Monthly Archive: March 2012


Zealots walking the federal hallways

(NNPA)—It is much, much worse than I could ever imagine. Environmental extremists have always been a worthy foe to progressive business leaders and entrepreneurs. They have fought growth and industrial expansion at every turn. I thought they were doing it as some sort of save the earth mantra or as a policy of turning away any chance of more carbon emissions into our air and other pollutants in our soil and water. But after 20 years of contending with them I conclude that it is about something very sinister. They want to end America as it stands today. They want this nation transformed into a service society. That’s right—they want to kill off our industrial might and manufacturing prowess.


Big Boys only in the Big Easy

by John Marshall It’s going to be big boys only in the Big Easy. After a couple years of mid-majors breaking into the party and little guys leading their teams to titles, the Final Four will feature power players from power conferences. FRESHMAN PHENOM—Kentucky’s Anthony Davis works against Baylor defenders during the first half of an NCAA tournament South Regional finals college game March 25, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) The players are as good as it gets when it comes to big men: Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. They’re all first-team All-Americans, and Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng isn’t bad, either.


Sugar dies

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP)—Bert Sugar, an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar, died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 75. Jennifer Frawley, Sugar’s daughter, said his wife, Suzanne, was by his side when he died at Northern Westchester Hospital. Sugar also had been battling lung cancer. BERT SUGAR



:10 For the most part half of you think I don’t know what I am talking about most of the time and the other half of you…those who really know me, know that I don’t know what I am talking about. But I know this. “Tiger” is back and I told you he would be! Now you haters…please shut up! Yo Tiger, can a brother get your old phone book? I am just saying. BILL NEAL


Tiger back to being bookies’ favorite for Masters

LONDON (AP)—Tiger Woods is back to winning, and back to being the British bookies’ favorite to win the Masters. The 14-time major champion won his first PGA Tour tournament since 2009 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. It was his first chance to revel in a tour victory since his personal life went into turmoil following a sex scandal that ended his marriage and precipitated a steady decline in his game and his stature as the man to beat on the course. HE’S BACK—Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., March 25. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


An evening with the Dungys

On March 8, at Heinz Field, a most appropriate venue for this special evening, Bethany Baptist Church presented “An Evening With The Dungys.” That would be Lauren and Tony Dungy former Pittsburgh Steeler and coach. Who knew that the Dungys consider Bethany Baptist Church their church home even though they no longer live in Pittsburgh? More than 300 attended the evening that was designed to raise funds to benefit Bethany Baptist, enabling them to build a new sanctuary. THE COUPLE OF THE HOUR—Lauren and Tony Dungy (photos by Debbie Norrell) The evening began with a VIP reception, where so many were ecstatic to see the Dungys back in Pittsburgh. Tony signed books and took photos with numerous fans. Dinner was buffet style and despite the rain, guests enjoyed the view from the windows at Heinz field.



Lifestyles Report…Before you order

After many years, I finally put together my version of a home theater. I love theater- movies, television and all things associated with it. I’ve been saving movie posters and movie memorabilia for a while and now I have a spot to display it properly. I have just put the finishing touches on the room that is painted in a color called burnt toast. I wanted chairs that had a retro feel and something that reminded me of the lobby of a beautiful movie house.


Trayvon Martin’s parents re-live ‘nightmare’

WASHINGTON (NNPA)–On the night of Feb. 26, Tracy Martin and his girlfriend had gone out to dinner in Sanford, Fla., leaving his 17-year-old son, Trayvon, behind at the townhouse with plans to watch the NBA All-Star game scheduled to be televised at 7 p.m. from Orlando’s Amway Center. Trayvon decided to walk to a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store to pick up a bag of Skittles candy and a can of iced tea before settling in to watch East v. West all-stars. On his way back to the gated community, however, Trayvon was stalked by George Zimmerman, a non-Black neighborhood watch captain armed with a 9 millimeter handgun and a head full of stereotypes about African-American males. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, left, and TRAYVON MARTIN


Pgh reacts to Martin’s killing

While the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has elicited nationwide outrage, the response in the Black community has also been introspective for some. At a rally protesting Martin’s death and the lack of prosecution of his alleged killer, speakers called out for action against the injustice but also action against the Black-on-Black violence in Pittsburgh and the disparities faced by many African-Americans. TRAYVON MARTIN RALLY—A group of students, concerned citizens and activists gather on the Carnegie Mellon University lawn. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) “Like George Zimmerman, we too often fear those who don’t look, talk, and act like us. We must realize that the fear inside George Zimmerman is deeply rooted in the lack of opportunities faced by certain citizens,” said Ricky Burgess, a CMU graduate student who co-organized the rally. “Together, let us honor Trayvon’s legacy by creating a world where he could have lived.”