Daily Archive: October 8, 2010

Opinion

‘New ark’ for education of Black children

by Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (NNPA)—African-American parents have a fundamental right to decide the best options for the highest quality education for our children. We must not be silent or indifferent when it comes to the educational advancement of children in our communities.

Opinion

Lest we forget

by Cheryll A. Bellamy The mid-term elections are fast approaching. As usual, there is a blitz of rhetoric blasting from the airwaves and daily news…

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Becoming Jimi Hendrix’

by Terri SchlichenmeyerFor New Pittsburgh Courier The cheers and chants were just for you. When the music started and you stepped onto the pretend stage, the imaginary crowd went wild. Make-believe spotlights shined on your fingers, moving quickly as you picked a song on your air guitar—your “specialty”—and you were famous. In your own head, anyway.

Entertainment

My boyfriend’s father is in love with me!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been dating my boyfriend for five years. Each time I mention getting married, he changes the conversation. I must admit that I am growing tired of his seemingly “no interest” in marrying me. Last year at his family’s reunion gathering, his father told me that for the past two years he has been in love with me. He said, “I thought by now you would have married my son or the two of you would have broken the relationship.” I was rude with him at first, but now I am having second thoughts.

Business

Alpha and Omega aim to be lead wheel

On any given day during regular business hours, customers can find Vonda Harris Cade discussing the performance of high quality wheels, inspecting breaks or dealing with distributors. A woman functioning in a male dominated industry, Cade has owned and operated Alpha and Omega Wheels in the Verona/Penn Hills area since 2005. ON DISPLAY—Vonda and Sponce Cade show off their wheels. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) Known for carrying the largest selection of after market wheels, Cade says people of all ages, gender and nationalities travel from around the area to utilize the services of Alpha and Omega to enhance the appearance of their vehicle.

Business

Struggling homeowners to get $3.5 billion more in federal assistance

With more foreclosure filings and few job opportunities for unemployed homeowners, the U.S. Department of Treasury recently announced funding awards for states suffering severe economic challenges. States benefiting will be locales where unemployment rates meet or surpass that of the national average or where the decline in home prices is greater than 20 percent since the housing market downturn. The recently announced funding totals $3.5 billion and will be spread among 19 states.

Business

Pending home sales up 4.3% in August

by Alan Zibel WASHINGTON (AP)—The number of people who signed contracts to buy homes rose in August for the second straight month but remained far below last year’s pace. The weak economy and fears that prices will fall are keeping many consumers away from the housing market. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index of sales agreements for previously occupied homes rose 4.3 percent to a reading of 82.3. That’s still more than 20 percent below the pace in the same month a year earlier.

Sports

Allderdice makes shocking turn-around

by Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier When it comes to the City League, until recently, nobody has looked in Allderdice’s direction to be the big winner. Perry owned the league for much of the ’90s and most of the last decade. Brashear took over and ran the show with back-to-back titles in ’07 and ’08. Even Schenley, who hadn’t won a title in 50 years, broke their championship drought in 2009. But now it’s the Dragons, who are looking to avenge their “non-winning” ways of late, as they’d lost every game for the two seasons prior to this one. If you ask Allderdice’s coach, Jerry Haslett, he’s not afraid to voice his views on his team’s recent success.

Sports

‘Champions’…Put an end to all that racquet!

You pretty much know that summer is about over when the winners of Champion Enterprises’ annual Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament raise their trophies in victory. The 35th consecutive year of the tennis spectacular got off to a great start with a record breaking field of 20 teams, magnificent weather and some of the best area tennis players in western Pennsylvania. As usual the event was attended by local celebrities including former Super Bowl champion Judge Dwayne Woodruff and wife, Joy; former NBA stars Armon Gilliam and B.B. Flenory; sports talk show host John Tate; members of the fabulous Diamond Models Fashion Troupe and drivers from The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club. BRAINTRUST—Bruce Schifino, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, tournament runner up Eric Ruka, Jim Quigly and Bill Neal.

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Lifestyle

Request for ­coverage

It has been a while since we talked about request for coverage. I know, here I go on a rant about how I want to communicate. Not exactly. This is another effort to help our readers or sometime readers or that person who only buys the paper when their picture is it in. I want to help everyone. The best way to contact me or should I say the preferred way is to use the e-mail address at the bottom of my column. It is debbienorrell@aol.com. I do not have an e-mail attached to the New Pittsburgh Courier nor do I have a phone extension. There is another Debbie that works at the New Pittsburgh Courier but we are in different departments. Please do not leave a message for me on her extension.