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Priceless Vol 9 Number 12

Personal and Professional Empowerment

Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006 Virginia

Beach NAACP Membership Breakfast

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Katrina Pain Index 10 Years Later: Who Was Left Behind

2015 MEAC Football Press Luncheon

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Free August 2015

Local Student Niya Gray Wins Scholarship

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Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute: State-of-the-Art Cancer Treatment in Hampton Roads

Education and Awareness are the Keys to Fighting Cancer BY JASMINE BLACKWELL

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) is where science, the-art


compassion, treatment

technology, and

education meet. In 2005, Dr. BY BILL QUIGLEY

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, the nation saw tens of thousands of people left behind in New Orleans. Ten years later, it looks like the same people in New Orleans have been left behind again. The population of New Orleans is noticeably smaller and noticeably whiter. While tens of billions of dollars poured into Louisiana,


impact on poor and working people in New Orleans has been minimal. Many of the elderly and the poor, especially poor families with children, never made it back to New Orleans. The poverty rate for children who did made it back remains at disturbingly high pre-Katrina levels, especially for Black children. Rents are high and taking a higher percentage of people’s income.

The the pre-Katrina charter school

system fired all its teachers and professionals and turned itself into


capital of the U.S. even while the number of children in public schools has dropped dramatically. Since Katrina, white incomes, which were over

twice that of Blacks,

have risen three times as much as Blacks. While not all the numbers below are bad, they do illustrate who has been left behind in the 10 years since Katrina hit.

33: Rent in New Orleans is up 33 percent for one bedroom apartments and 41 percent

for two bedroom

apartments since Katrina hit. This is very tough because in New Orleans, 55 percent of residents

rent. The national

average is 35 percent. In 2005, one bedroom was $578 and two was $676. In 2015, it is $767 10 YEARS LATER PAGE 4

This Edition’s Highlights

Health Editorial Education

Homeschool: The Fastest Growing Trend in Education Seniors Stretch Their Way to Fitness

White House: Closing Education Gap would Boost U.S. Economy

Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch

Real Estate Tax Relief for Elderly & Disabled S.E.E.D.S. Back to School Resource Fair $10,000 Anti-Texting and Driving Scholarship

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William R. Harvey, Hampton University President of nearly 40 years, envisioned that his "Home by the Sea" would have a center focused on cancer

care using

proton therapy, a quick and


treatment lasting a mere two minutes or less for a total of one to nine weeks. The remarkable thing about this treatment is that a patient may resume normal daily following treatment.

activities immediately

In August of 2010, Dr. Harvey’s vision came to life when HUPTI opened the doors

Keith Gregory, HUPTI Executive Director Photos courtesy of HUPTI

An HUPTI radiation therapist positions and prepares a patient for treatment.

of what has become the largest free-standing proton therapy facility in the world. HUPTI is the eighth of 17 proton facilities in the country and has successfully treated more than 1000 patients.

“Our staff has a combined experience of about 100 years in treating with proton


Computer Security Tips for Bank Customers: A Basic Checklist


Computer - crimes

affecting businesses or consumers are frequently

financial institutions are


insured to

have vigorous information security programs to safeguard financial data, consumers also need to know how to protect and maintain their

computer systems so they

can steer clear of fraudsters. Here is a short checklist.

anti-virus software that scans your computer for malicious

1. Protect your computer. Install software

("malware") that

can steal login IDs, passwords and account information (including credit or debit card numbers). Also use a firewall program to guard against unauthorized access to your

computer. "Anti-virus protection and firewall options vary, and some are free," said Michael Benardo, Manager of the FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. "Choose one, install it, and then set the software to update automatically."

2. Safeguard your smartphone, tablet and similar mobile devices, especially when using them for banking or shopping. Reduce SECURITY TIPS PAGE 14


the news. While federally

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