Daily Archive: December 3, 2009


Metro Beat

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.


Community Calendar

Jazz classics DEC. 2—The Point Park University Black Student Union will host the Soul Food Social: Jazz Classics at 7 p.m. at the University’s Ballroom, 201 Wood St., Downtown. The keynote speaker will be Candi Castleberry-Singleton of UPMC. She will speak on the importance of diversity and inclusion in today’s society. There will also be a performance by Patte “The Jazz Diva” Terrell. This music will highlight the music of Leonard Johnson and his band. For more information, call Kevin L. Carter at 412-605-9141 or klcarte@pointpark.edu.


10,000 E. African albinos in hiding after killings

by Tom Odula NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)— The mistaken belief that albino body parts have magical powers has driven thousands of Africa’s albinos into hiding, fearful of losing their lives and limbs to unscrupulous dealers who can make up to $75,000 selling a complete dismembered set. Mary Owido, who lacks pigment that gives color to skin, eyes and hair, says she is only comfortable when at work or at home with her husband and children. LIVING IN FEAR—Mary Owido sits with her children Steven, left, Stella, and Brayan, at their home in western Kenyan town of Ahero, Nov. 24. Owido, who lacks pigment that gives color to skin, eyes and hair, says she is only comfortable when at work or at home with her husband and children. “Wherever I go people start talking about me, saying that my legs and hands can fetch a fortune in Tanzania,” said Owido, 36, a mother of six. “This kind of talk scares me. I am afraid of going out alone.”


Baltimore mayor convicted on 1 gift card charge

by David Dishneau BALTIMORE (AP)—Baltimore’s mayor was convicted on a single charge she took gift cards intended for the city’s poor. Although Sheila Dixon was acquitted of felony theft charges, her misdemeanor conviction could force her from office. SHEILA DIXON Jurors deliberated more than six days after hearing accusations the Democrat improperly used or kept $630 worth of gift cards. She was accused of soliciting most of the cards from a wealthy developer and buying electronics at Best Buy, clothes at Old Navy and knickknacks at Target.


Psychologists debunk judge’s theory about biracial children

by Crystal Cranmore WASHINGTON (NNPA)—After he was blistered with criticism for not marrying an interracial couple, Justice Keith Bardwell of Tangipahoa Parish, La. made a statement that he is not a racist, but that he knows biracial children suffer through hardships in life. Bardwell’s theory that being mixed with Black and White races can cause a child to suffer emotionally and mentally has brought national speculation over whether such a statement is true. “They end up being president of the United States,” said James Salvage, Ph.D., a psychologist in Northwest Washington, D.C. “Or the mayor of Washington, D.C.” he said, referring to President Obama and Mayor Adrian Fenty.


This Week in Black History

December 4-10, 2009 December 4 1807—Prince Hall dies. His was one of the most prominent Black names in colonial America. Hall was born (circa 1748) in Barbados in the West Indies and migrated to Boston. He became one of the leaders of the city’s Black community. He also became an abolitionist and a Mason. In fact, he is considered the “father of Black Masons.” He also fought in the American War for Independence from England. PRINCE HALL, PHYLLIS WHEATLEY and ALEXANDRE DUMAS 1906—Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is founded on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. It became the first Black Greek letter organization in America. It was established by seven Black students seeking to build stronger brotherhood ties and it began to spread to campuses around the nation.


Speak Out: Will there ever be a grocery store in the Hill District?

With the recent announcement that the proposed Kuhn’s grocery coming to the Hill has fallen apart, it has been more than 30 years since the community has had a grocery store. So we asked Pittsburghers what they thought. Here’s what you said: Mary Wright, Curtis Reynolds and Velma Kennedy “It’s been many years, sine we’ve had one. Hopefully we will. I’m sort of skeptical about it, though. We deserve one. After all this time everybody keeps saying we’re getting a store, we’re getting a store then everyone backs away. I don’t know, why it’s no worse than anyplace else.” Mary Wright Hill District


Guest editorial: What should brothers learn from Obama? Courage.

by Tonyaa Weathersbee I figured it was only a matter of time before some news organization would weigh in on how Black men were living up to their man duties a year after voters put one of them in the White House. So CNN recently visited a Dallas barbershop and some social service organizations to gauge the Obama phenomena; to see whether the nation’s first Black president had inspired more of them to become better fathers and mentors, and to see themselves as pillars, and not pebbles, of their communities.


Let’s march, then what do we do?

We have marched over the years, and highlighted a multitude of problems that had relegated Blacks to the status of second-class citizens. A number of problems have been addressed and at a point in time in this nation a number of people who looked different than us were arm in arm with us, but the nation’s mood has changed among too many Blacks and Whites. I have been a witness and a participant in so many marches that I have lost count. The marchers numbered from two to numbers that were staggering, but regretfully once the marching, speech making and high fives were over, the problems we marched for still existed. It reminds you of the statement that rap with no map does not change anything.