Monthly Archive: November 2012




As we finish the last bit of Thanksgiving leftovers let’s not forget to be thankful. How often do you complain about the smallest thing? If you are living fairly well, have food to eat, a job to go to and a roof over your head, I would say you are doing pretty well.


Bonds, Clemens, Sosa on Hall ballot for first time

by Ben Walker NEW YORK (AP)—The most polarizing Hall of Fame debate since Pete Rose will now be decided by the baseball shrine’s voters: Do Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa belong in Cooperstown despite drug allegations that tainted their huge numbers? ALL-TIME HOME RUN CHAMPION—In this Aug. 24, 2007 photo, San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds hits his 761st career home run, a solo effort, off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano in the fourth inning in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) In a monthlong election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era, the Hall ballot was released Wednesday, and Bonds, Clemens and Sosa are on it for the first time. Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards. Clemens took home a record seven Cy Young trophies and is ninth with 354 victories. Sosa ranks eighth on the homer chart with 609.


Pageant organizer files copyright suit against Delta Foundation

Claiming the Delta Foundation, which represents Pittsburgh’s LGBT community, used her trademark Miss Pittsburgh name in two events, Michele Alexander, owner of WinACrown, has filed a copyright infringement against the organization, organization member Kierra Darshell and the Ultra Lounge. Alexander, who began holding her pageants in 1998, is seeking $500,000 in damages. MICHELE ALEXANDER


2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot

by Jim Cole CHICAGO (AP)—The richest Powerball jackpot ever—and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history—has been won. The question now becomes: Who are the lucky winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires? Powerball officials said early Thursday morning that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $579.9 million jackpot. POWERBALL HOPEFUL—Lamar Fallie, 52, of Chicago buys six Powerball tickets at a BP gas station Nov. 28, in Calumet Park, Ill. Fallie who is currently unemployed say he doesn’t normally play the lottery but was lured by last night’s 500 million dollar jackpot. If he wins he says he will take care of his church first, then every child Beasley Elementary School will get a laptop, he will make a donation to Julian High School then he will retire from being unemployed. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) The numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.


Dallas police officer on leave after violent rap

DALLAS (AP)—A Dallas police lieutenant whose officer husband was killed while on duty three years ago has been put on administrative leave as officials investigate her side job as local rapper Lucille Baller, who in one song threatens to shoot anyone who messes with her. Lt. Regina Smith and alter-ego Lucille Baller (Courtesy Photo) Lt. Regina Smith, who oversees burglary and theft detectives for two patrol investigative units, also runs Big Rush In LLC. She started the music production company and independent record label after the 2009 death of her husband, Dallas Sr. Cpl. Norman Smith, who was nicknamed the “Big Russian.”


Montana tribal elder who ‘adopted’ Obama dies

by Matthew Brown BILLINGS, Mont. (AP)—An elder from Montana’s Crow Indian Tribe whose family ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race has died. ADOPTED SON—In this Dec. 2, 2011 photo, President Barack Obama, Crow tribal elder Hartford “Sonny” Black Eagle Jr., left, and his wife Mary Black Eagle appear at the White House Tribal Nations Conference. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) Hartford “Sonny” Black Eagle Jr. died Monday at his home in Lodge Grass on the tribe’s reservation in the southeastern part of the state, said his son, Crow tribal Chairman Cedric Black Eagle.


Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye in biopic

(CNN)—Lenny Kravitz isn’t playing around with his acting career. The 48-year-old rocker has signed on to portray soul/R&B legend Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic, his rep has confirmed to CNN. The project will be directed by Julien Temple (“The Filth and the Fury”; “Bullet”), and is slated to begin filming in 2013. Musician Lenny Kravitz walks the red carpet at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.(CNN Photo/Tim Hart) According to The London Evening Standard, Temple’s biopic will chronicle Gaye’s later years in the early 1980s when he was in Europe battling addiction and refreshing his career.


Civil rights hypocrites

(NNPA)—I was once told, “Be what you are looking for. If you want friends, go be a friend; if you want love, go love someone and if you want happiness, go make someone happy.” As I have reflected on this simple, but yet profound statement, I have found most of the major Black organizations are woefully hypocritical. They refuse to be what they are looking for. Groups like the NAACP, The National Urban League and the Congressional Black Caucus constantly complain about the lack of diversity in corporate America.


Finding homes for youths

For more than three decades the Three Rivers Adoption Council has been the go-to organization in Pennsylvania for adoption information, support, education and referral services. “We help everyone adopt kids,” said Three Rivers Adoption Council CEO Jacqueline D. Wilson. “Our goal is to find permanent placement, foster care or adoption for the kids.” Jacqueline D. Wilson The organization was created in 1979 by adoptive parents and professionals. Today it is an arm of the United Way and is a multi-service agency that caters to children who cannot stay with their birth families. It helps place those children in permanent homes.


Homeroom Heroes—providing needed student supplies

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, 26,000 students lack the basic school supplies necessary for their education. As a result of recent funding cuts to education at the state level, many local teachers spend up to $1,500 every year to provide their classrooms with essential supplies. STUDENTS AND SUPPLIES—Student at Urban Pathways Charter School excitedly opens a kit from The Education Partnership full of pencils, crayons, markers, and other supplies. For the past three years, The Education Partnership, a nonprofit organization located in the West End, has been working to fill this gap. This school year, they’ve also launched a new initiative to engage corporations and companies in helping provide students and teachers with the tools and resources they need for classroom success.