Daily Archive: August 8, 2013



Obama honors Negro League players at White House

Former baseball player in the Negro League Minnie Minoso, stands behind the podium and jokingly gives a speech during his visit to the West Wing of the White House in Washington following his meeting with President Barack Obama, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Minoso, who also played major leagues with the Chicago White Sox, is the only ball player to appear professionally in seven different decades. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday honored former baseball players in the Negro League, a haven for African-American players who for decades were prevented from competing with White players in professional baseball.



Six of 12 small cars do well in front crash tests

In this Thursday, April 11, 2013 file photo, Indian dancers perform as Honda’s new Amaze diesel engine car rolls in during its launch in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File) by Tom KrisherAP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Two redesigned Honda Civic models were the only small cars to get the top rating in stringent front-end crash tests performed by an insurance industry group. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly, but six performed well. Safety is critical in the fast-growing small-car market, with many buyers downsizing from larger vehicles.



Vote suppression alleged in close Fla. election

In this July 11, 2013 photo, former Sopchoppy City Commissioner Anginita Rosier poses for a photo in Tallahassee, Fla. State authorities are investigating her complaint that Sopchoppy city workers suppressed the black vote. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington) by Brendan FarringtonAssociated Press Writer SOPCHOPPY, Fla. (AP) — A small Florida Panhandle town best known for its annual Worm Grunting Festival is at the center of an investigation into charges the white city clerk suppressed the Black vote in an election where the Black mayor lost by a single vote and a Black city commissioner was also ousted. Both losing candidates and three Black voters have filed complaints, now being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, that City Clerk Jackie Lawhon made it more difficult for Blacks to cast ballots by questioning their residency. The candidates also allege Lawhon abandoned her duty to remain neutral and actively campaigned for the three Whites on the ballot.



Out & About..2013 Black Business Directory unveiled at Savoy

Black business owners hanging out with Connie Portis at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. Last week I visited Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland, Kenny’s Place in Uptown Pittsburgh, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at Tim’s Bar in the Hill District where I celebrated my birthday with family and friends and we had a great time. Thanks to everyone that came out for my birthday.



Plaxico Burress embracing role of Steelers elder statesman

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress (80) at practice during NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will Graves AP Sports Writer LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Plaxico Burress turns 36 next Monday, an age the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver jokes makes him “grandpa” in a locker room filled with kids who weren’t even playing Pop Warner when Burress made his NFL debut nine months after the turn of the millennium. Look closely enough at Burress’ still impossibly youthful face and you’ll see a fleck or two of gray in his chin stubble. It’s only when Burress talks that the years — and the perspective they provide — become evident. In the twilight of a career that remains enigmatic at best and erratic at worst, this is Burress’ last stand. And he knows it. Even more, he’s OK with it.



DA: W. Pa. teller stole $90K from elderly accounts

Lori Burleigh (Photo: Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office) by Joe MandakAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – A teller at a city savings and loan allegedly stole more than $90,000 from elderly customers’ accounts and apparently spent much of the money at a casino, the Allegheny County District Attorney said.



A PBS series explores 5 centuries of Black history

Henry Louis Gates Jr., left, executive producer of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, center, and civil rights icon Ruby Bridges take part in a panel discussion on the show at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Frazier Moore AP Television Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gates thinks the more direct way for structural change is through schools and their curriculum. That’s what he’s hoping will happen with “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” a six-hour PBS documentary series that traces 500 years of Black history. “To tell the whole sweep of African-American history — no one’s tried to do that. That was what we were crazy enough to do,” Gates said in an interview on Wednesday.