Daily Archive: August 6, 2013



Breaking news: Keyboard legend George Duke dies at age 67

George Duke 2013 (PromoE Photo by Toshi) Editors Note: According to the Associated Press, George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Duke’s son, Rashid, thanked his father’s fans in a statement Tuesday. “The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming,” he said. “Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support.” Below is an exclusive interview by the Courier with Duke last week. He never mentioned having any health problems.



Kanye West to Perform at MTV Video Music Awards – Again

This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows Kanye West, center, attends the fashion designer Martin Margiela’s Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, in Paris. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, File) MTV announced Monday, Aug. 5 that it is bringing back the unpredictable but always explosive Kanye West to perform for a record 7th time at the Aug. 25 MTV Awards.



Chamique Holdsclaw rebounds, free from ‘mental prison’

Former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw instructs students during a youth basketball clinic in Hendersonville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chamique Holdsclaw is getting her life back in order after being trapped in what felt like a “mental prison” following her arrest last November. The former WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist and Tennessee All-American was treated for depression until being diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder after breaking the car windows of WNBA player Jennifer Lacy with a bat and firing a shot into the vehicle. Lacy told police she was Holdsclaw’s ex-girlfriend.



Detroit: From American dream to fight or flight

PublicSource asked Ben Schmitt, a born-and-bred Pittsburgher who spent 11 years in Detroit, to reflect on his former city’s bankruptcy. The American dream cliché came to mind when my wife and I settled in Detroit and purchased our first home. “Live here for five or six years, sell it at a profit, and move up in the world,” I thought in 2001. Five years later, I scoffed as my next-door neighbor packed up his belongings and solemnly warned me: “This neighborhood is gonna go.” Three years after that, the ex-neighbor’s home had changed hands several times and transformed into a drug house. I peered under a window blind at the traffic in and out of the driveway next door one night and thought: “I’m failing. I’m failing my children.” No more American dream; the cliché had evolved to fight or flight.



Gun violence leading cause of death of Black children

B. Todd Jones of Minnesota, President Barack Obama’s nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Gun violence is the leading cause of death among Black children and teens, according to a new report by the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit, child advocacy group. The report titled, “Protect Children, Not Guns 2013,” painted grim picture of the national gun violence epidemic that is the second-leading cause of death among all children ages 1-19. Only car accidents claim the lives of more children and teenagers than guns.



As PA ages, the state examines guardianships and abuse

Norma Carpenter, a nurse and school board member, visited her 82-year-old mother regularly at a personal care home in Indiana County. The two would walk hand in hand through the home, stopping to hug each other. (Photo by Halle Stockton/PublicSource) Norma Carpenter, a nurse and school board member, visited her 82-year-old mother regularly at a personal care home in Indiana County. The two would walk hand in hand through the home, stopping to hug each other. Then, in October 2012, Norma was banned from visiting or calling her mother, Mary Little, who has dementia. Her visits, she was told, left her mother sad and depressed. In December, Norma discovered that her mother had been moved nearly 100 miles away to a Fayette County nursing home. All of these decisions were made by a court-appointed guardian.



Webcam broadcasts from Andy Warhol’s suburban Pittsburgh grave

In this 1976 file photo, pop artist Andy Warhol smiles in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Andy Warhol Museum has launched a live video feed from the pop artist’s gravesite to honor his 85th birthday. The project, a partnership with the EarthCam webcam network, went live Monday at midnight. Museum director Eric Shiner said the project is titled “Figment” because of a Warhol quote in which the artist said: “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say, ‘Figment.'”



The Wise Decision: Get back on track after your vacation

So you went away, saw a new part of the world, and now you’re back. You ate, you drank, you relaxed, and then you ate some more. And now it’s time to face the music. As you wake up on Monday morning after your week of less-than-healthy eating… Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight. Maybe you are feeling that way right now.