(CNN) — More than 12,000 California prison inmates are now taking part in a hunger strike launched to demand better conditions and a reduction in the use of solitary confinement, corrections officials and organizers said Thursday. The protest began Monday, when organizers said as many as 30,000 inmates refused food. By Thursday, a total of 12,421 …
Daily Archive: July 12, 2013
Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, poses for photographers, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in central London, Tuesday, July 2,…
Grilled Salmon with Hazelnut Butter (Family Features) Few things better capture the feel of summer than the three S’s: sun, sand and, of course, seafood. Welcome the warm weather and embrace the fresh flavors of the sea with simple, yet delicious, coastal-inspired dishes. Always a family favorite due to its versatility, seafood takes on a plethora of flavors – from spicy to buttery and beyond. These Crispy Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade will make your mouth water with every savory crunch, while smooth, Creamy Risotto with Asparagus and Shrimp will richly impress even the pickiest of palates.
MEDICAID EXPANSION – Uninsured Pennsylvanians descended on Representative Mike Turzai’s office. On July 3, a group of uninsured Pittsburgh residents held a demonstration outside of House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s office to decry the House of Representatives’ actions to block the expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania. The group of demonstrators from Faces of Medicaid called on Turzai (R-Allegheny) to offer an alternative to the federally funded expansion they say would provide coverage for thousands of Pennsylvanians.
LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK It goes without saying that there are too many negative acts occurring in Black communities across this nation. The media covers the horrible effects of drugs, the high rate of young women who become pregnant, robberies, killings, nonfunctioning families and the difficulties our children face in the educational system.
Jineea Butler (NNPA)—Pebbles Ward who is a cast member on hit reality series “South Beach Tow” reached out to the Hip Hop Union for help. She said it was a life or death situation and she had nowhere else to turn. I asked her to explain to me how the Hip Hop Union could assist. She said, “I have headaches, nose bleeds, numbness, vomiting of blood, shortness of breath, dizziness, back pain, chest pain, and I can’t even walk some days. The hospitals can’t help. They said I need a special surgeon.” She went on to say, “We need to raise a minimum of $13,000 to remove this deadly substance from my body. If I don’t have surgery I could die. So please help me have this surgery so I can be here to raise my kids.”
BACK IN BUSINESS—Twenty-six years after the doors of this former Giant Eagle closed for good, Bottom Dollar is scheduled to begin renovation in August and open for business in the spring. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Next year, the 5200 block of Penn Avenue will see something it hasn’t since 1987, a grocery store. The plan to put a Bottom Dollar food store in the former Giant Eagle site at 5200 Penn Avenue was held up for a year after residents in neighboring Friendship filed an appeal to the Pittsburgh Zoning Board’s approval of the project, claiming they would be burdened by extra traffic, noise and odors. The developer, Commercial Properties Inc. of Raleigh, NC., agreed to erect masonry partition walls along Coral and South Pacific Streets, effectively screening off the neighborhood, and to forego placing a lighted sign on Coral street. The company also said it would plant trees along the walls to prevent graffiti.
Alicia Boler-Davis (NNPA)—Alicia Boler-Davis was named by General Motors as senior vice president of global quality and global customer experience, the company announced Friday. Boler-Davis, who has held various engineering and manufacturing leadership positions for GM, managed the customer experience division nationally for the company before her recent appointment.
DEBBIE NORRELL Ok, I lied, back in February I claimed I was going to quit playing Candy Crush Saga after completing level 23. As of last week I am now on level 123. This is such an addictive game. I decided to do some research on what makes it so gripping. Did you know that Candy Crush was downloaded more than 10 million times in December 2012 across mobile devices alone, and one in seven people living in Hong Kong play it on a daily basis.
MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN (NNPA)—My heart was shattered while I was working at “60 Minutes” when my only sister was shot and killed by her husband. There was a restraining order that stopped nothing. “She called me and told me she was worried he was watching her. The next night, April 15, he invaded the house. Her children, my beautiful 11-year-old niece and 9-year-old nephew, witnessed their mother being shot in the head and in the stomach by their father. The murder was recorded on 911 because my little niece somehow had the strength and courage when her father was threatening her mother to call 911 and say, ‘You need to come right away because someone is going to get shot here.’ My big sister was buried on my 28th birthday.