Daily Archive: October 16, 2012


Courier wins big in state news competition

“America’s best weekly” can now be called one of Pennsylvania’s best weeklies after the recent announcement of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2012 Newspaper of the Year Award winners last week. The New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest and most prestigious African-American newspapers in the country, known for its in-depth coverage of the Black community, won seven awards in their division. HARDWORKING—The staff of the New Pittsburgh Courier celebrates its wins in seven categories in the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2012 Newspaper of the Year competition. Sitting, from left: Allison Palm, Ashley Johnson, Eric Gaines, Ulish Carter and Carolyn Jones. Standing, from left: Rebecca Nuttall, Kathleen Bradley Yocum, Kathleen Neely, Brenda Hill, Rod Doss, Stephan Broadus, Debbie Vargus and Christian Morrow. (Photo by J.L. Martello) The award recognizes newspapers across the state for their continuing efforts to create outstanding news products.


64-year-old grandmother wounded at youth football game dies

PITTSBURGH (AP)—One of three people wounded at a youth football game in Pittsburgh has died and police Chief Nate Harper says he expects officers to issue arrest warrants for those responsible soon. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says 64-year-old Charlene Walters, of Verona, died Monday. An autopsy is set Tuesday, but authorities expect that will confirm she died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen she suffered on Saturday. Pittsburgh Chief of Police Nate Harper (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Two other people were wounded, a 33-year-old woman shot in the hand and a 27-year-old Wilkinsburg man who was critically wounded. Police believe he was the target of the shooters who are believed to have had an ongoing dispute with the man.



Take charge of your health today…Healthy teen relationships and dating violence

by Michael Yonas, DrPH ESTHER BUSH This month’s upcoming feature in the New Pittsburgh Courier on newsstands Wed. Oct. 17 focuses on healthy teen relationships and dating violence prevention. It is a continuation of our knowledge-sharing series, focusing on health disparities in the Pittsburgh region. It is a collaboration among the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute—CTSI) and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Michael Yonas, DrPH, assistant professor of family medicine at Pitt, sat down with Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League, to talk about this month’s focus.


City League Roundup…Top four seeds square off to determine playoff picture

by Malik Vincent An important weekend of football is coming up for the City League as the top four seeds will face each other to determine the conference’s playoff picture. “Our kids will be preparing very hard all week to face its challenges ahead,” Coach Bill Gallagher said of his Perry team. “We know what is at stake here and we want to come out and prove that we’re worthy of the prize.” HURDLING TO THE ‘HOUSE’–Curtis Edmonds of Perry hurdles to the house for six in the Commodores 24-6 win over Brashear. Edmonds rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns against the Bulls. Perry and USO, both undefeated in City League action will square off on Friday night at “The Cup.” The high stakes are the league’s top seed.


Judge dismisses ‘Bachelor’ discrimination case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—A federal judge on Monday dismissed a case filed by two Black men who claimed ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” discriminated against casting participants of color. U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger’s ruling states that casting decisions by the network and the series’ producers are protected by the First Amendment and the case should not continue. Christopher Johnson, left, and Nathaniel Claybrooks answer questions at a news conference, in Nashville, Tenn. ( AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson sued the network in April, claiming their bids to appear on “The Bachelor” were never given serious consideration. They claimed the show and its spinoff “The Bachelorette” discriminated against nonwhite participants.


Danish saxophonist John Tchicai dies

COPENHAGEN (AP)—Danish saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz in Europe, John Tchicai, has died. He was 76. Tchicai moved to New York in 1963 and co-founded The New York Contemporary Five with Archie Shepp. He later became a leading figure of the jazz avant-garde movement in Europe. He also played with John Coltrane, Milford Graves, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. JAZZ PIONEER–July 7, 2006 file photo, of Jazz saxophonist John Tchicai in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish-born saxophonist was at the heart of the ‘new thing’ jazz movement of the 1960s. (AP Photo/Polfoto/Morten Langkilde, file) Tchicai was born to a Danish mother and a Congolese father in Denmark. He returned to Europe in 2001 and eventually settled in southern France.


Don’t vote and vital rights may vanish

by Kevin Johnson The 2012 presidential election is the most critical election of our lifetime. This election will determine the course of equality and justice in America for the next 25 years. REV. KEVIN JOHNSON Some will argue that the economy, job losses, ending military wars, Obamacare, women’s health-care rights and same-sex marriage are the prevailing issues. This year’s election, however, is so vital because the next president will have the opportunity to appoint the next three to four Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court will determine whether equality and justice moves forward or takes a tragic step backward.