Daily Archive: April 4, 2012


Preston: Experience makes a difference

In the two most recent elections where state Rep. Joseph Preston Jr., D-East Liberty, has defended his 24th legislative district seat, he has had the luxury of running against multiple opponents. This year, however, there will be no split of the anti-incumbent votes as his Democratic Party-endorsed opponent, Ed Gainey has managed to get challengers William Anderson and Todd Elliot Koger removed from the ballot. JOSEPH PRESTON JR. Had Gainey received Anderson’s votes in 2006, he would have already unseated his former boss. Gainey did not run in 2008 or 2010 and Preston defeated both Anderson and Koger handily. But Preston, who has held the District 24 seat since 1983, said he isn’t taking his former legislative aide lightly.


Gainey: Community development priority

For several years Ed Gainey has served as community development specialist for the City of Pittsburgh. Now he hopes to use his experience in community development to bring about change for the people of the 24th legislative district. Gainey is running against incumbent Joseph Preston for state representative of the 24th District. He said he decided to run in the election because he doesn’t believe the district is being adequately served by its current representative. “I believe the district needs new leadership and new vision,” said Gainey. “We need somebody whose accessible, whose going to be on the ground to listen to the people, to be able to communicate different things going on at the state level.”



15 of 21 homicides Black lives…Only three Black homicides in March

With only three Black homicides for the month of March, it is the lowest number of Black homicides during any month thus far—January with five and February with seven. While the lower number is to be celebrated, there is still sadness that the three lives that were taken did not have to end that way. Angela and Manning Proctor did not have to lose their lives over an argument about money. Deontay Smith did not have to be killed shot while walking down an East Liberty street.


Miles settles with city, now civil trial

With a city council agreement to pay $75,000 dollars to Jordan Miles for legal fees, the city of Pittsburgh insured the city’s “supervisory personnel” were released from the Federal civil lawsuit arising from his alleged beating at the hands of three city police officers during an arrest two years ago. JORDAN MILES The trial will now focus primarily on the conduct of officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak when they encountered Miles in Homewood on the night of Jan. 12, 2010. However, Miles’ Attorney Kerry Lewis said in addition to the claims of excessive force, the case will also include allegations that the officers filed a false affidavit supporting the arrest prior to a preliminary hearing.


Spike Lee apologizes, pays ­relocation costs for Twitter blunder

(NNPA)—Black film director Spike Lee apologized March 28 and agreed to pay relocation costs for an elderly couple in Sanford, Fla., whose address was incorrectly linked to the unrelated George Zimmerman, Neighborhood Watch volunteer and admitted killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to U.S. News on MSNBC. FILMMAKER ISSUES APOLOGY FOR HARMFUL TWEET—Filmmaker Spike Lee poses for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File) Elaine and David McClain, who happen to have a son named William George Zimmerman, are in hiding in fear of vigilante violence after a surge of Twitter traffic—from Black film director Spike Lee, among others—generated hate mail, media queries and even death threats, all aimed at them.


Community Calendar

Community march APRIL 6—House of Manna Urban Faith Community & Homewood Renaissance Association will host the 3rd Annual Prayer 4 Peace at 10 a.m. at Westinghouse High School, 1101 N. Murtland Ave., Homewood. The theme is “Renaissance ‘God Loves Homewood’” and the purpose is to spread hope in the community and show that God loves Homewood. For more information, call 412-996-3303 or visit http://www.houseofmanna.org.


This Week In Black History

Week of April 4 to April 10 April 4 1915—Muddy Waters is born McKinley Morganfield in Rolling Fork, Miss. Walters would go on to become one of the primary shapers of that genre of music known as the blues. Indeed, he was easily one of the most influential musicians of the first half of the 20th century. MUDDY WATERS 1928—Poet Maya Angelou is born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Mo. Angelou now ranks as one of the greatest poets in America. But her talents have also been expressed as a playwright, author, producer, historian and civil rights activist.


Black women have trouble clearing cervical cancer virus

by Marilyn Marchione CHICAGO (AP)—Provocative new research might help explain why Black women are so much more likely than Whites to develop and die from cervical cancer: They seem to have more trouble clearing HPV, the virus that causes the disease. Doctors have long thought that less access to screening and follow-up health care were the reasons Black women are 40 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer and twice as likely to die from it. The new study involving young college women suggests there might be a biological explanation for the racial disparity, too.



OppsPlace not new in Pittsburgh

A very successful Black entrepreneur, Robert Johnson came to Pittsburgh and signed a lucrative contact with the Pittsburgh Corporations. The truth of it is that it was a public relations coup for the corporations and they got maximum media coverage. OppsPlace.com is selling what a number of local organizations have been advocating on for at least 60 years. I won’t mention some of the best-known advocates, because they were compelled to be in attendance.



Who cares about Trayvon Martin

(NNPA)—The shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla. has dominated national news lately, with African-Americans more than twice as likely as Whites to follow the story very closely, according to a study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.