Daily Archive: June 20, 2013

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Sports

Alvarez drives in all 5 runs, Pirates beat Reds 5-3

Pittsburgh Pirates’ slugger Pedro Alvarez, left, is congratulated by Garrett Jones after they defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) by Joe Kay CINCINNATI (AP) – Pedro Alvarez drove in all of Pittsburgh’s runs with a solo homer, bases-loaded double and a single Thursday, leading the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their high-profile NL Central series. The Pirates remain a half-game behind second-place Cincinnati after the four-game set, keeping them virtually shoulder-to-shoulder as they chase the torrid St. Louis Cardinals.

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Metro

Heinz funds new program to aid public school AP scores

STANLEY THOMPSON In 2011, 7.4 percent of African-American students in the Pittsburgh Public School District were enrolled in advanced placement courses. While enrollment has reportedly increased since 2011, a recently awarded grant from the Heinz Endowments is focused on increasing those numbers even further.

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Metro

Metro Beat 6-20-13

  PITTSBURGH MAN TO TRIAL ON CHARGES HE SHOT OFFICER PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh man must stand trial on attempted homicide and other charges…

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Health

Malveaux: Health disparities are a function of assets, access and attitudes

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C. This is an important effort because Washington is such a divided city. East of the Anacostia River— Wards 7 and 8—are the poorest areas in the district, with some of the most challenging problems. They have an obesity rate of more than 40 percent, which is more than the national average, and more than the extremely poor state of Mississippi. There are food deserts east of the river, where it is easier to get potato chips than an apple or banana. While there are rudimentary hospitals and health centers, most referrals to a specialist will likely require a Ward 7 or 8 resident to take an expensive taxi ride across the river. This city is rife with health disparities.

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Lifestyle

My roommate’s boyfriend wrecked my car

GWENDOLYN BAINES (NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Last year, I moved off-campus and took in a roommate. After two months, my roommate moved in her boyfriend without discussing it with me. We had been friends since middle school. I had no idea she had changed. She drinks, does drugs, and steals not only my clothes, but also steals from department stores. I am up for a scholarship to graduate school in the east. One night while I was sick in bed with the flu, my roommate’s boyfriend went out in my car. He wrecked it and now I owe tons of money because he was not on my insurance. Gwendolyn, how can I make him pay the expenses incurred? I cannot afford an attorney.—Ruth