Monthly Archive: April 2010

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Pharmacy to open in Hill… Duquesne University announces plans for fall

Tom Mattei, associate dean of Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy, started his career as a pharmacist working in the Hill District. So telling an audience of Hill residents and stakeholders at the former AUBA Church on Centre Avenue that the university would open a community pharmacy in that spot this fall, he said was a thrill. FIRST OF ITS KIND— Carl Redwood Jr., Hill Consensus Group chair; Esther Bush, Urban League president and CEO, and staff pharmacists; Charles Dougherty, Duquesne University president; J. Douglas Brinker, dean of Pharmacy, center, and Tom Mattei, associate dean of Pharmacy, far left, announce the opening of the nation’s first community pharmacy run by a university pharmacy school. “I always wanted to thank my former patients from the Hill for all they did for me when I was starting,” Mattei said during the April 22 announcement. “I can’t think of a better way than this.” The Hill District has been without a drugstore since Eckerd closed 10 years ago. Since then, residents have had to go Downtown, to Oakland, to the South Side or the North Side for pharmacy services.

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B-PEP and CAV receive $150K grant, new liaison

Two local community organizations announced new support to take their strategies of change “from paper to possibility…from planning to implementation.” At a press conference at the Hill House Association April 26, the Black Political Empowerment Project and the Coalition Against Violence announced the hiring of a new Community Liaison and being the recipient of a three-year $150,000 grant given by the Pittsburgh Foundation. COMMITTED TO CHANGE—Kenneth L. Huston, center, discusses his commitment and goals for making a change using the coalition document created by the Coalition Against Violence. “We are thrilled and very appreciative of the Pittsburgh Foundation and their faith in the work we do,” said Tim Stevens, chairman of B-PEP and co-convener of the CAV. “We feel the foundation is recognizing and rewarding the work and passion that has been put into the Coalition document.”

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Collier takes charge of CCAC program… ‘Empowerment not entitlement’

By the time he had graduated from Westinghouse High School, Gregory Collier could barely read a paragraph. Even after taking an extra year to finish his requirements, Collier still worried his grades were not high enough to graduate. “My education didn’t prepare me for anything except some subservient job,” Collier said. “I was basically passed through. In actuality they did me a disservice.” GREGORY COLLIER Since then Collier has spent his life helping others overcome their misfortune. With a master’s degree in organizational leadership, he has founded two youth outreach programs, fostered 15 children and currently serves the United Africa Support Center.

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Stanton Hgts. group fights school

Since January 2009, the Stanton Heights Community Organization has been trying to keep Neighborhood Academy, a private school, from being built in their “backyard.” The battle has disintegrated into a war of words with opposing sides unable to reach a compromise. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION— From left: Jean Bryant, Howard Harrington and Joyce Meggerson-Moore will be close neighbors to the new development. “In January 2009, Neighborhood Academy introduced their plans to the community. Only about two people from around here were at that meeting. The majority of people there weren’t from this area,” said SHCO President Jean Bryant. “The next thing we knew, the school had approval to build. We approached the planning commission and asked them to rescind the approval and of course they could not.”

National

Obama should appoint first Black woman for Supreme Court, jurists say

WASHINGTON (NNPA)—President Barack Obama needs only to turn over in his bed to be reminded of all the Black women who are powerfully qualified to be U.S. Supreme Court justices. If first lady Michelle Obama was not his wife, some legal scholars say she would be a clear and obvious candidate for the short list to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Yet, when Stevens announced his retirement April 9, not one Black woman immediately surfaced as a so-called “short-list” candidate despite the fact that no Black woman has ever served on the high court. Now the name of former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears began circulating as one that the president is seriously considering. The National Bar Association has put forth the name of Justice Ann Claire Williams, the first African-American ever appointed to the Seventh Circuit and the third African-American woman ever to serve on any United States Court of Appeals.

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Speak Out: What do you think of Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension?

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been suspended by the NFL for unprofessional conduct. We asked Pittsburghers what they thought and here’s what you said:“Roethlisberger was the great golden boy of Pittsburgh. The city hasn’t had anyone like him since Terry Bradshaw. More than the city, he let himself down. He needs to stay away from alcohol. The Steelers have $100 million invested in him and he isn’t going anywhere.”Bill BrownPenn Hills Steamfitter Bill Brown, Renato Franklin, Keiara Bugg

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Community Calendar

Quiz bowl APRIL 30—Northside Urban Pathways Charter School will host the Third Annual Pittsburgh Regional African-American Quiz Bowl from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American History, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The event is free and open to all high schools. The emcee will be Andrew Stockey of WTAE-TV. Visit http://www.nupcs.com.

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Metro Beat

Missing teen Nearly a month after he was reported missing, authorities are still looking for Rodnell Burton, a 17-year-old Black male from Homewood. He was last seen driving a 2000 White Chrysler Sebring, when he went to drop off his girlfriend at her home in Plum Borough on March 28. Although Burton has left home before, his mother told authorities she always had an idea of his whereabouts. Burton is described as 5-4, 130 pounds and driving a vehicle with a Pennsylvania license plate with HJX-9029. Anyone with information is asked to call 412-323-7141 or 911. Callers may remain anonymous.

National

‘Mister, no!’ …Alleged molestation victim, age 7

by James Patterson (NNPA)—K.L. is seven years old and here are the things that she is not responsible for: Her mother is a prostitute. She lives with her mother in a trailer park. Her mother invites different men to their home. Her mother, 22, is accused of using a social networking site on the Internet to proposition a strange man: sex in exchange for money.