Daily Archive: October 22, 2009



Hyman among Carrick-honored alumni

The Carrick High School Alumni Association will designate four of its alumni as Distinguished Alumni at a ceremony, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the high school’s auditorium. The public is invited. The event will be dedicated to U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan H. Lane, a 2002 graduate of Carrick High, who was killed in action in Afghanistan July 23. PHYLLIS LINDA HYMAN


Metro Beat

Remains found AP—The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to identify human remains found over the weekend along a busy road in a Pittsburgh suburb. The bones were found just after noon along Nadine Road in Penn Hills, about five miles east of the city. Authorities aren’t saying whether the bones belonged to a man or a woman, or whether there was any clothing or other clues that might help determine the age, gender or identity of the remains. They are also attempting to determine a cause of death.


Former refugee recycles U.S. hotel soap for Uganda

by Dionne WalkerAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP)—Nearly two decades after he arrived in the United States, Derreck Kayongo is still bowled over by one subtle display of American wealth: the endless array of soaps available in stores. In Uganda, his African homeland, the cost of soap is out of reach for many, often with tragic consequences. In 2004, the World Health Organization found roughly 15 percent of deaths among Ugandan children under age 5 resulted from diarrheal diseases, many of which could be prevented through hand sanitation. UNIQUE PROJECT—In this Oct. 8 photo, Derreck Kayongo displays bars of soap he has stored in the basement of his Lawrenceville, Ga., home.


This Week in Black History

Week of October 22-28October 221906—Three thousand Blacks demonstrated and rioted in Philadelphia to protest a theatrical production of Thomas Dixon’s racist play—“The Clansman.” The play essentially praised the Ku Klux Klan while demeaning Blacks.1936—Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale is born in Dallas, Texas.1953—Clarence S. Green becomes the first African-American certified as a neurological surgeon.


Black nobelmen: Obama follows in tradition of Bunche, King

WASHINGTON (NNPA) —If it’s any consolation to President Obama, the controversy swirling around his recent naming as the 2009 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize puts him in good company. The other African-American Prize winners, United Nations diplomat Dr. Ralph Bunche and civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., also had to weather their share of censure. FROM LEFT: RALPH BUNCHE, BARACK OBAMA and MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. “Those nominations were not without controversy,” acknowledged political analyst Ronald Walters.


ESSENCE survey of Black men finds them more optimistic in Obama era

Almost one year ago, the historic election of Barack Obama to the most powerful position on the globe shattered conventional wisdom about race, culture and identity at its core. However, has anything really changed since the election? ESSENCE.com announced the results of its online survey, “African-American Men in the Age of Obama,” pegged to the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s election.


Speak Out: What’s your reaction to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize?

President Obama recently won the Nobel Peace Prize so we asked Pittsburghers what they thought. Here’s what you said: “He deserves it. It was according to the committee’s intent. It was about his actions, his actions of including the Muslim world to bring about peace. His actions have created inspiration and have inspired the world be bring about peace and that’s what the prize is about.” FROM LEFT: VALERIE WIMMS, OSCAR WORTHY and RYAN PATRICK PARKER Ken Elliott Imperial, Pa.


Guest editorial…Tobacco products and illegal drugs

I admit, I had no idea what a Swisher Sweet was. When the pre-teen girl came up to me at the little gas station store with a handful of change and asked me if I would buy her a Swisher Sweet, I thought she was talking about some candy. I told her I would get her the Swisher Sweet but I didn’t need her money. When I asked the clerk for the item and he reached for a little cigar, I stopped him. LOU RANSOM



Why I support Acklin for mayor

I have voted in every election since 1954 (55 years). I have never cast a straight party vote in all those years. The year of 1958 was the last time I voted strictly on a racial line. I have always realized that all Republicans, Democrats or Blacks were not good or bad. In fact, if it were up to me I would pass a law making it illegal to vote a straight ticket. Across this nation Blacks overwhelmingly have voted a straight Democratic ticket and it has proven to be detrimental to us as a people. The time is long overdue for Blacks to support candidates based on ability, concern and a commitment to leveling the field for us. How do we make that determination? It is based on a track record in politics or life’s track record, not necessarily what you say, but what you have done when provided with the opportunity.