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Things you should know about Lyme disease

By Carma Henry Things you should know about Lyme disease Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks, and on the West Coast, black-legged ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Although people may think of Lyme as an East Coast disease, it is found throughout the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. That’s 1.5 times the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and six times the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year in the US. However, because diagnosing Lyme can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme may be misdiagnosed with other conditions. Many experts believe the true number of cases is much higher. Lyme disease affects people of all ages. The CDC notes that it is most common in children, older adults, and others such as firefighters and park rangers who spend time in outdoor activities and have higher exposure to ticks. LymeDisease.org has developed a Lyme disease symptom checklist to help you document your exposure to Lyme disease and common …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Blackdoctor.org and OraSure launch awareness program to encourage HIV testing with the FDA approved Oraquick®In Home Test

By Carma Henry Blackdoctor.org and OraSure launch awareness program to encourage HIV testing with the FDA approved Oraquick®In Home Test Digital campaign to focus on testing and education leading up to National HIV Testing Day CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) — Did you know that you can test for HIV in the privacy of your own home? The maker of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first FDA-approved in-home HIV test, is working with BlackDoctor.org, the leading destination for Black health information and news, to raise awareness of HIV home testing and encourage testing among African Americans. BlackDoctor.org will produce a series of custom articles, videos and Facebook Live discussions for the campaign. BlackDoctor.org, now in its 12th year, reaches over 40 million readers monthly and engages more than 1.5 million followers on Facebook with culturally-relevant content that gives African Americans access to a trusted platform to find critical health information and empowers them to act on it. African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS, compared to other races/ethnicities, states the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There are a number of challenges that contribute to the higher rates …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Demands for answers after police kill pregnant Seattle mom

By Carma Henry Demands for answers after police kill pregnant Seattle mom By Levi Pulkkinen There were more questions than answers in the hours after Seattle police officers fatally shot a pregnant mother in her home Sunday morning. Dozens of people held vigil outside the Magnuson Park apartment building where Charleena Lyles was fatally shot by police. Lyles, 30, had reported a burglary attempt at her home. Friends, family and other residents of the Brettler Family Place apartment complex in the North Seattle park gathered to remember Lyles and express concerns related to the shooting. Seattle mayoral candidates Bob Hasegawa and Nikkita Oliver were in attendance, as was local hip-hop artist Macklemore. Family members spoke about Lyles, a mother of four who was several months pregnant with her fifth child. “She loved her kids to death, she was always the life of the party and had a smile on her face … I loved her so much,” her older sister Monika Williams said. Andre Taylor, brother of Che Taylor who was killed by Seattle police last year and others spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement and grievances with the Seattle Police Department. Early in the investigation, police contend Lyles was shot after brandishing a knife at officers. A lengthy inquiry …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Officials: 17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque

By Carma Henry Officials: 17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque Missing teen is Nabra Hassanen © Fairfax County Police – Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, has been charged in the slain teen’s death. By Faiz Siddiqui, Julie Zauzmer, Sarah Pulliam Bailey On Sunday, police found the girl’s remains and a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the case. The mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, and relatives identified the girl as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston. Fairfax County police identified the man charged with murder in her death as Darwin Martinez Torres of Sterling. On Monday, they did not release any explanation as to why they weren’t investigating the murder as a hate crime. According to accounts from police and a mosque official, a group of four or five teens were walking back from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday when they were confronted by a motorist. All but one of the teens ran to the mosque, where the group reported that the girl had been left behind, according to Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The death of a Virginia teenager who police say was assaulted and then disappeared after leaving a …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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ACLU responds to Acquittal of Officer Yanez formanslaughtercharges in Philando Castile’s death

By Carma Henry ACLU responds to Acquittal of Officer Yanez for manslaughter charges in Philando Castile’s death Submitted Aliya Khan PAUL, MINN. – Recently, a jury in Ramsey County found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of the 2016 killing of Philando Castile. The following statement can be attributed to Teresa Nelson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Minnesota: “The jury’s decision to acquit Officer Yanez does not negate the fact that Philando Castile’s tragic death is part of a disturbing national pattern of officers using excessive force against people of color, often during routine encounters. Philando Castile was one of 1,092 individuals killed by the police in 2016. Yet in most cases, the officers and police departments are not held accountable. While many officers carry out their jobs with respect for the communities they serve, we must confront the profound disconnect and disrespect that many communities of color experience with their local law enforcement. “Two Supreme Court decisions from the 1980’s allow officers to use deadly force when a reasonable officer on the scene could reasonably fear for their safety. These two decisions create an atmosphere where police violence is sanctioned based on what we think a hypothetical officer could have felt, even if, in reality, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Former Bermuda tourism minister found dead

By Carma Henry Former Bermuda tourism minister found dead CROCKWELL Submitted by CMC HAMILTON, Bermuda – Independent Member of Parliament, Shawn Crockwell, was found dead at his home on Saturday afternoon. The police report that Crockwell, a former Tourism and Transport Minister under the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), was found in “an unresponsive state at his residence in Hamilton Parish around 4 p.m. (local time) and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by the attending doctor”. According to the police, while a full inquiry is now underway, “Initial inquiries suggest that foul play is not suspected.” Crockwell recently made headlines when he announced plans to vote against the government in a motion of no confidence that Opposition Leader David Burt had planned to call in the House of Assembly on Friday. However, Premier Michael Dunkley warded off the possibility of losing the vote by calling a snap general election late Thursday and immediately dissolved parliament. The election will be held on July 18. Crockwell resigned from the OBA 15 months ago, saying he had lost confidence in the party under Dunkley’s leadership. Three months ago another legislator, Mark Pettingill, a former Attorney General, also joined Crockwell as an independent when he too left the OBA. Pettingill said he had disagreed with …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Prosecution offered Cosby plea deal. He said no.

By Carma Henry NNPA Newswire Exclusive: Prosecution offered Cosby plea deal. He said no. Cosby thanked Black Press for fair coverage during sex trial By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Bill Cosby said he channeled Nelson Mandela when prosecutors offered him a deal just before his trial for aggravated indecent assault started nearly two weeks ago, the NNPA Newswire has learned exclusively. The iconic comedian said he recalled visiting Mandela, years ago, after the late civil rights champion had been released from his Robbins Island cell. Cosby said he met Mandela at the cell, sat there and thought about what he had went through. “I’m not guilty,” Cosby said, further explaining why he nixed the offer. While a prosecution spokesman denied a deal had been offered, Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, confirmed that just before the trial began on June 5, prosecutors approached Cosby with a deal but the “I Spy” legend promptly declined it. “We still hold to the truth that Mr. Cosby is innocent and this court should declare a mistrial,” Wyatt said Friday, as jurors entered their 49th hour of deliberations. The panel, which consists of seven men and five women—including one African-American male and one African-American female—told Judge Steven O’Neill that they were deadlocked, but the judge ordered …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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NIH Statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

By Carma Henry NIH Statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Much progress has been made in HIV/AIDS research since the disease was first recognized in 1981. Today, lifesaving antiretroviral therapies allow those living with HIV to enjoy longer, healthier lives—an outcome that once seemed unattainable. Research supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has proven that when antiretroviral therapy durably keeps HIV at undetectable levels, the risk that the treated individual will sexually transmit the virus to an HIV-negative partner is negligible. When implemented in communities, treatment as prevention is remarkably successful at preventing the spread of HIV infection. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is another prevention strategy in which HIV-negative people take one pill a day to reduce their risk of acquiring the virus. This intervention is highly effective when individuals adhere to the drug regimen. While these and other prevention tools have the power to dramatically decrease the incidence of HIV infection, a safe and effective vaccine would be transformative. More than two million new HIV infections occurred worldwide in 2015 alone, and this rate of infection has declined only slightly since 2010. A new NIH-funded modeling study suggests that a 50-percent …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Our children deserve high quality teachers

By Carma Henry Our children deserve high quality teachers Primas, the program man-ager for the NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Cam-paign, says that it’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and de-mand equal access to high quality teachers. By Dr. Elizabeth Primas (Program Manager, NNPA/ESSA Public Awareness Campaign) I am a native Washingtonian. I still live on the same street that my parents brought me home to 50 plus years ago. I am a product of D.C. public schools. I began my education prior to integration. I was taught by, in my opinion, the best-prepared teachers in the city. I remember that most of my teachers had masters’ or doctorate degrees and they taught in the field in which they earned their degree. They were highly qualified, dedicated, and allowed no child to be left behind. The principal knew every student by name. She knew our strengths and weaknesses. She made sure that her teachers addressed the individual challenges of each student. I left public school well prepared to face the world. Through the years, I have witnessed many changes in both education and community. I have watched my neighbor-hood demographic change from middle class Black families, to a neighborhood where drug use, unemployment, and the lack of …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Playground Mobilization: Collaboration by two Broward AKA Chapters

By Carma Henry Playground Mobilization: Collaboration by two Broward AKA Chapters By Barbara Thomas “Playground Mobilization”, one of AKA’s Impact Day Projects to restore, renew and refresh a playground, was conducted May 20 by Chi Psi Omega and Kappa Kappa Omega Chapters. Approximately 70 participated at the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory and Outdoor Classroom, Broward College North Campus. “Green techniques” were provided by Orchards of Deerfield Beach; another partner, Orchards, provided in-kind donations of plants for nine raised beds and six large size pots, including vegetables and also donated flowers. They donated 30 large bags of mulch and 25 bags of soil; brought latex gloves for every participant and needed gardening tools. The small gardening tools were left for 70 toddlers for sustaining the plants. Orchards brought the truck load of items, stayed Saturday during the height of business, volunteered and demonstrated professional planting and gardening. More than 100 toys and the new playground equipment were cleaned. Chapters had the old benches removed and placed with new red and blue ones. They also watered/saturated new flowers and plants. Mission accomplished! The groups gave it a “good look’” appearance, added quality, ensured safety and made it ready for use. Feedback evidenced a kid-tested, amazing playground and garden, environmentally conscious equipment, with children and …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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FAMU launches Digital Learning Initiative as faculty prepare to transform classrooms with technology

By Carma Henry FAMU launches Digital Learning Initiative as faculty prepare to transform classrooms with technologyFrom front to back starting at the left: Victor Eno, Ph.D., College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; Ramesh Katam, Ph.D., College of Science and Technology; Kathe-rine Milla, Ph.D., College of Agriculture and Food Scienc-es; Rebecca Blankenship, Ph.D., College of Education; Muhammad Haseeb, Ph.D., College of Agriculture & Food Sciences; Rajiv Dalal, Sc.D., School of Allied Health Sciences; Aurelia Alexander, OTD, School of Allied Health Sciences; Charlotte Baker, DrPH, College and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Errick Farmer, Ph.D., School of Business and Industry; Park Bum Sang, Ph.D., School of Architecture and Engineering Technology. By Kanya Stewart Faculty While Florida A&M University students are enjoying summer activities, such as internships and study abroad experiences, faculty are hard at work finding unique ways to over-haul their classrooms by weaving the latest technology infusion upgrades into their courses. Professors are redesigning their classes in preparation for fall to include the use of blended/hybrid approaches to teaching and learning. The course redesign efforts are a component of the University’s newly launched Provost’s Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) and promote student engagement, class discussions and instruction all within the swipe of an …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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B-CU students and faculty attend the 32nd Annual Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference

By Carma Henry B-CU students and faculty attend the 32nd Annual Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference — Students and faculty recently attended the 32nd annual, “Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference,” in Orlando, Florida. During this year’s conference, B-CU Center for Undergraduate Re-search Excellence students (CURE) and prospective Criminal Justice majors assisted the faculty with facilitating breakout discussions among conference participants. Faculty members conducted workshops on strategies to improve the relationship be-tween law enforcement and the minority community. Additionally, CURE students prepared individual presentations on their participation and experience at the conference as a part of their assignment. The students also had the opportunity to meet and converse with local leaders and notables such as Mr. Harris Rosen, President of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Inc.; Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings; and Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin. For more information, contact Dr. Randy Nelson, Criminal Justice Administration Graduate Program Coordinator, nelsonr@cookman.edu or (850) 567-0536. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Arizona leaders call for removal of Confederate Monuments

By Carma Henry Arizona leaders call for removal of Confederate Monuments East Valley NAACP President Roy Tatem addresses the media as Dr. Ann Hart, the president of the Maricopa County branch of the NAACP, Rev. Reginald Walton, the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater Phoenix and State Rep. Reginald Bolding (D-Ariz.) stand in support. (Alvin Galloway/Arizona Informant) By Floyd Alvin Galloway (Arizona Informant/NNPA Member) The Arizona Confederate monuments controversy has risen once again. Two years ago, it was over the naming of the Jefferson Davis Highway in the Southeast Valley. Other cities across the country in Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, and Maryland have or are in the process of removing Confederate monuments from prominent public lands. Metro-Phoenix Black leaders held a news conference at the Arizona Informant office June 5 to call on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) to remove monuments honoring those who were at war with the country and pushed to protect slavery …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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FAU slips in state university rankings

By Scott Travis Florida Atlantic University has lost its top spot on the list of 11 schools ranked by the State University System’s Board of Governors. FAU slipped to seventh place in rankings released Thursday that determine how much bonus money schools get. The drop means FAU will receive $19 million this year,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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The media is the public relations firm for Russian Intelligence

By Carma Henry Raynard Jackson The media is the public relations firm for Russian Intelligence Jackson says that mainstream media is not an integral part of our democracy and MSM journalists are not the arbiters of truth. By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) The mainstream media has become obsessed with the made up story of “collusion” between Trump and Russia, though there has been absolutely no evidence presented to substantiate such intense coverage. In a lot of ways, an objective observer could make the case that mainstream media (MSM) is actually colluding with the Russian government. But before I lay out my case, let’s set the stage. So-called journalists that work in MSM argue that they are the arbiters of the truth and the guardians of our democracy. Their mission from God, in their narcissistic view, is to protect American’s free speech and keep the government in check. Let me make this perfectly clear: MSM is not an integral part of our democracy; MSM journalists are not the arbiters of truth. The American people are the only integral part of our democracy and the final arbiters of the truth. We don’t need a biased middleman. I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in tax accounting. When I worked in corporate …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Free at last, thank God we are free at last!

By Carma Henry Free at last, thank God we are free at last! By Don Valentine This past Monday June 19th marked the generally acknowledged date for the proclamation abandoning slavery. This date is understood to be June 19th, 1865. That is a little over 2 years after President Lincoln signed the “Emancipation Proclamation. Since we have the internet, lo these 154 years later, we would not have to have suffered 2 more years of vassalage for the proclamation to reach the last slave state. In the words of the “The Root” author Hillary Crossley, “Though President Abraham Lincoln ended slavery with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves in Texas had no knowledge of their freedom until two and a half years later. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston and declared the end of the Civil War, with General Granger reading aloud a special decree that ordered the freeing of some 200,000 slaves in the state.” Here is a little known fact to for your edification. As you people of color have experienced, decades later, the law of emancipation has yet …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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I’m mad as hell!

By Carma Henry I’m mad as hell! By Jasmen Rogers “I’m mad as hell right now, yes I am.” These words from Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, rang true for so many Black people after hearing of the verdict in the trial of the officer that killed him. Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of the charge of manslaughter after the shooting death of Philando Castile in July of 2016. Yanez pulled Castile over for a “routine” traffic stop (read: driving while Black), while his fiancee and young child were in the car. Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a weapon that he was licensed to have. The officer then instructed Philando to produce his license and registration. As Philando reached for his documents, as the officer instructed, shots rang out. Officer Yanez shot Philando seven times while his daughter and fiancee looked on. His fiancee began broadcasting the encounter on Facebook Live, giving the world a glimpse into Philando’s final, fleeting moments. In that video, we saw Philando take his last breath. We saw his daughter. We saw a Black woman calm in the middle of the storm, alerting the word about what happened to her partner. We saw a frantic and …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Why does main street media refuse to talk about Black America?

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell Why does main street media refuse to talk about Black America? By Roger Caldwell “This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s a victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspaper will have you hating the people who are oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing,” says Malcolm X. The majority of newsrooms in America are run by Whites, and it is no surprise that only certain kinds of Black stories are being published. Most White people don’t understand that implicit racial bias is part of their DNA, and anything associated with Black skin is considered negative. Systemic racism is practiced everyday in main street newsrooms, and subconsciously, it is never discussed or given a second thought. According to the radio and television news directors association, television newsrooms are 80% White, and radio newsrooms are 92% White. The American Society of News Editors and/or newspaper newsrooms are 85% White. The diversity in these newsrooms has remained the same for over a decade, and in the last few years, more Black and Hispanic members in newsrooms are losing their jobs. In the 1990’s, there were over 400,000 …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Ready for persecution

By Carma Henry The Gantt Report Ready for persecution By Lucius Gantt It’s hard to be a do-gooder. Yes, it’s hard to be a freedom fighter, a freedom writer or a freedom rider! More often than not, it can be difficult, dangerous and somewhat taxing to stand up, speak out and act in a righteous manner. From the very beginning of civilized times, someone somewhere has risked everything they had and everything they may have gotten by choosing to do what they should do. If you have read The Gantt Report columns for any length of time, you are fully aware that I believe that all of my heroes have been imprisoned, locked up at some time and jailed for unjust reasons. I write about that fact at least two or three times a year. But guess what? Incarceration is not the only thing that happens to men and women that work hard to achieve equal rights, justice and progress. The do-gooders in your city, state, nation or country are also persecuted! Do-gooders are talked about, scorned, shunned, stalked, whipped, hung, beaten, shot, stabbed, fired and even nailed to real and proverbial crosses! Sometimes people that try to do right, do what is best and do what they …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Donald Trump in Miami, Florida

By Carma Henry Donald Trump in Miami, Florida Eleven Million Cuban Nationals vs 856,000 Cuban Americans The United States embargo against the Cuban government is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed in March of 1958. In 1960 the U.S. placed an additional embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalized American-owned Cuban oil refineries without compensation. In 1962 the embargo was extended to include almost all imports. The UN General Assembly has, since 1992, passed a resolution every year condemning the ongoing impact of the embargo and declaring it to be in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law. In 2016 the U.S. voted with the rest of the UN family to lift the sanctions on Cuba. Subsequently the Obama administration initiated easing of the 58-year-old embargo by announcing that the U.S. would allow individuals to travel to Cuba for “people to people” educational trips and lift limits on the use of American dollars in transactions with Cuba, wiping away stiff restrictions on travel and commerce. President Obama also prepared to make a trip to Havana, the first visit by a sitting American president in 88 years. “We are not seeking to impose regime change on Cuba,” …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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