Daily Archive: October 3, 2012


Judge halts Voter ID law

After several days of testimony and strong direction from the State Supreme Court, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson reversed himself and approved an injunction of the state’s voter ID law. It will not be in effect for the November General Election, though it may after January. JERRY MONDESIRE Last month Simpson denied the injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, the AFL-CIO and others that challenged the law as unduly burdensome, particularly for African-Americans, the elderly and young voters.



64 of 79 homicides Black lives

With three months left in the year 2012, Allegheny County has reached 79 homicides at the end of September, making it a deadlier year than 2011, which ended with 73 homicides. That glimmer of hope shown at the beginning of the year that the anti-violence message was finally sinking in, has now turned into fear of what will happen to our communities. In September, Leroy Wofford, a well-known Pittsburgh singer, was killed just because he answered a knock at the door; a 24-year-old young man was killed for innocently standing on a Garfield street; and a Wilkinsburg man was killed for urinating off a porch. While being a grown man and urinating off a porch is unconscionable, it does not justify killing someone. While one can wash away urine, one cannot wash away the act of killing someone from their conscience.


Walton named 2012 Courier Legacy honoree

Retired Highmark Senior Vice President Aaron Walton has been named the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2012 Legacy honoree. The award is part of the Courier’s annual 50 Men of Excellence awards, which recognize exemplary African-American men in the Pittsburgh region. AARON WALTON “I am very honored, surprised and honored,” Walton said. “When you talk about legacy you talk about history and when you look at some of the other people like (previous Legacy Honorees) Wendell Freeland and Eric Springer, you think of a lifetime of service for the community.”


NAACP VP Parker seeks presidency

After serving on the executive committee of the Pittsburgh Unit of the NAACP for three consecutive terms, 1st Vice President Constance Parker has decided to run for president of the local branch in the upcoming election. Parker’s decision to run comes as a result of current president M. Gayle Moss’ decision to step down after eight years as president. “I’ve been a part of the NAACP for many years. I would not have made a decision to run if Ms. Moss had not chosen to step down. I chose to come forward,” Parker said. “I am a fighter, a very strong fighter and I stand for things.” CONSTANCE PARKER Throughout her time with the NAACP, Parkers has been a leading voice of opposition against police brutality, cuts to education, and most recently voter ID legislation. She said the top three issues she would like to address if elected president are education, health and employment.


Wholey’s celebrates 100 years of serving community

Coming to work every day, doing better each day than the day before, hiring good staff and providing good customer service is how Daniel M. Wholey explained his 40-year career with the family business. As a kid, he was not interested in working in the business. Today, serving as ecommerce director, he and his brothers Bob, Matt, Sam and Jim are carrying on the family tradition. CELEBRATING WITH FAMILY—Mayor Luke Ravenstahl joins the Wholey Family after presenting them with the proclamation and the street sign. (Photos by J.L. Martello) The weekend of Sept. 21-23, the business Robert Wholey’s and Company, Inc. and the family celebrated their 100-year anniversary. A century of following their mission to create happy customers by selling the freshest products at the best prices in a friendly, fun atmosphere has been their formula to success. Wholey says he is proud of the formula and vows to continue with a dedication to serve their customers’ needs.


Tuskegee Airmen ­Memorial to break ground

After years of planning and fundraising, construction is set to start this month on the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial of the Greater Pittsburgh Region. “We will have enough done by the end of this year before the bad weather hits so that people can interact with the memorial,” said John Gioguardi, of Rome Monument, during a special meeting about the memorial at the Edgeworth Club, in Sewickley, that featured an unveiling of the new memorial design. “Historical information will be accessible by iPhone and all the Tuskegee Airmen’s names and the towns they came from will be represented. There will also be memory links to portray a lot of the airmen’s general history.” MEMORIAM UNVEILED—Rich Dieter, right, and John Kroek unveil the rendition of the Tuskegee Airmen Memoriam. (Photo by J.L. Martello)


Community Calendar

Light the Night OCT. 4—The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host its annual Light the Night Walk 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore. This is a two-mile walk fundraiser to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Participants will carry red illuminated balloons while cancer patients and survivors will carry a white one. Registration is required and will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-726-2873 or register http://www.lightthenight.org/wpa.


This Week In Black History

Week of Oct. 3-9 October 3 1856—Journalist and fiery advocate for Black rights T. Thomas Fortune is born in Marianna, Jackson County, Fla. He was an orator, journalist and militant civil rights advocate. He attended school at Howard University in Washington, D.C., but later moved to New York City where he founded the New York Age newspaper. Fortune died in Philadelphia at the age of 71 in 1928.