Monthly Archive: November 2009

International

New Greenpeace chief has fought apartheid, poverty

by Donna Bryson JOHANNESBURG (AP)—An African has taken over as director of Greenpeace, bringing experience honed as a teenage opponent of White rule in South Africa and a network of powerful contacts to the battle against global warming. ENVIRONMENTAL EXEC— Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International’s new executive director who took up his post on Nov. 16, speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 12. Greenpeace was founded 38 years ago by environmental activists who wanted to stop the United States from conducting underground nuclear tests in a region off Alaska that harbored endangered sea otters. Kumi Naidoo, the new director, said he still had much to learn about the group’s current agenda, from protecting whales and forests to stopping nuclear tests and toxic dumping. But he has already grasped the issues around global warming, an increasingly overriding concern of Greenpeace and other environmental groups.

National

Shuttle crew includes two Black astronauts

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP)—The first orthopedic surgeon in space is flying aboard shuttle Atlantis, along with a former NFL pick. Atlantis and its crew of six hooked up with the International Space Station on Nov. 18. Atlantis is delivering big spare parts to the space station. It’s an 11-day flight, which will keep the crew in orbit over Thanksgiving. IN ORBIT—Eight of the 12 crew members currently on the International Space Station pose for a photo Nov. 20 while space shuttle Atlantis remains docked. From left: NASA astronauts Leland Melvin, Robert L. Satcher Jr., both STS-129 mission specialists; Charles O. Hobaugh, STS-129 commander; Nicole Stott, STS-129 mission specialist; Russian cosmonauts Roman Romanenko and Maxim Suraev and NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, all Expedition 21 flight engineers; and European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne, Expedition 21 commander.

National

Police: N.C. girl raped, killed on day she was taken

by Alysia PattersonAssociated Press Writer FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP)—A 5-year-old North Carolina girl was raped and killed the same day she was taken from her home, according to an arrest warrant released Nov. 20. Shaniya Davis was sexually assaulted and asphyxiated Nov. 10, the day her mother reported her missing from the trailer park where she was staying, according to the warrant. Authorities embarked on a nearly weeklong search that ended when the girl’s body was found dumped off a rural road. Shaniya Davis, Antoinette Davis, Mario McNeill

National

As hunger increases across the nation, so do helping hands

by Pharoh MartinFor New Pittsburgh Courier WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As a new USDA report finds that more than a quarter of all African-American households suffered from food insecurity last year, compared to 15 percent of White households, public and private agencies are scrambling to help feed those who might otherwise go hungry. “Our agencies are reporting seeing increases from 30 to over 100 percent in the demand for food assistance and are reporting longer lines, seeing new faces and the need to reduce the amount of food being given to each family so that everyone gets something,” said Shamia K. Holloway, spokesperson for Capital Area Food Bank, a Washington-based free food distributor. “The economic crisis has touched so many people in unexpected ways; and it puts a squeeze on those already struggling individuals and families. We expect to see more people this year.”

National

No rebuke for ‘admonish,’ 2009 Word of the Year

by Bob Salsberg Associated Press Writer SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP)—When the U.S. House admonished Rep. Joe Wilson for shouting “You lie!” at President Barack Obama during a health care speech to Congress, it not only lit up talk show lines, but also sent many people scurrying to the Internet in search of a definition. REP. JOE WILSON, MICHAEL JACKSON Admonish, a verb dating to the 14th century meaning “to express warning or disapproval in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner,” generated enough curiosity to crown it Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2009.

National

This Week In Black History

Week of November 27 to December 3 November 27 1895—Novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas Jr. dies in France. He was the son of the much more famous Alexandre Dumas who authored such works as “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count De Monte Cristo.” However, “junior” was also an accomplished novelist with his most famous work being “La Dame Aux Camelias.” When confronted with French racism, Dumas is frequently quoted as telling his distractors, “My father was a Creole, his father a Negro, and his father a monkey. My family, it seems, begins where yours left off.” ALEXANDER DUMAS, ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR. 1942—Rock musician Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle, Wash. Hendrix is considered one of the greatest guitarists to have ever played. Unfortunately, he died of a drug overdose while on tour in Europe.

Opinion

Speak Out…What do you think about Evan Frazier leaving the Hill House?

Evan Frazier recently announced he will leave the Hill House as executive director to join Highmark. We asked Pittsburghers what they thought, and here’s what you said. “He’s proven to be a leader and everyone has gained from his leadership. We are sorry to see him go. We wish him well in his new job opportunity.”Ken NesbitHighland ParkSite coordinator KEN NESBIT, WILL MOODY, DON McEACHERN

Opinion

Guest Editorial…Do your part to protect a child and limit underage prostitution

by Shannon Williams Being a journalist, and even a private citizen in such a contentious and corrupt society can sometimes desensitize me to certain things. While I’m a bit desensitized at times, it doesn’t mean I’m not empathetic to the ills of this world, because I am; rather it means that few things surprise me anymore. I believe I began to feel this way after 9/11. The 2001 attack on America was so horrific and unjustifiable that still today, the deed remains incomprehensible to me. Thirteen months after 9/11, my mom passed away. And during the same month of my mom’s death, John Allen Muhammad and his juvenile accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo began a shooting rampage on the east coast, killing 10 people and critically wounding three others.

Opinion

Letter to the Editor…Where are the beautiful people that used to live in Hill District?

Dear Editor: When the New Pittsburgh Courier comes out once a week you see so many Afro-Americans that at one time you could see them in the Hill District on different streets, also in the Centre Avenue business district. Where are they now? One place that you find a good many of them on Sunday is in the churches in the Hill District or in the Pittsburgh Courier smiling and looking beautiful on Lifestyles or special articles on men and women doing well in our society in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Opinion

There definitely are those who care

Almost every day I am stopped and asked, “Why or how do you remain so optimistic?” If you look around it will be apparent to you that people generally don’t care and whether you recognize it or not the nation, if not the world, is rapidly going to hell in a handcart. There are some occasions and situations where I do become alarmed, disturbed, angry and sometimes mad as hell. However, my upbringing and church keep me focused.