Daily Archive: July 3, 2012



37 of 46 homicides Black lives

The summer is always a season looked forward to. It brings nice weather, vacations, cookouts and fun, but what it also brings are increased homicides. As the temperature increases on the thermometer, it seems the number of homicides do as well.


NEED names new leaders

Following the recent death of President and CEO Sylvester Pace, NEED announced board member Claudette Lewis will serve as interim president and CEO while a search is conducted for Pace’s replacement. NEED also announced that UPMC’s Candi Castleberry-Singleton will take the reins of the organization as the new chair of the NEED Board of Directors effective July 1. CLAUDETTE LEWIS


Beltzhoover celebrates ‘Family and Friends’

You could here the music for blocks away from McKinley Park, and a little closer, you could smell the food and hear the children laughing and playing. And it stayed that way all day and into the night as Beltzhoover celebrated Friends and Family Day. FAMILY AND FRIENDS—Beltzhoover residents socialize and line up for burgers, dogs, funnel cake and cold drinks during the June 30 Family and Friends Day festival at McKinley Park. (Photo by J.L. Martello)


Josh Gibson highlights new exhibit

Though the crowd at the special preview of Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum’s newest exhibit included NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris and USGA Hall of Famer Carol Semple Thompson, it was another local sports legend they came to see, Negro League home run king Josh Gibson. UNIQUE—Distinctive as a player, this statue of legendary Homestead Grays catcher Josh Gibson that anchors the Heinz History Center’s new exhibit, is also unique in showing him in a throwing position.


Community Calendar

Basketball League JULY 9—Champion Enterprises will host the 37th Annual Connie Hawkins Basketball League from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Penn Hills YMCA, 11817 Frankstown Rd., Penn Hills. Every Monday and Tuesday through Aug. 7, middle school aged boys 14 and younger will have the opportunity to compete against each other and sharpen their skills. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-628-4856.



This Week In Black History

Week of July 2-8July 4 1776—The United States formally becomes a nation with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The document was largely written by later President Thomas Jefferson. Amazingly, although he was a slave owner himself, Jefferson originally included a section in the Declaration denouncing slave traders and slave owners. But it was later deleted by Congress. The section said of the slave trader: “He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him.”


Violent trend remains epidemic

by Larry Miller For New Pittsburgh Courier PHILADELPHIA (NNPA)—From one end of Philadelphia to the other, virtually no neighborhood—from Society Hill to Grays Ferry and from University City to Strawberry Mansion—is exempt from the senseless violence that seems to have a vice-like grip on Philadelphia. FAHEEM THOMAS-CHILDS



In memory of…

Pittsburgh has suffered two gigantic loses in the past three weeks in the deaths of Rev. Delano Paige and Sylvester Pace, president and CEO of NEED. Reverend Paige wasn’t just a preacher who served one church, Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church for 24 years; he was a community leader and innovator of various programs at Rodman, which the total community benefited from.


Immigration ruling raises more questions than it answers

(NNPA)—The Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v United States will be studied for weeks to come. While the Supreme Court threw out key elements of Arizona’s anti-immigrant statute, what they permitted was the right of the police to investigate the immigration status of individuals who have been stopped if they—the police—have reasonable suspicion regarding that individual’s immigration status.