Monthly Archive: February 2011


Burgess faces second challenger

Pittsburgh’s District 9 contains some of the city’s most distressed neighborhoods. While areas like East Liberty have seen recent redevelopment and renewal, other areas like Homewood, East Hills, Lemington and Larimer continue to struggle. As a resident of the Lincoln-Lemington area, District 9 city council candidate Phyllis Cope­land-Mitchell knows in order to improve the district as a whole, she must first tackle the issues in her own neighborhood. Like the bible says, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” PHYLLIS COPELAND-MITCHELL


Unity effort made to stop the violence

The North Side has been one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the Black community when it comes to violent acts and disparity. Like many Black communities there is a high number of shootings, crime, drugs and unemployment, just to name a few issues. While the North Side continues to face many problems, there are also many organizations individually working to combat these issues within the community. But it is when people work together that problems are solved, that’s why Jay Donaldson, founder and CEO of the PROMISE Group said he has began an initiative to get the organizations of the North Side to work together along with the Peace Alliance Network, to address those issues that are key to turning their communities around. JAY DONALDSON


Stop the violence

The family of 12-year-old Jolesa Barber, who was murdered on Charles Street Jan. 28, 2008 on the North Side in a hail of more than 40 rounds of ammunition, invited the media to the third anniversary of this tragedy for healing and to celebrate the joyous life she shared with family and friends as the criminal court case came to a close. The family said it has been a long road waiting for justice to prevail and the family has endured many setbacks. Now that the case has come to its final phases addressing those responsible for devastating their lives, the family thanked all those who supported them and kept them in their prayers at the vigil. FAMILY CONCERN—Rayneisa Wade; sister of Kimberly Wade and mother of shooting victim 12 year old Jolesa Barber; speaks on how it affects the family with the court ruling the same day.


What is your response to Patrice King Brown retiring from KDKA-TV?

Long time Pittsburgh anchor Patrice King Brown recently retired from her post at KDKA-TV so we asked Pittsburghers how they felt about her leaving, and who they thought should replace her and this is what you said: “I am sad and happy because I have enjoyed watching her. I am not originally from Pittsburgh but I remember seeing her when I came in 1973. She is a part of Pittsburgh and will be greatly missed. I do not know who should replace her.”Gail FordBloomfieldRetired


Nigeria: Voter registry shows northern power

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP)— Preliminary voter registration statistics in Nigeria show the country’s Muslim north holds an edge in the country’s upcoming elections. Numbers released by the Independent National Electoral Commission suggest states in Nigeria’s north have more than 36 million voters, compared to the largely Christian south having 31.6 million. In total, the commission says 67 million voters registered ahead of April’s presidential election.


Improve infrastructure, create jobs

(NNPA)—You have no doubt heard a lot about President Obama’s proposed federal budget in the news lately. With an eye toward reducing the nation’s trillion plus dollar deficit, the president suggests some difficult to swallow budget cuts while still investing in America’s future. It’s not much different from what a struggling corporation would do, or a family. One of those proposed investments would not only modernize our nation’s highways and railways, it will also create millions of jobs.


Could the Gainful Employment Rule be a hustle?

(NNPA)—Today’s lesson shines a spotlight on another reason why the National Black Chamber of Commerce is calling for the Department of Education to do away with the Gainful Employment rule. On top of proposing bad policy that will harm minority students—The Department of Education is working behind the scenes with Wall Street short-sellers who have launched an aggressive campaign to bring down the stocks of for-profit colleges and make millions. These money-grubbing short-sellers are playing a destructive role in promoting a rule that will limit opportunities for minority students who wish to attend career colleges.


Iraqs impact on Arab revolts

(NNPA)—Something very weird is afoot. I have been hearing commentators suggest that the invasion of Iraq and the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003 set the stage for the current Arab democratic revolt. The story goes something like this: The people of the Arab world saw that a dictator could be overthrown and they then saw the benefits of an alleged democracy. This, according to the story, sparked their desire to move to overthrow various Arab despots. When I first heard this, I assumed that someone was joking or being sarcastic. The thought that the U.S./British invasion of Iraq, in clear violation of international law, followed by the installation of puppet regimes would have inspired a democratic revolt eight years later is a bit absurd. If you leave aside some level of delusion, what is one to make of these suggestions?


Governor makes right ­ decision in clinic case

Governor Tom Corbett was right to fire several state employees and overhaul two state agencies in the wake of allegations that a Philadelphia doctor performed illegal abortions that killed a patient and viable infants. The governor said that the state’s abortion clinics would be subjected to stricter oversight as a result of the investigation into the Women Medical Society, an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, who ran the clinic, was indicted by a grand jury last month on eight counts of murder.