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Witnesses wanted

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Homicide Squad is asking anyone with information regarding the shooting death of a Hazelwood man at the intersection of Alluvian Street and Glennbar Way in Hazelwood last Sunday afternoon to contact them.

When Zone Four officers responded to a report of shots being fired and a vehicle stopped at the intersection, they found 31-year-old Daton Glenn seated in the driver’s seat of a gold Cadillac with several gunshots to the head. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities say that no motive has been identified and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is being asked to call 412-323-7161. Callers may remain anonymous.

New address

As a part of an overall Allegheny County Assistance Office move from the Pittsburgh State Office Building, as of last Tuesday, the Department of Public Welfare’s Allegheny County LIHEAP Office has moved to the Warner Center at 332 Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

LIHEAP is a non-profit program that provides heating assistance to families in need around the county. The office will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Call 1-866-857-7095 or visit http://www.dpw.state.pa.us.

Inauguration

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has announced that his mayoral inaugural ceremony will be held on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Project at North Charles Street on the North Side.

In November, Ravenstahl won in the mayoral campaign against Kevin Aklin and Franco “Doc” Harris. This will be his first fully elected term as mayor since taking office after the passing of Mayor Bob O’Connor. After the ceremony, there will be an Inauguration reception from 7-10 p.m. at the Priory Grand Hall on Pressley Street in the North Side. There will be food, entertainment and more. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

New reform package

Beginning Jan. 1, a new reform package passed by City Council in May will be implemented.

The new reform will include a new database of all campaign donations, lobbyist registration and the disclosure of lobbyists on all RFP responses.

“This lobbyist registration and lobbyist disclosure legislation is yet another positive step in the direction of making city of Pittsburgh government more transparent and open to the public,” said City Controller Michael Lamb in a press release. Councilman Bill Peduto, who worked with Lamb on the reform, said that this is a great day in ending pay-to-play politics in Pittsburgh.

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 longtime 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 412-454-6391 or e-mail swblack@hswp.org.

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