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9-1-1 Center Receives 6th Accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies
Travelers cast wary eye as storm moves eastward pg 5
The RTS “Holiday Express” will carry shoppers to area malls
Urban League of Rochester’s Give Thanks for Education 5K Run Deportations to Haiti continue after killings
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Urban League of Rochester’s Give Thanks for Education 5K Run
By Delani Weaver The Urban League held its first annual “Give Thanks for Education” 5K Run/ Walk Saturday morning at Wegmans Lodge in Seneca Park. One hundred and sixty people participated in the event from ages one to over 60 years old. Jamie Beedham-Rada, marketing and fundraising director for the Urban League said, “This is the first Urban League 5K run and everything went smoothly. It actually went so well, it’s something that we will continue to have every year going forward.” The race was sponsored by several businesses and organizations including radio station WDKX, Wegmans, Phu Concepts and Fleet Feet Sports. Beedham-Rada said the race promotes the Urban League, health, exercise, and community involvement. He also said the organization needs unrestricted funding for its education programs due to government funding being cut short. Runners showed up at the park to register at 8:30 a.m., were greeted by Urban League staff, and given a t-shirt and a number. Inside the lodge, runners and their families warmed up by the fireplace and spoke with several health vendors and sponsors attending the event. Children attending the event were able to explore the animals and activities from Wegmans Zoo Mobile. “We could’ve had the event in September or October but didn’t want to compete with any other races going on around the city,” Beedham-Rada said. “But we want to get the Urban League out there in the community more. If you make a good name for yourself throughout the community, people will show up to your events.” The race began promptly at 10 a.m. The first runner completed the 5K race in 18 minutes and 18 seconds. Medals were awarded to winners of each age group and the overall male and female winners. Bagels, fruits, donuts and water were provided to everyone attending. Ajamu Kitwana, one of the runners, said, “I wanted to support the Urban League. I recently moved here from Boston. I’m trying to stay in shape and this was a great way to start doing that here. It’s definitely something that I would like to continue participating in.” “My dad is running in the race, and I wanted to help support too,” 11-yearold Darius Johnson said. “I run track at Spry Middle School in Webster, and I’m really proud of my time in this race.” President and chief executive officer of the Urban League, William G. Clark, participated in the race as well. Clark, who has held his position for almost 20 years said, “Today’s run was a run for our education program. We offer our after school academy that we operate at the Urban League, we are operating inside the schools, and we also host the Black Scholars program. One of the things that we constantly need to do is to raise the funds to make sure that we are able to provide those services to the young people in Rochester. Today’s race was a fundraiser we had, for number one, to expose the Urban League to people in the community, and number two, to raise funds. This is our first, and it will be an annual event, and something we will continue in the future.”
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9-1-1 Center Receives 6th Accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies
The Emergency Communications Department (ECD), which operates the 9-1-1 Center, has been awarded its sixth Award of Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. ECD has maintained CALEA’s three-year accreditation period every year since 1998. “I want to congratulate director Merklinger and all the men and women of the Emergency Communications Department for once again earning this very rigorous and significant accreditation,” said Mayor Richards. “Our 9-1-1 Center is a source of pride for our community and we are a national leader when it comes to making sure that when citizens call for help, their message is received and delivered.” The accreditation process is designed to assure the public that its 9-1-1 Center is meeting and exceeding 218 recognized standards for public safety. CALEA assessors examined all aspects of the ECD’s policies and procedures including administration, operations, training, direction and authority, organization, critical incidents and homeland security. “Part of accreditation is to invite an outside organization in to scrutinize the work we perform every day,” said ECD Director John M. Merklinger. “I am exceedingly proud of the people at the Emergency Communications Department who continually strive to provide internationally-accepted best practices, and to meet or exceed the ever-changing standards set by CALEA as we have for over 15 years.” The 9-1-1 Center was the first emergency communications center in New York State to obtain CALEA accreditation. It has also holds accreditations from the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch in Emergency Medical Dispatch and from the New York State Sheriff’s Association. “Working together with the city of Rochester, we have created a sustainable, collaborative partnership that provides top-quality emergency dispatching services for our community’s first responders,” said County Executive Maggie Brooks.
“This certification speaks to the professionalism and expertise demonstrated by the team at our citycounty 9-1-1 Center, and the great work these men and women do each and every day.”
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The RTS “Holiday Express” will carry shoppers to area malls
The Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) is making sure holiday shoppers won’t have to worry about getting to and from the local malls. The RGRTA will launch the RTS Holiday Express bus service on Monday, Nov 25. The service will run through January 5, 2014. RGRTA CEO Bill Carpenter said, “The Holiday Express bus was such a hit last year we wanted to bring it back again. We are delighted to offer our customers an easy way to get to popular shopping destinations for just one dollar, without having to worry about road conditions or where to park.” There will also be seasonal promotions, including a social media contest and giveaways. New this year, the public is invited to capture themselves in a holiday pose with the Holiday Express and post it online at RGRTA’s website, www.rgrta.com, or by using the hashtag #RTSHolidayExpress on Twitter or Instagram. The photo with the most votes will win a $100 gift card to The Mall at Greece Ridge. The daily service departs hourly from locations on Main St. or Hudson Ave. Riders can travel non-stop to three shopping destinations: The Mall at Greece Ridge, Marketplace Mall and the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Hudson Ave. Route and schedule information will be available online. Carpenter and other special helpers will be on board one of the wrapped buses on Black Friday to pass out Holiday Express goodie bags to riders. All are invited to join them. The Holiday Express bus departs at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, from E. Main St. and Clinton Ave. to The Mall at Greece Ridge. Goodie bags will contain schedule information and a free bus pass. Bags will also be distributed to mall shoppers.
NY officials warn of telephone and email tax scam
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York state officials are warning people about telephone and email scammers pretending to be tax collectors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the scammers claim they are from the Internal Revenue Service or the state tax department and threaten people with fines, deportation or arrest if they fail to pay up. Scam callers tell recipients to immediately pay with a wire transfer or a pre-loaded debit card. Sometimes the calls are accompanied by fake IRS emails. The scammers threaten recipients who don’t comply. Some of the bogus calls come from the 530 area code but others appear legitimate on the caller ID screen. State officials say tax agencies always make first contact by letter with a phone number you can contact to verify the sender.
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Travelers cast wary eye as storm moves eastward
DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm system blamed for at least 10 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week. Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier. Some of the country’s busiest airports — New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte, N.C. — could see big delays. Icy roads led to hundreds of accidents and at least 10 deaths, half of them in Texas. On Monday, the storm brought a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, southern Kansas and Texas. But as the storm continues east, there are fears of heavy rain along the busy I-95 corridor and sleet, freezing rain and snow away from the coast and at higher elevations. Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, said it will be “primarily a rain event” for the East Coast, with up to three inches of rain dousing travelers. “The further inland you get — especially as you get into that higher terrain — you are going to deal with frozen precipitation,” Kines said. Snow could fall in West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and the interior of New England. Jeff Smidt is traveling Wednesday from his home in Toronto to visit his family in Andover, Mass., just outside Boston. “My understanding is that I’m traveling at like the worst time ever,” he said. Smidt tried to get on an earlier flight but JetBlue told him it isn’t waiving any change fees yet. “I’m just hoping I also don’t become a
statistic during the holiday weekend,” he said. “Worst comes to worst, it will be an eight-hour trek down Interstate 90.” Ninety percent of travelers this week will drive, according to AAA, and an estimated 38.9 million people — 1.6 percent fewer than last year — are expected to drive 50 miles or more from their home. Gas is about 15 cents cheaper than last year, AAA said Monday, with a gallon of regular selling for $3.28. The car-lobbying group and travel agency says Wednesday will be the busiest travel day, a forecast based on a formula that factors in consumer confidence, stock market performance, unemployment and a survey of 418 people that has a 6 percent margin of error. Air travel will be busier and more expensive than usual this Thanksgiving.
This holiday will likely see the most air travelers since 2007, according to Airlines for America, the industry’s trade and lobbying group, with the busiest day being Sunday, an estimated 2.56 million passengers. Wednesday is expected to be the second-busiest with 2.42 million passengers. The average domestic airfare is up 9.5 percent from last Thanksgiving to $313, according to the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes tickets sold online and by traditional travel agencies. Meanwhile, Amtrak prices in September — the most recent month for which data is available — were up more than 4 percent from last year. Adding to the usual stress of holiday travel, though, is the weather that’s ahead for much of the country. Already, the storm system dropped several inches of snow last week in
New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma and West Texas. Rick Farquer, manager of Oasis Truck Stop in the Texas Panhandle town of Canadian, said traffic was moving slowly but that roads had largely cleared. Parts of the Panhandle saw snow and freezing rain over the weekend, and temperatures were in the 20s on Monday morning. “It’s something you don’t like to see but you have to live with it,” Farquer said. In Dallas, temperatures edged above freezing on Monday, but rain kept the roads treacherous and slick. The storm system left nearly 44,000 homes and businesses without power, most of them in Dallas-Fort Worth, though people in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa could be without electricity for a couple of days.
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(TriceEdneyWire. com) This summer, everyone celebrated the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the address of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which he described a new, refined
policy goal was to get unemployment down to 4 percent. Arthur Okun, a CEA senior economist at the time, understood the cost of unemployment in terms of lost output. His rule: A 1 percent increase in unemployment costs, 2 percent in lowered output. This was an era when full employment was considered important. We began this year with the Congressional Budget Office estimating the size of our lost output from unemployment at close to $1 trillion-larger than our current fiscal deficit. If our economy was that much bigger, we would be receiving a lot more in tax revenue, and spending far less on unemployment insurance (UI) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) support, so the fiscal deficit would be a lot smaller. But this month, people receiving SNAP assistance saw benefit cuts, just in time for Thanksgiving; and, some will face Christmas with the threat their unemployment benefits will end Dec. 31. This misguided attempt to balance the budget by reducing customers for grocery stores can only make unemployment worse, moving us further from balancing the budget. Five years after Lehman Brothers collapsed, the high-flying financial sectors’ effect on Main Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and César Chávez Way remains. Our policy gridlock protecting demand while unemployment stays stuck above 7 percentage points to the need for a new set of policies that can avoid politics. Policies like UI came from the lessons of the Great Depression. This downturn shows holes in what we are protecting. The demands for public services don’t fall because local revenues collapse. We still need good schools and police officers on the beat. Yet we have hundreds of thousands of fewer teachers and police officers. If we want to avoid fights over how to pay for these things in downturns, we must come to new realizations. We cannot privatize the benefits of economic risktaking without also creating policies that mitigate the costs of economic failures; so if financial gambling can boost our investment and growth, a financial transactions tax must cover the costs of economic collapse. We must have automatic programs funded from that tax to keep our schools performing, our streets safe and people employed. Would a government of the people, by the people and for the people put so little emphasis on employment and so high an emphasis on the tax rates of the top 1 percent?
Many want to treat that tragedy as America’s loss of innocence, but innocence was already lost. Earlier that year, Medgar Evers, a World War II veteran, was assassinated for his work on voters’ rights in Mississippi. And that fall, four young girls were murdered by a bomb set off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The Pew Research Center says in 1963, 69 percent of Americans were aware of the march and 63 percent of them thought poorly of it. Kennedy’s approval rating dropped from 70 percent in February to 59 percent in October, in large part because of his June speech introducing a Civil Rights Act. This summer, the AFL-CIO hosted a March for Jobs and Freedom symposium to discuss and assess where we are today. My contribution to that was released this week by the Economic Policy Institute. In August 1963, the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent. It has been more than five years since America had an unemployment rate that low. Recalling our selective memory problem for 1963, I wondered how the 5.7 percent rate created such a huge demand for jobs and addressing unemployment. Our policy frame shifted to tilt our sense of the possible. Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers’ (CEA’s)
On Nov. 22, we noted two historic events. One is the 1863 dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery 150 years ago by President Abraham Lincoln, during which he also gave a new vision for America. Lincoln’s address clearly incorporated slaves into the American Dream by citing America’s founding documents proclaiming “all men are created equal,” and therefore government “of the people, by the people and for the people” could not be reconciled with slavery. Dr. King highlighted those same words as a promise America makes to its citizens. A promise, he said, that was broken to African Americans. They both spoke of failures in democracy. We also note the tragedy of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago. His death gives us a moment to reflect on our selective memory.
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injured no one has been in prison 3 years, had her case overturned by a Court of Appeals, and is still in prison! Suffering in their grief for the unjust killing of their sons are the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Sabrina Fulton has had to watch the psychotic bully who killed her son escape punishment and, then, proceed to flaunt his perceived invincibility while violating laws and abusing others. Jordan Davis’ mom, Lucy McBath, has not yet seen the murderer of her son have his day in court. Sadly, no outcome will return their sons to them. Some acts in this war are so egregious that even mainstream media criticize them! Oriana Farrell in New Mexico fled to escape the fury of the police, yet for a simple traffic stop, fell victim to officers threatening her family, savagely breaking out her car window and firing shots at her car endangering her children. Since airing the dash-cam video, all law enforcement consultants have criticized the impropriety of this act. I’ve not seen the lives of a white mother and her children endangered in such a callous manner. In DC, without the benefit of due process, JC Hayward was denied an opportunity to practice her craft by WUSA-9. Instead of being able to demonstrate her expertise developed in a distinguished 40+year TV career, WUSA-9 has allowed rumor and innuendo to serve as the basis for her absence from the airwaves. Black women come out strongly in favor of our party’s candidates every election, but others get credit for the victories--with a rare mention that it was the strong support of Black women who help candidates cross the finish line. What do we have to do to end this war and receive justice? We must never give up—never stop fighting until victory is finally won. ---------------------(Dr. E. Faye Williams is Chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. 202/678-6788. www. nationalcongressbw.org)
War on Black Women
(TriceEdneyWire. com) My good friend Dick Gregory says that when America suffers an “economic cold,” Black folks suffer economic pneumonia. So it is in every major facet of life here in our country. wrongdoing. In recent weeks we’ve had dramatic examples of the War on Black Women that transcend any harshness meted out on white women or discussed on local news. In Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Renisha McBride had an automobile accident and, in her desperation, sought help. She was profiled as a threat and, for no acceptable reason, was shot in her face. Similar to the Trayvon Martin murder, Renisha’s murderer was not arrested for several days, and then only after a major public outcry. Marissa Alexander, an “on the record” victim of spousal abuse, attempted to protect herself from physical harm and the stated threat to murder her. Instead of taking the life of her abuser, she fired a warning shot into the ceiling that ended the assault. For the compassion shown by her to her abuser, she was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison! In contrast, Mary Winkler, a white woman who killed her abuser by shooting him in the back, only served a few months. She’s out. Marissa who
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We’ve heard a great deal about the “War on Women.” This conflict features government intrusion in the affairs of women and their doctors, such as legislated invasive medical procedures, pay-inequality and a host of other inequalities that tilt the scales of fairness against women. The facts of this war are irrefutable. I don’t minimize the impact of this violent campaign on my white sisters, but think of how much greater the impact of this war has on Black women. Too often, despite our best efforts, the good we do goes unrecognized, and the negative things we experience from society are often trivialized. We are rarely seen as the victims of
Deportations to Haiti continue after killings
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 100 additional people have been deported to Haiti from neighboring Dominican Republic after an elderly Dominican couple was killed, a spokesman for a Haitian migrant advocacy group said Monday. The number of Haitians and people of Haitian descent who’ve been expelled has reached 354, said Josue Michel, a spokesman for the Group for Repatriates and Refugees. Authorities had reported at least 244 people expelled as of Sunday. The expulsions follow violence that engulfed the town of Neiba in the southwestern corner of the Dominican Republic. The couple was slain last week during an apparent burglary near the border between the two countries and a Dominican mob retaliated by killing a Haitian man. Migrant advocates say many of the deported people went to a police station seeking refuge, and that some of them volunteered to leave the country because they feared being victims of mob violence. Others left because the Dominican authorities rounded them up in the streets, migrant advocates added. Dominican police issued a statement saying the people weren’t expelled from the country, but rather went to the police station because they feared reprisals and asked authorities to escort them to the border so they could cross it themselves. There have been no additional reports of people being killed in Neiba. Haiti and the Dominican Republic have had a long and volatile relationship as neighbors on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic was among the first countries to respond after the devastating 2010 earthquake in the Haitian capital, and has helped with reconstruction by securing contracts on major infrastructure projects since then. But relations between the two have soured since September when a Dominican court threatened to revoke citizenship for residents of the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent, which could affect 200,000 people. The Dominican government announced last week that it has developed a plan to resolve the legal status of people who could lose their citizenship because of the ruling.
Details are to be released once a decree is signed and takes effect in the coming days. Caribbean leaders will hold a special emergency meeting in Trinidad on Tuesday to discuss the Dominican court ruling and issue a response to the move. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has been an outspoken critic of the ruling and will attend the special session of the Caribbean Community. Haitian President Michel Martelly is also expected to be there.
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