This Week in the News-WOW!!!!

Happy Friday!  This definitely didn’t feel like a 4 day work week.  But I am glad to say that I had an amazing time yesterday! (All work and no play makes Elle a dull girl!)  I was able to hang out with my fellow Rattlers at The Park last night (and ya’ll know I don’t like that place), and then I had a great dinner. 🙂  (If you follow me on Twitter or are a fan on Facebook, you know where I was!)  Now that the fun has been had, let’s get down to business!

First, I must say that I am VERY happy for the White family.  If you don’t know, Carlina White was abducted from Harlem Hospital at just 19 days old.  Her parents had taken her to the hospital due to a fever.  Believing she was giving her baby to a nurse, Joy White, Carlina’s mother, handed the infant over so she could be checked out.   23 years later, mother and father are reunited with their daughter.   Kudos go to Carlina, who discovered that she may be this missing infant.  Technology is an amazing thing!  Now, police and authorities are hunting down Ann Pettway, the woman who raised Carlina as Nejdra Nance.   Ann’s probably somewhere in Mexico by now!!!  But I hope they do find her and figure out what happened in the hospital. 

So, I’m not really sure how I feel about the home state’s new governor.  Nikki Haley, newly-elected governor for the state of South Carolina, gave her first “State of the State” address on Wednesday evening.  One thing I’m happy about is that the Department for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services was moved from a leased space to a government owned facility that was previously empty.  Kudos to Gov. Haley’s administration for making that move and saving the state of South Carolina $700,000 over the next 4 years.  (Mayor Gray and DC could learn a thing or two from this.)  I do have a problem with state funding being cut to the Arts Commission, as an artist and musician myself and having a cousin who is a music teacher in South Carolina.   She’s also proposing that Medicaid HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental health patients receive generic prescription drugs.  Not really sure how I feel about this since I’m not a doctor or a pharmacist (so if you are, be sure to comment!).  Of course she’s not jumping to accept federal dollars (not sure if I can blame her on that), but she wants to cut education funding and create a new department, the Department of Administration.   I say all this to say, the jury is still out on this one.  But please believe I’ll be keeping an eye on this.  (To read the transcript of the address, go here.)

If you like a good deal, I’m sure you get your daily WTD deal or Groupon e-mails.  Well, since Google is trying to monopolize everything (oops, did I say that???), they are creating a Groupon competitor.  So keep your eyes opened to be see what great deals you can get.  But this can only be good for the consumer, right???

Ok, that’s all I’ve got for you today.  Oh, the divisional playoffs; I’m going with the Steelers and Packers.  Yes, I know I should probably go with my honey, but I have to be realistic here.   What are your thoughts on these and other happenings?  And what news was significant this week that I didn’t share?   Enjoy your weekend, and God willing I’ll be back with you on Monday!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

This Week in the News

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Happy Friday!  I am so ready for this long weekend!  Yes, we are all excited but we also need to find a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  If you’re in the DMV you should definitely attend Benvole, Inc’s fundraiser tomorrow.  Today is the last day to purchase tickets (go here), so get yours NOW!!!  And of course yours truly will be there.  Also, make sure you give your time on Monday.  There are multiple things going on in DC and I’m sure in your city, so do your research and find a way to give back!

Now…that’s out of the way, let’s get into this week’s news!

First, I’m really sad about Ted Williams’ relapse.  It’s very unfortunate, especially since he was headed in the right direction.  But when we get too much too fast, if we’re not equipped to handle it correctly, bad things happen.   I’m glad he’s going back to rehab and will get the help he needs. 

In regards to this new horoscope, I’m glad we in the U.S. don’t follow the “tropical zodiac”.  I would not want to be a Pisces…

Can I just say that I’m not surprised color is still an issue in the African-American community?  I mean, if racism is still an issue in America, then black people should not be surprised our hues are still up for discussion.  And I don’t know how people I still hear talk about how the 80’s were when light skinned men (a la Al B. Sure, Phillip Michael Thomas, and Christopher Williams) were in and about 2 decades later (or a little less) saw the emergence of chocolate coated brothers like Wesley Snipes, Taye Diggs, and Blair Underwood.  I’ve personally never heard of a light skin vs. dark skin party but maybe you have.  This is just another way for us to divide ourselves.  

Are we really surprised that Cam Newton is entering the NFL draft??? I think not.

Speaking of NFL, I will be watching the divisional rounds this weekend.  See below for my picks:
Pittsburgh over Baltimore

New England over New York

Atlanta over Green Bay (I’m still struggling with this)

Chicago over Seattle

We’ll see how my choices pan out, especially since I was totally wrong last week (wasn’t everyone?); I only got 53 points in Fantasy Football! 😦

OK, I think I’m done. I refuse to talk about Kim Kardashian (though I love her) and her new beau, her sister Khloe’s pregnancy rumors and her and Lamar’s new show, or Sarah Palin.  I will say I’m glad that the breathing tube may be removed from Representative Gifford today, which is a blessing.   What’s going in your worlds?  What are your plans for the weekend; how do you plan on giving back?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!