Daily Archive: September 12, 2012

Sports

Road kill

One day not long ago, I was accompanying a dear friend to a wake being held for another dear friend. Prior to reaching the destination we happened to come across, not one, not two, but eight dead raccoons littering the road. My friend asked; “how can ‘coons’ be so dumb, just to run out there smack dab in the middle of the road needlessly sacrificing their lives?” Well boys and girls, last Sunday night the Steelers took the fast track to Denver to face the “new” Peyton Manning led Broncos and did not quite reach the destination of victory because in spite of their valiant effort, in the final minutes the squad from the steel city appeared as if they were “Bambi mesmerized by the headlights” or should I say spotlights.

Sports

Manning too much for Steelers… Defense to be tested versus Jets

Despite missing an entire season with a neck injury, Peyton Manning looked like the Peyton Manning of old as he led the Denver Broncos to an opening season 31-19 upset over the Steelers Sunday. The new Steelers offense looked a whole lot like the old. They controlled the game through ball control, keeping Manning on the bench most of the second half, but they still had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns which, combined with a key interception at the end of the game, cost them the game. SIDELINED—Steelers safety Ryan Clark, left, who has sickle cell trait that makes playing at altitude dangerous, watches as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the start of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Sept. 9, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Lifestyle

Beginning of new era

With all the pomp and ceremony of a regal coronation, Pastor Brian J. Edmonds was installed Aug. 26 as the new pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church at 2205 Bedford Ave. in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Edmonds replaces Rev. Jason A. Barr Jr. who, after serving as senior pastor for 24 years, resigned for health reasons earlier this year. The celebration was incorporated into the entire day with guest preachers at all three services. They included, Pastor James A. White, senior pastor of Christ Our King Community Church, Raleigh, N.C., preaching at the 8 a.m. service. REV. JASON A. BARR JR., left, and FIRST LADY DIONNE and REV. BRIAN J. EDMONDS The 10 a.m. preacher was William C. Turner Jr., PhD, former assistant provost and dean of Black affairs and assistant professor of theology and Black church studies at Duke University; and preaching for the noon service was former ‘son’ of Macedonia, Rev. Dr. Bruce A. Beard who spoke about “Issues.” He encouraged the audience to realize that having issues is not always a negative thing. But that issues which flow from God are to go out to others through us as Christians.

Lifestyle

Church Circuit

Pittsburgh Annual Conference SEPT. 12—The Pittsburgh Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Third District will host its 145th Session at Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District. The conference, which will run through Sept. 16, will include business sessions, along with several nights of praise and worship. This will be the introduction of the new third district bishop to the Pittsburgh area. For more information, call 412-683-2160.

Lifestyle

UPMC present annual Partnership Appreciation Event 2012 

UPMC held its Partnership Appreciation Event 2012 at the Herberman Conference Center in Oakland last month, with Andrew Stockey as the emcee. Esther Bush, president and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh welcomed everyone to the event. BUSINESS UNIT AWARD—Team leaders with Will Cook, president, received their awards. (Photos by J. L. Martello)