Daily Archive: February 29, 2012


Duquesne school’s future uncertain

Several weeks after Duquesne city leaders convened to discuss the future of 440 students in the K-8 Duquesne City School District, that future remains uncertain. SCHOOL BOARD—Connie Lucas would like to see a Duquesne City School District that better educates its children. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)


PPS: A silver lining in financial crisis

Despite the Pittsburgh Public School District’s struggling financial situation, school officials say there’s a silver lining. The financial crisis has forced administrators to reconsider the district’s education delivery model and redistribute resources to increase equity across schools. TEEN BLOC— Student activists Tia Torres and Dominque Payne prepare to rally against the governor’s budget cuts in Harrisburg. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)


Blacks to benefit from Garfield housing plan

Not only will African-Americans benefit as residents of the 45 new homes being built in Garfield, but also as part of the labor force and supplier pool contributing to construction. DIG IT—Federal, state and local officials join their community partners at the Feb. 24 groundbreaking for 50 affordable rental properties called Garfield Glen.(Photo by J.L. Martello)


College acceptance more competitive

Last week, the Supreme Court announced they would hear an affirmative action case involving a White woman who claims she was denied entry to the University of Texas because less qualified minority applicants were given preference. In light of this news and an overall drop in college admissions rates in 2011, entry to college is becoming more competitive than ever. SHANE JOHNSON (Photos by J.L. Martello)


‘Return of the Dragon’

by Malik Vincent New Pittsburgh Courier Recalling reigning All-City MVP Justin Dobbs’ sophomore year, another player who led his team in scoring all season long did so again in the City Championship game. GIRLS CITY LEAGUE CHAMPS—The Allderdice girls team celebrates their City League Championship as Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, presents them with the championship trophy, Feb. 25. Allderdice (21-3) beat Westinghouse (19-5) 49-46. See story and more photos on C5. (Photo by William McBride)


Community Calendar

Conference MARCH 3—New Voices Pittsburgh will host Kinks, Locks & Twist: Environmental & Reproductive Justice Conference from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty. This event is to explore the intersections of Environment and Reproductive Justice. Experts will connect beauty, culture, policy, media and the economy to personal environment, behavior change and community development. This is part of their Women of Color HERStory Month celebration. For more information, call 412-450-0290 or visit http://www.womenofcolorherstory.org.


J.Lo adds star power to Rio Carnival parade

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)—As millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Carnival parade Feb. 19, at least a few eyes turned toward the stars, or at least toward the VIP boxes hosting celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Fergie. COLORFUL DANCERS—A dancer of Porto da Pedra samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


This Week In Black History

Week of March 5-11 March 5 1770—Crispus Attucks is shot and killed by British soldiers becoming the first American to die in the struggle for American Independence from England. Attucks was an escaped slave who became a sailor and rope maker. It is unclear exactly how he became involved in the protest of that day. But a crowd had gathered and began to taunt British troops. Attucks, who was of Black and Indian parentage, was inspired to give a speech in which he spoke of the importance of freedom. Suddenly a volley of shots was fired into the crowd. Four people died that day in an event which became known as the Boston Massacre. CRISPUS ATTUCKS


Interracial marriages on the rise

by Maria MoralesFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—“Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is becoming a standard refrain in many homes as the number of interracial marriages reached an all-time high in 2010, according to a study just released on Social and Demographic Trends project by the Pew Research Center. HBO DOCUMENTARY—In this 1960s image released by HBO, Richard Loving and his wife, Mildred, are shown. The Lovings are the subject of an HBO documentary “The Loving Story,” which premiered Feb. 14. Convicted of violating a law against interracial marriage, the Lovings fought for their rights and won a landmark 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down such bans nationwide. (AP Photo/HBO, Grey Villet)


‘Magic’ guiding future of the ‘Soul Train’ brand

by Suzanne GamboaAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Before the death of Don Cornelius stirred pangs of “Soul Train” nostalgia in the American public, a group of Black entrepreneurs already had begun working to revive Cornelius’ creation and carry it beyond the continued popularity of the show’s dances and television reruns. KEEPIN’ THE ‘TRAIN’ ALIVE—In this July 21, 2011, photo, Hall of Fame basketball player turned businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson smiles during a news conference, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)