Monthly Archive: July 2013



Church Circuit 7-31-13

Holy ConvocationAUG. 4—Pentecostal Temple COGIC, 6300 East Liberty Ave., East Liberty, will host its Annual Holy Convocation. The event, which will run through Aug. 10, will feature several guest preachers, local gospel acts and national recording artist JMOSS. Guest speakers will be Dr. A. Louis Patterson, Jayna Brown, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Kevin Williams and Mother Judy Hines. The weekday services will take place at 7 p.m. For more information, call 412-361-7000.



North Hills Ebony Women Inc. scholarship reception

PROUD AWARDEES—Awardees Kelsey Miller and Deja Hopkins, sitting, with the NHEW members. The North Hills Ebony Women Inc. (NHEW) recently held their annual scholarship reception at the LaRoche College Art Gallery. Deja Hopkins and Kelsey Miller received the 2013 scholarships in honor of their outstanding academic performance and dedication to community involvement.



Cops and Kids with Citiparks Summer Camp

MEET THE CHIEF—Chief Regina McDonald speaks to kids during breakfast at the Summer Camp. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in its commitment to finding effective ways to meet the needs of the city’s youth, in partnership with members of the community in which they serve, helped organize the annual Cops and Kids with Citiparks Summer Camp. In a release from the PBP, it stated that the PBP Youth Programs Unit is aimed to reduce youth violence, promote child safety, prevent drug use and bullying and improving relationships between the police and young people.



Business Calendar 7-31-13

The First Step AUG. 2—The University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center will host “The First Step: Mechanics of Starting A Business” from 7:30-10 a.m. at Pitt’s Mervis Hall, Roberto Clemente Dr., Oakland. This workshop is for individuals starting a business. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the size of their market and what marketing tools one needs to attract customers, learn about business structures, available funding options, helpful resources and more. Registration is required. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email



Casino issues apology, denial in alleged racism incident

Ken Wright (Screenshot/KDKA-TV Channel 2) Rivers Casino management insists discrimination played no part in shutting down a July 19 party the Ruff Ryders held in its Drum Bar. “The Drum Bar closed early last Friday due to crowd capacity and related safety concerns. Race was not a factor in the decision,” said Casino spokesman Jack Horner.



Fla. man shot In front of home by trigger happy police officers

Roy Middleton (pictured), a 60-year-old African-American man in Western Florida, is recovering from wounds, after police shot him in front of his home last Saturday. Middleton was reportedly looking for a cigarette inside his mother’s parked car — which sat in his driveway — when county officers opened fired on him even though he reportedly did not provoke them. The shooting occurred in the town of Warrington, a small predominantly White town just six miles from Pensacola and the Alabama state line, The shooting reportedly happened early Saturday morning, after Escambia County sheriff deputies were responding to a 911 call of a neighbor who saw Middleton looking around in the car. When the police arrived to respond to the burglary call, they approached Middleton and demanded he remove himself from the vehicle with his hands raised, according to his account. Middleton told the Pensacola News Journal[2] th …



Harry Belafonte backs de Blasio for NYC mayor

New York mayoral candidate Bill Thompson speaks during a visit to a leadership conference of clergy and elected officials at Interfaith Medical Center on Tuesday July 30, 2013 in New York. City Councilmember & Public Advocate Candidate Letitia James, second from left, and State Senator and Brooklyn Borough president candidate Eric Adams, far right, flanked Thompson who vowed to work with local leaders fight to keep Interfaith open, one of two Brooklyn hospitals facing closure. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NEW YORK (AP) — Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio unveiled the endorsement of entertainer and civil rights leader Harry Belafonte on Tuesday in the latest salvo in his fight to win over the city’s seemingly splintered Black voters. De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has surged to second place in the crowded Democratic field among all voters, according to a recent poll. But Black voters remain divided among the four leading Democrats.



Child prostitution: Raids rescue 105 young people

This photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department shows Bryan Anderson. Anderson was arrested for pimping during the sweep. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring child prostitution a “persistent threat” in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities. The agency said it had been monitoring and other websites as a prominent online marketplace for sex for sale. said that it was “very, very pleased” by the raids and that if the website were shut down to the advertisements, the ads would be pushed to sites that wouldn’t cooperate with law enforcement. The young people in the roundup, almost all of them girls, ranged in age from 13 to 17.