Daily Archive: May 28, 2013



Obama and Christie yet again; emphasis on recovery

President Barack Obama, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, stop to play the ‘Touchdown Fever’ arcade game on the boardwalk during their visit to Point Pleasant, NJ., May 28. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama was looking to get his groove back — at the beach.



Q&A: Fantasia puts drama behind her, talks music

Fantasia Barrino poses for a portrait to promote her new album “Side Effects of You,” in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fantasia is feeling the love — and says she hasn’t felt this good since winning “American Idol” in 2004.



Black voter turnout key in mayoral primary

Democratic candidate for Mayor of Pittsburgh, City Councilman Bill Peduto, right, walks with his communications director Sonya Toler on his way to vote in the Pennsylvania primary election on May 21. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic/File) Conventional wisdom holds that low voter turnout favors candidates appealing to older voters because they are more reliable than young voters. All things being equal, that should have given Jack Wagner an edge in last week’s Democratic Primary for mayor of Pittsburgh.



City and county housing demolition halt called for by B-PEP

TIM STEVENS (Courier Photo/File) A week before the primary election, Black Political Empowerment Project founder Tim Stevens sent a letter to both Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Councils, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and all the mayoral candidates calling for a moratorium on housing demolition, particularly in Pittsburgh’s East End.



Privatizing liquor sales — ‘hangover’ on the horizon?

In this April 2013 photo liquor bottles sit on shelves in a market in Baltimore. If privatization is approved in the legislature, Pennsylvania will end its dubious distinction of being one of only two states in the U.S. to retain total control over the retail sale of liquor and wine. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) If 48 other states around America have found a way to relinquish total control over the sales of wine and liquor why is there such a ruckus in Pennsylvania on the issue of privatizing liquor sales, wondered Shalimar Blakely, executive director of the Philadelphia African-American Chamber of Commerce.



Le’Veon Bell ready to make impact in crowded Steelers’ backfield

Pittsburgh Steelers second round draft pick running back Le’Veon Bell takes part in a drill during NFL football practice, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will Graves PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell wants the ball in his hands. Always. First down. Fourth down. First quarter or overtime. The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back figures the best chance for his team to be successful is with the ball tucked under his right arm and his legs churning upfield.