Daily Archive: August 15, 2012


Miles fight continues

On Aug. 8, the jury in the Jordan Miles civil rights case reached a partial verdict in finding the three officers accused of beating Miles, not guilty of malicious prosecution. On the other two claims of false arrest and excessive force, the jury could not reach a verdict. MILES FAMILY—The Miles family, front row, from left: cousin Bridgett Caldwell, sister Kielan Miles, Jordan Miles and mom Terez Miles. Back row, from left: aunt Corlian Dukes, and grandmother Patricia Porter. All came out to support Jordan at one of the many rallies over the past two years. (Courier File Photo) Since then Miles’ lawyers have said they plan to file a motion for a new trial on the malicious prosecution claim and pursue a second trial on the other two claims. And while Miles’ supporters have been voicing their outrage over the past week, they’re already moving on to their next plan of attack.


Northside Oldtimers: Curbing violence through fun activities

For the sixth consecutive year, the Northside Oldtimers organization’s Unity Gathering successfully brought together young and old residents of various North Side neighborhoods in an effort to stop violence before it starts. “We promote unity in the community and our motto is ‘save one, job done’ and what we hope to do is stop the violence in our communities one child at a time,” said Northside Oldtimers president Allen Turner. PACKED PARK—As with all the Northside Oldtimers events, West Park, on the North Side, was packed for the annual event. See more photos on People B4. (Photo by J.L. Martello) The event was held at North Side’s West Park behind the National Aviary Aug. 3. A second day of praise and worship was planned at the park for Aug. 4, but was postponed due to inclement weather. A meet and greet cabaret was held on Aug. 2.


Renowned actor, professor Al Freeman Jr. dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Freeman Jr., the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s epic film, “Malcolm X,” has died. He was 78. AL FREEMAN JR. Howard University in Washington, D.C., confirmed his death Friday night but details weren’t immediately available. Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater arts department.


Music phenomenon Najee still giant in smooth jazz

After a decade-long hiatus, jazz musician Najee returned to Pittsburgh to headline the eighth annual Summer Nights Jazz Under The Stars fundraiser to benefit the Hosanna House. “Pittsburgh has been a difficult market for me to come back to, but I’m hoping that this will allow me to reconnect with the audience there and that they will be saying that Najee is back,” said the New York-born musician whose full name is Jerome Najee Rasheed. NAJEE WITH SAXOPHONE The concert proved that the saxophonist and flutist never left the smooth jazz game.


Judge won’t halt Pa. voter identification law

by Marc Levy HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats say will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters. THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES–Bishop A.E. Sullivan, President of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference, bottom center, speaks during the NAACP Voter ID rally in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol July 24. Hundreds of demonstrators descended on Pennsylvania’s Capitol on Tuesday to protest a tough new voter ID law, launching a daylong political drama that set the stage for a state court hearing on a lawsuit seeking to prevent the law from taking effect this year. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, John C. Whitehead) Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he wouldn’t grant an injunction that would have halted the law requiring each voter to show a valid photo ID. Opponents are expected to file an appeal within a day or two to the state Supreme Court as the Nov. 6 presidential election looms.


Community Calendar

Peace Gathering AUG. 18—P.R.O.M.I.S.E. will host its 5th Annual Jehru M. Donaldson Gathering for Lost Loved Ones for Peace from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at West Park, Ridge Avenue, North Side. There will be guest speakers, food, music, entertainment and more. For more information, call 412-258-0506.


Pgh decline in student PSSA scores

For the first time in five years, the Pittsburgh Public School District saw a decrease in overall student performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. This decrease marks the greatest year-to-year decline in PSSA performance in the past 10 years. “We are extremely disappointed and puzzled by these results since the reforms we have put in place have shown promising results for our students over the past several years,” said Superintendent Linda Lane. “After making (Adequate Yearly Progress) last year, for the second time in three years, the district is committed to understanding this year’s data in order to get back on our positive trajectory.”


New contract may save PAT – Union vote next week, Corbett waits

Allegheny County, the Port Authority and the leadership of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 85 have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that could be the key to avoiding a 35 percent service reduction and 560 employee layoffs. Beyond a brief statement issued by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, none of the parties are talking, and won’t until after the rank and file union members vote on the deal Aug. 19.