Daily Archive: June 30, 2010


Metro Beat

Hospital consolidates, cuts jobs AP—Two hospitals in western Pennsylvania’s second-largest health care system will consolidate to save money and prepare for federal changes in a move that could cost 1,500 jobs. Allegheny General Hospital will become the primary hospital of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, while West Penn Hospital, which is also in Pittsburgh, will close its emergency room and move most of its medical and surgical programs to AGH. West Penn will maintain its burn center, women’s and infants’ center, and inpatient rehabilitation programs. The moves are expected to occur early next year. President and CEO Christopher Olivia said the decision to consolidate and cut up to 1,500 jobs was driven partly by changes in the nation’s health care system, pushed by President Barack Obama’s administration.


Vienna Black American assault case goes to higher court

by Veronika Oleksyn VIENNA (AP)—An Austrian judge sent the case of a Black American mistaken for a drug dealer and tackled by an undercover policeman to a higher court June 24, saying the matter was too serious to be handled by a district court. After a day of testimony from both sides and an expert witness, Judge Margaretha Richter decided she had no jurisdiction to rule in the case. It now goes to a provincial court. ASSAULTED—U.S. citizen Mike Brennan, 34, from Jacksonville, Fla., enters the courtroom in Vienna, Austria, June 24. The undercover policeman, who could not be identified under Austrian law, pleaded not guilty to assault but acknowledged that he used force to floor 36-year-old Mike Brennan in a Vienna subway station Feb. 11, 2009.


U.S.-backed Somali gov’t training children for war

(NNPA/GIN)—Recruited voluntarily or by force, child soldiers (boys and girls under the age of 18) are fighting in more than 30 conflicts worldwide—as combatants, messengers, porters, cooks or for sexual services. The north African nation of Chad, with 450,000 displaced people in its eastern areas, is beset with child soldiers fighting for both government and rebel forces.


Son of Dallas chief dies in shootout with police

by Danny Robbins DALLAS (AP)—The city’s new police chief faces one of the worst tragedies that could befall a law enforcement officer: living with the knowledge that his dead son was a cop killer. DAVID BROWN JR. Just seven weeks after being sworn in as leader of the Dallas police force, David Brown learned on Father’s Day that his 27-year-old son gunned down a suburban officer in a weekend shootout with police. Investigators say 37-year-old Lancaster officer Craig Shaw was killed June 19 just minutes after Brown’s son fatally shot a stranger in what authorities say was a random attack.


Congress honors African-American slaves who built United States capitol

by Erica Brown WASHINGTON (NNPA) —Members of Congress and distinguished guests packed the Rayburn Room of the U.S. capitol, anxiously awaiting Con­gress’ first formal commemoration of the African-American slaves who built the capitol. Rep. John Lewis D-Ga., a renowned leader in the Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Slave Task Force, an organization dedicated to commemorating the African-American contributions to the capitol, unveiled two plaques June 16, honoring the slaves whose labor greatly contributed to the alluring framework of the capitol building. FORMAL COMMEMORATION—Plaques recognizing the contributions of slave labor in the construction of the U.S. Capitol Building will be placed in Emancipation Hall in the Congressional Visitor’s ­Center. “With these plaques…we recognize the blood, sweat and toil of the enslaved African-Americans that helped construct this embodiment of our democracy,” said Lewis. “…We are one step closer to realizing a dream of an all-inclusive and more perfect union.”


The great Obama-Medvedev escape: Burgers

by Julie Pace ARLINGTON, Va. (AP)—Talk about a meaty agenda. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took a break from bilateral meetings at the White House June 24 to make a burger run. BURGER RUN—President Barack Obama and Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev eat burgers during an unscheduled visit to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., June 24. Traveling by motorcade, the two presidents ventured to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., a popular hamburger joint just outside the nation’s capital. Obama ate there last year with Vice President Joe Biden. A cheer went up from customers when the presidents walked in. During their meal, Obama and Medvedev sat at a table with their interpreters, sharing a conversation through them.


Black S.C. Republican poised to go to Congress

by Bruce Smith NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)—Voters in South Carolina nominated a Black Republican lawmaker for an open congressional seat June 22, rejecting a legendary political name and adding diversity to the national party. State Rep. Tim Scott defeated Paul Thurmond, an attorney who is son of the one-time segregationist U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond. Scott, who won the runoff with 69 percent of the vote, is now poised to become the nation’s first Black GOP congressman since 2003. TIM SCOTT Scott, 44, owns an insurance business and became the first Black Republican in the South Carolina Legislature in more than a century when elected two years ago. Before that, he served 13 years on Charleston County Council and was elected chairman four times.



This Week in Black History

Week of July 2-8 July 2 1777—Vermont becomes first U.S. territory to abolish slavery. By 1783, New Hampshire and Massachusetts had followed Vermont’s lead. The abolition of slavery was formally placed in the Vermont Constitution which was formally adopted on July 8, 1777. A major force in the early abolition movement was a group known as the Rights of Man Movement. 1822—Denmark Vesey and five of his co-conspirators were hung in Charleston, S.C. Vesey’s “crime” had been the organization of the largest slave rebellion in American history. But the insurrection was betrayed by a “house slave” before it could be implemented. Vesey was actually a former slave who had purchased his freedom.


Guest editorial…‘Gone too soon’

by Shaquila Mathews The “King of Pop,” a title given to him by his peers, says something about the man, Michael Joseph Jackson, and his character. Jackson’s impact on generations musically will go down in history. Not only did he change the game musically, he showed that artists have other concerns and passions. His philanthropic achievements run almost parallel to his musical accomplishments. Jackson, who died suddenly and tragically a year ago at age 50 of cardiac arrest, was aware politically and always kept his pulse on the world that he loved so much.



We went to New Orleans

I was one of 150 people who went to New Orleans on a bus trip sponsored by the FBW Club (Fabulous Black Women). The club has provided people with the opportunity to see the nation and other countries for the last 40 years. The trip was 2,000 miles but the people were friendly, sociable and enjoyed each other’s company, just like one big happy family. Upon arriving at our destination the weather, as anticipated, was plenty hot, but not as hot as we expected. We spent an enormous amount of time sightseeing, but that is what the trips are all about.