Daily Archive: November 7, 2012



70 of 86 homicides Black lives

October’s homicides have brought Allegheny County to 86 homicides thus far, way past the total of 2011. While any homicide is horrible, this month was exceptionally tragic, with the murders of several innocent bystanders. Charlene Walters was enjoying her grandson participating in a local youth football game, when she was hit with a bullet in the abdomen. Now, because someone had “beef” with someone else and could not take the time to think about what shooting at someone during a youth game could do, this grandmother will never see her grandson play football again and her grandson will never hear her cheer again.


NOBLE elects new head

Increasing the number of Blacks and minorities in law enforcement will be one of the priorities of the newly elected president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, along with preparing for the national convention to be held in Pittsburgh. GREG ROGERS With more than 32 years in the criminal intelligence community before his retirement, Greg Rogers brings unique experience to the organization.


Pittsburgh politicians respond to Obama win

The break in the gloomy weather, a morning of bright sunshine; it all boded well for a solid Election Day turnout. And as darkness fell and the polls closed, the Democratic Party faithfully gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 5 Union Hall on Pittsburgh’s South Side to watch the returns. GIVE HIM A HAND—James Williams III, left, cheers alongside Rev. Glenn Grayson for Barack Obama’s win for re-election of president of the United States. There were really only seven states they needed to pay attention to to ensure President Obama’s re-election and if the first few dominos fell the right way, Pennsylvania wasn’t even one of them. State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, didn’t expect any upsets.


Strong turnout, ID confusion in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)—Voter turnout was strong on Tuesday amid confusion at polling places over voter identification rules in Pennsylvania, which plays a key role in determining whether Republicans or Democrats control the White House and the U.S. Senate. Democrats had won the past five presidential elections in the state, including President Barack Obama’s win four years ago, but a strong, late push by Republicans raised the level of drama. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes, the fifth-most of any state.


Poll problems cropping up in spots around U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP)—Sporadic problems were reported Tuesday at polling places around the country, many in Pennsylvania including a confrontation involving Republican inspectors over access to some polls and a voting machine that lit up for Republican Mitt Romney even when a voter pressed the button for President Barack Obama. One Florida elections office mistakenly told voters in robocalls the election was on Wednesday.


Community Calendar

Toy Drive NOV. 8—Who’s Your Brother? will host a Toy Drive from 6-9 p.m. at Shadyside Honda, 5121 Liberty Ave., Shadyside. This is to help disadvantaged families during the holiday season. Guests that bring an unwrapped toy will enjoy a party with food, drinks, an auction and entertainment by Hill Jordan and Slide Worldwide. For more information, call Debi Arnett at 412-328-2310 or email debi.arnett@whosyourbother.com.


Ohio Catholic college keeps contraception coverage

CINCINNATI (AP)—A Catholic college that drew criticism when it announced plans to halt birth-control insurance coverage is still offering it, the school confirmed Monday. Xavier University has continued to offer insurance that covers contraceptives. A spokeswoman said the decision came after the U.S. Supreme Court in June upheld President Barack Obama’s health care legislation.


How to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy

(Real Times News Service)–Comfort the hurting, pull the trapped out of the wreckage, administer first aid until help arrives. But if you’re 150 miles away, don’t jump in your pickup with a load of used clothing. Odds are you’ll just be in the way—and could even be mistaken as a looter!



NAACP needs new direction

We just completed the Big One, the U.S. Presidential election, which was after my deadline for this column, so I will deal with that next week. But we do have another critical election coming up Nov. 13 at the Hill House from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and that’s who will lead the Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP. The Courier recently cancelled a proposed forum we were going to sponsor for the three NAACP presidential candidates because one candidate said she couldn’t make it and wasn’t willing to send a representative to speak for her, and the other just didn’t get back to us.