols in some areas of the city. The security situation in southern Nigeria's oil-producing region has deteriorated since early 2006 with attacks on oil installations and foreign workers kidnapped for ransom. The main militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), agreed to a ceasefire last month but recently threatened to resume attacks. The unrest has led to a 25% cut in oil output from Nigeria-- Africa's largest producer. President Umaru Yar'Adua has said tackling the unrest in the south is one of his top priorities.

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DEADLINE TO END MALAWI DEADLOCK

on whose ticket he was elected in 2004. Opposition MPs are refusing to discuss the budget unless MPs who switched to the president's party are expelled. Earlier, the finance minister told the BBC that closeddoor talks between the government and opposition may be the only way to end the row over the budget. The government says key state services and international aid contributions are at risk if the budget is not approved. "I am giving them two days, and if today and tomorrow they do not start discussing seriously the budget, I am closing down parliament," Mr. Mutharika said in a speech on national radio. "I don't want Mr. Mutharika (back) was chosen by his predecessor Bakili anybody to say this is Muluzi (front) but the pair have since fallen out undemocratic. They are the ones who are alawi's president has given not democratic because they want to parliament two days to deny the whole country of developagree a budget or he says he ment," he continued. The president reminded his listeners will close it down. Bingu wa Mutharika said opposition MPs were that the budget session had started on playing "games with the lives of the April 21. "Nearly four months dispeople" by not meeting to seriously cussing the budget--there's no parliament on this earth that will discuss the discuss the long-delayed budget. President Mutharika leads a minor- budget for four months. So I'm saying ity government after he left the party the opposition is irresponsible," he said. The speaker ordered parliament to start debating the budget again on Tuesday afternoon, but only pro-government MPs have been speaking. Analysts say the row could topple the government, which has so far insisted that the budget is approved before the question of expelling MPs is addressed. The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Malawi says the deadlock is likely to be a cause for concern to international donors who contribute 40% of the country's budget. Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe had earlier hinted at possible talks. "We realize as a government that there's a political impasse," he said about the six-week dispute. "Probably it would not be discussed and resolved in the chamber, it may need to be done behind doors," Mr. Gondwe told the BBC's Network Africa program. Prominent religious leaders and civil society activists have also been urging talks. The political impasse began in June, when the Supreme Court ruled that the speaker of parliament can expel MPs who switch parties. Most members of President wa Mutharika's party were elected on the ticket of the former ruling party, the United Democratic Front (UDF). Mr. Mutharika also won elections for the UDF, but left to set up the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-- accusing UDF officials of blocking his anti-corruption drive. Analysts say should the speaker expel the floorcrossing MPs, it could take six months to organize all the by-elections which would ensue.

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south Australian farmer has warned of the perils of falling in love over the internet, after an online bride scam almost cost him his life. Des Gregor, 56, has arrived back in Adelaide after being held hostage in the African nation of Mali for 12 days. He had gone there expecting to marry a woman he had met over the internet, and pick up a US$86,000 (£43,000) dowry. But instead he was held hostage, with his kidnappers de- Des Gregor said his kidnappers threatened him with a machete manding US$86,000 from him in ran- manded $86,000 as a ransom, or else som. he would be killed. Mr. Gregor, a sheep farmer, set off His relatives sounded the alarm to Mali on what he hoped would be an when they started receiving strange eexotic adventure, during which he mails asking for money. At that point would not only meet his African bride the Australian authorities decided to but also pocket a huge dowry in gold. lay a trap of their own. The target of his affections was a They managed to persuade the kidwoman purportedly called Natacha, a nappers that Mr. Gregor could pick up Liberian refugee in her twenties whom the ransom money at the Canadian emhe had met and fallen in love with over bassy. the internet. Mr. Gregor was picked up It was there that he was rescued by at the airport by men claiming to be the Australian federal police after Natacha's relatives but who turned out being held for 12 days. to be gangsters. After taking him to a West African internet scams are not flat in the capital, Bamako, they uncommon and many of his fellow Ausstripped him naked, held a gun to his tralians have wondered why the farmer head and threatened to chop off his was so easily duped. His relatives say limbs with machetes. They also de- he was blinded by internet love.

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ierra Leone's outgoing president has appealed for calm and placed the police on alert as the results of Saturday's polls are counted. "I have instructed the police... to deal firmly with any threats to the peace and security," Ahmad Tejan Kabbah said in a statement on national radio. He made the comments as supporters of rival candidates used unofficial results to claim victory. The electoral commission head Christiana Thorpe also urged to all

sides for restraint as counting continued. "We are really appealing to the political party leaders present here to please tell your people to exercise patience," she said. "We also say, if you allow us to work, you will get it fast. If you don't allow us to work, it will take as long as it takes, for us to get credible results." The poll is the second since the end of a civil war that killed thousands. International election observers have declared the polls free, fair and credible.

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Belfast student is in an African prison for allegedly "mooning" at the home of a Senegalese governor. Patrick Devine, 19, from County Donegal, was arrested on 27 July for allegedly dropping his trousers as a dare in Saint Louis in Senegal. It is understood he is being held in a cell with 40 others and his story is on the Bebo website. Patrick Devine from Queen's University was working in Senegal on a Teaching & Projects Abroad (TPA) program. His arrest on July 27 came at the end of what he described on Bebo as "the worst week of his life" after he contracted chicken pox and had part of his small toe amputated due to infection. But the family has requested no more publicity and will not be talking because of "the sensitivities of the case". A source close to the family said he had been remanded in custody until the end of the month. The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed staff from its embassy in Nigeria had been working to secure the teenager's release. "The Department is aware that an Irish student has been arrested and we are providing consular assistance through our embassy in Abuja, Nigeria," a spokeswoman said. A spokesman for Teaching and Projects Abroad said: "We are doing all we can to help Patrick Devine." However, he refused to comment further on the case.

Sierra Leone emerged in 2001 from a decade-long civil war, during which an estimated 50,000 people died. President Kabbah urged people to "desist from making provocative and inflammatory statements against each other". Full official results are not expected for several days, but unofficial results are being declared on local radio stations. "Until such time that I hand over power to the legitimate successor, I will not stand idly by and allow evilminded people to take the law into their hands and destroy what the country has achieved since the end of the war," AFP news agency quotes Mr. Kabbah as saying. Presidential candidates need 55% of the vote in order to avoid a run-off, which correspondents say is quite likely. Three candidates enjoy considerable support. These are: Solomon Berewa, vice-president of the governing Sierra Leone People's Party; Ernest Bai Koroma, of the All People's Congress and a new political party led by former minister Charles Margai. There had been tension in the runup to the elections and some feared violence but the police reported no major incidents. The previous poll in 2002 was organized by the United Nations, which still had peacekeepers on the ground. This time, Sierra Leoneans were in charge. Correspondents say the large turnout on Saturday was a sign of the

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population's determination to see Sierra Leone turn its back on years of instability and a civil war. Seven presidential candidates are vying to replace Mr. Kabbah, who is stepping down after serving the maximum two terms. More than 500 candidates are vying for just over 100 parliamentary seats.

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CAPITAL COMMENTS

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anti-violence effort expanding in Baltimore," said Mayor Sheila Dixon. "Operation Safe Streets focuses on strengthening communities so that they have the capacity to exercise informal social control and response to issues that affect them." OSS is based on the CeaseFire model developed at the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago. CeaseFire works with community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies to reduce and prevent violence, particularly shootings and killings. The model relies on outreach workers, faith leaders, and other community leaders to intervene in conflicts, or potential conflicts, and promote alternatives to violence. The model incorporates a focus on individual behavior change, working with individuals to develop alternatives to the use of violence and providing connection to services. Along with cooperation from police, CeaseFire includes a strong public edrole in the Democratic presidential primary, responded with a warning. "I have always said that for a Democrat to win the White House they have to win the West," Reid said in a statement. "Any candidate who chooses to ignore Nevada and its rich diversity does so at their own peril." The Democratic National Committee allowed Nevada to schedule its 2008 caucus on Jan. 19, between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. But New Hampshire has said it may go earlier than the Jan. 22 date set by the DNC to maintain its historic role in choosing the nominee, possibly moving Nevada back in the voting order. Nevada was granted the early nominating date with the hope that a Western state with a large population of Hispanics and union workers will bring fresh perspective to the presidential race. Many in the Democratic Party had expressed concern that two predominantly white states such as Iowa and New Hampshire were not representative of diverse interests in the party. Edwards has visited Nevada 10 times since beginning his second White House campaign, hoping that his appeal to labor would help him. But Edwards rivals' have been delivering the same pro-union message, particuhave been waiting longer." The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that federal archivists said they did not expect the former first lady's calendars, appointment logs and memos to be released until after the election. The library has already released about 1 million pages of domestic policy memos and other documents on its own. In Little Rock, 11 archivists are sorting through 80 million pages of documents and 20 million emails at the library from Bill Clinton's eight years in office, but few records have come out of the library in response to Freedom of Information requests since it began accepting them in January 2006. The library has been sorting through requests based on when they were received, Cooper said. "We have more than 250 requests in that queue, and some of them are very broad requests, which could require looking at tens of thousands of pages at a time," Cooper said. "We're not making any predictions, but it depends on where you are in the queue when we release the material." ucation campaign to provide the message that shootings and violence are not acceptable. Since its launch in 2000, Ceasefire has been successfully operating in 15 of Mayor Sheila Dixon Chicago's highcrime neighborhoods. With the collaboration of community groups, outreach teams, law enforcement and clergy, communities experienced reductions in shootings up to 68% in the first year of implementation. June 2007, Baltimore launched the first Safe Streets site in a portion of the McElderry Park and Madison East neighborhoods. The operations were overseen by the Living Classrooms Foundation. Funding for the initiative comes from a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. larly in stops at the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union hall. The union that represents many casino workers is seen as key to winning in Nevada, but has no plans to enJohn Edwards dorse early and has stressed that it is looking closely at candidates' viability. On that front, the Edwards campaign in Nevada has lagged behind New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. It hasn't been able to secure high-profile endorsements and has drawn considerably smaller crowds. The most recent Nevada poll, taken in late June by Mason-Dixon, showed Edwards in third place with 12 percent of the vote. Clinton was leading with 39 percent, followed by Obama with 17 percent. The move by the Edwards campaign comes as Clinton and Obama are beefing up their operations. Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said the campaign had dozens of staffers in Nevada and plans to open new offices in the coming weeks. Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group, has filed a lawsuit in hopes of gaining access to Hillary Clinton's documents. Pending FOI requests include queries about any Hillary Rodham meeting notes or e- Clinton mails regarding Hillary Clinton's bid for the Senate in 2000 and files regarding her appointment to the Health Care Task Force in 1993 during her husband's administration. Included among the two dozen requests is one for any documents "related to UFOs, Roswell New Mexico, or flying saucers from the files of Hillary Clinton." Complicating matters is a requirement that both the sitting and former presidents must sign off on any document's release. Under the order signed by President Bush in 2001, if a former president says certain papers are privileged, the papers remain secret even if the sitting president disagrees.

OBAMA GETS WARNING FROM FRIENDLY VOTER

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residential hopeful Barack Obama was warned by a friendly voter to avoid public spats with his Democratic rivals--but remarks he made later could add fuel to the criticism against him. Maggie North of Claremont told Obama he risks becoming part of the usual political scene if he keeps being drawn into well-publicized disputes with rivals. He and chief rival Hillary Rodham Clinton have jabbed at each other over foreign policy, the war on terrorism and the use of nuclear weapons. "You can be it," North said at a small gathering at a Hanover restaurant Monday morning that drew eight people. "But you've got to stop--excuse me for being blunt--you've got to stop getting involved in the way people are fighting each other, chewing you up a little more." "That's what you do when you run for president," Obama responded, getting a laugh. But during a later appearance before about 800 people in Nashua, Obama made a comment likely to further the spats he was warned about. Asked whether he would move U.S. troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism elsewhere, he brought up Afghanistan and said, "We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there." Earlier this month, Obama drew criticism when he said he would send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists even without local permission, if warranted. North, who is considering an Obama endorsement and backed Howard Dean in 2004, praised Obama as someone fresh, but she said she worried that he was hurting himself. Obama explained infighting among the candidates is part of the process. "Some of that's OK, it thickens your skin. ... Putting you through the paces like that is part of the hazing that's required for the job," he said. A Republican National Committee spokeswoman said Obama's character-

ization of the presidential campaign shows he's unfit to lead. "Unfortunately for Barack Obama, this campaign is not a fraternity hazing ritual, and Senator Americans are Barack Obama not going to elect a rookie politician who has ditched his `politics of hope' mantra and gone on the attack now that he's dropping in the polls," Amber Wilkerson said. Obama also repeated his criticism of lobbyists, calling them the enemy and saying their donations are corrupt. "If they're spending a billion dollars on lobbying over 10 years - they're averaging $100 million a year - that carries weight in Washington. The congressmen will deny it, but they're not spending it just to provide good information," he said. While Obama doesn't accept money directly from federal lobbyists, he is not above benefiting from the broader lobbying community. He accepts money from firms that have lobbying operations and has tapped the networks of lobbyists' friends and co-workers. Obama, a former state senator from Illinois, has long accepted money from state lobbyists. One of them, Concord, N.H., lobbyist Jim Demers, attended an Obama event in Keene earlier Monday and is a top adviser to the campaign. At that 350-person rally, Obama returned to those themes. "Don't let people tell you we can't solve our problems. Cynicism is our enemy. Don't let them convince you that it's too far gone, that Washington is too corrupt," Obama said to cheers. "Listen, there are problems in Washington but there are not problems we can't fix as citizens of the United States." During the twilight rally in a Nashua park, Obama said the answer to health care--like many policies--is to reduce lobbyists' power. "What's missing is not the plan, it's the sense of urgency and the willingness to take on special interests," Obama said. "It's not just enough to change political parties. For us to make those big changes, we're going to need all of you to be engaged." Committee must vote for an individual from that State Legislative District and submit the name to the Governor within 30 days of the vacancy. Other candidates for the Nancy King Senate position were Delegate S. Saqib Ali and former Delegate Gene Counihan. The candidates for the Senate position were registered Democrats residing in District 39. District 39 encompasses Montgomery Village and parts of Gaithersburg, Germantown, North Potomac and Washington Grove. For further information, call 301946-1000.

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ayor Sheila Dixon was joined by Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein to announce the launch of the second of two planned sites for Operation Safe Streets, a community-based violence prevention program focused on reducing shootings and homicides in Baltimore City. The $382,600 award is being made to Communities Organized to Improve Life, Inc. (COIL, Inc.), to implement Operation Safe Streets in Southwest Baltimore. COIL, Inc. has extensive experience in providing community outreach, education, and violence prevention services to atrisk adolescents and young adults in Southwest Baltimore. "I am glad to see this promising

EDWARDS MOVING STAFF OUT OF NEVADA

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residential hopeful John Edwards is moving staff out of Nevada to focus on other early voting states as he deals with limited resources and uncertainty about the Western state's prominence in deciding the Democratic nomination. The Edwards campaign said Wednesday that the Nevada staffers were being relocated to New Hampshire, South Carolina and in particular Iowa, where he is hoping a victory will propel him to the nomination. The campaign would not disclose how many staffers were being moved and neither would Edwards in a telephone interview. "I'm sure we'll continue to make adjustments of how many people we have in particular places depending on what the needs are at the moment, and we're going to compete very hard in Nevada," Edwards told The Associated Press, noting he has campaigned in the state more than any other candidate. "I will continue going there and competing very hard." Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, the architect of Nevada's new

DEMOCRATS NAME NANCY KING AS SENATOR FOR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 39

CLINTON PAPERS: UNLIKELY BEFORE 2008

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he Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee met and voted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007, to submit the name of Delegate Nancy King of Montgomery Village to the Governor as State Senator for Legislative District 39. The Governor will appoint Nancy King as Senator upon receipt of the submission. The three candidates attended the meeting, addressed the Committee, followed by a question-and-answer period and the vote. The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Senator Patrick J. Hogan. When a Montgomery County Democratic seat in the Maryland General Assembly becomes vacant, the Montgomery County Democratic Central

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illions of documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's days in the White House, including phone logs, schedules and other files, may not be released before the 2008 presidential election. Officials with the National Archives said that they couldn't predict when any of the material from the former first lady will be released from the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. The Bill Clinton library is part of the presidential library system operated by the National Archives. At issue are some 1.9 million pages of phone logs, schedules and other files from Hillary Clinton's office. "My sense is that it's going to be a long time," National Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said. "We're working very hard on this ... It's going to require a lot of work and there are other people with other requests who

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BLACK FITNESS EXPERT LAUNCHES UNIQUE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM TO ADDRESS OBESITY

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re you sure you want to "Meth Around"? Meth Around, produced by lawyer, published author, and prolific artist, and positive media activist Opio Sokoni, addresses what could possibly be the next major drug crisis in the United States - methamphetamine. The price of the all mighty high is examined as users require more and more to get that feeling. Repeated use exacts a hefty toll on the mind and

body, robbing users of their physical health and cognitive abilities. Here's how the body reacts to meth and the consequences of long-term abuse. Crackheads Gone Wild, runner-up at the 2006 Pocono Mountain Film Festival, is a controversial and shocking video documentary about crackheads and the extreme lengths they will go to in order to score some rock. Viewer discretion is advised. Any family with issues or possible issues AB-

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rian K. Bailey, founder of Fit Tyme Productions, has just launched an innovative program that addresses America's fight against obesity. It has been tradition for most fitness trainers to quickly move their clients into the realm of exercise by conducting training in the strength and cardiovascular areas. While these areas are important along with a proper diet for fitness success, one part that has truly been neglected is the "Mental Roadblocks" that stops most people on their fitness journey before success is obtained. Bailey, an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer and U.S. Air Force Physical Training Leader, has announced a true fitness breakthrough. While studying why many people Brian K. Bailey quit an exercise program before realizing results, it became clearly evident that most fitness failures came from lack of mental preparation. In Bailey's new program titled, "The Mental Hurdle of Fitness Success System," he outlines six simple Fitness Success Principles that are geared to stimulate the mind and create a successful fitness journey before one starts their fitness experience. In conjuction with Fit Tyme Productions, Bailey is prepared to become America's Fitness Success coach by starting with a mental approach that most personal trainers never include in their system. The Mental Hurdle of Fitness Success System is the perfect pre-workout system that will compliment any exercise program

THE STORY OF THE FIRST TOTALLY BLIND PHYSICIAN IN AMERICA

n 1912, at the age of 24, Jacob Bolotin became the first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine. By the time he was thirty, he was one of the top heart and lung specialists in Chicago. A new biography, The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story tells about the amazing life of a remarkable man who was born blind to poor Jewish parents in Chicago in 1888 and fought his way into and through medical school. During the last years of his short life, Dr. Bolotin used his celebrity to give speeches around the Midwest to raise the awareness of the world to the plight of the blind. His words are as timely today as they were in 1922 when he said: "I am blind, and I am a doctor. The fact that I am standing here before you is living proof of what we, the [blind], can achieve. The major problem for us is not our affliction, but the wall of ignorance, injustices, indifference and misconceptions that separate us from you who can see. We must break down that wall, but we can't do it alone. We need your help." In this inspiring and entertaining book, Rosalind Perlman drew on the memories of her husband, Alfred, who was Dr. Bolotin's nephew, to bring "Doctor Jake" back into the spotlight. Alfred and his widowed mother had lived with the Bolotins for the four years preceding Dr. Bolotin's tragic death. When he died in 1924, 5,000 people attended his funeral. After her own death in 2004, Rosalind left a bequest in the name of the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust to the Santa Barbara Foundation to publish The Blind Doctor and to establish an annual award: The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award for the Blind. This national award will be given out annually by the National Federation of the Blind and presented to blind people or organizations that have made a significant impact within the blind community. The first award will be presented in 2008. "The Blind Doctor is the moving and powerful story of a blind man who fought ignorance and prejudice to become one of the most respected physicians in Chicago. Everyone who reads Dr. Jacob Bolotin's story will learn that blindness is no barrier to a full life and great accomplishments," said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind. Michael Lazarovits, Regional Director of Braille Institute Santa Barbara agrees. "The message of this book is one that resonates with all of us: that blind people should be treated equally and visual impairment is not a de facto barrier to success," says Lazarovits. "Dr. Bolotin is an amazing role model, and it is even more remarkable when you realize that his achievements took place in the early 1900s."

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EDUCATION

August 17, 2007

SIXTH-GRADERS MUST HAVE TDAP TO BEGIN SCHOOL

LOCAL RESIDENT REBECCA BUCKWALTER-POZA NAMED TO 2007 CLASS OF DRUM MAJOR INSTITUTE SCHOLARS

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he 2006 Virginia General Assembly passed a law which requires all sixth-grade students to have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster shot prior to the first day of sixth grade, if at least five years have passed since the last shot. Alexandria City Public Schools will be tracking compliance with this state requirement, and students who do not meet the requirement by the first day of school in September will be excluded from school. Shots may be obtained from private doctors, military clinics or the health department. Free children's immunization clinics are held at the Alexandria Health Department, 4480 King St., from 2 to 7p.m. on Mondays and from 8 to 11a.m. on Tuesdays. No appointment is necessary. Aug. 28, from 8 to 11a.m., will be the last opportunity to receive the vaccine from the Alexandria Health Department prior to the first day of school. Students who still need to provide documentation of the Tdap vaccine should bring it to their middle school registrar as soon as possible. Parents with questions about the Tdap vaccine should call their doctor or local health department. For more information, contact ACPS Nurse Coordinator Robin Wallin at 703-824-6650.

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lexandria City Public Schools' upcoming back-to-school nights will provide parents with opportunities to learn about their children's classes and meet their teachers. Back-to-school nights for the 200708 school year are scheduled as follows:

· Thursday, Aug. 30, 7p.m.--Francis C. Hammond Middle School (sixth grade), 4646 Seminary Road, 703-461-4100. · Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30p.m.-- Maury Elementary School, 600 Russell Road, 703-706-4440. · Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7p.m.--Minnie Howard School, 3801 West Braddock Road, 703-824-6750. · Tuesday, Sept. 18 --7p.m.--George Washington Middle School (grades six through eight), 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., 703-706-4500. --7p.m.--Francis Hammond (grades seven through eight). · Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7p.m.--T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., 703-824-6800. · Monday, Sept. 24, 7p.m.--Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, 1101 Janneys Lane, 703-461-4190. · Tuesday, Sept. 25 --6:30 p.m.--William Ramsay El-

ementary School (kindergarten through second grade), 5700 Sanger Ave., 703-824-6950. --7 p.m.--John Adams Elementary School, 5651 Rayburn Ave., 703-824-6970. --7p.m.--Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave., 703706-4420. --7p.m.--Charles Barrett Elementary School, 1115 Martha Custis Dr., 703-824-6960. --7 p . m . -- J e ff e r s o n - H o u s t o n School for Arts and Academics, 1501 Cameron St.,703-7064400. --7p.m.--Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4643 Taney Ave., 703-461-4170. · Wednesday, Sept. 26 --6:30p.m.--Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, 530 S. St. Asaph St., 703-706-4430. --7p.m.--George Mason Elementary School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road, 703-706-4470. --7p.m.--James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Ave., 703-461-4180. · Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30p.m.-- William Ramsay (grades three through five).

ext week the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy ("DMI"), one of the Nation's leading progressive think tanks, will welcome its first class of "DMI Scholars." In describing the overall purpose of the DMI Scholars program, DMI Executive Director Andrea Batista Schlesinger explained, "today, in our nation's colleges and universities, there are many talented progressives who have the potential to significantly influence the future of American public policy. But because many of them lack connections to the progressive establishment or an understanding of how to leverage the power of their opinions, much of that potential may go unrealized. The purpose of the DMI Scholars Program is to assemble an all-star team of progressive-minded college students and to provide them with the skills and connections they need to participate in developing, analyzing and influencing public policy." The highly selective DMI Scholars program, whose 2007 class of fourteen Scholars reflects a impressively diverse range of races, national origins, religions and backgrounds, has already caught the attention of national progressive leaders. For example, Gloria Totten, Executive Director at Progressive Majority, lauded the program in noting that "by introducing college students to the policy arena and giving them the skills they need to be effective advocates, the Drum Major Institute [Scholars program] will ensure that the next generation of progressive

leadership is waiting in the wings." The class of fourteen 2007 DMI Scholars was selected from an impressive group of 115 applicants representing 82 different colleges and universities. One of the students selected as a 2007 DMI Scholar is Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, a local resident of Alexandria, Virginia, who presently is a junior majoring in Government at Harvard University with a concentration on human rights and reproductive rights, focusing on HIV/AIDS. Rebecca is a member of the Young Women of Color Leadership Council with Advocates for Youth and the Advisory Board of Campus Progress with the Center for American Progress. On-campus, she was selected to serve as a Radcliffe Research Fellowship Partner in Latin American studies and elected co-Director of Students for Choice, through which she helped found a Boston-area pro-choice student network. Rebecca is also active in Advocates for Human Rights and in the International Relations Council, where she has served as a Senior Editor of the Harvard International Review and Director of the Commission on the Status of Women for the Model United Nations, and in the Harvard Institute of Politics Survey Group. Rebecca has also interned for the Global Fund for Children and in the office of James Carville. From July 29th to August 12th, 2007, Rebecca joined her fellow Scholars in New York City, where she participated in a rigorous course of public policy training DMI refers to

"Progressive Public Policy 101." The two-week course is designed to teach DMI Scholars how to view national and local issues through a public policy lens and to provide them with the analytical and practical skills, resources and experiences they need to understand, navigate and successfully enter the public policy world. In short, the DMI Scholars Program has two objectives: First, by complementing the Scholars' New York City training with continuing educational and networking opportunities, DMI hopes to empower these ambitious, creative student activists to think, influence, and respond to public policy proposals like professional progressive policy analysts. Second, through the DMI Scholars program and the Scholars themselves, DMI hopes to influence a greater number of the Nation's best and brightest college students to pursue careers that are centered on conceiving and evaluating public policy. Asked about Rebecca's inclusion in this year's class of DMI Scholars class, Ms. Schlesinger said, "just as it is an honor for Rebecca to have been named one of this year's DMI Scholars, it is an equal honor for us to play a part in helping Rebecca to one day become a leading influencer of progressive public policy. In light of Rebecca's achievements to date, there is really no limit to what she can achieve. I, for one, am excited to see how Rebecca ultimately applies her exceptional talent, ambition and commitment to progressive principles to shape the public policies of our Nation."

HELP OFFSET EDUCATION COSTS WITH TAX CREDITS AND DEDUCTIONS

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t is Back-to-School time and maybe time for a tax break, too. Whether you are paying for a college education or a teacher buying items for your classroom, education credits and deductions can help lower your tax bill. The Hope Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition and Fees Deduction may help offset the cost of higher education for you, your spouse and your dependents.

STATE AYP RESULTS SHOW IMPROVED MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

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inety-six percent of elementary schools and 71 percent of middle schools in Montgomery County made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the 2007 Maryland School Assessments (MSAs), according to Maryland State Department of Education data released Wednesday. School performance at the middle school level increased significantly with 27 out of 38 middle schools meeting the testing targets this year compared to only 15 out of 38 middle schools last year. At the elementary level, 124 out of 129 elementary schools met the state performance goal. Ten schools that were on the state's improvement list last year met AYP this year and will be removed from the state's list if they meet their targets again in 2008. One school, Shady Grove Middle School, attained that status this year after reaching its

performance goals for the second consecutive year. "We are extremely pleased with the growth in performance at the middle school level this year and the extraordinary performance of our elementary schools," said Dr. Jerry D. Weast, superintendent of schools. "Our schools have worked hard to help their students not only meet, but exceed the state's testing targets as required under of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)." Impressively, none of the 23 elementary schools with the highest poverty levels (Title I) are on the state's school improvement list. Of the 16 schools that did not make AYP, the main category where students did not make adequate progress was in special education. In addition, some schools missed the performance goals for students with limited English skills

and students receiving Free and Reduced-price Meals System (FARMS) services. Silver Spring International Middle School, which made AYP in 2006, missed its targets for 2007 and will be placed in Corrective Action. AYP determinations are based on MSA scores which were released in June. The MSA results show that MCPS students in elementary and middle school achieved their fifth consecutive year of higher test scores. On average, the combined proficiency of students in reading and mathematics indicated that 86 percent of elementary students and 77 percent of middle school students scored at the proficient or advanced level for 2007. Since 2003, the elementary-level results have increased 14.7 percentage points, and the middle school results have risen 12.6 percentage points.

The amount of these credits and deductions are based on the qualified education expenses, such as college or vocational school tuition and enrollment fees, that you paid during the year and may be limited by your modified adjusted gross income. Room and board, insurance or personal living expenses are not considered qualified education expenses. The Hope Credit, which is up to a $1,650 tax credit per student per year, is available for only the first two years of college or vocational school. The Lifetime Learning Credit, which is up to a $2,000 tax credit per tax return, applies to undergraduate, graduate and professional degree courses and there is no limit to the number of years you can take this credit. The Tuition and Fees Deduction, which is up to a $4,000 deduction from your income, applies to undergraduate, graduate and professional degree courses. This deduction may be beneficial as the modified adjusted gross income limits are higher than the thresholds for the Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits. Are you paying Student Loan interest? You may be able to deduct up to $2,500 from your income per tax return. Student Loan interest may be deducted even while your student is in school if you are paying the interest immediately rather than deferring the payments. You cannot claim the Hope Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit and the Tuition and Fees Deduction for the same

student in the same year. You will want to choose the credit or deduction that provides the greatest benefit. However, you can claim the Student Interest Loan deduction and one of these other benefits simultaneously. Students and parents of students are not the only ones who can claim a Back-to-School tax benefit. As summer comes to an end, many teachers and other eligible educators are preparing for the start of the new school year. That preparation could include purchasing items for the classroom from personal funds. Be sure to keep your receipts. These out-ofpocket classroom expenses can be deductible. As an educator, you may be able to deduct up to $250 for expenses paid for the purchase of books, computer equipment and classroom supplies. If you and your spouse are filing a joint return and both are eligible educators, the maximum deduction is $500. To find out more about the deduction for educator expenses, including who qualifies for this deduction, check out the IRS Web site at IRS.gov. In the search field, type in the key words "educator expenses." Additional information on the Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits, Tuition and Fees Deduction and Student Loan Interest Deduction is available in Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, found at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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FREE SCHOOL ENTRY PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS AND IMMUNIZATIONS FOR ACPS STUDENTS

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he school nurses of Alexandria City Public Schools are sponsoring a student health and immunization fair on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Avenue, Alexandria, from 9a.m. to 2p.m. The event is free and open to ACPS students in grades K-5 who need physical exams, lab tests and/or immunizations in order to meet school entry requirements. Several community partners are joining the school nurses in this fair including Inova Health System's Partnership for Healthier Kids, the Alexandria Health Department, the Junior League, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Amerigroup. Students will receive free physicals, lab testing, tuberculosis screenings, and immunizations. Information for families on general health care and guidance in how to apply to health insurance programs will also be available. All students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring copies of their immunization records, health histories and allergy information. Families should pre-register by calling 703-321-1990. For more information about the Student Health and Immunization Fair, call Robin Wallin, ACPS Nurse Coordinator, at 703-824-6650.

TIME TO REGISTER FOR MONTGOMERY COLLEGE'S FALL 2007 SEMESTER

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egistration is underway for Montgomery College's fall 2007 semester, which begins Wednesday, September 5. Students are encouraged to register soon for the best choice of classes. Both online and on-site registration services are available. Many late-starting classes of shorter duration, including ones that start in October, are being offered for the fall semester. Montgomery College offers credit courses in more than 100 degree and certificate programs at its three campuses--Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring--as well as through online courses and some offsite locations. Through day, night, and weekend classes, students can earn an associate's degree or a variety of certifications, receive credits for transfer to a four-year college or university, enhance their job skills, train for a new career, or simply take courses for personal enrichment. On-site registration at the Germantown Campus is held in the Sciences and Applied Studies Building, 20200 Observation Drive; at the Rockville Campus, in the Student Services Building, 51 Mannakee Street; and at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, in the Student Services Center, located at the intersection of Fenton Street and New York Avenue. Montgomery College and its registration offices will be closed during the Labor Day holiday. During this time, online registration will remain available. For general information about Montgomery College or for questions about admissions and registration, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu or call 240567-5000.

TJHSST STUDENTS HELP SHAPE ENERGY PLAN FOR U.S.

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ive rising juniors at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) are helping make the United States a leader in energy efficiency. The students took part in the Youth Policy Summit at the Keystone Center in Colorado, accompanied by social studies teacher Melissa Schoeplein. TJHSST is a Fairfax County public school. The TJHSST students learned about technical issues, negotiation, and problem solving while sharing research with their peers from six other specialized high schools. A simulated negotiation between students serving as stand-ins for stakeholders resulted in policy recommendations that will be forwarded to the President, members of Congress, government agencies, and leaders in industry and the non-profit sector. Students were required to complete a 10+ page research paper that includes background information on energy efficiency. Research topics included electricity, transportation, and buildings. The five TJHSST students who participated in the summit were Sarah Applegate, Natalie Kirchner, Xiaoxiao Lin, Nishanth Parameswan, and Jackson Prestwood. The Keystone Youth Policy Summit offers students across the country an opportunity to study and do research on one of five topics. Topics for 2007 include Energy Efficiency, Obesity in America, Child and Adolescent Nutrition in K-12 Schools, Child and Adolescent Nutrition in America, and Sustainable Energy and Transportation. The summit is co-sponsored by the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Additional information about the Keystone Youth Policy Summit can be found at www.keystonecenterpolicysummit.org/ .

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On August 17, 1990, jazz vocalist Pearl Bailey dies at 72.

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Dr. Condoleeza Rice: THE 66TH SECRETARY OF STATE

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rom 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender--Integrated Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula . In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004. She resides in Washington, D.C.

ou could see something very special in the young lady in 1986 when she interned for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. What was there went beyond ambition and her already formidable presence and steely persistence; it was an absolute will to master whatever she encountered. Condoleezza Rice conquered the piano as a young girl and the complicated, controversial field of Soviet military affairs after receiving her Ph.D. As happens with those marked with ability and presence, the lords of the mountain reached down to anoint her as National Security Adviser to President Bush and now as his Secretary of State. After she became Secretary, even former critics lauded her for reinvigorating U.S. diplomacy, though they questioned whether she could sculpt a much needed grand strategy. She responded with one built around promoting democracy worldwide, without compromise, as a cure for everything from terrorism to economic downturns. But this strategy already hangs by hairs in Iraq and a tumultuous Middle East. Her reputation will turn on how she handles problems from hell like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and North Korea. Could even Bismarck or Kissinger call down lightning from the mountaintop to tame those vipers? To her great credit, she has assembled a first-rate staff and keeps traveling and talking. And how well she talks, eyes sometimes blazing fiercely when she is attacked. Rice, 51, has less than three years to reverse the many mistakes of a shaky Administration and master the job designed by the lords of the mountain for the history books.

EXTRACTS OF Q&A FROM PRESS BRIEFING BY DR. CONDOLEEZA RICE, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S TRIP TO AFRICA

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Dr. Rice, as the American public is expecting U.S. troops to go into Liberia, what does it say to the American public that this is the second person that President Bush has asked to step down besides Saddam Hussein?

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Regarding Liberia, President Bush has said several times that Charles Taylor must leave now immediately. Can you clarify--is Taylor's departure an absolute precondition before sending in any U.S. forces? Or is there a possibility that U.S. forces could go in while the details of his departure are being worked out?

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What the President is saying is that until there is--until Charles Taylor is out of politics, there isn't going to be any stabilization of the situation in Liberia. It doesn't matter what kind of force you send in, it doesn't matter what you try to do, his leaving is a condition for the parties coming to a stable peace and beginning a political process. So that's the point. I don't think we want to speculate on timing. But the fact of the matter is, Charles Taylor needs to leave because Charles Taylor is the problem. And Charles Taylor is, by the way, not just a problem for Liberia, he's a problem for the region. One of the reasons that the President is concerned about the situation in Liberia is that Charles Taylor has been a source of insurrection and insurgency in surrounding countries. And the efforts to make stable places like Sierra Leone,

Well, first of all, the President has made no decision on what approach and tactics the United States is going to use to help the United Nations and the regional powers deal with this very difficult situation in Liberia. That is still under consideration. As the President said earlier today, he wants to make a reasoned decision about what is going to be most effective in dealing with the situation in Liberia. But the President calls them as he sees them. There wasn't any doubt that Saddam Hussein was a menace in the region, not to mention a menace to his own people. And Charles Taylor is a menace to his own people. But he is-- and by the way, there are lots of regional leader who also are very concerned about Charles Taylor--and not just his activities in Liberia, which have been heinous and have driven the country into the situation that it's in now, but also his activities in the region.

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Dr. Rice, during the 2000 campaign, the President said he would be judicious in the deployment of troops. As he considers this option, one among many, in Liberia, how would he define the national interest there? He said during the campaign that it needs to be in our vital interest for troops to be sent. How would you explain that to the loved ones of troops who may be sent in harm's way in Liberia?

The President does believe that Liberia and the stability of West Africa is important to U.S. interests. This is a region that is only beginning to make some progress on being more stable. It is a region that is vital to--its stability could be vital to progress on the continent, to which the President has devoted a lot of time and energy. He wants to see that go forward. There is a humanitarian situation there that needs to be dealt with. And I think that we've also recognized since 9-11 that one wants to be careful about permitting conditions of failed states to create conditions in which there's so much instability that you begin to see greater sources of terrorism, for instance. And so, that's one of the issues. It's also, of course, the case that we have a historic relationship with Liberia that is unlike our relationship anyplace else on the continent. And the President said all the way back in 2000--I do remember, I was there--that some of the conflicts that had gotten out of hand in Africa--like Rwanda, which ended up in the great humanitarian disaster there--that you have to try and act with the regional powers, and you have to try to act with the world not to let something like that happen. So there was never a sense that you simply stand back and say, we aren't going to touch a situation like this. The President believes in trying to be proactive. There is a political process that's being contemplated by the regional actors. And there's a cease-fire that needs to be secured. And so how we do that-- and I just--again, how we do that is still at issue. But that the President is committed to trying to do it I think is very important.

Liberia is to, first of all, have the source of the problem not there. That's Charles Taylor. It's also a matter of the regional powers and the political actors in Liberia coming to some agreement on a political process moving forward that could make for a smooth transition to a new government in Liberia. So there's a lot of work that still has to be done on the diplomatic side. Colin Powell has been very active with the United Nations, with Ghana, with Nigeria, in trying to create the political conditions that make sense. There was a meeting today of ECOWAS, which we attended, which looks at what the regional powers may be able to contribute to that stability, but I think it's premature to try to get into questions of mission.

And if you notice, the Millennium Challenge Account, which increases over the next several years U.S. assistance by 50 percent, is really aimed at having worldwide, African, Latin American, other partners who are committed to good governance. And so when you go to Africa it's important to also celebrate the good things, and that's what the meeting with Western African leaders will be.

for Saddam Hussein will work any better than offering a $25-million reward for Osama bin Laden?

would be a very good thing to have Saddam Hussein. But he's not ruling Iraq, and he won't ever be ruling Iraq again.

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Well, first of all, I think the reward language says either for him or for word of what happened to him. We still don't know whether he's alive or dead. And--

Just a quick follow--if we knew what had happened to him, would that stop this continuing insurrection?

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You talked about, obviously-- everyone has talked about the importance in Charles Taylor leaving, but can you enlighten us on the diplomatic discussions that you all are having in order to make that happen? Obviously, he's someone who has been indicted for war crimes. Is there any discussion about immunity or--

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Information leading to the capture, is what it says.

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Describe the meeting in Senegal with West African leaders? What's that about?

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Dr. Rice, if the President orders troops to Liberia, what's the--of the troops? How long will they stay? And will the troops take offensive action against the--forces in Liberia?

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Well, again, Terry, I don't want to get out ahead in terms of what the President may or may not do about forces. He's considering his options.

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The one that he'll do in Senegal? It's West African leaders that are from small democracies. It's a chance to talk to--very often when people talk about Africa, they talk about the humanitarian disaster. While we're obviously trying to deal with those problems, through the famine relief efforts that the President has made, the billion dollars we spend on famine relief, the $200 million that we've requested for emergency famine relief, the $15-billion AIDS package with $10 billion of new money, a great proportion of which would go to Africa because you have 12 of the 14 hardest hit countries there--it's not that we don't recognize the tremendous humanitarian challenges in Africa, but it's also important to celebrate those countries in Africa that are trying to do the right thing. And Senegal is one of those places. The countries that will come together with President Wade and President Bush in Senegal are also countries that are trying to do the right thing.

I'm not going to go into the specifics of what's being discussed with Charles Taylor, except to say that I think there is broad agreement that he has done nothing to help his people and he's done a lot to hurt his people and to hurt the region. So let's see how it comes out. There are very, obviously, sensitive discussions going on right now, and I don't want to get into details of them.

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The United States is absolutely committed to, to having him in a position to be tried for war crimes?

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The United States is committed to trying to build an environment in Liberia that's stable. And he has to leave. The circumstances of that, we'll see. The work that's being done by regional leaders on this is extremely important.

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Dr. Rice, is there any reason to believe that offering a $25-million reward

Well, thank you for the question, but I don't want to speculate on a decision that the President has not yet taken. The key to regaining stability in

Well, or to information leading to what may have happened to him before. We will take information on him, in general. Look, there's no doubt that it would be a very, very good thing to get Saddam Hussein and his sons, if they are still alive. And obviously, there are people in Iraq who worry about their continued existence, if they are continuing to exist. But I'm glad you asked the question, Bill, because I do think there's a tremendous difference between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden sits in a cave and issues fatwahs as some kind of mystical figure. Saddam Hussein ruled the oldfashioned way: secret police, prisons, torture chambers, an army, territory, oil wealth. This is not somebody who can manage the Iraqi--a repressive Iraqi government from someplace in a village. He rules by the old-fashioned way. And the people of Iraq should be assured--reassured--by what the President said the other day, the United States isn't going anywhere, the coalition isn't going anywhere. We're not going anywhere until there is a stable environment in Iraq for the Iraqi people to pursue a more prosperous future. And the remnants of resistance that are there--I hate to even glorify it with the word resistance--the remnants of the thugs and crooks that looted their country and oppressed their countrymen will be rooted out and they will be taken care of. And really in that sense, it

I don't know, because what he did was to pass out a lot of favors to people who now stand to lose those favors, because Iraq will be a society that's based on equality and a society that's based on merit. And so there are some people who, with or without Saddam, are probably feeling that they're going to lose now that he's been defeated. But the President was very clear the other day--whatever forces are trying to make it difficult for the United States to create the conditions in which--the coalition to create the conditions in which the Iraqis can emerge and prosper, they can just forget about it. It's not going to happen. And the forces that do things like sabotage oil production or sabotage electrical supply are not hurting the coalition forces. They're hurting the Iraqi people. And they're the same forces that have been doing that to their countrymen for the last, nearly 30 years. And so maybe it's not surprising that they're still willing to do it to their fellow Iraqi citizens.

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A quick follow on Liberia. Can you give us a sense of how the discussions on a possible deployment are going on? Is the U.S. in direct contact with Mr. Taylor? Or is the U.N. taking the lead?

DR. RICE:

The United Nations is taking the lead in the diplomacy. The United States is in direct contact with

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Secretary of State Rice with the new Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon, Dec. 11, 2006 (photo by Michael Gross, State Department)

Ms Rice says Iran, not the US is the region's main problem

Secrtary Rice meeting with President Putin at Novoogorevo, Residence of the President

Secretary Rice is greeted by Igor Neverov, Director of the North America Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Desk, and Ambassador William J. Burns at Sheremetyevo Airport on May 14, 2007

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using with Charles Taylor is similar to the approach that's being used with North Korea. You're trying to get regional players who perhaps know him a little better to influence his actions. Is that fair to say? big initiatives are in many ways cornerstones, along with AGOA--AGOA and other free trade agreements throughout our hemisphere, as well as Africa and Asia--these are the cornerstones of the part of American foreign policy that seeks to make the world better. Now, it's very often the case--particularly for a President who has had to face the war on terrorism and the associated conflicts that have been a part of that--it's very easy to just focus on American power. But American power has always had two parts. It does try to make the world more secure, and we're trying to do that in a number of ways. But it also has always been committed to values and to trying to make the world better. And these initiatives, plus trade and the words that we use about values, are the core of reminding the world that America is a country that is also devoted to the betterment of people. So the President is hoping that the Congress will fully fund his initiatives. He just yesterday announced Randall Tobias as his AIDS Ambassador. We're ready to go. We're working very hard on how to stand up the Millennium Challenge program. And so, it's time for Congress to fully fund it. Thank you very much. was impressed with what Kofi Annan said to him about AIDS. He was impressed with what Bono said to him about AIDS, what the leaders, like Museveni, were saying to him. He's wanted to do something about that because he's said that a great country cannot let this pandemic continue and not try to intervene. And then, finally, of course, Africa is a part of America's history. You know, Europeans and Africans came to this country together--Africans in chains. And slavery was, of course, America's birth defect. And we've been trying to deal with the consequences of it every since and to bring about reconciliation. The President on Goree Island is going to have a chance to talk about that experience, but also to look forward to the tremendous contributions of African Americans to this country. So America is a country of immigrants, but, of course, our experience with Africa has this other piece that wasn't exactly an immigrant experience. And yet it is the motherland, of course, a source of cultural pride for a substantial part of America's population. And the President cares about that. Thank you.

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Well, it's fair to say that the President has a view of all of these issues that the United States needs to partner with the countries and the leaders in the region in order to make this work and in order to make it stable.

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May 15, 2007. Secretary Rice and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov speak to the press

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ECOWAS, in fact, was represented at the meeting of the ECOWAS leaders earlier today. And we are in direct contact with the United Nations.

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I wonder, Dr. Rice, if I could follow Dana's question.

DR. RICE: Sure. Q: Are the discussions so sensitive

that you cannot voice an opinion about whether or not Mr. Taylor should face a war crimes tribunal? And also, in a radio interview yesterday, he accused the President of acting like the President of the world in trying to push out a democratically-elected leader. Do we not feel the election that brought him to power, the most recent one, was legitimate?

famine relief, but it deals with trying to bring the potential out in Africa-- something like AGOA, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is doing amazing things for African products so that markets are available for those products, and therefore, supporting poverty alleviation in small villages in Africa. If you look at the Millennium Challenge Account, which I can tell you, sitting with these leaders when they come to see the President, they're all making--going to make their case as to why they should be Millennium Challenge Account recipients. And those are criteria that speak to good governance. It speaks to investing in the health and education of your people. It speaks to the importance of open economies and free markets. It speaks to rooting out corruption, which has been one of the great killers of economic activity in Africa. And of course, it's a broad agenda on education and on counterterrorism cooperation. This President takes seriously Africa, African leaders, and the potential of this continent to be a fully contributing continent to world growth and prosperity. And I hope that that's the agenda that really does come through.

And on Iraq, the number of U.S. casualties that we're seeing since the President declared the end of major combat operations, is this the number of casualties for U.S. troops that you expected to see happening at this time when you launched this war?

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Look, any casualty is one casualty too many, whether we're in major military operations or what we're doing now. But the fact of the matter is, when the President declared major military operations over, he talked about the dangers that still were ahead. He's talked numerous times about the pockets of these Baathists and others who are trying to be determined not to let their fellow Iraqi citizens have a new and better future. And so we knew that it was going to be a dangerous time. I don't think anybody spent time trying to say, well, how you define dangerous. But that it might be possible that we would take more casualties, I think everybody understood.

Q: One general question? DR. RICE: Yes. Q: But what's the source

Q: Why not an apology for slavery? DR. RICE: Thank you very much. Q: Why not an apology for slavery,

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Dr. Rice, why is the President so reluctant in sending troops to Liberia, while you have 140,000 U.S. troops in harm's way in Iraq?

of the President's commitment to Africa? It surprises some people that a conservative Republican from Texas has committed a humanitarian, economic, and now, perhaps, security level to Africa. Where does that come from?

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I think people know the history of how Charles Taylor came to power. I also think people know the history of what Charles Taylor has done to his people. And I think everybody knows that Liberia, for instance, since 1990, has basically had no infrastructure. This is somebody who's done nothing to build it. This is somebody who has murdered and looted and really put the country in extremis. So the President is simply voicing what a lot of people in Liberia are voicing, not to mention most of the political movements in Liberia are voicing, which is that it's time for Charles Taylor to go.

Dr. Rice, can you confirm anything about talks being underway authorizing a U.S. resolution to use force in Taylor's removal?

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Secretary Powell is simply exploring at this point what needs to be done on the diplomatic side. But there are no formal talks. Okay, and a follow-up to that, Mr. Taylor in various interviews has said that he needs three months to leave. We've heard 45 days to leave. The President as recently as this morning said, "now." How do you reconcile that?

The President is simply considering what options are going to resolve this situation in Liberia. There's a diplomatic piece of this. There are questions about what methods, what kinds of forces, whose forces, what role the regional actors can play. And we're just putting the whole picture together. And the President is going to take a decision when he takes a decision. But an American President is always reluctant to have forces go anywhere. But he hasn't made a decision. He's trying to--as he said today, he wants to make a reasoned decision about what's going to work.

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Dr. Rice, are you concerned, especially now you have so many questions about Liberia, that with the President's decision forthcoming, that it's actually going to take away from the original goal of this trip, which obviously is to highlight this first of its kind AIDS policy?

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That's, in part, up to you. I sincerely hope that people will focus on this tremendous positive agenda that this President has, over the last two-and-a-half years, developed for Africa. It's broad. It is a positive agenda. It deals not only with the humanitarian issues like AIDS and

I don't think that we can. We can't reconcile it. There are a number of people talking to Charles Taylor. The point to him, though, that's being made by everybody is that in order for this country to move on to a new phase, in order for his country to have political stability, he's got to leave.

You mentioned the President's agenda for Africa. Next week, while he's there, the House Appropriations Subcommittee is very likely to fund both the Millennium Challenge Account and the AIDS initiative at levels far lower than he has sought. How badly is that going to undermine that agenda, and what is your message to Congress as they--

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Dr. Rice, one on Iraq and one on Liberia. First, Liberia. It sounds, if you're saying that the work of the countries in Africa, other African leaders, is vital to what's going on right now, as if the approach that you're

Absolutely. The message to Congress is that the President requested funding at the levels that he thought necessary to get the job done. And we are actively, all of us, actively engaging with the Congress to try and get full funding. I think the President's commitment is clear to everyone. He has laid out initiative after initiative. These two very

The President is--as President, understands that America is a country that really does have to be committed to values and to making life better for people around the world. But that's what the world looks to America to do. It's not just the sword. It's also the olive branch that speaks to those intentions. And the President, from the day he was elected, has had a real interest in people and leaders and countries that have a struggle, that have difficulties in front of them, but are willing to take those struggles and those difficulties on in an aggressive way. Many of the African leaders that he met--and he's met 22 of them--but many of the African leaders that he's met have impressed him as people who, under very difficult circumstances, are trying, finally on this continent, to make steps toward making life better for their people--people like President Wade, for whom he has enormous respect, or President Mogae in Botswana, who's done a great deal to make this economy better. They have struggles. Botswana has extraordinarily high AIDS infection rates among its population. On the other hand, he's been impressed with Uganda, which has been able to reverse that trend. And what you see in his commitment to Africa is a desire to take the potential that is there and to work with people who are committed to making that potential. He'd be the first to say, you can't do it if you don't have leaders in those countries who are also committed. But he's been very committed to it. On AIDS, from the very beginning he's said to those of us, I want to try to do something on this. And I think he

The President is going to talk about and acknowledge what has-- what slavery has meant to Africa and has meant to America. But there is plenty of blame to go around about slavery. He's going to look forward to the tremendous contributions that we've made, and he's going to look forward to how to help Africa finally realize its potential. Thank you.

IRAN `BIGGEST THREAT TO MID-EAST'

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S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned that Iran poses the biggest threat to US Middle East interests, as she began a major regional tour. Ms Rice and US Defence Secretary Robert Gates met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Arab ministers at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The tour was aimed at uniting US allies against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. It was also trying to win support for a Mid-East peace conference planned for later this year. Ms Rice held talks with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, and Rice their said discussions included the situations in Iraq and Lebanon, and the prospects for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. Ms Rice said the US was making sure its allies in the region were well protected after Iran accused the US of trying to spread fear and mistrust. "The United States is determined to assure our allies that we are going to be reliable in helping them to meet their security needs. We have a lot of interests in common in this region: in the fight against terrorism and extremism; Continued on page 15

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DR. CONDOLEEZA RICE-- Continued from page 14 in protecting the gains of peace processes of the past and in extending those gains to peace processes of the future," she said. Earlier, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini accused the US of tarnishing good relations between countries in the region. Iran's nuclear program and influence among Shia Muslim militant groups have long been sources of US concern. During a stopover in Shannon, Ireland, Ms Rice told reporters: "There isn't a doubt, I think, that Iran constitutes the single most important, singlecountry challenge to... US interests in the Middle East and to the kind of Middle East that we want to see." The trip was the two officials' first joint tour of the region. They visited Egypt and Saudi Arabia together, and other countries separately. Mr Gates told reporters traveling with him that US officials wanted "to reassure all of the countries that the policies that (US President George W Bush) pursues in Iraq have had and will continue to have regional stability and security as a very high priority". The meetings came after Washington confirmed plans for a massive arms deal for the region. The main beneficiaries of the deals are Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The $30bn aid to Israel over 10 years represents a 25% increase from present levels. The Jewish state said the package would allow it to maintain its military "qualitative edge" in the region. The sale of satellite-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, the first such sale to any Arab country, is thought to be part of the proposed $20bn arms deal with the kingdom and other Gulf states - the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. During their lobbying tour of the region, Ms Rice and Mr Gates are expected to ask Saudi King Abdullah to do more to support the Iraqi government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, has gone as far as accusing Saudi Arabia of undermining efforts to stabilise Iraq. The weapons deals need to be approved by Congress, and appear set to encounter opposition. Two Democratic congressmen, Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler of New York, said at the weekend they would introduce legislation to block military aid to Saudi Arabia.

SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE'S VISIT TO MOSCOW

ecretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Moscow, Russia on May 14-15, 2007 for meetings with President Vladimir Putin, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and other senior Russian Government officials. These discussions covered a wide range of bilateral and global issues. Secretary Rice also met with representatives of Russia's civil society.

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ONE BIG DAY, ONE BIG THANKS--A COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY FOR YOUTH

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he Big Event is coming to Alexandria! The Alexandria Volunteer Bureau in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network is organizing Alexandria youth to participate in a day of service called The Big Event. On Saturday, August 25th, The Big Event will bring together non profits, corporate sponsors, faith groups and local youth for one big day of service aimed to give one big thanks to the Alexandria community. One hundred participants of diverse backgrounds will form teams in order to complete half-day service projects for Alexandria nonprofits. Service projects include: · Gardening at Duncan Library, Beatley Center Library and the American Horticulture Society · Cleaning up Mt. Vernon Recreation Center · Engaging children at New Hope Housing · Painting at the Campagna Center and the Center for Alexandria's Children · Organizing clothes and helping with mailings at the Alexandria Department of Human Services · Maintaining grounds and packaging food at ALIVE! (Alexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) The Alexandria Volunteer Bureau's mission is to link volunteers with community non-profit organizations and local events. "We're excited about this opportunity for youth to engage in this community through service projects," said AVB Executive Director Melinda Patrician. "We hope the Big Event will become an annual tradition in Alexandria." Teens and adult team leaders can still register for the Big Event. For more information about The Big Event and other community service opportunities, visit www. alexandriavolunteerbureau.org

desire to see more available mentors in the community. The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership, through the support of the City of Alexandria, is sponsoring a free information session on August 29, from 6:00­8:30PM at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, in order to recruit at least 200 new mentors. The Partnership will kick off the event by serving a light dinner from 6:00­7:00PM, and the information session is scheduled from 7:00­ 8:30PM. Current mentors, youth, parents, and staff who are involved in local mentoring programs will discuss opportunities for the community to participate. No prior experience as a mentor is necessary! The Partnership will provide the training for you to become a mentor. The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is a collaborative partnership of15 mentor programs, volunteers and staff working together to recruit, train and support adults so that every child desiring a mentor can be offered one. The Partnership was formed as a result of feedback received from the community through initiatives of the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force, the Alexandria Community Services Board, and community outreach. The Partnership prioritized mentoring programs because they have been identified as a research-based best practice in preventing crime, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, poor school performance, and gang involvement. Please RSVP to attend by calling 703-838-4180, ext. 261, or by emailing [email protected] If you cannot attend this session but would like more information on how to become involved in Alexandria's mentoring programs, visit www. alexandriava.gov/mentoring.

Montgomery County Police want to remind residents of the following to avoid becoming a victim of thefts from their vehicles: · Lock your vehicle doors and set the vehicle alarm, if you have one. · Take anything of value out of the vehicle when you get out of your vehicle. Leaving valuables, and mechanisms that secure GPS and iPod systems in the vehicle, can be something that suspects are looking for when they target a vehicle. · Park your vehicles in well-lit areas. · Report suspicious activities as soon as they occur. You may call the non-emergency number at 301279-8000. If you believe it is an emergency, dial 911. The micro fiber cloths are in limited supply, and will be given out as long as the supply last. The cloths can be picked up at the Crime Prevention Tent located inside the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Anyone who has information about these thefts and/or suspect(s) is asked to call the Montgomery County Police 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084, the Montgomery County Police 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112, or contact the Montgomery County Police non-emergency phone number 301279-8000.

Free parking is available after 6p.m. in County parking lot 13, the County parking garage at Amherst Avenue and Reedie Drive, and the Metro parking garage. The Wheaton Metro is just steps from the event site. Downtown Wheaton, recently designated as an Arts and Entertainment District by the State of Maryland, holds several events throughout the year which showcase the visual, culinary and performing arts. For more information, call 240-777-8115 or visit www. montgomerycountymd.gov/wheaton.

donated more than 14,000 back-toschool materials to support area youth affiliated with local nonprofits.

PALM TREES IN METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON, DC?

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POLICE TAKE ACTION TO HELP MINIMIZE THE CHANCE OF THEFT OF GPS DEVICES

ALEXANDRIA MENTORING PARTNERSHIP TO HOST FREE INFORMATION SESSION

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ave you ever thought about how you can make a difference in others' lives right here in the Alexandria community? Mentoring is a great way to be a positive influence on Alexandria youth, and both youth and adults have expressed their

BLACK FACT

On August 17, 1887, Marcus Garvey, the father of the black nationalist and pan african movements was born in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica.

he Montgomery County Department of Police will be giving away 1,200 micro fiber cloths at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair to help minimize the chance of motorist having their vehicles broken into as thieves look for electronic devices. There have been numerous thefts of global positioning system (GPS) devices and other electronic devices over the last few months. From June 1 to August 10 there have been a total of 287 GPS units stolen from automobiles across all of Montgomery County. Although some motorists remove the actual device and its suction cup holder from the windshield, many times the round mark created by the suction cup is left in place. To eliminate that tell-tale suction cup mark on the windshield, the Montgomery County Department of Police is giving away micro fiber clothes that can be used to simply wipe the mark off. Unlike regular disposable cloths, the micro fiber cloths are reusable, they do not require chemical cleaners to work, and can be washed hundreds of times before losing their effectiveness. The Department of Police believes this is a relatively inexpensive way to minimize your chances of becoming a crime victim and may save you costly repairs to fix a broken window or damaged lock.

he Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, in partnership with the Chinese Culture and Community Center, will host evening ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for adults beginning Friday, September 14 and running for 16 consecutive weeks. The classes will take place at the Center located at 3300 Briggs Chaney Road in Silver Spring. A beginner's class and an intermediate class--both meeting from 6 to 8:30p.m.--will be offered. The Center is also partnering with the African Immigrant & Refugee Foundation to offer a daytime ESOL class. This is an intermediate class that will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The classes are free, but a $10 refundable deposit and $18 book fee are required. To sign up for a class or for more information, call 240-777-8400.

report released today (August 14) by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) gave the school lunch program in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) a B+ for providing healthy food options and promoting children's health. PCRM evaluated 22 elementary school lunch programs from the top 100 largest districts in the United States. A team of dietitians graded the programs on criteria in three categories: obesity and chronic disease prevention, health promotion and nutrition adequacy, and nutrition initiatives. The annual school lunch review, which began in 2001, documents changes and improvements in the types of foods offered in schools and rewards the availability of low-fat, plantbased menu offerings. According to the report, MCPS boosted its score from a B­ last year to a B+ this year by increasing the number of fresh fruit and low-fat vegetable side dish offerings. MCPS also was recognized for nutrition education provided on school menus that are sent home with students, wellness information on the web site, and instructional television productions focusing on the importance of good food choices and exercise.

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COMCAST DONATES MORE THAN 3,100 SCHOOL SUPPLIES

WHEATON SIZZLES IN THE SUMMER; NIGHTHAWKS ENTERTAIN AT NEXT DINNER AND A SHOW SERIES

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s part of its Wheaton Sizzles in the Summer series, downtown Wheaton announces its second "dinner and a show" concert to be held on Saturday, August 18 at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive. The free concert begins at 8p.m. and is open to the public. The August concert will feature the Nighthawks, playing a wide variety of music that appeals to a diverse audience, mixing the blues, rock and soul, along with rockabilly and swing. Many restaurants will offer discounts off food purchases from 6 to 11p.m.; carryout will be available. Stop by the information booth on event night to locate participating restaurants or call 240-777-8100 to have the list faxed or emailed.

he fifth annual Comcast School Supply Drive has come to a close with a stellar contribution amount of more than 3,100 school supplies for local students. The donations will go a long way in ensuring that Metro Washington students have the tools they need to start a successful school year. Items donated included notebooks, backpacks, pencils, calculators, binders and more. · Hundreds of Comcast employees in Montgomery, Prince George's and Frederick Counties and the District of Columbia were encouraged to donate to the drive which extended from July 16­August 10. · The collected materials will be divided among the following nonprofit organizations: District of Columbia Public Schools, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Prince George's County Department of Social Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick. · To date, Comcast employees have

new plant trend is quickly catching on, particularly given our sauna-like Washington summers. Experienced gardeners and beginners alike are purchasing record numbers of tropical plants for the backyard. Washington backyards look more like tropical destinations as new varieties of tropical plants are being developed that thrive outdoors. "This is a trend we've seen that has really taken off," explains Gary Mangum co-owner of Bell Nursery in Burtonsville, Md. Mangum supplies all tropical plants for Home Depot stores in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Delaware regions. "People are getting more creative with their outdoor spaces and are including tropical plants around their pools, patios, decks and even in their yards," Mangum adds. The plants can be used in containers or planted directly into the ground. Many of the Home Depot stores that Mangum supplies report that sales of tropical plants are up 30 percent this season and Home Depot is gearing up for the world's largest house and office plant event starting on August 9 and going through early September. Home Depot stores will have extensive selection and some of the best pricing ever. A great selection of patio citrus plants with fruit will also be available at many stores. More than 50 extra tractor trailers filled with plants will be shipped to Home Depot stores for this. "The great thing about tropicals is that they thrive in our current weather conditions," Mangum says. While most of the plants will either have to be treated as annuals or moved indoors in the fall, "Using tropical plants as annuals in the garden allows homeowners to be a lot more creative," says Mangum. "You can create a tropical paradise or a jungle in your backyard or on your condominium balcony." While 30% of the plants purchased during this event will be used outdoors until temperatures drop, the majority will still be purchased for the more traditional use as home and office décor. Thousands of area homeowners will utilize these plants indoors as the seasons change, and plants have always made great back to school gifts. While tropical plants thrive in the heat and humidity, they cannot go without water. "You still need to give them approximately one-inch of water a week," Mangum explains. "Be careful not to over-water," he adds. Even with drought, over-watering remains the number one killer of plants, including bedding plants. Bell Nursery located in Burtonsville, Maryland is the largest grower of bedding plants, tropical plants and specialty woody ornamental plants in the Mid-Atlantic. Through a unique program, the "Grower Network", Bell Nursery provides an opportunity for farmers and landowners to participate in the nursery experience. Through this program, some family farms have been saved and land has been protected from development. Bell Nursery provides plant material to Home Depot stores from Fredericksburg, Virginia through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and from West Virginia to the East Coast.

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BRIAN MCKNIGHT TO HEADLINE CHICAGO THE MUSICAL AT THE WARNER THEATRE

CHICAGO for a six-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre. CHICAGO, winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and a Grammy Award® for its cast recording, has the distinction of being Broadway's longest running revival having celebrated its 10-year anniversary at the Ambassador Theatre in New York this past November (2006). Adding to its accomplishments CHICAGO was recently the recipient of the National Touring Award. The story of two real life murderesses and a lawyer who turns them into media celebrities is a page right out of today's newspapers. CHICAGO is produced by Tony Award® winners, Barry and Fran Weissler and under the Tony Award® winning direction of Walter Bobbie and spotlighting the Tony Award winning choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of the legendary Bob Fosse and re-created by Gary Chryst. CHICAGO features the "razzle-dazzle" music and lyrics of master Broadway multi-award winning composers John Kander and Fred Ebb, with book by Mr. Ebb and Bob Fosse. The immense worldwide success of CHICAGO spawned the Academy Award® winning film version. Yet seeing it live is an experience you will never forget. The jazz, the style, the music, and the dancing all add up to an experience that will exhilarate. CHICAGO is a production not to be missed. And all the reviewers agree. Time Magazine calls it "A Triumph," Newsweek raves "Smashing" and Entertainment Weekly sums it up by calling CHICAGO "Broadway's Most Electrifying Show." CHICAGO plays 16 performances: · September 25­30: Tuesday­Friday at 8:00PM Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00PM and Sunday at 1:00 & 6:30PM · October 1­7: Monday at 8:00PM Wednesday­Friday at 8:00PM · Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00PM and Sunday at 1:00 & 6:30PM: · The matinee performance on Sunday, September 30, at 1:00PM will be sign interpreted and audio described. Tickets range in price from $38.50­$75.00. Purchase through authorized sellers only online at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, by phone through Ticketmaster in DC at 202397-SEAT, in Virginia at 703-573SEAT, in Maryland at 410-547-SEAT, outside DC/VA/MD at 1-800-551SEAT, and in person at the Warner Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster outlet locations. Groups of 10 or more should call 1-866-934-7469 or visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. CHICAGO is presented by Broadway Across America, Washington, DC.

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ashington, DC audiences will be "razzle-dazzled" when CHICAGO THE MUSICAL starring BRIAN MCKNIGHT comes to the Warner Theatre for two weeks only, September 25­ October 7. Brian McKnight makes his preBroadway debut as slickster criminal lawyer Billy Flynn. McKnight is a Grammy®-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and multitalented musician. He has released a total of 10 R&B/pop albums in 15 years, seven of which have gone platinum or multi-platinum. Following the 16 show engagement in Washington, DC, McKnight will travel to New York to join the Broadway cast of

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the residents were known for civic activism, pursing school integration, historical zoning, and architectural conservation and restoration. Today, the areas 19th century buildings are home to a thriving residential neighborhood of tremendous diversity. "WETA Neighborhoods" includes the following stories: · Marine Barracks Washington: The oldest active post of the United States Marine Corps has been a fixture of Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood since 1801. Witness the military traditions proudly continued day in and day out by Marines at the barracks at "8th and I". · Tom Kelly's Capitol Hill: Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood is often identified by its great structures: the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and Union Station. But to a boy growing up there in the 1920s and 1930s those were the places your neighbors worked or built. WETA visits with Tom Kelly as he shares his memories of the neighborhood where he's lived for all of his life. · National Capital Bank: On Pennsylvania Avenue, sandwiched between two modern banking goliaths, stands National Capital Bank. WETA explores how this seemingly small, family-run business has survived since 1889, weathering stock market crashes, great depressions, recessions and more. · Congressional Cemetery: Most people think of cemeteries as final resting places for the dead, but Capitol Hill's Congressional Cemetery has become something of a place for the living. WETA discovers how an immense community effort has led to the preservation and transformation of the historic cemetery. Past and present residents of Capitol Hill and all communities are encouraged to share their memories at weta.org/neighborhoods, where visitors can also view video segments and photographs "WETA Neighborhoods" spotlights communities throughout the Greater Washington area. Segments produced to date include: Anacostia in Southeast Washington, D.C.; Bowie, Maryland; Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia; Adams Morgan, Georgetown and Glover Park in Northwest Washington, D.C.; and Dupont Circle, Shaw & LeDroit Park, Shepherd Park and Southwest in Washington, D.C. WETA supports educational and culturally enriching opportunities for the community through programming and outreach workshops such as "WETA Hometown Heroes" and Ready to Learn. To find out more about these projects, visit WETA's community website at weta.org/community. The upcoming broadcast of the WETA and Florentine Films co-production "The War" provides additional educational opportunity. The 15-hour Ken Burns film, directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premieres on WETA TV 26 September 23-26 and September 30-October 2. The documentary is accompanied by extensive efforts to encourage students and educators across the country to collect and preserve personal histories of World War II. For more information about "The War," visit WETA's website at weta.org/thewar.

stellar list of artists will grace the Show Place Arena stage, including Isaac Hayes, Jeffery Osborne and Norman Brown's Summer Storm featuring the amazing Peabo Bryson, the passionate Marion Meadows and the phenomenal Jeff Lorber. After an overwhelmingly enthusiastic decision to return to Prince George's County, the Second Annual Metropolitan International Jazz Festival will now be a five-day event to include a third concert date that has been added to the main event. This year, instead of just two days of an exciting entertainment line-up of star studded jazz artists, the Metropolitan International Jazz Festival will encompass three concert nights, taking place Labor Day Weekend Thursday August 30­Saturday September 1 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. In addition, evening "Jam Sessions" will take place earlier in the week beginning Tuesday August 28. On the night of the concerts, jam sessions immediately follow the last performance. All Jam Sessions will take place in College Park at The Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, the host hotel for the jazz artists. Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster at 800-943-4327 and at the Showplace Arena. For more information, visit www.shortcakeentgroup.com.

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apitol Hill will be the subject for the next installment of "WETA Neighborhoods," a mini-documentary series produced by the station and broadcast on WETA TV 26, Kevin Harris, vice president and television station manager at WETA, announced today. WETA is producing four twominute stories on Capitol Hill, highlighting the community's traditions, history and landmarks. The Capitol Hill features premiere on Saturday, September 1, immediately before "The This Old House Hour" at 8:00a.m. on WETA TV 26 and will air throughout the month. The Capitol Hill community is located to the east of the U.S. Capitol building, encompassing several square miles, including the Hill's northern descent and beyond. Known today for its proximity to Congress, the neighborhood first was associated heavily with the Navy Yard more than two hundred years ago, where laborers built ships on the banks of the Anacostia River. Much of Capitol Hill was farmland until its selection as the site for Capitol building in 1791, when the city-planner Pierre L'Enfant identified a rise in the land as perfect for his vision. War-- from the Civil War to both World Wars I & II--brought investors and population booms to the area. By the 1970s,

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August 17, 2007

THIRD ANNUAL VIRGINIA BLACK EXPO PRESENTED BY THOMAS-MCCANTS MEDIA, INC. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STATE FARM AND AMERICA'S 400TH ANNIVERSARY

to target minority-owned business owners throughout the Commonwealth and to give them a unique opportunity to expose their products and services to a highly targeted audience." The Expo is a forum to educate, enlighten, and inspire the entire community and the African-American community in particular. As part of its sponsorship, Jamestown 2007, the organizing agency of America's 400th Anniversary, is producing the cultural component of this year's Expo, which will explore through exhibits, African and African-American culture in the United States over the past four centuries. This year's Expo is a signature event of America's 400th Anniversary commemorating the 1607 founding of Jamestown and its legacies of cultural diversity, free enterprise and representative government. The Expo's cultural component includes the exhibit Don't Grieve After Me, which explores the African-American experience in Virginia from 1619 to the present, vignettes from the African- American Trailblazer exhibit, as well as exhibits on music, the Civil Rights era, AfricanAmerican inventors and an exhibit on African-American contributions within NASA. "Exploring the African-American imprint on America is an integral theme of the commemoration honoring Jamestown as America's first permanent English settlement. Jamestown 2007 is pleased to highlight the important role of Africans and AfricanAmericans in the development of the United States," said Jeanne Zeidler, Jamestown 2007's executive director. State Farm is sponsoring the Expo for the third year. Twenty-eight agents throughout Hampton Roads and Richmond are participating in the sponsorship. "We are excited about sponsoring the Third Annual Virginia Black Expo," said Bill Whitney, Vice-President of State Farm Insurance. "This is a great opportunity to partner with an organization whose mission correlates with our own--helping people realize their dreams." In conjunction with their sponsorship, State Farm will present scholarships to a student at each of the following universities who are pursuing a career in some aspect of business: Norfolk State, Hampton, Elizabeth City State, St. Paul, Virginia State, Virginia Commonwealth, Christopher Newport, and Virginia Union. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on topics that include business ownership, finance, and health care. In addition, celebrity guests-- Louis Gossett, Jr. and LL Cool J--will meet and greet attendees. Live entertainment provided by gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams, youth activities, and food vendors will round out the Expo's offerings. acting accolade, including multiple Golden Globes, Emmys, People's Choice Awards and Best Supporting Oscar® for the 1982 performance in "An Officer and a Gentleman," Gossett's performance has connected him with his fans on a global scale. Organizations such as the NAACP, CARE and the United States Armed Forces have used his likeness to add validity and integrity to their causes. Gossett, the activist is also developing a nonprofit foundation aimed at creating entertainment that helps bring awareness and education to issues such as racism, ignorance and societal apathy. Movie star, television star, rap artist and published author LL Cool J will make an appearance from 3-5 p.m. where the public will be able to meet and greet LL up close and personal. They may also purchase an autographed copy of his book LL Cool J's Platinum Workout, in which he shares the secrets of his transformation in a uniquely creative, yet no-nonsense regimen--enlivened with humor and sheer force of personality--that will inspire readers to enjoy working out as never before, while building a body they never thought possible. One of the few commercially viable artists one can truly call a veteran, LL has received two Grammy® Awards, penned his autobiography "I Make My Own Rules," and is the first rap artist to amass six consecutive platinum-plus selling albums and six gold singles. Gospel songstress Yolanda Adams will be the featured musical performer on the main stage from 5:30­6:30p.m. Adams, Stellar and Grammy® Awardwinning gospel recording artist has been wowing gospel audiences all over the world. Since her 1988 debut, the acclaimed and uplifting "Just as I Am," Adams' golden voice has won her fans in not only the gospel arena but also in television and radio. Now Adams can be heard throughout the Greater Hampton Roads area on the "Yolanda Adams Morning Show," a syndicated radio program which broadcasts locally on weekdays from 6-10 a.m. on WXEZ-FM, Star 94.1.

KMART LAUNCHES MULTICULTURAL DOLL BRANDS AS POPULARITY OF ETHNIC TOYS GROWS

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New to the Expo this year will be a collaborative effort with the City of Hampton, which will present an "African-American Family Reunion & Cultural Festival" concurrently with the Expo. Featuring entertainment, workshops, and children's activities, the Reunion is expected to draw hundreds of African-Americans from around the country to celebrate Hampton's unique history in conjunction with America's 400th Anniversary commemoration. In addition, the Expo will feature a golf tournament on Thursday, August 23 (9a.m. tee time) in Hampton sponsored by the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men (pre-registration required) at The Hampton Golf Course, and a special networking reception (invitation only) on Friday, August 24, at the Virginia Air and Space Center. Plus, Black Expo invited guests will get a special boat tour of the harbor on Friday, August 24. Sponsored by the Virginia Port Authority, the tour is designed to spur interest in the Hampton Road cities leading to business and

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ore than 200 African-American business owners from throughout the region will showcase their products and services to the public at the Third Annual Virginia Black Expo: A Cultural and Commerce Exposition on Saturday, August 25, 2007, from 11a.m. until 7p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. Presented by Thoma-McCants Media, Inc.--publishers of the Black Pages USA Directories--in conjunction with State Farm and America's 400th Anniversary, this year's Expo will focus on culture, commerce and international business. Black Expo is the largest event of its kind directly targeting the AfricanAmerican community. ]"The past two Expos have been extremely successful for us," said Gerry McCants, president of ThomasMcCants Media, Inc. "We are delighted to partner for the first time with Jamestown 2007 and to partner again with State Farm to make this event the best yet. Hampton is an ideal location

CELEBRITY ENTERTAINMENT

Academy Award®-winning Actor Louis Gossett, Jr., will be this year's keynote speaker from 2-3p.m. followed by an autograph signing session from 3-4p.m. One of America's most profound actors, Gossett has numerous big screen and television appearances. However, the recipient of every known

oy store aisles are getting a multicultural makeover. Bolstered by the success of Nickelodeon's popular bilingual children's character, Dora the Explorer, and the spending power of the nation's growing minority population, toy retailers across the country are filling their shelves with dolls whose skin colors and facial features reflect the girls and boys who play with them. Although black and Hispanic dolls have been around for decades, the newer incarnations try harder at authenticity, rather than simply tinting the hair and skin from "white" doll molds. Now, discount retailer Kmart hopes to cash in on a growing appetite for ethnic toys among minority consumers, and their rising spending power. It's launching its own initiative this month, putting dozens of multicultural dolls on shelves in each of its 1,400 stores. Although other retailers are stocking more multicultural dolls-- often in predominantly minority neighborhoods--Kmart claims it's the first mass-market retailer to have such a wide selection available in every store. When the rollout is completed next week, Kmart stores will sell nearly four dozen types of ethnic dolls--a nearly fourfold increase from what's currently available. The dolls are flanked by an advertising campaign in the store's circulars and designed to appeal to black, Hispanic and Asian parents. "We needed to be relevant to them," said Philipp Elliott, a toy merchandise manager at Kmart, a subsidiary of Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. Becoming relevant to minority shoppers can reap big benefits. About one in three Americans is a minority, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2006 and 2011, the spending power of the country's blacks, Asians, Native Americans and multiracial shoppers is expected to grow 38 percent, to $1.9 trillion. Meanwhile Hispanic buying power alone is projected to grow a formidable 48 percent, to almost $1.2 trillion, according to data from The University of Georgia's Selig Center for Economic Growth. By 2050, minorities will account for half of U.S. residents, according to Census Bureau projections. Kmart executives hope the doll campaign will bring renewed foot traffic to their stores, which saw sales revenue fall 2.3 percent last year. Last month, Sears warned second-quarter earnings will likely fall well below expectations because of more disappointing sales at Kmart and its sister Sears stores. Kmart officials declined to release figures showing how much the chain has invested in the doll project, which includes brands such as Baby Abuelita and Mattel Inc.'s Rebelde dolls, as well as the newly designed proprietary Just Girlz collection. But the retailer likely faces an uphill battle as it tries to woo shoppers away from heavyweight competitors Wal-Mart and Toys R' Us, whose

large selections of the popular Barbie and Bratz dolls give them an even bigger advantage in appealing to minority shoppers. "I think they're going down a very tough road," said toy analyst Jim Silver, editor of Toy Wishes magazine. "Why would I buy a generic ethnic doll over this major brand that has all these accessories?" Popular dolls need more than pretty looks. Instead, it's a combination of brand names and cool accessories--from doll houses to roller skates--that attract children to dolls. Just ask 27-year-old Calumet Park resident Marie Jones, whose daughters eyed the new dolls inside a Kmart store in Chicago's south suburbs last week. "If they're pretty, they're pretty," said Jones after watching Jade Lynch, 8, and Imani Simmons, 6, play with the new dolls. "They picked up the black ones, they picked up the white ones. They look at the things that they come with. If they can comb their hair, that's the doll they want." There are no solid data on the size of the nation's ethnic doll selection, but experts say the category is booming after a series of flops that received tepid enthusiasm from shoppers. "People want a doll and a story that reflects who they are," said Julie Parks, a spokeswoman for Mattel's American Girl, which includes Native American, Hispanic and black historical dolls, as well as dolls with myriad skin, eye and hair color combinations. "There is something about seeing a reflection of themselves in that character and in that doll that they can relate to." Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien said the chain's Hispanic doll selection has more than tripled in the past year while the total assortment of black baby dolls has more than doubled. All told, the Bentonville, Ark.based retailer has more than 70 varieties of ethnic dolls, but it doesn't carry the full selection in every store. Instead, it often stocks many of them in neighborhoods where there are more minority shoppers. Wayne, N.J.-based Toys "R" Us Inc., which follows a similar approach when stocking its more than 100 types of multicultural dolls, said its Hispanic selection has soared in the past two years along with smaller increases in the more established black doll products. "Dora was really the key driver," said spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh. The next generation of dolls have diverse eyes, noses and mouths--instead of the traditional "white" dolls whose skin was dyed and whose hair was tinted in a darker shade. "If you're a little girl of color, this is your year," said Denise Gary Robinson, president of DollsLikeMe.com, an online specialty doll boutique that specializes in ethnic dolls, toys and gifts. "I see companies now really putting forth the effort. I see designers going back to the drawing board and saying the old coloredplastic routine isn't working."

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

August 17, 2007

WEALTHY BLACK WOMEN FIND A POWERFUL SOCIAL NETWORK THAT THEY CALL HOME, MOVE OVER MYSPACE!

pole. But what is more important to this growing networking firm is community service that the members are committing too. Shanda Sealy beams, "We have facilitators in 4 main regions, and every state has a facilitator or a member willing to commit to becoming a facilitator." Ms. Sealy further explains, "Sandria Washington is the Midwestern regional leader, Melissa Chambers is the Southern regional leader, Ashley Burgh is the Mid-atlantic leader, and ShaVaughn Morris and April Davis is the Eastern regional leader. All of which are already powerful in their own right." Each facilitator has committed to creating and fostering sisterhood, all the while empowering the community on a monthly basis. There are online forums that are hosted by Latisha Williams, Davina Brown, Christina Spriggs, Kim Holmes, Jackie Moore, Melissa Sawyer, Antonette Kirby-Adams et al, encouraging women to stay in shape, find out shopping deals, discuss issues that affect the family on a daily basis.

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ove Over Myspace!" is the low rumble that continues to repeat in certain powerful circles, as more and more Black women are clicking on www. richblackgirls.com instead of Myspace.com to network. Rich Black Girls has quietly and steadily become the cornerstone for social networking among Black professional women and college students. The members are encouraged to increase their ranking in their own community and society at large, by exchanging virtual business cards, attending free seminars, receiving empowering articles, as well as online and offline meeting forums. "Black Women have been assaulted on all fronts, and we need a safe haven to regroup, to heal, to share, to survive.", Rachel Lymons explains. The membership has women in every career field imaginable: doctors, educators, lawyers, nurses, college students, real estate agents, bankers, advertising agents, computer scientists, corporate executives, engineers, journalists, lawyers, publicists, nurses, research specialists, fashion designers, jewelry designers, actresses, authors, stylists, just to name a few. Again, every field imaginable is covered in the membership database. Traci Newhart explains, "If you want to get ahead in your career, or if you simply want to just talk to women who understand your quest for self improvement and community improvement, I would encourage you to join." Ms. Newhart doesn't stop there, "I've seen women come together who would've never sat down with one another if they met face to face, because of the way this society pits us against one another, as women. This new method of networking is building bridges, and reconciling people who were not even speaking before." Shanda Sealy, the membership director, is delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response from her peers, "It is wonderful to know and realize that so many Black women are interested in improving not only their own lives, but the lives of others." Ms. Sealy further explains, "I am proud to have been chosen as the membership representative, because I have had the opportunity to network with so many powerful women." The network boasts of members who have been at the top of their class, are entrepreneurs, and who have rubbed elbows with the highest A-list celebrities on the totem

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ne of contemporary music's most iconic stars, the legendary Stevie Wonder, has announced that he is hitting the road for the first time in more than a decade. "A Wonder Summer's Night" tour will feature an evening of music from Stevie, a performing and songwriting tour de force who has received an astounding 25 Grammy Awards as well the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The tour kicks off on August 23rd at Humphries in San Diego, CA and culminates on September 20th in Boston's Bank of America Pavilion. Stevie Wonder will appear at Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD on September 16. The tour is being produced by Live Nation and company executive Larry Magid. Tickets are currently available. "I am looking forward to performing in these venues under the stars. We are going to have some wonderful nights of intimate excitement," said Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder released the first live performance to reach the top of the

U.S. charts with Fingertips Part II. His amazing career has earned him 49 top 40 singles, 32 number-one singles, and an Academy Award® for "I Just Called to Say I Love You," plus Billboard's 2004 Century Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, alongside the Rolling Stones. In 1983, Wonder spearheaded the realization of Martin Luther King Day as a national U.S. holiday. His participation in the massive 1985 "We Are the World" fundraiser for hunger in Africa was a music industry milestone, while his involvement to put an end to apartheid in South Africa is legendary. Stevie Wonder was the youngest honoree of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. At the 22nd Kennedy Center Honors in 1999, President Clinton remarked: "In so many ways (Wonder) has helped to compose the remaining passages of Dr. King's legacy." But it is Wonder's songwriting legacy that has inexorably connected him to the world. From Motown prodigy to groundbreaking innovator, he has always believed in

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music as a transformational force. Don't miss these special dates. They will be nights of intimate excitement.

WASHINGTONIANS TO GET A TASTE OF SOUTH AFRICA

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he Ithemba Foundation, in conjunction with the Embassy of South Africa, will host the third annual A Taste of South African on Saturday, August 18, from 6:00­10:00PM at the official residence of the Ambassador of South Africa, 3101 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC 20008. "The South African Embassy is proud to collaborate with Ithemba Foundation once again to celebrate the rich culture of South Africa," said Mr. Derick Moyo, Deputy South African Ambassador to the United States. "A Taste of South Africa is a great opportunity to share the splendor of our wonderful country." A Taste of South Africa has become a `sought-after' social event in the District. This year hundreds of Washingtonians and members of the diplomatic community will enjoy music by the Mahala South African Township Band and a special performance by Lesole's Dance Project. Guests will also savor authentic South African cuisine and wines. "Our goal is to not just to entertain, but also to educate every participant of A Taste of South Africa about ways to assist underprivileged youth in South Africa," said Laurie Scott, Executive Director of the Ithemba Foundation. "The young people we help are the inspiration for the annual event and we are honored to have the support of the South African Embassy in this effort." Proceeds from the event will benefit educational programs coordinated by the Ithemba Foundation on behalf of South African youth. The sponsors of the much anticipated evening include, The Embassy of South Africa, Silesia Wines, SunTrust Mortgage, Ameriprise Financial Services, Silverstar Art Studios, the Ventura County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, HIA Toys, Upward Action, LLC, Clean City, LLC, and Mesidor Strategies, LLC. For more information: http:// tosa.ithembafoundation.org.

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SPORTS & RECREATION

August 17, 2007

FAIRFAX COUNTY WELCOMES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON RECREATION INCLUSION CONFERENCE

FOOTBALL TO HELP REFUGEES FIT IN

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he National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) presents the National Institute on Recreation Inclusion (NIRI) Conference from October 25 through October 28 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. If you are seeking knowledge about the inclusion process, this conference is for you. Attendees will learn valuable strategies and techniques necessary to design implement and evaluate recreation programs to include all customers, with and without disabilities. The keynote speaker is Luca "Lazylegz" Patella. Mr. Patella has done what most doctors thought was impossible ­ he is an accomplished and recognized break-dancer though he was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare muscle disorder limiting motion in the joints at birth and usually affects the whole body. Just featured on the show, "America's Got Talent", Patuelli performs with his group, Illmatic Styles, and amazes the audience with his abilities. "It's about taking the bad

and making it good." Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Gerald Connolly and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins will also speak. Highlights of the conference are: · Powerful Pre-Institute Workshops: Gain an understanding of inclusion through these sessions and learn why it is so important. You'll begin to think about access from a usability aspect and learn to identify barriers that hinder full inclusive participation. · Learning Opportunities: Take part in workshops, choose from more than 20 education sessions, and explore new ways to enhance current programs. Learn how to best utilize staff and resources while building partnerships within the community for greater impact. · Off-Site Institutes and Round Table Discussions: Participate in the offsite institute to Clemyjontri Park in

McLean, Va., an all-inclusive playground designed for children with and without disabilities. Also, learn new ways to make a difference in our lives and work. · Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas Course: A training course to better educate park and recreation professionals, designers, landscape architects and others about the accessibility guidelines for play areas. The course will address many topics in regards to accessibility and other elements designed to provide a "minimum" level of accessibility for children with disabilities. The Fairfax County Dept. of Community and Recreation Services and Park Authority are members of the National Recreation and Parks Association. Register before September 25 and save money. For more information or to register, visit www.nrpa.org/ niri. Contact [email protected] or call 800-626-NRPA (6772).

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EX-NBA REFEREE PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES

ting on games he officiated in a scandal that rocked the league and raised questions about the integrity of the sport. Donaghy faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced for conspiracy to engage in wire fraud and transmitting wagering information through interstate commerce. He was released on a $250,000 bond. Speaking in code during telephone calls, Donaghy provided recommendations, called "picks," to co-conspirators about what team they should bet on, said U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon. If he was correct, they paid him $5,000. The picks, the government said, included information about games that Donaghy officiated--information that was not public. Donaghy had "unique access," including what crews would be officiating games, the interaction of different officials and players, and the physical condition of certain players. Donaghy was fined $500,000 and must pay at least $30,000 in restitution to the government. Commissioner David Stern said the NBA would "continue with our ongoing and thorough review of the league's officiating program to ensure that the best possible policies and procedures are in place to protect the integrity of our game." Donaghy's lawyer, John Lauro, told The Associated Press: "Tim is relieved this part of the proceeding is over and we look forward to completely resolving this matter in the coming months. "Tim deeply regrets his involvement in this matter and especially the pain it has caused his family, friends and co-workers."

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ormer NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty to felony charges Wednesday for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and bet-

NOTICE OF VOLUNTEER NEEDS

WASHINGTON MYSTICS AND MICROSOFT NEED YOUR VOTE

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ive an abused or neglected child the gift of your voice! The Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is seeking volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers conduct interviews with children, families, and professionals, monitor compliance with court orders, write detailed reports, and represent the best interests of the child in court. Volunteers must complete training and background checks. Volunteers commit to one year with the program. Bilingual volunteers (Spanish/English) are greatly needed. Training begins in late February. To learn more, call (703) 820-9001 or visit www. scanva.org.

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oday, the Washington Mystics have opened a contest on its Web site (www.washingtonmystics. com) where fans will choose their favorite Web page design for the WNBA team. The five competing Web designs were developed by local high school girls who participated in Microsoft's DigiGirlz Camp, a three-day event where girls explore the wide range of career opportunities available in the technology field. Through fan votes, a winning Mystics Web page will be announced at half-time during the 7p.m., Aug. 14 home game against the Connecticut Sun. During the Washington D.C. DigiGirlz camp, girls teamed up to develop Web pages for the Washington Mystics that reflect information that they gathered through research and meeting with members of the Mystics organization, including players Laurie Koehn and Nakia Sanford. The girls used their creativity to produce Web pages that would convey Mystics information in ways that would be interesting and attractive to fans. "We were so fortunate to partner with the Washington Mystics on this project," said Donna Woodall, Microsoft community outreach director. "Through this assignment, the girls took part in a fun, hands-on project that really immersed them in the world of technology." One of the main goals of the DigiGirlz Camp is to break down stereotypes that technology is only for boys. "We try to show girls that they can be successful in careers that women haven't traditionally been drawn to," said Woodall. "What better role models than the Washington Mystics to prove that girls can do anything they put their mind to--be it playing professional basketball or striving to be the next great innovator of technology." For more about DigiGirlz, visit www.microsoft.com/digigirlz. Season tickets, partial plans and All-Star tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics. com.

rauma counselors working with refugees in Australia are using a powerful new tool-- football. Football clinics are being run in Sydney to help teenagers from Africa, the Middle East and beyond adapt to new lives in a strange land. Making that change can be a bewildering experience. Coach Mohamed Baaruud says playing football gives his young charges a chance to shine. "It's showing the world and mainstream Australia that they are normal kids and they are good at it," Mohamed, who escaped persecution in Somalia, told the BBC. "Most of the African young people are very quick learners and have the potential one day to represent this great nation or be part of the European mainstream clubs like Manchester United or Barcelona. Today they are refugees . . . but you never know what they'll be tomorrow," he said. Many of the players coached by Mohamed Baaruud have led very troubled lives. One of this talented band of footballers is Vassay Kamara. This quietly spoken 17-year-old was uprooted from Liberia after bandits murdered members of his family. "I live with my parents - my step mum [and] dad. My mum - she [is] dead. The robbers in Liberia killed her. Even my grandmum too. They killed all of them. Then the robbers wanted to kill my dad and we ran away from Liberia. We came to Guinea. We settled there, like, 10 years in the [refugee] camp, then God blessed us and we came to Australia." Football, Vassay told me, had helped him settle in Sydney and make new friends. It also taught him how to have fun after so many barren years. Sixteen-year-old James fled violence in Sierra Leone with his father. The football clinic he attended has left its mark. "I had a wonderful time with friends, people from different cultures and countries," he said enthusiastically. The refugee soccer camp is organized by the University of New South Wales and welfare workers. Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Heywood from the New South Wales Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors is convinced that troubled young people from Africa and elsewhere can prosper in their adopted homeland. "With adequate support I think these young people have great things to give to their new country--could be in football but it could be in many other areas," she said. "I think there might be potential lawyers there. There might be potential, you know, engineers or chefs. Who knows?"

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Vassay Kamara, 17: I like to play like Ronaldhino and Robinhno

It is estimated that between 6,000 and 7,000 refugee children arrive every year in Australia, mostly from the Middle East and Africa. Adapting to Australia's Western lifestyle has its problems. There is racism to deal with as well as the language barrier. Then there's the simple fact that life here is so different to what newcomers have been used to. Football, though, is a common denominator. Branko Culina, the Croatian-born coach of Australian football's glamour club, Sydney FC, believes the game is a powerful force for good. "Through football in particular, you can bring all of these groups together and hopefully give them the happiness and satisfaction that they desire," he explained to the BBC News website. "It's something the politicians can only dream of." There is no shortage of passion or ambition from the young refugees. "I like to play like Ronaldhino and Robinhno," said Vassay Kamara. His younger friend, James, nodded in agreement. "I like to watch David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Kanu--there's a lot of them," he said. "They're all great players. Oh yeah, I just want to be like them too!" A sports-mad country like Australia could be the place for these dreams to be realized. Football here has never been more popular. A strong showing by the Socceroos in the last World Cup has catapulted many of the squad to international stardom and there are many young players eager to follow in their famous footsteps.

BLACK FACT

On August 17, 1984, Roberto Clemente, born in Puerto Rico of black and Hispanic heritage, was the second baseball player to be featured on a stamp.

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BUSINESS NEWS

August 17, 2007

MEGA PROJECTS BRING CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES

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s major transportation projects unfold in Northern Virginia, significant subcontracting opportunities will arrive for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned (SWAM) businesses to provide products and services to the construction industry. "Mega construction projects such as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge expansion, I-495 HOT lanes, Dulles Corridor rail, and the Base Realignment and Closure effort generate lots of opportunity for all sorts of business owners," said Grindly Johnson, chief of equal business and employee opportunity for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). "We're eager to let businesses know how they can help us, and how we can help them." A special outreach event is planned by VDOT to assist companies in learning about opportunities for subcontracting on these mega projects. The open house event is planned for Friday, Aug. 24, from 8:30a.m.­ 3:30p.m. at the Hilton Hotel located in Springfield at 6550 Loisdale Road. Specially targeted to attend are companies certified as DBE or SWAM vendors. Other companies are welcome that may be eligible to certify as DBE or SWAM firms. Representatives from the Department of Minority Business Enterprise will be available to help eligible companies gain these certifications. During the event, participants may visit exhibits containing information

about each project and its business opportunities. Exhibits will be staffed by representatives who can answer questions. Formal presentations on each project will be made twice--at 9:30a.m. and again at 1p.m. Exhibits featuring prime transportation contractors also will be on display. Mega projects have an estimated cost approaching $1 billion or more and usually have a high level of public and/or Congressional interest. Mega projects can involve aviation, rail, transit and highway. Currently, there are at least 15 mega projects in some stage of design and construction across the U.S., with several in Northern Virginia. Among the Northern Virginia mega projects are these, representing an investment of more than $7 billion dollars: · Woodrow Wilson Bridge expansion--the last major project is the reconstruction of the I-95/Telegraph Road interchange that will widen I-95 from nine to 12 lanes and improve on- and off-ramp movements at Telegraph Road. · Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project--Phase 1 is the extension of the existing Metrorail Orange Line to Wiehle Avenue in Reston. Work includes track construction, station construction, utilities relocation, and tunnel and bridge construction. · High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on Interstate 495--two lanes in each direction will be added outside

the existing lanes of the Capital Beltway for a distance of about 14 miles between the American Legion Bridge and the Springfield Interchange. All ramps, interchanges, frontage roads, bridges and other crossings that require expansion or other work to accommodate the new lanes are included. Construction could begin in spring 2008. · High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on I-95/395--for a distance of 56 miles, one HOV/HOT lane will be added to existing HOV lanes, and two new HOT lanes will be built from Route 234 to Massaponax. Construction could begin in late 2008. · I-95 widening in Fairfax and Prince Williams counties--for a distance of six miles, a fourth general purpose lane will be added in each direction from Route 123 at the Occoquan River to Route 7100 (Fairfax County Parkway). Work also includes widening 10 bridges, including two over the Occoquan River; constructing 16 retaining walls; installing storm pipe; and installing eight sound barriers. · Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)--several proposed road projects are associated with this Congressional action that requires Fort Belvoir to accommodate more than 22,000 additional Department of Defense employees. Although design and construction of the Fair-

fax County Parkway Extension through the Engineering Proving Grounds has been funded, funds for other BRAC road improvements have not yet been identified.

Registration is available at www. wilsonbridge.com/cr-outreach.htm or by calling (703) 329-3433. For more information call (703) 383-2345 (TTY/TDD users, call 711).

DIRECTOR OF MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE $95,000­$111,000

OVERVIEW The Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DBME) is the state's supplier diversity agency. DMBE is charged with promoting contracting opportunities to ensure small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses have access to their fair share of the state's procurement opportunities. Viola O. Baskerville, Secretary of Administration, is leading the search to identify top candidates for consideration by Governor Timothy M. Kaine to direct DMBE. If you are an innovative leader with a strong work-ethic, a proven track record of success and a passion for supplier diversity, this may be the perfect career move for you. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, a problem solver and an excellent collaborator with strong interpersonal skills. Entrepreneurial experience or work with the business community is preferred. Additional details about DMBE are available on-line at www.dmbe.state.va.us. This is an "At-Will" position and is subject to a background check. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by the Secretary of Administration on or before August 30, 2007 by 5:00 p.m. Visit www.administration.virginia.gov/OfficeInfo for contact information. PRIMARY OBJECTIVES FOR DIRECTOR · Create an accurate and reliable data management system to capture and report information on the availability and utilization of SWaM firms in the Commonwealth. · Apply knowledge of state government contracting and procurement laws and regulations to achieve maximum results and using best practices to overcome traditional obstacles to SWaM participation. · Achieve objectives set by the Governor and Secretary of Administration through means to include: developing strategic relationships, match-making SWaM business with opportunities and assisting with problem resolution as they seek to do business with the Commonwealth. · Institute an agency culture of excellent customer service for vendors and state agencies to help facilitate their participation in the SWaM initiative. · Implement systemic change that establishes a strong and healthy DMBE while creating a new and sustainable procurement climate for SWaM businesses in the Commonwealth. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE OF

· Personnel management practices · Procurement law and practices (including the Virginia Code and regulations) · Business-process re-design

SKILLS

· Produce results in increased contracting with SWaM businesses · Direct, manage and supervise senior-level and staff-level personnel · Lead the development of policies, procedures, regulations, guidelines and/or legislation

ABILITIES

· · · ·

Multi-task and delegate appropriately Lead and manage effectively Problem solve effectively in an organizational setting Relate well with the small, woman and minority-owned business community, senior government officials and with the general public · Build a strong team environment EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE · Bachelor's degree required · Advanced degree in business, public administration or law desirable · Minimum of 7 years relevant experience with successful results · Entrepreneurial experience

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CLASSIFIED ADS/BIDS & PROPOSALS

August 17, 2007

earn? Excellent hometime! Home most weekends! We simply offer more! HEARTLAND EXPRESS 1-800-4414953. www.heartlandexpress.com. POSITIONS ARE FILLING FAST! MARTINI is hiring company drivers and O/Os who want: Weekend Home Time & Consistent Customer Base. We're 31 years strong & have a place for you! CLASS A-CDL and 1 year OTR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. 866-460-8464 www.gomartini.com. back door. $34,900 and owner will finance, low down payment. 434-4445088. PRIVATE HILLTOP--3-acre wooded homesite with frontage on a pond in beautiful Campbell County. $99,900. 434-444-5088. BOLD STREAM along the rear of this wooded 21-acre parcel in southern Albemarle County. $179,900 and owner will finance. 540-448-0393. mtntop crown overlooking trophy bass/ trout river. Mature hardwoods/pines. Close to town. Perced. Won't last. Call owner 1-800-888-1262!

Only $250 buys a 25-word classified ad in 98 newspapers across Virginia. Call: The Metro Herald at 703-548-8891

FINANCIAL SERVICES

FREE CASH GRANTS/PROGRAMS-- $700­$800,000++ 2007! Never Repay! Personal/Medical, School, Business/ House. Approximately $49 billion unclaimed 2006! No credit. REQUIRED FEE. Call 1-800-592-0369 x101.

REAL ESTATE

Lake Gaston VA/NC--350 miles shoreline, FREE Lake Map/Buyers Guide. Tanglewood Realty, Box 116, Bracey, Virginia 23919. www. TanglewoodRealty.com. 1-800-3388816. BANK FORECLOSURES! Homes from $10,000! 1-3 bedroom available! Repos, REOs, HUD, FHA, etc. These homes must sell! For Listings Call 1-800-2985309 ext. 4672.

OR

Virginia Press Services at 804-521-7571 to place your ad in the AD NETWORK CLASSIFIEDS

HELP WANTED

GENERAL

MECHANICS: Up to $20,000 bonus. Keep the Army National Guard Rolling. Fix Humvees, Strykers, etc. Expand your skills through career training. Be a Soldier. 1-800-GO-GUARD.com/ mechanic. Get Crane Trained! Crane/Heavy Equipment Training. National Certification Prep. Placement Assistance. Financial Assistance. Georgia School of Construction. www.Heavy5.com. Use code "VACNH" or call 1-888-213-3543. Part-time, home-based Internet business. Earn $500­$1000/month or more. Flexible hours. Training provided. No investment required. FREE details. www.k348.com.

MISCELLANEOUS LAND FOR SALE

10 ACRES WITH TROUT STREAM SUGAR GROVE, WV--Pristine 10 Acre Country Estate hidden in Sugar Grove Valley surrounded by majestic, verdant Mountains. A bold, brash Mountain Stream runs over 400 feet through a country meadow on the west side of your property. $59,990 OWNER: 866403-8037. BUY MY WV LAND I'LL FINANCE IT!!! It's worth more than I'm asking--so there's nothing to lose! 5 ac. @ $49,990. Great family site. Good for 1st time buyer. An easy drive gets you here! Call owner: 866-342-8635. ALMOST HEAVEN--Peaceful, private, pastoral 17 acres on over 1/4 mile of meandering year-round trout stream. Beautiful woods, meadows, mountain views, wildlife galore. Build your dream cabin or mountain getaway at your convenience. Just over the VA/WV line. Priced to sell @ $109,900. Smaller parcels available. Owner 866-910-4486. ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. · Medical · Business · Paralegal · Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer provided. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV certified. Call 866858-2121, www.onlineTidewaterTech. com. AIRLINES ARE HIRING--Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. Financial Aid if qualified--Job placement assistance. FAA approved-- SCHEV certified. CALL (888) 349-5387. www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BUY VIRGINIA FOR $250--The Virginia Press Association can place your 25-word classified ad in over 80 VA newspapers throughout the state with a combined circulation of over 1 million households. Contact this newspaper or call Janet at VPA at 804-521-7571. (Nationwide placement available). The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has established an overall goal of 4% for the participation of Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE's) in federal funding contracting opportunities during the federal fiscal year that begins on October 1, 2007, pursuant to the requirements of 49 CFR, Part 26. Documentation on the development of this goal is available for inspection Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm until September 21, 2007 at the address below. Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation 1313 East Main Street, Suite 300 Richmond Virginia 23218. E-Mail [email protected] Phone: 804786-4440. Comments on the goal, for informational purposes only, will be received until September 21, 2007 at the above address.

STEEL BUILDINGS

BUILDINGS FOR SALE! "Final Week!" 25x30 Now $4100. 25x40 $5400. 30x40 $6400. 35x50 $9200. 35x70 $12,200. 40x80 $15,950. Others. Ends/accessories optional. Pioneer 1-800-668-5422.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE

HOMEOWNERS WANTED! Kayak Pools looking for Demo homesites to display new maintenance free Kayak pools. Save thousands of $$. Unique opportunity! 100% financing available. 1-877-377-7665. ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU!! ALL BRAND NEW POWER WHEELCHAIRS, HOSPITAL BEDS AND SCOOTERS. IMMEDIATE DELIVERY. CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-998-4111 TO QUALIFY.

WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

Coastal WATERFRONT SALE--Direct Ocean Access--$89,900--Timber Co. liquidating deep, dockable waterfront w/ fantastic views, sandy beaches, more. Access to ICW & Atlantic. Buildable. Excellent bank financing. Call now 1-800-732-6601, x1787.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Virginia Press Association, located in Glen Allen, VA, is searching for an Information Technology/New Media Manager. The ideal candidate should have proven experience in web site development and management. Position will entail helping define online initiatives for VPA and its membership by developing and promoting member websites as a medium of choice for readers and advertisers, including creation of a statewide online advertising network. Position will also operate and administer VPA's in-house computer and communications systems. Candidate should also have Power Point and other related presentation software, on-site conference set-up and have the capacity to review and recommend new hardware and software when necessary. Experience with marketing, newspapers or media would be a big bonus. Competitive salary and good benefits in a terrific work environment where creativity and teamwork are encouraged and rewarded. Qualified candidates should submit résumés, portfolio and salary requirements to [email protected] or via fax at (804)521-7586 (EOE).

WORK FROM HOME OPPORTUNITIES

WORK FROM HOME--RECEIVE $5 FOR EVERY LEAD STUFFED WITH OUR SALES MATERIAL. GUARANTEED! FREE INFORMATION. CALL TOLL-FREE 1-800-986-6520.

LAWN AND GARDEN

PRIVACY HEDGE--FAST GROWING LEYLAND CYPRESS 2' to 3' Reg. $29 now $14.95 4' to 5' Reg. $59 now $34.95 Free professional installation & Delivery with minimum order. 1 year guarantee. (434)349-9510 LIMITED SUPPLY.

MOUNTAIN PROPERTY

EXTREME RIVER & MOUNTAIN VIEWS! 26 ACRES $179,900 Large

AUCTIONS

REAL ESTATE AUCTION August 31. Heron's Landing golf community at the New River. 40 residential building lots & acreage tracts surrounded by River Golf Course of Virginia Tech. 10 lots sell ABSOLUTE. Previews August 19th & 26th 2-5PM & August 31st 9-11AM Woltz & Associates, Inc.; Real Estate Brokers & Auctioneers (VA#321) Call 1-800-551-3588 or go to www.woltz. com.

LOTS AND ACREAGE

NEW & RARE! Shepherdstown Land. Up to 4 Acres from $119,900. NO CLOSING COSTS! Open rolling meadows & forests, beautiful bike paths & walking trails. 2 miles to historic downtown, 5 minutes to Potomac River. Easy MARC commute to DC. Paved roads, underground utils. Great financing. Call now 1-877-777-4837, 7 days. PERFECT RETREAT--24+ ACRES$139,900. Unique 40 mile sunrise views! Level building site. Large hardwoods throughout. End of road privacy. Great access! Utilities available! Special financing! Call Now 1-866-685-2720. STOCKED LAKE & RIVER ACCESS. 20 ACRES $99,900 Gently rolling land w/hiking trails & nature pond. Long state road frontage, electric & phone avail. Easy financing! Only One. Call Now 1-800-888-1262. 20 to 30+ Ac Land Bargain with Mtn. and River Views. Only 2 hrs DC Beltway with River Front Park. www. mountainbargains.com. BUILD A NEW HOME WITH 100% FINANCING. Earn THOUSANDS in equity the day you move in! No payments while building! www.iheonline. com 877-386-3898 x740. 3.9 ACRES. Buckingham County, hardwoods, OK for mobile homes. Owner will finance. $33,900. 434-444-5088. HORSLEY CREEK RUNS THROUGH IT! Spectacular views, open meadows and woods in Amherst County. 23 acres of privacy. $169,900 and owner will finance. 434-444-5088. UNRESTRICTED--3.2 acres in southern Nelson County with stream at your

TRUCK DRIVERS

DRIVER CDL TRAINING--CLASS "A" or CLASS "B." Local or O-T-R Job Placement Assistance. Guaranteed Financing Available. $38-45K 1st Year. CDS Tractor Trailer Training 1-800-6462374. Need a high paying career? Learn to drive. Alliance Tractor Trailer Training Centers, NC. 1-800-334-1203. www. alliancetractortrailer.com. Flatbed Drivers: 2007 Model Freightliners are Here! Per Diem Pay, Weekly Home Time, Excellent Benefits. Class ACDL, 22 Years Old, Good Record. Call Western Express Today!! 866-863-4116. · · · CLASS A DRIVERS · · · You've got the drive. We've got the direction. PrePass EZ Pass. Every 60K miles raises. 2006 and newer equipment. 100% NO Touch. 1-800-528-7825. CALL TODAY--Great Bonus Opportunity! 36­43cpm/$1.20pm. $0 Lease NEW Trucks. CDL-A + 3 months OTR. 800-635-8669. C&C Trucking Earn More--Be Home More. Great Pay, Medical, Dental, Home Weekends, New Equipment, Family Atmosphere. Class A Drivers Call Today Tollfree 800-476-8269 (MRwin,greensb,NC). We have drivers projected to earn $83,000 this year! How much will YOU

AUTOMOTIVE

$500 Police Impounds! Cars from $500! Tax Repos, US Marshal and IRS sales! Cars, Trucks, SUVs, Toyotas, Hondas, Chevys and more! For Listings call 1-800-425-1834 ext. 2846.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

ALL CASH CANDY ROUTE. Do you earn $800 in a day? Your own local candy route. Includes 30 Machines and Candy. All for $9,995. 1-888-745-3354.

EMPLOYMENT LISTINGS

EARN UP TO $550 WEEKLY Helping the government. PT No Experience. Excellent Opportunity. Call Today!! 1-800-488-2921. Ask for Department J19 (COST).

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

SAWMILLS from only $2990.00--Convert your LOGS TO VALUABLE LUMBER with your own Norwood portable band sawmill. Log skidders also available. www.norwoodindustries.com-- FREE information: 1-800-578-1363-- Ext. 500-A.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HOMEOWNER WEBSITE OFFERING HOPE TO STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS

B

lackhomeownernews.com continues to provide unique solutions to thousands of African American homeowners the main stream media often overlook, ignore and neglect. As the largest source of information for African American homeowners on the Internet, Blackhomeownernews.com fills an information niche many African American homeowners find refreshing and encouraging. What do thousands of African American homeowners find refreshing and encouraging? The answers, ideas and solutions speak to the specific needs of African homeowners and work to spark positive action. Inspired by the shoddy treatment African American homeowners received following Hurricane Katrina; publisher Roy Primm created the real estate information website. Updated daily, the hard-hitting website speaks to the unmet and underserved needs of the African American homeowner in today's turbulent housing market. Created in January of 2007, the information website has quickly blossomed into the largest source of information for African American homeowners on the Internet. "African Americans continue to lead the list when it comes to predatory lending, home improvement and home purchasing schemes. In fact, most home related scam artist practice and perfect their techniques on African American homeowners before moving on to other communities. When I saw that statistic it made me hotter than fish grease, I knew I had to stop feeling mad and do something," states Primm.

"The African American homeowner continues as the leading target of loan schemes and home improvement scams year after year, why? Because we are the least informed," says the fiery publisher. Blackhomeownersnews.com offers free information ranging from the latest home repair schemes targeting African American homeowners to the best places to find home loans if you're an African American. The home management website has recently added state-of -the art educational videos. Now African American homeowners can watch free homeowner educational videos on-demand. The growing list of titles include: · · · · Predatory Lending Warnings. How to Choose a Contractor. Home Decorating on a Budget. How to Get a Home Improvement Grant. · Current First Time Homebuyer Programs. And more. As a further service to readers, BlackHomeowenernews.com offers a free weekly newsletter stuffed with current information specific to African American homeowners. For example: · Shocking facts most African American homeowners ignore. · Tips to selling a home in a high crime neighborhood for top dollar. · Protecting home and family from the "New School" home burglars. · The top 5 home improvement scams African American homeowner fall for. · Security lighting home burglars hate the most.

· The best and worst times to refinance. "With today's real estate and home loan market, the day of simply buying a home and living happily ever after without staying informed and updated is gone forever. In fact, it's dangerous and risky not knowing the latest home management information. Why? Because solutions and answers can change overnight for today's homeowner, yesterdays news can hurt," warns publisher Roy Primm. For more information go to www. BlackHomeOwnerNews.com

THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION (M-NCPPC)

hereby invites sealed bids from interested parties for Bid No. B28-102 Window Washing Services in accordance with specifications to be furnished by the Purchasing Division, 6611 Kenilworth Ave., Suite 300 Riverdale, MD 20737. There will be no charge for the bid. Each bid must be submitted to the Purchasing Office at the above address. Bids must be received before 10:00 am, Thursday, September 6, 2007. Questions regarding this bid may be directed to Mechelle T. Myers, CPPB at (301) 454-1604, TTY (301) 454-1493. All bids and associated documents will become the property of the M-NCPPC and will be considered public information. The Commission is an E.O.E. with special procurement rules for Minorities, Females, and the Disabled.

FIND OUT ABOUT SUBCONTRACTING IN CONSTRUCTION

Several "mega" transportation projects in Northern Virginia will bring significant subcontracting opportunities. These projects are valued at more than $7 billion. You can find out how to provide products and services to the construction industry through a special open house hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 8:30 a.m. ­ 3:30 p.m. Hilton Hotel 6550 Loisdale Road Prime contractors need companies that are certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and/or Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned (SWAM) businesses. Come to our open house anytime at your convenience, and learn more. A presentation about "mega" projects will be made at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Representatives from the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise will be present to answer questions about DBE and/or SWAM certification. To register, go to www.wilsonbridge.com/cr-outreach.htm or call (703) 329-3433. For more information about the event, call VDOT at (703) 383-2341. VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, call VDOT's Civil Rights Division, Northern Virginia District Office, (703) 383-2345 (TTY/TDD users, call 711).

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