Daily Archive: August 21, 2013



Ted Page: Negro Leagues star gets grave marker

THE NEW HEADSTONE FOR TED PAGE A Negro League star from Pittsburgh is the latest to receive a grave marker from a man dedicated to honoring the memory of those who played in the segregated baseball organization. The grave of Ted Page was marked August 17. He played for both of the league’s Pittsburgh-area teams in the 1930s, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays.



Minorities most affected by virus that causes cervical, other cancers

Each year in the U.S., approximately 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 4,000 women will die from it. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for almost all cervical cancers. The virus can also cause cancer of the anus, penis, vagina and throat. Overall, 20 million people in the U.S. have HPV. HPV vaccination may be particularly important for African American and Latino women, as they are hit the hardest. Two Black women die for each White woman who dies from cervical cancer.



Community Calendar 8-21-13

Back-to-School event AUG. 23—The LaMarr Woodley Foundation, the Summer Dreamers Academy (SDA) and A+ Schools will host the “1st Impression” Back-to-School event from 1-7 p.m. at Barack Obama Academy, 515 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty. The event, for 300 Pittsburgh Public School students in grades K-8, will send students back-to-school in style with free haircuts for boys, manicures for girls, backpacks, school supplies and t-shirts. Registration is requested. For more information, call SDA at 412-622-3983 or visit http://www.lamarrwoodleyfoundation.com.



Churches say one of their own wrongly convicted

Ten years ago, an 18-year-old Davon Hayes told police officers he acted as the lookout in a convenience store robbery that left a man dead. Now 28 years old, he finds himself behind bars serving a life sentence as a result of a confession he says was given under duress.



UPMC vs. Highmark

ULISH CARTER After watching both UPMC and Highmark on the KDKA Sunday morning program, my mind hasn’t been changed. UPMC is wrong in this battle of the two health insurance giants. First let me correct something from my last column Gay Marriage vs. Live Ins. I said 60 percent of marriages end in divorce. Well that is correct, but I didn’t add that an estimated 20 percent more is added to this figure through separations. People who walk away from their spouses but never get a legal divorce, there are no real stats kept on these people. But in my long life I probably know more separated people than married or divorced. Divorces cost a lot of money, which most poor and low-income people don’t see a need to spend unless they decide to marry again, which is rare. I have nothing against marriage. I believe it should be as Jesus says, between one man and one woman, until death, which means a lot of soul searching before making that leap. I haven’t been able to live up to that. And probably never will. I’ve had a problem with the “one” woman and “no” sex before marriage part. I sure hope God is a forgiving God.



Agent Orange and the continuing Vietnam War

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—In a 2009 visit to Vietnam I asked a retired colonel in the Vietnam People’s Army about the notorious toxin “Agent Orange.” The colonel, who was also a former leader in a Vietnamese advocacy group for Agent Orange’s victims, spoke fluent English and was a veteran of the war with the United States. I asked him when had the Vietnamese realized the long-term dangers associated with the Agent Orange herbicide used by the U.S.A. His answer was as simple as it was heart-wrenching: “When the children were born,” was his response.



E. Pittsburgh violent weekend causes concern

STATE REP. ED GAINEY It was a violent couple of days for East Pittsburgh residents, especially in Homewood, Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington areas, with gun-fire running rampant through the streets resulting in one homicide and four shootings with five people injured.



Stop-and-frisk violates rights

A federal judge said last Monday the New York Police Department deliberately violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin confirmed what should have been obvious—stop-and-frisk policy violates Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure of African-American and Hispanic men. “The city’s highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner,” Scheindlin wrote. “In their zeal to defend a policy that they believe to be effective, they have willfully ignored overwhelming proof that the policy of targeting ‘the right people’ is racially discriminatory.”



Out & About 8-21-13

Nicole Murphy chilling with her fans at Celebrity Fridays held at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. This week I visited Ace and Deuces Lounge in Uptown Pittsburgh, Local 249 Tempster Hall in Lawrenceville, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, CJ’s in the Strip District and Schenley Park in Oakland. My first stop was at Local 249 Tempster Hall in Law­renceville where Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Mosley held their wedding reception and everyone partied the night away with the new married couple.