Daily Archive: August 10, 2013

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National

Hawaii schools struggle to keep new teachers

Dennis Tynan, right, talks to 9th grader Chyda Iokua during a 9th grade social studies class at Nakakuli High and Intermediate School in Waianae, Hawaii on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Hawaii, the only state with a single, statewide district, has long had to turn to the mainland because local teacher education programs can’t produce enough graduates to fill classrooms across the islands, especially in remote schools. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher) by Jennifer Sinco KelleherAssociated Press Writer WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s Department of Education is offering bonuses, cultural classes and mentoring in an effort to keep new teachers.

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International

Infamous drug lord freed after conviction overturned in 1985 killing of DEA agent

The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. (AP Photo/File) by Adriana Gomez LoconAssociated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

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Metro

Allegheny County Councilwoman calls Casino’s overcrowding bluff

Amanda Green-Hawkins Following the July 25 story on the Rivers Casino shutting down a party thrown by the Ruff Ryders Black motorcycle club, the New Pittsburgh Courier received calls and emails about similar actions taken when events drew large Black crowds to the casino—actions that were not taken when events drew large White crowds. Now Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green-Hawkins, who has also received allegations of discrimination, is demanding some real answers. In an Aug. 6 letter addressed to Rivers General Manager Craig Clark, she highlighted some of the incidents.

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Sports

The Finish Line…Where nothing matters but the facts!

Legendary Pirates sluuger Dave Parker is interviewed at the 1979 All-Star Game. During a 19-year career with five teams, Parker was nicknamed ‘Cobra’ because of his lethal bat and cannon-like arm. (AP Photo/File) The great Dave Parker of the “We are Fam-i-lee” Pirate folklore has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Trust me, “The Cobra” will strike back.

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Metro

Funeral held for Pa. boy who was parents’ best man

Christine Swidorsky holds her son, Logan Stevenson, 2, with her husband-to-be and Logan’s father Sean Stevenson, for a portrait on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in their Jeannette, Pa., home. (AP Photo/Tribune-Review, Eric Schmadel) JEANETTE, Pa. (AP) — In his short life, the 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died days after he served as best man at his parents’ wedding touched the hearts of many people. The Rev. Jan Zotter told a funeral audience Saturday that Logan Stevenson’s life “had an impact over the whole world.”

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Business

How to become a Harley-Davidson ‘logo’ – without really trying!

David “Big Swole” Rose by Bernal E. Smith IIFor New Pittsburgh Courier It took Jerry West a dynamic career and years of basketball brilliance before it happened to him. It took Michael Jordan less time (in his rookie year) and the marketing brilliance of Nike (1985) to make him into one. David “Big Swole” Rose? Well, he did it with mind-blowing speed, going from relative obscurity to brand logo in just a matter of months. Rose did so by revealing and embodying the unique and significant connection (as well as potential) between African-American motorcycle riders and the Harley Davidson brand.

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Lifestyle

A $38,000 handbag not unheard of in luxury market

In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Oprah Winfrey speaks during Harvard University’s commencement ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) by Jill Lawless LONDON (AP) — A $38,000 handbag? For most people, it’s unthinkable. But for the richest sliver of the global population, like Oprah Winfrey, it’s a realistic option — and buyers aren’t short of choices.

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Lifestyle

Fashion Watch: Fabulous Fashions Take it Back 2

Lady in Pink We love to meet groups new to the New Pittsburgh Courier and we especially love new venues. On Aug. 3, Dr. Judith C. Moore and Rev. June Jeffries came together as “The Gathering” to present Fabulous Fashions Take it Back 2 at the beautiful Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in West Mifflin. The fashion show was a show on a mission to share vital health information, life altering experiences and fellowship with the goal of “saving ourselves now.”