Daily Archive: August 23, 2013

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National

CNN Exclusive: A hug, then ‘We made it!’ as school bookkeeper, dispatcher reunite

On Thursday, Antoinette Tuff and Kendra McCray, the 911 dispatcher on the other end of that line, were together again, sharing a hug and tears before sitting down to recount the episode with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. (CNN Photo) by Greg Botelho (CNN) — Barely two days ago, their paths crossed in the worst possible circumstances — a man armed with an assault rifle had entered Antoinette Tuff’s school, and she called police. On Thursday, Tuff and Kendra McCray, the 911 dispatcher on the other end of that line, were together again, sharing an emotional hug and tears before sitting down to recount the episode with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We made it!” Tuff joyfully declared, with McCray responding, “We did.”

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People

Winfrey marks ‘Butler’ debut with Hula Hoop joy

Oprah Winfrey arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) by Lynn Elber AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Beloved” starring Oprah Winfrey fell flat at the box office in 1998, Winfrey drowned her sorrows in macaroni and cheese. She found a different way to celebrate when “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” her first big-screen performance since “Beloved,” hit No. 1 in its debut last weekend.

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Generation Y

Voices Against Violence boasts program results

NEW PRINCIPAL—Sharon Fisher introduces herself to parents. (Photo by Gail Manker) In the fall, several students from the Voices Against Violence youth program will be going on to post secondary education at colleges and universities like Penn State and Community College of Allegheny County. The program, serving youth in the city’s south neighborhoods, boasts a nearly 100 percent graduation rate and a nearly 100 percent college acceptance rate.

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Metro

Police: Northview Heights Shooting threat unfounded

ACTING CHIEF REGINA MCDONALD Responding to accusations made by Northview Heights Citizens Council President Valerie Lauw that an officer involved in an arrest on her street threatened her with a drawn gun, Pittsburgh police have looked at the security tapes and found no such thing.

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Opinion

We get incarcerated every day, regardless of age

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK A tremendous number of us constantly refer to people who are incarcerated as “those people.” It is imperative that we be reminded that those people are our people—our sons, daughters, parents, and relatives and could potentially be one of us.

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Lifestyle

NOBLE and All That Jazz

ORGANIZERS—Brenda Tate and Trudy Avery The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement executives recently held The NOBLE Women’s Symposium A White Linen Affair, with the theme for the evening “All That Jazz,” at the beautiful Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts. This was just one of the stellar events held for the 37th annual conference.

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Metro

Casey leads fed, state job creation efforts

Sen. Bob Casey In recent weeks, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa, has proposed a raft of legislation aimed at job creation across a variety of economic sectors. Not surprisingly, his largest budget proposal calls for additional funding to address the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. His proposal not only targets those deficiencies, but also supports the TIGER program that provides funding across the transportation sector, from mass transit to trucking to rail projects.