Daily Archive: June 12, 2013



Put on your thinking cap, Joe College

DAMON CARR Congratulations are in order for this year’s high school graduating class. Graduation from high school is a milestone in everyone’s life. This completes your general education from kindergarten in grade school to senior in high school. All of us who finished High School can recall the joy we experienced walking across the stage to receive our diploma. We remember the genuine friendships we developed and the teachers who taught and encouraged us.



A building collapse and the scales of justice

The lawsuits have begun, and they’re probably only the tip of the iceberg. Several of the victims of Wednesday’s building collapse in Center City Philadelphia have filed suit against property owner Richard Basciano and Griffin Campbell, owner of the construction company paid to perform the demolition. Before the ink is dry on that lawsuit, others will surely follow. There are plenty of victims, and plenty of blame, to go around.


Out & About

See who was Out & About in the ‘burgh with Brotha Ash

James Darwin came home from Baltimore, Md. to hang out with his friends in Pittsburgh. This week I visited I visited Pittsburgh Obama’s Prom Line-Up, Kenny’s Place in Uptown, Pittsburgh, Black Beauty Lounge in the Hill District and Savoy Restaurant and CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at Kenny’s Place in Uptown Pittsburgh where everyone came out to get their Karaoke on for the evening. The place was packed and everyone had a great time.



It’s no time to retreat from affirmative action, voting rights

U.S. SUPREME COURT by Julian Zelizer (CNN) — The Supreme Court is expected to issue a number of historic decisions in the coming weeks about how the government deals with race issues. With the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action on the agenda, the nation is watching closely to see what the highest court will say. The court is tackling affirmative action through a case involving the University of Texas and a student who was denied admission. With the Voting Rights Act, the court is looking again at the law, including Section 5, which stipulates that some jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination are required to submit changes in districting and voting laws for clearance.



Fla. authorities seek Steelers stabbing suspect

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams (76) and guard David DeCastro (66) during practice May 30, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Joe Mandak Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in northern Florida have joined the search for a third suspect in the attempted carjacking and stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Mike Adams this month. Columbia County deputies began searching Tuesday for Jerrell Whitlock, of Pittsburgh, according to Sgt. Edward Seifert, spokesman for the department based in Lake City, Fla. “There is some intelligence that may put him in our area,” Seifert said, declining to be more specific.



No-names controlling the NBA Finals so far

San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green, left, reacts with Gary Neal after scoring during the first half at Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) by Jon KrawczynskiAP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The NBA Finals opened as such a juicy matchup of A-list stars. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the defending champion Miami Heat against Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for the old guard San Antonio Spurs making one last run at one more championship. Big 3 vs. Big 3. Winner take all. Once the series actually started, a group of D-listers crashed the party.



Steelers refining offense in Haley’s second year

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the NFL football practice on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired right knee is on its way to a full recovery. So too, it seems, is Roethlisberger’s relationship with offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Following a somewhat rocky year in which the two couldn’t seem to warm to the idea of the other, the admittedly headstrong men behind Pittsburgh’s offense appear focused on moving forward after the Steelers slumped to an 8-8 finish. Haley approached Roethlisberger and several other players during the offseason asking them about changes they’d like to see made, and the result is an attack they hope is a little more streamlined than it was in 2012.



Giants get 1st look at Cole in 8-2 loss to Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gerrit Cole throws against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of the baseball game on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh. It was Cole’s major league debut. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Having won the World Series two of the last three seasons, the San Francisco Giants have rarely been an afterthought. They were role players, however, when Gerrit Cole made his major league debut Tuesday night, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and hitting a two-run single in his first at-bat to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory over San Francisco. The top pick in the 2011 draft, the right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly touted career with a three-pitch strikeout — all 96 mph fastballs — of Gregor Blanco and struck out two overall. He did not walk a batter.



Last Dance: AVA Bar & Lounge in East Liberty closing

MOVER AND SHAKER – Justin Strong at Ava’s Brazillian Carnival in 2012 On June 10, Justin Strong, owner of AVA Bar & Lounge, announced he would be closing the second of his two venues, originally housed side by side near the corner of South Highland Ave. and East Liberty Blvd. His first venue, Shadow Lounge, was a staple of East Liberty for more than a decade before it closed this March.