Daily Archive: July 5, 2013



PA fourth in U.S. for breaking hotel wage-and-hour laws

FAIRMONT PITTSBURGH HOTEL by Leah Samuel PublicSource If you’ve stayed at the Heritage Hills Resort in York while touring Amish country, toasted newlyweds at the Avalon Hotel in Erie, or settled in for a weekend of pampering at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the Laurel Highlands, chances are the person who made your bed, poured your champagne or washed your towels wasn’t being paid minimum wage. In fact, the state ranks fourth in the country — behind Texas, Alabama and Florida — for the number of hotels breaking labor laws, according to a PublicSource analysis. York, Erie and Pittsburgh had the highest number of violations by their hotels, with Farmington, Lancaster and Harrisburg coming in behind them.



Pittsburgh police report: Most homicide victims have crime records

VALERIE DIXON According to the Pittsburgh Police Department’s 2012 Annual Report, the average homicide victim is a 30-year-old Black man with some involvement in crime. Of the 40 homicides in the city this year, 34, or 85 percent of the victims were African-American, and 84 percent of the known perpetrators were African-American, although only 19 offenders have been identified.



Women of Excellence highlight women’s issues

From left: 2013 Legacy Honoree Bev Smith with 2012 Legacy Honoree Jean Bryant. (Photo J.L. Martello) On June 20, the New Pittsburgh Courier continued its six year tradition of honoring the region’s most esteemed African-American women at the 2013 50 Women of Excellence Luncheon. “There’s a saying in the bible that a prophet is never honored in his own land,” said Bev Smith, the Courier’s 2013 Legacy Award recipient. “But the New Pittsburgh Courier continually makes that untrue.”



Jazz on the Hillside features local jazz giants

TONY CAMPBELL, far right, sax jams with the band. (Photos by J. L. Martello) Pittsburgh is known around the world as the home of many legendary jazz icons. On June 21 the 9th Annual Jazz on the Hillside fundraising concert brought four local “icons” to the lawn of the Schenley Heights Community Development Program Multi-Purpose Center at 3171 Ewart Drive.



St. Louis American named Best Black Newspaper, Courier captures top award for Digital Excellence

NASHVILLE, TENN – The St. Louis American won the top award for general excellence for the second consecutive year Thursday night at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) Annual Merit Awards ceremony while the New Pittsburgh Courier captured the top award for Digital Excellence. For the first time, the NNPA also presented excellence awards for two smaller categories. Winning in Category B was the Houston Defender. The Miami Times won in Category C.