Could we have saved her? – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — In the spring of 2010, Aimee Lynn Pitt worked for The Daily Southerner. I saw her briefly every Monday through Friday morning as I walked through the building. She had a great attitude, a strong work ethic and an infectious smile. She worked hard, but never complained. She was a model employee and a nice young lady. (Read more)

Butterfield and Jones Request OLF Termination

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina

For Release:  Immediate

Date:  January 28, 2011

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101

Butterfield and Jones Request OLF Termination

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen G. K. Butterfield and Walter B. Jones have asked the Navy to terminate the U.S. Navy’s efforts to build an outlying landing field in North Carolina.

“At this point the people of Gates and Camden counties have made it clear that and outlying landing field is not a good match for their communities,” Butterfield said. “It’s time the Navy end the waiting game and shut this project down.”

Butterfield and Jones made a written request after the Navy announced it was suspending its work and planning on the project until at least 2014.  The Navy said Thursday that it would delay further action on the outlying landing field (OLF) under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process until it initiated its study on potential east coast basing of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).  A Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the OLF had been expected in August 2009, but has yet to be released.

Butterfield and Jones sent the letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus requesting immediate termination of the OLF project.

In the letter, Butterfield and Jones cited the lack of clear operational necessity, respect for local communities and fiscal concerns as reasons to terminate the project. 

In the original Notice of Intent (NOI) filed by the Navy in 2008, the Navy stated that the OLF  support Field Carrier Landing Practice for fixed-wing aircraft at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The airfield would be used for touchdown and takeoff of planes to simulate landing on an aircraft carrier.

The NOI listed five potential sites for the 8,000 foot runway, including two in North Carolina: Sandbanks site in Gates County and Hale’s Lake site in Camden County.  These sites are represented by Butterfield and Jones, respectively. 

From the onset of the project, the local communities have expressed tremendous concern over potential adverse impacts of project on the environment, economy and quality of life. According to the Navy, no aircraft would be permanently based at the airfield and operations at the OLF would create very few jobs.

Given the delay and lack of community support, Butterfield said that he hopes that the Navy will seriously consider eliminating eastern North Carolina as a possibility. 

Wayne superintendent’s $1M retirement package creates storm – Source: IndyStar

In 2007, the Wayne Township School Board and then-Superintendent Terry Thompson agreed to a renegotiated contract that provided a generous retirement package for whenever Thompson decided to step down.

But it wasn’t until this month that board members realized just how lucrative that deal was, to the tune of more than $1 million. (Read more)

Court Allows Emanuel on Ballot for Chicago Mayor – Source: The New York Times

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel’s bid to become mayor of this city may proceed, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, ending a week that had turned this city’s politics upside down, then back again.

The unanimous decision brought a close to months of legal debate over whether Mr. Emanuel qualified for the ballot, specifically whether his time in Washington as President Obama’s chief of staff meant that he had given up his residency status in Chicago, where he was born. (Read more)

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January 27, 2011

Toni Beckham
PR, et Cetera, Inc.
209-832-8020 / 408-499-3664c

Stalfana Bello, M.P.A
PMF Executive Director


Pre-med Students, College Students, and High School Seniors Invited to Take Part

According to an article published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, African Americans comprise 13% of America’s population but only 4% of U.S. physicians. The publication’s study concluded that financial constraints, insufficient exposure to medicine as a career, little encouragement at home and in schools, lack of role models, and negative peer pressure may contribute to racial disparities in the physician workforce for African Americans. Exposure at a young age to role models and to medicine as a profession might increase the number of African American physicians. Oakland, CA-based Physicians Medical Forum addresses these issues as it recruits African American physicians to practice in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area ( — The Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) vies to increase the number of African American physicians, residents and medical students in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties, while helping to eliminate health disparities and improving the quality of life and medical care for Bay Area patients. To that end, on February 12th, the non-profit organization will host its "Doctors on Board Program," a day-long, information-filled series of seminars, workshops and case study lectures to encourage recruitment and retention of African American physicians. Several of the Bay Area’s most prominent medical professionals will provide students with an innovative and exciting opportunity to explore varied facets of medicine and provide information about medical school preparation, medical specialties, and life as a physician. PMF’s "Doctors on Board Program" is funded in large part by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Wells Fargo. Student Application deadline is Feb. 3, 2011.

WHO: Physicians Medical Forum (PMF)
WHAT: "Doctors on Board Program" (Physician Recruitment Conference)
WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2011 | 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration/breakfast (7-8 a.m.) | networking social (5-7 p.m.)
WHERE: Oakland Marriott City Center | 10th and Broadway

"I am excited that Physicians’ Medical Forum is addressing the need for more physicians of color to practice in Bay Area inner-city communities," said PMF Board President Dr. Kathryn E. Malone. "We certainly expect our "Doctors on Board Program" will succeed in convincing young students to consider becoming doctors, and medical students and residents to come to or remain in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area."

Keynote, presenting, and moderating participants will include: Kathryn E. Malone, M.D., PMF Board President and Sutter East Bay Foundation; Chuck Prosper, C.O.O., Alta Bates Summit Medical Center; Willie Natt, Senior Vice- President & Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo; Renee Chapman Navarro, PharmD., M.D., Vice-provost, UCSF Diversity and Outreach; Glenda F. Newell, M.D., Newell & Spriggs Consulting, LLC.; Warren J. Strudwick, M.D., M.B.A., Bay Area Orthopaedic Sports & Spine and Oakland Raiders team physician; Albert L. Brooks, M.D., Washington Hospital; Michelle Shute, M.D., F.A.C.P, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation; Sandra Weatherby, M.D., Kaiser Permanente; and numerous other prominent medical professionals, faculty, residents, medical students, administrators, and business professionals – all with whom students will network during pre- and post-program activities.

PMF Executive Director Stalfana Bello said, "PMF understands that an active, viable, diverse and thriving medical community is key to retaining physicians. The "Doctors On Board Program" is vital in the effort to encourage students to pursue careers in medicine, which is imperative to maintaining healthy inner-city communities."

The "Doctors on Board Program" is supported by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, and the Safeway Foundation.

The Physicians Medical Forum is an Oakland, CA-based non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation supported by a grant from Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. The organization strives to partner with medical schools and universities to develop and maintain sustainability initiatives, programs, events, mentoring, and organizational support that serves to encourage residents and medical students to pursue their careers in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. PMF endeavors to provide information on policy, research, legislation and knowledgeable speakers on myriad of healthcare initiatives, programs, and related topics.

The Physicians Medical Forum mission is to recruit and retain African American Physicians to eliminate health disparities; improve access to care; and maintain diversity within the profession, thereby improving the quality of life for people of color in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. PMF programs and initiatives include: Physicians Database Directory, Physicians Retention and Recruitment Studies, Continuing Medical Education & Training, Physician Professional and Economic Development, and community outreach programs for medical students and residents.

PMF has also received grants from California Healthcare Foundation and SGC Financial and Insurance Services.

2201 Broadway, Suite 212 | Oakland, CA 94612
510.562-5560 p | 510.874-7701 f |

"The ultimate reason to become a medical doctor is to help people. PMF is in this business."

The following "Doctors on Board Program" producers and participants are immediately available for pre-event interviews: Stalfana Bello, M.P.A, PMF Executive Director; Kathryn E. Malone, M.D., PMF Board President; Willie Natt, Wells Fargo Sr. Vice President & Regional Sales Manager; and Uchenna Okoye, UCSF Medical Student & PMF Program Assistant. Others may be available upon request.

CONTACT: Toni Beckham | 209-832-8020 / 408-499-3664c |