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Alston re-elected as state NAACP president
GREENSBORO - Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston has won a
fourth lemi as president of the N.C. Conference of NAACP Branches. Alston was
elected w ith two-thirds of the votes last weekend at the annual convention of the state
NAACP in Research Triangle Park. His term will last two years.
Carolyn Coleman will replace Valerie Woodard of Charlotte as first vice presi
dent. Woodard challenged Alston for the presidency of the organization, but lost.
"You shoot at the king and miss, then you don't get to be a part of his court any
more," Alston said.
Alston said he hopes to help increase the organization's membership, hold elect
ed officials across the state accountable to black communities and help get more
blacks involved in statewide politics.
"He is the voice of the NAACP and a leader in civil rights activities," said Jim
Wiggins, the conference executive director rhe conference has 109 branches in the
state. Coleman, as the first of four vic? presidents, will coordinate the conference's
Greensboro district and will act K president in Alston's absence.
Madikizela-Mandela arrested on fraud, theft charges
PRETORIA, South \frica - Winnie Miiiikizela-Mandela, the controversial ex-wife of former Presi
dent Nelson Mandela, was arrested last Thursday and charged with 85 counts of fraud and theft involving
nearly 1 million rand ($1 K).(X)O).
A magistrate set bail for Madikizela-Mandela at 5.000 rands; fSi5S5i and u*hpd
uled a Nov. 20 hearing on the charges stemming from an alleged scam to obtain bank
loans for nonexistent employees of the African National Congress Women's League.
Madikizela-Mandela, who is president of the league and a member of Parliament,
is charged with 60 counts of fraud involving 932.450 rands ($103.6051 and 25 counts
of theft involving 9.360 rands ($ 1,040) that was supposed to have been deposited in
a funeral insurance plan.
Addy Moolman. a broker also charged in the case, surrendered lo police in June
and is in custody awaiting a Nov. 20 hearing.
Authorities said Madikizela-Mandela and Moolman. whom they described as her
financial adviser, negotiated a deal with Saambou Bank last year to secure loans for
women's league employees.
Sixty people falsely claiming to be women's league employees then obtained
loans from the bank, authorities said. Those DeoDle all carried letters on women's
league stationery confirming their employment, and most of those letters were signed by Madikizela-Man
dela, authorities said.
Trial for Jamil Al-Amin delayed until January
ATLANTA - The murder trial for the man once known as H. Rap Brown, the fiery 1960s Black Power
era leader, has been rescheduled for January 2002.
Jamil Al-Amin. 57. now an Atlanta-based Muslim cleric, is in a Fulton County, Ga? jail awaiting trial for
the killing of Ricky Kinchen, a black county deputy. The trial was originally scheduled for September, but
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Stephanie B. Manis said she postponed it to make sure he receives as
fair a trial as possible.
The postponement is seen as a way to allow anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments, which have signifi
cantly risen since the Sept. 11 attacks on America, to subside.
Al-Amin is charged with killing Kinchen and wounding his partner. Aldranon English, after the officers
tried to serve Al-Amin a warrant in March of last year for failing to appear in court. English is also black.
In the 1960s. Brown waTchairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee after that group
adopted black nationalism. He called for blacks to wage an open rebellion against white supremacy.
Regents wary of making changes to admissions process
SAN FRANCISCO - University of California regents reacted warily to a facul
ty recommendation that admissions decisions should look at students' life experiences
as well as their academic record.
Several regents, who discussed the proposal at their meeting last week, said they
were worried that taking the broader view of applicants, known as comprehensive
review, could blunt the school's academic edge.
"1 accept the fact that we want well-rounded students, but we're not the Rotary
Club." said Regent Ward Connerly. "We're trying to select scholars."
The proposal is now before the UC Academic Senate and if approved would come
back to the regents for a vote in November.
The change in admissions policy stems from the board's May vote to repeal its
1995 ban - written by Connerly - on considering race and gender in admissions That
vote didn't restore the old affirmative action programs because of state law passed in
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After race-blind admissions took effect in 1998, enrollment of blacks and Hispanics dropped sharply. The
numbers have since rebounded to affirmative action levels systemwide, but not at flagship Berkeley. Some
have criticized comprehensive review as a back-door attempt to reintroduce race-based admissions.
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