Daily Archive: December 17, 2009


CEA holds candlelight vigil for Clairton victims

A group of approximately 50 people gathered for a candlelight vigil Dec. 12 to commemorate the lives of Rachel Finn, 9, Deausha Faulk, 6 and Michael Zigler, 2, killed recently in a house fire in Clairton. Unity also brought about prayer and hope in memory of all those who have lost their loved ones to tragedy. VIGIL CIRCLE—CEA’s Rashad Byrdsong, center, speaks at the prayer vigil. “Unfortunately, areas such as Clairton is a community that people don’t reach out to,” said Rashad Byrdsong, president of Community Empowerment Association. “Clairton is suffering not only from the recent tragedy of the young ones who lost their lives in the fire but there has been a lot of violence in the community.”


Shealey sworn in: Newest Pittsburgh school director takes her seat

Sharene Shealey, of North Point Breeze, mother of three, is the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ newest director. She joins Mark Brentley Sr., Thomas Sumpter and Dara Ware Allen as the board’s African-American directors. Shealey succeeds long-time District 1 director Randall Taylor representing Homewood, East Hills, North Point Breeze, South Point Breeze, Lincoln-Lemington, Friendship, parts of East Liberty, and Shadyside. SHARENE SHEALEY Shealey is an air quality specialist with Reliant Energy. She holds BA and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Howard University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. She is an active participant in the Parent Student Community Council at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, where her two youngest children attend school.


Roque named interim Hill House head

Former Duquesne Light President Victor Roque has been selected to serve as interim president and CEO of the Hill House Association as a search for outgoing head Evan Frazier continues. “I’m thrilled to be able to contribute my time and talents over the next few months to the Hill House, a historic and important agency, not just for the Hill District, but for the entire region,” he said. “It’s an honor to be called on to serve in such an important and meaningful way.” VICTOR ROQUE Currently president of the utility consulting firm Innovation Power Group, Roque is the Hill House board vice chair and former chair of its finance committee. Roque is also the past board chair of the Urban League of Pittsburgh and former board president of the Winchester Thurston school.


Echostar loss: 600 jobs

Richard Egerton has worked at Subway on Lyle Boulevard in McKeesport for four years. In all that time he could count on an 11 a.m. to noon rush of employees from the Dish Network facility across the road. In March, that will end, as Dish Network shuts down and its 600 employees will no longer patronize surrounding businesses. SHUTTING DOWN—The 105,000-square foot Dish Network customer service call center in McKeesport will close in March, affecting 600 employees. What does that mean for Egerton and Subway’s five other employees? “I’m expecting a loss of business,” he said. “I mean, we’ve got other customers, but we’ll probably have some layoffs.”


CBC members stand up for Black Press, jobs, small business

WASHINGTON (NNPA)—The 10 Black members of the powerful House Finance Committee are still being applauded this week by the Black Press and Black leaders nationally for boldly boycotting a committee meeting in order to force a $4 billion allocation to benefit the Black community. They have told the NNPA News Service that they plan to escalate protests if lawmakers continue to ignore the suffering of their constituents, including advertising discrimination against Black newspapers. NEW BLACK POWER—The 10 Congressional Black Caucus members of Congress who sit on the House Financial Services Committee are, from left: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (Mo.), Rep. Gwen Moore (Wis.), Rep. Mel Watt (N.C.), Rep. Al Green (Texas), Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.), Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rep. David Scott (Ga.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), and Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (Mo.). “We’re out of the box, we’re full speed ahead and we are not going to sit back and watch our communities suffer in silence,” said U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the ranking Congressional Black Caucus member on the Committee, who led the Dec. 2 boycott.


Rev. Gregg heads in new direction

This year has brought many things for Rev. Brenda J. Gregg. Her non-profit organization, Project Destiny, has grown. She was the recipient of the Pittsburgh branch NAACP Pastor of the Year award and was appointed to a new position. In October at the Third District Planning meeting, Rev. Gregg was appointed presiding elder of the Ohio Conferences’ Springfield/Xenia District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. DOWN TO BUSINESS— Rev. Brenda J. Gregg in her office at Project Destiny, a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for youths in the North Side community. “I am very excited about my new position and appointment. I think that with my administrative background I will be successful,” Rev. Gregg said. She also added that it is bittersweet because with her new position means that she has to leave Greater Allen AME Church, where she has been for more than 15 years. Reverend Peter Matthews, a minister from Cincinnati, will take her place at Greater Allen.


Metro Beat

Teens try to carjack officer AP—Pittsburgh police say an armed gang of teenagers tried to carjack an officer who was sitting in her personal vehicle…


Hollywood depicts shining South African moment

by Donna BrysonAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP)—South Africans say a new Hollywood film about sport, race and Nelson Mandela will tell the world about the country’s history of struggle and triumph despite some criticism that the lead roles are played by American actors. Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” depicts Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president, as a strategist for racial reconciliation, working to bring Whites and Blacks together after the end of apartheid by supporting the country’s mostly White national rugby team. PORTRAYS MANDELA—Actor Morgan Freeman arrives for a local premiere of the film “Invictus” in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 8.


Detroit stripper’s killing still unsolved six years later

by Corey WilliamsAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP)—Stripper Tamara Greene has found more notoriety in death than she ever did dancing under the name “Strawberry” in dimly lit topless clubs and private parties around Detroit. The attractive, 27-year-old mother of three was shot several times in the pre-dawn hours of April 30, 2003, while sitting in a parked car outside a home on the city’s northwest side. QUESTIONS REMAIN—Tamara Greene is seen in an undated photo.