Falls, ODOT, Election, OWU

Seeking community partners to help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls”

Aug. 8, 2018

Department of Aging’s falls prevention initiative uses statewide event to mark Falls Prevention Awareness Day, raise awareness of falls and the many ways to prevent them

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Aging is calling upon community partners to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, by hosting a local “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” event. Because walking and other regular exercise are among the best things older adults can do to lower their risk of a life-altering fall, the department’s STEADY U Ohio initiative aims to have at least 4,000 Ohioans take a one-mile walk to raise awareness and promote education about falls prevention.

“Aging and fall prevention really are everybody’s business, and we are calling on Ohio’s communities to help us protect our elders,” said Beverley L. Laubert, director of the department. “A fall can prevent an employee or their caregiver from being at work, keep a valued customer from your business, or create strains on families and community supports. However, falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented.”

Community partners, such as businesses, senior centers, local government agencies, churches, schools and other organizations, can participate in “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” by organizing a walking group or hosting a one-mile (minimum) falls prevention awareness walk for their staff, partners and consumers on (or around) Sept. 21, 2018. Potential venues include around your business or facility, indoor and outdoor walking tracks, YMCAs, community/state/metro parks, walking/bike paths, hiking trails, city sidewalks, malls and more. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov to learn more and register your event.

The Department of Aging will begin sharing available “10 Million Steps” events and groups on its STEADY U Ohio website in mid-August.

This is the fourth year for “10 Million Steps.” Last year, 53 community partners hosted 57 walking groups or events in which 4,935 individuals of all ages walked more than 22,000 miles. In addition, individuals around the state contributed by walking and posting selfies to social media with the hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH.

Facts about falls in Ohio:

One in three Ohioans over age 60 will fall this year, yet fewer than half will talk to their doctors about their risk or history of falls.

Falls are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths for older Ohioans.

While older Ohioans make up approximately 16 percent of our state’s population, they account for more than 85 percent of fatal falls.

The total estimated annual medical cost of falls is $1.1 billion in Ohio. Add costs related to work loss and the total climbs to $1.9 billion annually, or $5.2 million each day.

The causes of falls vary, but risk factors include lower body weakness, use of multiple medications, reduced vision, chronic conditions and unsafe homes.

Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov for falls prevention tips and resources. While there, you can take an online falls risk assessment and learn about “A Matter of Balance,” a community-based falls prevention program.

About STEADY U Ohio – Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.

North Side:

I-71 South Closed at I-270


All lanes of I-71 south are closed at I-270 on the North Side due to a crash. The following ramps are also closed:

I-270 east & west to I-71 south

Morse Rd. to I-71 south

SR 161 to I-71 south

Duration unknown.

North Side:

I-71 South Now Open

I 71

All lanes of I-71 south are now open between I-270 and Cooke Road on the North Side. Crews are in the process of reopening all of the ramps as well.

SR 37 Closure Next Week, West of Johnstown


Beginning Monday, August 20, SR 37 will be closed to traffic just east of Downing Road, between Johnstown and the Delaware County line for a culvert replacement.

Estimated completion: Friday, August 24, weather permitting

Detour: SR 37 to US 62 to SR 605

US 40 Closure in Jacksontown on Saturday


On Saturday, August 18, US 40 will be closed to traffic just east of SR 13 while ODOT crews work on replacing a culvert.

US 40 will close at 7:00am Saturday morning and reopen to traffic Sunday by 12:00pm.

Work will resume on Monday, August 20, with US 40 restricted to one lane.

Estimated completion: Monday, August 20, weather permitting

Detour: SR 668 to I-70 to SR 13 to US 40


270 N Franklin

I-270 at SR 315

9 PM TONIGHT: The ramp from I-270 EB to SR 315 NB will close for paving. DETOUR: I-270 EB to SR 315 SB to SR 161 to SR 315 NB.

9 PM: The ramp from I-270 WB to SR 315 NB will close for paving. DETOUR: I-270 WB to SR 315 SB to SR 161 to SR 315 NB.

10 PM: The ramp from SR 315 NB to I-270 WB will close for paving. DETOUR: SR 315 NB to I-270 EB to US 23 to I-270 WB.

5 AM TOMORROW: All lanes open.

70 Franklin

I-70 between Kelton Ave. and 3rd St.

9 PM TONIGHT: The ramp from Miller Ave. to I-70 WB will be closed for paving. DETOUR: Main St. WB to Parson Ave. NB to Broad St. WB to I-71.

10 PM: I-70 WB will be reduced to two lanes for paving.

11 PM: I-70 WB will be reduced to one lane for paving.

11 PM: The ramp from I-70 WB to I-71 NB will be reduced to one lane for paving.

11 PM: The ramp from I-70 EB to I-71 NB will be reduced to one lane for paving.

11 PM: The ramp from I-670 EB to I-71 SB will close for paving. DETOUR: I-670 EB to Leonard Ave. to I-670 WB to I-71 SB.

11 PM: The ramp from Cleveland Ave. to I-71 SB will close for paving. DETOUR: Cleveland Ave. to I-670 EB to Leonard Ave. to I-670 WB to I-71 SB.

MIDNIGHT: I-71 SB will be reduced to two lanes between Long St. and Town St. for paving.

5 AM TOMORROW: All lanes open.

71 N Franklin

I-71 between Weber Rd. and E. North Broadway

8 PM TONIGHT: I-71 NB will be reduced to two lanes for barrier work.

5 AM TOMORROW: All lanes open.

SR 315 between SR 161 and Hard Rd.

10 PM TONIGHT: SR 315 NB will be reduced to one lane for paving.

5 AM TOMORROW: All lanes open.

SR 315 between 3rd Ave. and King Ave.

7 PM TONIGHT: SR 315 NB will be reduced to two lanes for bridge work.

9 PM: SR 315 NB will be reduced to one lane for bridge work.

5 AM TOMORROW: All lanes open.

SR 315 between I-670 and US 40

7 PM TONIGHT: SR 315 NB will be reduced to two lanes for bridge work.

7 PM: The ramp from SR 315 NB to US 33 will close for bridge work. DETOUR: SR 315 NB to I-670 EB to Neil Ave. SB to Spring St.

10 PM: SR 315 SB will be reduced to two lanes for bridge work.

10 PM: The ramp from I-670 WB to SR 315 will close for bridge work. DETOUR: I-670 WB to Grandview Ave. to US 33 EB to SR 315 SB.

5 AM TOMORROW: All lanes open.

August 13, 2018

Attorney General DeWine Announces Guilty Plea in Stolen Inheritance Case

(NORWALK, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that an Ohio woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in inheritance money from two children whose father died more than ten years ago.

Stacie Bement, 45, of Wakeman pleaded guilty today to two felony charges of grand theft and five felony charges of forgery.

An investigation by the Norwalk Police Department found that Bement stole the money from two trusts that the children’s father created for them before his death in 2007.

Investigators found that Bement accessed the trusts by forging the signature of her husband, who was the trust custodian. She transferred the life insurance money to her personal bank account on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2012 and spent the money on a car, mortgage, and living expenses.

“Our number one goal in this case is to get the full inheritance back for these kids, because this defendant took every last penny that their father left them,” said Attorney General DeWine. “A condition in this plea agreement is that the defendant must repay the entire amount she owes prior to her sentencing date.”

Each child stands to receive more than $50,000 in restitution.

The investigation found that Bement, who was an area teacher at the time of her arrest in May, stole a total of nearly $100,000 in principal from the trusts, plus several thousand dollars in interest. She also created fictitious financial statements that made it appear as if the funds were still in the bank.

A sentencing date has been set for November 15, 2018.

The case is being prosecuted by attorneys with Attorney General DeWine’s Special Prosecutions Section.

Rob Richardson to hold joint press event with Congresswoman Marcia Fudge in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH – This Wednesday, Democratic nominee for Ohio Treasurer Rob Richardson will hold a joint press conference with Congresswoman Marcia Fudge in Cleveland. Mr. Richardson and Congresswoman Fudge and gathering to discuss the impact of the GOP Tax Cut and Jobs Act, as well as pushing for major pharmaceutical companies to play a larger role in combating the ongoing opioid crisis. The goal of the conference is to directly address how political leadership and the private sector must do more to uplift Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.

Secretary Husted Addresses Misinformation & Misleading Claims Regarding Recent Special Election

Monday, August 13, 2018

COLUMBUS – As county board of elections in the 12th Congressional District continue working to fulfill their statutory responsibilities in preparing for the start of the official canvass following last Tuesday’s special election, it is important to dispel misleading claims of election tampering and voter fraud regarding the election. From mischaracterizing elements of voter registration policies, raising alarm over an oversight during the official canvass, and making erroneous claims with no basis in reality, this misinformation only aims to diminish the merits of a well-run election resulting in a very close contest. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has released the following statement:

“Anytime you have a close election that receives intense local and national attention, like the one held last week for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, there will inevitably be those who seek to sow seeds of doubt about the process and call into question how the election has been administered.

“The fact is that what I said last Tuesday remains the case today. That the bipartisan county boards of elections who administered the special election did so with the professionalism that has become the standard in Ohio.

“However, to those who are attempting to mislead voters that county election officials are not counting all eligible ballots, or that somehow voter fraud is a problem in this election, I would point out a few facts.

“First, I can assure all voters who participated in last Tuesday’s election that all eligible ballots will be counted – no exceptions. It is also important to keep in mind that the results provided on Tuesday are unofficial and the official results will not be available until county boards of elections complete the official canvass, which must be done by August 24.

“As to concerns of potential voter fraud, my office has done a lot to clean up the voter rolls. During my tenure, we have removed more than 680,000 deceased voters, reconciled nearly two million duplicate registrations, and now have complete information on over 90 percent of voters – up from just 20 percent when I took office in 2011. As I have always said, while voter fraud exists, it is rare and we hold those who commit it accountable.

“Additionally, those who want to engage in spreading a blatantly false narrative wholly detached from reality should find better ways to spend their time. Every candidate that appeared on the ballot this past Tuesday met the legal requirements and earned the right to be a candidate.

“In Ohio, we run fair and open elections with integrity because we want voters to have confidence in the outcome of every contest. I am confident that county boards will approach the official canvass and certification of results with the same level of professionalism that they did on Election Day. I am also confident that the final vote count will be accurate and reflect the will of the voters.

“To the bad actors out there who want chaos and to erode the people’s confidence in our elections, enough is enough.”

Additional Information

Voter Registrations – State law has not always required Ohioans to provide their date of birth when registering to vote. Prior to June 1974, when House Bill 662 was passed requiring date of birth to register to vote, county boards of election used placeholder dates. This is why some registrations have dates like 1900 or 1800 listed. These individuals met the requirements at the time to become registered voters and remain legally qualified electors today.

Unaccounted & Outstanding Ballots – County boards of elections are required to tabulate and report all ballots received and cast by the close of the polls on Election Day. In a situation like the one reported in Franklin County, the board’s first priority is to resolve the problem, which they have done. The Secretary of State’s office will work with the board to determine why this happened and how to ensure the error is not repeated. The Secretary of State’s office is confident that as board’s spokesperson explained, this incident was the result of human error and not some conspiracy to impact the outcome of the race.

Candidates – Individuals who appeared on the ballot as a candidate for the 12th Congressional District met all constitutional and statutory requirements, which are outlined in the Ohio Candidate Requirement Guide starting on page two for the office of U.S. Representative.

Wet weather to perpetuate flood threat in the Northeast early this week

Whether 5 inches of rain falls in as many days or an inch of rain falls in an hour, enough rain is expected to fall to lead to rising rivers and urban and small stream flooding.

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AccuWeather Global Weather Center – August 8, 2018 – Dangerous flooding that has already hit across portions of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York state and Massachusetts will worsen over the coming days as rounds of heavy rain inundate the northeastern United States.

During Friday night, flooding downpours hit portions of Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, portions of northern New Jersey and the New York City area were hit hard by torrential rain and flooding.

During Monday morning, multiple water rescues were performed in southeastern Pennsylvania. In Bradford County, Pennsylvania, water was flowing over a portion of U.S. Route 220. Flooding occurred in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

More flooding is likely from the latest, slow moving storm to affect the region.

“Whether 5 inches of rain falls in as many days or an inch of rain falls in an hour, enough rain is expected to fall to lead to rising rivers and urban and small stream flooding,” warned AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Static NE Thru Tues

A system is expected to track slowly across the Northeast through Tuesday, promoting widespread wet weather.

While showers and thunderstorms will tend to fill-in from Ohio to New Hampshire and South Carolina into Monday night, communities from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York state and southwestern New England should brace for another round of torrential rainfall and flooding.

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Ohio Wesleyan to Explore Art’s Power and Potential During Sagan National Colloquium

Aug. 13, 2018


DELAWARE – Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium will explore “Art and Engagement,” showcasing artists and academics working to improve the world through their creative skills, scholarship, and service.

“This year’s colloquium understands art to be an essential part of building cultural heritage, a framework for understanding ourselves in the present moment, and a means for imagining a collective future,” said Erin Fletcher, director of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum and director of this year’s colloquium. “The presenters, exhibitors, and performers will help us to imagine what our tomorrow may look like so that we can make better decisions today.”

The Sagan National Colloquium – an OWU tradition since 1984 – will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 with a free choral performance by The Harmony Project, in Benes Rooms A and B of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Visitors are invited to park in the campus center’s east lot, located on Spring Street between Sandusky and Franklin streets.

Following the performance, David Brown, founder and creative director of The Harmony Project, will participate in a roundtable discussion about the Columbus, Ohio-based organization and its work to connect people across social divides through experiential arts, education, and volunteer community service.

What began in 2009 with fewer than 100 voices has grown to more than 1,000 people dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive community. Learn more about Harmony Project at www.harmonyproject.com. This event is presented in collaboration with Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music.

Additional events scheduled for “Art and Engagement,” Ohio Wesleyan’s 2018-2019 Sagan National Colloquium include the following: (For the latest, most up-to-date schedule, visit www.owu.edu/snc.)

Aug. 22-Oct. 7 – “What We Make,” an exhibition drawing upon “socially and politically engaged art practices to consider how we build communities that are capable of working together across difference.”

In addition to traditional media, the exhibit will incorporate sound and video, and selections from the Interference Archive. “What We Make” will fill all four galleries in the university’s Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

The exhibit’s diverse artist list includes Doug Ashford, Robby Herbst, Tomashi Jackson, Christine Sun-Kim, Anna Teresa Fernandez, and 2013 OWU alumnus Andrew Wilson.

Curated by Fletcher and Ashley Biser, Ph.D., associate professor of politics and government, the exhibition will feature a curator-led tour at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 followed by a public reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

7 p.m. Sept. 6 – Sharif Bey, Ph.D., a ceramicist and associate professor of art at Syracuse University, discusses his work as an artist, educator, and art-teacher mentor.

Bey’s ceramic/mixed-media artworks examine traditional and contemporary notions of function, ritual, and identity, and his current research explores the identity and political agency of African-American artists. He will speak in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Learn more about Bey at www.sharifbeyceramics.com.

1 p.m. Sept. 8 – Sara Trail discusses the California-based Social Justice Sewing Academy and the group’s OWU quilt exhibit, “We Hold These Truths: Artistic Voices of Youth.”

The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) empowers young people to use sewing and quilting to express themselves and create opportunities for growth and change.

Trail, founder and executive director of SJSA, will share insights about the academy and discuss the young artists who represent the “resilience, brilliance, and existence of promising individuals who are most at-risk for their dreams to be deferred and their life outcomes marginalized because of America’s unresolved racist and entitled history.” She will speak in the Bayley Room on the second floor of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Learn more about SJSA at www.sjsacademy.com.

Trail’s presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the same venue. Pre-registration is required for the workshop and is limited to 25 people. Cost is $10 for adults, free for students. To register, call (740) 368-3606, email ramuseum@owu.edu, or visit www.owu.edu/snc.

The “We Hold These Truths: Artistic Voices of Youth” quilt exhibition is on display now through Sept. 25 in Beeghly Library’s Gallery 2001. Curated by Tammy Wallace, associate director of the Ross Art Museum, the exhibit is open during library hours, available online at https://library.owu.edu.

4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Sept. 11 –Laurie Jo Reynolds, M.F.A., of the University of Illinois at Chicago, presents a lecture followed by an RSVP-required talk-back and dinner exploring, “We Shouldn’t Have Criminal Justice Policies We Are Afraid to Talk About.”

An assistant professor of social justice in UIC’s School of Art and Art History, Reynolds’ work challenges the demonization, warehousing, and social exclusion of people in the criminal legal system. Learn more about Reynolds at http://artandarthistory.uic.edu/profile/laurie-jo-reynolds.

To evaluate state responses to sexual abuse and violence, it is necessary to know what the policies are. In the 1990s, state legislatures began establishing public registries, public exclusion zones, and laws restricting housing, employment, education, travel, loitering, and even holiday activity. Some states now have up to five different conviction registries.

Reynolds uses artistic and cultural approaches to consider some of the unintended consequences of public registration and notification laws, and related restrictions, and how they represent a missed opportunity for both prevention and justice.

Both events will be held in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Reservations are required for the 5:15 p.m. dinner, presented in collaboration with the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Philosophy. To register, email professor Shari Stone-Mediatore, Ph.D., at ssstonem@owu.edu.

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 21 – Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) Collective of Philadelphia presents workshops on “Alternative Temporalities and Quantum Event Mapping.”

BQF Collective – a collaboration between musician and poet Camae Ayewa and public interest attorney, author, and Afrofuturist Rasheedah Phillips – explores personal, cultural, familial, and communal cycles of experience, and solutions for transforming negative cycles into positive ones using artistic and holistic methods of healing.

The workshops will explore linear time constructs in contrast to indigenous African and Afro-diasporic traditions of space, time, and the future. They will explore alternative and Black-womanist temporalities as well as how to build future maps and quantum time capsules, shift cause-and-effect, and the interaction between timescapes and soundscapes. Learn more about Black Quantum Futurism Collective at www.blackquantumfuturism.com.

Workshop capacity is limited to 15 people per 90-minute session, with the 1 p.m. session reserved for the Ohio Wesleyan campus community. The workshops will be held at the Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. To register, call (740) 368-3606, email ramuseum@owu.edu, or visit www.owu.edu/snc.

4:15 p.m. Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Sept. 27 – Interdisciplinary artist and critical writer Robby Herbst of Los Angeles presents a free artist’s talk and “I+We” workshop.

On Sept. 26, Herbst will discuss how politics, language, and ideology are manifested in bodies as expression, movement, history, and action. He will speak at the Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, where his work will be on display from Aug. 22 through Oct. 7 as part of the larger “What We Make” exhibit. Learn more about Herbst at http://cargocollective.com/robbyherbst.

On Sept. 27, Herbst will host an “I+We” workshop, a free experimental and participatory (political) movement exploration that borrows techniques from dance, social sculpture, and New Games to explore collective identity, play, and movement.

The 90-minute workshop also will be held at the Ross. Capacity is limited to 20 people. To register, call (740) 368-3606, email ramuseum@owu.edu, or visit www.owu.edu/snc.

Oct. 18-Dec. 13 – “Culinary Roots/Migratory Routes,” an art exhibit exploring food production and consumption.

The exhibit shows that “how what we eat is not just a source of nourishment but a force that creates, dissolves, and reforms communities as immigrants both preserve and lose the taste of home.” It will be on display at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

“Culinary Roots/Migratory Routes” is curated by Nancy Comorau, Ph.D., associate professor of English, and student curatorial-assistant Anna Davies, a senior from St. Clairsville, Ohio. It will feature a curator-led tour at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 followed by a public reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

4:10 p.m. Oct. 3 –Kiese Laymon, M.F.A., professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, presents “What’s the Point in Lying if You Don’t Want to Get Caught?”

Laymon is the author of the novel “Long Division” and a collection of essays titled “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.” During his presentation, he will discuss the intersection of writing and activism from his personal experiences.

His talk is presented in collaboration with the Department of English’s Poets and Writers Series and will be held in the Bayley Room on the second floor of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Learn more about Laymon at http://www.kieselaymon.com.

8 p.m. Oct. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7 – Theatre production of “Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, directed by OWU senior Ares Harper of Columbus, Ohio.

Gender and power face-off in this masterful comedy, where people’s disjointed identities relate to their lack of autonomy. Join these sexually repressed characters on a journey that transcends time and space, as they fight to find their place in a swirling world of self-discovery. Contains adult themes and strong language.

“Cloud 9” will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets to this OWU Department of Theatre & Dance production are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid university ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office one week before opening night at (740) 368-3855. Learn more at www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Oct. 1-Dec. 15 – “Stateless,” an exhibit of portraits by Columbus, Ohio-based photographer Tariq Tarey depicting people who, under national laws, no longer enjoy citizenship in any country.

Tarey’s insightful portraits capture the self-defined identity that led these now-stateless individuals to make the sacrifice of leaving their countries. The exhibition will be on display in Beeghly Library’s Gallery 2001, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Tarey will present an artist’s talk in the library gallery, followed by an exhibit reception. The exhibit is curated by Tammy Wallace, associate director of the Ross Art Museum. The exhibit is open during Beeghly Library hours, available online at https://library.owu.edu.

6 p.m. Oct. 26 – Archaeologist William Lipe, Ph.D., presents “Rock Art, Cliff Dwellings, and the Battle Over Bears Ears.”

President Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in 2016 as a 1.35-million-acre tract in southeastern Utah. In 2017, the Trump Administration reduced it to two smaller monuments.

Lipe, a retired Yale University professor with expertise in the North American Southwest, has conducted research in the Bears Ears area for more than 50 years. He will show examples of its rock art and architectural treasures and discuss its scholarly and public importance, including what is needed to protect it.

His 90-minute presentation will be held in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Learn more about Lipe at https://anthro.wsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/william-d-lipe.

8 p.m. Oct. 27 – Theatre production of “How to Be a Respectable Junkie” by Greg Vovos, starring Christopher M. Bohan.

Based on a true story, this guest-artist event provides a humorous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful look into the nation’s opioid crisis, an in-depth look into the troubled soul of a Northeast Ohio man caught in heroin’s deadly grip. Contains depictions of drug use and adult language.

The performance will be held in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, and conclude with a post-show discussion with the actor, playwright, and members of the OWU and Delaware communities. Tickets are free but required because of limited seating. To reserve tickets, call the box office after Oct. 22 at (740) 368-3855. Learn more at www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

4:10 p.m. Nov. 5 – Terese Mailhot, M.F.A., author of “Heart Berries: A Memoir,” presents a reading from her New York Times-bestselling book.

Mailhot is a Native American author from Seabird Island Band and postdoctoral fellow in the English Department at Purdue University. In addition to reading from “Heart Berries,” she will share thoughts on the power of activism through writing. Her presentation will conclude with an audience question-and-answer session and book-signing.

Reviewer Parul Sehgal has described “Heart Berries” as seeking “to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir.”

Mailhot’s reading is presented in collaboration with the Ohio Wesleyan Department of English’s Poets and Writers Series. Learn more about her at www.teresemailhot.com.

About the Sagan National Colloquium

Now in its 34th year, the Sagan National Colloquium seeks annually to address in-depth an issue of national or global importance. The colloquium is funded by an endowment from 1948 OWU alumni Margaret Pickett Sagan and John Sagan, both deceased. Past colloquium speakers have included social activist Gloria Steinem, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Kurt Vonnegut, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and former President Gerald Ford. Learn more at www.owu.edu/snc.

About Ohio Wesleyan University

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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John David Washington on Getting Called the N-Word and Moving Beyond the Shadow of Denzel

John David Washington remembers the first time someone called him the n-word. He was in Newton, North Carolina, where his mother has family. “I was 10 years old,” the actor said in a recent interview, to promote Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which marks the actor’s first lead role. “It was at this big parade they have there. He was a grown person, and he said it so casually. I didn’t feel anger. I didn’t how to feel at first. He was like, ‘Hey there.’ So casual. I only felt enraged later. Then, I wanted to kill him.”

That admission struck a marked contrast to much of Washington’s crowded press tour for the Cannes-acclaimed movie, in which he’s been flooded with more questions about his famous dad — Denzel Washington, one of the biggest movie stars in the world — than the actor’s own relationship to the material. But Washington has much to say about a story in which he plays Ron Stallsworth, the real-life Colorado detective who impersonated a white supremacist on the phone with the Ku Klux Klan and infiltrated the organization by mimicking its language.

“To me, the big takeaway from this film was, this is what hate sounds like,” Washington said. “What that dude did to me was making it part of the regular vernacular, like this is how to communicate: ‘I’m not saying because I hate you, I’m saying it because it’s a fact.’ That’s dangerous, and that’s what this film displays.”

The attention-grabbing movie hits the zeitgeist, but it’s only one of several new Washington projects in the mix as the actor embraces the first big closeup of his career. As “BlacKkKlansman” continues to its expand its national presence following an impressive $11 million haul on its opening weekend — the anniversary of the Charlottesville riots — Washington’s own profile is expanding as well. The 34-year-old started his career in football, for NFL Europe and the United Football League, but the torn tendon that forced him into early retirement turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

At the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, he appeared in two U.S. competition titles, “Monster” and “Monsters and Men,” the latter of which found him playing a modern-day equivalent to his “BlacKkKlansman” character as a conflicted police officer who witnesses racism among his colleagues. “Monsters and Men,” which opens in September, provides a grave contrast to the ebullient, risk-taking hero of Lee’s movie; collectively, they cement the arrival of a major new talent. Washington, however, has been quietly building out his skills over the past several years.

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“The most attractive thing about John was that he was relatively a fresh face in the independent film world,” said “Monsters and Men” director Reinaldo Marcus Green. When Green cast Washington, he was best known for a supporting role in HBO’s “Ballers,” his acting debut. “We hadn’t yet seen him in a dramatic role that could show his range as an actor,” Green said. “He was was someone that possessed a sense of familiarity without compromise. He had the right balance of the ‘it’ factor – recognizable but not distracting.”

Washington doesn’t look identical to his father, but his relaxed demeanor suggests a natural home in front of the camera. As Stallsworth, he’s at once snarky and committed, rambling in hate speech while charming white supremacist David Duke on the phone and tracking the KKK’s every move, while romancing a black power activist (Laura Harrier) in between jobs. He’s a striking embodiment of the movie’s two-pronged tone, which veers from empowerment to frustration over the perseverance of racism in American society. “I want to be around people that are just as enthusiastic about the process and storytelling as I am,” Washington said.

By the end of the year, the actor will appear in his third role as a police officer, in David Lowery’s upcoming Robert Redford heist movie “The Old Man and the Gun.” The actor, already enmeshed in his other projects, chased the role down. “When I heard from his agent that he was interested in reading for a part in the film, I’ll admit that I was surprised — it’s a tiny part, just a few moments in a large ensemble,” Lowery said. “I didn’t think that anyone would want to play it, but he was excited about taking a crack at it. I really liked his energy, but even more than that I admired his enthusiasm.” He told Lowery that he wanted to hang out on set to watch the crew at work. “Sure enough, he would be there on his days off, just sitting back on the set and watching,” Lowery said. “That sort of spirit is all too rare.”

The pair went go-karting together and grabbed coffee afterwards. “I was very clear that it was a tiny role and there would be many scenes where he might feel like there was nothing much to do, or where he’d be in the scene but largely offscreen. He got it, and here’s what he did with those scenes: without saying a word, he played them as if they were a close-up. He’d be deep in the set, flipping through a police file or listening to some other character rattle on about something. He doesn’t distract from the primary action, but if you pay attention to him, you see an actor doing good work.” For Washington, hanging out on “The Old Man and the Gun” set allowed him to observe a very different sort of movie star — Redford — than the one in his family. “He seemed like he loved it,” Washington said. “He just turned on this boyish charm, but he looked like that old movie star that we’ve grown up to know, for generations.”

Director Spike Lee, US actor John David Washington and US actress Laura Harrier attend the press conference for 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 15 May 2018. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 08 to 19 May.BlacKkKlansman Press Conference - 71st Cannes Film Festival, France - 15 May 2018

Spike Lee, John David Washington, and Laura Harrier at the Cannes press conference for ‘”BlacKkKlansman”


Washington prepared for all three parts by participating in ridealongs with Brooklyn police officers. “I had to learn what they have to go through,” he said. “There’s some men and women out there that are doing their job the right way. They’re protecting and serving complete strangers in their communities the right way. And it’s a thankless job. Obviously, there’s a lot of information out on cops not doing their jobs correctly, but the ones that are should be celebrated.” His enthusiasm for the movie’s ideas extended to his thoughts about Lee’s filmmaking as a whole. “I mean, we’re standing on Spike’s shoulders,” he said. “Even the documentaries. He’s given us people of color such a voice, and by being a part of this film, I feel like I’m a part of history.”

Lee’s cinema has been a presence in the 34-year-old Washington’s life for decades, at least going back to his 1992 cameo at the end of “Malcolm X” (he’s the kid in the classroom who shouts, “I’m Malcolm X!”) but they were never close. “He was a family friend, but I didn’t talk to him,” Washington said. “Believe it or not, Spike is a man of few words sometimes.”

Still, there’s evidence that the filmmaker was paying attention. When Green was sorting out casting for “Monsters and Men,” he used his ability as an NYU Tisch film alum to sign up for office hours with Lee, who heads up the graduate school of film and television. “Spike is a casting god,” Green said. “I asked him who he thought could pull off the role of an NYPD officer.” The filmmaker was in a good mood, editing the first season of Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” and didn’t hesitate. “Spike was laying on the sofa in his office — we were going through a list of potential names who could play the role. After a few seconds, he sits up and says, ‘I’ve got it, I’ve got it, John David Washington!’ It was as if a light bulb went off in Spike’s head — and he knew he could do it. When Spike talks, you listen.”

The filmmaker didn’t bother with an audition when it came to “BlacKkKlansman,” resurfacing in Washington’s life with an unexpected text message that read, ‘Hey, this is Spike, call me.’” Washington wasn’t sure what to make of it. “I didn’t believe him,” the actor recalled. “I thought maybe he was trying to get to my father or something.” Lee sent Washington the book that inspired the screenplay. When Washington signaled his approval, the actor recalled, Lee told him, “Alright, cool. See you this summer.”



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Washington grew up around his father’s productions, but never had to work on the set. “I was sort of behind the scenes,” he said. “I was Denzel’s kid.” The older Washington’s agent helped Washington score his role on “Ballers” after his early career in football fell apart following an injury. But “BlacKkKlansman” felt different. “I was there because of me and not because of, you know, nepotism,” he said. “Spike was like a little kid on set, on a daily basis. I’m still trying to find the actor I want to be, but I know what kind of the talent I want to be around.”

Despite the polemical undercurrent of “BlacKkKlansman,” Washington said he was more keen on the creative opportunities than any message-mongering that might motivate his choices. That much, he’s willing to admit, he gleaned from his father. “He never saw himself as this leading black artist or whatever,” Washington said. “He just wanted to make good films and stuff. So it was always about the material and who you get to work with, and that’s how I am.”

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The Trump Administration Is Launching Stealth Attacks on Veterans

A man who loves the troops. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Republican Party stands with America’s veterans — until America’s veterans stand up to the party’s donor class.

The GOP relies on former servicemen and women as both a constituency (in 2016, Donald Trump won them by a two-to-one margin), and as reinforcements in its culture war. Veterans command broad, bipartisan respect — and thus, have the power to turn any cause they’re associated with into a sacred cow. Republicans have had little difficulty reframing calls for cutting America’s gargantuan military budget or ending misbegotten wars — or even reducing police violence against African-Americans — as affronts to those who fought and died for this country.

But veterans’ cultural cachet is a double-edged sword for the GOP. The conservative movement exists to undermine the notion that the federal government has an obligation to safeguard the well-being of working-class Americans. And veterans are both largely working-class and disproportionately likely to rely on public programs and public-interest regulations for their well-being. Vets get their health care from the single most socialized segment of America’s health-care sector — and most of their advocacy organizations want to keep it that way. Meanwhile, veterans’ acute vulnerability to predatory lenders has abetted the passage of bipartisan legislation strengthening federal regulations on the finance industry. Which is to say that on a number of economic issues, Democrats are the ones holding the “support our troops” card.

All this presented the Trump administration with a stark choice: It could either show deference to the interests of one of its core constituencies, or maximize its cronies’ ability to profit off of deregulation and privatization (at considerable political risk).

Too Much? Stephanie Mills Went Clean Off On Sam Smith For Saying He Doesn’t Like Michael Jackson’s Music


I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Black folk are serious about our legends. Sometimes to a fault. (See Bill Cosby.) If there’s one group who takes this charge of protection seriously, it’s the old heads: 50 and older, especially those in the music business. With decades in the game, there’s no telling how much disrespect, discrimination and abuse they’ve endured at the hands of the industry.

They’re sensitive about their sh*t. We saw that play out with an unlikely pair this weekend when legendary R&B singer Stephanie Mills shared some choice words for blue-eyed soul singer Sam Smith.

When Sam Smith’s friend Adam Lambert recorded the singer saying her didn’t like Michael Jackson’s music. According to Vibe.com, “The two were seen soaking up some sun on a boat when Lambert panned over to Smith who can be seen saying “I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song.” The clip ended right after with a few friends not seen replying “wow.”

As you can imagine, the public reaction was similar.

But the story became even more interesting once Mills weighed in. On her Instagram page, she shared Smith’s comments with her own analysis included in the caption.


I certainly understand where she’s coming from. Like I said before, it’s no secret that Black artists don’t get the respect or the money they deserve for the art forms we’ve created and mastered. The same art that has fed more than its fair share of White folk. Meanwhile, White people who who utilize the sound enjoy all of the financial and commercial success. It’s a privilege not enough White folk acknowledge–with the exception of Adele in her dedication to Beyoncé at The Grammys. And the fact that Sam Smith would say he doesn’t appreciate one of the greatest artists ever is off-putting and slightly tone deaf.

Still, Michael Jackson is not hurting for validation from anyone, least of all Sam Smith. And at the very end of the day, he’s entitled to his own opinion, no matter how misguided it might be. I don’t know if the stating of his opinion warranted this reaction. Still, I’m not mad at Auntie for protecting our icons.

What do you make of all of this? Did Stephanie Mills take it too far or was Sam Smith out of line?

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Panel discusses HBO series ‘Insecure,’ cultural depictions of black women at Logan Center

2:AM creative director Tyler McClelland, fashion director Jace Ross, psychotherapist Hanifa Akpe, artist Jasmine Barber and journalist Britt Julious discuss “Insecure” and cultural depictions of and by black women Sunday night at the Logan Center – Aaron Gettinger

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Five Chicago women participated in a discussion about “Insecure,” the award-winning HBO series about two young black women’s friendship, personal and professional lives in Los Angeles, and how black women create and sustain artistic output in the face of societal and cultural expectations and criticism after a screening of its third season premiere Sunday at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

Artist Jasmine Barber doubted that she could get real, spiritually, with the show’s showrunner, Issa Rae. She took issue with a scene in the third season premiere, which preceded the discussion, wherein a protagonist had to deal with a Lyft customer smoking a blunt in her car, saying that Rae had missed a chance to discuss marijuana in the black community more seriously.

“There are so many health benefits and holistic benefits… and people use [marijuana] as a healing component and not necessarily a trouble-maker,” she said. “I felt like I was watching a DARE commercial.”

Barber said art must always be seen in a comprehensive political context. “This time is big for black people and art right now. It’s crazy,” she said, urging people to take a chance “to have people be upset at you.”

Tyler McClelland, creative director of the 2:AM fashion label, which hosted the event, countered that the show included much with which black women could resonate and asked Britt Julious, a Chicago Tribune columnist whose features have appeared in The New York Times and Vogue, about how she chooses her subjects.

“I would say I support the underground and the underdog and the avant garde — that’s always been my realm, and that’s what I grew up in,” Julious said, adding that it is important to remember that black artists making black art are often pigeonholed into cliche topics, are not themselves the characters they create and subject to criticism because their artistic output makes up only a little of the broader popular culture landscape.

Julious compared the treatment of Rae with Lena Dunham, the “Girls” showrunner who has faced criticism for her less-than-adroit negotiation of intersectional feminism. While Dunham has received critical attention since her senior year in college, “Insecure” was stuck in development hell for years.

“Representation always matters absolutely; sometimes it feels like the person isn’t doing a good enough job because there isn’t enough representation, period, across-the-board,” Julious said, detailing her own fight with editors who only assigned her stories about shootings and other tragedies.

“We do put each other in a bubble, and I think sometimes we’re already in a bubble,” said Jace Ross, the 2:AM fashion director. “We’re black. We’re women. We already have all of these categories that we’re trying to break through, so I think the least we can do is try to see each other as who we are.”

Psychotherapist Hanife Akpe agreed, saying her own experience as the daughter of Nigerian immigrants who moved to Chicago from Atlanta would be different than another black woman from Atlanta with Nigerian parents who live in Chicago.

Ross said her label 2:AM, which sells vintage clothing and accessories, allocates 10 percent from every purchase to the company’s “Dream Fund” that helps women entreprenuers by making angel investments. Ross said ticket sales from Sunday night’s screening will go to the Fund.

“What’s important to us is that we not only embody the side of women that we don’t get to see all the time, but we just want to show every background, every color, every ethnicity doing what they love to do and follow their dreams,” said Ross.

Jazmine Harris, a University of Chicago MFA student, said how happy she was that the screening and discussion had happened on a campus that is 56 percent male.

“To have women of color speaking to issues that affect the community and also being able to see themselves on screen, have a conversation, even debate about the accuracy of it was very valuable,” she said. “It felt very sisterly. It was a place I felt like I could come and ask questions and not feel ashamed about it in such a competitively intellectual space.”


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Here are Oakland’s top 3 jazz and blues spots

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top jazz and blues spots around Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret tuning to produce a ranked list of where to enjoy some soulful swinging grooves.

1. Cafe Van Kleef

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Topping the list is Cafe Van Kleef. Located at 1621 Telegraph Ave., the cocktail bar and art gallery is the highest rated jazz and blues venue in Oakland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 828 reviews on Yelp.

Resembling an old basement filled with dusty antiques, this joint features artists like Dave Rocha, Cold Soul and Lisa Marie Johnston. The place never charges a cover, and the bar offers an assortment of beers plus different variations on the classic greyhound using fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

2. The Sound Room

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Next up is The Sound Room, situated at 2147 Broadway (between 21st and 22nd streets). With 4.5 stars out of 37 reviews on Yelp, this haunt is a proven local favorite.

“Great place to see a show,” Yelper John N. said. “The place is intimate and small so every seat is good. The food and drinks are very affordable and they serve throughout the show. It’s a nonprofit organization, and you can see that everyone is stepping in and supporting the venue. They’ve created a solid community feel.”

3. Geoffreys Inner Circle

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Geoffrey’s Inner Circle is another go-to, with four stars out of 35 Yelp reviews. The club is best known for its Sunday evening performances, modest prices on cover and dinner, and old-school vibes.

In 2015, owner Geoffrey Pete accepted the Pillar award at the Ninth Annual Oakland Indie Awards, which recognized the establishment as a local business with “deep roots” in the community making important contributions to Oakland’s arts and culture. And this past April, marking its 25th year in business, City Council named Geoffrey’s “a historic institution in the city’s Black Arts & Business District.”

Head over to 410 14th St. (between Broadway and Franklin streets) to see for yourself.

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Top 10 US Open Matches: No. 10, Venus d. Spirlea, 1997 semifinals

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Flushing Meadows is tennis’ largest stage, and over the last 50 years, it has been the site of some of the sport’s greatest dramas. This week, we’ll count down the 10 most memorable US Open matches of the Open Era. To follow the countdown, click here.

This semifinal, between a 17-year-old American and a 23-year-old Romanian, lasted three hard-fought sets and three highly-strung hours. Two decades later, though, it’s remembered for a half-second’s worth of drama that occurred between games.

The moment is known as The Bump, and it summed not only that particular match, but that era-changing 1997 US Open. Late in the third set, Spirlea, irritated at Williams’ single-minded, laser-focused way of playing—and of walking to the sideline during changeovers—decided to see what it would take to knock Venus out of her groove. Spirlea walked straight in the direction of an oblivious Williams, until the two collided near the net. The bump barely registered on Venus, but it sent shockwaves across the grounds.

“She’s never trying to turn or whatever,” a still-annoyed Spirlea said later. “She thinks she’s the —-ing Venus Williams. I was like, ‘I want to see if she’s turning.’ She didn’t, so…”

Venus’s father, Richard, didn’t waste any time firing back, and fanning the controversy’s flames. He called Spirlea a “tall, white turkey” and claimed that the incident was racially motivated. (Richard apologized to Spirlea a few months later for what he called a “stupid statement” on his part.) It was an unfortunate, but not entirely surprising, denouement to what had been an electrifying two-week breakout run by Venus.

“At the time it felt dangerous,” S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated wrote of that fortnight at Flushing Meadows. “The ugliness that consumed the 1997 US Open seemed unstoppable. Few, if any, sporting events, in America, had been so charged, so flammable.”

Richard, Venus, and her younger sister Serena had been known in tennis circles for a decade, but the sport still didn’t seem quite prepared for their prime-time debut in New York. It had been 25 years since an African-American—Arthur Ashe in 1972—had reached a US Open final, and Venus’s first Open coincided with the opening of the stadium that bears Ashe’s name. Despite those warm symbolic vibes, though, the Williamses were something distinctly new for tennis. Venus wore beads in her hair, bashed her serve harder than any woman ever had, shrieked with virtually every shot, and showed little interest in making friends with her fellow players.

“I’m tall, I’m black, everything’s different about me,” Venus said.

If anything, her father’s unfiltered sensibility was an even big shock to the tennis system, and Venus spent much of her time during press conferences answering questions about his comments.

“I think this is definitely ruining the mood [surrounding Ashe Stadium’s opening], these questions about racism,” she said.

For six rounds, though, nothing could stop Venus on the court. It’s hard to remember now, but in those days the jury was still out on whether she was hope or hype. Her father had touted Venus as a future No. 1 for years, yet to that point she had won just one match at a major. But after dropping her first set at Flushing to Larisa Neiland, Venus found her footing. For many, the future of U.S. tennis dawned during her third-round night match against Anke Huber. The German was seeded eighth, but by the time Venus had beaten her 6-3, 6-4, it was clear she was a cut above her athletically.

A few days later, in her classic semifinal with Spirlea, Venus showed that she wasn’t just an athlete; she was a world-class competitor who would never be satisfied with second-best. She won all the important rallies that day, and saved two match points on her way to taking the deciding tiebreaker, 9-7.

When Spirlea’s final backhand floated wide, Venus gave us a preview of celebrations to come: She bounced, pogo-style, to the net, screaming joyfully all the way. “Party Crasher,” Sports Illustrated called her on its cover the following week. Twenty years later, Venus is still the toast of U.S. tennis, and African-Americans—from Serena to Sloane Stephens—are the life of its party.

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American Book Awards honor cultural diversity

Updated 12:16 pm PDT, Monday, August 13, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Books on human caging, early Detroit and African-American culture in Los Angeles are among this year’s winners for works reflecting the country’s diversity.

The American Book Awards were announced Monday by the Before Columbus Foundation, founded in 1976 by author-poet Ishmael Reed.

Winners included Kelly Lytle Hernandez’s “City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965” and Kellie Jones’ “South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s.” Tiya Miles was cited for his history “The Dawn of Detroit.”

Other recipients were Victor Lavalle for “The Changeling: A Novel” and Valeria Luiselli for “Tell Me How It Ends.”

Author-filmmaker Sequoyah Guess was given a lifetime achievement award. The poets-musicians Heroes are Gang Leaders were cited for oral literature.

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Trump’s economic fiction: ‘record’ GDP, jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don’t exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment.

He cites the highest-ever gross domestic product for the U.S. that’s not there and predicts a spectacular 5 percent annual growth rate in the current quarter that hardly any economist sees. On black joblessness, he boasts of a “new” record low, but the numbers in fact have recently ticked upward, with greater declines seen during the Obama administration.

The statements marked a week of fiction in which Trump also made erroneous claims about the California wildfires and the Russia investigation and falsely declared that his tariffs on foreign goods will help erase $21 trillion in national debt.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders skimmed over the facts in asserting that his “Medicare for all” plan would reduce U.S. health spending by $2 trillion.

A look at the claims:


TRUMP: “One new and great FACT — African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this.” — tweet Friday.

TRUMP: “I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history.” — tweet Saturday.

THE FACTS: Not exactly. He omits important caveats.

Black unemployment did reach a record low, 5.9 percent, in May. That rate has since risen to 6.6 percent in July.

Despite some recent progress, the black unemployment rate is now nearly double that of whites, which is 3.4 percent. The most dramatic drop in black unemployment came under President Barack Obama, when it fell from a recession high of 16.8 percent in March 2010 to 7.8 percent in January 2017.


TRUMP: “Economic growth, last quarter, hit the 4.1. We anticipate this next quarter to be — this is just an estimate, but already they’re saying it could be in the fives … I think we’re going to be very shortly in the fives.” — remarks Tuesday before a group of business executives.

TRUMP: “As you know, we’re doing record and close-to-record GDP.” — remarks Tuesday.

THE FACTS: No. These are the latest in a string of exaggerated claims that Trump has made about the U.S. economy.

While economists are generally optimistic about growth, very few anticipate the economy will expand at a 5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter the president referred to. Macroeconomic Advisers, a consulting firm in St. Louis, forecasts 3.2 percent growth in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase economists have penciled in 3.5 percent. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta pegs it at 4.3 percent.

Whatever the final number turns out to be, none of these figures represents record or close-to-record growth for gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s output. The 4.1 percent growth in the second quarter was simply the most since 2014.


TRUMP: “We’ve created 3.9 million more jobs since Election Day — so almost 4 million jobs — which is unthinkable.” — remarks Thursday at prison reform event in Bedminster, N.J.

THE FACTS: It’s not that unthinkable, since more jobs were created in the same period before the November 2016 election than afterward.

It’s true that in the 20 months since Trump’s election, the economy has generated 3.9 million jobs. In the 20 months before his election, however, employers added 4.3 million jobs.


TRUMP: “Great financial numbers being announced on an almost daily basis. Economy has never been better, jobs at best point in history.” — tweet Aug. 6.

THE FACTS: He’s exaggerating. The economy is healthy now, but it has been in better shape at many times in the past.

Growth reached 4.1 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter, which Trump highlighted late last month with remarks at the White House. But it’s only the best in the past four years. So far, the economy is expanding at a modest rate compared with previous economic expansions. In the late 1990s, growth topped 4 percent for four straight years, from 1997 through 2000. And in the 1980s expansion, growth even reached 7.2 percent in 1984.

It’s not clear what Trump specifically means when he declares that jobs are at the “best point in history,” but based on several indicators, he’s off the mark.

The unemployment rate of 3.9 percent is not at the best point ever — it is actually near the lowest in 18 years. The all-time low came in 1953, when unemployment fell to 2.5 percent during the Korean War. And while economists have been surprised to see employers add 215,000 jobs a month this year, a healthy increase, employers in fact added jobs at a faster pace in 2014 and 2015. A greater percentage of Americans held jobs in 2000 than now.

Trump didn’t mention probably the most important measure of economic health for Americans — wages. While paychecks are slowly grinding higher, inflation is now canceling out the gains. Lifted by higher gasoline prices, consumer prices increased 2.9 percent in June from a year earlier, the most in six years.



TRUMP: “‘Bob Mueller, isn’t your whole investigation premised on a Fake Dossier, paid for by Hillary, created by a man who hates Donald Trump, & used to con a FISA Court Judge. Bob, I really think it’s time for you to give up your phony investigation.’ No Collusion!” — tweet Sunday, citing Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro.

THE FACTS: Trump quotes in part Pirro to falsely claim that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is based on a “fake dossier.” In fact, the FBI’s investigation began months before it received a dossier of anti-Trump research financed by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The FBI probe’s origins were based on other evidence — not the existence of the dossier.

The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee found the Russia probe was initiated after the FBI received information related to Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, not the dossier. The committee’s final report was praised by Trump.



TRUMP: “Because of Tariffs we will be able to start paying down large amounts of the $21 Trillion in debt that has been accumulated, much by the Obama Administration, while at the same time reducing taxes for our people.” — tweet Aug. 5.

THE FACTS: This isn’t going to happen.

The Treasury Department estimates that all tariffs currently in place will raise about $40 billion in revenue in the 2018 budget year, which ends Sept. 30. Even with the recent tariff increases Trump has implemented or threatened to put in place, it clearly wouldn’t be enough to reduce the $21 trillion national debt. It’s just 5 percent of what the president would need to eliminate the annual budget deficit of $804 billion that the Congressional Budget Office predicts for this year. The national debt represents the accumulation of all the annual deficits.

The president seems to believe that foreigners pay tariffs, but they are import taxes paid for by American businesses and consumers. They may make it harder for other countries to sell things in the United States, but they are just another form of tax and do not result in lower taxes for the American people overall.



TRUMP: “Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps — that’s since the election. … That’s some number. That’s a big number.” — Ohio rally on Aug. 4.

TRUMP: “More than 3.5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps — something that you haven’t seen in decades.” — remarks at White House on July 27.

WHITE HOUSE: “More than 2.8 million have stopped participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly known as food stamps — since Trump’s first full month in office.” — information sheet released Tuesday, citing Fox Business report.

THE FACTS: Trump and the White House omit important context and overstate his role in reducing the number of people on food stamps. Nor is it accurate that recent declines are the biggest in decades. It’s true, as the White House conveys, that more than 2.8 million people stopped participating in the program during the 15-month period from February 2017, Trump’s first full month in office, to May 2018, the latest Agriculture Department data available. But this decline is consistent with a longer-term downward trend in food stamp usage because of an improving economy. Currently there are 39.3 million people in the program; food stamp usage peaked in 2013 at around 47.6 million, following the recession.

For instance, in the 15-month period before Trump’s first full month in office, food stamps declined by 3.3 million — larger than the 2.8 million that dropped off under Trump’s watch.



SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: “Medicare for All will lead to a $2 TRILLION REDUCTION in national health expenditures over 10 years.” — tweet July 30.

THE FACTS: Sanders’ tweet and YouTube video are being widely echoed by supporters of a government-run national health system. But the Vermont independent mischaracterizes a study from a libertarian policy institute that found his legislation would lead to a massive boost in federal spending and taxation.

The study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia also concluded that Medicare for all is unlikely to produce a dividend for U.S. society in the form of lower total health care spending. To get that result would require paying hospitals and doctors much less than they get now and risk putting some out of business.

The study found that if hospitals and doctors were willing to accept Medicare-based payments of 40 percent less for patients who currently have private insurance, then projected U.S. health care spending would decline by about 3 percent from 2022 to 2031, or $2.05 trillion. It’s a big asterisk, and one that Sanders fails to disclose.

That’s the number Sanders is celebrating.

But the study also said if medical providers continue to be paid about the same as now, U.S. health care spending would increase by $3.25 trillion over 10 years under Medicare for all. It works out to about 5 percent more.

That’s far different from Sanders’ assurance that his plan “will lead” to huge spending reductions.



TRUMP: “California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.” — tweet Aug. 6.

THE FACTS: That’s not what state experts say.

“We have plenty of water” for battling the massive blazes burning in hills north of San Francisco, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The current spate of wildfires happens to be within range of large Northern California lakes and the state’s biggest river, McLean said.

Nor is having enough water a problem in battling California wildfires in general. Firefighting aircraft can dip in and out of cattle ponds or other small bodies of water to scoop up water for dropping and spraying on flames. When fires burn in an area that happens to be without ponds, lakes or rivers, state officials typically call in more planes to ferry in water, McLean said.

California’s battles over divvying up water in the arid state are unending, but a battle between firefighters and the Pacific Ocean hasn’t been one of them, according to Jay Lund, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Davis, and a longtime analyst of the state’s water wars.

Trump’s claim “is so physically impossible, you don’t even really want to respond,” Lund said.

For one thing, the wildfires are in the hills, far from the Pacific Ocean and from the man-made storage and distribution system that carries water from California’s wetter north to the drier, more populated south.


TRUMP: “Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water – Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.” — tweet Aug. 6.

THE FACTS: Trump is raising an old dispute in California, the country’s top farm state: the competition for water between agricultural and environmental groups, fishermen and others who want more water for wildlife and habitat. But the dispute has little to do with firefighting.

Republican lawmakers in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley complain the state and federal governments allow too much of the state’s rainfall and snow melt to flow naturally through rivers and into the Pacific Ocean, instead of being diverted for irrigation.



TRUMP: “The Democrats are obstructionists. The only thing they do well, they’re lousy politicians, they have horrible, stupid policies. You know, let’s get rid of law enforcement, let’s get rid of our military, let’s not take care of our vets — all of these things. … They’ll do anything they can really to obstruct or resist.” — remarks Aug. 4 at Ohio rally.

THE FACTS: On the contrary, in regards to veterans’ issues, every major bill signed into law by Trump has passed with strong support from both Republicans and Democrats. In one case, House Democrats did block an emergency funding bill for the Veterans Choice private-sector program after veterans groups complained that it focused on too much private care instead of core VA programs. The Democrats’ dissent resulted in additional funding for both private care and VA programs in the revised bill.

More recently, Robert Wilkie was confirmed by the Senate to serve as VA secretary on an 86-9 vote. It was a moment of strong bipartisan display compared to the partisan discord over other Trump nominees.


Associated Press writers Chad Day, Eric Tucker, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Chloe Kim and Ellen Knickmeyer contributed to this report.


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Schneider on apparel and fighting cancer

A breast cancer survivor who ran one of the most notorious brands in fashion is now CEO of Susan G. Komen, working to raise money for a cure.

Paula Schneider, a breast cancer survivor, took adeeply personal job as chief executive of Susan G.Komen, which is best known for its fund-raising walks.

New York: Paula Schneider has run two organisations that could hardly be more different. She was chief executive of American Apparel, and is now CEO of Susan G. Komen, the breast cancer foundation.

Schneider grew up in California and spent most of her career in the fashion business, working in executive roles at BCBG Max Azria and Warnaco Swimwear before taking over American Apparel in 2015.

American Apparel was a mess when she arrived. Dov Charney, the company’s founder, had recently been ousted by the board after tawdry allegations of misconduct, and the business was haemorrhaging money. During her nearly two-year tenure, Schneider filed for bankruptcy protection and took the company private.

In 2007, I was at Warnaco when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was self-discovered.”

 – Paula Schneider | CEO of Susan G. Komen and former CEO of American Apparel

She left American Apparel in late 2016 and began consulting, helping Kanye West with his fashion line. Then, last year, Schneider, a breast cancer survivor, took a deeply personal job as chief executive of Susan G. Komen, which is best known for its fund-raising walks.

This interview, which was condensed and edited for clarity, was conducted in New York City.

What was your childhood like?

We grew up outside San Francisco. My dad was a fireman and my mom was a housewife. My brothers were like the No. 1 and 2 best Frisbee players in the world. So I practised playing Frisbee every day, and we did Golden State Warriors halftime shows. We could throw it over the head, behind the back, we could catch it through our legs, the whole nine yards. And we had Noodle the Wonder Dog, who caught the Frisbees.

What was your first job?

$735 a month was Paula Schneider’s salary as a teacher

I went to college at Chico State and got a degree in costume design and theatre. Then I went back to graduate school and got my teaching credentials so that I would have something to fall back on. I was a teacher for a year, and my salary was $735 a month. And I thought, “I’m never going to have a swimming pool if I do this. And I really want a swimming pool.”

While I was teaching, I started working at a clothing store so I could supplement my income, and then I started going down to LA and thought, “Wow, this is an interesting world.”

What has been the most difficult moment of your career?

In 2007, I was at Warnaco when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was self-discovered. I felt a lump. I had had a mammogram 11 months before, but it was really superaggressive. It was triple-negative breast cancer, which is one of the most deadly forms.

At work, I was in the middle of a massive restructuring. We were going from our own factory base to an outsourced factory base, and we had layoffs. I said to my doctor, “I’m right in the middle of this massive thing; if I wait three weeks, will I die?” And he said, “No, but you probably shouldn’t wait more than that.”

So on a Tuesday I finished up the layoffs, which were hideous. On Wednesday, I told my team that I had cancer. And on Thursday, I went to chemo. Probably the worst week ever.

Were you able to keep working?

Sort of. I went through a year of living dangerously with chemo treatments and mastectomy, radiation. Whenever I could stand up, I was at work. My office was on the second floor, so I wouldn’t let myself go to work unless I could make it up the stairs. I’d stand there and look at them like they were Mount Kilimanjaro, but I wouldn’t take the damn elevator. That was sort of cheating, to me. You try to be yourself as much as you can through treatment.

A reader on LinkedIn, Monica Finch, asks if that experience changed the way you lead.

I don’t sweat the small stuff. I can have fires burning all around me, and I will stay perfectly calm. When you think you’re going to die, you learn that other things are just not that important. If you don’t make a shipment that’s not going out on time, you can handle it.

How did you wind up at American Apparel?

Dov was no longer CEO, but he was very much involved in the search. He was literally running the organisation from the hamburger stand across the street. He had been temporarily suspended, and he was actually the one that called me and said, “We’re looking for a new CEO” I said, “How can you be looking for a new CEO when you’re not technically there?” And he said, “Well, I’m part of the process.” I ended up getting the job. The same day that I got hired, he got fired.

Why did you take the job?

It was in my wheelhouse. It was manufacturing. It was huge, massive, challenging. But it was also a little bit mission-driven. There were 9,000 people working for the organisation, mostly in cutting, sewing, pattern making, all of the things that are lost arts. If that company were to cease to exist, all of those people would not have other places to go to.

What surprised you when you arrived at American Apparel?

$400m American Apparel lost in five years before hiring Schneider

Everything surprised me. I had never seen anything like it. I had a warehouse of mannequins that were in all kinds of sexual positions. We couldn’t use them in the stores, but there had to be a million dollars that was spent on those mannequins.

What had gone wrong at that company?

Well, the organisation had lost $400 million in the five years before me getting there, so it wasn’t healthy by any stretch. I don’t think even the board understood how close to the edge it was. I got there and did my first 13-week cash flow analysis and saw we were going to hit the skids. That’s when I started to furlough employees. They felt like I was taking money out of their pocket, when what I was really trying to do was save the whole organisation.

I understand things got heated.

It was the right business decision, but when you’ve got a work force that is barely making it, it’s hard. Think of cutters and sewers working for minimum wage. If you’re giving them one less day a week to work, it’s really hard for them to support their families. I get that.

Then there was a group that filed for a union bid. And they’re out there every day saying, “Paula Schneider’s going to move manufacturing to a different country. Paula Schneider’s a liar. Paula Schneider did this.” I had bodyguards during that time. My daughter had bodyguards at college. There were threats made. It was a pretty intense period.

How had Dov’s behaviour affected the company culture?

I can’t really talk to what Dov did or didn’t do. I think there’s enough articles that were written about that over the years. There were certainly a lot of challenges at American Apparel. If the #MeToo movement had been going on then, my guess is that there would have been a lot harsher outcomes at the time. I’m sure there’s going to be a great movie about it someday, because “The Wolf of Wall Street” ain’t got nothing on this.

Why did you accept the role at Komen?

It’s a personal journey to make a difference here and have a different kind of legacy, because this [expletive]’s got to stop. My mom died of metastatic breast cancer. I had it. My sisters had melanoma. My brother died of metastatic prostate cancer. I have two daughters.

What are your priorities as CEO?

I’m trying to take my knowledge of what has transpired even just for me, and really be empathetic towards groups that are not able to get the health care they need. If you are African-American, you are 41 per cent more likely to die of breast cancer than your white counterparts that get the disease. And it is the No. 1 killer in the Latino female population.

A reader on Twitter, Micah Goldfus, asks how you’ve translated your business experience to non-profit leadership?

In certain areas, there’s more sense of urgency in the for-profit segment than the non-profit segment, and it should actually be the reverse. Because there’s more to lose in the non-profit segment. We have to move faster. We have to take more risks.