Daily Archive: September 14, 2012


Holmes named new Zone 2 commander

Newly appointed Zone 2 Commander Eric Holmes has had a successful start overseeing the Pittsburgh precinct that covers Downtown, the Hill District, Lawrenceville and the Strip District. Less than two weeks into his new position, Holmes’ unit was responsible for the arrest of six individuals suspected of being involved in at least 55 car break-ins. Holmes becomes the second Black commander of the 6 police zones. The other commander is RaShall Brackney. ERIC HOLMES After 15 years with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Holmes was promoted to commander from the rank of sergeant at a Police Promotions Ceremony on Aug. 22. He replaced former Zone 2 Commander George Trosky who was promoted to the rank of assistant chief.


Richest rappers on Forbes List; biggest earnings outside studio

(NNPA)—Dr. Dre’s highly-anticipated album, “Detox,” has yet to hit store shelves, but the rap mogul has already claimed the top spot among hip-hop earners, according to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking. Dre’s rise to the front of the pack is almost entirely due to Beats by Dre, which dominates more than half of the premium ($100 and up) headphone market. According to the magazine’s Sept. 24 issue, Beats by Dre accounted for $100 million of Dre’s $110 million in pretax earnings in 2011. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young (AP Photo)


15 memorable quotes from the Democratic Convention

(NNPA)—No. 15—Representative Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.):“Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation. This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time, members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress.”


Jazz Master Haynes to perform in Pittsburgh

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Roy Haynes will perform in Pittsburgh Sept. 22, in the second installment of Kente Arts Alliance’s Jazz ROYalty Series, featuring celebrated jazz artists who just happen to share the first name Roy. NEA Jazz Master is the nation’s highest honor bestowed on jazz artists. ROY HAYNES This much anticipated concert will take place at the New Hazlett Theater, on the North Side, at 8 p.m. Haynes will perform with his Fountain of Youth Band. With his latest group of 20-somethings, Haynes elevates the performances of his Fountain of Youth Band, matching fire stroke for stroke for fire stroke, thrill for thrill, a tremendous give and take between the generations fueled by masterful musicianship and youthful abandon. Along with Haynes, the band features Jaleel Shaw, saxophones; Martin Bejerano, piano; and David Wong, bass.


‘The Queen of New York’

by Eddie PellsAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP)—Serena Williams wrapped up her remarkable summer with the latest rendition of a scene that has become familiar the past few months. ‘I NEVER QUIT’—Serena Williams reacts after beating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in the championship match at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Sept. 9, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


PIRC set to replace One Vision One Life

Jay Gilmer recently told the New Pittsburgh Courier that replacing the street intervention that had previously been done by the, now closed, One Vision One Life was critical to the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime. What he didn’t say was that he is prepared to do so as soon as the authorizing legislation is approved. “We will be contracting with someone who can accomplish what we need accomplished,” he said. “We are prepared to go in a different direction with an initiative that includes some of One Vision’s former staffers.” Gilmer would not reveal the name of the contractor, but said it is a nonprofit that has other resources and has been engaged in street-level outreach to the same target population PIRC tries to reach.


Obama cracks a birther joke

by Jim Kuhnhenn ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—It’s that birther thing again. President Barack Obama was at an Orlando sports bar, snapping a University of Florida Gators’ sign, sipping a pint and working a crowd when he walked up to a table with five children. One adult pointed to one of the boys, 7-year-old Andre Wupperman of Orlando, and informed the president that the boy was born in Hawaii, the president’s native state. PAPERS PLEASE—President Barack Obama, right standing, does the Hawaiian hand gesture the ‘Shaka’ with Andre Wupperman, far left, and other members of his family, during an unscheduled stop at Gator’s Dockside, Sept. 8, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Delighted, the president greeted the boy with a “shaka” sign, the pinky and thumb gesture typical of Hawaiian culture. The boy gestured back.


LAPD holding community meetings on violent arrests

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has ordered his 21 stations to hold community meetings to discuss recent videotaped violent arrests that have raised questions about use of force by officers. The Los Angeles Times reports dates haven’t been set, but the public will be given a chance to ask questions about the three incidents. ARREST VICTIM—A photo of Alesia Thomas is held up during a news conference in Los Angeles on August 31. At least five police officers are under investigation after Thomas died during a violent arrest in which an officer kicked her genitals, police officials said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) One of the videos shows officers tackling a Venice skateboarder who they say resisted arrest.



Any real differences between political parties?

I registered 58 years ago as a Republican and 27 years later I switched my registration to the Democratic Party. Over the years I have witnessed the evolution of the parties as they relate to the Black voters in particular and I can truthfully state, “I left nothing and went to nothing.”


Un-conventional political wisdom

(NNPA)—Now that both national party conventions have ended, it’s time to reflect. Most of the analysis you have seen or heard has been pretty much what was expected. Most of the political pundits live in an echo chamber—they all talk with each other and travel in similar social circles. I found very little fresh, insightful analysis. And that is also the problem with both campaigns. They both have staffed up with recycled consultants, who all have similar world views that are out of synch with the public.