December is not reserved for Christmas and Kwanzaa. Far from it. At this time of year individuals from our community receive the gift of knowledge–a diploma that signifies their hard work, determination and hopes for a brighter future. Two local institutions of higher learning bestowed this gift. (Top photo): Liberal Arts and Sciences students at MATC received their degrees during that school’s winter commencement ceremony at US Cellular Arena downtown. (Bottom photo): Black women graduates at Alverno College were bestowed Kente Cloths by family members who inspired them during the “Bestowing of the Kente” ceremony at the college’s Wehr Auditorium. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
In October JETmag.com reported that Public Enemy and disco legend Donna Summer were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yesterday the 2013 inductees were announced and Public Enemy and Donna Summer were among those to receive the prestigious accolade.
After six times of being on the ballot, Summer is finally being recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her tremendous achievements. Summer won five Grammys and dominated the music charts worldwide with hits like “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls” and “She Works Hard for the Money.”
In May, The Queen of Disco lost her battle with cancer, but her legacy will be emblazoned in history through her commemoration in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her career will be celebrated along with the other 2013 inductees; Quincy Jones, Albert King, Rush, Heart, Lou Alder, Public Enemy and Randy Newman. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013.
Washington (AP)— A new report says states can receive more than $9 in federal money for every dollar they spend to cover low-income residents under President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Expanding Medicaid to cover about 20 million more low-income people will cost a total of more than $1 trillion from 2013 to 2022, the report estimates.
But states will pay just $76 billion of that, or roughly 7 percent of the cost.
Two nonpartisan groups, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute, collaborated on the new analysis.
It also found that a few states might actually spend less than they do now.
The Supreme Court allowed states to opt out of the health care law’s Medicaid expansion, an issue that will be hotly debated when state legislatures meet next year.–Article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press