Monthly Archives: October 2013

Author shares stories of successful education models

Educator says politics should be secondary to educating students
 
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Any form of meaningful school reform should include all stakeholders, including students, says Dr. Patricia Moore Harbour. Harbour is scheduled to speak this weekend at “Every Body’s In: A Call for Responsibility & Action for Educating & Developing Our Youth” sponsored by Youthprise. The two sessions — Saturday morning, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Minnesota Department of Education headquarters, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, and Sunday evening at 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 1505 Burns Avenue, are open to the public. In a recent MSR phone interview, Harbour said she hopes the two events “will be well attended by citizens, professional educators, and businesses — all those people who have a stake in educating, and come together and find some solutions.” A former teacher and administrator, Harbour is an associate at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio and also runs the Harbour Center for Quality Education. Continue Reading →

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Vikings are Giant disappointment!

ESPN could not be happy with Monday Night’s game, two teams going nowhere with one win and 10 losses combined between them. They delivered the type of performance undeserving of prime time. Or Broadway. Or the National Football League and fans everywhere

The Giants dominated with a 23-7 win over the Vikings — awful football played by two of the league’s 32. Twenty-five-year-old Josh Freeman started at quarterback for the Vikings and played poorly, completing just 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards. Continue Reading →

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Grambling State football in turmoil over athletic conditions

Although the Grambling State football players are back at practice and expect to play the rest of the season, the reasons why they didn’t play last week still remain unresolved. “Although we are going to continue our season, we have not forgotten the situation and how we’ve gotten here,” said Grambling senior Naquan Smith on Monday to NOLA.com and the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. The team forfeited last Saturday’s game at Jackson State after the players chose not to practice or play. In a letter sent to Grambling school administration, the players wrote, “The athletic complex…is in horrible condition, and has many hazards that may contribute to our overall health…mildew and mold…on the

ceiling, walls and floor.”

They also complained about the poor facility conditions and practice equipment: “The uniforms are poorly cleaned and contribute to the multiple cases of staph infection. Several players have been infected with staph multiple times.”

“The last issue we would like to address is the firing of our head coach, Doug Williams,” added the players. Continue Reading →

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Two Black entrepreneurs take a chance on launching a business

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The beginning years are often described as the hardest for new business owners. Black-owned businesses are no exception. But the MSR found two new businesses that are off to a promising start. Junita Cathey and Sammy McDowell both launched their respective businesses a year ago. Cathey’s Favorable Treats frozen cookie dough is in two Whole Foods stores and the University of Minnesota student union. Continue Reading →

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Two of WNBA’s greatest retire

Both Tina Thompson and Katie Smith, the WNBA’s number one and two all-time scorers respectively, announced their retirements during the 2013 season. Thompson, the league’s last original player, was the W’s overall pick in its first-ever draft in 1997 and the only player to play in each of the league’s 17 seasons. She scored over 7,000 points and 3,000 rebounds and

finished her three-team illustrious career against Minnesota. She gave her Seattle Storm a brief one-point lead late in Game 2 of the first-round playoff this season but eventually lost to the later-to-be-crowned champion Lynx. “I’m very blessed to be able to play with such very talented players,” said Thompson on her all-but-certain Hall of Fame-caliber career, which includes four league championships, two Olympic gold medals, and nine-time All-Star. Continue Reading →

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Forklift driver/cook says hard work — not welfare — saves families

“Black people,” says Anthony Zeigler, “have always been in a recession. We just deal with it.” When life got tough, you simply hitched up your britches and kept stepping. “When it gets harder to find work, well, you just have to look harder, that’s all. “In our culture, as African Americans, we learn how to handle things. Make do with what we have.” Zeigler says of his home life as a youngster, “It was never an issue of how much money we had. Continue Reading →

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Hoops superstar Tayler Hill gives back to South High

Former Minneapolis South girls’ basketball superstar TAYLER HILL, who recently finished her first season as a guard for the WNBA Washington Mystics, gave a free basketball clinic for girls ages 6-14 at her alma mater a couple of weeks ago. Hill, a 5’-10” guard, is among the most decorated high school players (boy or girl) in Minnesota history. After culminating a five-year varsity career with a Class 4A state championship, Metro Player of the Year,

Gatorade Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year, and Miss Basketball, Hill accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State University. After a stellar four-year career in which she earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, she was the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft last spring. Hill comes from quite the basketball family. Continue Reading →

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Life is cheap

It makes sense to me that the standards for a society are set by people in the highest positions of leadership and responsibility. So when the folks at the top operate in certain ways it can only be assumed it’s out of their perspective or an acceptable perception. I am always fascinated by the average citizens misunderstanding of what their government is about or up to. I am also always amazed at the naïveté of those who think that the armed bodies of men (and women) that we suppose are here to protect us are our protectors rather than protectors of the status quo. If I were to access the actions by those in charge and in power, I would assume that life is cheap. Continue Reading →

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The Wilfs prevail

Vikings owners make clean sweep
 
The Vikings and Sports Authority signed their new stadium agreement on October 3rd, resulting in Vikings ownership prevailing on their stated goals regarding the lease agreement, licensing, naming rights, concession ownership, and development package. The day before the Vikings-Sports Authority deal was signed, Minnesota Spokesman Recorder ran my column (written eight days earlier), repeating 18 months of warning: “the Vikings will have to be given everything they want in order to stay.”

At signing the next day, Governor Dayton admitted “yes: failure to satisfy Vikings ownership demands would guarantee losing the team… The economics of professional sports are highly questionable all over this country… We wouldn’t have an agreement here and we wouldn’t have a team staying here if we hadn’t been willing to accede to demand[s] on the team’s part from the very beginning of the process.”

Experts estimate Vikings can generate at least $100 million more a year. Will they put it in their pockets or use it to sign/hold better players? Minnesota ticket holders and taxpayers alike: is it all worth 10 games a year that most can’t attend but can watch only from TV? Yes, there will be temporary jobs during construction (but many to workers from outside Minnesota). Continue Reading →

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