Daily Archive: May 22, 2013



Church Circuit 5-22-13

Financial SeminarMAY 25—The Young Women’s Initiative of Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District, will host a Financial Seminar at 9:30 a.m. The seminar, which will be facilitated by Rhonda Carson Leach, director of the Urban Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Pittsburgh, will give women the tools needed to ensure a successful financial future. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-683-2160.



Gilchrist first Black female EMS district chief

AMERA GILCHRIST One day after putting in eight hours at PNC Bank, single mother Amera Gilchrist was riding the bus with her special needs son when he began choking on a piece of candy. “I felt totally helpless, I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, when slipped down, he bumped his head and the candy popped loose,” she said. “But I decided right then, I was never going to be that helpless again.”



Council passes Domestic Violence Bill

Police officers will tell you the call they dread the most is one for a “domestic disturbance” because they never know what exactly it is, and even one that seems relatively benign can escalate into an attack on the officers from one or both parties. That still doesn’t mean officers who get those calls shouldn’t do their jobs, as it appeared was the case when Pittsburgh police officers Leon Schweitzer and Lance Hoyson failed to speak with Ka’Sandra Wade after she’d called 911 on New Year’s Eve.



Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio join ‘X Factor’

(CNN PHOTO) by Breeanna Hare(CNN) — Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” is back at full capacity. As reports suggested, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are the Fox competition’s two new judges. Rubio and Rowland will team up with Cowell and returning judge Demi Lovato when “X Factor” begins its third season this fall.



Ferris wheel ride world record broken in Chicago

Clinton Shepherd, the park operation’s manager at Chicago’s Navy Pier, gives a thumbs-up on the amusement park’s Ferris wheel Sunday, May 19. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times, Al Podgorski) CHICAGO (AP) — A manager of Chicago’s Navy Pier rode the tourist spot’s Ferris wheel for more than two days — 384 times, up and around — bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite.



Teachers credited with saving students in Okla.

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, May 20. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern) by David A. LiebMOORE, Okla. (AP) — The principal’s voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and wait for their parents to pick them up. But before all of the youngsters could get there, the tornado alarm sounded. The plan changed quickly.



Samsung Galaxy S4 named top smartphone by Consumer Reports

Samsung’s new Knox technology promises to offer a BlackBerry-like security solution for the Galaxy S4 smartphone. by Heather Kelly(CNN) — A month after being released to mostly positive reviews, Samsung’s flagship phone is getting some validation from Consumer Reports. The publication has run all its tests, kicked the phone’s tires, and named the Android-powered Galaxy S4 its top rated smartphone.



The extraordinary courage of teachers

by LZ Granderson(CNN) — Each day more than 55 million students attend the country’s 130,000 schools. Each day, parents and guardians entrust some 7 million teachers with the education of our children. And on a normal day, that is all we expect teachers to do — teach. But on those not-so normal days we are reminded that for six hours a day and more, five days a week, teaching is not the only thing teachers are charged with doing. On those not-so-normal days, we are reminded that teachers are also asked to be surrogate parents, protectors, heroes. Monday was one of those not-so-normal days.