Daily Archive: July 13, 2012


Mentoring emphasized at solidarity CEA meet

On June 23, the Community Empowerment Association held their Day of Black Male Day of Solidarity. Now in its sixth year, the annual event is meant to empower African-American men and bring them together to address societal issues in the Black community. RASHAD BYRDSONG


‘Kickin’ It On the Hill’

Soccer was a game that Kirk Holbrook enjoyed while growing up. He remembered playing the game with his family and having the opportunity to play in leagues through his mid teens. It was, what some would say, in his blood, especially since his father was a soccer coach and responsible for starting one of the first inner city leagues through the Hazelwood YMCA in the ’70s. KICKIN’ IT— Summer camp participants of the Hill House’s Kassi Leadership and Schenley Heights Community Development program and staff at the “Kickin’ It On The Hill” youth soccer clinic at the Milliones University Prep Field. (Courier Photos/William McBride)


Healthcare momentum shifts toward Obama

(NNPA)—Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act two years ago, polls have consistently shown that a slight plurality of Americans have opposed the measure. But public opinion now seems to be shifting in President Obama’s favor, with a slim plurality supporting the landmark healthcare measure.


SD Transit keeps rolling along

As an accomplished entrepreneur, a goal of Stephanie Durrett, owner of S D Transit, Inc., is to employ 100 or more people. For the past 12 years, the equal opportunity employer has provided jobs for drivers, mechanics, schedulers as well as office and maintenance workers. Looking forward to the future, her desire for SD Transit is to locate to a larger site, to expand the number of luxury buses and to leave a legacy for her family. “A business for my two sons to continue on,” she said. WHAT A TEAM— Efficiently taking care of the clients’ needs and safety is a priority of the SD Transit management team. Cede Mathis, office manager; Stephanie Durrett, CEO and president; Toya Cobb, garage manager; Martessa Moore, safety coordinator; and Chris Trowery, son and mechanic. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


R&B singer Frank Ocean lauded for revealing same-sex love

by Mesfin FekaduAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—The music industry is showing support to R&B singer Frank Ocean after he revealed that his first love was a man. Ocean announced the news July 4 on his blog. His record label’s president, Joie Manda, showed support to the rising singer in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday. FRANK OCEAN


Doctor shortage expected to worsen with surge of new patients

by Akeya DicksonFor New Pittsburgh Courier WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As more people become covered as a result of the Affordable Care Act recently upheld by the United States Supreme Court, the current shortage of physicians is expected to worsen, according to medical experts. CELEBRATION—Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court after the court’s ruling is announced June 28, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)



Police too powerful to prosecute

To Pittsburgh City Council and Alle­gheny County Council:The headline, as you may recognize, is a take off on those giants of Wall Street—too powerful to fail. I am an American, capitalist, Christian, pro-police and a proud Black man more than 80 years of age who has voted in each and every election since 1954. There was a period of time that I was employed as an investigator for the City of Pittsburgh in the OPR (now OMI).


Sick of healthcare lies

(NNPA)—The on-going debate about healthcare reform hit me this week when I became quite ill. I am one of the lucky ones. I have an employer-provided healthcare plan so I was ultimately able to go to a medical facility, get diagnosed and begin treatment. My co-pay was minimal, and certainly would not have put me under water.