Daily Archive: February 11, 2011


Perry Commodores top 2010 Courier All-City Football Team

The Perry Commodores once ruled City League football with an iron fist but fell to hard times, for them, the past few years. The Commodores moved back to the top in 2010 with authority as they easily disposed of all opponents to post an 8-0 record in League play. Their closest rival was Allderdice which finished 6-2. So with this in mind the New Pittsburgh Courier’s fourth annual All-City Football Team was dominated by Commodores, with 19 slots as well as all the special honors including: Coach of the Year Bill Gallagher, Offensive MVP Greg McGhee, and Defensive MVP Ray Taylor. GREG MCGHEE, PERRY QB , OFFENSIVE MVP


‘Rally for Peace’ starts petition drive

The Community Empowerment Association Inc. headed by founder T. Rashad Byrdsong, held an important meeting for the youth of Pittsburgh’s urban communities to counter act the continued gun violence within our neighborhoods. Several young people, from areas such as, Braddock, the Hill District, Lincoln, Wilkinsburg, Rankin, Homewood, East Liberty and the North Side communities, gathered at the CEA headquarters at 7143 Fluery Way, in Homewood to express their feelings about the violence in their neighborhoods. TO THE YOUTH—Lee Davis of CEA speaks to youth in attendance. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) “What we are trying to do during these meetings is to listen to the youth and hear some of their stories of survival and not talk down to them,” Byrdsong said.


Job placement key for college students

One in four college educated adults is currently working in a field unrelated to their college degree. Approximately 10 percent of those under the age of 25 are working in retail or the food service industry. In light of the ever-suffering economy, the days when a college degree guaranteed a job might be gone forever. Still, when choosing a college or university to attend many students are concerned with what job placement services these schools offer. JANET HARRIS (Photo by J.L. Martello) At the National College Fair, hosted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, college administrators and recruiters listed similar catalogs of career services all designed to help students find a job upon graduation.


Historic status hearing for arena

Consider, said engineer John Oyler, that the panels of the Civic Arena’s dome weigh 1,500 tons and are all suspended from a single cantilever, and that they can move from closed to open in two minutes. There was nothing like it before and hasn’t been in the 50 years since. “This is totally unique,” said Oyler. The owners, the Sports and Exhibition Authority, were among those listening as Oyler and a series of architects, historians and preservationists made the case that the civic arena deserves to be designated a historic landmark.


Consensus Group ‘$1 per car’ plan

Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins have shelled out a $1 million contribution toward construction of the new Shop ‘n Save market on Centre Avenue, Hill Consensus Group co-convener Carl Redwood Jr. said, given the subsidies the team has received, they should give more to their Hill District neighbors. “We are proposing the creation of a Hill District Improvement Fund, and we suggest it be funded by taking $1 per car from the Penguins parking revenue at their Civic Arena and Melody Tent parking lots,” he said. “The Pittsburgh Penguins have received public subsidies and the gift of public land. As the residents of the Hill District are in closest proximity, they should receive social and economic benefits from the public’s investment.”


Speak Out: Should Pittsburgh Public Schools be year round?

There have been several successful schools that practice year around school years or extended days, so we asked Pittsburghers what they thought and this is what you said: “No, I don’t think they should. The education system acts to unify and to order experience so that students perceive organization, consistency, and system. In this effect, it provides a universal view that is taught as truth, but really it’s subjective.”J. GainesEast LibertyCustomer Service


Judge: No free lawyer for Philly abortion doc

PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A doctor accused of running a filthy abortion clinic and using scissors to kill babies should sell assets if necessary to hire a lawyer for his murder trial because he doesn’t qualify for a public defender, a judge ruled Friday. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, of West Philadelphia, is charged with killing a patient during a botched abortion and using scissors to sever the spinal cords of seven viable babies born alive. His wife, Pearl Gosnell, a cosmetologist accused of performing abortions, is among 10 clinic employees charged last month after a lengthy grand jury investigation.


Duncan, Lee urge more Black men to become teachers

by Dorie TurnerAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP)—Filmmaker Spike Lee joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan in issuing a call Jan. 31 for more Black men to become teachers, making their plea at the country’s only all-male historically Black college. The two took part in a town hall meeting at Atlanta’s private Morehouse College just a week after President Barack Obama urged more people nationwide to become teachers. ATTENTIVE AUDIENCE—Audience members look on during a meeting where Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Filmmaker Spike Lee; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; and others called for more Black men to become teachers at Morehouse College, Jan. 31. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Multicultural Census

A lot of people are eagerly waiting results of the 2010 census information that details how Americans identify themselves racially. The data will be released, state by state, this month and are expected to show a significant growth in the numbers of people who identify as multiracial. When the data is made public, it is expected the number of Americans identifying as multiracial will have grown by 35 percent in the last decade. As interracial marriages become more common, so too has the number of mixed raced people in our society. The 2000 census was the first that allowed these individuals to easily identify all parts of their racial backgrounds if they so chose. Those who support the classification see it as important step to breaking down racial barriers and moving toward an America that is free of prejudice.


Reagan robbed the poor and raised the rich

“…sleeping on the grates…the homeless…are homeless…you might say, by choice”—President Ronald Reagan Last week, many Americans celebrated the 100th year of President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s birth. In honoring Ronald Regan’s impact on the United States of America his policies have been mislabeled as good and positive. In reality, Reagan era policies have had a net negative on our nation and its promise to grant life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens, regardless of color or cash in hand.