Friday, August 31, 2012

Mango recall follows 105 salmonella cases in 16 states


A recall of potentially salmonella-tainted mangoes from Mexico may have involved as many as 900,000 pieces of the tropical fruit.

Mango recall follows 105 salmonella cases in 16 states
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:15:53 GMT

State Says 123 Schools Need Overhauls


State Education officials say 123 city schools must undergo major overhauls or be closed by the 2014-15 school year.

State Says 123 Schools Need Overhauls
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:26:15 GMT

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sherman Hemsley Funeral Delayed Due To Will


Sherman Hemsley funeralEL PASO, Texas — The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley (pictured), who became famous for his role as television’s “George Jefferson,” will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will.

RELATED: Sherman Hemsley Died From Lung Cancer

In the will Hemsley signed six weeks before dying of lung cancer July 24, he named Flora Enchinton, 56, whom he called a “beloved partner,” as sole beneficiary of his estate, which is estimated in court documents to be more than $50,000.

The will is being contested by Richard Thornton of Philadelphia who claims to be Hemsley’s brother and says the will might not have been made by the actor.

Enchinton told the Associated Press on Wednesday that she had been friends with Hemsley and had been his manager for more than 20 years. Over the time she, Hemsley, and Hemsley’s friend Kenny Johnston, 76, lived together, she said he never mentioned any relatives.

“Some people come out of the woodwork – they think Sherman, they think money,” Enchinton said. “But the fact is that I did not know Sherman when he was in the limelight. I met them when they (Hemsley and Johnston) came running from Los Angeles with not one penny, when there was nothing but struggle.”

Mark Davis, listed in court documents as Thornton’s lawyer in El Paso, did not immediately respond to messages left at his office.

There is no date set for the case to be heard, court officials said. Enchinton said she hopes it will all be cleared in court.

The Philadelphia-born Hemsley played “Jefferson” in the CBS sitcom “All in the Family,” then starred in the spinoff “The Jeffersons” from 1975 to 1985. It was one of TV’s longest-running and most-successful sitcoms, particularly noteworthy for its predominantly Black cast.

Hemsley made “George Jefferson” – the bigoted, blustering Harlem businessman – one of TV’s most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility.

RELATED: 8 Facts You Didn’t Know About Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley Funeral Delayed Due To Will
Associated Press
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:27:04 GMT


* Democratic Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod, who is challenging Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz in a primary, apologized for sending out a campaign mailer using the word "negrohood" to Brooklyn residents, the Daily News writes:

* Newsday calls on the NYPD to end its controversial program that eavesdrops on Muslim groups, which it calls "ineffective" and "dubious":

Tai Chi Chuan at Wave Hill (Beginners)


Date: September 1, 2012

Quiet like a mountain, yet moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. Short and long form classes are led by Irving Yee, an active member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call (718) 549-3200 ext. 245 by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the class for weather updates. Registration opens on-site at 9:00 a.m.

Photo credit: Joshua Bright

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

Tai Chi Chuan at Wave Hill (Beginners)
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 04:00:06 GMT

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fw: Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus in Manhattan

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Health E-News August 29, 2012

Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus in Manhattan

MosquitoTo reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Manhattan on Friday, August 31, between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Wednesday, September 5. These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations.

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* Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his administration is not contemplating any changes to his proposal to ban large-size sodas from restaurants and theaters despite heavy pressure from the beverage industry, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* A top Manhattan Democratic leader claims a Board of Elections clerk told him not to approve poll worker applications for the September primary from Democrats allied with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, the News's Juan Gonzalez writes:

* Public school students will no longer be suspended for one-time infractions and younger students will have some suspensions reduced, according to new disciplinary rules from the city's Department of Education, the Times writes:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fw: [SOA~2012] Sept 12th and 15th: Free the Cuban 5


The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5
 "Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country"- Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, The Cuban 5
This September 12th, 2012 will mark the 14th year anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban 5; five US held Cuban political prisoners incarcerated for protecting Cuba from U.S. sponsored terrorist actions.
In 2006, President Ricardo Alarcon, of the Cuban Parliament, declared Sept. 12th through October 6th to be a period of time to raise awareness on the case of the Cuban 5. The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 is committed to building an international movement for the Cuban 5's freedom by extending this period of time to be a full month (Sept. 12th-October 12th) and calling it "Free the Cuban 5 Month."
During this month we organize a calendar of events to raise awareness about the Cuban 5 and how people can support their release!
Please support the Free the Cuban 5 picket on Sept 12th,  the Vicente Feliu concert on Saturday Sept. 15th at 1199, the special Film screening of "South of the Border" on Sept. 22nd and support the Cuban 5 call in day on Oct. 12th!
International Committee for the Freedom of
the Cuban 5 

Spread the Word
New York City,
Saturday September 15


A Leading Voice of the Cuban Nueva Trova Movement
The Nueva Trova Movement is a distinct musical tradition that emerged in Cuba in the early 1960's heavily influenced by the events surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1959. One of these singer songwriters is Vicente Feliu who has performed in more than 20 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He has shared the stage with numerous other Cuban musicians from the same movement including Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés. He has also performed with Luis Eduardo Aute and Caco Senante (Spain), Isabel Parra and Inti Illimani (Chile), León Gieco and Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Holly Near and Little Steven (United States), Daniel Viglietti and Alfredo Zitarrosa (Uruguay), and Luis Enrique and Carlos Mejía Godoy (Nicaragua). Currently he directs the cultural center Canto de Todos that promotes musical gatherings and exchanges between the countries of Latin America. 
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