Daily Archive: October 5, 2011

Business

Church Circuit

Business series OCT. 6—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Finishing Well- Getting the Care You Want When You Need It Most.” Stacy Kacskowski, of the Allegheny County Library Association, will discuss Five Wishes, the first living will that talks about one’s personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as one’s medical wishes. It is written in everyday language and helps to start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness. This is an essential overview of essential resources for all ages. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail business@carnegielibrary.org.

Sports

Chicken coop

I said it once and I am going to say it again. Each draft pick in the NFL is vital. It might not appear so from the outset but two or three years later, if GM’s and player personnel directors are not careful; “the chickens may or may not come home to roost.” Ex-Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2008 draft, right after Pittsburgh signed the “great” running back Rashard Mendenhall in the first round.

Sports

Texans thump Steelers

It was supposed to be just the offensive line that was going to have trouble against a poor defense but Sunday the defensive line had just as much trouble. With neither holding up the Steelers suffered their second defeat 17-10 to the Houston Texans and now must get back on track against a much improved Tennessee Titans team this weekend at Heinz field. The Titans moved to 3-1 with an impressive 31-13 win over the Cleveland Browns without their best wide receiver who may be out for the season. HARD AT WORK—Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) tries to wrestle the ball away Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) in the fourth quarter Oct. 2, in Houston. The Texans won 17-10. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Sports

Five reasons the NBA is now afraid of Black Men

by Dr. Boyce WatkinsFor New Pittsburgh Courier Many of us read with interest the blow up between NBA superstar Dwyane Wade and Commissioner David Stern. In a heated discussion taking place during the pending NBA lockout, Wade told Stern that he “isn’t his child,” and then stormed out of the meeting. I read about the interaction with curiosity, wondering whether or not I was witnessing the kind of revolt that hasn’t been seen among Black athletes since the 1960s. DR. BOYCE WATKINS

Lifestyle

CORE, Pitt partner for transplant symposium

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education, a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York, announced its partnership with the University of Pittsburgh for its second annual Kountz/Callender/ Rappaport transplant series. Titled “Transplantation Disparities: Current Trends and Future Prospects,” the event focused on multicultural health and organ transplantation. The day-long symposium began at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Club, Oakland. MULTI-CULTURAL LEADERS—Lisa Strother-Upsher, left, from Pittsburgh and Vanessa Duvert from Philadelphia are the only two Multi-culture Outreach Coordinators in Pennsylvania. Strother-Upsher is the only MOTTEP program director in the state. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “We are seeing an urgent need for organ, tissue, and cornea donations in the minority communities in our region, and the way to raise awareness is to engage in dialogue and conduct ongoing educational seminars such as this one,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “At CORE, we are proud to partner with the University of Pittsburgh to hold this event.”

Lifestyle

Church Circuit

Pastoral Anniversary OCT. 7—Temple of God Church, 505 E. Hallam Ave., Washington, will host its 22nd Pastoral Anniversary for Pastor Suffagan Bishop George W. Russell and First Lady Minister Sandra Russell at 7 p.m. There will be a prayer service and a worship service at 8 p.m. with guest speaker Suff. Bishop Thomas Ramsey of Rankin. There will also be a service at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 with District Elder Jacalyn Mills and at 5 p.m. with Suff. Bishop Nathan McAllister. Dinner will be served immediately following the morning service. For more information, call 724-225-9324.

Lifestyle

‘Operation Inasmuch….doin’ good in the hood…’

“Doin’ good in ‘da hood’” and “making an impact through contact” may sound like clichés, but for the Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, it is a time of reaching out to a community through a day of service and love. Within a city where many people are struggling to survive in a declining economy, hope is encouraged through “Operation Inasmuch.” At the urban church, Rev. Dr. Darryl T. Canady is not only talking the talk, but he is walking the walk. “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” is a guiding force in his ministry, and the needs of the community remain heavy upon his heart.

Health

Dems hit reset on health care

by Ricado Alonso-Zaldivar WASHINGTON (AP)—Weary of getting pounded over the new health care law, Democrats are hitting the reset button for next year’s elections. They’re changing the subject to Medicare. MEDICARE ADVOCATES—In this June 13 photo Dena Robinson, from right, and Hannah Hoffman, join dozens of Medicare advocates gathered outside the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Divisions over the health care overhaul appear irreconcilable, but polls show Americans of all political leanings feel protective of Medicare. President Barack Obama’s latest debt plan for Congress, issued last week, signals he’s on board with the shift. Gone is a proposed increase in the Medicare eligibility age the White House put on the table in earlier discussions with House Speaker John Boehner. Instead, Obama threatened to veto Medicare beneficiary cuts unless Congress also raises taxes on the rich.