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A Trailblazer of Civil Rights Dies Forgotten

Robbie Brown
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C O LUMBIA, S.C. — Neighbors were chagrined last week when the police here found the body of a 75-year-old woman who had frozen to death, alone in her house, during unexpectedly frigid weather.

But they were shocked this week when they learned that the woman, Juanita W. Goggins, had been a civil rights trailblazer who in 1974 became the first black woman elected to the South Carolina legislature.
Now residents of this normally neighborly Southern capital say they are feeling regretful, and slightly guilty, for allowing one of its most revered figures to disappear into a sleepy ranch house with little company. Possibly mentally ill, living without running water or heat, Ms. Goggins is believed to have died on Feb. 20 — when temperatures dropped below freezing — but her body was not discovered for 11 days. Several neighbors in her elderly, mostly black community in downtown Columbia said they had learned the full scope of Ms. Goggins’s accomplishments only from her obituaries. At the peak of her political career, in the 1970s, she twice visited P resident Jimmy Carter at the White House and was the first black woman appointed to the United States Civil Rights Commission. In the legislature, where she represented Rock Hill on the northern border of the state, for three terms in the 1970s, Ms. Goggins, a Democrat, helped pass key legislation for improving elementary school education and public health. Last year, a stretch of Highway 5 was renamed in her honor. “She was truly a mover and a shaker, so well-liked and so well-loved by so many,” said Representative John King, 33, who holds her former seat in the General Assembly. Family members suspect that Ms. Goggins had developed dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in her final years. She rarely left her small, cluttered house on Carousel Circle except occasionally to ride the bus to Bi-Lo for groceries. In 16 years as her next-door neighbor, Erskine Hunter, 83, said he was allowed inside only once, to fix a water heater. Continue reading

Is College Still a Good Investment?

 By: Tim Parker
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The troubled global economy isn’t producing good statistics in any sector and some of these statistics are painting college as a less than attractive expense for many families. Although college still remains the best way to thrive financially, making highly informed, detail oriented decisions is even more important. Gone are the days when parents send their children to the college of their choice with very little discussion of cost. The value gained by a college education is in danger of being severely offset by rising costs and lowering wages.

Take a four year public school like Florida State University. For a resident of Florida, the cost of room, board, books and supplies comes out to $11,000 per year. With tuition increase and other expenses, the four year cost would come out to approximately $53,000. A private school such as Princeton University will cost $175,000 for a four year degree. The average scholarship amount of a Princeton student who qualifies for a needs based scholarships is $24,000 per year while Florida State students receive an average of $5,000. There’s a big difference between these schools but the costs don’t stop there. Continue reading

Britain’s Brainest Family is Black and has 9 Year Old High School Bound Twins

Positive Stories to share with your family

Ruth Manuel-Logan
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Paula and Peter Imafidon are just like any other 9-year-olds. They love laughing, playing on the computer and fighting with each other. What sets these twins apart from their peers, though, is that they are, hands down, prodigies who are about to enter high school and make British history as the youngest to do so. Continue reading

3 City States

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There are three cities (city-states) across this planet that share striking similarities and play a crucial role in the global governmental system we havelong been living under. The three city-states (along with the role they serve)is as follows:

City of London: (Finance)

Washington DC: (Military)

Vatican City: (Religion) Continue reading

15 Things You Never Noticed on a Dollar


The Basics: How Much is a Dollar Worth?

Pull a buck from your wallet now and prepare to be amazed.We’re serious. Did you know a dollar bill has hidden pictures, flecks of color, and mysterious symbols? And that’s just the beginning. What do all those seemingly random letters and Latin phrases mean, anyway?

The question seems simple, but the answer is quite complex. Since 1973, the dollar bill has had no value tied to it. You cannot trade in a dollar to the government for gold, silver, or any other commodity. The value of the nation’s currency is related to the decree by the government that a dollar is legal tender for all debts. This means if someone attempts to pay a debt using dollars, the person being paid must accept the money or the law no longer recognizes the debt. This is important enough that the phrase is printed on every bill the government creates. Continue reading

Top Ten Things (10) NOT to Do if You are Arrested




By: Marvin.

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PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS ADVICE. A wide variety of people are arrested every day and the majority of the individuals make the same mistakes which make there situation even worse. Many of these reactions are understandable. However some defy logic and reason. Nobody plans on being arrested, but you may be arrested for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Share this with your colleagues, friends and family because it will come in handy for many of you. The basic rule is to simply listen to the officer and do as your told, “Put Your Hands Behind Your Back” and do NOT do any of these Ten Things: Continue reading

Sound Medicine: Understanding Ultrasound & it’s Benefits

Pictures of Health

Chances are, someone you know has undergone an ultrasound exam. Whether it’s to get a first glimpse of a developing baby in the womb or to determine the risk of heart attack, doctors use ultrasound widely in women and men, children and seniors to gain advanced insights into the inner workings of the body. In fact, ultrasound is the most utilized form of diagnostic imaging available today – after X-ray exams. Continue reading

Babies & Business Plans

Adolphina Goodwin

Adolphina Goodwin, a diagnostic sonographer of 12 years, has always had the entrepreneurial spirit. Almost a year from the day she lost her job. Ms. Goodwin opened Precious Image Ultrasound in Orland Hills to provide prospective mothers with 3D and 4D ultrasound videos of their babies to share with family and friends.

When she came to SCORE, Ms. Goodwin knew what she wanted to do — she wanted to open an ultrasound business. She just didn’t know where to start or how to run a successful business. She asked volunteer counselor Peg Corwin to write a business plan for her. Continue reading