Daily Archive: December 21, 2012


Pitt receives more than $11M for HIV research

Despite the current decline in HIV infection rates, more than an estimated 22 million new infections will occur by 2015. In an effort to address the HIV epidemic, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation recently awarded $11.5 million in grants for HIV research to the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and Magee-Womens Research Institute. Among the grant recipients is University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research, the Drug Discovery Institute and the Graduate School of Public Health. Their $1 million grant will go toward developing a test to detect HIV in the earliest stages of the disease and could eventually lead to a vaccine.



Let’s forget them, let’s focus on us

Some years ago J.T. and a local talk show host were having a heated dialogue about local problems. J.T. stated that Black people spend the majority of their time discussing White folks and asked the host how much time do White people spend discussing Black people? The answer was instant and brief, “none.” In my estimation there was some element of truth in both responses.



Our children deserve better

(NNPA)—Every generation believes their children deserve to be better off than they were. This belief inspired the first slave rebellion in 1663, when a new law dictated that children of African slaves would not be able to rise above the status of their parents. This belief led Linda Brown’s parents and the NAACP to defeat segregated schooling. And it is this belief that keeps education at the center of the modern-day movement for social justice.


Guest editorial… Increasing youth employment in Pa.

Increasing Pennsylvania’s youth employment will require collaboration among businesses, government officials, philanthropists and communities to create more workforce opportunities for young adults, according to a recently released study. Compared with other states, Pennsylvania had among the highest percentages of teen employment last year, according to a new KIDS COUNT report, “Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections” from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Jamie Foxx to develop ‘Hit’ show for TNT

by Olu Alemoru (NNPA)—In what sounds like a riff on the iconic 80’s buddy cop series “Miami Vice,” Jamie Foxx is developing a series called “Hit” for TNT. JAMIE FOXX, who stars in the upcoming “Django Unchained,” is developing a buddy cop show called “Hit” for TNT. (Photo by The Weinstein Co.) According to Deadline Hollywood, the drama, co-written by Foxx and television producer Robert Port, centers on two former high school football teammates and best friends—one a quarterback, one a wide receiver—who years later are drafted by the Miami Police Department and assigned to HIT (High Impact Team).


Cover To Cover…‘Concussions and Our Kids’

The game, as they say, is the thing. It’s the thing at your house, that’s for sure. Ever since your child’s friends started playing sports at school, it’s been the number-one topic around. He craves competition. She wants to sign up yesterday. He sees trophies and medals and honestly, you see them, too. After all, having a pro athlete in the family is a good thing, right? Still, you’ve got lots of reservations and, according to Dr. Robert Cantu, that’s great. In his new book “Concussions and Our Kids” (with Mark Hyman), you’ll see how competition is important, but it’s also potentially deadly.


My husband told the children: ‘No Christmas this year’

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: My husband was recently laid off from his job. We had hoped he would be recalled, but that hope has now faded. The company he was working for has closed. Two weeks ago we had a long discussion about what our children would receive for Christmas. My husband came to the conclusion they will receive nothing—not this year. He said we would put up a tree. My neighbor has a farm and each year he lets us cut a tree from there.



The gift that keeps on giving

The Holidays are upon us. This is the season to be jolly. First Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and last the celebration of a New Year. Christmas represents the highest celebration of the big three Holidays. As documented by historians, this is a celebration of the birthday of the noblest being to walk the earth. A person of Jesus’ stature is certainly worthy of a day of honor and respect. The sad reality as we approach His day is that we hear less mentioned of Jesus and more and more mentioned of Santa Claus. From my perspective, this was a plot by the marketing geniuses of this world to turn a day of celebration into a day of commercialization. Retailers account for 50 percent or more of their profit during this time of the year.


Wal-Mart slashes iPhone, iPad prices

by Adrian Covert NEW YORK (CNNMoney)—If you’re looking for the cheapest iPhone or iPad that isn’t used, Wal-Mart is the first place you should turn this holiday season. The retail giant announced plans Friday to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5 for $127 (normally $189.97) and the 16GB iPhone 4S for $47 (normally $87.97), along with a two-year contract. They’ll also sell the third-generation iPad for $399.


Credit card refunds on the way

by Blake Ellis CNNMoney.com Attention Discover, American Express and Capital One credit card customers: Don’t be surprised if you see a credit show up on your monthly statement soon. The three issuers owe a collective $435 million in refunds to nearly 6 million customers as a result of a government crackdown on deceptive credit card practices by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.