Daily Archive: April 27, 2012


Teen hoops star in spotlight leans on family, God

by Andrew Seligman CHICAGO (AP)—This is what it’s like to be Jabari Parker, the nation’s top high school basketball player. One day he’s presenting a project in his Spanish class, turns around and sees Alonzo Mourning. Parker takes a seat and grins. The former Miami Heat star is making a surprise visit to give him the Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year award. GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR—In this photo taken in Chicago, on March 13, Simeon Career Academy’s forward Jabari Parker muscles his way through a block out attempt by Evanston High School forward Matt Munro during an Illinois state basketball super-sectional game. Lola Parker, Jabari’s mother, realized Jabari, had a special talent when he was in the second grade and going against fourth and fifth-graders in his father’s league. She saw how advanced his footwork was, and she told her husband that their son needed to be challenged, even if that meant taking a beating against the older kids. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) And there are nights like this. Parker and his teammates from Simeon Career Academy are holed up in a classroom after beating Whitney Young in the Illinois state playoffs.



Lifestyles Report…You can have too much

Yes, you can have too many clothes or too much of anything. Lately I’ve seen stories of real life hoarders on the news. Police officers and fireman have been hurt trying to rescue people right here in the ‘Burgh. Their family always defends them “they aren’t hoarders they’re collectors.” I picture a collection as an organized display or a neatly cataloged collection, not something piled up reaching the ceiling.


Celebrating 100 years

On March 31 at the Olympia Banquet Hall in East Pittsburgh, Bon Ami Temple # 49, IBPO Elks of the World, celebrated 100 years with a dinner dance. On this beautiful Saturday evening they honored two of their own. Daughter Deborah Winbush, Past Presiding Daughter Ruler, Ruth Temple #116, Pittsburgh, Pa., was honored as Ms. Elk and Brother Joseph Gregory, Past Presiding Exalted Ruler, Twin County Lodge #838, Vandergrift, Pa., was honored as Mr. Elk. Both were honored for their dedicated service and efforts where they counted most. CELEBRATING 100 YEARS—Carole Alexander, Marva Trahan, Tina Frazier and Theresa Mickle


Few Blacks dial 9-1-1 for strokes

Most African-Americans say they’d call 9-1-1 if stroke symptoms occurred —but few do, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. In a survey of 253 African-Americans in Washington, D.C., 89 percent said they’d call 9-1-1 at the first sign of a stroke. Yet, only 12 percent of 100 stroke patients surveyed in the predominantly Black District of Columbia called 9-1-1 right away when faced with symptoms. Blacks are at greater risk for stroke and are more likely to die compared to Whites due to higher rates of risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity.


10 Commandments of Better Health

by Angela F. Ford 1st Commandment Thou shall eat less fat than thy neighbor. Fat is the number one dietary factor in heart disease and cancer in the U.S. Eat more veggies Reggie! Don’t shop while hungry. Read food labels. Eat more foods with less salt and saturated fats and fewer calories.