Daily Archive: September 3, 2009


Community Calendar

Motor ‘Sickle’ SEPT. 5—The Pittsburgh Players, Kings and Queens Motorcycle Club will host the Second Annual Motor ‘Sickle’ Ride for Sickle Cell Disease Awareness from 11 a.m.-6p.m. at the Schenley Park Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. There will be food, fun, entertainment, Chinese auctions and raffles. There will also be free sickle cell screenings from 12-3 p.m. and a ride from 12-1:30 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 for riders and $10 for non-riders. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation. For more information, call 412-488-2723 or visit http://www.cscfkids.org.


Mandela meets runner at center of gender uproar

JOHANNESBURG (AP)—Former President Nelson Mandela has congratulated South African runner Caster Semenya, whose dramatic improvement, deep voice and muscular build have sparked questions about her gender. The International Association of Athletics Federations initiated tests on the 18-year-old athlete after she won gold in the 800-meters at the world championships in Germany. PRESIDENTIAL GREETING—South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, right, congratulates athlete Caster Semenya, left, during their meeting at The Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, South Africa, Aug. 25.


Black woman wins Italian mayorship

(NNPA)—By a slim margin of just 38 votes, a Black woman has become mayor of a small town in northern Italy. Sandy Cane, 48, won the election earlier this summer and will govern the town of Valceresio, population 5,300, which borders Varesotto and the Swiss confederation of Ticino. She will serve a five-year term. SANDY CANE

Frederick Douglass


This Week In Black History

For the Week of September 3-9 September 3 1838—Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore using so-called “free papers” and disguising himself as a sailor. He would go on to become the most prominent anti-slavery activist and Black leader of his day. He is perhaps best remembered for his now famous 1857 quote: “If there is no struggle there is no progress…Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Free papers were documents normally required to be in the possession of all free Blacks. But one freedom tactic employed during slavery was for a slave to somehow borrow the papers of a free Black who fit his or her general description and use the papers to escape from slavery. FREDERICK DOUGLASS


After 35 years, next Atlanta mayor could be White

ATLANTA (AP)—The city that became a post-civil rights movement emblem of the political power held by African-Americans could have a White mayor for the first time in a generation—a possibility that has some in the Black community scrambling to hold on to City Hall. Atlanta Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is White, is one of the front-runners for the Nov. 3 election, along with City Council President Lisa Borders and state Sen. Kasim Reed, both of whom are Black. FINAL PREPARATIONS— City of Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood, second from left, is surrounded by a field of Black candidates including Lisa Borders, left, Peter Brownlowe, right, Rod Mack, second from right, and Glenn Thomas as they make final preparations before facing off in a debate. If Norwood wins the election she would become the first White mayor of Atlanta in a generation. All three have bristled at a racially charged e-mail circulated by a Black leadership group calling for Norwood’s defeat before a possible runoff. If the Black candidates split the African-American vote, Norwood may find herself in a runoff, where she could benefit.


Inmates charged $1 a day for rent

RICHMOND, Va. (NNPA)—A new jail is on the way, but for now Richmond inmates are having to help pay for upkeep of the overcrowded and decrepit facility where they are kept. City Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. is charging inmates $1 a day to stay at the city jail to help cover the cost of operations. He expects to raise between $60,000 and $200,000 a year from the fee. He began imposing the charge April 15, he said in a recent interview. He joined Chesterfield County and some other jails around Virginia and across the country in imposing the charge that is permitted under state laws.


N.C. police: Dog chewed off baby’s toes as mom slept

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP)—Authorities say they are charging a North Carolina woman who slept as a pit bull chewed the toes off her 4-month-old baby’s left foot. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the child’s mother, Robie Lynn Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Tremayne Spillman, will be charged with felony child abuse.


Back to school intensifies responsibilities for grandparents

ASHINGTON (NNPA)—Grandmothers have long been the safety net for parents who are either unable or unwilling to take care of their own children. Social workers refer to families in which grandparents raise their grandchildren instead of the parents as “skipped-generation” households. Grandma stands in for mom—or grandfather for dad. Or, often, one as both.


Pastor’s son: Mom’s funeral is time for God’s word

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)—The son of the pastor who was brutally killed inside her Oklahoma church says her funeral will be another chance for his mother to spread the word of God.Services for 61-year-old Carol Daniels were held Aug. 31. in Oklahoma City. Daniels’ mutilated body was discovered Aug. 23 at her small Pentecostal church in Anadarko. PASTOR SLAIN—This undated photo shows Carol Daniels of Oklahoma City. Daniels, pastor of Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko, was discovered Aug. 23, inside the church in what the local district attorney described as the “most horrific crime scene I’ve ever witnessed.”


Guest editorial…Tribute to a titan of public service

(New York, N.Y.)—From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.—Luke 12:48 The above scripture was often quoted by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy to his children, to underscore that as a family of privilege, power and fortune, they had a higher obligation to do more to serve humanity than those of lesser means and influence. Indeed, few American families have been entrusted with more or had more demanded of them than the Kennedy family.