Daily Archive: August 7, 2013



Pitt LB Todd Thomas, former Beaver Falls star, leaves team

Todd Thomas (Courier File Photo William McBride) PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh junior linebacker Todd Thomas is leaving the program. Thomas told coach Paul Chryst Wednesday morning he no longer wanted to be part of the team. The decision comes a day after Thomas was bumped to second string on the depth chart as the Panthers began training camp.



The profit of protest—definitely in the black

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—I am now doing what I said I would not. I am writing a column in which I mention the items Skittles and Iced Tea. I cringed every time I heard those words during the pursuit of justice for Trayvon Martin and his family, and throughout the trial of George Zimmerman. They became synonymous with Trayvon himself, and were mentioned just as much as his name. As far back as March 2012, demonstrations and protests were held, one of which took place in Liberty City, Fla. that featured protesters holding up bags of Skittles and cans of Arizona Tea.



Winning tickets for $448M Powerball in NJ, Minn.

Meykai Howell runs a Powerball ticket through the machine at the Expressway #672 on East Main Street on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in El Dorado, Ark, where the prize is over $400 million. Tonight’s Powerball drawing will be the fourth biggest jackpot in the United States if a ticket matching the winning numbers is drawn. The Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (AP Photo/El Dorado News Times, Michael Orrell) by Geoff Mulvihill and Katie ZezimaAssociated Press Writers LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Three winning tickets in two states matched all the numbers for a $448.4 million Powerball jackpot, including one sold in a supermarket in a New Jersey coastal community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last year. The other winning tickets were sold in central New Jersey and in Minnesota.



D’Angelo cancels festival appearance over illness

This July 6, 2012 photo D’Angelo performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — D’Angelo has added the Outside Lands music festival to his list of cancellations due to an unspecified medical emergency.



This Week In Black History… Explorer Matthew Henson is born

For the Week of August 7-13 August 7 1970—Four people, including the presiding judge, are killed during a courthouse shootout in Marin County, Calif. A group of Blacks led by 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson stage an assault on the courthouse in a bid to free Jackson’s brother—famed Soledad Brother and militant activist George Jackson. Jonathan was among those who died. Professor and communist Angela Davis was charged with providing the guns for the bloody escape attempt but she would later be found not guilty.



Community Calendar 8-7-13

Sickle Cell Symposium AUG. 7—Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will host the Sickle Celle Disease Symposium from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center, Children’s Hospital of Pgh of UPMC, 4401 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. Topics for the symposium include Sickle Cell Disease and the Brain, Hydroxyurea, an Update on Pulmonary Hypertension in Sickle Cell Disease, and more. Registration is requested and seating is limited. For more information, call Sarah Triplett at 412-692-6059.



Labor unions at another crossroad

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—Next month, the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the U.S., will hold its convention in Los Angeles. Breaking with tradition, the AFL-CIO will be opening its doors to community-based organizations, limiting the number of plenary speakers, and seeking to focus its resolutions on “action items” such as proposals that aim to produce a specific outcome rather than general statements. In preparation for the convention, “listening” meetings have been held around the country in order to seek greater input from labor activists regarding the future of the union movement.