Daily Archive: July 26, 2013



Pirates closer Grilli has strained right arm

Jason Grilli throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won 3-2 with Grilli picking up his 30th save. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) MIAMI (AP) – Jason Grilli’s arm injury was diagnosed as a flexor strain, and there’s a chance the Pittsburgh Pirates’ All-Star closer will pitch again this season.



Review…Next stop: FRUITVALE!!

New Year’s Day 2009 there was a lot of buzz about the wrongful death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant. After a night of New Year’s partying with friends, he was shot by a White Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer on the Fruitvale Station platform in Oakland, California. Produced by Forest Whitaker, Fruitvale Station, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, is a poster child story of life and redemption.



Minority Zimmerman juror: He ‘got away with murder’

Robin Roberts, left, interviews Juror B-29, the only minority juror from the George Zimmerman trial. The juror’s attorney, David Chico, is at right. (Donna Svennevik/ABC) (CNN) — The only monority juror in the George Zimmerman trial says she feels the man who killed Trayvon Martin “got away with murder.” “George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” Juror B29 told ABC, according to an article posted on the network’s website Thursday. “(But) the law couldn’t prove it.”



Grilled cheese sandwiches to knock your socks off

This undated illustration provided by Modernist Cuisine on July 16, 2013 shows aged white cheddar cheese on sourdough bread with apples, and sliced jalapenos. (AP Photo/Modernist Cuisine, Chris Hoover) by W. Wayt GibbsAssociated Press Writer When I was a child, I thought like a child, I ate like a child: PB&Js, BLTs and grilled cheese sandwiches made from slices of Velveeta melted to gooey perfection between two slices of skillet-toasted white bread. But when I became an adult, I put away childish things. I grew out of Velveeta and Wonder bread. Grilled cheese sandwiches, however, are forever — assuming you know how to update them for a more grown-up palate.



Hip-hop is no path to the American Dream

(NNPA)—The rags to riches stories that have defined the Hip Hop movement as a viable path to the American Dream may be the All-American distraction. Early Hip Hop artists experienced true bliss when their hard work and efforts paid off financially. Great artists with great lyrics were able to break through and perform on the world stage. From the gritty streets of New York they were around doing what they loved—and getting paid for it.



Little League Baseball comes to a conclusion

AVOIDING A PITCH—Children ages 9-11 from the Homewood Reds and the Braddock Vipers play at Turner Field. (Photos by Erin Perry) by Erin Perry The sounds of summer ring through the air. Baseball bats cutting the dry winds of Summer days, children cheering and laughing as they hit balls and run bases, and coaches asserting corrections and shouting motivation as the Wilkinsburg Baseball League ends its season with the playoffs.



Essay: My hoodie

I have listened, watched and read countless reactions pertaining to the Trayvon Martin tragedy from the day of his murder until after the divisive verdict was read in a Florida courtroom. I anticipated the uproar that usually follows a high-profile case involving people of different races. The media salivates over the differences in opinion of people, and fuels debates that ultimately lead to more folks purchasing newspapers and watching programs. The OJ Simpson and Rodney King cases were the blueprint to facilitate outrage in the community via the media. Everyone and everybody seems to have an opinion on the unpopular Stand Your Ground laws that exist in 20 states, Black on Black murders, President Obama’s dialogue about Trayvon Martin being in his “obvious” likeness, George Zimmerman’s actions that fateful evening and ultimately the six women that delivered the not guilty verdict. The one piece of evidence that played a pivotal role besides the obvious race factor that has not been discussed thoroughly in the media, and what triggered Zimmerman to consider pursuing and ultimately killing Trayvon Martin, is the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing that night.



Goodwill offers construction training for troubled youth

After Amir Freeman graduated from Academy Charter School, an institution for court-adjudicated adolescents, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do next. Then, after some gentle prodding from his mother, Freeman enrolled in the Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s RISE job-training and employment-assistance program.