Daily Archive: June 19, 2013



Hill bids farewell to Pitt at retirement luncheon

ROBERT HILL WAVES GOODBYE (Photo by Tené Croom) “I am fortunate to have led the effort to tell the remarkable Pitt story to its multiple audiences through multiple media. Now I look forward to volunteering in support of worthy community causes.” Those were serious words in a statement from Robert Hill, who has retired as the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh after 14 years in the position.



Pittsburghers join War on Drugs rally

PITTSBURGH JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE—Local residents march to end the War on Drugs. For Kayla Bowyer the War on Drugs is personal. Like many others in the Black community who attended a recent rally in Washington D.C., she has seen family members’ lives torn apart by drug abuse and the resulting consequences.



Congratulations to Obama Academy

ULISH CARTER There’s a lot of talk about the high rate of high school dropouts, especially Black males. But there are still thousands of Black youths graduating, which leads me to a special congratulations to Obama Academy, which has not only graduated 100 percent of its students the past two years, but all have been accepted by either a college or the military. The Pittsburgh Science Technology Academy had their first graduating class, which followed in the footsteps of Obama with a 100 percent graduation, and 100 percent being accepted into college. This is a special school that specializes in science, technology, engineering and math. Any kid who is interested in any of these fields is going to be more apt to stay in school, and concentrate on his or her homework. They are generally going to have more supportive parents and other adults around them.



Overtime… ‘Spurs in Seven, take it to the bank!’

BILL NEAL :10 By the next time you hear from me, I’ll be coming to you from “Tim-Buk-Tu”…that’s a place in Africa for all you Allderdice grads (Debbie Norrell…say what?). Anyway, I am starting to get the same feeling LeBron James is getting. Yep. It’s over! That said, I will stay the course and stick with Tim Duncan and One Leg Tony Parker and trust that the Spurs will prove me to be the sports information genius you all know me to be. “Spurs in Seven.” Take it to the bank! (Bank might be closed…so be it!)



North Side residents protest against Historic Designation

RESIDENTS RALLY—Led by Ronell Guy, center, North Side residents and stakeholders rally and march to protest expansion of the Mexican War Streets Historic District into their neighborhood. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) Living in a historic district can be beautiful, but maintaining a home in such a district—matching as closely as possible exterior finishes and materials—can be very expensive. And residents on Pittsburgh’s North Side, who could face such expenses, say city plans to expand the Mexican War Streets Historic District is moving forward without them having a chance to object.



Community Calendar 6-19-13

Bikinis and MartinisJUNE 19—Racheallee Lacek and My Backyard Productions will host the “Bikinis and Martinis” Leukemia and Lymphomia Society Benefit from 6-9:30 p.m. at Skybar, 1601 E. Carson St. South Side. There will be complimentary drinks, appetizers, a bikini fashion show by Chelsea’s New York and more. Proceeds raised will be used by LLS to fund life-saving research. For more information, email Racheallee.Lacek@gmail.com.



Trial to secure justice for Trayvon Martin begins

MARC MORIAL (NNPA)—“I believe that’s Trayvon Martin, that’s my baby’s voice. Every mother knows their child, and that’s his voice.”—Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin The trial of George Zimmerman, charged in the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, has finally got underway. The surface facts of the case are not in dispute. On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman, in his role as a neighborhood watch volunteer, followed, shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old Martin who was walking back to a home in a Sanford, Fla. gated community after buying a bag of Skittles and a can of ice tea from a nearby convenience store.



Conflicting opinions opens affirmative action in med school admissions debate

Dear Editor:The May 24 issue of the New Pittsburgh Courier printed a letter to the editor from Constance Parker, president of the NAACP, Pittsburgh Branch, “Shame on you Allegheny County Medical Society” Unfortunately, the letter does not provide all of the information relative to the article that Ms. Parker’s letter addressed or sufficient information to understand the context in which they appeared.