Daily Archive: October 7, 2011


Outrage expressed over DA Zappala’s response he cannot find Black attorneys 

Dear Editor: This amateur historian recalls when the late Robert “Dixie” Dugan was confronted by then Negro activists, who asked “why do you have no Negroes working for you as assistant district attorneys” in the mid 1960’s responded, “I cannot find any Negroes qualified to serve in that capacity.” Imagine my chagrin, in September of 2011, to read in the Tribune Review, that when queried about the putrid number of African-American assistant district attorneys in the 2011 Allegheny County DA office, Stephen Zappala responded, “I cannot find African-American Lawyers who will work for the salary I offer, for the big firms employ them at a higher salary.” Fifty years, and the Allegheny County district attorney spews the same specious garbage.


‘Last of the Line’ leads to overlooked roots

When Samm-Art Williams tells a story, he likes to delve into obscure “tidbits” of history deliberately omitted. Like Blacks who fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy or those who were slave-owners—that part of history African-Americans, in particular, seem to have amnesia about. Williams is willing to share that history and choose Pittsburgh as the place to drop this particular piece of knowledge, which is why his play, “Last of the Line,” makes its world premiere run on the stage of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. ALL IN THE FAMILY—From left: Kevin Brown, Montae Russell, Bria Walker and Brenda Marks in “Last of the Line.” (Photo by Emmai Alaquiva) Williams met staff from the AWC attending at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina last summer. He hit it off with president/CEO Andre Kimo Stone Guess and Artistic Director of Theater Initiatives Mark Clayton Southers; the trio established a quick and easy rapport built on reputation and similar ideas about the future of Black theatre. That led to the opportunity for the “Last of the Line” to make is debut to the world in Pittsburgh.


Cover To Cover…‘Living in the Village’

You’ve learned your lesson. In the past four years, you’ve learned that you can’t spend frivolously. You can’t use credit unwisely, there’s no “wiggle room” on bill-paying, and the only way to face your future is to put money back into your own pocket with savings and investments. Easier said than done? Not really, according to author Ryan C. Mack. In his book “Living in the Village,” he explains how money can work for you and for your community. So you’ve come through the Great Recession and you’re rebuilding your financial life, but you’ve come to realize that you want to do more with what you’ve got. Mack says that there’s no time like the present to educate yourself about managing the money you earn.


Tyrese ejected

(NNPA)—R&B singer Tyrese Gibson recently got the boot from a Delaware radio station after voicing his opinion about liquor stores in the inner city. According to Delaware Online, Gibson appeared on Wilmington’s WJKS (KISS) 101.7 FM to promote his new album. He explained that he had just visited East Side Charter School in the city and was displeased that there were liquor stores close to the institution. TYRESE


Vesta found dead

R&B singer Vesta Williams was found dead in a California hotel room Sept. 22. She was 53 years old. The entertainer, who was widely recognized in the ’80s as a lauded songstress, was apparently in good health, according to a recent video interview. VESTA


Rates on 30-year mortgage falls to record 4.01 percent

by Derek Kravitz WASHINGTON (AP)—Fixed mortgage rates have fallen to historic new lows for a fourth straight week and are likely to fall further. The average on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 4.01 percent this week, Freddie Mac said Thursday. That’s the lowest rate since the mortgage buyer began keeping records in 1971. The last time long-term rates were lower was in 1951, when most long-term home loans lasted just 20 or 25 years. The average on a 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinancing option, ticked down to 3.28 percent. Economists say that’s the lowest rate ever for the loan.



Understanding car insurance

“Life comes at you fast!” On the week of this writing, I was involved in a car accident. It appeared to be a perfectly normal day. I put in a productive work day. After work I went to the gym. On my way home from the gym, I got within one block away from my house and it happened—CRASH! I was driving toward my house when the car in front of me abruptly stopped and made a left hand turn without using his turning signal. This forced me to come to an abrupt stop as I navigated my car to avoid hitting this car. I succeeded. Unfortunately, the truck behind me reaction time was not as swift as mine. He crashed into the back of my truck causing $6,200 in damages. The person who caused the accident by not using their turning signal and coming to an abrupt stop doesn’t know there was an accident. I imagine him at home drinking coffee with his wife telling her how great his day was. The good news is that there were no injuries.



:10—Now do you understand, now do you see the difference? Yes this is and has been a great Pgh Steeler Defense…But mmmmmmaannn this “D” is nothing like the ORIGINAL STEEL CURTAIN FROM BACK IN THE DAY, TRUST ME! Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Dwight White, Ernie Holmes, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, Robin Cole, Mel Blount, J.T. Thomas, Dwayne Woodruff …they would have none of this nonsense…and you know it!!! BILL NEAL :09—In the Locker Room this week two of my long time partners, Don Patterson, the Godfather of “Keeping The Funk Alive” and James “Dr. J” Johnson the founder, owner, and director of the Afro American Music Institute along with his wife Pam. They’re reading Overtime every week now between programs and projects…you know they stay busy. :08—Look you know I don’t care about the Red Sox bouncin’ their Manager Terry Francona. I don’t like nothin’ in Boston…not the Celtics…not the baked beans and especially not the Box Red Sox… I am a New York Yankees man…mmmaaannn!!


USO’s defense pitches third consecutive shutout against Carrick 48-0

by Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier Experience is what USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama)’s Coach Lou Berry says accounts for their success on defense. The team hasn’t allowed a score since their loss to Brashear in the City League opener. On Sept. 29, they blew out Carrick 48-0 in front of a Thursday night crowd at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.


Duquesne extends winning streak with 31-28 win over Bryant

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Sean Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Connor Dixon as Duquesne rallied to beat Bryant 31-28 on Oct 1. The Dukes, whose lone blemish is a 27-26 opening day loss at Bucknell, moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the NEC. Patterson’s 10-yard pass to Dixon with 9:22 remaining provided the game winner. Dixon also had touchdown catches of 33 and 15 yards. Patterson completed 13 of 25 passes for 160 yards and two interceptions for Duquesne, which has won nine of its past 10 games dating back to last season. HEAT IS ON—Duquesne’s Chidozie Oparanozie (North Side and Linsly School) puts the heat on Bryant quarterback Mike Croce in the Dukes 31-28 win. (Courier Photos/William McBride) Larry McCoy, who entered the game sixth in the Football Championship Subdivision with a 135-yard a game rushing average, ran for 153 yards and a score for Duquesne.