Daily Archive: September 12, 2013

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National

Trayvon Martin medical examiner fired

Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao MD leaves the stand after testifying during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Friday, July 5, 2013. (CNN Photo/Gary W. Green/Pool) by Lateef Mungin (CNN) — Shiping Bao, the medical examiner who changed his mind on crucial aspects during his testimony at George Zimmerman’s trial, has been fired. But he’s not going down without a fight.

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Sports

Steadfast Penguins eager to get started

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) skates over the team logo at center ice before the start of a scrimmage on the first day on the ice at the NHL hockey training camp practice on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby’s jaw is fully healed. His head is clear. For the first time in three years, the Pittsburgh Penguins star arrived for training camp with no questions to face other than how he plans to move beyond his team’s four-game flop against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Opinion

From Russia with PR

In this Sept. 5, 2013 pool-file photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool-File) by Justin Elliott ProPublica Today, Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed about Syria in the New York Times. The piece was placed by the public-relations giant Ketchum, Buzzfeed reported. On Nov. 16, 2012, we explored how Ketchum placed pro-Russia op-eds in American publications by businesspeople and others without disclosing the role of the Russian government. Ketchum’s latest public filing says it was paid $1.9 million by Russia for the six-month period ending May 31, 2013. It received another $3.7 million for its work for Russian energy giant Gazprom over the same period. Here is our original report.

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National

Obama opts for diplomacy instead of war

by George E. CurryNNPA Editor-in-ChiefWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Speaking to a war-weary nation Tuesday night, President Barack Obama asked Congress to postpone a vote authorizing him to launch an air attack against Syria while he explores a Russian diplomatic proposal that could rid Syria of its arsenal of chemical weapons.

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Opinion

Obama needs a ­better reason to bomb Syria

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—As Aeschylus, the Greek dramatist said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” But in today’s political climate, just the threat of war sends truth fleeing, exacerbated by the lack of trust in our leaders and governing institutions.

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Lifestyle

COGIC churches unite to help Haiti

BISHOP LEON D. PAMPHILE According to Bishop Leon D. Pamphile, there has always been a long standing relationship between African Americans and Haitians. “I have been in Pittsburgh for the past 40 years and I have worked in the Pittsburgh community and it is quite natural for the local COGIC to get connected with the COGIC’s in Haiti for the reasons of faith, doctrine and coming together,” he said. “Another reason is for cultural and enrichment reasons on both sides. It’s good for African Americans to know about the Haitian culture and it’s good for Haitians to know about African American culture.”

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Opinion

Open letter to Pittsburgh’s URA

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK There are a number of people who are aware that I will be addressing the URA board on Sept. 12, and some will wonder why the need for an open letter? The need exists because 99 percent of those who are reading this column will not be present at the URA board meeting to hear my concerns about some very serious inactions the board has failed to address over the years.