Monthly Archive: August 2010


Curtain falls on Schenley athletics

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier The winner of eight out of 19 varsity boys and girls championships in the City League last year will graduate its 95th and final class next spring. This has come with the 2008 decision to permanently close the now Schenley High School facility at 129 Denniston Ave. in the city’s East End. “It’s been a difficult situation,” Schenley’s principal Sophia Facaros said. SCHENLEY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JASON BELL


Courier honors three legendary activists

Adding a new component to their yearly list of 50 Men of Excellence, the New Pittsburgh Courier will honor three local legends. Receiving the 2010 Legacy Awards are Wendell Free­land, Robert Lavelle, post­­humously and Robert Pitts. ROBERT LAVELLE, WENDELL FREELAND and ROBERT PITTS Through more than 50 years as a civil rights attorney and leader in the Urban League, Freeland pressed the city schools on issues of hiring and achievement in the 1950s and was a lead attorney in the desegregation of Highland Park Pool. He is also well known for his time in the service as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American pilots who fought in World War II.


Speak Out: Should Shirley Sherrod accept the job offered her?

Shirley Sherrod of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was fired because an edited tape portrayed her as a racist. After watching the entire tape it was found that she was the exact opposite which led to apologies from the NAACP and others and she was offered another job with the USDA. Should she sue the people who released the false information? We asked Pittsburghers their view and here’s what you said:


Community Calendar

Memorial gathering AUG. 26—The PROMISE Group will host the Jehru M. Donaldson Memorial Gathering for Lost Ones from 12-6 p.m. at West Park, North Shore. This is an event to remember lost loved ones. For more information, call Tonya at 412-452-8594 or Jay at 412-321-1019.


Mandela charity’s ex-chief cuts ties over diamonds

by Donna BrysonAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP)—A trustee of a Nelson Mandela charity said he will leave the organization after being caught up in a scandal involving a supermodel, a warlord and rough diamonds. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund announced Aug. 18 that its former chief executive, Jeremy Ractliffe, was stepping down from the charity’s board after he acknowledged that he secretly possessed alleged “blood diamonds” for more than a decade. GIVING TESTIMONY—Naomi Campbell is seen on a screen in the pressroom of the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in Leidschendam, Netherlands, Aug. 5.


Obama doesn’t travel light—even on vacation

by Glen Johnson VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP)—President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation: shoot over to a Martha’s Vineyard bookstore to fill out his daughters’ summer reading list and grab himself a novel. Easier said than done. BOOK SHOPPING—President Barack Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, leave the Bunch of Grapes book store in Vineyard Haven, Mass., Aug. 20, where the first family is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. His SUV, part of a 20-vehicle motorcade, passed through a cordon of Massachusetts State Police motorcycle officers, in a protective cocoon of Secret Service agents. Tagging along for the quick trip Friday were White House communications trucks, an ambulance and two vans full of reporters and photographers.


‘48 Hours’ correspondent Harold Dow dies at 62

NEW YORK (AP)—Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, who helped shape the documentary program “48 Hours” and covered the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst and the Sept. 11 attacks, has died. He was 62. Dow died suddenly Saturday morning in New Jersey, network spokeswoman Louise Bashi said. He lived in Upper Saddle River, N.J., but it wasn’t immediately clear if he’d been at home. HAROLD DOW Dow had been a correspondent for “48 Hours” since 1990. His nearly 40 years with the network also included reporting for “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.”


Dr. Laura to quit radio after N-word incident

by Gregory Dale WASHINGTON (NNPA) —Following the repeated use of the N-word on a recent episode of her radio talk show, Dr. Laura Schlessinger has announced that she will end her radio career at the end of the year. CALLING IT QUITS—This Feb. 17, 1998 file photo shows Dr. Laura Schlessinger posing during her morning talk show in her Los Angeles studio. Aug. 10. Schlessinger has said in broadcasted interviews that her decision was made in the face of tremendous criticism she has received since the show aired Aug. 10. The incident occurred when an African-American caller phoned in to seek Schlessinger’s advice about whether she should take offense to a neighbor’s racial taunting.


This Week in Black History

For the Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2 August 26 1943—In a primarily token gesture Black Chicago Congressman William L. Dawson is recommended to be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate. For several years, Dawson was the only African-American in the United States Congress. He would later be joined by New York’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Dawson served in Congress for 27 years from January 1943 to the time he died in November 1970. MICHAEL JACKSON


Guest editorial…Does the U.S. have religious freedom?

by Shannon Williams Does this not seem like the absolute worst possible time for anyone to be president of the United States? I mean, wow. First there was the seemingly never-ending health care debate, then there was the whole race thing, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and now there’s so much hoopla over recent comments President Barack Obama made regarding the possibility of a mosque and community center to be built near Ground Zero in New York City.