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VOL. XVI, NO. 11
3/31/98 - 4/13/98

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Gary James Interview
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Global Warning

Something About the IDB You Might Not Know:

The School System Still Hasn't Received All Promised Payments From IDB-Financed Businesses

by Edmund Tsang

According to information provided by the Mobile County Public School System, the number of companies that promised to make sum-in-lieu-of-property-tax payments to the school system in order to receive financing from the City of Mobile Industrial Development Board (IDB) but had not paid, remains at ten since the last count in March, 1997. When former associate superintendent for business, Charles Ratcliffe, first brought up the issue of sum-in-lieu in a school board meeting in March, 1993, only 3 out of 17 such promised payments had been received.

Figures provided by Charles Wilcox, the current business manager of the school system, show that the sum-in-lieu-of-property-tax payments made by seven companies during the 1996-97 fiscal year amounted to $560,946.87. The four payments received between September, 1997 and March, 1998 amounted to $189,791.89. The value of the ten missing payments is unknown. [_Full_Story_]

Harbinger Wins Grant

The Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF), a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced last week that it will award a grant to The Harbinger to sponsor an educational symposium titled "Healing and the Written/Spoken Word." The program will explore how the spoken and written word can be used in a holistic approach to help patients and their families and friends to confront illnesses and to deal with pain and suffering. Presenters will use literature as an art form to address the disharmony that lies at the core of illness.

Charles B. Rodning, Ph.D., M.D., will discuss the covenant between patient and physician, and the role of communication in transforming a physician into a healer to address the well-being of patients and their families and friends who are experiencing suffering and pain. Dr. Rodning is a surgeon and a published poet, and his presentation will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Medical Science Building Auditorium on the University of South Alabama (USA) campus.

Musa Mayer is an author and mental health counselor. She will give a talk and show a video on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Medical Science Building auditorium about confronting cancer with writing based on her two books, Examining Myself: One Women's Story of Breast Cancer and Treatment and Recovery and Holding Tight, Letting Go: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Ms. Mayer will also conduct a writing workshop on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in Room 144, Humanities Building on the USA campus for people with life-threatening illnesses, family members, care-givers, and health professionals.

The symposium will conclude with a poetry reading by Sue Walker, Ph.D., on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Medical Science Building auditorium. Dr. Walker will also lead a discussion on the relation between healing and words. Dr. Walker is the recipient of the 1994 William Crawford Gorgas Award given by the Alabama Medical Association for work by a lay-person in the field of medicine. She is the co-editor of the award-winning anthology on healing and word -- Life on the Line.

The current award is the 14th project grant that The Harbinger has received from AHF since its formation in 1983. For more information on "Healing and the Spoken/Written Word," visit the web site.

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