Daily Archive: August 8, 2013

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Opinion

‘Stand Your Ground’ laws not to blame, real problem is racism

ULISH CARTER With the Trayvon Martin case and all the controversy around Florida’s Stand Your Ground law there has been much confusion and misunderstanding of the law, especially in the Black community. First of all neither the defense nor the prosecution used this law in the George Zimmerman trial. However, most experts say that the judge used part of it when giving direction to the jurors, stating that Zimmerman didn’t have to retreat if attacked. I’m still trying to understand this. Why would Zimmerman have to retreat when he was the aggressor? He was following and harassing Martin, not the other way around.

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Sports

Electronic trail helped MLB gain Biogenesis bans

In these 2013 file photos are, top row from left; Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta, San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli, Philadelphia Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo and San Diego Padres’ Fautino de los Santos. Bottom row from left are: Houston Astro’s Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros’ Fernando Martinez, now with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners’ Jesus Montero, New York Mets’ Cesar Puello, New York Mets’ Jordan Valdespin and Oakland Athletics’ Jordan Norberto. Alex Rodriguez remained the lone holdout while All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were among 12 players who accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, as part of its Biogenesis drug investigation, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/File) by Ronald BlumAP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook friends. Transcripts of BlackBerry instant messages. Records of texts. Major League Baseball’s investigators used an arsenal of high-tech tools to collect the evidence that persuaded a dozen players to accept 50-game suspensions this week for their ties to the Biogenesis clinic. And when it came time to meet with the players’ association, they flashed some of their documentary proof. While there was not enough time for the union to thoroughly examine what baseball had collected, there was little doubt there was an electronic trail, one of the people familiar with the meetings said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized. “It both complicates things and adds a layer of proof that certainly wasn’t available many years ago,” union general counsel David Prouty said Tuesday.

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Lifestyle

Lifestyles Report…Back-to-school is right around corner

DEBBIE NORRELL The new school year is more than a month away, but back-to-school sales are already in full swing. To get real steals on school and office supplies, shoppers should hit stores during the first days of August. The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features five easy tricks for saving on educational essentials.

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Business

One year and counting…Grace Security celebrates its first birthday

MAKING IT HAPPEN—President and CEO of Grace Security, Barbara Strothers with William Generett, Urban Innovations21. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart) This time last year in Pittsburgh (July 2012), now disgraced Nate Harper was still our highly respected African-American chief of police, the Mellon Arena had just finished being completely demolished after standing for 40 years as a reminder of the displacement of numerous businesses and families from the Lower Hill District, and 32-year-old Mayor Luke Ravensthal was still looking forward to yet another four year term as the mayor of the Most Livable City.