Daily Archive: May 23, 2012


Groups protest Zappala’s Jordan Miles decision

To almost no one’s surprise, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala has announced he will not pursue criminal charges against the three officers accused of beating Jordan Miles during an arrest in Homewood two years ago. At a May 16 press conference, Zappala said he agreed with federal prosecutors that a case against officers Richard Ewing, Michael Salduttte and David Sisak is not a “prosecutable case.” RUSH HOUR RALLY—Residents protest DA Stephen Zappala’s decision to not file criminal charges against police officers who beat Jordan Miles during a 2010 arrest. From left: Brandi Fisher, Celeste Taylor and Brittany McBryde lead B-PEP and the Alliance for Police Accountability marchers down Grant Street. (Photo by J.L. Martello) In January 2010, the officers, working undercover, said they saw Miles, who was then a senior at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School “sneaking around” a house on Tioga Street with a “heavy object” in his coat pocket. They said they identified themselves, asked him to stop and then chased him when he ran.


Disco Queen Summer dies

(AP)—Donna Summer’s funeral will be a private one for family and close friends. Publicist Brian Edwards said in a statement that Summer’s family is overwhelmed and appreciates the outreach from fans and friends, but that her funeral services will remain private. He didn’t provide details on when and where services would be held. DONNA SUMMER Summer died Thursday morning of lung cancer at age 63 in Naples, Fla. Edwards also said the singer did not smoke. Summer earned the title of Queen of Disco after releasing a string of dance hits in the 1970s, including “I Feel Love,” ‘’Love to Love You Baby” and “Last Dance.”


Rev. Winsett’s last sermon after 39 years

For more than 55 years, and nearly 40 in Pittsburgh, Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett has been preaching the Word. His powerful messages from on high have reached many locally, nationally and even internationally, making him a pillar of the Pittsburgh community. REV. DR. J. VAN ALFRED WINSETT His local ministry has survived two church fires, the rebuild of a community after the Pittsburgh riots and much more. He continues to aide and minister to the Lord’s people. But now, after 39 years, Rev. Winsett has said goodbye to the congregation of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in the Hill District, a church where he served as pastor and witnessed the church grow structurally, but most importantly, spiritually.


Carter named Pitt Law School dean

Thirteen may not be lucky for some, but for legal scholar William “Chip” Carter Jr., it has been a veritable rabbit’s foot. Carter, who at 39 has built a solid teaching career and national reputation as a constitutional scholar and expert on the 13th Amendment, international human rights law and social justice issues, will bring his talents to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as its first African-American dean effective July 1. WILLIAM CARTER JR. After he earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve in Ohio, Carter practiced corporate litigation with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Ropes & Gray, both in Washington, DC. But he returned to teach at Case because it afforded him the ability to pursue his scholarship.


African-American commission recreated

When Gov. Corbett entered office more than a year ago, he dissolved the former administration’s Commission for African-Americans Affairs, consolidating it under the banner of the Office of Public Liaison, along with the former commissions for Asian affairs, Hispanic affairs, and women and girls. But on May 7, the governor announced he was recreating the Commission on African American Affairs and had appointed advisory members. He also announced the recreation of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. KAREN STOKES “The history of African-Americans in Pennsylvania reflects a diverse and unique blend of cultural, social and economic influences which have had and continue to have a beneficial impact on life in the commonwealth,” Gov. Corbett said.


Community Calendar

Spring Car Cruise MAY 23—Citiparks Brookline Recreation Center will host a Spring Car Cruise from 5 p.m. to dusk at 1400 Brookline Blvd., Brookline. There will be food, refreshments and prizes. For more information, call 412-255-2539.


Books offer a seat at Nelson Mandela’s table

by J.M. Hirsh What do you feed a man who spent decades eating prison food in the name of freedom and reconciliation? PERSONAL CHEF—In this undated handout image from the book, “Home Cooking: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen,” Nelson Mandela, left, and his personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, are seen. (AP Photos/Coyne Public Relations, Debbie Yazbek) It was an intimidating question Xoliswa Ndoyiya wasn’t sure she knew how to answer. It was about 20 years ago and at the time she was just a young cook working at a Jewish retirement home in Johannesburg, South Africa. But a friend had urged her to apply for the job as Nelson Mandela’s personal chef. So she did. And when he met her, he immediately put her at ease.


This Week In Black History

Week of May 23-29 May 23 1921—“Shuffle Along”—the first of a succession of widely popular Black musicals performed for White audiences—opened at the 63rd Street Theatre in New York City, becoming the first African-American Broadway musical. The musical comedy combined the talents of the legendary team of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. “Shuffle Along” produced a long list of hits including “Shuffle Along,” “I’m Just Wild about Harry,” “Gypsy Blues” and “Love Will Find A Way.” EUBIE BLAKE and NOBLE SISSLE


Detroit gospel icon assaulted, carjacked

by David N. Goodman DETROIT (AP)—Three young men were arraigned Sunday in the assault and carjacking of popular Detroit pastor and gospel singing icon Marvin Winans. Winans, 54, was attacked Wednesday afternoon while pumping gas in Detroit. The robbers took his sport utility vehicle, Rolex watch, cash and credit cards. Pastor Marvin Winans(AP Photo /Detroit News, David Guralnick) “This is just an example of the diligence that our officers put forth when investigating criminal cases,” police Chief Ralph Godbee said in a statement Sunday.


Notorious 1980s drug dealer arrested in NYC

by Colleen Long NEW YORK (AP)—A notorious drug dealer, who got his start during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and was so good at hiding his whereabouts that he was known as “the ghost,” has been arrested along with dozens of others on new charges, police and prosecutors said Thursday. THE GHOST—James Corley, 51, was charged in New York on May 17, with criminal sale of a controlled substance and other drug charges. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department) James Corley, 51, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and other drug charges after a 15-month undercover investigation that used wiretaps and surveillance, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Forty-four other people were also charged with drug crimes in the dismantling of Corley’s operation, known as the Supreme Team, and another drug gang, authorities said.