Daily Archive: August 24, 2012


Romney: ‘No one’s asked to see my birth certificate’

by Beth Fouhy COMMERCE, Mich. (AP) — Wading into a debunked conspiracy theory, Mitt Romney raised the issue of President Barack Obama’s citizenship Friday by joking that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” At a rally in the suburbs of Detroit, Romney told a crowd of about 5,000 that he and his wife were happy to be back near their childhood home. “They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” BRINGING UP A NON-ISSUE–Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally with vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Friday, Aug. 24, in Commerce, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The remark was a clear reference to the discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States and thus ineligible to be president. Hawaii officials have repeatedly verified Obama’s citizenship, and courts have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue. The Obama campaign decried the remark, saying Romney was embracing “the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them.”


Travis Malloy gets personal on self-titled sophomore CD

Travis Malloy hopes that the music on his second CD will prick people’s soul and draw them to Christ. “I want people to realize that Jesus is the right way. Music is my passion and my purpose is to minister through music,” said Malloy, 24, who grew up in Stanton Heights and graduated from CAPA in 2006. Malloy says the performing arts school was instrumental in teaching him how to become a viable entertainment artist. TRAVIS MALLOY (Photos by Jacquelyn McDonald) “I learned how to play piano by ear and how to sing by ear. I thought I was great,” Malloy said. “But CAPA helped mold me into the artist I am today.”


‘Not just flipping burgers’

The Rice family recently reopened its beautiful McDonald’s restaurant in Mt. Oliver in which they built from the ground up illustrating why they are one of the largest franchises overall and the largest Black owned and operated business in western Pa. A FAMILY AFFAIR—Rice Enterprises COO Melissa Rice works behind the McDonald’s counter with her niece Brittany store manager as CEO Michele Rice looks on. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)


Philly officer fatally shot after finishing shift

by Ron TodtAssociated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A police officer was shot to death blocks from his precinct house just after he finished his shift early Saturday in what authorities suspect was a street robbery. Police announced rewards totaling $30,000 to help them make an arrest. ANOTHER VICTIM—Officer Moses Walker Jr. was shot and killed, Saturday, Aug. 18, in north Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)


Have Blacks lost their spirit for social activism?

by Jessica Williams-Gibson (NNPA)—Some are concerned that the kind of activism advocated by leaders such as Rev. Derek King and Rev. Al Sharpton is not as strong in the Black community today as in the past. During the Civil Rights Movement of the ’50s and ’60s, African-Americans mobilized and marched for issues such as segregation, racial discrimination and voting rights. Derek b. King Sr. standing in front of image of MLK?Jr.


Does domestic violence discriminate?

by Ju’lia SamuelsFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Television reporters and newspaper writers were busy recently after boisterous Miami Dolphins player, Chad Johnson, was arrested and booked on charges of battery assault and domestic violence. In the “hood,” many people made immediate comparisons to another couple that had experienced the same drama—Rihanna and Chris Brown. With these and other less-reported incidents, it’s tough to say if domestic violence is exclusive to any one race or economic group. However, most experts say that domestic violence is an “equal opportunity” culprit impacting people from all walks of live, economic backgrounds and ethnic groups. HAPPIER TIMES—This March 7, 2011 photo shows NFL Football player and reality television star Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada attending Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Fun Fearless Males of 2011 event in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)


Attorney Milton Raiford returns to courtrooms

This column is a reminder to some and an introduction to others. Milton Raiford is the second of five sons of Eli and Cora Raiford and all five sons graduated from college. It is one of those positive situations in the Black communities that across this nation millions of parents can relate to when their son or daughter graduated from college. Cora, the mother, was legendary through Homewood. She was known as a neighborhood mother that demonstrated by example her overwhelming concern.


Walmart’s lack of value

(NNPA)—Once upon a time American workers were valued within the United States economy. Following the American labor riots of the 1800s, and as the U.S. emerged as a global superpower in the mid-20th century by producing much of what the world consumed, all American workers, particularly in the retail industry, earned higher wages and much deserved workplace protections.