Daily Archive: September 18, 2013



Community Calendar 9-18-13

CAUSE Speaker Series SEPT. 20—Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy will host its Speaker Series 2013-2014 Opening Reception from 4:30-6 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Schatz Dinning Hall, University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. There will be a discussion on the upcoming speaker series and the topics that will be discussed. For more information, call 412-268-8928 or visit http://www.hss.cmu.edu/cause.



Business Calendar 9-18-13

Small Business Basics SEPT. 21—SCORE Pittsburgh will host its Small Business Basics Workshop from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at PNC-YMCA, 236 Fifth Ave., Downtown. This is a highly interactive workshop geared to aspiring and existing small business entrepreneurs. Experts will cover topics such as small business planning, recordkeeping, taxes, financing, marketing and legal aspects. A continental breakfast will be served and registration is required. For more information, call Huma Allen at 412-724-2011 or email huma@scorevolunteer.org.



Tuskegee Airmen finally receive due with memorial

PROUD MOMENT—Airman Dr. Harry Lanauze stands proudly with wife, Helen, and daughter, Karlyn Coward, after viewing the list of names on the roll of honor. (Courier Photos/J.L. Martello) by Genea L. WebbFor New Pittsburgh CourierJames A. Cotten sees the three and a half years he served as a Tuskegee Airmen as the best time of his life. “During that time I learned to contribute to the betterment of the United States,” said Cotten who, according to his wife, Oteria, was drafted into the service when he turned 18. On the recommendation of then-president Franklin Roosevelt, an all Black flight training program was created at the Tuskegee Institute and the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama. The airmen belonged to the 332nd Fighter Group’s 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd Fighter Squadrons and took part in more than 15,500 sorties in Europe, North Africa and Sicily. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. “We were just doing what we were told to do,” said airmen Harold Slater, who grew up in the Hill District. “That’s what helped us get through the ordeal (of segregation and mistreatment) we paid our dues but we were able to help keep America safe.”



Indian Miss America resonates as symbol of change

In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Miss America Nina Davuluri poses for photographers following her crowning in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) by Jesse Washington AP National Writer “Miss America is evolving. And she’s not going to look the same anymore.”



Cuban singer says sanctioned for bold lyrics

Robertico Carcasses by Peter Orsi Associated Press Writer HAVANA (AP) – A well-known Cuban singer said Monday he has been punished for going off message at a nationally televised concert last week, when he called for direct presidential elections and more freedom of information.



Thank you, Miss America

by Roxanne Jones (CNN) — Dear Miss America, Thank you for reminding us what classic American beauty looks like today. For the rest of America — in case any of you have been sleeping for, say, the past two decades, or clinging to out-of-touch fashion magazines — here’s an alert: Beauty is Serena Williams and Michelle Obama. Beauty is Angelina Jolie and Marissa Mayer.



McFerren takes reins of failing Wilkinsburg School District

LEE MCFERREN The summer was rocky for Wilkinsburg School District. In August, a survey of more than 560 respondents found the community has lost confidence in its school district. Only seven percent said they are proud to have students attend the district’s schools and only five percent said they would recommend the district to friends and family.



Occupy Wall Street activists mark 2nd anniversary

Scores of protesters representing the Occupy Wall Street movement, march along Broadway on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in the Soho section of New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) by Meghan BarrAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It has been two years since a disillusioned band of protesters first pitched tents in lower Manhattan, sparking the movement against corporate greed known as Occupy Wall Street.