N.C. State athlete apologizes for tweet

News Notes: Carolinas

Athlete apologizes for tweets

RALEIGH, N.C. — C.J. Leslie, a sophomore men’s basketball player, recently got into hot water over anti-gay comments he posted on Twitter regarding NBA player John Amaechi.

Since then, he has caught flack from a number of people and organizations. Even Annabelle Myers, who serves as the school’s assistant athletics director for media relations, made a statement saying that Leslie’s comments “should not be viewed as a reflection on the University’s relationship with the GLBT community,” The Technician reported.

Justine Hollingshead, director of NCSU’s GLBT Center, wanted action saying that the school needed to “take a strong stance,” NBC17 reported.

Since then he as offered an apology via Twitter saying that he did not want to hurt or offend anyone and came to the conclusion that he should think before he tweeted. He “meant no disrespect to any 1.”

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The school has a social networking policy for its athletes. It states in part, “Playing and competing for NC State is a privilege, not a right. In this context, each student-athlete has the responsibility to portray him or herself, the team, and NC State in a positive manner at all times.”

Network announces slate

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Business and Professional Network has announced its slate of officers for the upcoming year. The nominations were approved by the officers and board of directors.

Officers up for election for 2012 are: Gary Bowman, president; Kelly Spaulding, vice president; Joel Taylor, treasurer; and Keith Worley, secretary.

Directors for a two-year term ending in 2013 are: Gaston Williams; Lori White; Marlon Torres; and Julie Keelan.

Elections will be held at the June 8 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at 18 Seaboard, Suite 100.

For more information or to make reservations, email info@raleighnetwork.org or visit raleighnetwork.org.

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Test nets interesting results

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The New York Times reported that antiretroviral medication can not only provide benefit to those infected with HIV/AIDS, but also to those with whom they have physical contact.

A randomized clinical trial “showed that the drugs lowered the chances of infecting a partner by 96 percent,” the Times said. This has now led to a debate on whether all those infected should be required to take medication as a prophylactic measure.

Dr. Myron S. Cohen, a lead researcher for the study who is at the University of North Carolina and shared the results, said that he felt that forcing someone with HIV/AIDS to take the drug protocol was abhorrent. It was a violation of civil liberties.

Historically, some people have been forced to take certain medications to keep them from infecting others. Women who have hepatitis B may be forced within 12 hours of the birth of a child to immunize their babies. Similarly, during the drug-resistant tuberculosis outbreak in the 1990s, patients who were uncooperative were locked into Bellevue Hospital. And, mental patients may also, if they are considered a danger to themselves or to others, to be medicated.

Quarantine laws that are over 100 years old are also on the books.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, has been on both sides of the argument. He had to put some patients in lockdown during the tuberculosis outbreak. Comparing HIV/AIDS to TB is blurry. Someone with TB can pass the disease to someone else simply by standing next to them. Those with HIV/AIDS must share body fluids. Consensual sex is also in question, especially when the person who is infected is not truthful with his/her partner.

 

 

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.