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No. 9 Syracuse beats Fordham 89-74
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Two games
into the season, Syracuse coach Jim
Boeheim knows one thing: his Orange
are a real work in progress.
C.J. Fair scored a career-high 26 points,
Jerami Grant added 16 points and 10
rebounds, and No. 9 Syracuse beat
Fordham 89-74 on Tuesday night afer
again playing two entrely diferent
Syracuse, which started the season
with a so-so 82-60 win over Cornell
on Friday night afer trailing by 14
points late in the frst half, had a strong
frst period against the Rams to take
control, then faltered in the second in
a game plagued by 55 fouls and 72 free
throws under the new NCAA rules.
“First half we were prety good. We
did a prety good job defensively,”
Boeheim said. “But in the second half,
I think we felt we had control of the
game. We lost our defensive edge and
they took advantage of it - and that’s
something that we obviously have to
work on.
“Our guards are inexperienced in
terms of playing out there and knowing
how to play the front of the zone and
keeping guys in front of it, and that’s
the lesson learned.”
Grant, who missed Syracuse’s season
opener due to a violaton of NCAA
rules regarding summer-league play,
was sharp, hitng 6 of 12 shots and
nabbing three steals. Freshman point
guard Tyler Ennis had a solid game
afer scoring his frst collegiate basket
on a driving layup on the game’s frst
possession. He fnished with 16 points,
fve assists, no turnovers and four of
the Orange’s 15 steals.
Dajuan Coleman had 10 points and 10
rebounds for Syracuse, while Trevor
Cooney, named ACC player of the week
afer scoring a career-high 27 points
against Cornell including 7 of 8 from
long range, had two points on 1-of-6
shootng and missed all four atempts
he took from beyond the arc.
Branden Frazier had a career-high 33
points for Fordham and freshman Jon
Severe added 19, hitng 4 of 10 from
long range.
The Orange defense clamped down
at the opening tp, limitng the Rams
to 2-of-12 shootng from beyond the
arc as Severe struggled afer a sizzling
opening night on Friday, missing three
3-pointers against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone
and scoring just two points the frst
half on free throws.
“We went over it (the zone) a lot of
tmes (in practce), but hadn’t actually
seen it,” said Severe, who hit 7 of 10
from long range and scored 28 points
in an 87-67 victory over St. Francis, Pa.
to open the season. “It was big. I was
trying to make passes and kept turning
the ball over.”
Syracuse outrebounded Fordham 23-
10 in the opening half and took a 46-
21 halfime lead. In the second half
as the teams contnued to struggle to
fnd any sort of rhythm amid 32 fouls
called, Fordham rallied, outscoring
Syracuse 53-43. The Orange were
called for 25 fouls, 15 in the second
half, while Fordham had 30 fouls in the
“We tried to slow them down, but it
was hard,” Fair said. “We just have to
have the mindset to play the whole
game and adjust to the referees. It
takes a litle tme. It was tough.”
The guard-oriented Rams shot 55.6
percent in the second half and 43.8
percent for the game and fnished 11
of 27 from beyond the arc afer making
just 2 of 12 in the frst half.
“I think we’ll be able to adjust afer
a couple of practces,” Ennis said.
“Coach is pointng out that those (hand
checks) are fouls now. Afer playing a
few games, I think everybody will be
able to adjust.”
Consecutve 3-pointers by Mandell
Thomas and Severe and two free
throws by Thomas narrowed the
Orange lead to 76-60 with 5:44 lef,
the closest the Rams had been since
Grant hit a jumper from the top of the
key to give Syracuse a 25-8 lead.
And Fordham wasn’t quite through.
Frazier hit a jumper in the lane and
Ryan Roomes added another and two
free throws to cut the lead to 78-66
with 3:33 lef, but that was it.
“Obviously, we got a litle more
comfortable atacking the zone,”
Fordham coach Tom Pecora said. “But
on the same note, teams don’t play
quite as hard when they’re up 25
points all the tme. You take that with
a grain of salt.”
Syracuse’s C. J. Fair shoots against Fordham
during the frst half of an NCAA college
basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday,
Nov. 12, 2013. Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP
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NY jail guard charged with raping runaway teenager
MANLIUS, N.Y. (AP) - Authorites say
a central New York jail guard who
moonlighted as a school bus driver has
been charged with raping a 17-year-
old runaway at his Syracuse-area
The Onondaga County Sherif’s Ofce
says police in the town of Manlius went
to an apartment complex Monday
evening in search of a Steuben (stoo-
BEHN’) County girl who had run away
from home.
Police say 48-year-old Frank Taylor
denied the teen was in his apartment,
but ofcers spoted her inside. Afer
investgatng, detectves charged
Taylor with raping the teen in his
apartment on Sunday.
He’s being held at the Justce Center
in Syracuse on $15,000 bail. Taylor
works as a correctons ofcer at the
county jail in Jamesville. It couldn’t be
determined if he had a lawyer.
Taylor also worked as a substtute bus
driver for the Fayeteville-Manlius
School District.
Teen’s death leads to heroin charges for NY couple
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorites
say two people have been arrested in
connecton with the recent death of
a central New York woman from an
apparent heroin overdose.
The Onondaga County Sherif’s Ofce
says investgators found more than 200
packets of heroin when they arrested
21-year-old Alexis Carrasquillo and
20-year-old Sara Austn at the couple’s
Syracuse home Tuesday night.
The investgaton started afer a
19-year-old Syracuse woman was
found dead of an apparent heroin
overdose. Police say empty heroin
packages with the same name stamps
as the ones uncovered in the couple’s
home were found near the woman’s
Authorites say Carrasquillo is
suspected of being the woman’s drug
He and Austn are jailed on charges
that drug possession and endangering
the welfare of a child. It couldn’t
immediately be determined if they
had lawyers.
Upstate NY mother charged in death of her infant
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- A 19-year-old
Syracuse woman faces assault and
child endangerment charges in the
death of her 5-month-old daughter,
who died of head trauma.
Police say Wanda Trumble appeared in
City Criminal Court Sunday morning.
No bail has been set. Police didn’t
know if she has a lawyer yet.
Syracuse police say Nataliah Trumble
was brought to Upstate University
Hospital by her father Friday evening.
The baby died Saturday.
NY grants $4 million
to 68 local governments
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s
Department of State is giving $4 million
in grants to 68 local governments
to study and implement projects
to streamline operatons and save
taxpayer dollars.
The Local Government Efciency grants
will be distributed across 18 projects
that localites are collaboratng on.
This round of grants will fund seven
water projects, including the transfer
of management services to county
systems in Erie, Orange and Columbia
Also, four schools will be assessing
reorganizaton, including Elmira and
Horseheads, and Seneca Falls and
Other projects involve fuel
facilites, wastewater treatment,
communicatons, fre services and
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(SPM Wire) Every year, more than
100,000 children in foster care are
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4.7 million African-American
households recently saw their monthly
food stamp allotment dramatcally
reduced, Bread for the World has
Bread for the World, a non-partsan,
Christan citzens’ movement in
the United States to end hunger,
determined the number of Black
households that would afected by
cuts in food stamps with United States
Department of Agriculture data.
In 2010, Congress voted to cut $11
billion from Supplemental Nutriton
Assistance Programs or SNAP, and the
frst of three fscal years of cuts begin
this week.
During the frst fscal year of the cut,
which ends Sept. 30, 2014, $5 billion
will be sliced from the program. It is
not known how much money will be
cut in each of the following two years.
Overall 47.6 million families will be
afected by the cuts to food stamps,
reports Washington, D.C.-based Bread
for the World.
A family of four would lose $36 per
month in food stamps, reports Bread
for the World.
“This means families will have less
money to spend to buy food,” Eric
Mitchell, Bread for the World’s
director of Government Relatons, tells
The NorthStar News & Analysis.
Bread for the World is now urging
Americans to call their congressman
and their senators to vote against
additonal deep cuts to SNAP via the
Farm Bill.
The House passed a bill that would cut
SNAP by another $39 billion. The cut
would kick nearly 4 million individuals
of the program and reduce benefts
for thousands more, said Bread for the
World ofcials.
The senate bill would cut SNAP another
$4 billion. The two bills are now in a
House-Senate Conference Commitee.
Food Stamp Cuts Will Affect Approximately
4.7 Million Black Households
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2013 Marks the 5th Anniversary of Gwen, Inc.’s The You Can’t Fail Women’s Conference sponsored by Gwen, Inc.,
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By Delani Weaver
According to results of a survey
conducted by the U.S. Department of
Educaton, an average school day is 6.7
hours. Syracuse City School District is
one of 11 school districts in the country
that have begun implementng the
extended school day program as part
of the Time for Innovaton Maters in
Educaton or the TIME Collaboratve.
There are currently six schools in
the Syracuse City School District
partcipatng in the extended school
day including Bellevue Elementary
School, Danforth Middle School, Porter
Elementary School, Frazer K-9 Schools,
Seymour Dual Language Academy and
Westside Academy at Blodget. All of
which are Innovaton Zone Schools.
Funding for an extra 300 academic
hours a year, equaling 50 extra days
are being funded by the district, state
and federal funds. The Natonal Center
on Time and Learning is providing
technical help to the schools and the
Ford Foundaton is providing grant
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ftness, foreign languages, studying
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com) - “Every
parent wants
their child to
achieve, thrive
and succeed.
Too ofen
though, negatve
perceptons of
children of color
and their parents
can infuence the
ability of parents
and children to
get the supports they need.” - Chanelle
P. Hardy, Executve Director, Natonal
Urban League Washington Bureau
In recent years, the debate about
ways to close the achievement gap
and adequately prepare primary and
secondary African American students
for success has focused on such
remedies as ensuring resource equity,
expanding pre-school opportunites,
and raising teacher quality. While all
of these are necessary, one area that is
ofen overlooked is the importance of
parental involvement. No one disputes
the fact that children are more likely
to perform beter, graduate from high
school and be beter prepared for
college and the world of work when
their parents are actvely involved,
both at home and at school, in their
But for many low-income African
American parents who may be
single and struggling to make ends
meet, fnding the tme and energy
to help with homework, volunteer at
school and communicate regularly
with teachers, can be especially
challenging. They need help. And
schools and districts that serve low-
income students and students of
color must do more to overcome
greater barriers to efectvely engaging
parents. These and other fndings
are revealed in a new Natonal Urban
League survey, “Engaged to Achieve:
A Community Perspectve on How
Parents are Engaged in Their Children’s
The survey solicited the views and
opinions of K-12 teachers, school
administrators and volunteers in
communites across the country about
their perceived diferences in parental
awareness, parental involvement
and opportunites for student
achievement and success based on
race and economic background. A
joint efort of the Natonal Urban
League Washington Bureau and the
Natonal Voices Project with support
from the W.K. Kellogg Foundaton,
the study shows that when there
was a diference in how parents were
perceived, African-American parents
were more commonly perceived as
being less aware and less involved in
their children’s educaton than white
parents. Report authors suggest that
when these perceived disparites are
not addressed constructvely, they
may afect the type and depth of
parent engagement eforts directed
to low-income parents and parents of
color. Other key fndings include:
African American parents’ engagement
in their children’s educaton was felt to
be more reactve than proactve, i.e.
confrontng perceived racial bias or
addressing discipline issues.
Parents who resided in communites
where eforts were made to address
racial disparites were nearly twice as
likely (45 percent vs. 82 percent) to
report they felt more aware of their
child’s academic progress than parents
in communites where no such eforts
were made.
Though most respondents felt
that students and parents typically
understand the connecton between
educaton and economic opportunity,
they felt that race and income played
a signifcant role in students’ access to
the experiences that help to promote
success. The survey suggests ways
to bridge some of the gaps in parent
engagement, including:
Educatonal requirements should be
clear and easy to understand for all
parents, regardless of their educatonal
Parents must be regularly updated
about their children’s academic
performance in a manner that
provides clarity about how students
are meetng, or not meetng, specifc
Eforts to engage parents must take
into account practcal barriers to entry
that parents may face and tailor such
eforts accordingly.
In communites where racial and
ethnic disparites are pervasive, there
must be targeted investments and
customized approaches to improving
parent engagement.
Marc Morial is President/CEO of the
Natonal Urban League.
Race and Income Affect Parent Engagement and Student Achievement
com) - The
NAACP needs a
woman Leader.
I’m not the
One. I love the
NAACP. I’ve been
a member since
I was ten years
old. I sizzle at the
history and at the
historic leaders
(WEB DuBois,
Walter White,
James Weldon Johnson, Medgar Evers,
Ida B. Wells, and so many others). With
its 30 year campaign to stop lynching
to its more contemporary work in
votng registraton, the NAACP has
always been involved in the struggle
for justce and equality. Once upon a
tme the NAACP was considered so
“subversive” that southern teachers
who belonged to the organizaton
were fred. Today, many consider the
NAACP is considered “respectable”,
forgetng that diferent tmes call for
diferent tactcs..
Thus, when I frst heard that the
Presidency of the NAACP was available
I was excited. Afer all, which civil
rights leader, policy actvist, speaker
and writer would not want to lead our
natons’ oldest and premier civil rights
organizaton. As if I was playing with a
Rubik’s cube, I was twistng the squares
to make them ft. They don’t. The
NAACP leadership would have been
a perfect job for me ten years ago, or
even fve. Right now, I am playing to
my “sweet spot”, lecturing, writng
and empowering young people.
People I don’t even know have asked
me if I’ll be the next President of
the NAACP. They don’t understand
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criteria that have not been shared.
Could I compete? Absolutely. Do I
want to compete? No. Why would
I not consider taking the helm of a
beloved and historic organizaton? In
additon to talking and writng, NAACP
leadership includes fundraising. Ben
Jealous set a high bar by raising tens
of millions of dollars to move the
organizaton forward. That’s a record
it will be difcult to top. The person
to improve on the Jealous record
will be a sister with indefatgable
energy, fundraising acumen, board
management skills and more.
Daily, I ask my higher power that my
steps are ordered in ways that serve
the least and the lef out and that
nourish me. I will write untl I cannot
hold a pen, talk untl I cannot embrace
a microphone. And, as I have been
given the gif of mentorship, I will
always do whatever I can do to help
young people, and especially young
women reach and exceed their goals. If
it is meant for me to fnd other ways to
serve, I will embrace that opportunity.
My wish for the NAACP is that they
will fnd a mature, well-prepared and
solidly grounded woman who is a great
fundraiser, an eloquent speaker, and
an efcient manager. She should be
willing and able to commit at least 10
years to the organizaton. She should
be a sister with a steep learning curve.
And she must love people and abhor
injustce with a passion.
Economic justce is stll a subversive
concept. While the economy is
the doldrums and unemployment
rates stuck above seven percent,
our Congress prefers to subsidize
agriculture and cut food stamps,
not examing the injustce that will
afect between three and four million
people. While banks are bailed out
those they cheated with subprime
lending have lost their homes with no
bailout. While the blue-chip status of
US bonds faced a downgrade thanks to
the government shutdown, those with
low credit scores face employment
discriminaton because of those low
scores. There are administratve
assistants who pay a higher rate of
taxes than their bosses because of
tax loopholes. Economic justce? Not
with these rules.
Poverty stfes economic growth.
Forty-fve years afer Dr. Martn
Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign,
some of the same challenges face
the contemporary poor. One in eight
Americans, and more than one in four
African Americans and Latnos live
in poverty. Lyndon Johnson’s War
on Poverty of the sixtes has become
a war on poor people in the 21st
century. Elected ofcials regularly
excoriate poor people as being “lazy”,
and eforts to raise the minimum
wage are ofen dismissed. From my
perspectve, however, the poor are
some of the hardest working people I
Most inequity issues, ranging from
inequality in educaton, to inequality
in incarceraton, are economic issues.
These are the issues the contemporary
civil rights movement must tackle.
One of those leaders will be the
woman who will lead the NAACP. She
deserves our enthusiastc support!
Dr. Julianne Malveaux is a DC based
economist and writer, and President
Emerita of Bennet College for Women.
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Legend is no
stranger to
politcs or
actvism. He was
an unabashed
supporter of
Barack Obama
during his 2008
c a m p a i g n ,
c o n t r i b u t i n g
to will.i.am’s
campaign video
“Yes We Can,” performing at beneft
concerts and appearing front and
center at the Democratc Natonal
Conventon, where he performed
his song “If You’re Out There,” a
call for voter partcipaton and civic
Now, the Grammy Award-winning
artst is turning his eye toward votng
rights, which has been bombarded
from many sides in the past few years.
This month, Legend formed a
partnership with the NAACP to launch
a natonwide campaign to promote
votng rights and register eligible
Americans to vote. The campaign
was launched at his recent concert
in Durham, N.C., where he asked his
fans to join him in taking a stand for
votng rights by textng “LEGEND” to
62227 and helped eligible concert-
goers register to vote. North Carolina
is infamous for having one of the most
restrictve voter ID laws in the country.
“Launching in North Carolina, a state
feeling the brunt of new restrictve and
discriminatory electon laws, will set
the tone for concert goers across the
country in states where some of the
most egregious law changes have been
introduced or implemented,” said the
Rev. William Barber, president, NAACP
North Carolina State Conference. “As
in the past once again we need the
melodies of freedom and justce to
inspire movement.”
Legend said he will contnue this
advocacy throughout his “Made to
Love” tour.
“It is maddening to know that there are
some who would enact legislaton that
limits the ability of some Americans
to exercise their right to vote,” said
Legend in a statement. “Generatons
have fought hard and even died for this
right, and now is not the tme for our
country to move backwards. All of our
leaders should seek to have inclusive
electons that refect the true will of
the people, no mater who they intend
to vote for. The politcs of exclusion
are unacceptable. It’s tme for all of us
who believe in democracy and equal
rights to take a stand.”
Since President Obama was
elected the frst African-American
commander-in-chief in 2008, GOP-
led state legislatures have unleashed
a wave of laws with the sum impact
of suppressing minority votes. Those
changes included fewer early votng
days, restrictve voter ID laws, purging
of voter rolls and more.
And, a July 2013 Supreme Court ruling
that invalidated Secton 4 of the Votng
Rights Act—essentally crippling
Secton 5 of the same statute, which
has long served to protect minority
voters against discriminaton—has
further emboldened those ant-votng
rights eforts.
NAACP interim President Lorraine
C. Miller said Legend’s involvement
will boost their eforts to combat
such measures. In 2012, the NAACP
mobilized 1.2 million people to the
polls on or before Electon Day and
worked with other civil rights groups
to legally challenge—and defeat—
some of the proposed laws.
“We are excited that John Legend has
joined with the NAACP in the fght to
defend the right to vote,” Miller said in
a statement. “His infuence as a world-
renowned artst and actvist will be a
catalyst to spread the word that it is
not enough just to exercise your right
to vote. We must also protect our right
to vote for future generatons.”
John Legend Partners with NAACP to Promote Voting Rights
I have been
very excited
and extremely
over whel med
this week by the
many people
I’ve met while
dealing with
the death of a
16-year-old in
our community.
S y r a c u s e
has many
community members who are
serious about outreach to our youth.
Everyone seems to genuinely be tred
of senseless deaths.
We watched family members receive
heartelt wishes from the young
people who showed up to support the
family, and remember their friend and
classmate. Teachers, clergy members,
Syracuse City Chief of Police Frank
Fowler, parents and neighbors also
showed up to mourn, and remember
a slain youth’s life.
Through grief, pain and confusion,
the adults who were there showed
remarkable strength in their efort
to reach out to the remainder of the
youth who were present. We consoled
each of them, and we cried together
with the young ladies and men who
were torn and tred, but stll there to
comfort the victm’s mother.
Many young folks made it their duty
to let the mother and siblings of the
victm know they were going to be
there for them. They were determined
to get into a very crowded church and
make sure the mother and family lef
knowing they loved them, as well as
her son who was no longer with them.
Some of the children were angry
and sad, but stll determined to ban
together in solidarity like many young
people do at funerals. The teenagers
comforted each other and told
stories about their friend—the friend
whose life had been taken away from
They spoke well of him, but their grief
was beyond their ability to manage.
For many of us who tried desperately
to console them, we had no clue what
to do.
So, we winged it. We winged it by
hugging, and handing out tssues and
letng them vent and think. We didn’t
speak much, because we knew we had
nothing to say that would make any
The murder made no sense to any of
us, how would we begin to tell them
why this happened?

The night prior, we sat with one of
the victm’s aunts who was grieving,
our long-tme friend and sister. We
cried and sat in silence, wondering
what would happen tomorrow at the
funeral service for this child. We also
discussed all the other children whose
funerals we’d atended.
We were angry and hurtng, and we
were worried about the grandmothers
and the mother, with the same degree
of fear for all of them. We are talented,
educated Christans, as well as loving
mothers; but we had nothing to
soothe anyone’s pain for what was to
come the next day.
So, we decided we were not going let
our anger show, and that we would
show strength instead of fear. In
some way, we hoped this would help
produce a more positve fate for the
rest of the vulnerable children who
were there.
In the end, we planned to begin
reaching out like the old days and help
other mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles,
and grandparents because we know
that this senseless violence happens
all the tme.
The aunt had been grieving, but was
stll worried about the afect of the
young man who killed her nephew,
and all the other children who have
murdered other children.
We know the mother, to date, has
poured her heart out in the media,
while stll contnuing to show
phenomenal strength. She has asked
the youth in our community not to
retaliate, as her heart has already
been broken by the loss of her son.
We are amazed and proud of her for
having such an amazing amount of
strength in spite of her unbearable
She made sure to send an immediate
and caring message out to these
children; comfortng her son’s friends
in order to preserve their well-being.
We, too, have been in need of advice,
because we have been trying to keep
our emotons in check. I guess we
don’t know at the moment, what we
want for the children killing children.
We know they are children, and we
know we want consequences to be
imposed immediately. But we want
the families of the ofenders to be
comforted if they do not support the
killing and violence.
The one thing we don’t want is more
bloodshed. We want the siblings and
cousins of this victm to be safe.
We want this for this mother, and
every mother and family, who have
lost their child to senseless violence in
this community.
Daphne Ramsey has been a Syracuse
resident for 42 years. She has worked with
underserved communites championing
human and civil rights issues. She is a
graduate of Syracuse University and the
mother of two children.
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