Daily Archive: May 11, 2012


Pitt’s Lindsey hoping to catch on with Steelers

by Will Graves PITTSBURGH (AP)—Aliquippa native Brandon Lindsey spent the last weekend in April gathered in a room with his family waiting for the phone to ring. The former Pitt linebacker didn’t expect to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft, or the second. Then the third round passed. Then the fourth. Then the fifth. PROMISING FREE AGENT—Steelers free agent linebacker, Brandon Lindsey (49) out of Pittsburgh, stands with third round draft pick, linebacker Sean Spence, out of Miami, during the team’s rookie minicamp at their facility in Pittsburgh on May 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) At that point, Lindsey grabbed the remote and turned the TV off. “I didn’t want to hear it anymore,” Lindsey said.


Former Duquesne Star Flenory enshrined in PA Hall of Fame

by Malik Vincent As one of the region’s most decorated athletes, Baron “B.B.” Flenory added one more to his laundry list of accomplishments. At the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North hotel on May 5, Flenory was the lone African-American enshrined in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Western chapter this year. B.B. Flenory “It was a great thing for me to be a part of,” Flenory said. “What a tremendous honor.”



Daddy, thank God we listen

My father, Milton Kendrick Sr., died a relatively young man, but he always said, “Get an education. They can’t take that away.” He lived long enough to see his oldest son, Gilbert, get married, graduate from college, become a minister and father a son, Gilbert Jr. That was the only grandchild he would ever be able to see and to hold. In my immediate family there were four children—three sons and one daughter. Three went to college and two finished; Gilbert from Lane college, Jewell from Fisk and Hop from the University of Social Realities (smile).


Mel Blount Youth Home 14th Annual All-Star Celebrity Roast

On April 13, more than 900 attended a Roast and Tribute honoring former NFL Player, head coach and color commentator Tony Dungy. The ballroom at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown, was a great place to be on a Friday the 13th. What started out as a small event where TiAnda Blount was going to invite some Steelers to roast her husband Mel Blount has turned into one of the stellar events of the year. FAMILY AFFAIR—Mel, TiAnda and Akil Blount Not only does the evening feature the opportunity to rub elbows with Pittsburgh Steelers, the audience is able to witness and hear testimony from former residents of the Mel Blount Youth Home.



Lifestyles Report…Fascinating surprise

I always wondered what it would be like to be the recipient of a surprise party. I’ve been to several surprise parties and it’s always fun. First you receive the invite and the instructions-what time to be there, where you are going to hide and what to do when the guest of honor arrives. It is always a fun time especially when the person is genuinely surprised. On April 28 I went to cover (write a story and take pictures) the tenth Annual Tea given by the Homewood AMEZ Church. I was asked to be a tea pourer for this event. When I arrived I was instructed to sit in the designated chair for the tea pourer. I took some random photos and waited for the program to begin.


New group connecting North Side

When the Pittsburgh Public School District first announced plans to close Oliver High School in August 2011, many Oliver alumni raced to the aid of the academically failing school. Among them was Shannon Williams, a University of Pittsburgh graduate who graduated from Oliver in 2006. After holding a series of events to stop or delay the closure of her beloved alma mater, Williams saw a greater problem emerging.


Wheatley, girlfriend charged with assault

Police arrested State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, and girlfriend Angela Mike on charges of simple assault following an argument over their son’s childcare expenses at Wheatley’s Iowa Street home May 4. District Judge Oscar Petite arraigned them and released both without bond. They left together with Wheatley’s attorney Blaine Jones. Mike had no comment for reporters. Wheatley apologized for having “let a lot of people down.”


Race, religion collide in presidential campaign

by Jessie Washington And Rachel ZollAP National Writers (AP)—How unthinkable it was, not so long ago, that a presidential election would pit a candidate fathered by an African against another condemned as un-Christian. And yet, here it is: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, an African-American and a White Mormon, representatives of two groups that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? By November, we should have some idea. OBAMA VS. ROMNEY—This combination of 2012 file photos shows U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Boulder, Colo. and Cape Canaveral, Fla. How much progress has America made against bigotry? (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Charles Dharapak)


Like: Facebook feature spurs organ donor signups

by Mike StobbeAP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP)—Thousands of Facebook users signed up to be organ donors last week, thanks to a new feature on the social networking site that makes it easier to register. The new option was announced May 1 by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way to boost the number of potential organ donors. By the end of the day, 6,000 people had enrolled through 22 state registries, according to Donate Life America, which promotes donations and is working with Facebook. On a normal day, those states together see less than 400 sign up. NEW FEATURE—Robin Roberts, host of “Good Morning America,” left, talks to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, during an interview in Menlo Park, Calif., which aired May 1, on “Good Morning America.” (AP Photo/ABC, Rick Rowell)



Fox News brings out the long knives for Obama

(NNPA)—Fox News, the unofficial arm of the Republican Party that claims to be fair and balanced, is conducting an all-out assault on President Obama, doing everything from letting Mitt Romney advisers masquerade as objective commentators to ignoring facts when a high-profile Obama critic or Fox News commentator make unfounded charges.