Daily Archive: December 21, 2011


Hill Pharmacy marks one year

One wrong step while removing a water heater from her basement, and the next thing Michelle Johnson knew, she had torn several ligaments in her ankle. But when she crutches her way into Duquesne University’s Center for Pharmacy Services in the Hill District, they have her medications ready. A year ago, she would have had to go a lot further away. “This is great, really saves time,” she said. “This is much better than having to go to East Liberty or the South Side.” HELPING PATIENTS—Pharmacy Technician Vanessa Bridges says interacting with patients is the best part of working at Duquesne University’s Center for Pharmacy Services in the Hill District. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) In its first 10 months, the pharmacy—with its consulting rooms and blood testing lab, which is far more like a doctor’s office than a retail drug store—saw nearly 1,300 patients. One of them is Dean J. Douglas Bricker of Duquesne’s Mylan School of Pharmacy.


Penn Hills citizens win redistricting changes

When the preliminary redistricting map for Pennsylvania House districts was revealed, a number of residents from Penn Hills’ Lincoln Park neighborhood were shocked to find they were about to move to a different district, which they said would diminish the standing they’d fought to achieve in Penn Hills. It was, they said, “resegregation.” STANDING THEIR GROUND—Lincoln Park residents, from left; Joyce Davis, Kelly Smithson and Rose Davis, helped beat back a state redistricting change they said would “resegregate” the community. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) “Progressive, educated, Black and White residents have worked together to make Penn Hills one community. We do not want our community divided again,” said resident Rose Davis. “This plan takes Lincoln Park back to segregation. I hope that many other people in Penn Hills will speak out against this plan.”


Steelers lose home field advantage

Coach Mike Tomlin showed absolutely no confidence in his backup quarterbacks, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon, as he started a severely injured Ben Roethlisberger and played him the entire game despite him being terribly ineffective, which led to an embarrassing 20-3 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. SACKED—Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith during the fourth quarter in San Francisco, Dec. 19. Smith had 2-1/2 sacks for San Francisco’s stingy defense. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


Pittsburgher new Blue Magic lead

Gene Stovall proves that hard work and determination makes dreams come true. The East Liberty virtuoso recently signed on as lead singer of the old-school rhythm and blues chart-toppers, Blue Magic. Blue Magic is arguably known as one of the most popular and prolific soul groups of the 1970’s. Blue Magic was formed in Philly in 1972 and produced such mega hits as “Sideshow,” “Three Ring Circus,” “Spell,” and “Stop to Start.” Remaining members of the original group are baritone and lead singer, Wendell Sawyer and tenor Keith “Duke” Beaton. Former lead singer for the group, prior to Stovall, was Leemy Waiters. GENE STOVALL performs at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. (Photos by Gail Manker) “I love old school music. There ain’t nothing like old school. The music is lyrically simple and it carries a message,” explained Stovall, 35, who hails from Beechview, but bides his time between East Liberty and New York City. “There’s something about how they did things in the old days. I’ve always wanted something like this; to be the lead singer and songwriter and perform for packed houses and be good at it. I’ve been preparing for this for a long time.”


Community Calendar

NAACP DEC. 27—The Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP will host its November General Membership Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Freedom Unlimited Building, 2201 Wylie Ave., Hill District. Delegates will be elected for the Pennsylvania State Conference1st Quarterly meeting to be held in Harrisburg on Jan. 21. Also, the election of officers and executive committee members for 2012-2013 will be held. For more information, call 412-471-1024 or email info@naacp-­pittsburgh.org.


Killing of bin Laden voted top news story of 2011

by David CraryAP National Writer NEW YORK (AP)—The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. SEPT. 11 MASTERMIND—This April 1998 file photo shows exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan. Bin Laden’s died May 2, during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan. (AP Photo/File)


This Week In Black History

Week of Dec. 24-30 December 24 1881—The Edgefield Exodus begins. More than 5,000 Blacks, driven in part by a wave of White violence and economic exploitation, begin leaving Edgefield County, S.C., and resettled in Arkansas. The movement was also encouraged by people like Pap Singleton who believed Southern Blacks could enjoy a better life if they moved to the Midwest. It is also believed that some Whites also encouraged the exodus in a bid to reduce South Carolina’s Black population, which was a majority in the state in the 1870s and 1880s. JIM CROW RAILROAD CAR STATUE


Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj named ‘Teachers of the Year’

(NNPA)—Rappers Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have quite a few music awards under their belts, but their most recent honor may leave a few people scratching their heads. Better Education Place, a South Florida-based education company, recently named the pair “teachers of the year” in its first teacher awards ceremony. LIL WAYNE and NICKI MINAJ Melvin El, CEO of the company, said the hip-hop artists were judged among several other “teachers,” based on several different categories including the ability to capture and maintain attention, the ability to move their audience or create interaction and their ability to inspire.


Lowe’s pulling ads from Muslim show sparks protest

by Jeff Karoub ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)—Protesters descended on a Lowe’s store in one of the country’s largest Arab-American communities on Saturday, calling for a boycott after the home improvement chain pulled its ads from a reality television show about five Muslim families living in Michigan. About 100 people gathered outside the store in Allen Park, a Detroit suburb adjacent to the city where “All-American Muslim” is filmed. Lowe’s said this week that the TLC show had become a “lightning rod” for complaints, following an email campaign by a conservative Christian group.