Daily Archive: September 10, 2009


Local civil rights icon Harvey Adams dies at 80

On his way to serve in the Korean War, Harvey Adams and a White companion were returning to Ft. Benning, Ga. and were so engrossed in swapping stories that they boarded the White section of the train. The conductor told Adams, “Boy, you’ll have to go to the back.” Adams’ friend said, “We’re not going anywhere.” To avoid trouble, Adams backed down. It was the last time he ever did. HARVEY ADAMS JR. “He never spoke to me again. I lost a friend over cowardice,” said Adams. “It’s lessons like that that haunts you the rest of your life.”


Obama talks to students…Advises caution in what kids put on Facebook

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP)—In a pep talk that kept clear of politics, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged the nation’s students to take pride in their education—and stick with it even if they don’t like every class or must overcome tough circumstances at home. TALKING TO STUDENTS— Education Secretary Arne Duncan looks on as President Barack Obama talks to students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., Sept. 8. “Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer,” Obama told students at Wakefield High School in suburban Arlington, Va., and children watching his speech on television in schools across the country. “And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is.”


Ebony Fashion Fair show falls victim to crippled economy

(NNPA)—After more than 50 years of vibrant colors, decorative runways and models of color ranging from stick thin to plus-size, the Ebony Fashion Fair show has called it quits, at least for now, a (Philadelphia Inquirer) article reported. Organizers of the Ebony Fashion Fair have canceled the annual fashion showcase this year due to the economic slowdown. Staged annually at venues across the country, it hopes to return in 2010.


A foundation making difference in battle against sickle cell

Imagine having to constantly watch your child endure excruciating pain. A pain that has been described as feeling like someone is repeatedly stabbing you in the joints with a butcher knife. Or making sure your child takes the many daily medications. Or watching your child watch other children play in a pool they can’t play in because it’s too cold for their body. TAKING A STAND—Andrea Williams, director of the CSCF, stands with her son Jonathan, a child dealing with sickle cell disease. When Tanya D. Davis’ daughter Tatiana was born she found out that she had the trait for sickle cell. Her daughter is now six and since being diagnosed has had her spleen and gallbladder removed, suffers severe episodes of pain called crisis and has been through five to six blood transfusions. And is constantly in and out of the emergency room.


First Niagara is third largest bank in Pittsburgh

Over the Labor Day weekend, 57 National City bank branches across western Pennsylvania were converted to First Niagara Financial, making them the third largest in the Pittsburgh region. This conversion marks the initial entrance of First Niagara, which first emerged in Albany, N.Y., into the local market with 37 branches appearing in Allegheny County alone. GIVING BACK— John Koelmel gives backpacks to students from Point Park University Children’s School. “First Niagara has grown significantly over the past 10 years and Pittsburgh would be one of the largest markets for them,” said Regional President Todd Moules. “It’s an attractive market for them in terms of the economy still being relatively sound.”


Regional Equity Monitoring Project pushes for equity in construction, schools

On July 7, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl signed an Executive Order calling for more minority participation in the construction labor market. This order comes in light of findings by organizations like the Regional Equity Monitoring Project, a group that studies equity throughout Pennsylvania. CELESTE TAYLOR “The mayor’s Executive Order attempts to address the under-representation of minorities and women in regards to contracts, trades, construction and the number of actual workers, aka labor participation,” said Project Director Celeste Taylor. “How this order plays out in actually increasing the number of jobs for minorities and women will depend on a lot of things.”


Woods and Greene engagement announced

Donald and Suzanne Woods of East Liberty, along with his grandparents, Sidney and Geraldine Ivory of Plum have announced the engagement of their son, Dr. Barrett Ivory Woods to Dr. Shailen Greene, daughter of Tyrone and Elizabeth Greene of Frederick, Md. BARRETT WOODS and SHAILEN GREENE Barrett received a BS in biological science from Clemson University, then attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He is currently a resident physician at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh.


Community Calendar

Homeownership workshop SEPT. 9—Fifth-Third Bank will host a Homeownership Mobile from 12-4 p.m. at the Human Services Center Corp., 519 Penn Ave., Turtle Creek. This is a mobile bus that doubles as a mobile classroom to provide credit counseling, financial literacy, homeownership and foreclosure prevention. There will also be free credit reports, one-on-one counseling and more. The bus will stop at various locations on various dates and times. It will run through Sept. 12. For more information, call Jada Grandy at 412-291-5465.