Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trenton 2nd Anuual Book Festival

Mark your calendar for the 2nd annual Trenton Book Festival on June 5th-6th, 2009. This year's authors include Hugh B Price, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Jack Washington and others.

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed

by Hugh B. Price
In Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed, Hugh B. Price shares the lessons learned while helping to do just that during his tenure as president of the National Urban League. Here, find out how educators can apply some of the same tactics to inspire and award academic achievement in even the most challenged school districts.
According to Price, a highly informed and engaged community is essential to closing the achievement gap. This book underscores that community-based efforts to motivate student success can be effective because they have been effective. The message for educators, parents, business and civic leaders, and members of the general public is that their consistent and creative involvement will result in invigorated youngsters, inspired to achieve in school and in life.

Accompanied by personal vignettes, moving anecdotes from successful students, and an extensive resource list, the President of the National Urban League presents a wealth of valuable tips and strategies for parents, showing them how to obtain higher educational standards in their children's schools. Reprint.

Amiri Baraka, born in 1934, in Newark, New Jersey, USA, is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism, a poet icon and revolutionary political activist who has recited poetry and lectured on cultural and political issues extensively in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe..

With influences on his work ranging from musical orishas such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Sun Ra to the Cuban Revolution, Malcolm X and world revolutionary movements, Baraka is renowned as the founder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s that became, though short-lived, the virtual blueprint for a new American theater aesthetics. The movement and his published and performance work, such as the signature study on African-American music, Blues People (1963) and the play Dutchman (1963) practically seeded “the cultural corollary to black nationalism” of that revolutionary American milieu.

Other titles range from Selected Poetry of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones (1979), to The Music (1987), a fascinating collection of poems and monographs on Jazz and Blues authored by Baraka and his wife and poet Amina, and his boldly sortied essays, The Essence of Reparations (2003).

The poem’s own detonation caused the author’s photo and words to be splashed across the pages of New York’s Amsterdam News and the New York Times and to be featured on CNN--to name a few US city, state and national and international media.
Baraka lives in Newark with his wife and author Amina Baraka; they have five children and head up the word-music ensemble, Blue Ark: The Word Ship and co-direct Kimako’s Blues People, the “artspace” housed in their theater basement for some fifteen years.


Canseco lasts 76 seconds with Korean giant before tapping out

Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez and countless baseball players outed as steroid users by Jose Canseco were probably hoping for a fate worse than this. The 44-year-old risked life and limb for a big payday in Japan in his first professional mixed martial arts fight. The 1988 AL MVP took on a 7-foot-2, 330-pound Korean kickboxer. It went exactly as you'd expect. Canseco threw some wild punches and attempted a few kicks. Nothing of significance landed. Hong Man Choi waited patiently and then pounced. The 253-pound Canseco threw a kick to Choi's thigh that caused him to lose his balance. When he fell to the ground, Choi jumped on top of Canseco throwing 14 punches. Very few landed but it was clear the slugger was shot. The ref stepped in to stop the fight at 1:16 of the first round when Canseco tapped.

The fight was part of DREAM's Super Hulk Tournament. The entire event was a farce consisting of four fights that featured an average weight difference of 87.6 pounds. The Canseco-Choi fight was exactly the kind of matchup that would never be approved in the U.S. by any commission. Nevada nearly denied a license recently to 45-year-old Mark Coleman to fight at UFC 100. Coleman, who has 24 pro fights under his belt and was an NCAA wrestling champ, tired badly in his last fight at UFC 93. The fighters' safety is paramount in MMA where knees, kicks, elbows, punches, jiu-jitsu and wrestling are all fair game.

Canseco's approach to the fight was actually intelligent. He tried to throw big overhand rights and then scoot away from the giant. But in doing so, it looked like he was exhausted after just a minute of fighting. He attempted seven kicks to Choi's legs and body. The final right kick landed awkwardly on Choi's left thigh. Canseco's knee buckled and down he went. When he rose to his feet after the stoppage, Canseco had a noticeable limp.

Canseco had zero professional fighting experience before this freak show, but he did have two celebrity boxing matches to his credit. He was destroyed in his first try against former NFL player Vai Sikahema. The former Golden Gloves champ stopped Canseco inside of one minute. Canseco also fought former Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce to a draw. Canseco outweighs Bonaduce by 70 pounds.

Choi, who is 12-6 in K-1 professional kickboxing, is now 2-2 in MMA. Choi had previously lost to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who is fighting in the UFC at UFC 99 on June 13. He also lost to Yahoo! Sports' No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Fedor Emelianenko.

Hong Man Choi Jose Canseco Fight Video

California same-sex marriage ban ruling expected

The California Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the state's recently passed same-sex marriage ban on Tuesday.

The oral arguments for the case were heard in March, and the decision is expected to determine what will happen to the estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages that were performed prior to November, if the ban is upheld. Gay rights groups and the Attorney General argued that the ban is unconstitutional, but for different reasons. Gay rights lawyers say that the ban is an illegal revision to the constitution, but Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said that it was unconstitutional because it took away an inalienable right without justification, according to the LA Times.

During the oral arguments, all the justices expressed support for continuing to recognize the current married same-sex couples, but some of the judges seemed unconvinced that Prop. 8 was an unconstitutional revision.

The ruling is expected at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

The Poor People's Campaign addressing the Crisis of Poverty in the Delta of Mississippi

Press Release

(Lambert, Ms)---The Gathering of Hearts Organization and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will hold a Public Hearing and March on the crisis of poverty in the Delta of Mississippi on Friday and Saturday June 19-20, 2009.

Delivering on Dr. King’s 1968 planned “Poor People’s Campaign” in Washington, D.C. to demand President Lyndon and Congress’ in help addressing the need for jobs, decent homes, health care and education in rural America; the SCLC and Gathering of Hearts has planned a Poverty Tour, assessing the living conditions in the Delta on Friday June 19, followed by the Poor People’s Public Hearing at Quitman County Elementary School in Lambert, MS.

“Someone has to help shed light on the living conditions in places like Louisiana and Mississippi. No one should have to live like this, no where in the world and especially not in America,” said Antoinette Harrell, Founder of Gathering of Hearts, who has organized Poverty Tours for the last six months in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Student Minister Ava Muhammad was invited to participate as a speaker during the public hearing in Lambert on the 19th of June in reference to human rights violations as it pertains to the poverty level in this area.

According to the 2009 Mississippi Human Development Report, a new county-by-county assessment that examines disparities by county, race and gender, “a black male born in Mississippi can expect a shorter life span than the average American in 1960. A black woman in Mississippi earns less today than the typical American in 1960. The overall infant mortality rate for nonwhites in Mississippi is more than 18 per 1,000 births, about the same as Libya and Thailand. Overall, black Mississippian are worse off than other black Americans, ranking second to last on the health and income index (just ahead of Louisiana) but dead last in education.”

“Mississippi ranks last in overall human development, said Harrell. Two years ago, President Obama, talked about Bobby Kennedy’s visit to the Mississippi Delta over four decades ago, and how Kennedy, with tears in his eyes, asked a single question about poverty in America: “How can a country like this allow it?” Forty years later, President Obama answered, ‘We can’t.’ So we are calling on President Obama and lawmakers act now to address the crisis in Mississippi. We can’t wait.” Said Harrell.

The Gathering of Hearts and the SCLC are also calling on national leaders, organizations, influencers, and the young people to join them at the public hearing on Friday, June 19 and then for the march on poverty in Jackson, MS on Saturday June 20, 2009 to help draw attention to the cause.

(If you’d like more information about the Poor People Campaign March and Public Hearing or to schedule an interview with Antoinette Harrell, please contact 985.229.8001 or email Antoinette Harrell at afrigenah@yahoo.com)


Meet the Brown Family, Please help Gathering of Hearts give this family a home. We need carpenters, plumbers, electricians, building materials, and all the free labor we can get.

NY judge rises from projects to the Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor's path to the pinnacle of the legal profession began in the 1960s at a Bronx housing project just a couple blocks from Yankee Stadium, where she and her family dealt with one struggle after another.

She suffered juvenile diabetes that forced her to start insulin injections at age 8. Her father died the next year, leaving her to be raised by her mother — a nurse at a methadone clinic who always kept a pot of rice and beans on the stove. The parents had moved from Puerto Rico.

Sotomayor immersed herself in Nancy Drew books and spent hours watching Perry Mason on television, and knew she wanted to be a judge by the age of 10 after being inspired by a Perry Mason episode that ended with the camera settling on the robed sage.

"I realized that the judge was the most important player in that room," Sotomayor said in a 1998 interview with The Associated Press.

Now, Sotomayor is one of the most important players in the nation after being nominated for a Supreme Court seat by President Barack Obama. It is the crowning accomplishment in a career that included a long list of achievements: Yale Law School; a stint as a prosecutor and at a Manhattan law firm; a key ruling in 1995 that brought Major League Baseball back to the nation after a strike; and most recently a job as a federal appeals judge.

The Manhattan-born Sotomayor's humble upbringing has shaped her personality — vibrant and colorful, and so different from the Bronx projects where she grew up in a working-class existence in a home with a drab yellow kitchen. She is a food-loving baseball buff as likely to eat a hot dog at a street corner stand as she is to sit down for a lengthy meal at a swanky Manhattan restaurant.

Her work and everything else in her life are sure to face close scrutiny in the months ahead in a process Sotomayor is all too familiar with. Her nomination to the appeals court was delayed 15 months, reportedly because of concerns by Republicans that she might someday be considered for the Supreme Court.

"I don't think anybody looked at me as a woman or as a Hispanic and said, `We're not going to appoint her because of those characteristics.' Clearly that's not what occurred," she recalled in the 1998 interview.

"But I do believe there are gender and ethnic stereotypes that propel people to assumptions about what they expected me to be," she continued. "I obviously felt that any balanced view of my work would not support some of the allegations being made."

Her baseball ruling in 1995 was among the most important moments of her career. Because of her position on the bench in New York, she was put in the position to essentially decide the future of the sport she so loved.

Acknowledging the pivotal moment, Sotomayor described how it is "when you see an outfielder backpedaling and jumping up to the wall and time stops for an instant as he jumps up and you finally figure out whether it's a home run, a double or a single off the wall or an out."

Then she scolded baseball owners for unfair labor practices and urged lawyers for striking players and the owners to salvage the 1995 season, reach a new labor agreement and change their attitudes.

As she showed with her March 1995 baseball ruling, the 54-year-old Sotomayor embraces the dramatic moment as well as any of the roughly 80 judges in the lower Manhattan courthouse that has been her home since her appointment to the bench in 1992 by President Bush.

As a district judge, she advanced First Amendment religious claims by tossing out a state prison rule banning members of a religious sect from wearing colored beads to ward off evil spirits, and by rejecting a suburban law preventing the display of a 9-foot-high menorah in a park.

In 1995, she released the suicide note of former White House aide Vincent Foster, acting on litigation brought by the Wall Street Journal under the Freedom of Information Act.

Sotomayor, who has a brother who became a doctor, presided over a civil trial in 1996 in which the family of a lawyer who died from AIDS sued the makers of the movie, "Philadelphia," contending that Hollywood stole their story. The case was settled but not before the movie with its dramatic courtroom showdowns was aired in court in its entirety, prompting Sotomayor to caution: "I don't expect melodrama here. I don't want anybody aspiring to what they see on the screen."

A year later, she ruled in favor of the creators of the "Seinfeld" show in a claim that a trivia book infringed on their television program's copyright.

Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, then became an editor of the Yale Law Journal at Yale Law School. She then joined the Manhattan district attorney's office and the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

She spent five years as a prosecutor before joining the midtown law firm of Pavia & Harcourt, where she worked eight years before her appointment to the federal bench.

Sotomayor is less affluent than many of the typical high court prospects. Though drawing a six-figure income, she lives in expensive Manhattan. Sotomayor earned $179,500 as a federal appellate judge in New York last year, plus $14,780 teaching at New York University's law school and $10,000 as a lecturer at Columbia University's law school, according to her most recent financial disclosure report.

Sotomayor owns a condominium in trendy Greenwich Village. She has had the property since at least 1998, and took out a $350,000 mortgage from JPMorgan Chase Bank last fall, the city records show. Sotomayor refinanced and used proceeds for renovations, her office said.

The condo, the only property Sotomayor owns, appears to be her primary asset. Other units in the building have sold for $900,000 to $1.5 million over the past five years, city records show.

Sotomayor listed two bank accounts as her only investments: $50,000 to $100,000 in a Citibank savings account and up to $15,000 in a checking account.

Since joining the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sotomayor has shown an independent streak and an interest in separating emotion from interpretation of the law, as she did in writing the dissent in a 2-to-1 decision in 2000. The appeals court ruled that the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 eight miles off the coast of Long Island occurred within U.S. territorial waters, allowing victims' families to sue for damages that would have been barred if it happened in international seas.

Sotomayor said it seemed that the appeals panel was ignoring legislative history and earlier case law "in an understandable desire to provide the relatives and estate representatives ... a more generous recovery."

She said it was clear that Congress intended the Death on the High Seas Act to apply to any deaths that happened beyond three nautical miles from the U.S. coast and that those who drafted the law wanted to "provide a remedy, not the most generous remedy."

Her rulings and comments during oral arguments also have reflected a law-and-order interest.

In 2000, she warned a lawyer who appealed the 30-year prison sentence given to a police officer who sodomized a defendant that the appeals court might suggest the sentence should be increased because of the brutality of the crime.

In 2007, she wrote an appeals opinion finding it was constitutional for state troopers to lure suspects away from two vehicles while they searched the cars for cocaine.

"There was ample probable cause to support these searches, and a disinterested magistrate judge assuredly would have issued a warrant had one been sought," she wrote.

In another case, she gave an asylum seeker a second chance after his claim was rejected because he failed to appear at a hearing because his attorney was upstairs in possession of the document he needed to get into the building.

Sotomayor describes herself as "extraordinarily intense and very fun-loving."

At a recent program honoring the creator of a documentary showing children who have thrived even in threatening environments, Sotomayor, her round face beaming, seemed to be enjoying the attention she was receiving as her nomination to the Supreme Court seemed likely.

In brief remarks, Sotomayor described the documentary as fabulous.

"We should applaud more frequently those who transform a lost life," Sotomayor said.

As Sotomayor saw it, she was not so far from her humble childhood that she was not emotionally touched when she signed her first judgment of conviction after becoming a judge.

"That emotion will never leave me — humility," she said. "A deep, deep sense of humility. And a deep, deep sense of there but for the grace of God could I have gone and many that I have loved."

Dollar down to mid-94 yen after rising on N. Korean nuclear news+

The U.S. dollar briefly fell to the mid-94 yen zone on Tuesday in Tokyo as investors locked in profits following dollar buying the previous day on North Korea's announcement of its nuclear test.

At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 94.65-67 yen compared with Monday's 5 p.m. quotes of 94.98-95.00 yen in Tokyo. Financial markets in the United States and Britain were closed Monday for a holiday.

It moved between 94.51 yen and 95.08 yen during the day, changing hands most frequently at 94.70 yen.

The euro traded at $1.3939-3940 and 131.94-98 yen against $1.3984-3985 and 132.82-86 yen in Tokyo late Monday.

Although it spiked briefly above the 95 yen line in the early morning on geopolitical concerns triggered by North Korea's nuclear test, the dollar's upside was heavy and fell back as some market players thought buying of the U.S. unit was excessive, dealers said.

Pyongyang said Monday it conducted its second nuclear test, following its first one in October 2006. That put the yen under strain as Japan's geographical proximity to North Korea makes it hard to build up yen positions.

The dollar's upside was also capped due to lingering concerns about a possible downgrade of the U.S. sovereign rating, dealers said.

Some market players focused on how the U.S. Treasury auction on Tuesday will turn out. If fresh U.S. debt issues find few buyers, it will become a cause for dollar selling as it further fuels investor anxiety about the growing U.S. federal deficits, analysts say.

But the dollar may not tumble too sharply despite such concern because it has several things going for it, said Norihiro Tsuruta, chief strategist of global investment research at the Shinko Research Institute.

The U.S. financial sector has seen its health restored somewhat since the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. last September and the recent rise in commodity prices also points to an improvement in the global market, he said.

"The dollar is likely to be boxed in as it will undergo cyclical ups and downs against the yen for some time to come," Tsuruta said.

The euro was sold on position adjustments after topping the $1.4 line Monday, dealers said.

GOP has high hopes in NJ, Va., governors' races

Republicans are dreaming big in the swamps of New Jersey and the rural outposts of Virginia.

After crushing losses at all levels of government in back-to-back elections, the GOP has pinned its hopes on the only major contests this year — governors' races in two states that Democrats control. Downtrodden Republicans hope victories this fall will revive the party heading into crucial congressional elections in 2010.

The GOP has suffered a series of setbacks, including coming up short in a special election in a Republican-leaning upstate New York congressional district, since last fall's drubbing at the hands of now-President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

Prospects in New Jersey and Virginia seem promising for competitive races this fall, even though Obama is popular in both states. Six months ago, he won New Jersey by 15 percentage points over Republican Sen. John McCain, and he became the first Democrat since 1964 to carry Virginia.

Nonetheless, independent analysts say Republicans have a real chance in both governors' races.

"Statewide politics are different than national, and there is no George W. Bush to drag down the Republican Party this time around," said Harry Wilson, professor of public affairs at Virginia's Roanoke College. "There's no question the Republican Party itself is suffering nationally, but in both of these states Republicans do have a chance to break free."

In New Jersey, Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine is considered so vulnerable that national Democratic groups are spending millions on television ads to influence the outcome of the state's GOP primary June 2.

A series of polls has shown Corzine trailing Republican Chris Christie, a former U.S. attorney under Bush. Corzine, who made millions as a Wall Street executive and was a U.S. senator, is coping with record low approval ratings as he struggles to close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

As a prosecutor, Christie won praise for cracking down on corruption — an accomplishment that get noticed in a state that's seen a fair share of crimes and malfeasance — and for successfully prosecuting two major terrorism cases. He says he's convicted 130 politicians and public employees.

Christie has raised the maximum campaign cash allowed for the primary and earned the backing of nearly all the state's GOP establishment.

But he first must thwart a feisty challenge from Steve Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota, which is about 15 miles north of Newark. Lonegan is a conservative with a following among many right-leaning GOP primary voters. A recent Quinnipiac University poll put Christie ahead of Lonegan by 23 points, but several strategists believe the race is much closer.

Enter the Democratic Governors Association, which teamed with allied groups this past week on a $1 million ad campaign contending that Christie is not exactly the ethical champion he claims to be.

At issue are out-of-court settlements Christie brokered with companies suspected of white-collar crime, and lucrative no-bid contracts he awarded to prominent lawyers to monitor the settlements. The lawyers included former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who received a $27 million contract, and David Kelley, a federal prosecutor who two years ago declined to prosecute Christie's brother for stock fraud.

The DGA media campaign hits Christie on the contracts and notes that he's been asked to appear before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee next month to discuss the matter.

"Congressional investigators want answers from Chris Christie," the DGA ad says.

In an interview, Christie said the association's involvement means it "must be pretty scared of me."

He added, "I think it should tell our Republican Party, not only should you vote for me because of the principles I've expounded and the record I've created ... I'm the guy the Democrats nationally fear most."

In Virginia, Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, who also is the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee, must step down after one term under state law.

Republicans are heartened that they don't have a primary on their hands.

Bob McDonnell, the popular state attorney general, has a hefty bank account and a clear path to the GOP nomination. Polls show him leading all three of his potential Democratic rivals, who are competing in an increasingly fierce June 9 primary.

They are former state House Democratic Caucus leader Brian Moran; state Sen. Creigh Deeds; and Terry McAuliffe, the former DNC chairman who counts Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton as close friends.

McAuliffe's celebrity connections and fundraising prowess have brought significant national attention to the race. That's made him a target of his Democratic rivals. Polls show McAuliffe edging into a lead with as much as one-third of the primary electorate still undecided.

McAuliffe, a multimillionaire businessman, sought to make a big impression from the start. Early in the race, he went on television across the state with ads to define himself. He has had former President Clinton and celebrities such as singer will.i.am campaign for him. McAuliffe has raised more than $5 million, compared with nearly $3 million for Moran and just over $2 million for Deeds.

Moran is well-known in populous northern Virginia and has deep family connections in the state. His brother, Jim Moran, is a 10-term member of Congress from Alexandria, just outside Washington.

Deeds has run statewide before, narrowly losing the attorney general's race to McDonnell four years ago. Deeds is from rural western Virginia and is more conservative than his Democratic rivals.

In their final debate this past week, the candidates' closing pitches illustrated the central dynamic of the race: Moran and Deeds cast themselves as proven leaders while McAuliffe channeled Obama's call for change and bipartisanship.

"If you're looking for someone to go to Richmond and shake it up, think outside of the box with a business background who is willing to ... bring the new fight down there," McAuliffe said.

As national chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid, McAuliffe campaigned hard against Obama in the primary but supported him in the general election and now mentions the president every chance he gets.

Moran is trying to counter McAuliffe's efforts to link himself to Obama, running a radio ad in heavily black areas of the state reminding voters of his rival's connections to Hillary Clinton and unleashing a TV ad that says: "Barack Obama ran against exactly the kind of big-money politics that McAuliffe represents."

Political observers suggest a low primary turnout would benefit Moran or Deeds, while a larger turnout would help McAuliffe, who is trying to attract new voters as Obama did.

Democrats haven't held a gubernatorial primary in Virginia since 1977. Since then, the state has changed dramatically, with the Democratic-leaning Washington suburbs and the Tidewater area experiencing a population boom that has nudged the state to the left.

Even so, Roanoke College's Wilson said: "This is a relatively conservative state and I'm not convinced Republicans are completely out of touch here."

Kidnapping trial of 'Rockefeller' set to start

The man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller is headed to trial.

Jury selection in Rockefeller's kidnapping trial begins Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Rockefeller, whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (GAYR'-hahrtz-ry-tur), is accused of fleeing with his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston last July. He and the girl were found six days later in Baltimore. She was unharmed.

Gerhartsreiter's attorneys are planning an insanity defense, saying he is not criminally responsible because of psychological problems that include bipolar disorder and depression.

Prosecutors say he is perfectly sane. They describe him as a longtime con man who carefully planned the kidnapping months in advance.

Minn. cancer patient back home, sees doctor

A 13-year-old cancer patient and his mother who spent nearly a week on the run to avoid chemotherapy must again place the boy's medical fate in the hands of a judge. And this time, an attorney said she believes they'll do what the court orders.

Jennifer Keller, the attorney who helped return Colleen and Daniel Hauser to Minnesota on Monday, said the mother will continue to seek permission to use alternative treatments for her son's cancer "that aren't toxic."

"But she'll abide by what the court says," Keller said.

Daniel and Colleen Hauser arrived back in Minnesota about 3 a.m. Monday on a private jet after fleeing the state nearly a week earlier, prompting a nationwide search.

Daniel Hauser, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma and has been refusing chemotherapy, was examined by a doctor upon returning to Minnesota. He's in the protective custody of Brown County, and while Daniel was allowed to spend the night at home, County Attorney James Olson said a deputy was posted at the Hauser farm in Sleepy Eye.

Olson said since Colleen Hauser returned to Minnesota voluntarily, he would likely dismiss a felony complaint against her and not charge her with anything else. FBI spokesman E.K. Wilson said a federal charge of unauthorized flight would also likely be dropped.

But Olson indicated Colleen Hauser and her husband, Anthony Hauser, would have little choice but to go along with the court's desire to treat Daniel with chemotherapy — a push likely to be revived at a court hearing that could happen as soon as Tuesday.

"A lot depends upon the attitude of the parents, their willingness to get on board with a treatment plan," Olson said Monday. "If they are going to continue with this, 'We don't want chemo,' ... We'll see what happens tomorrow."

Keller said she met the mother and son on Sunday, after another attorney told her the family wanted to return to Minnesota but didn't know what to do. Keller then notified authorities and arranged for the private jet. Keller said criticism pointed at Colleen Hauser is unfair.

"They always expected to return," Keller told The Associated Press in a phone interview late Monday. "She's horrified people perceive her as hiding out. That isn't what she intended."

Keller said Daniel Hauser looked fine but was tired.

"He wasn't in any acute distress," Keller said. "He was quite tired. He was very, very eager to get home."

Daniel underwent one round of chemotherapy in February, but stopped after that, citing religious beliefs. The family prefers natural healing practices inspired by American Indians.

A judge ruled the parents medically neglected Daniel and ordered them to get him an updated chest X-ray as well as select an oncologist for a re-evaluation. After the X-ray showed a tumor in Daniel's chest has grown, the mother and son left town.

The FBI said the pair flew to Los Angeles. Investigators suspected they might have been heading to one of a number of alternative cancer clinics in northern Mexico.

Dr. Bruce Bostrom, the pediatric oncologist at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota who diagnosed Daniel's cancer in January, said he was happy to hear of the boy's return.

"I'm delighted," Bostrom said. "I've been so worried that he was going to die in Mexico. I've been praying for his safe return, so I think my prayers will be answered."

Hodgkin's lymphoma has a 90 percent cure rate in children if treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but doctors said Daniel was likely to die without those treatments.

One man crew isn't enough for Lakers or Cavaliers

Kobe Bryant still hasn't gotten a chance to hit a buzzer beater to beat the Denver Nuggets, so LeBron James retains bragging rights for now among the two superstars battling to stay in the NBA playoffs.

As wildly inconsistent as the Los Angeles Lakers continue to be, Bryant may never get the chance for an iconic shot of his own. Then again, maybe he's saving it for Game 7, where the Lakers-Nuggets series now seems destined to go.

At least Lakers fans better hope it goes that far.

Bryant did his usual share of work, but the way his supporting cast stood around Monday night and watched as the Nuggets chased down rebound after rebound to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece had to make Jack Nicholson and the rest of the beautiful people feel a little queasy.

Maybe they should have headed down to Staples Center instead, where the WWE was staging the "Monday Night Raw" wrestling card that was supposed to have been held in Denver because no one — including the team's owner — thought the Nuggets would make the conference finals. Actually, someone made up as Nicholson was there, as was a man posing as David Stern.

Say what you want about wrestling, but these guys know how to put on a show. There were villains and heroes, and a five-man tag team match featuring wrestlers in Nuggets uniforms bouncing off the ropes with those in Lakers' gear.

The Lakers won the match, touching off the kind of celebration the real team can only hope it gets upon its return home Wednesday night. They deserved it because, unlike the real team, they seemed to want it more.

Don't blame Bryant for that. He scored 34 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, but he could have scored twice that and it probably wouldn't have mattered.

Not when the Nuggets grabbed 20 balls off the offensive boards. Not when they out-rebounded the Lakers by 18 overall and were busier all night than the team tattooist.

Bryant suggested afterward that perhaps his teammates didn't understand the urgency of the situation. They were happy to have won in Denver on Saturday, so they didn't play every possession like it was their last, didn't go sprawling after every loose ball like it was their last.

The Nuggets did, and that's how you win playoff games. It's really no more complicated than that.

"They played harder and they played better. Period," Bryant said.

The top suits at ABC have to be a bit concerned about that because it seemed preordained when these playoffs started so many weeks ago that Kobe and LeBron would meet beginning June 4 in a finals that would match the two best players in the game and draw big ratings.

But if not for an ill advised inbound pass in Game 1, the Nuggets would likely be up 3-1 in this series. As it is, they head back to Los Angeles with momentum and a growing confidence that they are the better team and that Bryant can't beat them all by himself.

Things are even more precarious in the East, where Cleveland has to win on the road Tuesday night or risk going down 3-1 to the Orlando Magic. Like Bryant, James has been every bit the superstar he is in the series but, like the Lakers, the supporting cast for the Cavaliers has disappeared for long stretches at a time.

James made up for that in Game 2 with a 3-pointer that will live in playoff lore. But even Michael Jordan had to have teammates like Scotty Pippen around to win six NBA titles in the 1990s.

Jordan is selling underwear now and it's been 20 years since his famous shot lifted the Bulls to a first-round win over Cleveland, so a lot of instant historians wanted to declare James' shot as the greatest shot in playoff history. It's certainly in the top 10, but it wasn't that long ago that Derek Fisher and Reggie Miller hit similar shots in crucial playoff games.

That's not what James wants to be remembered for in these playoffs anyway. He knows greatness is always measured against titles and, as dominant as James can be, he has yet to lead the Cavs to a ring.

For James to change that, his teammates must step up and play as hard as he does. The same goes for the Lakers and Bryant, who was so exhausted from leading his team to a win in Game 3 that he needed IV fluids.

If there's one thing these playoffs have shown, it's that one man isn't enough.

Police: Mike Tyson's daughter on life support

Boxer Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter is on life support after she was found with her neck caught in a cord of a treadmill machine Monday, police said.

Exodus Tyson's 7-year-old brother found her on a treadmill with her neck in the cord that dangles from the console of the exercise machine at their Phoenix home, police Sgt. Andy Hill said, calling it a "tragic accident."

The boy told Exodus' mother, who was in another room. She took Exodus off the cord, called 911 and tried to revive her.

Responding officers and firefighters performed CPR on Exodus as they rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was in "extremely critical condition" and on life support, Hill said.

"Somehow she was playing on this treadmill, and there's a cord that hangs under the console — it's kind of a loop," Hill said. "Either she slipped or put her head in the loop, but it acted like a noose, and she was obviously unable to get herself off of it."

Hill said former heavyweight champion Tyson had been in Las Vegas but flew to Phoenix immediately after learning of the accident. Police didn't release the girl's name.

Tyson could not immediately be reached for comment but 42West, a New York City public relations firm representing him, released a statement on the family's behalf.

"The Tyson family would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt thanks for all your prayers and support, and we ask that we be allowed our privacy at this difficult time," the statement said.

Brief footage from local TV station KTVK showed Tyson arriving at the hospital in a white button-up and black pants, and looking around with a frown before going inside.

Hill said everything in the investigation pointed to an accident. "There's nothing in the investigation that revealed anything suspicious," he said.

He added that responding to calls involving children is an officer's most difficult duty.

"Those are the things that stay with you in your career," he said. "We always hope for a miracle — not to have the worst happen to a child."

N Korea 'test-fires more missiles'

North Korea has test-fired two short-range missiles, reports say, a day after the country triggered international condemnation by conducting an underground nuclear test.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted government officials in Seoul as saying the tests on Tuesday took place near the east coast city of Hamhung and involved one ground-to-air and one ground-to-ship missile.

If confirmed, the launches would be the fourth fired this week and come amid a dramatic escalation in tensions on the Korean peninsula following Monday's underground nuclear test.

That test was swiftly condemned by the UN, with the Security Council unanimously labelling it a "clear violation" of a 2006 resolution passed after Pyongyang's first atomic detonation.

"The members of the Security Council have decided to start work immediately on a Security Council resolution on this matter," the body said in a statement after holding crisis talks on Monday.

At the White House, the US president also condemned the test as "reckless" and pledged to take action in response to the underground blast, which was said to be 20 times more powerful than the 2006 test.

"North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes pose a grave threat to the peace and security of the world, and I strongly condemn their reckless action," Barack Obama told reporters.

Obama called the test "a blunt violation of international law" and said Pyongyang had reneged on its commitment to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

He was later reported to have phoned the leaders of Japan and South Korea to assure them of the US's "unequivocal commitment" to their defence.

South Korea meanwhile has announced that it will formally join a US-led initiative to intercept ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction - a move seen as likely to compound tensions in the region.

North Korea has previously warned that it would view the South's membership of the of Proliferation Security Initiative as tantamount to "a declaration of war".

'Price to pay'

The UN talks were preceded by a "P5 + 2" session between the five permanent members of the security council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - plus Japan and South Korea.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, also joined widespread international criticism of the test, saying he was "deeply disturbed" by reports it had taken place.

"They should have come to the dialogue table and resolved all the issues through peaceful means," he said.

Following the UN talks, several diplomats hinted that they would push for fresh sanctions against North Korea under a new resolution.

"This resolution should include new sanctions in addition to those already adopted because such behaviour should have a cost and a price to pay," Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the French deputy permanent representative, told reporters.

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, said Washington would seek "a strong resolution", calling the test "a grave violation of international law, and a threat to regional and international peace and security".

Rice, however, stopped short of mentioning possible sanctions.

John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN during the administration of George Bush, told Al Jazeera the US needed to respond to the test using "strong measures".

"I think we should conclude from this that North Korea is not going to be talked out of its nuclear programme," Bolton said.

"I would recommend economic sanctions along the lines of those imposed on Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait in 1990... I believe this is a case that calls for North Korea to be expelled from the United Nations for persistent violations of its charter."

Bolton also said the US should "return North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism".

Diplomacy stalled

The nuclear test site is believed to be near the northeastern town of Kilchu
China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US have been negotiating since 2003 to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons work in exchange for energy and security guarantees.

The six-party talks led to a 2007 agreement under which the North said it would dismantle its nuclear facilities, but the deal stalled during disagreements over verification.

In April, North Korea fired a three-stage rocket that it said launched a satellite into orbit, although the US has said it believes the launch was a cover for a test of the North's long-range missile technology.

The launch triggered condemnation from the Security Council, in turn provoking an angry reaction from the North, which said it was pulling out of nuclear disarmament talks and restarting its weapons programme.

Explosive yield

The exact size of North Korea's latest nuclear test has not been confirmed, although state media in its official announcement said it had been on "a higher level in terms of its explosive power" than the detonation in 2006.

Russia's defence ministry said an atomic explosion had taken place in northeastern North Korea at 9:54am (00:54GMT) and estimated the blast's yield to be up to 20 kilotonnes, about the same as the US bombs used against the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of the second world war.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said it had detected a magnitude 4.7 tremor near the town of Kilchu about 375km northeast of Pyongyang, the capital, and close to where North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006, which was estimated to be about one kilotonne.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies