Daily Archive: July 25, 2012


Sanders gives 100K to AWC

With the strains of soft jazz and the aroma of the Savoy Lunch on Liberty entrees wafting through the doors, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center Board Chairman Aaron Walton noted it was a beautiful day. It was made even better when he announced that philanthropist and entrepreneur Chuck Sanders was underwriting the center’s upcoming season of programming—all of it, with a donation of $100,000. BIG CHECK—Chuck Sanders, right, gives check to August Wilson Center for African American Culture Board Chair Aaron Walton. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart) “We don’t often get to share good news. So I’m very excited to announce very good news today,” he said. “It represents the broad commitment to presenting outstanding programming we enjoy from the public, private and foundation community. Thank you. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Savoy and Chuck Sanders Charities.”


Jordan Miles says he was beaten while handcuffed

On July 19, dressed in a white blazer and purple shirt, a reserved Jordan Miles took the stand to testify in a civil rights lawsuit against three Pittsburgh police officers who he says attacked him on Jan. 12, 2010. JORDAN MILES “It felt as if I was being hit everywhere in my body at the same time,” Miles said while being questioned by his lawyer, Kerrington Lewis.


Pgh NAACP drives voter registration

There is a lot at stake for the future of the United States of America and the 2012 presidential election is a very important one. Recent polls are projecting that this will be a close race and every vote will count. One’s vote is their voice. In an effort to make sure that every voice is heard, the Pittsburgh branch, along with the state and national NAACP is in the midst of a major voter’s registration drive, not only to get individuals registered to vote, but also to educate them about the new Voter ID bill and assist in getting them one of the acceptable forms of identification. CELESTE TAYLOR


Obama: Hugs, tears, hope with families, survivors

by Julie Pace AURORA, Colo. (AP)—Despair all around him, President Barack Obama on Sunday offered hugs, tears and the nation’s sympathy to survivors of the Colorado shooting rampage and to families whose loved ones were shot dead. He looked for hope in the heartbreak, insisting a brighter day will come for the grieving and declaring that “much of the world is thinking about them.” CONSOLER IN CHIEF—President Barack Obama talks about one of the victims and her injury during a statement from the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo., July 22, after visiting with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is at left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Sherman Hemsley of TV’s “The Jeffersons” dies

by Jake CoyneAssociated Press Writer EL PASO, Texas (AP) — George Jefferson was a bigot. A loudmouth. Rude. Obsessed with money. Arrogant. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history. R.I.P.—In this May 6, 1998 file photo, Isabel Sanford, left, and Sherman Hemsley, stars the television sitcom “The Jeffersons,” pose for a photograph in New York. Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of “The Jeffersons” one of television’s most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, was found dead Tuesday, July 24, at his El Paso, Texas home. He was 74. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)


Community Calendar

Healthy lifestyle expo JULY 28—WHIRL Magazine will host its WHIRL Yoga Fest and Healthy Lifestyle Expo at 6 a.m. at Point State Park, Downtown. There will be several workshops and classes that will focus on specific yoga skills and practices. For more information, call Julia Weiskopf at 412-431-7888 or jweiskopf@whirlmagazine.com.


South Africa honors Mandela’s 94th birthday

by Angus ShawAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP)—A nation divided between Black and White, rich and poor, came together July 18 to honor Nelson Mandela, the deeply loved statesman who helped bring freedom to South Africa. The good deeds done on Mandela’s 94th birthday ranged from building houses to performing free eye cataract operations. DEEPLY LOVED STATESMAN—Former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday with his wife, Graca Machel, second from left front, and other family members at his home in Qunu, South Africa, July 18. (AP Photo/Peter Morey Photographic)


This Week In Black History

For the Week of July 25-31 July 25 1916—The Black inventor of America’s first gas mask, Garrett T. Morgan, made national headlines on this day when he and a team of volunteers used his invention to rescue 32 workers trapped in a gas filled tunnel 250 under Lake Erie. Morgan called his device “the Morgan safety hood and smoke protector.” But it has become known simply as the gas mask. Morgan also invented America’s first traffic light. He was born in 1877, did most of his inventing in Cleveland, Ohio, and died in 1963.


Penn State punishment more than fair

by Timothy Dahlberg Banning Penn State from bowl games for four years won’t bring back the innocence Jerry Sandusky took from who knows how many young boys. Taking football scholarships away and vacating wins over the past 14 years will do nothing to help them heal.