Daily Archive: August 29, 2013



Johnny Halftime: Manziel to sit 1st half of opener

In this April 13, 2013, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) stands on the sideline during the first half of the Aggies’ Maroon & White spring NCAA college football game at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren,, File) by Kriestie RiekenAP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Johnny Football has done it again. Facing another problem that could have derailed his football career, Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has evaded serious punishment one more time.



Brokerage giant Merrill Lynch commits to change in record discrimination settlement

In this Aug. 27, 2013 photo, George McReynolds, who was the lead plaintiff in a racial bias law suit against Merrill Lynch in 2005, is shown at his home in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Christopher Berkey) by Michael Tarm Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — As part of its $160 million proposed discrimination settlement with Black financial advisers, Merrill Lynch has agreed to make sweeping changes that “may well change the landscape of Wall Street,” attorneys said Thursday in court filings.



Byrd impressive in debut, Pirates top Brewers 7-1

Marlon Byrd hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 7-1.(AP Photo/Don Wright) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer, and the Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Wednesday night. Byrd, acquired along with catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hit his 22nd homer of the season into the bushes in center field in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak.



MLK’s dream inspires a new march, and a president

President Barack Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Nancy Benac and Suzanne Gamboa WASHINGTON (AP) – Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the “glorious patriots” who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.



WPIAL pre-season preview: Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox favorites

Gateway, Thomas Jefferson, Aliquippa and Sto-Rox TERRY SWANSON and DRAVON HENRY – Aliquippa Before a block was thrown in preseason camp, the Gateway Gators had more than their share of pressure. The resignation of Athletic Director, coach and offensive guru Terry Smith marked the end of an era and now a new regime begins headed by Donnie Milizer. Coach Milizer inherited perhaps the most talented Gateway team in school history.



Pittsburghers reflect on march

TO REALIZE THE DREAM—Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III, Marc Morial, Sybrina Fulton and Nancy Pelosi were among those leading the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, Aug. 24. (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) When Agnes Curry went to the 1963 March on Washington, she wore a button, and the first word on it was “jobs.” She wore it again last weekend, because 50 years later, it is still an issue for African-Americans.



United Way expands its mentoring program

A HELPING HAND—Briana Snyder, a student at Pittsburgh Sterrett and participant in the United Way of Allegheny County’s “Be a Middle School Mentor” program, with mentor Mercedes Howze. (Photo courtesy of Blender Inc.) With school in session this week for students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and surrounding districts, students will have to transition from summer break mode to back-to-school mode. While students in all grades will be making some form of transition, it is even harder for those entering middle school. Most middle school students will be coming from a familiar elementary school to a new middle school, or facing tougher educational lessons or even encountering new peer pressures.



Robinson pays tribute to Motown’s chief of charm

Maxine Powell and Smokey Robinson (AP Photo/Motown Museum, Andre Smith) by Jeff KaroubAssociated Press WriterDETROIT (AP)—She didn’t sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records’ operation as the legendary label’s songwriters, producers and musicians. Powell was in charge of the artists’ personal development. And Robinson, a bard of the American romantic songbook and one of the chief architects of “the Motown sound” produced in Detroit from the late 1950s to the early ’70s, paid tribute to Powell last Monday night during an invitation-only event at the former Hitsville, U.S.A., studio in Detroit that now serves as the Motown Historical Museum.