Thursday, September 11, 2014

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South Carolina High School Girl Beaten for "Acting White"
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Rare, potentially deadly 'Enterovirus' hits thousands of kids across 10 states
A child hospitalized with the deadly cold virus. (Photo: KMGH/CNN)
ATLANTA, Ga. (ABC NEWS) - A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

The disease hasn't been officially identified but officials suspect it is a rare respiratory virus called "human enterovirus 68."
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S.
At least 10 states -- Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia -- have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.
"Viruses don't tend to respect borders," ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said. "It is only 10 states now, but it's going to be across the country. So if your state doesn't have it now, watch for it, it's coming."
Doctors say they are not even sure yet how this particular virus spreads, though the back-to-school season is a normal time for illnesses to spread among children.
At Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver, officials say that between Aug. 18 and Sept. 4, doctors saw more than 900 pediatric patients with symptoms of the respiratory virus in the emergency room.
"The kids are coming in with respiratory symptoms, their asthma is exacerbated," Nyquist said. "Kids with no wheezing are having wheezing."
"Any kind of viral infection can kick off wheezing and asthmas," she said.
To stay healthy, the CDC recommends basic sanitary practices to avoid spreading the virus, including washing hands, avoiding those who are sick, and covering the nose and mouth during sneezes or coughs.
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Young Black Men in
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View and Discuss "Spit'in Anger"
Producer Kenneth Braswell discusses Spit'in Anger with national talk show host Tavis Smiley.
Young Black men from Black Star Mentor Program discuss Spit'in Anger after viewing documentary.
A young man writes to his father.
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Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed and Develop Character by David C. Banks

David Banks is a respected educator, who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues, presents a plan for teaching the country's most educationally endangered group-boys.

David Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004, he petitioned New York City's mayor to allow an all-boys public school to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx. He had a point to prove: When rituals that boys are innately drawn to are combined with college prep-level instruction and community mentorship, even the most challenging students can succeed. The result? The Eagle Academy for Young Men-the first all-boys public high school in New York City in more than thirty years-has flourished and has been successfully replicated in other boroughs and other states.
David C. Banks,founder Eagle Academy Foundation.

In Soar, Banks shares the experiences of individual kids from the Eagle Academy as well as his own personal story to help others get similar results. He shares the specific approach he and his team use to drive students, from tapping into their natural competitiveness and peer-sensitivity, to providing rituals that mimic their instinctual need for hierarchy and fraternal camaraderie, to finding teachers who know firsthand the obstacles these students face.

Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, Soar is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish-from parents and educators to teachers and employers-can afford to miss.
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Honoring Illinois State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford and
Black Star Project Executive Director Phillip Jackson
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Holiday Inn Countryside
6201 Joliet Road
Countryside, Illinois
2014 Silas Purnell College Expo
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Tuley Park, 90th and King Drive
Chicago, Illinois
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ADMISSION: FREE
Come and meet representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities nationwide and colleges and universities throughout Illinois. For more information, call the Chesterfield Community Council at (773) 651-3958 or visit: www. chesterfieldcommunitycouncil. org.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 134 wants you to become an electrician
Earn one of the best jobs in America, become an electrician! Learn how to become an electrician
Thursday, September 18, 2014
at The Black Star Project
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B
Chicago, Illinois
The rate for union electricians is currently $44.00 an hour for work and about $72.00 an hour for work and benefits. Applicants must have a high school diploma and be able to pass a drug test. Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP for the opportunity to learn about this apprenticeship. You must RSVP for yourself.
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High School Girl Taunted, Beaten At Bus Stop For Acting 'Too Much Like A White Person'
By Eric Owens
September 8, 2014
A 16-year-old high school girl in Rock Hill, S.C. told police that another high school girl taunted her on a school bus and then beat her up after she got off the bus. The assailant allegedly was angry at the victim because she was behaving "too much like a white person."
Both the alleged attacker and the victim are black, reports The State, a Columbia, S.C. newspaper.
The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon on a bus carrying students who attend Northwestern High School.
The police report also indicates that the student who got beat up suffered numerous injuries including a serious cut above her right eye.
An ambulance transported the girl to a local hospital for treatment.
One witness, Shelly Hemphill, is the mother of one of the victim's friends. The victim went to Hemphill's house after she was allegedly assaulted. Hemphill was responsible for calling the ambulance.
Hemphill told police that the attacker tripped the victim and the punched her again and again while she was on the ground, according to The Island Packet, a Hilton Head newspaper.
She said the other student, who has darker skin, had made fun of her and challenged her to a fight on prior occasions, but she had refused.
The victim said she had again refused to fight her alleged bully on Thursday but then got beat up, anyway.
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University of California Riverside Grad Speaks Out On Fatherhood & Teen Parenting
What: Million Father March + Baby Item/Diaper Drive Riverside County
When: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Riverside Adult School. 6735 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506
Who: Terrance Stewart
Why: Fatherhood Back-to-School Rally & Teenage Parents
Riverside, CA.- Terrance Stewart was born to teenage parents; his father was 17 years old when he was arrested for robbery. As a result, they spent little time together. His mother was a teenage parent that did her best to raise him; she encouraged Terrance to go to school. However, without a positive male role model, he often became involved in activity that deemed him an "at-risk" youth.

In school, Stewart could not go on field trips or dances. In junior high school he could not go to the basketball games; kicked out of public school by ninth grade, he grew up on the streets. A young men succumbed to ideas of grandeur and masculinity, jail became his rites of passage and Terrance soon found himself within the confines of prison.

On September 13 this now University of California Riverside alum, currently working on his Master's Degree, who remained on the Dean's List 7 out of 8 quarters as an undergrad, will be the keynote speaker during the 2014 Million Father March. The event will be held from 9am - 1pm at Riverside Adult School. 6735 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506.

During his address he will share how he overcame great personal challenges as a child to troubled teen parents. Stewart will also discuss significant experiences he hopes teen, young and "would-be" fathers will take to heart.

Currently, Stewart works with the homeless and under housed youth residing in the Downtown Riverside area.

He also works with All of Us or None (AOUON) and the Children of Prisoner program, where they fundraiser for backpacks, school supplies, food, and trips to small amusement parks for children with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents.

The Million Father March will also feature a Dadcussion on teen and young fathers, with an emphasis on mental health. Panelist include: Joe Nieto, Riverside USD; Dad's University. Karina Sicarios, Riverside County Dept of Mental Health; Mental Health. Dr. Richard Kotormori, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. And, Rosa Elena Sahaun, Immigration Attorney.

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