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Beyond the Wall

Wrongfully Accused College President Finds Personal Strength, Forgiveness

Chicago, IL (Vocus) October 24, 2010

For Dr. Dolores Cross, veteran marathon runner and honored college and university president, Jan. 6, 2006, was the last day of her life as she knew it.

After having resigned from her position as president of a fragile historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia only four years earlier, Cross found herself in a cold courtroom that Tuesday morning, listening in dismay as she was fined, sentenced to a year of house arrest, 500 hours of community service and five years probation. False accusations and press reports spread that she had embezzled millions of dollars in student financial aid in her role as president of Morris Brown College—a crime she did not commit. What did happen and how did she deal with it?

Cross’ haunting and inspirational memoir Beyond the Wall: A Memoir details her life from a childhood in Newark, N.J.’s housing projects to a résumé that includes roles such as faculty at Northwestern University and Claremont Graduate School, vice chancellor of student affairs and special programs of the City University of New York, president of Chicago State University, president of the GE Fund in Fairfield, Conn., and distinguished professor in leadership at the Graduate School of City University of New York. Her memoir, Beyond the Wall, is a story of overcoming childhood hardships, achieving against the odds, falling into an abyss of despair and using the power of life’s lessons to forgive and emerge stronger. It is a voice for all men and women, regardless of color or background, who have given themselves to a cause—only to find their lives and dreams being ripped away. It chronicles her struggles during and after, and her indictment, a decision that was made “without (her) having ever been personally interviewed by the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General, the Grand Jury or Assistant U.S. Attorneys.” It is Cross’ chance to finally tell her side of the story.

Beyond the Wall: A MemoirBy Dolores E. CrossISBN: 9781449700942Paperback 6x9, $19.95Hardcover 6x9, $35.95Approximately 268 pagesAvailable atand .

About the author: Dr. Dolores E. Cross completed her undergraduate degree at Seton Hall University, her master’s degree at Hofstra University, and her PhD at the University of Michigan.In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Cross has been an educator and advocate in the promotion of, access to and excellence in higher education. A veteran runner, Cross ran her first marathon at 50 and has completed 20 since. She resides in Chicago.

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Philip Morris Int'l 3Q net income rises 1.3 pct

RICHMOND, Va. – Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income grew 1.3 percent as higher prices helped offset unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates.

The seller of Marlboro and other brands overseas said it earned $1.82 billion, or 99 cents per share, for the period that ended Sept. 30. That's up from $1.79 billion, or 93 cents per share, in the same period last year.

Excluding one-time items, the company says it earned $1 per share. Analysts expected $1.01 per share.

Revenue excluding excise taxes edged up less than 1 percent to $6.6 billion. Analysts expected $6.98 billion.

Philip Morris International shares edged up 25 cents to $57.74 in morning trading Thursday.

The company also raised its full-year earnings guidance Thursday to a range of $3.90 to $3.95 per share, on favorable currency exchange rates, improved business performance and a lower tax rate.

When the dollar is rising, companies that sell goods internationally and must convert revenue from foreign currencies usually take a hit in the dollar value of that revenue. That effect is particularly strong for Philip Morris International, because it does all its business overseas. The effect is reversed when the dollar's value is declining, as it has recently.

"Our underlying businesses performed strongly in the third quarter ... with good share momentum across all regions," Chief Financial Officer Hermann Waldemer said in a conference call with investors, adding that Marlboro is performing well and "pricing power remains strong."

Philip Morris International, with offices in New York and in Lausanne, Switzerland, said cigarette shipments grew 4.5 percent from last year's third quarter to 229.2 billion sticks. Especially key were large gains in Asia, including Indonesia, Korea and Pakistan, and the favorable impact of acquiring Fortune Tobacco Co. in the Philippines.

Shipments fell 4.6 percent in the European Union, where tax hikes hurt as well. Volumes fell about 3 percent in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa and about 2 percent in Latin America and Canada.

Total shipments of its premium Marlboro brand fell 1.2 percent to 75.9 billion cigarettes in the quarter, while market share increased or remained stable across the regions in which the company operates.

Smokers face tax hikes, bans, health concerns and social stigma worldwide, but the impacts on cigarette demand are less stark outside the United States. Philip Morris International has compensated for volume declines by raising its prices, increasing its market share and cutting costs.

Philip Morris International is the world's second-biggest cigarette company after the state-controlled China National Tobacco Corp. Altria Group Inc. in Richmond, Va., owner of Philip Morris USA, spun off Philip Morris International in 2008. Altria is the largest U.S. cigarette seller.


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