Daily Archive: May 4, 2012


Pa. transplant recipient missing since Saturday

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police are searching for a 43-year-old western Pennsylvania woman who received kidney and pancreas transplants last year, but hasn’t been seen since Saturday. Canonsburg police say they consider Murphy Jane Hickerson an “endangered missing person” because she may not have her anti-rejection drugs, and because of her health overall.Hickerson’s family says she has been depressed because of her medical problems and had mentioned visiting a cousin in New York City, but they’ve been unable to locate the woman since she and her car were last seen about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.


Steelers looking forward to 2012 ‘Block Party’

Listening to General Manager Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Todd Haley over the weekend, you’d think the Steelers new offense will be more exciting than the Bingo Long’s Traveling All-Stars. Let’s not forget that Haley and his lack of offense were fired by the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Haley will unveil and deliver his new and improved playbook to the team next week. And the Steelers appear ready to ground and pound at next year’s block party after selecting six offensive players in this year’s seven round draft. DREAM COME TRUE—Ohio State offensive lineman Mike Adams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis Feb. 25. The Steelers selected the Farrell, PA native in the second round. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) The Steelers entered the draft needing help on the offensive line, a line that allowed nearly 200 quarterback sacks over the last four seasons.


Moving from words to action

I often quote famous Black people, as I am sure most of us do. We refer to their writings and their speeches, citing their words of wisdom and deriving inspiration from their knowledge. I often think about how we recite the words of famous Black people after they have passed away. It’s sad to think that the treasure-trove of so many important and enlightening things stated and demonstrated by our predecessors have not been heeded, and long after they have died their words ring hollow among Black folks.


Courageous Black Secret Service woman revealed scandal

(NNPA)—A Black Secret Service agent is being hailed as the heroine in what is reportedly the worst scandal in the agency’s history. Paula Reid is the 46-year-old special agent responsible for blowing the whistle on the sex scandal that turned the esteemed agency into so much fodder for the 24-hour news cycle and cable talk shows. IN CHARGE—Paula Reid, at right, walks in a motorcade alongside President George W. Bush’s limousine shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2001. (AP Photo) Reid, the head of the service detail down in Latin America, discovered that at least 11 agents, including two supervisors, had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia, just days before the president arrived for an international summit. Such action posed a significant security risk for the commander-in-chief.


‘The Image of Black Women’ film sets record straight

by M. Abdul-Quaiyy “I want young Black girls to know that you do matter. You are loved. You are not invisible,” said Brittany McBryde in her recent documentary “The Image of Black Women.” DVD SIGNING—Brittany McBryde signs DVDs of the film “The Image of Black Women.” (Photo by J.L. Martello) As a filmmaker McBryde used a combination of her own personal experiences and interviews of other African-American women to compile a well-rounded opinion of how stereotypical images of African-America women are misrepresenting their experiences.


B-PEP Jazz on Easter Monday

Easter Monday has turned into a jazz marathon featuring some of Pittsburgh’s best jazz musicians and vocalists. On April 9, at the Holiday Inn, Oakland, hundreds enjoyed a night of jazz presented by the Black Political Empowerment Project in association with the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, with support from BNY Mellon Jazz. B-PEP Chairman and CEO, Tim Stevens says their annual “fun-raiser” has become the most highly anticipated Pittsburgh based jazz event of the year. “There is no other night which features more Pittsburgh Metropolitan jazz artists in one location on one night than B-PEP Jazz.” THE HOSTS—Bill Hillgrove, Tony Mowod and Tim Stevens (Photos by Debbie Norrell)


Pgh Project struggles, layoffs on tap

Over its 26 years, the Pittsburgh Project grew from a Church summer youth service program to a nonprofit institution that provided summer camp, volunteer service, after school and home repair services for neighborhood seniors. By 2008, the North Side agency’s budget had swelled to $3.2 million. But by last year that had dipped to $2.9 million. This year, however, it took a huge hit, $1.9 million. And with that drop came staff cuts. Will Thompkins, director of community outreach was one of those casualties.



I voted for 59 years, never had a loser

An uninformed colored person stopped me last week and said, “You supported losing candidates in the last two elections.” My response to him was, “Do you have a few minutes, because you are totally confused about my involvement in politics.” I attempted to explain so he could understand that in my estimation your candidate can be a winner even if the other candidate has more votes. He left somewhat confused and I recognized once again, ignorance prevailed.


Media ignores success of food stamps

(NNPA)—The Department of Agriculture recently issued a report showing that food stamps, one of the nation’s largest safety net programs, is also one of the most effective. Food stamps were responsible for reducing the prevalence of poverty by an annual average of 4.4 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to the report, Alleviating Poverty in the United States: The Critical Role of SNAP Benefits. SNAP, an acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, was formerly called the Food Stamps Program.


Safe harbor for the homeless

(NNPA)—Five-year-old Kamari and his 3-year-old brother, Shamarr, clown around in the dining room of the YWCA Family Center in Columbus, Ohio. They and their mother, Stekeshia Harris, slept on cots in the shelter’s library for their first three nights there because there were so many homeless families needing shelter, a 330 percent increase from two years ago. “We’ve been in overflow for more than a year,” said Ginger Young, the center’s director of housing programs. She said homelessness is known to trail recession by two years.