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Volume 31 No. 35
The Voice of the Black Community
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Determination by the gallon
Rising fuel prices no deterrent for long-time fans of Memorial week bike rally
Bernard Stewart of Rock Hill will skip Atlantic
Beach’s bike rally so his daughter, who's graduating
high school, can go.
wave of
By Lisa Soderlindh
quarter-century into the
HIV/AIDS pandemic,
researchers fear that a lack of
preparedness for large-scale
social charts, driven by fac
tors like armed conflict, and
climate change, could lead to
explosive new outbreaks
affecting millions of people.
Since cases of a severe
pneumonia affecting gay men
were described for the first
time in a U.S. public health
report in Jime 1981, more
than 65 million people have
become infected with HIV
and 25 million have died,
according to the Joint United
Nations Program on
HIV/AIDS, which estimates
the cun'ent number of people
livir^ with HIV at 37 million
to 45 million.
“We should not accept hving
with this epidemic at the
level it has reached,” Paul
DeLay director of monitoring
and evaluation at UNAIDS,
said. “Tbday we have a much
clearer understandir^ of tiie
epidemic itself and what we
need to do.”
Pointing to the most impor
tant advances of the last 25
years, he said the real break-
throu^ fiom the standpoint
of science has been cheaper,
simpler treatment and diag
nosis, and drugs that prevent
mother-to-child transmis-
But according to researcher
Samuel Friedman, “We are
not really looking ahead to
what may be coming down
the road at us.”
Please see NEXT/7A
By Chens F. Hodges
Not ev^ high gas prices
can keep bikem away firom
Memorial Biker’s Week.
‘1 don’t have any indica
tion that gas will keep peo
ple away,” said interim
Atlantic Beach, S.C., town
administrator Marcia
The event, according to
Connor, draws at least
200,000 peofie to the Grand
Strand area. They’re not
just on bikes, which don’t
cost that much to fill up.
They’re in sports cars and
sport utility vehicles, which
are sure-fire gas-guzzlers.
Bernard Stewart, a Rock
Hill cyclist and member of
the Extreme Riders club,
said he’s going to skip the
beach this year, but it has
nothir^ to do with gas.
‘1 have a daughter that’s
graduating and she’s going
down there to spend the
week,” he said. “I decided to
let her go this year.”
The average cost of gas in
Atlantic Beach this week is
$2.71, according to AAA of
the Carohnas. It costs about
$10 more to fill a 15-gallon
tank this year than it did
last year.
Charlotte biker Germaine
Grissett isn’t worried about
increased costs. He figures a
week at the beach is going to
set him back about $2,000
with $150 earmarked for
gas in two bikes-a racing
machine and a leisure bike-
and his car, which he plans
to tow the bikes with.
“I ride my bike Thursday
Friday and Saturday and go
See GAS/3A
Garinger High School juniors Lorenzo Broome (left) and Christopher Donte Houston bag car packages for
seniors as part of the Elves for the Elderly program. Both are on Garinger’s job-training program.
Work with elderly helps students ^ I Cl.
uncover value of skills and time
By Erica Singleton | FOR THE charlotte POM
A group of students at munity and paid work
Garinger Ihgh School are
learning the value in help
ing others.
The students — 10th, 11th,
and 12th graders - each on
the Occupational Course
Diploma track, have been
helping out with the Senior
Citizens Nutrition Program
of Mecklenburg County The
Occupational Study Course
requires school-based, corn-
hours. Occupational Prep is
work done for the sdiool,
while Occupational Lab
includes off-campus work.
Gervonnie EHerbe, a job
coach at Garinger, said the
occupational track is a job
training program geared
toward teaching students
work ethic and the value of
work, and career options
“You have a college prep
track, and a technical prep
track, they’re on an occupa
tional course of study track,”
she said.
Students who in the past
would have been placed in
special education classes
and may not have had clear
career direction now have
an idea of what it is they
want to do.
“These are kids that are
Please see GARINGER/2A
‘ It’s given
me a sense
of hope that
I can do
Garinger High
Sdiool senior
Timmy Green on
participating in the
course program.
Forum to address CIAA tournament business
By Herbert L. White
Black business owners are
invited to find opportunities
to participating in the CIAA
basketball tournament.
An advocacy group,
Charlotte United, is sponsor
ing a reception and forum
Saturday at Charleston
House restaurant, 3128 The
Plaza fiom at 4 p.m. The
organization’s goal is to build
a plan for economic indusion
and present it to political offi
cials and the hospitality
The toumameoit drew more
than 125,000 visitors to
Charlotte in February and
March while generating over
$15 million for the local econ
The CIAA is the oldest
black-college tournament
and second largest in the U.S.
behind the ACC.
For information
on the forum, call
Bill McCullough
at (704) 491-
5787 or e-maii
die way
on Darfur
White Americans rally
to end genocide while
blacks stay on sideline
By Robtel Neajai Pailey
WASHINGTON — As momentum
increases with U.S.. rallies to end the
slaughter of civilians in Darfur,
Sudan, blacks are usually few and far
between in a sea of white protesters.
“Save Darfur” campaign rhetoric
daims that the appeal of the move
ment is its assorted religious groups,
its protesters finm diverse sodo-eco-
nomic backgrounds and pohtical affil
iations — but did the average black
person get the memo?
Black leadem are vocal, yet their fol
lowers are hardly visible.
An estimated 15,000 marchers^
attended the Washington rally and til
protests were held in at least 30 other
U.S. and Canadian dties.
“It’s time for the membei's of the
Coi^ressional Black Caucus and the
world community to raise the ante on
Sudan,” said U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt
(D-N.C.), and chair of the
Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday
at a demonstration in fiont of the
Sudanese Embassy The protest
resulted in the arrest of seven mem
bers of the CBC for disorderly conduct
for obstructii^ the entrance to the
Sudanese Embassy
Watt was joined by U.S.
Representatives Barbara Lee (D-
Califomia), John Lewis^fD-Georgia),
Please see ACTIVISM/SA
the box
Publisher to
change slur
Webster’s Dictionary is report
edly changing its definition of the
Starting with its
next edition,
Webster’s will
define “nigger” as a
radal slur that is
not • synonymous
with African
Previoios editions of
Webster’s define
the word as a noun
that is “a contemptuous term for a
black or dark-skinned person.” '
NAACP CEO Kweisi Mfume,
who has led the fight to have “nig-
geF’ removed finm dictionaries,
announced the change during a
speech at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute earher this month.
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