Daily Archive: December 9, 2011

Sports

City League Boys Basketball Preview…Keep your eye on the Eagles

by Malik Vincent Though their rivalry has been one of the most prolific in the City over the past few years, both Andre McDonald of Allderdice and Marco Corona of Perry can come together on one thing. Watch out for the new USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) team. “After watching what they did in football it’s hard to rule out what kind of success they can have in hoops,” Corona said. MVP RETURNS—New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player Justin Dobbs holds the Award that was presented to him June 4 by Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane at the All City Awards Luncheon held at Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello/FILE) Corona and McDonald have seen each other in the league title game two out of the last three years. In those seasons, Perry owns all four regular season victories. They claimed the title over the Dragons during the 2008-09 season, but Allderdice will ‘three-peat’, as City champs if they win the crown this year.

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Lifestyle

Who needs a reality show?

I don’t need a reality show, all I have to do is watch the news or read the paper. I was surprised how many people did not hear the story about the woman or should I call them a “mannette” because it turns out she was really a he, who posed as a doctor. Check out this name O’Neal Ron Morris that is the name that the “fake doctor” uses. Apparently shim, who was giving out bodily enhancements, injected the victim with a mix of cement, mineral oil and Fix-a-Flat, I believe they tried to close the incision with super glue. All I can say is wow. The victim was in serious pain and complained to Morris who told the patient it would get better. The victim paid about $700 for the treatment.

National

Penn State scandal similar to Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager molestation of Black boys

(NNPA)—Long before news broke of the Penn State sex scandal, it has now been revealed that between 1971 and 1991, Donald Fitzpatrick, a former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, systematically abused and molested dozens of African-American boys in their hometown of Winter Haven, Florida, where the baseball team held their Spring training. DONALD FITZPATRICK “He grabbed me and told me to take my clothes off,” Leeronnie Ogletree, who said Fitzpatrick lured him into years of molestation when he was just 10, told thepostgame.com. “I’ll never forget him putting his mouth on my penis. I don’t mind telling it now because I’m over it. But that stands out. And I’ll never forget it.”

Metro

Mother says son’s bullying ignored

Bullying is believed to be a leading factor in the suicide of a 10-year-old girl in North Carolina, who was found dead in her family home on Nov. 14. Stories like these have become more and more frequent in America as school bullies have turned to the Internet as a means for continuing their attacks against other students after school hours. Locally, a Verona mother says her son was the victim of frequent in-school bullying that resulted in physical fights between him and two other students at a Propel McKeesport, a Propel Schools charter school. Kelly Smithson also claims her cries to school administrators were ignored because her son was Black and his alleged attackers were White.

Metro

Just Harvest seeking tax volunteers

In preparation for its 2012 tax season, Just Harvest is calling for volunteers to assist low-income filers across Allegheny County. From CPAs needing to meet continuing professional education requirements to those who’ve only done their own tax returns—all are welcome. “We are reaching out to all our supporters,” said Just Harvest Co-director Ken Regal. “Were looking for about 120 people, which is more than last year because we’ve added several sites.” During the last three years, volunteer professionals, students and retirees have logged more than 11,000 hours assisting those in need. They have helped prepare 14,756 tax returns, garnering $23.7 million in refunds—$9.2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits alone—to help people put food on the table, pay debts, make rent and mortgage payments, and pay gas and electric bills.

International

Zimbabwe’s prime minister ends love affair

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)–Zimbabwe’s prime minister said Thursday he has ended a relationship with a woman who claims they married in a traditional ceremony after she became pregnant, saying their affair turned out to be choreographed political sting. Locadia Karimatsenga, a 39-year-old commodity broker, said she was pregnant with Morgan Tsvangirai’s child, or possibly twins, according to media reports. The 59-year-old former opposition leader had lost his wife of three decades in a 2009 car wreck. The State Daily Herald newspaper reported Nov. 22 that Tsvangirai paid $36,000 and five cattle in traditional “bride price” at a ceremony last month at her family’s homestead north of Harare. A church wedding apparently was to take place at a later date.

National

College band death casts shadow on rich tradition

by Christine Armario and Errin Haines ATLANTA (AP)—Four Florida A&M University students were expelled Dec. 1 for their role in what is believed to be a hazing death of a marching band member, the latest blemish for a rich and cherished institution at historically Black colleges. LAID TO REST—A horse drawn carriage carrying the casket of Florida A&M University band member Robert Champion is led by his fellow band members following his funeral service Nov. 30, in Decatur, Ga. Hazing is part of the price band members pay at HBCUs to be part of a vaunted campus tradition that eclipses the prestige and popularity of the football team. Band members can endure anything from punching to paddling to being forced to drink copious amounts of water, all for a chance to perform in front of thousands of people at football games, parades and other high-profile events.

Opinion

Young people standing up for themselves and our nation

(NNPA)—As a teenager, many of Barbara Johns’s wildest fantasies were about a surprising subject: a new school. “My imagination would run rampant—and I would dream that some mighty man of great wealth built us a new school building or that our parents got together and surprised us with this grand new building and we had a big celebration—and I even imagined that a great storm came through and blew down the main building and splattered the shacks to splinters—and out of this wreckage rose this magnificent building and all the students were joyous and even the teachers cried…”