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.
Daily Archive: August 8, 2013
Richie Havens BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — The ashes of Richie Havens will be scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the anniversary of the final day of the concert he opened with a nearly three-hour performance.
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.
Well unfortunately, as predicted, the no Black homicides in June were just a precursor to a deadly month of July for the Black community. With eight Black homicides in July and a total of 37 Black homicides this year in Allegheny County, the question remains, “What will it take to end the senseless killings?”
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.
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.
Steve Jones (LinkedIn Photo) HERNDON, Va. (AP) — USA Today reports that its longtime music critic, Steve Jones, who impressed people with his mental warehouse of music history and his unflappable cool, has died. He was 57.
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.
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.