Daily Archive: December 12, 2012


Senior fire victim’s home saved for now

As an activist and advocate for her Beltzhoover neighborhood, Leona Morton has helped others for a considerable portion of her 85 years. But after an April house fire resulted in a condemnation order, it was Morton who needed help. Last week she got it. STILL STANDING—Though condemned, Leona Morton’s home was saved from demolition for six more moths thanks to intervention from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s office. (Photo by Gail Manker)


Community Calendar

Toy Drive DEC. 14—Port Authority of Allegheny County, Q92.9 FM and the US Marine Corps will host its annual Toys for Tots Drive from 5:30-9 a.m. at the Steel Plaza T Station, Sixth Avenue and Grant Street, Downtown. New, unwrapped toys or cash donations will be collected to bring holiday cheer to local needy children. There will a live radio broadcast from Q92.9 FM. For more information, call Heather Pharo at 412-566-5157.


An African-American voice on Israel and Gaza

by Bill Fletcher Jr. and Angela M. Gilliam (NNPA)—We, as African Americans, simply could not remain silent when word broke of the Israeli bombings of Gaza. Along with Cornel West and others, we circulated a petition condemning the aggression and demanding an end to the occupation. While most of the mainstream media immediately jumped to the defense of Israel, the African-American political establishment remained silent about the entire episode.


This Week In Black History

Week of Dec. 12-18December 12 1911—Josh Gibson, legend of the Negro Baseball League, is born in Buena Vista, Ga. Standing 6’2” and weighing between 205 and 215, Gibson was a near perfect physical specimen who became the league’s home run king. He is credited with up to 932 home runs and a lifetime batting average of over .350. The only Negro League baseball player better known than Gibson was the great pitcher Satchel Paige. The tremendous talent of the Negro League players was summed up by Washington Post sports writer Shirley Povich in a 1941 column, “The only thing keeping them out of the big leagues is the pigmentation of their skin.” JOSH GIBSON



New moves in Pittsburgh for 2013

A new Pittsburgh School Board president and a new Minority Contracting Department should make 2013 a very interesting year. First the school board. For the first time in years there’s a Black president of Pittsburgh School Board, in Sharene Shealey who beat out another Black board member, Regina Holley to replace Sherry Hazuda as the president.


What about Kasandra Perkins?

(NNPA)—By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, who was her boyfriend and the father of her daughter. By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, how dedicated to his girlfriend and daughter. We’ve read his hardscrabble story of moving from the University of Maine, hardly a football powerhouse, to a coveted slot in the NFL. Belcher has been humanized, even enshrined, as his friends have talked about him not having a violent bone in his body.


New jobs report makes fiscal deal urgent

A new Labor Department report showed a mixed picture of an improving economy. The jobs report also shows the urgency of leaders in Washington reaching a fair and balanced “fiscal cliff” deal to prevent the nation from slipping back into a recession. The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008, the report said.


‘So You Think You Can Dance’ live tour

Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer pop-locked his way into the hearts of the American public and the judges on “So You Think You Can Dance,” earning the place as runner up in season 9 of the show. “I am happy that I was named the runner-up. I think that the audience saw an underdog trying. I love dance and I appreciate other forms of it and each week on the show I looked at each form of dance as a challenge,” Spencer, 22, said. “Nigel (Lythgoe) said that I am one of his favorite people. I don’t know what he saw in me but I’m glad he saw something.” CYRUS SPENCER


First Black Pulitzer Prize winner in Music

Composer George Theophilus Walker has been gracing the world with beautiful music for decades. And for three nights—December 14, 15, 16—the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will pay homage to the music maestro as part of its BNY Mellon Grand Classics concerts led by guest conductor Arild Remmereit. GEORGE WALKER90 year old composer