Monthly Archive: June 2012

Sports

Malkin takes MVP honors at NHL Awards

by Greg BeachamAP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP)—Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy on June 23, becoming the NHL’s most valuable player for the first time. Three Swedish players also claimed major trophies at the annual NHL Awards postseason ceremony, but the Penguins’ Russian superstar claimed three awards for himself. MOST VALUABLE—Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy during the NHL Awards, June 20, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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OVERTIME

BILL NEAL :10 Neal…Neal…Hey Bill Neal…c’mon man you can’t hide in there all day, you have to face “The Heat,” oh my bad. I mean just come out and tell everyone you were wrong. That you underestimated LeBron (aka The King), “D” Wade, Bosh and “The Others.” What? Aw please man ain’t nobody gonna laugh at you because you picked the Lakers…and San Antonio…and Chicago…and Boston…wait, you know what you may be right they might laugh at you for all those teams you picked! Tell ya what, I’ll tell’um for you, but keep in mind I won’t do this for just anybody, but here goes. Hey everybody this is Charles Barkley and I just want to say on behalf of my boy Bill Neal that he knows he was wrong (actually down right stupid if you ask me.) Anyway, that he admits that Fred Crawford and Big “D” were right and he’ll pay you when he sees you. What else? Oh, and that he forgives LeBron for “The Decision” and all is forgiven now let’s move forward (ya’ll know Cleveland ain’t forgiven nothin’) “All hail the king” …. King James that is. Ok, now where was I? Oh yeah, “Ernie”…you, “Shack” and “Kenny” the so called “Jet” …. let’s go, pay up!!!!

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Olympic boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson dies

by Anne-Marie Garcia HAVANA (AP)—Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60. “The Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time,” said a statement read on the news Monday night. He died of heart disease, it added. CROWD FAVORITE—In this Aug. 2, 1980, file photo, after winning his third Olympic heavyweight championship gold medal, Cuba’s Teofilo Stevenson waves to the crowd at the Moscow Olympic Games. (AP Photo, file) Earlier a sports official, speaking on condition of anonymity lacking authorization to pre-empt an official announcement, said Stevenson had a heart attack. Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, Stevenson first won gold in 1972 in Munich and followed that up in 1976 at Montreal.

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Metro

Burgess calls for complete minority contracting report

In the wake of a New Pittsburgh Courier story showing the 2011 annual report published by the Pittsburgh Equal Opportunity Review Commission showed neither the work done by Minority- and Women-owned firms nor the actual amounts paid to such firms by the city and its authorities, Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess has introduced legislation to demand such reporting. REV. RICKY BURGESS As noted in the June 13 edition of the Courier, in many instances, the report contains projections of work to be done by M/WDBE rather than the actual work done.

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Rev. Paige dies at 75

A dynamic preacher, mentor, leader and friend, but most importantly a true man of God, are just a few of the expressions used by many to describe Rev. Delano Roosevelt Paige. As a longtime leader of one of the most well-known churches in Pittsburgh, Rev. Paige was dedicated to his ministries, his followers and his community, but on June 22, he was unexpectedly called home to receive his crown. He was 75 years old. REV. DELANO R. PAIGE “Reverend Paige was a dynamic human being and spiritual leader and spiritual warrior. He was larger than Rodman, the church he pastored, and his denomination. He was really about God’s Kingdom,” said Bishop Loran Mann, pastor of Pentecostal Temple COGIC in East Liberty.

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Student loan rates may double

Next month, college graduates could see the interest rates on their student loans double if congress doesn’t take action. A 2007 law designed to keep interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans low, is set to expire July 1. “Every student should have the opportunity to go to college, regardless of their family’s income,” said Zainab Javed, a sophomore at Mercyhurst College in Erie. “But if Congress allows the interest rates to double, that will not be possible.” PRESIDENT OBAMA Congress is set to vote this week on legislation that would keep the current student loan interest rate of 3.4 percent from doubling to 6.8. If the legislation is not passed, approximately 1.5 million African-American students would see their student loan debt increase.

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Legacy Honoree: Jean Bryant

Jean Bryant, the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Women of Excellence Legacy Award winner for 2012, has always striven to make a positive impact. Her success at having done so through multiple endeavors in a variety of fields for more than half a century is a testament to her tenacity, charity and commitment to helping others. “I have always tried to do meaningful things,” she said. “If something isn’t right, I’m out there trying to do something about it. But it’s God that propels me in these directions” JEAN BRYANT Born in Roselle, N.J., in 1933, Bryant spent her formative years in the Garden State, raising her own family in Orange, N.J., and then starting her career in journalism with the New Jersey Afro American.