Johnny Otis and Etta James were joined in life and now only a few
days apart they are together in death. Otis, 90, of Greek ancestry but
by choice black and who discovered James, died last Tuesday, Jan. 17
in Los Angeles. James, 73, whose recording of “At Last” brought
her everlasting fame, died on Friday, Jan. 20 in Riverside,
California, after suffering with leukemia.
President Obama has called the nation’s community colleges “an essential part of our recovery in the present and our prosperity in
the future." However, the vexing predicament facing the close to 1,600 community
colleges nationwide is a thorny one that doesn’t look to get any less
tangled in the near future as funding shortfalls from state budgets come
at a time when many schools across the country are experiencing
skyrocketing applications and record enrollments.
This Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th
terrorist attacks on New York, a fact that was apparently not lost on
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday as the Empire State
Development Corp. (ESD), the state’s chief economic development agency,
announced that it was awarding $17 million in Community and Cultural
Enhancement Fund grants to 38 community and cultural initiatives in
In 1963, at an American University commencement address, President John
F. Kennedy said, “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can
help make the world safe for diversity." Now, almost a half century
later, and on the eve of the dedication of the MLK Jr.
Memorial on the Nat'l Mall in Washington, a new report released
Wednesday suggests we may have taken a monumental step towards
achieving both men’s vision in the last decade.
The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would
like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 — a
boost to fuel economy that would save consumers money at the pump and
help with global warming but drive up the cost of automobiles.
Call him the Digital Candidate: President Barack Obama is asking
supporters to use Facebook to declare "I'm In!" for his re-election
campaign and is using Twitter to personally blast out messages to his
nearly 9 million followers.
Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack
Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S. troops
from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the "surge" of forces he
had sent to rescue a flailing effort. Said Obama to a country eager for
an exit: "The tide of war is receding."
Memphis' sanitation workers, including some who marched with the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. during a 1968 garbage strike, scored a victory
when the city council passed a budget without privatizing solid waste
collection, but it may be a temporary win.