Daily Archive: August 15, 2013



Detroit: Death certificate or rebirth

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate, or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City? Of course, a city as large and as well situated as Detroit is will not die. Already there are plans for a $400 million hockey stadium, despite all the tales of woe and danger put forth by various media. All things considered, will Detroit’s majority population remain Black and will Black people play a significant role in its economic rebirth?



Death toll soars to 638 in Egypt violence

Injured supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the ground after Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of Morsi in Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) by Maggie Michael Associated Press Writer CAIRO (AP) — Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 Thursday from Egypt’s deadliest day since the Arab Spring began.



30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife Sandra, leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV’s, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. His wife received a sentence of one year.



Where were you during the blackout of 2003?

In a Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, file photo, customers line up outside of the Dallas Food Market to buy goods, in Detroit. Ten years after a blackout cascading from Ohio affected 50 million people, utilities and analysts say changes made in the aftermath make a similar outage unlikely today, though shifts in where and how power is generated raise new reliability concerns for the U.S. electric grid system. (AP Photo/Paul Warner, File) About 50 million people lost power Aug. 14, 2003, when a tree branch in Ohio started an outage that cascaded across a broad swath from Michigan to New England and Canada. Commuters in New York City and elsewhere had to sleep on steps, hitchhike or walk home as trains were rendered powerless and gas pumps stopped working; food spoiled as refrigerators and freezers thawed; jugs of water sold out as supply plants lost their ability to supply consumers; minds were set to wandering about terrorism fears less than two years after 9/11. Ten years later, The Associated Press asked several people: Where were you during the blackout of 2003?



Pittsburgh for Trayvon takes fight to URA

PITTSBURGH FOR TRAYVON—Bekezela Mguni reads part of her organization’s letter to the URA. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Last week, the organization Pittsburgh for Trayvon moved forward with their efforts to improve conditions in the Black community with a visit to the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority board on Aug. 8. “We love Pittsburgh, and we are here to demand that the URA stop its campaign of economic violence against Black neighborhoods,” said Bekezela Mguni, one of the group’s members. “This is our home. Long after your contractors and developers have finished their projects, we remain.”



See who was ‘Out & About’ in Pittsburgh

All the ladies came out to see Eddie Drummond and Rolla Tha Man at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. This week I visited Schenley Park in Oakland, Robert E. Hill Memorial Park in the Hill District, and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at Schenley Park where the Community Empowerment Association’s 10th Annual Black Family Reunion & Cultural Arts Weekend was held featuring music legends Roy Ayers and the Chi-Lites. Everyone came out to enjoy the great concert and reunite with family and friends.