Daily Archive: December 2, 2011


Formerly incarcerated and convicted people movement

The United States of America has become increasingly recognized as the Incarceration Nation, leading all major industrialized countries in the number of citizens and residents locked up in jails and prisons, serving probation, parole or under criminal supervision. The vast majority of these formerly convicted, incarcerated and current prisoners are poor, working class and urban dwellers. They are also disproportionately Black and Latino.


Justice in Oregon

In a brave move, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber halted the upcoming execution of death-row inmate Gary Haugen. The execution was to be carried out Dec. 6 and would have been Oregon’s first in 14 years. Kitzhaber did not stop there—he also announced a state moratorium on executions. Calling the state’s death penalty system “broken,” the governor declared that executions would not be performed while he was in office. Kitzhaber clearly recognizes what many have known for years: capital punishment is applied unfairly and there is too much room for error. Additionally, the death penalty works disproportionately against minorities, specifically African-Americans, who get executed at rates much higher than our share of the population.


Open letter to Tyler Perry

by Morris W. O’Kelly Dear Tyler Perry, I have never been concerned with gaining favor with celebrities or undeservedly denigrating one’s work. I have always prided myself on putting my community first, even when doing so has been unpopular and frankly unappreciated by members of that same community. So understand that my letter to you is on principle and premise…not personal animus. This comes not from someone who is a fan of “this” or “that” person, but a fan of the community of African-Americans. They come first in all I do.


Cover To Cover…‘A Belle in Brooklyn’

Men don’t get it. They think that when you get together with your girlfriends, you all spend time talking about recipes, gossip, and children. Like there’s nothing more on your minds. They’re kind of right. That is what you talk about… at first. And then you talk about men. How they’re so great. How they’re so irritating. How you just don’t “get” them. But if you read “A Belle in Brooklyn” by Demetria L. Lucas, you’ll get a little guidance.



Identity theft: A good name is more desirable than riches

The scripture says that a good name is more desirable than riches (Proverbs 22:1). Apparently the “Forget the dog, beware of owner” sign, the surveillance cameras and the various alarm systems we purchased for our most prized possessions has forced thieves in a new direction. The fastest growing crime in America is Identity Theft. Many criminals has discovered that it’s less risky and in many cases more profitable to steal your personal information than it is to commit strong-arm robbery, burglary, or hijack you for your car. Capital One is not the only character wondering “what’s in your wallet”?


Ready to refinance? Here’s how, if you qualify

(AP)—Mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest levels ever, making this a golden opportunity to refinance. But many people can’t. Homeowners who want to refinance in today’s tougher lending environment face hurdles. Credit scores must be higher than they used to be. Debt loads must be smaller. Employment must be documented. The biggest obstacle? A lack of home equity. Some people owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. They’re considered “underwater.” Banks aren’t inclined to lend to them.


Record setting quarterback leads Aliquippa past Jeannette in AA

Aliquippa’s senior quarterback Mikal Hall entered the championship game against Jeanette with 3,878 career passing yards, and the 159-yard effort gives him 4,037 career passing yards. He is the first Aliquippa quarterback to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a career. Hall led the Quips (13-0) to a 14-7 victory over Jeannette (12-1) in the WPIAL Class AA title game. FIELD GENERAL—Aliquippa quarterback Mikal Hall scrambles against Jeannette. Hall was 12-19 passing and threw for two touchdowns in the Quips 14-7 win over the Jayhawks in the WPIAL Class AA Championship game. Late in the 4th quarter the Jayhawks led 7-6 and were facing a fourth down and goal at the Aliquippa 4-yard line. Star quarterback and team captain Demetrious Cox is a Black Belt in karate, but he and coach Roy Hall decided not to kick a field goal and to go for a touchdown. The Quips stopped them cold.


Flash goes for gold, Johnson’s title on line; “The Animal” Steele returns at FanFest

by Thomas Leturgey Jay Flash stood in the center of the ring, holding a Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) microphone. In mid-October, well over 200 fans of Pittsburgh professional wrestling, lovingly called “The Krazies,” listened as Flash laid down a challenge to Bobby Badfingers, a Chicago-bred, wise guy who just so happens to hold the prestigious Golden Triangle Championship. Flash, who hails from South Beach, Fla., had significant weight behind his demand. Jay Flash (Courtesy Photo/ Howard Kernats) Earlier in the year, the quick and resilient “South Beach Soldier” earned a shot at the Golden Triangle Championship, to be cashed-in at any time he pleased in 2011. His Oct. 15 directive was for an opportunity at the belt at KSWA FanFest, traditionally the biggest event in modern Pittsburgh professional wrestling. “The Flash Addict Army” is extremely vocal when he lays down the edict.


Robert Morris falls to No. 17 Pitt 81-71

by Will Graves PITTSBURGH (AP)—Robert Morris still can’t beat Pittsburgh. The Colonials fell to 0-30 all-time against their crosstown foes with an 81-71 loss on Sunday night, as the Northeast Conference power struggled to find any rhythm against the bigger, deeper Panthers. Pitt held Robert Morris star Velton Jones to 10 points on 1-of-14 shooting and the Colonials never threatened after falling behind by double digits midway through the first half. FLYING HIGH—Pitt’s Cameron Wright looks down for a spot to land after a high-flying two-handed dunk in the Panthers 81-71 win over Robert Morris Nov. 27 that earned him a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Also shown is Colonials guard Velton Jones. (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez) “We need to play a full 40 minutes of good basketball and not just 20 minutes,” Jones said.