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Searching for answers

Allegheny County police are searching for the motive and person responsible for the death of a 29-year-old Penn Hills man whose body was found last Monday morning.

Early in the morning a person walking by found the body of Kristopher Campbell in the woods on Princeton Boulevard in the Wilkinsburg section of town.

Campbell had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. It is reported that neighbors heard gunshots earlier that morning.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call county police at 412-473-3000.

Libraries to be saved

Pittsburgh City Council has approved $600,000 for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to stop the closure of several libraries that were proposed earlier this year.

This all comes before the library’s trustee meeting. There will be a public forum held Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at the main branch in Oakland to discuss how to raise more money for the library and how to keep the branches open. Individuals will be able to speak for approximately two minutes. There are limited speaking opportunities, so those interested must register by Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. by calling 412-622-1871 or e-mailing to director@carnegielibrary.org.

Emergency weather

shelter

During times of severe weather conditions, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Office of Community Services and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s Operation Safety Net will open a Severe Weather Emergency Shelter to keep homeless individuals off the streets during bad weather.

The shelter will be located at Smithfield United Church, on Smithfield Street, Downtown and will operate from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. until March 15, 2010. The shelter will be open whenever the weather reaches less than 25 degrees and when there are conditions of freezing rain, heavy snow and severe wind chill; and during a National Weather Service declared blizzard or emergency weather situation. Besides lodging, there will be food, medical and mental health care services, case management, clothing and support for individuals. There will also be Allegheny County police officers on hand. The shelter will be able to serve 70-150 homeless individuals per night. There will be a hotline available for anyone to call to see if the shelter is operating. Individuals can call 412-779-1329. For more information on the shelter or Operation Safety Net, call Linda Sheets at 412-232-5739.

Holiday parade

To kick off the holiday season, the Borough of Wilkinsburg, along with the Wilkinsburg School District, will hold their annual Community Holiday Parade. Special guests for the parade include Andrew Stockey of WTAE, the Pittsburgh Steelers mascot Steely McBeam and of course, Santa Claus. It will begin at Park Avenue and Montier Street, in front of the Dept. of Public Works Building.

Along with the parade, there will be a Holiday Musical Celebration at 5 p.m. at the Wilkinsburg High School Auditorium, which will showcase dancers and vocalists from the Wilson School of Performing Arts. Festivities will conclude with a “Light Up Night” with Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson at 7 p.m. in the Parklet on Penn Avenue.

For more information, call Barbara Thompson at 412-244-9519.

A piece of history

As a part of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Senator John Heinz History Center is collecting information for their 2010 exhibit, “America’s Best Weekly: A Century of the Pittsburgh Courier,” and looking to interview former employees and long time publication subscribers.

The Courier has been the leading African-American weekly newspaper and continues to cover issues that are relevant to the African-American Community. There were more than 400 employees at one time.

Those with any information or looking to be a part of the exhibition can call Samuel W. Black, curator of the African-American collections at the History Center, at 42-454-6391 or e-mail swblack @hswp.org.

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