Daily Archive: October 12, 2012


Crunch Time: Bad Moon Rising

Pittsburgh’s late great bluesman Leroy K. Wofford used to sing a medley of the songs, such as “room with a view” and “bad moon rising.” From that particular room you could get a perfect view of a “blood moon.” No one could figure out what to do when that surrealistic moon appeared over the horizon. INJURED STEELER—Members of the Pittsburgh Steelers training staff tend to running back Isaac Redman (33) during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Titans last night in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


High court questions Texas affirmative action plan

by Mark ShermanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university did not offer her a spot in 2008. STUDENTS PROTEST—Jheanelle Wilkins of New Castle, Del., right, and Neo Moneri of Beltsville, Md., participate in a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, supporting the University of Texas.. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


ABC’s Robin Roberts home from hospital

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s Robin Roberts has come home from the hospital three weeks after undergoing a bone marrow transplant. After thanking her doctors and nurses and singing “Amen,” the “Good Morning America” host began the next stage of recovery from MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. Her sister was the donor for her bone marrow. GMA HOST GOES HOME—This Aug. 20, 2012 photo released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts during a broadcast of “Good Morning America,” in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik, file)


From Streets to Tweets: Townhall meeting connects with youth via social media

by Starla MuhammadFor New Pittsburgh Courier CHICAGO (FinalCall.com) – On the evening of September 26, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan made history once again. The nearly 80 year old Muslim leader, held the first ever #Ask Farrakhan Social Media Q&A, using modern technology in a purposeful and effective way to impact the hearts and minds of potentially millions of people. TOWNHALL MEETING—Final Call Assistant Editor Ashahed M. Muhammad (left) and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. Photo: Hannibal Muhammad


Fashion Watch: Bling

It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got That Bling Do wop, do wop, do wop. Ok the do wops are for my old school readers but young and old alike love the bling and today we are seeing bling, those sparkly shiny jewels, more than ever. JUST RIGHT FOR HOMECOMING- Lasha Smith


Review: Lupe Fiasco raps masterfully on new album

by Jonathan Landrum Jr. Associated Press Rwiter Lupe Fiasco, “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1” (Atlantic Records) Lupe Fiasco blacked out his album cover, except for the explicit content parental advisory. But he has plenty to say on his strong fourth offering, “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.” BLACKED OUT—his CD cover image released by Atlantic Records shows the latest release by Lupe Fiasco, “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1.” (AP Photo/Atlantic Records)


VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama

by Nacy BenacAssociated Press DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America’s place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign’s final stretch. WAY TO GO JOE—Remarking on the vice presidential debate, President Barack Obama tells reporters, “I think Joe Biden did great. I couldn’t be prouder,” as he returns to the White House in Washington after a day of campaign events in Miami, Thursday night. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Laughs for kids at Candidates’ Comedy Night

Politicians and political hopefuls offered their best comedy routines to a lively crowd at Candidates’ Comedy Night 2012, while raising money for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. The event was held at the Pittsburgh Improv in Homestead. WOODRUFF FAMILY—Enjoying the evening of laughs are John Woodruff, Jenyce Woodruff, Joy Maxberry Woodruff and Common Pleas Court Judge Dwayne Woodruff (John and Jenyce are their children). Special guest Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald performed, along with the following candidates: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey; U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle; U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy; State Treasurer Robert McCord; State Sen. Jay Costa Jr.; State Rep. Matt Smith; Commissioner Larry Maggi; Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan; Kathleen Kane; Dr. Hans Lessmann and Raja.


Chico Butler ‘But I Kept the Faith’

Hercules “Chico” Butler is known around Pittsburgh for relating to people on the dance floor clad in colorful Zoot suits hats, matching shoes and showing off his sharp dance moves. But in actuality the 79-year-old Garfield resident can relate to people in another way: through his pain as a disabled Korean War veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. CHICO BUTLER “People know me as the dancing, happy-go-lucky guy. They don’t know the humble, spiritual person who is loving and giving. I fought in Korea and no one knows I am a disabled veteran who suffers from severe PTSD,” said Butler who is most commonly known by his nickname, Chico.