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60 Minutes’ Bill Whitaker to receive the RTDNF First Amendment … – CBS News

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Whitaker will be honored next month with a prestigious award for his contribution as a journalist to the protection of First Amendment freedoms

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Bill Whitaker, the veteran CBS newsman and 60 Minutes correspondent, will be honored with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation announced. Whitaker will receive the award at the RTDNFs annual First Amendment Awards dinner on March 14 in Washington, DC.

RTDNF presents this award annually to a radio or television journalist or news executive who has made a major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms. It is named for the late Broadcasting & Cable senior correspondent, Leonard Zeidenberg.

Whitaker joins past CBS News Ziedenberg winners Walter Cronkite, Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace, Bob Schieffer and Cami McCormick, and other notable journalists who have won the award, including Diane Sawyer, Lester Holt and Judy Woodruff.

Whitaker has been wide-ranging and prolific in his 60 Minutes reporting on domestic and international stories since joining the broadcast in 2014. He recently chronicled the vetting process for Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. He has reported from Asia, Africa, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East for the news magazine, including a timely interview with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an Emmy-winning story on the biggest data leak in Swiss banking history. Domestically, his stories have provided keen insights into the hot-button issue of race and policing in America, the death penalty and Americas heroin epidemic. He has chronicled the epic battle to capture and hold Mexicos infamous drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, gaining rare access to investigations on both sides of the border.

During his more than 30 years with CBS News, Whitaker has covered three presidential campaigns; the O.J. Simpson case; overseas wars and events; and interviewed several national figures, including First Lady Michelle Obama.

Whitaker began his career at CBS News in 1984 as a reporter based in Atlanta, where he covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and received an Emmy for his reports on the collapse of Jim and Tammy Bakkers television ministry. He then spent three years as a CBS News Tokyo correspondent, developing an impressive portfolio as a foreign correspondent. He covered stories throughout Asia, including the pro-democracy uprising in Tiananmen Square.

In 1992, Whitaker was sent to Los Angeles, where he reported for over 20 years on the CBS Evening News and other CBS News broadcasts, including Sunday Morning.

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The Grammys Honored the Wrong Album, and Adele Knew It – Advocate.com

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

At the beginning of the Grammy Awards, Jennifer Lopez evoked the words of Beloved author Toni Morrison to stress the importance of courage in a time when art is threatened.

This is precisely the time when artists go to work, she recited. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.

The quotation was a stirring kickoff for the Grammys, where throughout the evening, many artists strove to embody thiscri de coeur. Katy Perry wore a Planned Parenthood pin and a sequined persist armband, in solidarity with the womens movement, as she was outlined by a projection of the U.S. Constitution. A Tribe Called Quest led a chant of resist! after a politically charged performance denouncing President Agent Orange. Laverne Cox, in her introduction to Lady Gaga and Metallica, educated the audience about Gavin Grimm and the fight for transgender equality.

In effect, the evening was a crescendo of resistance to political and systemic oppression. However, this crescendo was cut shore when ceremonys top honor, the Album of the Year, did not go to the artist who fulfilled the promise of Morrisons words. It went instead to Adeles 25.

This is not to say that 25 is without artistic merit. The song Hello, in particular, is a stirring power ballad of loss and heartbreak, which resonated worldwide. Commercially, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Yet artistically, it does not hold a candle to Beyoncs Lemonade. Upon its release, the visual album was a revelation, which combined music, poetry, and history with themes of feminism and racial injustice. It gave voice to movements like Black Lives Matter. It was beautiful, painful, and daring. Today, when members of vulnerable communities women, immigrants, people of color, and queer people fear for their safety and rights under a Trump administration, the album seems downright clairvoyant.

In the face of this zeitgeist, The Recording Academy made the wrong decision. And Adele knew it. You could see the embarrassment and confusion swirling in her face when Lemonade was not announced as the winner. For a moment, standing onstage, it seemed like the British artist might reject the music industrys highest honor.

I cant possibly accept this award, Adele said in her acceptance speech. And Im very humbled and Im very grateful and gracious. But my artist of my life is Beyonc. And this album to me, the Lemonade album, is just so monumental. Beyonc, its so monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-baring and we all got to see another side to you that you dont always let us see. And we appreciate that. And all us artists here adore you. You are our light.

And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering. And you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have and I always will, she added.

However, Adele, for all her praise of Lemonade and its social importance, did accept the award, with the army of those who helped produce the album standing behind her. Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you, she said.

Yet, did Adele truly love the Academy for putting her in this position, for making her yet the latest example of an unjust voting outcome? Should she have rejected the award, handed it to Beyonc, or made some other symbolic gesture to give voice to those who once again felt silenced and marginalized? Probably, yes.

Adele continued to express her conflicted feelings in the media room after the win, telling reporters, “My album of the year was Lemonade, so a piece of me did die inside, as a Beyonc fan.”

But ultimately, it is not about how Adele responded to the award or feels about its deservedness. The issue is how The Recording Academy played it safe in a year when, as Morrison said, there is no room for fear. Throughout the awards ceremony, there was much talk of the importance of art and politics. Yet when push came to shove, it was the political and artful that got shoved. After all, if Beyonc can’t win Album of the Year for creating music about black lives, what other artists have a chance?

In short, Lemonade was robbed. But fortunately, itdid win for Best Urban Contemporary Album, which gave Beyonc an opportunity to address the urgency and intent of her work.

My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable,” she said.

I feel its vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes, she concluded. The Recording Academy would do well to listen.

DANIEL REYNOLDS is an editor at The Advocate. Follow him on Twitter @dnlreynolds.

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CPC’s Carey earns Respect for Life award – Terre Haute Tribune Star

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 6:48 am

Since 2008 the Wabash Valley Right to Life, based in Terre Haute, has presented a Respect for Life award to a person nominated by someone in the community.

At its annual Benefit Dinner held on Jan. 26 at OShaughnessy Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, the WVRTL presented the 2016 Thomas J. Marzen Respect for Life award to Sharon Carey, executive director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley. Criteria for receiving this award includes being dedicated to the sanctity of human life; longevity of service and having a servant attitude within a pro-life organization; faithfulness to the promised tasks related to pro-life work; and going the extra mile in the current year of recognition and involvement in additional community services.

Carey met all the criteria and more. She has served at the CPC of the WV in many different capacities since being hired in May of 1990. She has held her current position as executive director since 2001.

When Carey learned she had been nominated for the WVRTL Respect for Life award, she was surprised and appreciative. She thought of those the award represented all individuals who work so hard for the CPC to make an impact on the community. She said, Simultaneously I thought of the great opportunity to take this special award and give it to my Lord. He loves this community, and its evident in how Hes provided our new location to meet the needs of the community.

The most significant accomplishment of the CPC of WV happened in 2015 when it moved from the center on Poplar Street and into a new facility on Wabash Avenue, the largest free-standing pregnancy center in the nation. This new CPC is a 7,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

The whole community has been behind this project, stated Carey, because the CPC is aimed at the communitys needs. CPC has received a great outpouring of support from the community, especially with finances. The new facility cost a little less than $2 million and every bit came from local support. Built debt free, money came from individuals, churches, local grants and from businesses. Comments included: Weve seen the CPC work in our community and know that it makes our community better.

The board and staff chose this particular location because of it accessibility to college students, both female and male. Since moving to the new building, the client load has significantly increased, offering more medical services beyond the standard ultrasound to various STD testing and pap smears as directed by a doctor. The medical staff has also grown.

The person who nominated Carey for the Respect for Life award wrote: Sharon does not take these accomplishments lightly. She knows that it is by the grace of God that she has the vision, the support, and the resources needed to be successful. Sharon continually encourages the staff and volunteers to respect life, love the unborn and their parents, and live in a manner that would be pleasing to God.

Carey emphasized that the CPC is here to meet needs, to help with life choices the clients sexuality as well as pregnancy issues. Expanded services have opened opportunities for the CPC to give help and hope where its needed. For example, a negative pregnancy test might give a client a false sense of security. Peer-counselors talk with clients about their struggles of being sexually active. The discovery of an STD is a critical moment in life. They have to face the prospect of change and will often listen and adapt to a lifestyle adjustment.

The CPCs compassion ministries also add to community outreach. Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) reaches 5,000 to 6,000 middle and high school students in Vigo and surrounding counties with the advantages of abstinence. For the support of new moms and dads, programs include Encouraging Parents Together (EPT), Earn While You Learn (EWYL), and 24/7 Dads. Theres even a prison ministry called Inside/Out Dads.

Previous recipients of the Thomas J. Marzen Respect for Life award: Thomas J. Marzen (memorial), Msg. Lawrence Moran, Ron Curtis (founder of the CPC of WV), Cecelia Lundstrom, Donna Brinkley, Susan Graham, Rick Mascari and Evelyn Ring.

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Design Automation Conference – Business Wire (press release)

Posted: February 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

LOUISVILLE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems, is now accepting nominations for the Under-40 Innovators Award at the 54th DAC. The Under-40 Innovators Award is new this year and is sponsored by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Systems Design Alliance (ESDA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The award will recognize the top five young innovators (nominees should be 40 years or younger in age as of June 1, 2017) who are movers and shakers in the field of design and automation of electronics. The 54th DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from June 18 – 22, 2017. Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

From beyond the traditional automation around chip implementation, design automation is rapidly expanding to new areas such as neuromorphic computing, biological systems, cyber-security and cyber-physical systems. Within the electronics industry, the advent of new technologies and alternate scaling approaches using new integration approaches are emerging as traditional CMOS technology scaling slows down. Young innovators are redefining and shaping the future of the design automation field in industry, research labs, start-ups and academia, and DAC wants to recognize the best and brightest.

Nomination criteria:

The Under-40 Innovators Award is open to men and women in industry or academia with technical contributions in the field of design and automation of electronics. Nominees are individuals who have made a notable impact and contributions through work within an individual organization, to the design automation community and to the broader society. The award is intended for specific contributions such as commercial products, software or hardware systems, or specific algorithms or concepts incorporated into other systems widely used by industry or academia. Nominations that emphasize only metrics such as number of publications, patents, and citations will not be sufficient.

The nomination for this award should include a one-page summary (fewer than 500 words) of the nominees technical work. All nominations should be supported by at least three letters of recommendation. One of those letters of recommendation needs to be from a leader inside the nominees organization. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Up to five awards will be given each year at DAC, sponsored by ACM, IEEE, and ESDA. The winners will be recognized at the opening session at the 54th DAC. Nominations must be received by March 1, 2017 as a single PDF file and sent to: dacunder40award@dac.com

For additional information on the award, and the Design Automation Conference visit http://www.dac.com

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Systems Design Alliance (ESDA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA).

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Biden awarded presidential Medal of Freedom – cnn.com

Posted: January 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

“For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations, I’d like to ask the military aide to join us on stage,” Obama said in the ceremony. “For my final time as President, I am pleased to award our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

Biden, who appeared extremely emotional during the tribute and was seen tearing up, accepted the award but said he did not deserve it.

“This honor is not only well beyond what I deserve, but it’s a reflection of the extent and generosity of your spirit,” Biden said. “I don’t deserve this but I know it came from the President’s heart.”

Before surprising Biden with the award, Obama gave lengthy and colorful remarks praising Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden and his children and grandchildren.

“This is the kind of family that built this country,” Obama said. “That’s why my family is honored to call ourselves honorary Bidens.”

Obama noted that while their term is almost over the two will be “forever binded as a family,”

“If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person you’ve got a problem,” Obama said quoting a Republican senator. “He’s as good a man as God ever created.”

Biden, who was shocked by the entire gathering, said he had no “inkling” it was going to happen. The Vice President said he thought he was coming to toast senior staff with the first lady and his wife Jill Biden.

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AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves | SXSW 2015 Event …

Posted: August 14, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Lisa Miller is a Contributing Editor at New York magazine. She has won the Wilbur Award for religion writing (2008, 2009), the New York Newswomen’s Award for feature writing (2014), and last year w…

Lisa Miller is a Contributing Editor at New York magazine. She has won the Wilbur Award for religion writing (2008, 2009), the New York Newswomen’s Award for feature writing (2014), and last year was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the features and profiles category for her story about Newtown, Ct., one year after the shooting there. Author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife,” Miller was formerly on the staffs of Newsweek magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her articles have also appeared in the Washington Post, Redbook magazine, Self magazine, and the New York Times. She is a frequent guest commentator on radio and television, including appearances on Morning Joe and the Colbert Report. A graduate of Oberlin College, Miller lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter.

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Track Of The Day 13/4 – Van Hunt

Posted: April 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

Van Hunt knows how to stretch.

A multi-talented, multi-disciplined musician and producer, the Ohio native already has a Grammy award lingering on his mantelpiece.

Continuing to challenge himself, new solo record ‘The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets’ is due to be released shortly.

It’s another slice of flamboyant Afro-futurism, with shades of Prince in its luscious, future-minded funk. The material is at times reminiscent of Andre 3000 less in sound, more in approach as Van Hunt strives to push back boundaries.

Taken from the new album, ‘Teach Me A New Language’ is like a living cell continually sub-dividing and growing outward, the sighing, gospel-tinged vocals and fluid guitar lines mingle to produce something intoxicating.

Check it out now.

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Andrew Breibart Defender of the First Amendment Award CPAC 2015 – Video

Posted: March 10, 2015 at 3:49 am

Andrew Breibart Defender of the First Amendment Award CPAC 2015
Phil Robertson wins Defender of the First Amendment Award.

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2015 New England First Amendment Awards – Video

Posted: March 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

2015 New England First Amendment Awards
The New England First Amendment Coalition's presentation of the 2015 Freedom of Information Award and the Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award. Remarks by Diane and John Foley, on behalf.

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Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Receive Freedom of Speech Award

Posted: February 18, 2015 at 12:49 am

Phil Robertson’s comments about same-sex marriage and LGBT people have earned him a freedom of speech award.

Later this month, the Duck Dynasty star will receive the Andrew Breitbart Defender of the First Amendment Award from Citizens United at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jesse Jackson: Phil Robertson’s comments are “more offensive” than Rosa Parks incident

In 2013, Robertson said in an interview with GQ that he believed homosexuality to be a sin, and later said that he believes AIDS is God’s punishment for immorality. In the wake of his comments, A&E suspended him from the network, but lifted the suspension after backlash from many Duck Dynasty fans.

“Even when the entire mainstream media demanded he disavow his beliefs and attempted to have him fired from his own hit show for expressing these beliefs, he stood firm in his faith,” Citizens United President David Bossie said, according to THR.

Phil Robertson continues to defend controversial comments

Added Robertson: “When one does not have the freedom to speak out loud and anywhere what one believes, freedom is dead.”

He will receive the award on Feb. 27.

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