Daily Archive: March 23, 2012

National

Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’

by Ken ThomasAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spoke in unusually personal terms Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, a case that has roiled civil rights activists and a suburban Orlando community. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said, vowing to “get to the bottom of what happened.” ANSWERS QUESTIONS—President Barack Obama answers a reporter’s question about the death of Trayvon Martin, March 23, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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Opinion

Are Pittsburgh Blacks most pathetic in America?

Over the last 40 years, I have engaged in conversations where people would constantly vilify Pittsburgh Blacks and their lack of positive movement. They would say, “We are the most backward people in the nation.” I was always able to defend us by explaining that since we live here we don’t recognize that Blacks across the country have problems, and some much worse than ours. However, I have been compelled lately to reappraise my feelings.

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Health

Promoting community health

by Michael Yonas, DrPH Over the past eight months, it has been our pleasure to work together to translate important and contemporary health and research information to the readership of the New Pittsburgh Courier, in collaboration with Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute—CTSI), and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Michael Yonas, DrPH, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, sat down with Esther Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League, to discuss this month’s topic of community health centers and doctor/patient communication. ESTHER BUSH

Metro

Saving money on electric bill

Unlike shopping for Natural Gas, where choice is more limited, customers shouldn’t automatically pitch those offers they get in the mail from electricity suppliers, because there are multiple suppliers for each of Pennsylvania’s electric utility providers and most offer savings that can be significant. Here in Allegheny County, residents get their electricity from one of three distributors, Duquesne Light, West Penn Power and Pennsylvania Power. The largest, Duquesne Light, providing service to about 95 percent of the county’s residential customers, also has the largest number of licensed competitors, 14. All these competitors offer rates below Duquesne’s current price to compare of 9.32 cent per Kilowatt Hour (kWh).

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Lifestyle

Lifestyles Report…Gift getting

It’s your birthday or your wedding, maybe an anniversary and you are planning a party. You would like to give your friends a hint about the gift, but you feel like a heel asking for what you really want, cash or gift cards. One time I mentioned this to a good friend and said wouldn’t it be a great idea to have a gift registry for other than weddings and showers?

National

Gov., Detroit mayor spar over proposed agreement

by Kathy Barks HoffmanAssociated Press Writer LANSING, Mich. (AP)—The debate over how best to help Detroit avoid going broke escalated into a war of words March 14 as Gov. Rick Snyder urged the city to get over a “cultural challenge” by accepting his plan for reviving its finances, and local officials snapped back that they’re up to the job. TOUGH QUESTIONS—Mayor Dave Bing answers questions posed to him by Bankole Thompson, the senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, during the Global Conversations Speakers Series at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District, March 14, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals)

National

‘Black Madam’s’ bail set at $10 million

by Larry Miller For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—A preliminary hearing scheduled for Padge Victoria Winslowe, also known as the “Black Madam,” was continued to a later date on March 15. Winslowe, who is accused of performing illegal buttocks enhancement procedures, was also scheduled for a bail hearing. ARRESTED—Padge Victoria Windslowe, also known as the Black Madam, was arrested and charged for performing illegal silicon enhancement injections. Windslowe is also a person of interest in the death of Claudia Aderotimi, who died in February 2011 following illegal silicon injections. (PHOTO FROM PHILADELPHIA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

Opinion

Pushing away from Rush

(NNPA)—Back in 1994 and 1995 I wrote a couple of articles about Rush Limbaugh, both of which were centered on advertisers who bought time on Limbaugh’s radio show. How the time flies. One article rebuked the Florida Citrus Commission for giving Rush a $1 million contract to be its spokesperson, and the other dealt with censorship and the leverage sponsors have in the marketplace. The way sponsors are running away from Limbaugh now, upset about the names he called a Georgetown student, it looks like some of the issues I wrote about back then are finally taking hold.

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Opinion

Trayvon Martin’s death takes toll on family

(NNPA)—Sybrina Fulton knows what she will be doing tomorrow. It is the same thing she did yesterday. And the same thing she will do today. “I cry every day,” she said Sunday on TV One’s “Washington Watch with Roland Martin.” “I just don’t understand. My son’s gone and this guy has never been arrested.” Her son, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old high school junior with no record of trouble, was killed in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain. Zimmerman was questioned by police and released after authorities took his word that he was acting in self-defense, a version of events contradicted by witnesses and calls to 911.