Daily Archive: July 30, 2013

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Metro

Summer fashion staples from featured Style Week Pgh stylists

Zoe Saldana wears maxi dresses for dressing up (left) and dressing down (right). With the last month of summer approaching, staying stylish in the hot summer days ahead is paramount. Here are the top two summer staples from two stylists soon to be featured in Style Week Pittsburgh, a five-day fashion-focused event beginning Aug. 7.

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National

‘Environmental Racism': Future of toxic St. Louis EPA Superfund site to be announced

Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club members Brandon, Khalida and Cortia. (Photo courtesy of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club) ST. LOUIS (AP) – Over the past several decades, thousands of African American children at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in north St. Louis have played across the street from one of the most contaminated sites in the region: an old carburetor factory abandoned nearly 30 years ago.

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National

Conservative Black Chick: Trayvon’s mom ‘manufacturing race war,’ ‘Didn’t care about him’

Following Sybrina Fulton‘s powerful and emotional plea Friday to the National Urban League, conservative Black token du jour, Crystal Wright, who has coined the moniker, Conservative Black Chick[1], took to Twitter and attacked the grieving mother as being opportunistic and dishonest. Wright cruelly accused Fulton of “manufacturing a race war” and suggests that she “move on” or “get on with writing her book.” Move on from her murdered child? Mimicking the crass, troll tactics of some of her GOP brethren, Wright agreed — and retweeted — followers who claimed that Sybrina Fulton “didn’t care about Trayvon till she copyrighted his name and made trash cans of money.” Wright, who takes pride in being a “triple minority,” — Black, female and Republican — was a regular commentator on HLN during the George Zimmerman trial, obviously selected to be the lone Black voice who would support the former neighborhood watch captain’s version of events — re: lies — and place 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on tr …

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Opinion

Is income inequality ‘morally wrong’?

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Obama hit the road to deliver remarks in Illinois and Missouri kicking off a series of speeches that lay out his vision for rebuilding the economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (CNN) — It’s getting harder to shock people with stats about income inequality. Americans know they live in a two-tier country — one where the uber-super-ultra-rich are leaving the rest of us behind; where, as Michael Moore famously put it, 400 of the richest people control the same amount of wealth as 150 million others; where, as President Obama said in a speech on Wednesday, the “average CEO has gotten a raise of nearly 40% since 2009, but the average American earns less than he or she did in 1999.” “Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits,” the president said in his prepared remarks, “nearly all the income gains of the past ten years have continued to flow to the top 1%.”

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People

Blair Underwood back on TV starring in ‘Ironside’

This image released by NBC shows,front tow from left, Brent Sexton, Kenneth Choi, Pablo Schreiber, Blair Underwood, Spencer Grammar and Neal Bledsoe at the “Ironside” session during the NBCUniversal Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/NBC, Chris Haston) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Blair Underwood is returning to series television in a remake of “Ironside,” which shares few similarities with the original series that starred Raymond Burr. The character’s name and job as a detective is the same, and he uses a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down. In a nod to Burr, Underwood’s character ends the day by sipping a glass of bourbon.