Daily Archive: October 15, 2012

National

Do Black people support Obama because he’s Black?

by Jesse Washington Surviving slavery, segregation and discrimination has forged a special pride in African-Americans. Now some are saying this hard-earned pride has become prejudice in the form of blind loyalty to President Barack Obama. TARGET OF ABUSE–In this March 7, 2010, photo Stacey Dash arrives at the Elton John Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif. Dash, who tweeted an endorsement of Romney, was subjected to a stream of abuse from other African-Americans. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg/File) Are black people supporting Obama mainly because he’s Black? If race is just one factor in Blacks’ support of Obama, does that make them racist? Can Blacks’ support for Obama be compared with White voters who may favor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because he’s White?

National

Longtime GOP Senate moderate Arlen Specter dies

by Peter Jackson HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For most of his 30 years as Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress, Arlen Specter was a Republican, though often at odds with the GOP leadership. FINAL CAMPAIGN–President Barack Obama arrives at a fundraising event for Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Sept. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) He helped end the Supreme Court hopes of former federal appeals Judge Robert H. Bork, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Decades later, he was one of only three Republicans in Congress to vote for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus.

Metro

Metro Briefs: Gunfire at Pa. youth football game injures 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gunfire at a youth football game in Pittsburgh on Saturday sent three people to the hospital, two of them in critical condition, police said. Youth football action from 2010(Courier Photo/File) Commander Thomas Stangrecki of the Pittsburgh police department said a fight broke out in the stands at the field in the East Liberty neighborhood shortly after 10 a.m.

Sports

No. 5 WVU drops from ranks of undefeated, Pitt falls to Louisville

The Associated Press West Virginia came into Saturday’s game at Texas Tech in the drivers’ seat for the Big 12 title, undefeated and eyeing a shot at the BCS championship and with quarterback Geno Smith acclaimed as a Heisman Trophy front-runner. The No. 5 Mountaineers left with none of it following a 49-14 loss to the Red Raiders that was the most lopsided Texas Tech victory over a team ranked in the top five. EXTRA EFFORT–Pitt running back Rushel Shell somersaults into the end zone for a two yard touchdown in the second quarter on Oct. 13, at Heinz Field. (Courier Photo/William McBride)

Entertainment

Hudson, Spears, LL Cool J honor Whitney Houston

by Sandy Cohen LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Hudson embodied the look of one of her idols, Whitney Houston, during a tribute to the late singer put on by Grammy organizers. WHITNEY TRIBUTE–Jennifer Hudson performs onstage at “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston,” at Nokia Theatre on Oct. 11, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Rocking a pompadour and glittery jacket reminiscent of Houston’s stage costumes from the 1980s, Hudson belted out a medley of Houston’s hits Thursday at the Nokia Theatre for “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston,” which will air as a TV special next month.

Opinion

Obama Can’t Be an Angry Black Man? Give Me a Break

by Dr. Boyce Watkins (Yourblackworld.net)–This morning, I saw a quote that someone passed me from the singer Frenchie Davis (the one who really won American Idol, but wasn’t given the award), who said, “I love Joe Biden. He is the angry Black man that President Obama can’t be.” BOYCE WATKINS