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June 25, 2014

Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger A 25-year-old Jamaican who already has earned a doctorate in chemistry will add to his growing academic accomplishments as one of only five chosen for a post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Like many of his fellow Jamaicans, Peter Nelson used education to improve a childhood of poverty. But few have so quickly earned the accolades Nelson has, which include a Master’s degree in philosophy and his Ph.D from the University of the West Indies. Nelson was just one of five selected from 280 applicants from around the world, according to published reports. “It was very competitive to get into this institute because they told me they had 280 applications for the five positions, and so it was really tough on them to decide. But one of the things that helped me to get in was the papers I published in international journals,” he told the Jamaica Observer. Nelson, who hails from St. Thomas, has spent his young life destroying stereotypes, having risen from an impoverished community, having attended a nontraditional high school, and having been raised by a single mother who worked as a domestic helper. Nelson’s research has already earned international recognition, according to the Atlanta Black Star. “Already he has amassed seven publications in international journals, including the Journal of Molecular Structure, the Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, Dalton Transactions and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences,” the paper reported. In August 2010, he presented a paper on the Phase Behaviors of Zinc Carboxylates. In August 2012, Nelson presented on the Molecular and Lattice Structures of Sodium(I) Carboxylates at the American Chemical Society Conference in Philadelphia. He has also made presentations in the Departments of Chemistry at Mona and at St Augustine in Trinidad. He is working on two manuscripts for publication, he said, while finishing his degrees much earlier than the recommended time. “It was stressful, more mentally than physically, because you can’t get an M.Phil. or Ph.D. in science unless what you have discovered is totally new because there has to be novelty about it,” he told the Sunday Observer. “I did a lot of studies because I realized time is critical for pure and applied science students, and there is no pure and applied person who parties a lot and does well. It just doesn’t happen, especially those doing chemistry as the pass rate in some of our courses is about 26 percent, and so you want to get into that 26 percent,” he said. Source Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.comand can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.

25-Year-Old Man Raised In Poverty, Single Parent Home Chosen to Complete Post-Doctoral Fellowship

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger A 25-year-old Jamaican who already has earned a doctorate in chemistry will add to his growing academic accomplishments as one of only five chosen for a post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Like many of his fellow Jamaicans, Peter Nelson used education to improve a childhood of poverty. But few have so quickly earned the accolades Nelson has, which include a…

KKK Grand Dragon Shocked That He’s Being Bοoted From Neighborhood Watch

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Ever since self appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman gunned down unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people have been wary of overzealous neighborhood watch members. In Philadelphia, the Tacony Town Watch decided to play it safe by giving one longtime neighborhood watch member, who is also a Grand Dragon in the KKK, the boot. Bill Walters’ connection to the KKK was apparently revealed after a slew of Klan fliers arrived at…

Facebook addict Nick Wig logs onto Facebook while breaking into a familys home and forgets to log out. www.blacklikemoi.com

Facebook Addict Breaks Into Family’s Home, Logs Onto Facebook, Forgets to Log Out

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Reported by Krystle Crossman Nick Wig of St. Paul, Minnesota is apparently addicted to Facebook. His social media cravings were so intense, in fact, that he couldn’t help but to check his Facebook while he was in the middle of a burglary of a Dakota County home. The owner, James Wood, said that he came home to find the place completely ransacked. He then noticed something odd on his computer,…

Washington DC has banned the box requiring applicants to list their criminal behavior before being considered for a job. www.blacklikemoi.com

Employers In Washington D.C. Can’t Ask Job Applicants For Criminal History

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger Washington D.C. City Council, led by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, has passed a law to ban the box on job applications that require applicants to disclose their criminal history. The effort, called the Fair Criminal Records Sentencing Act, which finally succeeded against years of opposition, is an effort to significantly lower recidivism among those re-entering society after an arrest and conviction. Earlier this month, McDuffie’s amendment…

Pres Obama was accused of over reaching the sneezze guard at Chipotle and was criticized for it. www.blacklikemoi.com

Pres. Obama Slammed For Breaking Restaurant’s Sanitation Rule

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger This situation may sound like a “Seinfeld” episode called “The over-reach,” but it really happened. And it involves the most powerful man in the world; yet, Twitter followers are not amused. Even “The Today Show” weighed in, with host Matt Lauer dubbing it “Sneezegate.” The “controversy” stems from a seemingly innocuous photo of President Barack Obama ordering at a Chipotle in front of a line…

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller discusses the embarrassing incient that left two juvenlies in holding over the weekend. www.blacklikemoi.com

Teens Spent Weekend In Holding Cell Without Water, Food, And Toilets

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Reported by Krystle Crossman Two teenagers in Douglas County, Georgia spent this past weekend with no water, no food, no toilet, and no lights. They had been put into two separate holding cells at the Douglas County Jail on Friday. At the end of the business day, a routine check that is supposed to be done to ensure that there is no one in the cells was not completed. This left…

Elvis Presley: A White Man With A Black Soul

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Elvis Presley is known as “the King of Rock and Roll.”  His music made him one of the most prolific cultural icons of the 20th century.  His unique musical style was deeply influenced by his Southern roots.  Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and later moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his family where he began his music career in 1954. Some of Presley’s early experiences with black music and culture…

What’s The Difference Between Federal and Private Student Loans?

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Lynette Khalfani-Cox is known as The Money Coach.  She is a personal finance expert who dispenses her knowledge and advise through television, radio, and books.  She wrote the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Her personal story inspires many to pursue financial solvency and freedom.  After amassing $100,000 in credit card debt, Khalfani-Cox was able to turn her financial life around by paying the…

CNN Asks Mississippi Blacks Why They Voted Republican

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The most interesting aspect of Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) win was the impact of black voters. Some have speculated that Cochran squeaked by thanks to black voters who came out to push him over the top. Local news reports even showed blacks waiting in line to vote in the Republican primary, which is uncommon amongst a demographic that usually votes overwhelmingly for Democrats. “It may be a Republican runoff between…

Man With Knife in His Back Calmly Walks Into McDonald’s

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What would you do if you were at McDonald’s waiting on your quarter pounder with cheese and a man walked in with a knife stuck in his back? That’s exactly the situation some McDonald’s customers at a New York restaurant faced early Tuesday morning. Patrons at McDonald’s say that around 10am, a man walked in after having been stαbbed in the back. Customers who saw the knife still sticking from…

Trolley driver said black men stabbed and shot him, but he was lying

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Reported by Liku Zelleke Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl has said that an RTA bus driver who claimed that three black teenagers shot and stabbed him is lying. Biehl said that key elements of Rickey Wagner’s story could not have occurred as he had described them, leading to a deeper investigation into the situation. On a release on the Dayton Regional Transportation Authority’s website, RTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy said…