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A2 The Afro-American, May 7, 2011 - May 13, 2011

AFRO National Briefs


Nation on Watch After bin Laden’s Death
Nearly 10 years after former President George Bush vowed to
capture Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, the terrorist was
ambushed and killed under President Barack Obama’s watch.
Your History • Your Community • Your News Gas-Saving Tips for Cash-Strapped Drivers In an unexpected, late night speech on April 30, Obama shared
The Afro-American Newspapers The Department of Energy (DOE) and Federal Trade news of bin Laden’s death with the world.
Baltimore Office • Corporate Headquarters Commission have released several tips for consumers to save “Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted
2519 N. Charles Street money at the pump. operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4602 According to the two agencies, consumers should drive more team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary
410-554-8200 • Fax: 1-877-570-9297 efficiently. Drivers should avoid aggressive driving and excessive courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took
idling, observe the speed limit, remove excess weight from their care to avoid civilian casualties,” Obama said. After a firefight,
www.afro.com they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”
vehicle, and use cruise control and overdrive gears.
“Weaving in and out of traffic, not using the highest gear, In the days following bin Laden’s capture, the FBI and
Founded by John Henry Murphy Sr., August 13, 1892 Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement warning
jumping on and off the throttle, and generally not keeping a
Washington Publisher Emerita - Frances L. Murphy II law enforcement groups that his death may spark extremist attacks
steady-state speed are also shortcuts to the nearest gas station,”
Chairman of the Board/Publisher - John J. Oliver, Jr. MotorWeek’s John Davis said. in the U.S. and worldwide. Meanwhile, transportation hubs like
Executive Assistant - Takiea Hinton - 410-554-8222 Drivers should also keep their vehicles in shape. Engines Boston’s Logan Airport tightened security for fear of a retaliatory
should be properly tuned, tires should be properly inflated and the attack from al Qaeda and bin Laden supporters.
Receptionist - Wanda Pearson - 410-554-8200
recommended grade of motor oil should be applied. “The death of Osama bin Laden is an important success not
Director of Advertising/Sponsorship Development & Sales According to the DOE, fixing a serious maintenance problem only for the United States, but the entire world. Our efforts to
Susan Gould - 410-554-8289 can improve gas mileage by up to 40 percent, properly inflating a combat terrorism, however, do not fixate on one individual, and we
susangould@afro.com vehicle’s tires can improve mileage by up to 3.3 percent and using remain completely focused on protecting our nation against violent
Advertising Manager - Robert Blount - 410-554-8246 the proper motor oil can improve mileage by up to 2 percent. extremism of all kinds,” said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the
Sr. Advertising Account Executive - Annie Russ - 410-554-8235 Drivers should also plan their trips carefully. Carpooling or Department of Homeland Security, in a statement.
Advertising Account Executive altering work hours to avoid peak rush hours can prevent more
Marquise Goodwin - 410-554-8274 frequent trips to the pump due to gas wasted in rush hour traffic. Comcast Pledges Funds to Benefit Minorites
Director of Finance - Jack Leister - 410-554-8242 Multiple errands should also be combined into a single trip. As Comcast moves forward with its merger with NBC
Universal, the media giant has pledged $20 million towards
Archivist - John Gartrell - 410-554-8265 building minority owned digital businesses.
Proposed Merger of Southern University with White
Director, Community & Public Relations Institution Faces Stiff Opposition In a letter last July to Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Comcast
Diane W. Hocker - 410-554-8243
Debate is heating up in New Orleans, as Louisiana’s governor said it would, at the helm of the merged company, provide
Editorial seeks to merge the city’s sole historically Black state-funded training, internships and mentoring to minority students as well as
Executive Editor - Talibah Chikwendu university with a mostly White, nearby institution in an effort he distribution and funding to business owners. The company is now
E-mail: editor@afro.com said will improve both schools’ educational conditions. in the verge of making good on that promise, company officials
Managing Editor - Kristin Gray - 410-554-8277 According to The Associated Press, Gov. Bobby Jindal, a said recently.
Washington Bureau Chief - Zenitha Prince - 202-332-0080, ext. 119 Republican, is pushing a bill that would merge predominately- Comcast will also provide free video and high-speed internet
E-mail: dceditor@afro.com Black Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) with the service to schools and libraries in underserved and low-income
University of New Orleans. areas, as well as low-cost internet service to 2.5 million low-
Global Markets
Campuses of both higher education facilities, which are income households.
Director - Benjamin M. Phillips IV - 410-554-8220
in close proximity to each other, were severely damaged by “Comcast is committed to providing opportunities for diverse
bphillips@afro.com
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the storm’s aftermath, enrollment businesses to expand and grow,” David Jensen, vice president of
Washington Circulation/Distribution Manager
and graduation rates at both schools plummeted, particularly Content Acquisition for Comcast, said in a statement. “We look
Edgar Brookins - 202-332-0080, ext. 116
Baltimore Circulation/Distribution Manager at Southern University, whose graduation rate has significantly forward to considering a number of fresh and viable programming
Sammy Graham - 410-554-8266 dropped. proposals from Hispanic and African American programmers to
According to 2011 U.S. Department of Education figures, create new channels that will complement the robust lineup of
Production Department - 410-554-8288 programming choices we already offer our customers.”
SUNO’s rate of graduation for students attending over a six-year
period, rose to eight percent from the post-Katrina low of five Leaders of several civil rights organizations praised Comcast’s
Washington Office percent, the lowest in the state and among the lowest for a public initiatives, saying they will provide more diversity on and off the
historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the country. air.
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The six-year graduation rate at the University of New Orleans “This agreement represents a positive step in the right direction
202-332-0080 Fax: 1-877-570-9297
(UNO) is 21 percent. “It makes no sense to have colleges blocks for the principle of diversity, inclusion and economic opportunity,”
General Manager
apart, neither one of them with graduation rates we can accept,” Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League,
Edgar Brookins - ext. 116
Jindal said at a weekly legislative news conference in Baton said in a statement. “We applaud Comcast and NBC Universal for
Office Administrator - Mia Hayes-Hawkins - ext. 112
Rouge, La., according to the AP. its willingness to enter into written commitments toward the goal
Customer Service, Home Delivery and Subscriptions: Meanwhile, more than 200 Southern University supporters of building a first-class communications concern. We thank them
410-554-8234 gathered to protest the proposal, which they believe would cause for their insight and commitment.”
Customer Service@afro.com the school to lose its legacy as an HBCU. “It will be the death of Comcast plans on starting eight new networks that will be
Billing Inquiries: 410-554-8226 SUNO,” student government vice president Ellis Brent Jr. told the independently owned by Hispanic or African Americans. Two
AP. African-American owned networks are expected to launch by Jan.
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