Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

THANKS TO MY GIRL, Pam Licavoli, for hipping me to this information: Got 99 problems but an education shouldn’t be one. Read about how the Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship is reaching out to our youth to encourage continued education, and while you’re at it, “SPREAD THE GOOD WORD”!!!

Learn About and Get Enrolled: Affordable Health Care Act


AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT: Enrollment in public or private health coverage programs is MANDATORY! Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. Need more information? Not sure what that means for you?? Need help with enrollment? Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Executive Director of Each One – Teach One Alliance for Academic Access, Achievement and Success in partnership with SPMG Media will be hosting a series of Community Awareness Dialogues  – Register at SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR FRIENDS!

Aiming Autism Ads at Hispanic and African-American Parents

AUTISM Speaks, the autism and science advocacy organization, this week is introducing a new public service advertising campaign aimed at Hispanic and African-American parents.

An ad in the campaign showing parents observing a child with the early warning signs of autism, a developmental disorder.

The campaign, developed with the Advertising Council, which has worked with Autism Speaks since 2005, was created by the New York office of BBDO and LatinWorks of Austin, Tex., both part of the Omnicom Group. The campaign describes early signs of autism in detail and encourages parents to take immediate action if their child does not meet standard developmental milestones.

The new campaign is geared specifically at Hispanic and African-American parents because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the current age of diagnosis among these groups, as well as among low-income families, is higher than that of the general public. According to the C.D.C., although the average age now of diagnosis in the United States is 4 to 5 years, a reliable diagnosis can be made as early as 18 to 24 months. And if the disorder is treated from the ages of 3 to 5, from 20 percent to 50 percent of children with autism will be able to attend mainstream kindergarten, according to studies by The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the United States. According to a study released last year by the C.D.C., in 2008, one in 88 children was diagnosed with autism by a doctor or other medical professional, a 78 percent increase over 2002. For boys, the ratio was one in 54.

Dr. Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer of Autism Speaks, said the increase in autism diagnoses was partly because of a broadening of the definition of the disorder. She also said environmental risk factors probably affected the increase.

Autism Speaks, founded in 2005 by Bob Wright, former chairman of NBCUniversal, and his wife, Suzanne, whose grandson has autism, took a different tack than before with the new Ad Council campaign. Messages of previous campaigns, also created by BBDO, focused on the numerical odds of children being found to have autism, some with celebrities whose children have autism.

Peggy Conlon, president and chief executive of the Ad Council, said previous advertising had effectively increased awareness among the general public about the early signs of autism and encouraged parents to speak to their doctors about their children. The new campaign features “realistic situations parents will identify with. I believe they will help more minority parents speak to their doctors if they see the signs and get their children the intervention they need,” she said. So far, autism ads have run in donated time and space worth more than $350 million.

Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks, also said there were “cultural barriers to diagnosis and cultural barriers to access to care among minority communities. We wanted to break down these barriers.”

New print and outdoor advertising features photos that zoom in on the eyes and mouth of infants. One ad says, “You think something may be wrong. The answer is not staring you in the face. Avoiding eye contact is one early sign of autism. Learn the others today at Early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference.”

Another ad, featuring the closed eye and eyelashes of an infant, asks, “How can a 12-month-old keep you up at night without ever making a sound? No babbling is one early sign of autism,” while a third ad, showing an infant’s mouth, says, “It’s been nearly six months without any big smiles. For either of you. No big, joyful smiles is one early sign of autism.”

TV ads, made in 15- and 30-second versions, show parents and infants. In all cases, the parents offer a variety of excuses for the child’s behavior, like “maybe he’s not a smiler” or “maybe he needs more stimulation.” All spots end with the voice-over saying, “Maybe is all you need to find out more about autism.”

Besides advertising, Autism Speaks will also work with clergy, local community groups, volunteer clinicians and federal and state partners to spread the message to African-American and Hispanic parents. The group also will use text-messaging to encourage parents to learn the signs of autism.

All advertising and texting initiatives have been created in both English and Spanish. LatinWorks advised BBDO on the campaign.

Kirsten Flanik, managing director of BBDO New York, said the new advertising was intended to “reflect the emotions the parents are feeling in an honest way, while still being able to educate them on the signs.”

The advertising also “takes the shame or guilt out of the equation. Parents’ excuses are transformed into an achievable, empowering message of hope,” said Sergio Alcocer, president and chief creative officer of LatinWorks.

Thomas H. Hayden, a lecturer on integrated marketing communications at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, said the campaign’s message was “quite clear and very focused,” since it “presents very specific things that parents of infants and toddlers may be concerned with.”

Autism Speaks’ integration of “the media campaign with community-based resources, combined with increasing access to screening, is state-of-the-art,” said Kasisomayajula Viswanath, an associate professor of health communication at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also predicted it would most likely “be effective in not just promoting awareness, but also facilitating action.”

Dr. Patricia Manning-Courtney, director of the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said the advertising was the first she had seen “with information presented in such a direct manner. It hits home a lot harder for parents who may have these questions in their mind.” Autism Speaks helps finance the center’s research.

She expressed concern, however, about the medical system’s ability to handle additional queries about autism by parents, sin ce she said it was already “over-demanded and undersupplied.”

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Margit Arrobio’s Powerball Numbers Are A Disappointing Close Call


The winning ticket of Saturday’s $590 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Zephyrhills, Fla. But for a few fleeting minutes last week, a California woman thought she had won it all.

Margit Arrobio purchased 5 tickets at a local Shell gas station in Pasadena Wednesday evening, when the jackpot was just $360 million, reports ABC7 Los Angeles. The next morning, she found out that the Powerball drawing matched all six numbers on one of her cards, but was puzzled to hear the news that no one had bought the winning ticket.

“I called my gas station where I bought the ticket and I said, ‘I don’t get it. I have every number and yet they say there’s no winner,'” Arrobio said to ABC7. The gas station attendant realized that Arrobio bought her ticket an hour after Wednesday’s drawing had already been announced, which meant her numbers were in play for the next drawing.

California wasn’t completely left out of the Powerball jackpot; two winning tickets worth $2.3 million each were purchased in Taft and San Jose, notes the Los Angeles Times.

Like Arrobio, lottery winners all over the world have their own “close call” stories to share. Lottery discussion forums are full of stories like this 2008 post from a player who was only off by three digits on a Fantasy 5 jackpot.

But by far the most heart-stopping stories have to do with actual lottery winners who almost missed out on their pay day. A California woman almost forfeited $23 million last November because she never bothered to check her lottery tickets after the drawing. She came forward with just 25 days left to claim her prize.

In 2010, a couple from Indiana almost missed out on $2.5 million after sitting on a winning lottery ticket for 6 months. They came forward a week after officials said the prize wouldn’t be awarded.

The Oklahoma Tornado: How to Talk to Children About Tragedy and Disaster


On Monday, May 20th, an Oklahoma tornado crashed through suburbs, leveling entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow to an elementary school. How much more heartbreaking does it get?

In the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy if you’re wondering how to talk to children about tragedy and natural disasters, you’re not alone. It’s totally normal to be bamboozled by such catastrophe. The key, however, is including children in the dialogue.

Many of you already know how important it is to me that adults talk with children and keep lines of communication open. Silence is NOT golden especially when television and other media are depicting graphic scenes of devastation. Children are being exposed to stories and photos of dislocated families, destroyed homes and a rising death toll. UGH. We MUST talk with children about natural disasters.

The thing of it is: when children are left alone with information, they have the capacity to imagine far worse than reality (even when reality is awful!). For example, young children often confuse facts with fantasy and may not realize that the same images are shown over and over again on television. Rather they may think that the disasters are happening over and over again. Yup. How awful is that? READ MORE

Senate Immigration Bill Passes Out Of Judiciary Committee


WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan “gang of eight” immigration bill on Tuesday in a 13 to 5 vote after a marathon final day of markup that stretched into the evening.

All Democrats on the committee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and gang of eight Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), voted in favor of the bill, which will now go to the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who voted against the bill out of committee, said he would support allowing it to move forward for debate — rather than joining a filibuster — once on the Senate floor. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who was also a “no” vote, said if it had been between his vote and moving the bill to the Senate floor, he would have voted in favor.

The crowd in the room erupted into applause when the final vote tally was read, rising to their feet and chanting “Yes we can!” then “Si se puede!”

Democrats seemed equally pleased to vote the bill out of committee.

“The dysfunction in our current immigration system affects all of us and it is long past time for reform,” Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said before the bill’s passage. “I hope that our history, our values, and our decency can inspire us finally to take action. We need an immigration system that lives up to American values and helps write the next great chapter in American history by reinvigorating our economy and enriching our communities.”

Of 300 amendments offered to the gang of eight immigration bill, the committee debated more than 200. READ MORE

Carson High School Alumni to Host 50 Year Reunion


The Golden Year ~ Fifty Years of Colt Love”
THE BIG FIVE O! CHS 1963- 2013 CHS,22328 Main St  Carson, CA 90745
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… CHS has scheduled 10/4/13 Home Game vs Jefferson
Let’s show some spirit and give CHS the COLT PRIDE  we had when they first opened up in 1963 and all the hoopla in the following decades.

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