Daily Archive: October 1, 2009

International

South African man marries four women at same time

by Nkemeleng Nkosi WEENEN, South Africa (AP)—Milton Mbhele showed up for his wedding in a white limousine—with four brides. The women in white gowns each received rings and a kiss from the groom at a ceremony Sept. 26 attended by hundreds of people. On Sunday, the families gathered for a second traditional Zulu wedding and planned to exchange gifts on Monday. JOINT CELEBRATION—Bridegroom Milton Mbhele, with his four brides, left to right, Happiness, Thobile, Simangele and Zanele at their western wedding in Weenen, near Ladysmith, South Africa.

International

Endangered Ugandan gorillas join Facebook, MySpace

by Godfrey Olukya KAMPALA, Uganda (AP)—He’s hairy, his table manners are atrocious, and he wants to be your friend on Facebook. No, it’s not the ex-boyfriend. It’s Muhozi, an endangered Ugandan mountain gorilla, who’s appearing online as part of a fund-raising program the Ugandan Wildlife Authority launched Sept. 26 to help save the species. ENDANGERED—In this Nov. 25, 2008 file photo, a silverback mountain gorilla is seen in the Virunga National Park, near the Ugandan border in eastern Congo.

National

Obama to make in-person pitch for 2016 Olympics

by Julie Pace WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama will travel to Denmark to support Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics, projecting the highest-ever White House profile in lobbying for the international event. Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president, told The Associated Press Monday morning that Obama will leave Thursday and join his wife, Michelle, in Copenhagen, where they’ll make the pitch to the International Olympic Committee. Obama would be the first U.S. president to actually appeal in person to the International Olympic Committee for an Olympics event. ON THE ATTACK—President Barack Obama uses a light saber as he “attacks” Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse who won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics, Sept. 16, during an event supporting Chicago’s 2016 host city Olympic bid, on the South Lawn of the White House. At rear is first lady Michelle Obama.

National

G-20 protests mild by comparison

Given the visions of protesters being beaten after charging police lines at the G-20 in London earlier this year and the chaos in Seattle when the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting was met with an estimated 75,000 protesters, the protests for the G-20 Leadership Summit in Pittsburgh were far less damaging. According to Pittsburgh police, there were a total of 190 arrests. Of these, 14 were Greenpeace activists who hung global warming banners from the West End and Fort Pitt bridges the day before the Sept. 24-25 summit. Another nine were arrested on the 24th for attempting to march from Oakland to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center via Bloomfield and the Strip District. Another 25 were arrested in Oakland as a result of that and of a confrontation with police near Phipps Conservatory, where heads of state and their spouses gathered for a dinner. CHIEFS—Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper and assistant chief Maurita Bryant greet national guard leaders outside the county building before protesters arrived.

National

Analysis: Bigger world economic club, same woes?

by Martin Crutsinger PITTSBURGH (AP)—The world’s most exclusive club has expanded, pledging big things for the global economy. But it’s likely to have just as much trouble delivering on those promises. Leaders of the Group of 20, at their third summit in less than a year, said the 21st century needed a new way of coordinating the global economy. AWAITING GUEST ARRIVALS—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait to receive guests at the G-20 summit dinner in Pittsburgh, Sept. 24.

National

This Week in Black History

Week of October 1-7October 11841—Fannie M. Richards is born. She became one of the nation’s early civil rights advocates as well as a prominent educator.1868—John Mercer Langston (1829-1897) organizes the nation’s first Black law school at Howard University in Washington, D.C. John Mercer Langston

National

Key points of agreement by G-20 leaders

(AP)—ECONOMIC GROWTH: Support economic activity until recovery is assured. Finance ministers will develop coordinated exit strategies from stimulus efforts at appropriate time. NEW ROLE FOR G-20: G-20 will replace the G-8 as the main forum for coordinating global economic policy. The G-20 includes rapidly industrializing nations such as China, India and Brazil that are not part of the wealthier G-8.

Opinion

Guest editorial…For the ladies

by Shannon Williams Dorothy Height, chairwoman and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women once said (I’m paraphrasing) that African-American women are very unique. We rarely do what we want to do, but always do what we need to do.

Opinion

The other Pittsburgh at the G-20 meeting

(NNPA)—Just before the G-20 nations met in Pittsburgh Sept. 24-25, I was the keynote speaker at an urban summit hosted by a community group, the Community Empowerment Association. This African-American citywide organization felt it important enough to sponsor a meeting that would draw people from other cities to highlight issues of importance to those who were hurt the most by policies of the G-20 nations and previously, the G-7.