Daily Archive: December 12, 2012


Vindication for 2013 Rock Hall of Fame inductees

by Chris TalbottAP Music Writer Randy Newman’s glad he didn’t have to do anything drastic to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The members of Rush are choosing to let bygones be bygones. And Quincy Jones, well, he’s still mad. All were among inductees announced Tuesday by Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a news conference in Los Angeles. For most of this year’s inductees, inclusion was a long time coming. “QUEEN OF DISCO”–This Dec. 11, 2009 photo shows Donna Summer performing at the Nobel Peace concert in Oslo, Norway. (AP Photo/John McConnico, file)


Urban League Gala sets new fundraising record

This year the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh set a new record when the organization raised $394,000 at the Ronald H. Brown Leadership Awards Gala at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Dec. 7. The annual event recognizes individuals and organizations who have shown a commitment to improving the quality of life for African-Americans. GIVING THANKS—Esther Bush thanks everyone for coming. (Photo by J.L. Martello)


Yablonsky keynotes Chamber lunch, cites diversity as a regional challenge

Hosting more than 300 people at the Omni William Penn Hotel, African American Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Doris Carson Williams thanked the guests for their work and support in partnering with the chamber to forward its mission of increasing opportunities for African-American businesses. BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS—Board Chair Samuel Stephenson presents an African American Chamber of Commerce lapel pin to keynote speaker Dennis Yablonsky following address.


Penn students give out $100K in philanthropy class

by Kathy MathesonAssociated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — University of Pennsylvania student Sharree Walls didn’t realize when she signed up for a course on philanthropy that she’d actually become a philanthropist at the end of the semester. Then her professors announced that the class would be doling out $100,000 to local nonprofits. Walls said she was thrilled, excited — and “definitely a little nervous.” SHARREE WALLS


Racism, fan unrest again haunt English soccer

by Rob HarrisAP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was dripping with blood Sunday, the latest incident that has English soccer authorities fearing a return to a less civil past. FIFA President Sepp Blatter praised the country’s fans last month as positive examples for the world. But unrest at globally televised Premier League matches is reviving memories of the hostilities in the 1970s and 80s. ABUSE VICTIM–Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand leaves the field after taking a knock to the head during their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Dec. 9. (AP Photo/Jon Super)



Drunken driving is not about the NFL

by LZ GrandersonCNN Contributor (CNN) — Over the past few days we’ve heard a lot of criticism directed at the National Football League after the arrest of a Dallas Cowboy player on an intoxication manslaughter charge. And justifiably so: A 25-year-old father-to-be who was riding in the player’s car is dead. LZ GRANDERSON