Daily Archive: August 4, 2010


Sanders gives $100K to PIRC…Challenges other businesses to follow suit

Initially, Chuck Sanders said he wanted to contribute to the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime without any fanfare, but after two gang members contacted him directly to say they were joining the program, he agreed to do it publicly because it might inspire more to come forward. MONEY TALKS—Saying he’s putting his money where his mouth is, Chuck Sanders donates $100,000 to PIRC for a job subsidy fund, as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, left, and police Chief Nate Harper look on. “My niece Angela was a victim of violence in McKeesport. This is dedicated to her memory,” he said during the July 29 announcement outside Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District. “I’m hoping other businesses will step up. I’ve put my money where my mouth is, and I hope others do the same.”



35 of 50 homicides Black lives

The month of July has a trend of being a month with one of the highest totals in homicides, but not since 2008 when there were 20 homicides in July, has the month had a number as high as this year’s with 12 homicides. In 2009 there were only eight homicides. More than half of the list are Black and Black men. And what is worse is that most of them are under the age of 30. In early history it was “The Man” killing Blacks, now its Blacks killing Blacks. We have now become “The Man” that is not only killing us, but that is holding us back. Not only are we losing our Young Black men to senseless gun violence, but also to the jails. It is time to take a stand and say enough is enough.


Bruce lead voice to save Mellon Arena

As an aside while leaving a recent board meeting about development projects in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Rob Stephany, the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s executive director noted that there are no specific development plans for the Mellon Arena site. SPORTING LIFE—New Pittsburgh Courier sports columnist Aubrey Bruce proposes that ABA and WNBA teams make the old Civic/Mellon Arena home. “People assume it will be demolished and some combination of retail, office and residential development will go there,” he said. “But it’s not a done deal. Remember, there are preservationists trying to save it and I wouldn’t just write them off.”


Cupples Stadium gets a $2 million facelift

by Malik Vincent The Pittsburgh Board of Education and the Department of Athletics’ George K. Cupples Stadium are in the midst of a $2 million project that will give the home of City League football and soccer a new look. Among the changes are a replaced playing surface, new lights, as well as updated drainage and sub-drainage systems. ALMOST DONE—An overhead view of the $2 million renovation that is taking place at George K. Cupples Stadium, home of City League football and soccer July 27. The project is expected to conclude before the start of the 2010 football season on Sept. 3. “It’s outstanding for the players,” said Pittsburgh Perry’s coach Bill Gallagher. “It will eliminate all of that astro-turf burn and other problems that were associated with that old surface we had before.”


It’s over! People using social media to end relationships

by J. Williams-GibsonFor New Pittsburgh Courier (INDIANAPOLIS, IN)—Once upon a time, when couples decided to end their relationship, they did so face-to-face. The break up rules and norms have somewhat changed. Today, some individuals are ending their relationships by using other, and arguably tactless, ways to say goodbye—social media. Just ask Andrew Locke.


School district adds up cost of reform

In lieu of a number of possible school reconfigurations and reforms in the Pittsburgh Public School District, decisions could hinge on the largest competition for education funding the nation has ever seen. Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education program designed to spur reforms in state and local district K-12 education. Now in its second phase, states are competing for funds up to $700 million. MARK ROOSEVELT


Community Calendar

Panel discussion AUG. 6—The Community Empowerment Association will host a Hip Hop Symposium at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This event is an intellectual discourse on the pros and cons of hip-hop as it affects the unit of the Black family and the community. There will be several national and local celebrities participating in the panel discussion. For more information, call Lee Davis at 412-371-3689.


Rangel, Waters fight ethics charges as Black support mounts

WASHINGTON (NNPA) —As U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., prepares to fight 13 ethics charges, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, another leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has also come under scrutiny. A House panel has announced that Rep. Maxine Waters has been charged with violating ethics rules, setting the stage for a second election-season trial for a longtime Democratic lawmaker and adding to the party’s political woes. REP. CHARLES RANGEL The charges against Waters, a 10-term California congresswoman, focus on whether she broke the rules in requesting federal help for a bank where her husband was a board member and owned stock. She immediately denied the charges.



This Week In Black History

For the Week of Aug. 7-12 August 7 ANGELA DAVIS 1970—Four people, including the presiding judge, were killed during a courthouse shootout in Marin County, Calif. A group of Blacks led by 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson staged an assault on the courthouse in a bid to free Jackson’s brother—famed Soledad Brother and militant activist George Jackson. Jonathan was among those who died. Professor and communist Angela Davis was charged with providing the guns for the bloody escape attempt but would later be found not guilty.


Has Obama lost his Blackness in the White House?

by Shannon Williams I understand that when Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office on that cold, sunny day in January 2009, he not only became the president for African-Americans, but the president for all people. And in all honesty, that’s how it should be. The president of the United States is the president of the American people, not just a specific group of people. However, because Obama is the first Black president, I’m sure we all expected things would be different to some degree. I for one understood the importance of Obama being impartial and not overly accommodating one group—specifically Blacks—because I realize the implication such treatment would spark. Obama has had to walk a fine line in an effort not to appear too Black, too radical or too appeasing. However, in his attempt to not display any sort of preferential treatment or bias towards Blacks, Obama has missed the mark and his calling to foster a better understanding among various races.