Daily Archive: May 22, 2013



Parham to accept highest French honor for WWII

HENRY PARHAM More than 65 years after his participation of service in World War II, one local veteran will get his due honors at an international ceremony in Washington, D.C., as a gesture of gratitude for his personal contributions to the liberation of France. World War II veteran Henry Parham, who has been named a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor, will be honored for his dedication and service in World War II when he receives the award June 6 at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., at the 69th D-Day Anniversary ceremony.



Take a Father to School big success

TAKE A FATHER TO SCHOOL—Frank Battles with daughter, Amaya Springs. (Photo by J.L. Martello) More than 5,000 were expected to turn out for the Pittsburgh Public School District’s annual Take a Father to School Day this year. And at Weil PreK-5 in the Hill District, school staff said they saw the greatest participation they’ve ever had. “We’ve never had a turn out like this,” said Princess Hughes, a parent organizer at Weil. “We always get a lot of moms but we’ve never had this many dads.” Now in it’s 15th year, the nationally recognized event, which received the MAGNA Award from the American School Board Journal, the National School Boards Association and Sodexo last year, was held at schools around the district on May 17. At Weil many of the dads have been involved with the event since it’s inception.



Arts & Culture calendar 5-22-13

Thursday 23 First Voice Festival The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents the First Voice Festival at 7 p.m. at 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. The evening will feature fellow Marlana Vassar’s “Gallery Talk: Call and Response,” series of large-scale paintings that reflect visual narratives of local, theatrical, music and dance concerts. They depict the human figure and decorative patterns. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.AugustWilsonCenter.org.



Editorial…Justice served in Philly abortion doctor verdict

The victims and their families received justice May 13 when Dr. Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive, then stabbed with scissors. He was sentenced last Wednesday to a third life term for killing an aborted baby that he described as so big it could “walk to the bus.” The sentences offer no chance at parole, meaning Gosnell will spend the rest of his life in prison.



Community Calendar 5-22-13

Alpha Weekend 2013 MAY 24—The Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host Alpha Weekend 2013. The four-day event will include a Happy Hour at James Street Gastropub; Alphas vs. NPHC at the Thelma Lovette YMCA; Church with the Alphas at Mulberry Community Church; the All Black Everything Party at 3 Lakes Golf Course; and the Alpha Cookout at the Westinghouse Lodge.



This Week In Black History 5-22-13

GENERAL BENJAMIN O. DAVIS JR. May 22 1863—The War Department establishes the Bureau of Colored Troops and began to aggressively recruit Blacks for the Civil War. The Black troops would play a major role in turning the tide of battle against the rebellious Southern slave states.



Business Calendar 5-22-13

Opportunity FairMAY 23—Highmark Inc. will host the Wexford Medical Mall Opportunity Fair from 2-4 p.m. at 120 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Prime Contractors will be on site to answer specific questions related to diverse partnership opportunities. Registration is required. For more information, email LaNee Benton at lanee.benton@highmark.com.



Flenory’s grandson picks Stanford

BRANDON SIMMONS Baron “B.B.” Flenory remains a legendary figure in high school basketball, in college basketball and to those in western Pennsylvania. Flenory was a Parade All-American as a senior at Valley High School. He was a star player at Duquesne University. He is in the WPIAL Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Basketball Hall of Fame and is now happy to pass the torch.




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