Criticism of Rev. Jasper Williams Follow His Remarks at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
9/6/2018 9:40:30 PM

Saying his subject was “Aretha the Queen of Soul,” Rev. Jasper Williams of the Salem Bible Church in Atlanta gave the audience gathered for Aretha Franklin’s funeral a few unexpected memories laced with political commentary. Though he began simply, referring to the history of soul music and gospel, his talk became political as he Williams appeared towards the end of the ten-hour service. Rev. Williams was one of over three dozen speakers at Franklin’s lengthy Detroit home going ceremony. Rev. Williams referenced Black-On-Black crime, said single...

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s New Books Aimed at Inspiring Schoolchildren
9/6/2018 9:31:48 PM

By Jessica Gresko   WASHINGTON (AP)—Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor got some unsolicited health advice the last time she wrote a book. The justice was diagnosed with diabetes as a child and discussed it as part of her 2013 autobiography. That prompted a grandmother to write. The woman reported she was using newer technology to manage her diabetes than Sotomayor, and she had a message for the justice: “I'm much older than you are, and if I can do it you can do it, too.” “I still remember that letter, challenging me to become more...

'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez killed in police shootout
9/6/2018 7:47:26 PM

By AMANDA LEE MYERS   Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP)—An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama “ER” and starred in the film “Stand and Deliver” was fatally shot by police officers in South Pasadena after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them. Vanessa Marquez, who gained attention last year when she said George Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood, died at a hospital following Thursday's shooting at her apartment. South Pasadena police officers responded to a call from Marquez's landlord that she needed...

Old Soldiers Never Die
9/5/2018 12:00:57 PM

By Austin R. Cooper   “Old soldiers never die” is an English language catchphrase taken from a stanza of the soldiers’ folklore, Old Soldiers Never Die: “Old soldiers never die, Never die, never die, Old soldiers never die They simply fade away.” The phrase gained popularity after General Douglas MacArthur uttered it in his April 1951 farewell address to Congress. Today, the nation mourns the passing of another giant, Sen. John McCain. McCain died nine years to the day when America lost another icon, Sen. Ted Kennedy, to the...

Preventing Nuclear War: A National Campaign Emerges
9/5/2018 11:58:54 AM

By Robert F. Dodge, MD   A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called “Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War” started last fall after the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations with the U.S. and other nuclear nations boycotting. The campaign endorses the Treaty and important protective policies such as ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack, renouncing the option of using...

QUEEN OF SOUL ARETHA FRANKLIN DIES AT 76
8/22/2018 7:07:41 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Aretha Franklin, arguably the greatest voice in music history, has died. The Queen of Soul was 76. “She will be so missed as a mother, sister, friend, cousin,” said longtime friend Roger Friedman, who also covered the Queen of Soul for decades and originally broke the story about her cancer fight on showbiz411.com. “Her legacy is larger than life,” Friedman said. “It's not just that ‘Rolling Stone' called her the No. 1 singer of all time, or that she's the Queen of Soul. Long live the...

Annan's Legacy of Fighting for Equality and Rights Lives On
8/22/2018 7:06:25 PM

By Edith M. Lederer   UNITED NATIONS (AP)—Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights—and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of nationalism.  As secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006, Annan saw as his greatest achievements the programs and policies he put in place to reduce inequality within and between countries, to combat infectious diseases...

Not Just Land Heat Waves: Oceans Are in Hot Water, Too
8/22/2018 6:58:46 PM

By Christina Larson WASHINGTON (AP)—Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. “Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the ocean,” said Art Miller of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Between 1982 and 2016, the number of “marine heat waves” roughly doubled, and likely will become more common and intense as the planet warms, a study...

In Wake of Critical Book, Trump Calls Omarosa 'a Lowlife'
8/16/2018 2:53:06 PM

By Jill Colvin   BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP)—President Donald Trump has one word to describe former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman: “Lowlife.” Manigault Newman claims in an upcoming book, “Unhinged,” that Trump used racial slurs on the set of his reality show “The Apprentice.” She also says she later concluded that he is a racist and a bigot. On Saturday, reporters asked Trump during an event at his golf club in New Jersey if he felt betrayed by Manigault Newman. He responded: “Lowlife....

Michelle Obama Joins Voter Registration Drive for the Midterms
8/16/2018 1:40:33 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   Former First Lady Michelle Obama is featured in a video along with celebrities Tom Hanks, Janelle Monáe, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Lin-Manuel Miranda to encourage people to register and vote. In less than 100 days, the midterm elections that will either expand President Trump’s power or greatly restrict it, will take place on November 6. There has been much talk about the likelihood of a “blue wave” that could give Democrats the gavel and investigative power in Congress over the next two years of Trump’s...