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Michael Jordan Hit With Paternity Suit Filed by Atlanta

Jordan, who crafted his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bulls, is owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, He is engaged to marry Yvette Prieto next month. Former Chicago Bulls star player Michael Jordan is being sued for child support by an Atlanta woman who claims he fathered her 16-year-old son during an affair in 1995, when Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy.According to TMZ, Pamela Smith  filed legal documents three weeks ago in Fulton County demanding that the player, widely regarded as basketball’s all-time best, submit to a paternity test to prove the teenager, Taj, is his son.The teen’s formal name is Grant Pierce Jay Jordan Reynolds, and he has used YouTube to spread the word that he is Jordan’s offspring.In it the suit, Smith claims that she and Jordan had sex in 1995, the year Jordan made a return to the NBA after a year off to play baseball. She says their son was born in June 1996. Smith has also asked the judge handling the case to officially change her son’s last name to Jordan.In a video posted on YouTube last month, the teenager said he was Jordan’s son and claimed he was in touch with the star.Jordan’s representatives refused comment on Smith’s claims.This is not the first time Jordan has been the subject of a paternity suit. In 1991, his former lover Karla Knafel claimed the star was the father of her child, but a DNA test proved that this is not the case. read more

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Bradley Beal Is Finally The Player He Was Meant To Be

2013-144.524.47392.250.7 Sources: synergy sports technology, Basketball-Reference 2016-174.822.896.3109.560.4 2014-154.326.16692.452.1 2012-132.718.3%86.492.351.5% 2013-142.010.789.792.250.7 SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % Bradley Beal’s pick-and-roll points per play 2015-165.229.58197.954.7 Even with all the puzzling players floating around the NBA, Bradley Beal has always stood out. He was drafted as a dead-eye shooter, a seemingly ideal foil for John Wall, the Wizards’ supersonic point guard. But despite shooting about as well as can be expected from long distance, and despite possessing many of the tools required of an All-Star guard, Beal has never quite matched his potential.But this season, amid the Washington Wizards’ rise to legitimate Eastern Conference dark horse, Beal has become the version of himself that Washington fans have always hoped would show up.The change looks simple: Beal is attempting more 3-pointers than ever before (he’s up to 7.4 per game this season) and making them as well as he ever has (40.6 percent). This has brought his true shooting percentage up to an elite level (60.4 percent), and it has been crucial to the Wizards posting their best offensive efficiency in his time with the team. But Beal’s transformation from a bundle of unrealized potential into a true partner for Wall is not merely the result of taking more threes. He has also made fundamental changes to his game in search of those shots.Let’s start with the basics: Beal has always been a perfectly good spot-up shooter, but being an NBA star who specializes in shooting is about more than just stroking open jump shots. Just about any NBA-level guard can stand in the corner and hit a decent percentage of the threes that come his way. In the past, the Wizards tried to get Beal to fill out his game by acting like a traditional star guard, running the high pick-and-roll and doing his best Kobe Bryant impression. This didn’t work out so well. Bradley Beal’s off-screen points per play SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % Sources: synergy sports technology, basketball-reference 2012-132.416.5%5692.351.5% PICK-AND-ROLLOVERALL 2015-162.715.290.597.954.7 OFF-SCREENOVERALL 2016-174.722.1101109.560.4 2014-152.817.077.492.452.1 Until this season, Beal ran the pick-and-roll the way most guards in the NBA do. He’d hold the ball, wait for his screen to arrive, and then feel out the space the defense gave him, looking to drive or pass. He has improved this part of his game over the years, but he was never better than about average (and often was far worse than that). That’s mostly because, while he has a good first step, he has never been a strong dribbler; when he can’t go in a straight line to the basket, he’ll often lose his handle and have to reset or will dribble ball off his foot and out of bounds.Having Beal play as though he were a prototypical star shooting guard was not a great use of his talents. So the Wizards have switched things up, getting him open in other ways, away from the ball. After years of spending the greatest portion of his possessions churning out mediocre pick-and-rolls, Beal now gets more shots from running off of screens than from any other play type. And focusing on the off-ball movement has opened up the rest of his game, making him much more effective when he does have the ball. This season’s Wizards commonly start plays with Beal on the wing (or making a run across the baseline to emerge on the opposite wing) and run off a screen that gets him toward the middle of the floor. Because Beal is a threat to shoot off of the screen, the defender has to chase him over it and the screener’s defender has to help discourage a shot. If neither closes him out, Beal can rise up for a shot. If one or both defenders contest, he can use his first step to drive to the rim, which is less congested than it would be if he’d begun the play holding the ball and staring down the defense.That’s a fairly common play type in the NBA, and one that the Cleveland Cavaliers will often run to get Kyle Korver open. But the important thing about these plays isn’t how effective they are — though at 95 points per 100 plays, they’re a perfectly good option for Beal in the half-court — but how much they’ve helped Beal improve those same pick-and-roll plays that had been weighing him and the Wizards down. Last season, Beal scored a career-high 81 points per 100 plays as a pick-and-roll ball handler; this season, he’s taken that to 103 points per 100 plays. That’s due in large part to the space and matchups he’s able to create coming off of screens, which comes from excising a bunch of the slow, pounding, high pick-and-rolls that get him into trouble.Many of this season’s Beal pick-and-rolls are hardly recognizable compared to those of past seasons. In fact, some are more like extensions of Beal’s off-the-screen work than they are traditional pick-and-rolls.Instead of beginning possessions with the defense set, and therefore having to create openings with his dribbling, Beal now often receives the ball after coming around a screen — essentially the play you see above — and then re-engages with the screen for the pick-and-roll going back the other way, or he runs around a second screen set by another Washington big. Instead of immediately exploring the space, however, his first move is now to look for the pull-up 3. It may not sound like much, but the idea is to build Beal’s biggest strength (his jumper) into a primary weapon while minimizing his reliance on things he doesn’t do as well (dribbling and passing).Not every play can be quite that complex. But even when Beal isn’t curling around screens, he’s finding more opportunities to begin the pick-and-roll action early in the shot clock, when the defense is not yet set (which is when he’s looked his best in previous years). Other times, Beal simply needs to run a standard high pick-and-roll while Wall takes a break. Even then, however, it seems like he goes to his jumper more quickly than he used to and looks a little sharper driving into traffic (though he’s still not above occasionally dribbling the ball off of his shin or missing a rolling Marcin Gortat by several feet).These tweaks put several kinds of pressure on the defense. First, it has to guard Beal’s initial run off of the screen, which he’s perfectly happy to use to create a shot. But then, if the defense is successful, Beal can turn his defender back the other way around the same screen to begin the pick-and-roll, where he’s also a threat to pull up. And because all this is happening on a dynamic play instead of in a grinding two-man game, Beal has more clear lanes to the hoop that don’t require any of the fancy moves that get him into trouble, like “changing direction” or “avoiding a defender.”We have to go back to the crates to find someone who both runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and uses them the way Beal does. It turns out that this new-and-improved version of Beal plays a lot like the player he was compared to coming out of college: Ray Allen.Allen didn’t have a partner like Wall to draw attention away from him, but the way he navigated his screens and made defenders come to him would be right at home in 2017’s NBA.For the Wizards to make much noise this spring, a lot of things will have to break their way. The defense will have to snap out of a troubling recent downturn (they’ve allowed 111 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, compared to 108 before it), and fellow Zards breakout Otto Porter will need to emerge from a cold spell (he’s shooting 35 percent from three since the break, down from 47 percent before it). But those are more temporary, will-they-or-won’t-they type problems. The biggest change to the Wizards this season is more hardwired than that: Bradley Beal has developed a game that suits his skills, and it’s the game of a perennial All-Star. read more

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OK Publisher Touts Jamie Lynn Pregnancy Coup to Advertisers—Again

first_imgWhen OK! publisher sent a note to advertisers reminding them that the story that had America in a tizzy—Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy—was theirs, I criticized him for a misguided, blatant attempt to cash in on a teenager’s apparent troubles (“OK! Magazine Breaks ‘Intimate,’ ‘Exclusive,’ ‘Major’ Pregnancy Story”), and a desperate ploy to stave off the cannibalization of a global scoop at the newsstand. Well, Morrissy is at it again—this time, though, he has a point. Sort of. It appears his evil plan is working:From: Tom MorrissySent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 9:45 AMTo: [REDACTED]Subject: You Heard It Here First! Dear Advertiser, Ask yourself this question: Over the holiday week, how many times did I see news coverage of the Jamie Lynn Spears story, which OK! Magazine broke exclusively? Did it come up in conversation with friends and family at least once? If so, you’ve experienced the buzz that OK! Magazine has been so successful at creating with our major news stories this year.We’re proud to announce that this buzz helped propel OK! Magazine sales to well over 1 million copies at newsstand for the first time! In fact, this issue sold so well, we literally had to go back to press to satisfy the demand. We project a newsstand sale of 1.3 million for a total delivery of close to 1.7 million for the week! This caps a 2nd half in which the magazine averaged 947,055 copies on our 850,000 rate base – a bonus delivery of 11%.But OK! isn’t only breaking news… we’re making news! Our surge in growth and overall awareness is such a phenomenon that the New York Times featured OK! Magazine on the cover of its business section. Click here.So, as we finish off an extraordinary year of news-breaking exclusives, we want to thank all of our advertisers for their support. We finished the year with a 46% increase in pages (+187 pages), which is the biggest increase in the weekly market and the 4th biggest increase in publishing overall.Stay tuned for more OK! exclusives. Happy New Year to all!Sincerely, Tom MorrissyPublisherOK! MagazineNews. Access. Style.475 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10017Office: [REDACTED]Fax: [REDACTED]Mobile: [REDACTED]Email: [REDACTED]last_img read more

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Indian rupee falls to hit 9month low foreign investors turn net sellers

first_imgThe Indian rupee is a on freefall almost in tandem with the demonetisation decision announced on November 8, 2016. On Friday, the domestic currency plunged 32 paise to close at 68.14 to the US dollar, almost a nine-month low, amid strong possibility of interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve.The fall also rubbed off on investors who preferred to wait and watch as events unfold. The BSE Sensex closed 77 points lower at 26,150 while the NSE Nifty ended almost flat at 8,074.”Any uptick in the market is short lived as the participants are shying away from taking fresh positions. The signals from the FED on December rate hike has inflicted more pain on the rupee and equities which was already reeling from the demonetization,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services said in a note.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 926 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) lapped up stocks and ended up as net buyers at Rs 1,143 crore according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday.India’s foreign exchange reserves dropped $1.2 billion to $367 billion as of November 11, 2016, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly supplement released on Friday.The drop was mainly due to a fall of $1.1 billion in foreign currency assets that form the largest component of the world’s fastest-growing economy’s foreign exchange reserves.NTPC, Sun Pharma, Hero Motocorp and Bharti Airtel bucked the trend to end with gains in the range of 4.5 percent to 2.15 percent.Warning to tax evadersIn a statement issued on Friday, the finance ministry has warned tax evaders that attempts to use bank accounts of third parties to deposit black money will invite strict action.”There are some reports received that some people are using other persons’ bank accounts to convert their black money into new denomination notes for which reward is also being given to the account holders who agree to allow their accounts to be used. This activity is reported in case of Jan Dhan Accounts also.”It is hereby clarified that such tax evasion activities can be made subject to income tax and penalty if it is established that the amount deposited in the account was not of the account holder but of somebody else. Also the person who allows his or her account to be misused for this purpose can be prosecuted for abetment under Income Tax Act,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Mismanagement mistrust cause liquidity crisis in banks

first_imgprothom alo illustrationThe country’s banking sector faces acute liquidity crisis due to mismanagement, inefficiency and wrong policies, bankers and researchers have said.They added decisions taken bypassing the central bank and lack of trust of the common people also attribute to the crisis.“Banks face liquidity crisis as big chunks of money are with the defaulters and deposits are not available as per demand,” chairman of the Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB) Syed Mahubur Rahman told Prothom Alo.He also said many have stopped paying off the loans following an announcement that a scope will be given to pay loans on nine per cent interest rate.Insiders in the banking sector said there is a huge crisis of cash in banks and deposits have decreased. However, banks were flooded with cash even two years ago, they lamented.The stakeholders mentioned that there was no radical change in the economy of the country. Moreover, the growth and the per capita income increased.Banks were not interested to keep the people’s money two year ago, they are now desperate to do so. Some banks even offer 10.5 per cent interest for bigger amounts.Earlier, the government and the bank owners had decided that the interest for the bank loans would be nine per cent and that for deposit would be only six per cent.The rates were lowered to lessen investment cost in the private sector and to encourage new investments. But the rate of all types of interest is now increasing.According to the Bangladesh Bank, the amount of deposit in the banks has increased by Tk 408.35 billion and the loans have increased by Tk 679.74 billion.Till last March, it was seen that nine or ten banks had funds worthy of investment. The rest of the banks were running small scale investment activities borrowing funds.Among the total deposit of the country, 28 per cent is with six government commercial banks and the rest of the 72 per cent is with private banks.The rate of loan is 67 per cent of the deposit with the government banks while it is 87 per cent for the private banks.The limit of disbursement of loan is up to 83.5 per cent.The rate of loan is 110 and 113 per cent for Basic bank and Padma Bank respectively. Moreover, ten banks have granted loans over 90 per cent of the deposit. This has decreased the capacity of granting loans by the most of the private banks.A large portion of the bank loans flows to Chattogram. The president of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mahbubul Alam, said cash has decreased in the banks and the rates of interest have also increased, up to 13 per cent now. The rate of interest should be decreased to help the business sector, he observed.Cause of deteriorationSince the 80s, banking sector of the country has undergone many ups and downs. A number of reformation programmes were undertaken as per the advice of the donors and they funded the activities too.Several commissions and committees were formed and banks were operated according to international rules. This helped to improve the overall situation, but for over a decade vigilance was slack, big scams took place and amount of default loans rose. Also, many decisions were taken ignoring the central bank.In 2011, the Hallmark scam was the first major shock in the last decade. The biggest bank of the country, Sonali Bank, became conservative in granting loans following the incident. A series of scams took place with Basic Bank and Janata Bank too. Despite this, many banks granted loans defying rules.The 2018 Farmers Bank scam was the latest in these. This bank granted loans crossing the proportion of deposit. Later, it failed to return the deposit of the clients. Several persons and institutions began withdrawing deposit from the bank and this affected other banks too. Their deposit began decreasing due to the clients’ lack of trust.The former governor of Bangladesh Bank, Saleh Uddin Ahmed, told Prothom Alo, the prevailing crises in the banking sector did not occur in one day. Businessmen and vested quarters have been defying rules. The problems are known to all, what is required is visible measures, he said adding that, no one involved in the irregularities were punished. If the prevailing condition is allowed to go on, the situation will not improve, he added.Other factors contributing to the liquidity crisisThe income of the bank has decreased, too. The income from export and remittance has not increased in comparison to the import expenditure. Import expenditure was $ 37.83 billion in July-February of the current fiscal. A total of $ 8.86 billion was spent in service, loan and paying off interest. Over the same period, remittance was $ 11.86 billion and export earning was $ 30.9 billion. This has caused a business deficit of $ 1.69 billion.In 2017-18, the export cost increased by 25 per cent. Debenture worth $ 20 billion was opened to import the machineries of Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant. It caused crisis of dollars and its value rose from Tk 80 (July) to Tk 84 (now).The supply of dollars is still less than demand. The banks bought $ 1.87 billion from the central bank between July 2018 and March 2019 while Tk 158.95 billion has flown to the central bank. This has intensified the liquidity crisis.A large section of the raw materials and people’s commodities are to be imported. The rise of dollar price increases the price of these essentials. So the cost of living rises, too. Inflation is on the rise since the onset of the current fiscal.Amid this, the government has announced to offer new concessions for the loan defaulters. The defaulters can renew loans at nine per cent interest. The decision has affected the banks’ loan appropriation programmes.A big entrepreneur told Prothom Alo that he was willingly delaying to pay his installments for a loan taken by his group of industries as a loan defaulter enjoyed more privileges than a regular one to pay off the loans at less interest.Another crucial factor for the liquidity crisis is lack of trust. Though the government has taken several measures to address this, it did not work. On 1 April last year, holding a meeting with the businessmen, the government took a decision to decrease the rate of CRR (Cash Reserve Ratio) to 5.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent. The government organisations were allowed to deposit 50 per cent of their funds with the private banks which was previously 25 per cent.Despite the effort, deposit was less than demand in the banking sector. The clients are now investing money on national saving certificates. Given the higher rate of profit, saving certificate has proved to be a secure investment. The government had planned to procure Tk 261.97 billion selling the saving certificates, but it grossed Tk 610.12 billion exceeding the target.In the last ten years, private investment as part of the GDP has increased by only one per cent. Employment has not increased due to poor investment. Many researchers have termed the growth as an ‘employment-less one’.  Investment is crucial now, but the weak banking sector, liquidity crisis and high rates of interest have decreased the scopes for investment more.Availability of fuel, especially of gas, is crucial for an entrepreneur, said former Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Mir Nasir Hossain. Though there have been much talks over the issue, the expectation was not fulfilled, he said. It took a long time for the compressed natural gas and supply of standard and uninterrupted power has not been ensured yet either. The question of bank loans arises once these are fulfilled, he observed.But the banking sector is in chaos and there is lack of accountability too. On top of that, default loan and rate of interest have increased due to numerous financial scams, he said. The government is setting up economic zones and it wants to decrease the cost of business too, but if the fuel and banking sector problems are not addressed, investment will not increase as per the expectation, he added.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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50 Years After His Death Making RFK More Than A Ghost And

first_img Share Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Kyle Grillot / for NPRMurals surround the complex of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles.In the early hours of June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down in a kitchen hallway of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.Kennedy was a top Democratic contender. He had just given a rousing victory speech after winning the California presidential primary. He died the following day.Today, the hotel is gone. But in its place is a kind of living memorial to his ethos of social justice and fairness to everything from immigration to the environment.Where the Ambassador Hotel and its famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub once stood, the Koreatown neighborhood site is now home to six public schools.This 20 acre patch of real estate easily could have become just like the high-end condos and office buildings sprouting all around it.Kyle Grillot / for NPRThe library of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles.But a handful of advocates fought for a development that would help the surrounding under-served neighborhoods.“Many of the students were being bused all over the city and there was not an opportunity for them to go to a neighborhood school,” says RFK High School of the Arts Principal Susan Canjura, standing beneath a colorful mural of Kennedy breaking bread with labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.It mirrors a second mural at the library’s opposite end, both by Los Angeles artist Judy Baca, which depicts Kennedy campaigning as a sea of hands, black and white, reach toward him, toward the sky and the stars.The very spot Sen. Kennedy lay bleeding, cradled by a teenage bus boy named Juan Romero is now a state-of-the-art library.“Part of the library does include the area where Kennedy was shot, the kitchen. And it’s now behind the librarian’s desk,” Canjura says.The six public schools here, kindergarten through 12th grade, want to show that Kennedy means more than just a name on the buildings.“We try not to fall into that rut,” she says. “I think seeing his picture every day on the mural and thinking about what he means and putting that into our curriculum, too, it’s something that I think really lives in the school.”Students read at two red marble-topped wooden tables, the only physical remnants of the old Ambassador Hotel.On a recent visit, students in the courtyard work on year-end art projects beneath a giant mural of Kennedy with the quote: “Those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the globe.”Kyle Grillot / for NPRArt students work on a collaborative mural at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles.The funeral train An older generation, too, especially those who lived through Robert Kennedy’s death, are still wrestling with his legacy and relevance for today’s America.“Someplace I read one never really knows the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” says Michael Scott, who turns 65 this week. “John Coltrane talks about it — ‘cleaning the mirror;’ being able to look closer, more pivotally into your soul.”Scott had just turned 15 five decades ago when he heard that the train carrying Kennedy’s body would pass near his small town of North East, Md., near the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.Kyle Grillot / for NPRMany murals line the walls at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, like this one in the library.It was a hot, humid June afternoon when he looked at his mother working in the kitchen of their home.“I remember she had her apron on,” Scott says. “She was preparing a meal. And I said ‘Mom I’d like to go see the train.’”For the teenager, going to see the funeral train was, partly, just something to do on a hot afternoon.But there was more: Scott’s father was a local civil rights leader and head of the area NAACP. His parents had great affection for a man who, during his short career, tried to unite black, white and brown people. Scott says the family believed Kennedy seemed to really listen; to empathize.Paul Fusco / Magnum PhotosRobert Kennedy’s funeral train ran through Philadelphia in 1968.“He seemed like a decent man. He wasn’t one for posturing. He wasn’t big and blustery,” he says, adding that he still tears up when he hears Kennedy’s speech the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Kennedy stood before a group of crestfallen and angry African-Americans in Indianapolis and called for unity.“What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness,” Kennedy told the crowd, “but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.”“There was something beautiful about him just being truthful, which is lacking today. It’s not a fashionable concept to appear vulnerable or to appear authentic,” Scott says. “Here’s a man who refrained from using the word ‘I’ a lot. It wasn’t about I, was not about me. It was about us. We. That, to me, is lacking today.”Scott and his mom were among the estimated 1 million Americans, regardless of color or ethnicity, who lined stretches of train track from New York to Washington, D.C. to Kennedy’s burial journey to Arlington National Cemetery. The spontaneous mourners paying a last respect, one writer said, marked a “long sad human chain” of mourning.People held homemade signs. Some simply stood in silence. Scott recalls looking at the slight bend in the track as the train came into view. “I remember seeing the train moving mournfully slow. I’ll never forget that.”In the last car there was a large window. Scott caught sight of the mahogany coffin.“And I’m standing here. And as it goes by I see a lady with a veil sitting next to a casket that has a flag draped over it. I’m like, ‘oh, that’s Ethel Kennedy.’ And she is sitting next to a coffin. The casket that’s literally carrying the last hope, which has been slain. I didn’t expect to see that.”He didn’t expect to see the man “I thought was David” trying to slay the Goliaths of racism, poverty and war mongering, he says.Paul Fusco / Magnum PhotosPaul Fusco took photographs from the funeral train carrying Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.Scott would later realize that was his ‘cleaning the mirror’ moment.As the train passed, many felt like hope and justice had been knocked down in an America already rocked by assassinations, the escalating war in Vietnam and urban uprisings at home.“I was kind of in a blur, you know. It’s like losing a close member of the family” says Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman, who knew RFK and worked as one of his legislative aides in the Senate from 1964 until the end.Edelman attended the funeral at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and rode the funeral train down to Washington.“There were people of every race every background who maybe just out of respect to wave goodbye. But it was much more than that” he says. “You have a feeling in a personal way of immense infinite loss.”Edelman says the sense of loss was especially hard for those who felt marginalized. “Particularly people of color, people who were farm workers. Young people. Their loss, if anything, was even more terrible,” Edelman says.“As we went clickety clack down the tracks, mile by mile, seeing people in the thousands, told us what an enormous loss that was and also what a broad support there was for him.”A show at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art captures the extraordinary power and resonance of that funeral train. “The Train: RFK’s Last Journey” chronicles through three distinct artistic lenses what some have said may have been one of the last times America felt truly united.Some of Scott’s memories are part of one section called The People’s View. Dutch artist Rein Jelle Terpstra crowd-sourced and curated photographs and home movies made by the spectators themselves.Scott came in a few days after the show opened to take it all in again.Paul Fusco / Magnum PhotosThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition “The Train: RFK’s Last Journey” captures the extraordinary power and resonance of the funeral train.“And as I sat down there was a lady who came up in a wheelchair with her husband standing behind her. And I motioned for them to put headphones on,” to hear the sounds and interviews.They did. And the three of them watched and listened in silence.“At the conclusion we took off our headphones and I was wiping tears. And so were they. The gentleman, her husband, looked at me and said, ‘You know, it’s been 50 years. And it still hurts.’ These are strangers but we are connected reflecting back on grief, reflecting back on a hope that was literally pulled out from under us.”Teaching RFK Teachers, parents and those who lived through it know it’s a challenge making that history and Kennedy’s larger life relevant for today’s teenagers.“I pray that there’s something that they (students today) can glean from his legacy of fundamental decency, a sense of justice,” Scott says.Paul Fusco / Magnum PhotosWorking for Look magazine, Paul Fusco photographed from onboard the train carrying Kennedy’s body from New York City to the Arlington Cemetery in Washington, DC.RFK High School of the Arts teacher Elizabeth Mora says Donald Trump’s presidency and the growing divide in the country has proven to be one large teachable moment.She says she tries “to help them understand that these are fights that people have been fighting a very long time.” Mora has taught cultural geography and Advanced Placement government at the L.A. school for more than a decade.We’re talking in the school’s courtyard near a giant mural some 60 feet tall of a current student, a Mexican immigrant, with the words “I see you. I am you. We are one.”Yet the current political climate and White House policies have proved to be challenging for many of her students, a majority of whom are Latino. Many are rattled, she says, about the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration; the practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the border; and the way the president sometimes talks about women and people of color.Kyle Grillot / for NPRGovernment and social studies teacher Elizabeth Mora outside the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.“I had a student — still like chokes me up,” she says, her voice cracking. “She was just like ‘everything that he says was an attack on a different part of my identity,’ you know.”It’s exactly that kind of challenge grounded in today that Mora loves about teaching here: to make Robert Kennedy spring back in spirit, to make him more than a ghost and a mural, “to kind of help our students find the agency in themselves to continue fighting for what they want in their communities: Equity. Social justice. Health,” Mora says, to help her students “to turn it into a society that we want.”Kyle Grillot / for NPRCampaign memorabilia is on display outside the library of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools. Kyle Grillot / for NPRMurals surround the complex of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles.last_img read more

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DC Leader Strives to Improve Southeast Community

first_imgCharles E. Wilson, Jr., president of the Ward 8 Democrats, is striving to improve the Southeast section of the city by making it politically, socially and aesthetically stronger. He is one of several individuals working to see Ward 8 thrive.One of Wilson’s efforts is to host frequent events like happy hours at establishments in the ward.to engage residents in conversations that provide different perspectives on race and how the Ward 8 community is portrayed.Charles Wilson Jr. is striving to make changes in the Ward 8 community in southeast D.C. (Courtesy photo)Wilson became interested in helping communities during his undergraduate years at Hampton University in Virginia, where he was class president for four years. “With that experience, it helped me blossom into the person I am today,” Wilson told the AFRO. Wilson grew up in the area, attending Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Md.After graduating with a degree in accounting from Hampton in 1998, Wilson attended the University of Baltimore School of Law earning his juris doctorate and master’s in business administration. A year later he moved to Northeast and soon after to Southeast D.C.In 2006, Wilson created the Historic Anacostia Block Association (HABA) organization. The organization provides a forum where people from the community could exchange ideas, information, and opinions that could improve the quality of life inside the southeast community. “Our goal is to really engage Ward 8 residents in the political conversation not just in our ward, [but] in our city,” Wilson said.After his unsuccessful bid for the Ward 8 council seat in 2008, Wilson focused on creating the River East Emerging Leaders (R.E.E.L.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the bonds between Ward 8 businesses, government officials, and residents. R.E.E.L. is “engaging residents to take advantage of personal economic development opportunities, such as home buying, raising credit scores and investing in the community, also improving personal health, and taking more of a leadership role east of the river,” he said. Through R.E.E.L., Wilson has held several events on how to start and run a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), so that parents and community leaders could contribute to schools.Wilson was also appointed as the president of the Ward 8 Democrats, a D.C. political organization, in 2015, where he presides over more than 50,000 members. The Ward 8 Democrats are viewed by many District political observers as defining trends for the rest of the city.Under his leadership, the Ward 8 Democrats are currently working on the Youth Act Reform, which gives the court flexibility when sentencing youth offenders at the time of conviction. The act was designed to give youth offenders a second chance, however, reporting by the {Washington Post} exposed several problems with the law, such as not providing mental illness treatment to offenders before release.“When I first became president of the Ward 8 Democrats, my No. 1 job was to rebuild the enthusiasm and involvement back into the organization,” he said. “Of course, when you are involved and create organizations to better a community you are going to have your struggles, it’s never going to be perfect.”Wilson said some of the main struggles the organization is trying tackle include making the neighborhood more beautiful and getting residents involved. He is advertising community meetings consistently on social media and he is even hosting events so that people can socialize with one another.In addition to being president of the Ward 8 Democrats, Wilson is also a manager in the District’s Department of Small and Local Businesses, where he is responsible for managing, planning, designing, developing and implementing programs to link certified business enterprises with opportunities with the District government agencies and private businesses.James Wright contributed to this article.last_img read more

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