Daily Archive: June 17, 2011



Fathers: It’s time to man-up

Father’s Day weekend is upon us. I figured now is a better time than ever to have a man-to-man talk with my male audience. I was in the middle of doing research when my son asked me to help him figure out how to play a video game. I tried to quickly brush him off and responded, “I don’t know how to play.” He walked away visibly upset and discouraged and mumbled the words, “I thought you knew everything!” I thought to myself, WOW—in my children’s mind I’m all-knowing. I’m supposed to know everything about anything.


Rights advocates and lenders unite to save the American Dream

(NNPA)—Last year, millions of Americans who were either in or at-risk of foreclosure became the impetus for a hard-fought consumer victory. The historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is the most significant financial reform that Congress has passed in many years. Now, as regulators hammer out specific implementation of the bill, consumer and civil rights advocates are again fighting for the hopes of many low and moderate income families to fulfill their own American Dream of homeownership. A key issue is a proposed down payment requirement on mortgages. Several federal financial regulators are calling for mandatory minimum down payments of 10-20 percent of a home purchase price and also barring borrowers who would be spending more than 28 percent of their income on their mortgage. Regulators claim these rules are necessary to produce quality loans. But they overlook the fact that the Dodd-Frank bill already includes safeguards to prevent a recurrence of reckless lending.



:10 I call upon the might of The Mighty Thor, the X-Factor of the X-Men, the web juice of Spider Man, Batman … Superman … Green Hornet … Green Lantern or for that matter Mr. Green Jeans … all y’all … drop a comic book bomb on the Miami Heat and save what’s left of my basketball dignity. I am holding tight … the Mavs in six, take it to the Bank!!! :09 Is it me or are there never any R&B groups performing after a Pirates’ game. Just Rock & Roll and Country. I am just asking!!! BILL NEAL


Dobbs tops Courier All-City Boys Team

Even though Perry dominated City League boys basketball this season with a 15-1 interleague play, Allderdice, 12-4, and Carrick, 10-6, captured the most spots on this years’ All-City Basketball selection with four each. Allderdice beat Perry for the City League championship, but the All-City selections were based on what these teams did during the regular season. PROUD FATHER AND SON—Jason White is pictured with his son Justin Dobbs, New Pittsburgh Courier Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player.


Allderdice captures City League title

by Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald preaches defensive toughness to his players. If you ask anyone on his staff or someone he’s coached, he swears by it. So much, that the Dragons have proudly sported “HAWK-D” on their warm-ups for the past five years, and this season on their uniforms. But they aren’t the only ones who do. “It was uplifting to hear the entire student body chanting HAWK-D,” McDonald said. “It was really motivation to our guys to play the best game that we could.” ‘HAWK-D’—The Allderdice boys celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Perry 73-63 in the City League championship game March 5. (Courier photo/William McBride/File)


Bottoms unanimous pick for MVP

Allderdice was supposed to dominate City League girls basketball but nobody told perennial power Westinghouse. The two were heads and shoulders over the rest of the league with Allderdice going undefeated 16-0 in League play while Westinghouse was 14-2. Rounding out the winning teams were Brashear 12-4 and Perry 10-6. As expected they led the way in All-City Team selections with both teams starting fives being named to the All-City Team. The Allderdice starters were Janay Bottoms and Lanise Saunders on the first team; DaiJai Beasley on the second team; Sydnee Abernathy, third team; and Taylor Lawson, honorable mention. JANAY BOTTOMS


Bottoms, Saunders lead Allderdice to title over Westinghouse

Allderdice came out and protected their unmarked 17-0 City League record to claim their second-straight title over Westinghouse, 38-34, March 5. They were led by Janay Bottom’s 12 points, while Lanise Saunders and Sydnee Abernathy each added nine for the Dragons. CHAMPIONS—The Allderdice girls celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Westinghouse 38-34 in the City League championship game March 5. (Courier photo/William McBride/File)


Taylor, McGhee top 2010 Courier All-City Football Team

The Perry Commodores once ruled City League football with an iron fist but fell to hard times 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. With this in mind, the New Pittsburgh Courier’s annual All-City Football Team was dominated by the Commodores, with 19 slots as well as special honors including: Coach of the Year Bill Gallagher, Offensive MVP, Greg McGhee and Defensive MVP Ray Taylor. PROUD MOM— MVP Ray Taylor and Shanell Robinson.


Courier honors Track & Field stars at All-City Sports Awards

The New Pittsburgh Courier added something new this year to it’s 2011 All-City Awards Luncheon. The June 4 event honored the winners of the City League Track and Field championships that were held on May 14. STRENGTH, AGILITY, AND SPEED—Schenley’s shotput champion Kamren Lewis is pictured with sisters Amber and Kayla Key, who attend CAPA but run for Westinghouse, and Shequala Bey from Westinghouse. Amber won a gold in the1600 meters and Kayla won the 200 meters. Shaquala was a multiple winner capturing the long jump and triple jump. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello)



Are you serious?

Way back in the day, around 1972 someone suggested to me that they could take a nude picture of me with a Polaroid camera. It didn’t sound like a good idea to me. That picture could have lived somewhere forever and that was only a Polaroid. What are these people thinking that send pictures out on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and text? Hasn’t anyone learned from Tiger Woods? When I heard the latest twitter mess about New York Rep. Anthony Weiner I knew no one had hacked into his account, the lie was written all over his face. What is wrong with these men?