Daily Archive: September 12, 2013



Public universities ramp up aid for the wealthy, leaving the poor behind

Shauniqua Epps was accepted to three public colleges, but none gave her any aid. Increasingly, public universities have been shifting their aid away from the poor, leaving students like Epps with few options. (Andrew Renneisen for ProPublica) by Marian WangProPublica Shauniqua Epps was the sort of student that so many colleges say they want. She was a high achiever, graduating from high school with a 3.8 GPA and ranking among the top students in her class. She served as secretary, then president, of the student government. She played varsity basketball and softball. Her high-school guidance counselor, in a letter of recommendation, wrote that Epps was “an unusual young lady” with “both drive and determination.” Epps, 19, was also needy. Her family lives in subsidized housing in South Philadelphia, and her father died when she was in third grade. Her mother is on Social Security disability, which provides the family $698 a month, records show. Neither of her parents finished high school. Epps, who is African-American, made it her goal to be the first in her family to attend college. <script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://pixel.propublica.org/pixel.js&#8221; async=”true”></script>



Officers allegedly take Zone 5 ­commander to task for comments

“We Thought You Had Our Back” After Zone 5 Commander Timothy O’Connor criticized the Pittsburgh Police Department at a meeting last month, a copy of a New Pittsburgh Courier article featuring his comments was allegedly slid under the door of his office. The words “We Thought You Had Our Back” were written on it.



Obama’s speech a model of persuasion

President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool) by David Kusnet (CNN) — Sixty-one percent of Americans polled, who watched President Obama’s prime-time speech, told CNN that they support his policy towards Syria.

Out & About 9-11-13


Out & About 9-11-13

The one and only singer “Will Manker” doing his thing at “Savoy Live” at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. This week I visited Hank’s House in Homewood, Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District, Mitchell’s Tavern in Oakland, Tim’s Bar in the Hill District and CJ’s in the Strip District. My first stop was at Hank’s House in Homewood where everyone came out to celebrate the birthday of Stacey Barnett-Germany and the anniversary of Hank and Stacey. This event was a surprise party for Stacey and the look on her was priceless.



New football season, same offensive names

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—I cannot let a football season open without raising the question of the names of sports teams generally and the Washington “Redskins” in particular. I continue to be absolutely amazed at the resistance on the part of team owners to changing the names of these teams, but also the tolerance by so many fans of these racist names.



Urban Innovation21 prepares college students for work world

WHAT AN EXPERIENCE—Ivan Franklin a CCAC student describes his intern experience as great and rewarding as fellow interns look on. Most high school graduates attend college with the goal to study hard, to successfully graduate and to obtain meaningful employment in their field of interest. As ways to prepare and assist area college students achieve their goal and quest for employment, Urban Innovation21 for the past five years has been providing paid internships to students attending Carlow University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, and Point Park University.



MLB remembers Sept. 11 with on-field tributes

Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis talks with players in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) by Stephen HawkinsAP Sports Writer Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis still has vivid memories of that day 12 years ago, when two hijacked jets were flown into the World Trade Center towers. Back then, Pettis was a coach for the Chicago White Sox, who had arrived in town only a few hours earlier for a scheduled game that night against the New York Yankees. “You could smell the smoke. It wasn’t a good feeling that day,” Pettis said Wednesday before a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. “It’s so sad that so many people lost their lives, and it’s ruined other peoples’ lives. … It’s like it was a movie, it’s like that wasn’t something that actually happened. I still can’t believe it.”