Daily Archive: November 28, 2012


Church Circuit

Church Anniversary NOV. 30—Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7220 Bennett St., Homewood, will host its 100th Church Anniversary Celebration. There will be a Remembrance and Fellowship Service at 6 p.m.; a Banquet luncheon on Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills; and a Special Worship and Fellowship Service on Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at the church. For more information, call 412-362-1526 or 412-609-1331.


Review: Gift guide to full-size tablets

by Peter Svensson NEW YORK (AP)—Tablets are at the top of many wish lists this holiday season. But what to get? The choice used to be pretty limited, with the iPad dominating the latecomers. But this year, the field is more even, as tablets from Apple’s competitors have matured. In addition, Google and Microsoft are diving in with their own tablets, providing more choice. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1—Tablets are at the top of many wish lists this holiday season. The choice used to be pretty limited, with the iPad dominating over the latecomers. But this year, the field is more even, as tablets from Apple’s competitors have matured. (AP Photo/Samsung Electronics America Inc.) The first step in the buying process is to decide on the size of the tablet. They fall into two rough categories: the full-sized tablet, pioneered by the iPad, and the half-size tablet, epitomized by the Kindle Fire.


Shadow Lounge to skip a beat, temporarily closing

In June 2000, young entrepreneur Justin Strong opened a live performance venue in the heart of East Liberty, a neighborhood with a bad reputation as a result of gang violence in the 1990s. But at the age of 21, the Allderdice High School graduate saw something in the neighborhood many developers did not. JUSTIN STRONG Fast forward 12 years, and his venue, the Shadow Lounge has become one of the destination spaces for performers from around the country. Similarly, East Liberty has become a destination neighborhood, for restaurant, retail and residential development.


No weapon found on Ford in shooting

More than a week ago Leon Ford’s life changed forever due to a police stop over a traffic violation. It was the evening of Nov. 18 that 19-year-old Ford was shot by Pittsburgh police during what many are saying should have been a “routine” traffic stop that ended with a citation and not multiple shots to the chest. LEON FORD “We are absolutely concerned about the incident,” said Tim Stevens, chairman of the Black Political Empowerment Project and co-founder of the Coalition Against Violence. “At least on the surface it looks to have been an inappropriate shooting. We will be following up and discussing it (the incident).”


Woodruff releases report to help protect juveniles

Following the revelations that two Luzerne County judges had conspired to sentence juveniles who had committed minor infractions to a private jail for kickbacks, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff was named to the commission empanelled to devise statewide reforms of the juvenile justice system. JUDGE DWAYNE WOODRUFF During that process, he realized similar reforms could be enacted in Allegheny County to ensure no juveniles are mistreated. As a result, President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel tasked Woodruff to co-chair The Allegheny County Commission on Juvenile Justice. He issued its recommendations Nov. 26.


Shooting of unarmed Florida teen is no Trayvon Martin case, attorney says

by Tristan Smith (CNN)—The attorney for a Florida man who shot at a car of unarmed teens over the weekend, killing one, says the incident bears no resemblance to the Trayvon Martin case. Her client, Michael Dunn, is no “vigilante” but did feel threatened and shot out of “self defense,” the attorney said. Left: Jordan Russell Davis (1995-2012); Right: accused murderer Michael David Dunn (Courtesy Photo/Think Progress) “There are no comparisons to the Trayvon Martin situation,” said Robin Lemonidis, Dunn’s attorney. “He is devastated and horrified by the death of the teen.”


Civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot dies at 73

WASHINGTON (AP)—Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved, has died. He was 73. Guyot had a history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes, and died at home in Mount Rainier, Md., his daughter Julie Guyot-Diangone said late Saturday. She said he died sometime Thursday night; other media reported he passed away Friday. FREEDOM FIGHTER—Lawrence Guyot, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member in Mississippi during the civil rights struggles of the 1960s recalls his work in Hattiesburg and the women who assisted in the struggles, in this Oct. 22, 2010 file photo taken in Hattiesburg, Miss.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


The Flow Band: Still bringing Island harmonies to Pittsburgh

The people of Pittsburgh have a love for Reggae music and The Flow Band has been happy to give it to them for more than 25 years. “Back in the 1970s when we started, Reggae music was something new and different that’s why the band was formed, explained original band member, Joe Smith who has been with the band since its creation. FOUNDER UZEL FINNEY JR., GUITAR Founded by Uzel Finney Jr., The Flow Band was originally called Rastafari but was soon changed to The Flow Band to commemorate the flow of Caribbean music.


Aliquippa and Clairton athletic success a testament to their steel mill heritage

by Timothy Cox AUGUSTA, Ga.—Hey Folks! I got a chance to watch some WPIAL high school playoff football last week, even though I live about 600 miles from Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thanks to modern technology via satellite waves transmitted through the auspices of Root Sports Pittsburgh TV, I got a chance to watch two of the premier high school football programs in the state of Pennsylvania—again, via my DISH Network satellite programming in my Augusta, Georgia living room. TIMOTHY COX