Daily Archive: June 26, 2013

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Sports

Mercer’s RBI single lifts Pirates over Mariners

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Neil Walker heads to the dugout after he hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners, June 26, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) by Curtis Crabtree SEATTLE (AP) – Jordy Mercer hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday. The Pirates improved to 48-30 – they are 18 games over .500 for the first time since 1992, their last winning season. Neil Walker hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to put Pittsburgh ahead in the fourth. Seattle tied it in the sixth on Raul Ibanez’s team-leading 18th home run.

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Entertainment

Sonny Rollins cancels Chicago concert

In this Oct. 4, 2010 photo, jazz great Sonny Rollins performs during a concert in Tokyo. Rollins was a triple winner June 20, 2012 at the annual Jazz Awards, garnering musician of the year honors for the second straight year. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, File)(Credit: AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Jazz legend Sonny Rollins has canceled a September performance in Chicago.

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International

UK’s Cameron calls for inquiry into police smears

Doreen Lawrence, fourth left at microphones, the mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, speaks to the media outside the Central Criminal Court in London, in this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, following the sentencing two men for the racist stabbing to death of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence in 1993. by James Brooks LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron called Monday for an immediate investigation into allegations that an undercover police officer was ordered to smear the reputation of the family of a murdered Black teenager. The Guardian newspaper published claims Monday that the officer infiltrated anti-racism protest groups to gain information that could discredit the family of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence.

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Entertainment

Bluesman Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland remembered by friends

In this Jan. 15, 1992, file photo, Bobby “Blue” Bland, left, receives his award for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from B.B. King during induction ceremonies in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by Adrian Sainz MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Full, sweet and melodious at one moment, powerful and primal in another, the iconic singing voice of the late Bobby “Blue” Bland was remembered by fans, friends and colleagues on Monday. The Rev. Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press on Monday that he and his wife went to a Bland concert on the day they were married in 1962. Jackson called Bland a dear friend who was a “legendary, smooth balladeer.”

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National

Obama: Court rights a wrong; country better off

President Barack Obama and family walk toward Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., June 26, before their week long trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, declaring the court “has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it.”

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National

Zimmerman’s neighbor says she heard boy’s cry

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara has state witness Selene Bahadoor read from her Facebook page while testifying during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. June 25. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A former neighbor of George Zimmerman testified Wednesday that she heard a boy’s cry for help shortly before hearing the firing of a gun. But Jayne Surdyka also testified on the third day of testimony in Zimmerman’s murder trial that she heard multiple gunshots: “pop, pop, pop.” Only one shot was fired in the fatal encounter between Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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Metro

Metro Beat 6-26

  PA. CROWD, COUNCILMAN CHEER GAY MARRIAGE DECISIONS PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least 250 people gathered on a downtown Pittsburgh street closed for the occasion…

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National

States promise quick action on election laws

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accompanied by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus express disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision on Shelby County v. Holder that invalidates Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis, a prominent activist in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, recalled being attacked and beaten trying to help people in Mississippi to register and vote in the 1960’s. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Bill Barrow ATLANTA (AP) — Across the South, Republicans are working to take advantage of a new political landscape after a divided U.S. Supreme Court freed all or part of 15 states, many of them in the old Confederacy, from having to ask Washington’s permission before changing election procedures in jurisdictions with histories of discrimination.

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Lifestyle

Simple, Memorable Outdoor Gatherings

GRILLED SKIRT STEAK WITH CITRUS (Family Features) The best parties bring together great food, great ingredients, and great people. To make your party stand out, take advantage of resources you already have to create an inviting and warm atmosphere for party guests. The Right Ingredients Make for a Perfect Summer Get-Together Everyone knows the key elements to a fantastic backyard barbeque are great company, exciting conversation, and delicious recipes – so be sure to pull together the perfect grilling menu that will keep your guests’ smiles as warm as the summer sun. Get creative when planning your summer party. Kids also will love to get involved and add their own personal touches to the big event. Simple items, such as blankets, oversized pillows, Mason jars and mismatched dinnerware will create the feeling of home and comfort to all. These simple additions, along with essential recipe ingredients like Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil, will make for an amazing summer menu and party for your friends and family.

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International

South Africa: Emotion builds over Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File) by Christopher Torchia JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans were torn on Wednesday between the desire not to lose a critically ill Nelson Mandela, who defined the aspirations of so many of his compatriots, and resignation that the beloved former prisoner and president is approaching the end of his life.