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Prince George's County Afro-American Newspaper, March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011 - March 26, 2011, The Afro-American
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Eric Tucker
Associated Press
ROCKVILLE (AP) — Anemployee at an upscale Maryland yogaclothing shop is accused of killing aco-worker who found suspected stolenmerchandise in her bag, then trying toconceal the crime by tying herself upand blaming the attack on two maskedmen.Brittany Norwood was ordered heldwithout bond Monday on a charge of rst-degree murder after MontgomeryCounty State’s Attorney JohnMcCarthy described the slaying.McCarthy said Norwood, 28,spun an elaborate ruse to convinceauthorities that she and the deadwoman, Jayna Murray, had beenattacked inside the LululemonAthletica shop in Bethesda wherethey worked. “Her cunning and herability to lie is almost unparalleled,”McCarthy said of Norwood.When Norwood was found themorning of March 12 inside the shop,she told police that she and Murray,30, had been sexually assaulted by twomasked men who came in the previousnight after closing time. Norwood wasfound with minor scratches and otherwounds, her hands and feet bound.Police initially treated Norwoodas a rape victim, offering rewards forinformation leading to arrests andeven doing surveillance on a personof interest. But detectives concludedthat neither woman had been sexuallyassaulted and that Norwood had stagedthe scene. She was arrested Friday andcharged with murder and faces life inprison if convicted.Norwood’s blood was foundinside Murray’s car, McCarthy said.Only two sets of bloody footprints
By Shernay Williams
AFRO Staf Writer 
State lawmakers might repeal arule that ensures Black and woman-owned businesses are awarded a setpercentage of state contracts. The bill– which cleared the House last week– is polarizing the minority businesscommunity.Since 2006, Maryland law hasrequired state agencies to allocate 7percent of contract funds to qualiedBlack businesses, 10 percent towomen-owned organizations and8 percent to other racial minoritygroups through the Minority BusinessEnterprise (MBE) Program.But the law expires July 1, whichprompted legislators to hastily renewthe bill this session. Their newproposal amends several portions of the original legislation, most notablyeliminating the percentage clauses forBlacks and women as long as statecontractors outsource 25 percent of the total value of their contracts tosome form of minority businesses.If enacted, the year-long legislationcould set the stage for a more long-term proposal next session.Some Black commerce leaderssupport the measure, insisting itsolidies the state’s commitmentto combat inequality, but others,including the president of theAmerican Minority Contractors andBusiness Association, are opponentsof the bill.“When you lump all the differentminorities together, the AfricanAmericans tend to lose out,” saiddArnold Jolivet. He calls the legislationunconstitutional and testied againstthe measure before the MarylandSenate’s Education, Health andEnvironmental Matters committeeearlier this month.“As long as the contractingprocurement agencies and the largescale contractors meet the 25 percent,they don’t have to use any AfricanAmericans at all and they wouldstill be in compliance. I think that’swrong,” he said.Anthony W. Robinson, presidentof the D.C.-based non-prot MinorityBusiness Enterprise Legal Defenseand Education Fund, is fond of that
By George Barnette
AFRO Staf Writer 
Prince George’s County ExecutiveRushern Baker joined leaders nationwidelast week to encourage Congress to providemore Community Development Block Grant(CDBG) funding, which is in jeopardy becauseof the current economic crisis.“The CDBG program is critical for ourlocal economies,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors President ElizabethKautz in a statement. “Notonly does it create jobs, butits economic impact alsoreverberates throughout ourcommunities.”County programs suchas Down Payment on YourDream, which allows thecounty to help rst-timehomebuyers and people who haven’t owneda home in three years purchase foreclosedproperties, and HOME funds, which providesfunding for low-income families to rent or ownhomes, have dried up.This, combined with the foreclosure crisisthat is still crippling the Prince George’sCounty economy, made Baker eager to joinedother mayors and county leaders from acrossthe county in asking Congress to fund CDBG.“We aren’t spending money, we areinvesting money,” said Baker at March 16press conference. “CDBG funds help thecounty create jobs, improve infrastructure,and pursue economic development initiatives.These are the kinds of investments that willgenerate real long-term growth in the county,and I urge members on both sides of the aisleto continue supporting this program.”Baker along with representatives from theNational Association of Counties (NACo) andU.S. Conference of Mayors released a reportdetailing the benets of funding the program.The report studied 10 different jurisdictionsfrom around the country and concludedthe funding did more than just put peoplein homes and rehabilitate neighborhoods,it also improved local economies. “Ourresults suggest that in the last year the $3.95billion in grant fundsgenerated 120,000 jobsand contributed $10.7billion in Gross DomesticProduct, following up onthe economic successesof the last decade, as wellas providing numerousvaluable social benets,”the report states.The two organizations are ghting torestore the program and fund it at the FiscalYear 2010 level, but that prospect had grimhopes after the Republican spending billwas released. That bill saw cuts to many keyprograms as GOP representatives said noprograms were “sacred.”“Although we recognize that every dollarwe cut has a constituency of support – anassociation, an industry and individual citizens– who will disagree with our decision, thesecuts are the result of difcult work by oursubcommittees to make the smartest andfairest reductions possible,“ said HouseAppropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R- Ky.,in a statement. “No stones were left unturnedand no programs were held sacred.”Local and national ofcials remain
 
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Baker, National Ocialsask Congress for MoreHousing Funding
Minority Business Bill ChangesMBE Structure, Generates Debate
AP Photo/Montgomery County, Md. Police Department 
This photo provided by theMontgomery County, Md. PoliceDepartment shows BrittanyNorwood. Police in an auentWashington suburb say on March18, Norwood killed a womanfound dead inside a yoga clothingstore in Bethesda, Md. last week,then made up a story about thetwo being attacked by maskedmen.
Prosecutor: Woman KilledCo-worker after Fight
Krystal Hamlet, 29
Credit SpecialistUpper Marlboro, MD
I have been very impressed with the AffordableHealthcare Act so far. It was because of this act, that my place of employment now provides health insurancefor employee – at an affordable and efcient cost. I amthankful because without being insured my medical billsconsisted of headaches, heartache and being misdiagnosed numerous times – allowing me not to receive the proper treatments.
Kewanna Hayward, 29
Information Security ConsultantGreenbelt, MD
I’m not directly affected by this newbill due to the fact my current healthcarecoverage is provided by my employer. MyAetna plan is dened by the ‘AffordableCare Act’ as a “grandfathered plan.” During the next openseason, I planto inquire if myplan will fall under the newact. I would liketo take advantageof some of theadvantageswritten in thebill that affect women, such aslower premiumsand preventivecare without copay.
“We aren’t spendingmoney, we are investingmoney.” 
– Prince George’s County ExecutiveRushern Baker 
 
Health Care Reform – One Year Later
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Adrian McQueen, 29
IT SpecialistUpper Marlboro, MD
It will helpthe peoplewho get intoaccidentsand need immediatesurgeriesthat send them intonancial ruin. Myfamilymemberswithhealth issues now don’t have to worryabout being rejected for pre-existing conditions. The insured and thetaxpayers pay for unpaid hospital billsand ER visits, with raised premiums.
“We’ve got to begin tobuild allies with other minority groups that have been discriminated against ... If we don’t, wemiss the opportunity toget more for everybody.
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Delegate Mary Washington,bill sponsor 
Joe Willie ‘Pinetop’Perkins, Dies at 97
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Lawrence Taylor Gets Probation,Sex Offender Registration
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It’s been one year since PresidentObama enacted the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 
(ACA), but you couldhardly tell – public opinion remains justas divided as it did 12 months ago, andAmericans seem just as confused.According to the Kaiser Health TrackingPoll released by the Kaiser FamilyFoundation this month, 52 percent of 
 
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The Afro-American, March 26, 2011 - April 1 , 2011
Annual Awards DinnerHonors Nation’s ‘DrumMajors for Justice’
On April 4, the 32ndannual Drum Major forJustice Awards Dinnerwill honor former GeorgiaState Director of USDARural Development ShirleySherrod; award-winningactress and directorJasmine Guy and Dr. BillReleford, founder of TheBlack Barbershop HealthOutreach Program and an
innovator in the eld of 
diabetic limb salvage. Thisyear’s event pays tribute toDr. Martin Luther King Jr.on the anniversary of hisassassination.“Dr. King wanted tobe called a Drum Majorfor Justice,” said EvelynGibson Lowery, founder andchair of SCLC/Women’sOrganizational Movement forEquality Now, in a preparedstatement. “He once saidthe great issue of life is toharness the drum majorinstinct. Well, our prestigioushonorees exemplify the moralexcellence and generosity Dr.King spoke of and are trulymodern-day Drum Majors forJustice.”The event will alsohonor Derrick Watkins(Fonzworth Bentley), amusician, author, and hostof MTV’s “From G’s toGents” and
Real Men Cook for Charity
; Capt. RachelleJones, First Ofc. Stephanie
Grant, ight attendant DianaGalloway and ight attendant
Robin Rogers. Dr. JosephE. Lowery, former Atlantamayor and U.S. ambassador,and Congressman JohnLewis, D-Ga., will receivePresidential Medal of Freedom for their civil rightswork.
Twitter Turns 5
Arican Americans fock to popular site or news,entertainment 
On March 21, 2006,Twitter co-founder JackDorsey typed the twoseemingly forgettable wordsthat launched a media empire– “inviting coworkers.”Five years later, themicroblogging site hasbecome a leading force ininternational news reportingand the public voice forcelebrities, world leaders andeveryday users. According to
Twitter’s ofcial blog, nearly
500,000 new accounts arecreated each day and userssend more than 140 milliontweets daily—a staggering1 billion tweets every eightdays.A report by EdisonResearch, which studies
trends inuencing businesses
and elections, showedAfrican Americans comprisea large number of thosenew Twitter users. “TwitterUsage in America: 2010”found that African Americansmake up 25 percent of thesite’s community, althoughBlack Americans are about12 percent of the country’spopulation. Likewise, thePew Research Center’sInternet and AmericanLife Project found AfricanAmericans and Latinos aretwice as likely to use Twittercompared to their Whitecounterparts.
CBC Marks 40thAnniversary
At 40 years old, theCongressional Black Caucusis larger, stronger and no lesscommitted to the cause of justice and equality as it wasat its birth, Black lawmakerssaid in recognition of thegroup’s anniversary in Marchof 1971.A daylong symposiumwill be held at HowardUniversity April 4 that willfeature panels examiningthe four decades of the CBCactivities.“Throughout our 40-yearhistory, the CongressionalBlack Caucus has workedtirelessly to ensure that allAmericans, regardless of race, color or creed havethe chance to pursue andachieve the Americandream,” Chairman EmanuelCleaver II, (D-Mo.), saidin a statement. “The [CBC]continuously strives to bea voice for the voiceless,continually earning themoniker ‘the conscience of the Congress.’”In 1969, CongressmanCharles Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.)planted the seed thateventually grew intothe Black Caucus whenhe proposed formingthe Democratic SelectCommittee. In 1971, duringthe 92nd Congress, thatcommittee became thecaucus.Founding membersincluded Reps. ShirleyChisholm (N.Y.), WilliamL. Clay (Mo.), George W.Collins (Ill.), John Conyers(Mich.), Ronald Dellums(Calif.), Charles Diggs(Mich.), Augustus F. Hawkins(Calif.), Ralph Metcalfe(Ill.), Parren Mitchell (Md.),Robert Nix (Pa.), Charles B.Rangel (N.Y.), Louis Stokes(Ohio), and non-votingDelegate Walter Fauntroy(D.C.). Since then, the caucushas grown to 42 members butstill includes founding fathersRangel, of New York andConyers, of Michigan, bothDemocrats.“Not only have wegrown in number, but ourmembers have maintainedkey leadership positions,”Cleaver said.
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convinced that eliminatingthis funding may save moneyin the very short term, but willhurt communities nationwidein the long term and thus,further weaken the U.S.economy.“As the report shows,CDBG funds assist localgovernment in revitalizingneighborhoods to createsafe, nurturing communitiesfor families,” said NACoPresident Glen Whitley ina statement. “One CDBG-funded project can revitalize aneighborhood and extend thelife of its public infrastructureby 20 years.”
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aspect of the legislation.The bill gives thestate more exibility byeliminating “quotas” forcontractors and promotingeven contract distributionamong the minority groups,he said.“We want to nd a wayto strengthen provisions sothat all people who have beenexcluded from the processhave the opportunity toparticipate,” said Robinson.“African Americans arediscriminated against, butthere are others groups, aswell.”Baltimore City DelegateMary Washington, abill sponsor, shared hissentiments. “We’ve got tobegin to build allies withother minority groups thathave been discriminatedagainst ... If we don’t, wemiss the opportunity to getmore for everybody,” shesaid.The legislation clearedthe House 128-10 withoverwhelming support fromBlack legislators. At least 24other Black leaders sponsoredthe bill with Washington.According to a state studyexamining the MBE program,signicant disparities anddiscrimination prevail inMaryland’s contractingmarket place. Since theprogram’s enactment, statecontracts have failed togarner the required 25 percentminority participation. Moststate projects in the last veyears had less than 20 percentminority contractors.Robinson says 80 percentof similarly “raciallyconscious” business programsaround the country havebeen dismantled recently dueto court rulings. “I supportafrmative action and whatthe state is offering gives usthe best opportunity to keepthese programs within thecourt’s guidelines,” he said.Other amendments toMBE through the newlegislation include rulesthat the Governor’s Ofceof Minority Affairs mustestablish guidelines for stateentities to allocate fundsfor sub groups, contractorsmust submit extensive proof that they were unable toattract qualied minoritybusinesses before receivingpardons from the state,and state agencies mustsubmit to Public Worksand the Governor’s Ofceof Minority Affairs annualreports detailing pardonsrequested and granted.A companion Senate billcleared the Education, Healthand Environmental Affairscommittee earlier this month.That legislation mandatesthat the Assembly and Ofceof the Attorney Generalevaluate the MBE programand submit recommendationsby September 30, 2015.
BillWoman Killed Co-worker
were found inside the shop,and workers at the adjacentApple store reported hearingtwo women – but no men –arguing when the attack wasbelieved to have happened.And Norwood’s wounds wereself-inicted, authorities said.“No one could have everanticipated seven or eight daysago that we would be standinghere telling you what we aretelling you today,” McCarthytold the judge.Norwood appeared viavideoconference from thejail where she is being held.She did not speak during thebrief hearing except to answerprocedural questions, and herpublic defender declined tocomment as he left court.McCarthy offered newdetails about what happenedbefore Murray died, sayingshe had been asked by a storemanager to check Norwood’sbag for stolen merchandise.Murray called the managerthat night to say she believedNorwood had been stealing.That same night, after thestore had closed, Norwoodtold Murray she needed to getback into the store becauseshe left her wallet. When thetwo returned, they argued overthe suspected theft, McCarthysaid.Norwood then picked upsome sort of weapon insidethe store and used it to beatMurray for as long as 20minutes throughout the shop,McCarthy said. He saidMurray sustained a severedspinal cord and blows “toonumerous to count.”“The nature of this crime isshocking in terms of the levelof violence that was directedat the victim,” McCarthy said.He said Norwood trackedMurray’s blood through thestore while wearing a size-14 shoe, used by the storein determining the length of pants, to throw off detectives.McCarthy said detectivesconfronted Norwood and herfamily on Friday with whatthey believed happened. Hesaid the family asked to beleft alone with Norwood, whocould then be heard telling arelative that she was sorry anddidn’t want to disappoint him.But she also told him she waswary of talking more becauseshe feared they were beingrecorded, McCarthy said.Norwood was mostrecently living in Washington,D.C., but grew up inWashington state and was astandout soccer player forStony Brook University inNew York. The soccer coachthere did not return phonemessages on Monday.Appearing Monday onABC’s “Good MorningAmerica,” Murray’s parentssaid only that they believe inthe justice system and will letthe case work its course.
Renita Farrington,
 
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Administrative OfcerLanham, MD
An increase in mypremium is expected and less plan coverage toward certain services whichwould be more out of pocket for me. When I was pregnant I was in agroup with other pregnant women across the country,and several conversationscame up about what their doctors would nolonger do, like numeroussonograms and what their plans didn’t cover.
Shana Swain,32
Senior SecretaryUpper Marlboro, MD
Not to throw in union propaganda, but my benetsare not the norm, which is why I would probablynever leave my job willingly. The benets aloneprobably put me close to, if not over, a six-guresalary. This type of coverage for my familyis priceless, what theydid to those publicworkers in Wisconsinis shameful. Givepeople the right to havecollective bargaining so that they too canprovide for their families.
Americans say they do not haveadequate information about howthe health reform law impactsthem personally, while 47 percentbelieve they do (last year 56percent felt they didn’t have enoughinformation).And the poll also found thatcurrently 42 percent of Americansfavor the law, while 46 percent viewit unfavorably, which also mirrorsopinions last year.Here, area residents sound off onhow they believe health reform hasor will impact them.

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