Daily Archive: August 30, 2013

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Metro

AG Kane announces major heroin bust In Wilkinsburg

Julian Thompson In her press announcement that 18 people had been arrested in connection with a major heroin operation in Wilkinsburg, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said public safety is her major concern. “Last year, Wilkinsburg experienced had the highest number of homicides in Allegheny County outside the city of Pittsburgh,” she said in her statement announcing the bust. “The majority of homicides and shootings stem from ongoing feuds between crews and their attempts to control the heroin trade in Wilkinsburg.”

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International

A look at Syria developments around the world

This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows anti-Syrian regime protesters holding a banner and Syrian revolution flags, during a demonstration in Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. United Nations experts are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as the United States and its allies prepare for the possibility of a punitive strike against President Bashar Assad’s regime, blamed by the Syrian opposition for the attack. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says at least 355 people were killed in the Aug. 21 attack in a suburb of Damascus, the Syrian capital. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN) The Associated Press The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Here’s a look at key Syria developments around the world Friday amid heightened tensions over potential military action:

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Sports

At The Finish Line..Where only the truth matters!

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Marlon Byrd (2) gestures to the crowd following baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Byrd hit a three run home run during the seventh inning to help Pittsburgh to win 7-1.(AP Photo/Don Wright) by Bill Neal Welcome to the “Burg” Marlon Byrd. Lord knows we need you. Hell, for that matter, we could use Stevie Wonder if he can hit a ball. Now do yourself a favor and don’t go cold!

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Generation Y

Child prodigy, 11, enrolls as TCU freshman physics major

Carson Huey-You, 11, who is studying quantum physics at TCU, poses for a photo, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Joyce Marshall) FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Like most college freshmen, Carson Huey-You is hoping to get good grades, make new friends and not get lost on campus. But unlike most freshmen, Carson is just 11 years old. The 4-foot-7, 75-pound child prodigy became the youngest student ever to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth when classes started last week. Carson is majoring in physics and hopes to one day be a quantum physicist. Carson said he got some attention when he first walked into his classes. “People definitely noticed,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/15uQyYV ). “There was definitely some whispering in the back of the class.” But being the center of attention isn’t a new thing for Carson.

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Lifestyle

T.D. Jakes MegaFest kicks off in Dallas

Bishop T.D. Jakes poses for a photo at the Potters House in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) by Jamie StengleAssociated Press Writer DALLAS (AP) — Megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes is bringing his MegaFest inspirational event — which features everything from a film festival to a conversation with Oprah — home to Dallas for the first time this week.

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Lifestyle

Review: Selena Gomez bombs as tough girl in ‘Getaway’

Getaway is Taken meets Fast & Furious in this Warner Brothers action-packed thriller about a former racecar driver’s attempt to reclaim his kidnapped wife. Dispatched by a foreign voice (Jon Voight), Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) has to pass every driving test and obstacle if he every wants to see his wife again. Brent must use a stolen charcoal-gray Shelby Mustang Super Snake to complete every task. Little does he know, the special edition Ford sports car belongs to a bratty bank heir (Selena Gomez). (Spoiler Alert: We never find out her name!) The awkward pair tears up the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria as they chase down the kidnapper, flee and elude from local law enforcement, and hack various computer systems.

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Opinion

Dr. King was not universally liked

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee and its Chairman, Reince Priebus hosted a great 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. It was truly wonderful to see the best of what America stands for. In attendance were Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, males and females. In other words, it was America. As I sat there and listened to the various speakers during the program; it dawned on me just how diverse the crowd was. I was also reminded how there were many differences of opinions represented in the room, but for that moment in time, we all rallied around that which we could all agree on—that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington, helped move America toward delivering on its promise of equality for all.

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Opinion

Israeli/Palestinian talks: Negotiations or choreography?

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—How can there be honest negotiations when one side—which has the lion’s share of the weapons, including a nuclear arsenal and the support of the U.S. government—decides that it is appropriate to go forward with illegal settlements on Palestinian land? This is the question that haunts the current round of discussions between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It also raises serious questions as to what a future agreement might portend.