Daily Archive: November 14, 2012

Lifestyle

Church Circuit

Pastoral Anniversary NOV. 14—Clark Memorial Baptist Church, 1301 Glen St., Homestead, will host its 16th Pastoral Anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Services to celebrate the occasion will also be held now through Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., with conclusion services being held on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There will be several guest ministers, along with their congregation. For more information, call 412-462-1011 or visit http://www.clarkmembapt11@verizon.net.

Generation Y

My View: Should everyone go to college?

by Mike RoseFor New Pittsburgh Courier (CNN)—College changed my life, so when I think about the question of who should go to college, I can’t help but consider it through my own experience. And what I’ve learned from teaching over the past 40 years leads me to think that my experience is not all that unusual. FROM SCRUBBING FLOORS TO THE IVY LEAGUE—Ashley Dawn Loggins celebrates graduation from high school on June 8. Loggins, 18, was abandoned last year and left homeless. But the staff at Burns High School in North Carolina chipped in and gave her a hand. And she worked as school janitor between her studies to make ends meet. She wanted to go to college. So Ashley Dawn applied to 5 colleges and was accepted to each, including her dream school—Harvard College.

Generation Y

My View: Kindergarten redshirting different for each child

by Donna McClintockFor New Pittsburgh Courier (CNN)—I often read materials that approach a subject as if there were only one solution. Such is the case of “redshirting” children for kindergarten, which is the practice of holding a child back from school until he turns six. There is certainly a best answer for each child, and parents and educators must determine what that answer is by considering his individual needs and development and not by blindly following a trend.

Metro

The perfect financial crime—almost

by Bill Heltzel (Public Source)—How would you construct the perfect financial crime? First, you need the prey—someone who has a big pot of money to invest and needs financial advice. Like a large transit agency. Then you line up bankers who conspire to make profits big enough to pay kickbacks to the advisers who set up the deals. East Busway Extension ribbon cutting Finally, you hope no regulators are watching.

Metro

Activists march to Senate offices for jobs

Trying to build on the success they achieved in delivering the vote for President Obama, two days earlier, a collection of union and community activists demanded Pennsylvania Senators Robert Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey take action on jobs, wages and taxes. Waving signs that read “The 99 Percent Needs A Raise,” “Corporations: Pay Your Fair Share” and “We want jobs not cuts,” approximately 100 marchers clogged the sidewalk in front of Casey’s office Nov. 9. JOBS, NOT CUTS—Reverend David Thornton rallies a group of labor and community activists outside U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office, Nov. 9, calling for jobs and for the rich to “pay their fair share.” (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Metro

A+ Schools: Achievement gap grows

In 2010 when A+ Schools released their annual report on the Pittsburgh Public School District, the organization said at its current pace, the achievement gap between Black and White students would take 40 years to close. Last year, due to a sharp decrease in the achievement gaps in both reading and math, they predicted the gap could be eliminated in just 24 years. MOVING FORWARD—Superintendent Linda Lane fields questions from the audience. (Photo by Gail Manker) On Nov. 12, A+ released their most recent report with some unsettling news. Mirroring an overall decline in student achievement across the district, A+ found that over the past year, the achievement gap had actually widened.

National

Infant deaths: Searching for answers in Mississippi

by Elizabeth Landau (CNN)—The room was lined with baby after baby, and it was almost too warm for Keri Dykes to tolerate. She remembers squeezing between the incubators to see her son Jesse, who had been born only 25 weeks into her pregnancy. INFANT MORTALITY—For years, Mississippi’s infant mortality rate has ranked last in the U.S. The Cooper family lost their son Alex, pictured behind them, to sudden infant death syndrome. (CNN PHOTO/Malcolm Underwood) A neonatal intensive care unit in Tupelo, Miss., is where Jesse spent his brief life in 2008—a life cut short by an infection that got into his bloodstream and lungs.

Entertainment

PPT’s ‘Good People’ explores class, racial issues

by Genea L. WebbFor New Pittsburgh Courier January LaVoy is excited about returning to the city of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. “I performed at the Public ten years ago and I did the first production of ‘Piano Lesson.’ I love Pittsburgh it feels like a real city and to me it feels like home,” explained LaVoy who was born and raised in Southern Connecticut. JANUARY LAVOY