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Politics / Acting secretary of the Navy resigns
« on: April 07, 2020, 05:06:32 PM »
Washington (CNN)- Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday, a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a letter that he accepted Modly's resignation Tuesday morning, confirming CNN's earlier reporting that Modly had resigned.

"He resigned of his own accord, putting the Navy and Sailors above self so that the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and the Navy, as an institution, can move forward," Esper wrote. "His care for the Sailors was genuine. Secretary Modly served the nation for many years, both in and out of uniform. I have the deepest respect for anyone who serves our country, and who places the greater good above all else. Secretary Modly did that today, and i wish him all the best."

Undersecretary of the Army James McPherson has been tapped to succeed Modly, Esper wrote. McPherson is a retired rear admiral and was the former judge advocate general of the Navy.

Big things are happening in athletics... A Major Announcement will be made tomorrow at 1 pm ... Stay Tuned! #FangsUp #FAMU #strikestrikestrikeagain #WeAreFAMU #FAMULY

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament is headed to Baltimore, and has left Charlotte city leaders wondering what could take its place.

The CIAA was pumping about $50 million into the local economy on an annual basis.

“Very concerned,” At-large Charlotte city councilmember James Mitchell said. “I think that was a tournament we never should have lost. It was a 15-year marriage.”

.⁦@SenatorMGraham⁩ says one reason he ran for office was to bring back the ⁦@CIAAForLife⁩ Bball tournament. Graham wonders what can replace an event that brings in roughly $50M a year. How the city is dealing w/ the absence coming up tonight on ⁦@WBTV_News⁩ at 7

— Dedrick Russell WBTV (@dedrickrussell) March 5, 2020
Mitchell and others now wonder what the plan is to bring the CIAA back. The popular basketball tournament has been in Charlotte for 15 years.

During that time, it generated about $600 million for North Carolina. Tournament leaders decided that Baltimore had a better offer and CIAA signed a three-year deal with the city.

“Baltimore is a great city, but it’s not Charlotte,” Charlotte city councilman Larken Egleston said. “I think they’ll want to be back and a lot of us would want them to be back.”

City leaders wonder if there is a plan to get them back and if there is a plan to find other events that could fill that financial hole.

Politics / Bloomberg drops out of race
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:15:19 AM »
Word is that Bloomberg is out of the race......

Wonder does he endorse and put his money behind Biden?

Sports Forum / MEAC Standings with 3 games to go ( Men's)
« on: February 25, 2020, 11:26:59 AM »
Standings in MEAC, as of 2/25

NC A&T 11-3
NCCU 10-3
NSU 9-4
BCU 9-5
MSU 9-5
SCSU 6-8
Coppin ST 5-9
UMES 4-9
DSU 2-11
Howard 0-13

Sports Forum / Jackson St & Prairie View A&M fight after game
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:07:11 PM »
A skirmish broke out in the handshake line at the end of Prairie View's 70-61 victory over Jackson State on Monday.

After appearing to be bumped slightly by Panthers guard Darius Williams, Dontelius Ross of Jackson State went after him, taking a swing that did not connect before he was restrained by his teammates and coaches.

"Not calling A&T out, but we can do better than A&T because we have the tradition," he said in January, before the announcement of the Aggies' move was made.

Robinson said he sees the momentum of the current program heading in the right direction.

"We are a football institution," Robinson said. "When people ask you about Jackson State, the first question everyone is going to ask you is what's going on with football? I'm very excited about the direction of Coach [John] Hendrick and his staff are going in."

Sports Forum / 2020 NCA&T Football Schedule
« on: January 29, 2020, 06:03:44 PM »
EAST GREENSBORO (January 29, 2020) – A battle of national champions highlights the North Carolina A&T football team's 2020 schedule.
N.C. A&T released its 2020 schedule on Wednesday as they attempt to win their fourth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title and their sixth in the last seven years.
Before conference play begins in 2020, the Aggies will have three intriguing non-conference conference games starting with a matchup against Division II program Shaw University on Sept. 5 at BB&T Stadium. After playing the Bears, the Aggies will face the Liberty Flames, a Division I-FBS institution. The Aggies had their three-year streak of beating an FBS school snapped last season after losing to Duke.
On Sept. 19, the Aggies will play in Fargo, N.D. against North Dakota State. NDSU has won the last three NCAA Division I-FCS national championships while the Aggies have won the last three HBCU national championships. N.C. A&T has finished nationally-ranked the past five years while the Bison are routinely ranked the No. 1 team on the FCS level.
"We always want to see where we measure up with the very best," said N.C. A&T coach Sam Washington, who will enter the 2020 season with a 19-5 record, two MEAC championships and two HBCU national championships.
"If you're going to say you're one of the best FCS programs in the country, you have to continually go out and prove it," Washington continued. "There is no question it is a challenging schedule, but we would not have it any other way. We want to be regarded as an elite program."
Conference play begins Sept. 26 as the Aggies travel to Dover, Del., to face Delaware State. N.C. A&T returns home the following week to take on the Norfolk State Spartans. After taking a week off, the Aggies return to BB&T Stadium on Oct. 17 to face the Florida A&M Rattlers.
The Aggies will make their first trip to Washington, D.C., in six years when they face the Howard Bison at Greene Stadium on Oct. 24.
S.C. State will come to BB&T Stadium for the Greatest Homecoming On Earth on Halloween. Morgan State, who has upset the Aggies two straight seasons, will return to BB&T Stadium on Nov. 7 for the Aggies final home game of the season.
N.C. A&T ends the regular season the road at Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 14) and at N.C. Central (Nov. 21). The Aggies hope the end of the regular season will result in another Celebration Bowl appearance. N.C. A&T has played in four of the first five Celebration Bowls winning all four.
As a result of their four Celebration Bowl victories, the Aggies have won the HBCU national title four times in the past five years including last season's 64-44 Celebration Bowl win over Alcorn State at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
"We have the best fans in the world, and they love going to Atlanta in December for the Celebration Bowl," said Washington. "What we always have to remind people is that we have to win to get there. It gets harder every season because we are the hunted."
2020 North Carolina A&T Football Schedule

Sat.             Sept. 5                       Shaw                          BB&T Stadium           A&T leads,17-2-1
-- The Aggies won the last meeting 61-7 in 2015 at BB&T Stadium. 

Sat.             Sept. 12                      at Liberty                     Lynchburg, Va.              A&T leads, 2-1
-- Liberty became a Division I-FBS school in 2017. They were an FCS program prior.

Sat.             Sept. 19                      at North Dakota State    Fargo, N.D.                     First Meeting
-- NDSU is the three-time defending NCAA national champions. They have eight total national titles as a program.           

Sat.             Sept. 26                      Delaware State            Dover, Del.             A&T leads, 25-22-1
-- Jah-Maine Martin had four touchdowns in the Aggies win over the Hornets last season. 

Sat.             Oct. 3                         Norfolk State                BB&T Stadium           A&T leads, 33-11
-- Kylil Carter threw for three touchdowns and Jah-Maine Martin ran for three in a 58-19 win in Norfolk. 

Sat.             Oct. 17                       Florida A&M                BB&T Stadium      FAMU leads, 46-19-3
-- Aggies lost on a 22-yard touchdown pass in overtime in 2019.

Sat.             Oct. 24                       at Howard                   Washington, D.C.     A&T leads, 28-18-2
-- The 64-6 Aggies win last season was the biggest blowout in series history.

Sat.             Oct. 31                       S.C. State (Homecoming) BB&T Stadium    SCSU leads, 31-22-2
-- N.C. A&T will host SCSU for Homecoming for the first time ever at BB&T Stadium. The stadium opened in 1981. 

Sat.             Nov. 7                        Morgan State               BB&T Stadium    Morgan leads, 44-38-3
-- Morgan State has defeated nationally-ranked A&T two straight seasons.

Sat.             Nov. 14                       at Bethune-Cookman     Daytona Beach, Fla.  B-CU leads, 22-19
-- Battle for first place turned into a blowout as the Aggies rushed for 300 yards in 2019.

Sat.             Nov. 21                       N.C. Central                Durham, N.C.          A&T leads, 52-34-5
-- The Aggies have outscored the Eagles 99-0 over the past two seasons. The 54-0 win in 2019 was the biggest blowout in the 91-game history of the series.

Politics / Trump allies are handing out cash to black voters
« on: January 29, 2020, 04:13:46 PM »
Guess you gotta buy em huh

Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers lavish praise on the president as they hand out tens of thousands of dollars to lucky attendees.

The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland, where recipients whose winning tickets were drawn from a bin landed cash gifts in increments of several hundred dollars, stuffed into envelopes. A second giveaway scheduled for this month in Virginia has been postponed, and more are said to be in the works.

The tour comes as Trump’s campaign has been investing its own money to make inroads with black voters and erode Democrats’ overwhelming advantage with them. But the cash giveaways are organized under the auspices of an outside charity, the Urban Revitalization Coalition, permitting donors to remain anonymous and make tax-deductible contributions.

The organizers say the events are run by the book and intended to promote economic development in inner cities. But the group behind the cash giveaways is registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. One leading legal expert on nonprofit law said the arrangement raises questions about the group’s tax-exempt status, because it does not appear to be vetting the recipients of its money for legitimate charitable need.

"Charities are required to spend their money on charitable and educational activities,” said Marcus Owens, a former director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service who is now in private practice at the law firm Loeb & Loeb. “It's not immediately clear to me how simply giving money away to people at an event is a charitable act.”

Politics / 30 Marines, 1 Sailor die in helicopter crash in Iraq
« on: January 27, 2020, 10:43:29 AM »
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - U.S Navy officials are reporting 30 Marines and one Sailor have died in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

The crash happened Sunday.

Officials say the Marines and Sailor were conducting security and stabilization operations.

"While we mourn the loss of these heroes, we will honor their sacrifice by continuing our mission to bring democracy to the people of Iraq," said Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force. "To the families of these brave men, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult of times."

A recovery team is at the crash site, and the cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

The U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad was hit by multiple rockets on Sunday, two U.S. officials told ABC News.

This is the first time the compound has been hit directly in years and comes just weeks after pro-Iranian militia members and their supporters assaulted the compound in Iraq.

MORE: 3 rockets fired into Baghdad's Green Zone as protests grow; no casualties
Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are very common. Last week three rockets were fired into Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area of the capital that houses the embassy, government buildings and U.S. service members. Iraqi officials said Monday that there were no injuries.

2 in Afghanistan and 1 in Kenya. Why is it so quiet about these deaths

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina A&T Aggies men’s basketball coach Jay Joyner has been suspended indefinitely, according to Director of Athletics Earl Hilton III.

Associate Head Coach Willie Jones will serve as the acting head coach in Joyner’s absence.

Officials had no further comment on the suspension until the “personnel matter is resolved.”


The Justice Department's inspector general reportedly found no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign while investigating whether the campaign was conspiring with the Russian government to interfere in the election, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Sports Forum / Shaw looked really weak Saturday
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:20:37 PM »
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University men's basketball team stayed within reach of the No. 4 West Liberty University team early on in the first 10 minutes but the Bears could not contain a hot-shooting Hilltoppers squad in a 132-85 setback inside the historic C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium during the 2019 Shaw Men's Basketball Classic on Sunday afternoon.

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