Monthly Archive: December 2010

Sports

Pitt, Kentucky to play in BBVA Compass Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Pittsburgh and Kentucky will meet in the BBVA Compass Bowl Jan. 8. The Panthers (7-5, 5-2) were in position to claim the Big East Conference’s bid to a BCS bowl before losing to rival West Virginia 35-10 on Nov. 26. Instead, Pitt will play in a bowl with a projected $600,000 payout, the second lowest of any bowl game. No. 22 West Virginia (9-3) will face N.C. State (8-4) in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28 at the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando.

Sports

Overtime

:10 I know we’ve all seen it a hundred times and I know everyone has their own list. You got Rocky, Slapshot, The Natural, Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and now Blindside. But I tell you what, you’ll have a hard time not making “Remember the Titans” the No. 1 sports movie of all time. Denzel Washington at his best, the true life history of the story, the music and the on the field action…It’s hard to beat. BILL NEAL :9 And call they did! Some of you, no—a lot of you—called in to get me told about my “Top Ten Best Jumpers Ever” list. Here’s an update. “Neal, How you gonna have a top 10 without Jim McCoy? There’s a reason they called him “Jumpin’ Jim” McCoy!”

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Lifestyle

Rejection

Every time I listen to news stories filled with violence and young people I wonder what is the problem with our young people. Recently a young man killed his girlfriend because she rejected him. No one wants to be rejected, no one wants to lose. I don’t think a large portion of today’s youth understand winning and losing. Part of the problem begins with the adults. I have witnessed kids on a team where everyone gets a trophy, the winners and the losers. To me that makes no sense. It seems the coaches don’t want to hurt the self-esteem of the child that loses. That is not the real world. Someone is not going to get the job, the guy doesn’t always get the girl, or vice versa. Everything is not for you.

Lifestyle

Vaccines Not just for kids:

by Janice KopelmanFor New Pittsburgh Courier As children, most of us stayed current on vaccinations under the watchful eye of our parents and pediatricians. As we grew, our parents and doctors made sure we were protected from any vaccine-preventable diseases surrounding us. But as adults, we may put our own health needs on the backburner because we’re so busy making sure that our families and our jobs are in order. Perhaps it’s because we have the misconception that we just don’t need vaccinations. JANICE KOPELMAN

Metro

CEA: More Target jobs for East End residents

Joined by about 30 of his employees, Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong stopped cars, blocked intersections and called for more Black jobs during a vocal protest at the Target store construction site in East Liberty. “We demand Target immediately begin to invest in workforce development and training for community residents by partnering with those community-based agencies that have experience and rapport with the community that it serves,” he shouted through a megaphone. MAKING OUR VOICES HEARD—Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong, right, calls on Target for more employment and training while union carpenters note there could be more African-Americans on the Target job site if unions got all the contracts. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We also demand first-source hiring with community residents as the first priority, also partnered with a community-based organization with experience and expertise in job training.”

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70 of 93 homicides Black lives …Time for concerned groups to unite (Part 2)

SEPTEMBER HOMICIDES (11) SEPT. 8—Victoria Davis, a 53-year-old Black female from the North Side, was found fatally stabbed on the front porch of a home in the 100 block of Richey Street in the North Side. There was also another victim and children in the house. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph Davis, her husband, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide, one count of criminal attempted homicide; one count of aggravated assault and one count of endangering the welfare of children. He is awaiting trial.

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Manchester Bidwell COO Fife passes

Manchester Bidwell Corp CEO Bill Strickland was the artist and visionary who turned a bankrupt entity into the arts and workforce training center it is today, but it was Jesse Fife Jr. who realized that vision. Fife died December 6 after a two-year battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 60. “We were together for 42 years, both from the North Side. We Were at Pitt together, and when he graduated, I asked him to help me rebuild the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, and we did. He made it work,” said Strickland. “He was sick for more than two years, but you’d never know. He didn’t talk about it. He just went to work and did his job.” JESSE FIFE

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Education, mentoring key to Black males success

In the most recent election, job growth and unemployment were hot-button topics used by both parties to discredit their opponents. While many Americans continue to protest America’s high unemployment rate, the current crisis pales in comparison to statistics in the Black community where 53 percent of African-American males are unemployed. BLACK MEN AND BOYS COVENANT—Black men and boys from across the city gather in the Pitt Student Union. (Photo by J.L. Martello) However, the unemployment crisis for Black males isn’t anything new. More than thirty years ago, Jawanza Kunjufu, Ph.D., an author and guest lecturer, began trying to break what he sees as a self-perpetuating cycle of failure for African-American males. On Nov. 17, thousands of lectures and more than 30 books later, Kunjufu brought his crusade to Pittsburgh.

Sports

City League Boys Basketball Preview…Allderdice should three-peat

by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice basketball coach Andre McDonald says he is confident that his team will be a solid contender for its third consecutive City League championship this season. However, he also believes that there will be a surprise team in the League this season. “I think Carrick is going to shock some people this year,” McDonald said. “They’ll have some good athletes and will hang in there from what I’ve seen out of certain players of theirs over the summer.” BEN MICKENS (William McBride/File Photos)