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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, September 28, 2006, Image 1

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WOVEN ART Mint Museum of Croft + Design exhibit shows function and torm of baskets A8,E/1D Navajo-style bowls and trays wiii be on dispiay. The best J high schooi footbali games, piayers step up this week o Teen racer on fast track to NASCAR promotion Marc Davis won six races at Hickoiy Volume 32 No. 2 Cliarl $1.00 The Voice of the Black Community 28216 513 PI Jaaes 8. Duke Library 100 Beatties Ford fid Charlotte KC 28216-5302 Crash course for struggling high schools Reconstitution mandate means major changes for Garinger, West Charlotte, West Mecklenburg, Waddell By Erica Singleton FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST More than student achieve ment will be at stake for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ undeiperformii^ high schools. Jobs will be on the hne, too. Ill response to public and legal pressure to boost undeiperform- ing schools, Supeirintendent • Farrakhan hands over control of NOI Administrators take on most of leader’s duties Bv George E. Curry NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIAVON WASHINGTON - likening his predicament to that of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Minister Louis Farrakhan says he is facing some serious health challenges, causing him to turn over administration of the Nation of I Islam to its Farrakhan executive board and can cel all appointments and per sonal appearances imtil fur ther notice. Fan*akhan said his illness is related to the heavy dosage of radiation he received as a result of having prostate can cer in the late 1990s- He imderwent surgery in November 2000 at Howard University and on a recent visit there was found to have an infection and inflamma tion. “I have been suffering from the after-effects of an extremely high dose of radiat ed seed implantation that indeed killed the cancer cells that had broken the prostate capsule, but over time, these seeds have done severe inter nal damage,” he explained. Farrakhan said his illness represents “a period of test ing” for his organization. “In this period of testing, you can prove to the world See FARRAKHAN/3A Peter Goiman unveiled part of his reform initiatives this week. On Thesday, Gorman outlined plans to reconstitute four high schools. Three - West Charlotte, West Mecklenburg, and Garinger - are part of the High School Challenge grant, and E.E Waddell was added due to low composite scores on last year’s End of Course tests. The school board voted 8-1 to approve Gorman’s proposal to use $4.9 million to improve achievement in the sdiools. The plan still has to go to Mecklenburg Comity commis sioners for approval. “These schools are stUl not suc cessfully teachit^ more than half their kids,” said Gorman. ‘We know that, we are concerned about it.” On September 12, the school boai-d held a public hearir^ in which they did a first reading of thdr “reform governance policy” - three new policies and one revised policy and one revised bylaw that will “drive action in the district.” “There comes a point where policy needs to become action, where the rubber meets the road,” Gorman said. “And for our reform initiatives that was last evening.” Schools are evaluated on how effectively they are teaching Please see HIGH/2A PHOTO/CURTIS WILSON WBAV Radio news director Beatrice Thompson was the first black woman to anchor a Charlotte TV newscast, in 1979. Thompson says she’s encountered racism and sexism during her career. ASCENT OF A WOMAN Trailblazers beat odds to succeed Breaking glass ceiling requires fortitude and longevity By Erica Singleton FOR THE CHARLOTTE FOST Part of a series on issues facing African American women. Beatrice Thompson did not set out to be the first black female to anchor the news in Charlotte. Actually, when she was younger, she wanted to be an aioheologist. ‘T was fascinated by documen taries...and I liked antiquities. My cousins hated to play with me, because they didn’t know what I was talking about,” remi nisced Thompson. Women historically have always been second when it came to achievement in business and society StUl, many black women have led, in spite of the odds; firom the first black million aire being Madame C.J. Walker, to her contemporary counterpart and media queen Oprah "Wnfirey In Charlotte, they have made their mark, despite opposition and sometimes confrontation. As a teeen^er, Thompson saw first hand the effects of urban renewal on black neighborhoods, which in led her into journalism. “No one explained what was going on,” said Thompson. “There was no redevelopment; just get up and get out. It made me angry I watched white real tors use black families as block- ' busters...startup white fli^t. These kinds of elements went into my decision.” Please see WOMEN/6A Caucus pushes for vendor inclusion N.C. House bill would lower participation of blacks, activists allege By Cynthia Dean THE TRIANGLE TRIBUNE RALEIGH - Economic development and inclusion have emerged as major priority issues with the Noiih Carolina Black Leadership Caucus. Heated debates over House Bill 1827, which trimmed state goals for minority par ticipation in government construction pro jects, set the tone for the caucus’ Sept. 16 meeting. For the past two years, the organization had joined black confractors in an effort to' defeat the bUl, but it finally passed on the last day of the General Assembly Efforts to gain a veto fiom Gov Mike Easley failed. “HB 1827 addressed minority- andwomen- owned business participation in construction contracts with the state Department of Transportation. The governor’s executive order cited a statute which deals with goods Please see CAUCUS/7A Charlotte medicine gets dose of African doctors PHOTO/CUFtTIS WILSON Drs. Andrew Ighade (left) and Frances Obeng are two of a growing number of African-bred doctors practicing in Charlotte. By Erica Singleton FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST When you walk into Mid- Carolina Pediatrics, you are greeted by a waiting room deco rated with characters from the movie “Finding Nemo,” and the cheerful soi^ and conversation of children’s programming fill.R the air. Next door at Alfa Medical Clinic, the d6cor is simplistic: leather chairs, tables with mag azines, and a single television turned to 24 hour news. The two offices couldn’t more different, but they are beside each other is due to what they do have in com mon. Dr. Andrew Ighade of Mid- Carolina Pediatrics and Dr. Please see DOSE/3A thebox NEWS, NOTES & TRENDS Filmmaker honored for body of work By Herbert L. White he/ti.'Ariife^lhechorloffeposf.com Filmmaker Steve Crump will have his moment in the sim Friday The Light Factory and Reel Soul Cinema will salute him with “A Filmmaker’s Odyssey: Tribute to Steve Crump at 7 p.m. at The Light Factory's Duke Power Theater. Crump, a reporter at WBTV (channel 3), has produced 18 documen taries, most hi^ilight- ing subjects based in the South. His first film, “South Africa New Carolina Partners” started a string of groundbreaking documentaries that garnered national awards. Crump’s filmography includes documentaries 3 CRUMP/3A Crump Music legend Nancy Wilson makes rare appearance to champion education/2D Life IB Religion 4B Sports 1C Business 6C A&E1D Classified 3D Please Recycle INSIDE To subscribe, call (704) 376-0496 or FAX (704) 342-2160,© 2006 The Chariotte Post Publishing Co. TOO I"UUUU I i

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