Cain, Now Running as Outsider, Came to Washington as Lobbyist – Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate with the sharp wit and easy-to-remember tax plan, is a cancer survivor, radio host and former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza. On the campaign trail, he talks up his business experience, casting himself as a “problem solver” and Washington outsider. (Read more)

Note: As they say it gets gooder and gooder all the time.

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Barbecued Wings, Pork Chop, Sausage, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers/Ordered New Camera

I fired the grill up and put the food on around 10:30 am and the food was done around 12:45 PM. I seasoned the food like I like it and my son said it was some kind of good. The last time I was in a hurry and trying not to put too much season in it for my dad but this time I think he will like it as well.

I also ordered me a new camcorder and paid extra to have it shipped to me by Tuesday. Homecoming will be held during my son’s football game on Thursday so I want to make sure I get it by then. I have a School Board Redistricting meeting on tomorrow night and I hope my camera that is giving me problems will hold out. I have a PTO meeting at my son’s school on Tuesday so maybe the camera will be here before I go to this meeting.

Full of food and pocketbook broke but it is all good. Got to have camera because have a couple of more football games and basketball season will begin soon. Regular School Board meeting coming up in about 3 weeks. Son will be in my cousins wedding in about 2 weeks so I want to be camera ready.

God is good because I have spent a couple of hundred dollars repairing my daughter’s car over the past 2 weeks and had to make some repairs pertaining to my pump (well water) because was without water for a couple of days.

The past couple of weeks have been my season but in spite of it all I still got joy. Trouble don’t last always.

Race and beyond: Black against Black in the next presidential contest – Source: New York Amsterdam News

Could it really happen? Could the 2012 presidential ballot feature a top-line, smack-down, pizza-making executive Herman Cain as the Republican Party challenger against President Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent?

As I write this, Cain is the statistical leader in a crowded field of Republican candidates. If the election were held today-daring to believe an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released last week-Cain would be his party’s nominee. The poll, conducted by the usually reliable and bipartisan polling tandem of Democratic Peter D. Hart and Republican Bill McInturff, revealed Cain as the front-running choice of 27 percent of likely Republican voters, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 23 percent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 16 percent. (Read more)

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Resources and Opportunities for African-Americans

1. Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very poor. Please pass along this opportunity to your friends, families. This is a great school and a tremendous opportunity to attend a top graduate school. See the details below, the contact person is: Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing, Rm. 3139 Worrell Professional Center, Babcock Graduate School of Management – Wake Forest University_ WINSTON_SALEM N.C 27109-8738 email: or visit phone# toll free (866) 925-3622

2. Black Male Teachers needed. Do you know any Black Males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for FREE? The CALL ME MISTER program offered by 4 historical black colleges in South Carolina, Benedict College, Chaflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University – visit the details online application or call 1.800.640.2657

3. Harvard University is offering free tuition to families of HONOR STUDENTS and their income is less than $125,000 per year. Visit www.fao.fas.harvard.edc or call 617.495.1581.

4. Syracuse University School of Architecture is desperately seeking young women and men of color interested in pursuing a 5 yr. professional degree in Architecture. Contact: Mark Robbins, Dean School of Architecture, 201 Slocum Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-1250 (315) 443-256

5. A free pair of eyeglasses from Target for any child ages 12 and under brings a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor. You can find stores with optical departments at

6. APPLY NOW – If you have/know young adults between the ages of 18-31 with a High School Diploma. Can earn up to $100,000 and earn benefits. The Federal Aviation Association is taking application for Air Traffic Controller School visit the website

District 3 Runoff & Municipal Elections for TEN of the 12 Wake County cities!

District 3 School Board Runoff Election…
the Countdown Begins

17 days until Tuesday, November 8th!


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Dear Ron,

Despite a call from families across Wake County to slow down approval of a new student assignment plan, the Board approved this concept brief, by a vote of 6-2. The approved resolution indicated that the plan will remain in effect for a minimum of three years–much to the surprise of members of the community present at last Tuesday’s Board meeting.
latest proposal was presented at the Work Session that proceeded the Board meeting.
A list of school choices will be available on Monday, October 24th at the
WCPSS assignment Web site. The list of approved feeder patterns are also available online.

There was absolutely no need to rush this plan. Several times during public comment, community members asked what the hurry was. Like so many other questions, this one remains unanswered.


Early Voting Begins

Early voting has begun at the Wake County Board of Elections, 337 S. Salisbury Street, and continues through Saturday, November 5th. A second Garner location will be open November 1st – 5th.

Click here for more information.

Not registered to vote? You can register and vote at the same time during the early voting period.
Note: You cannot register and vote on Election Day-ONLY during early voting.

Absentee Ballots: Deadline Tuesday, November 1st

You can also request an absentee ballot to vote in this race. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1st.

Click here for more information.

District 3 School Board Runoff Election on Tuesday, November 8th

If you missed the District 3 Candidate Forum,

click here to watch the replay.

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Early College Recognized by State Superintendent


Lauren H. Edmondson
Communications Specialist
(252) 641-2654

Early College Recognized by State Superintendent

For immediate release on Friday, October 14, 2011

State Superintendent June Atkinson was joined by Lt. Governor Walter Dalton and State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison in recognizing Edgecombe Early College High School and 31 other high schools for having the highest four- year cohort graduation rates in the state in the 2010-11 school year at a ceremony in Raleigh on Oct. 11.

Early College Principal Sherita Cobb and Dr. Del Burns, interim superintendent at ECPS traveled to the Sheraton Imperial Hotel where Dr. Atkinson presented Cobb with a plaque recognizing the Early College for their 100% graduation rate, a fete only accomplished by 22 other high schools in the state.

"A high school diploma is essential to success in life for today’s public school students. Graduating all of our students career and college ready has been a priority for me since I took the oath of office," Atkinson said. "I congratulate the principals, teachers and staff at these schools for ensuring that students stay on track for graduation and look forward to the day when all our high schools can boast a 100 percent graduation rate."

State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison also congratulated staff on their students’ accomplishments saying, "The State Board of Education is committed to ensuring that students receive a rigorous and relevant education that will prepare them for success after high school. Students should have options when they graduate and a high school diploma is the ticket to making that happen."

School districts and schools were recognized in four categories, described below. In each case, the rates referenced are for the four-year cohort graduation rates. This rate refers to the percentage of students who graduate from high school in four years or less. The rates are for the students who were identified as being in the graduating class of 2011.

North Carolina’s statewide four-year cohort graduation rate for 2010-11 is 77.9 percent, which is up 3.7 percentage points from 2009-10. This rate has improved every year since 2006 when North Carolina reported its first measurement of a cohort graduation rate.


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