Daily Archive: September 26, 2012


Census data another sign economy has bottomed out

by Hope Yen WASHINGTON (AP)— More young adults are leaving their parents’ homes to take a chance with college or a job. Across the nation, people are on the move again after putting their lives on hold and staying put. Once-sharp declines in births are leveling off, and poverty is slowing. LOOKING FOR WORK—WorkForce One staffer Rose Capote-Marcus works with client Pen Osuji as he works on job applications at the Hollywood, Fla., unemployment office. New census data provides the latest evidence of a stabilizing U.S. economy. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) A new snapshot of census data provides sociological backup for what economic indicators were already suggesting: that the nation is in a tentative, fragile recovery.


Don’t overlook less publicized political races

(NNPA)—During this election, most of the focus is on the top of the ticket. Can President Obama maintain, or increase his narrow lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney? Will the deep pockets of Romney and his allies be enough to turn the tide? Recent news suggests fundraising for Mr. Romney has recently faltered. That, too, is the fodder for national news as the super-PACS decide how to spend their money. How will the debates go? What about those battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, among others?


Court inaction on voter ID wrong

The state’s Supreme Court on Sept. 18 told a lower court that it should stop a new voter photo identification law from taking effect in this year’s presidential election if the judge concludes voters cannot easily get ID cards or thinks they will be disenfranchised. The 4-2 decision by the state’s highest court sends the case back to the lower Commonwealth Court, where a judge initially ruled in August to uphold the law. The state Supreme Court asked for an opinion by Oct. 2.


New York Fashion Week: Giants shine outside venue

(NEW YORK CITY)—Veteran New York fashion week attendees know that some of the best designer collections during the weeklong event are shown away from the official venue. That was true at Bryant Park, and it has remained true since Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week moved to Lincoln Center in 2010. SHAUNTELE RICHARDSON, designer, flanked by models at Harlem Fashion Row’s Fashion Show. Two emerging Black designers who showed here in September and who are worth watching are womenswear designers Shauntele Richardson and LaQuan Smith. Both are New York natives who debuted their labels in 2008 and showed their spring 2013 collections the same day at hotels a few blocks apart.


Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 27 Jazz Jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.


Out & About with Brotha Ash

This week I visited the Flamingo Bar in the Hill District, CJ’s in the Strip District, Galaxy Lounge in Homewood, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at the Flamingo Bar in the Hill District where DJ Bubblegum was doing his thing on the 1’s and 2’s for the crowd. Marisa Bartley of the Urban League and Rev. Glenn Grayson at the Watch Party and Fundraiser” held at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. Congratulations to the Grayson Family for winning on the Family Feud.


Business Calendar

Corridors of Opportunity SEPT. 27—The Pittsburgh Business Times will host “Corridors of Opportunity, Bakery Square 2.0” from 5-7:30 p.m. at Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Ave., East Liberty. This is just one session in a series highlighting Pittsburgh’s most important growth corridors with a panel discussion on commercial real estate developments. Facilitators will discuss the success of Bakery Square and plans to develop the second phase of the project, which includes the former Reizenstein School. Registration is requested. For more information, call Michele Broda at 412-208-3817 or email mbroda@bizjournals.com.