Tech Topic: iPad – Are You Getting One?

Apple iPadThe much awaited and debated Apple iPad hits stores tomorrow. Will you be getting one?


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In the News: The Big Score!

Last night, March Madness reached far beyond the hardwood. With all the big games from this month, who would think that a political score would be the most prominent.

A 219-212 vote by the House Democrats is was sent the health care legislation one step closer to law. Without one single vote from Republicans, the health care reform issue continues to divide the country. President Obama has tentative plans to sign the bill on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, the 10-year, $938 billion bill will extend health coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, reduce deficits and ban unethical practices by insurance companies.

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In the News: Third Gunman Gets His Freedom

Today a parole hearing will leave one man free on the weekends. Thomas Hagan 69, is one of three men convicted of killing Malcolm X in April 1966.

After his 17th appearance before the NY state parole board, Hagan was granted release from weekends in prison to take effect on April 28.

Hagan has been incarcerated on the weekends at Lincoln Correctional Facility for 22 years. The other two convicted gunman were previously paroled.

Source: Associated Press

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In the News: Senate Passes Bill to Reduce Cocaine Sentencing

By Danielle Canada

A new bill approved by the Senate Wednesday will hopefully correct a large disparity in sentencing between powder and crack cocaine.

The Senate cleared the bill to correct the current 100:1 ratio between the two forms of the substance.
Currently, a person found guilty of crack cocaine possession gets the same mandatory jail time as someone with 100 times the same quantity of powder cocaine.

Furthermore while Blacks make up 30 percent of cocaine users, they comprise more than 80 percent of those convicted of federal crack offense because of the drug’s prevalence in the Black community.

Now with the new passing, the ratio has been reduced to 18:1.

While still not fair, and still not at the logical 1:1 ratio, the reduction is garnering praise.

The Drug Policy Alliance says that they’re happy with the reduction but the fight for racial equality is not over.

Jasmine L. Tyler spoke on behalf on the Drug Policy Alliance through a statement saying,

“Today is a bittersweet day. By not eliminating the disparity, the Senate has proven how difficult it is to ensure racial justice, even in 2010.”

Wow, an 18:1 ratio still seems unfair. What makes crack cocaine more punishable than its powder counterpart?

I don’t get it….

Courtesy of HipHopWired.com

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In the News: ‘Humorous’ CEO Gets Fired

By Danielle Canada

Walter Baker, the CEO of Tennessee’s Hospitality Association that sent out a “humorous” email comparing the First Lady of the United States to a chimpanzee has been fired.

The Hospitality Association made the announcement Monday that Walt Baker was removed from his position after sending out the controversial email.

As previously reported, Baker sent out the email last week with  a picture that shows the First Lady with her lips pursed while speaking at a venue. Above her is a chimpanzee making a similar expression.

Since the melee Baker has released a statement saying,

“I deeply apologize to anyone who is offended by this action. I hope that those who know me realize that the message was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way and can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Baker insists that he only meant in to be “political humor.”

Not funny sir.

Look who’s laughing now.

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New Report Says Nearly ½ Of All Black Women Have Genital Herpes

The Center For Disease Control has released alarming new test results that claim 48% of Black women between ages 14 and 49 have herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), a lifelong and incurable infection that can cause recurrent and painful genital sores.

The medical group released a press release Tuesday detailing their findings.

According to the CDC herpes is still one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.

The study shows that women and Blacks are the most commonly infected with women at 20.5% and Blacks at 39.2%, nearly three times the rate of whites at 12.3%. Black women top everyone else’s rates altogether at 48%.

Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, released a statement saying that the high rate of genital herpes is likely linked to the disproportionate HIV problem in the Black community.

“We are particularly concerned about persistent high rates of herpes among African-Americans, which is likely contributing to disproportionate rates of HIV in the black community.”


The CDC also estimates that over 80 percent of those with HSV-2 are unaware of their infection.  Symptoms may be absent, mild, or mistaken for another condition. People with HSV-2 often transmit it without knowing it, they may have no visible sores or signs.

48%?!

This is a real problem people.

Be safe out there and please get tested.

And please don’t go there and say that this means Black women are “nasty.” Women contract the virus from men who have herpes in its latent state. They very often have no symptoms and no idea they’re passing it on to their partners.

-Danielle Canada

In the News: A Big Day For Same-Sex Couples in DC

By Chris Swails

Today in the District, hundreds of same-sex couples plan to say ‘I do’. March 9, 2010 marks the legalization of a same-sex union in the nation’s capital. The new law passed a Supreme Court ruling last week but couples had to endure a three day waiting period to file for legal licenses.

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