Daily Archive: September 19, 2013



Mayweather bout judge stepping away from ring

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 14, 2012, boxing judge Cynthia C.J. Ross, center, watches as Canelo Alvarez, right, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. move around the ring during a world junior middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) by Ken RitterAssociated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran Nevada boxing judge who drew widespread criticism after scoring a weekend title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a draw is giving up her ringside job, at least temporarily.



Fund set up for honest homeless man raises $91k

Glen James, of Boston, left, smiles in the direction of members of the media as Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, right, looks on during a news conference at the police headquarters, in Boston on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) BOSTON (AP) — The overwhelming response to a fund set up for a Boston homeless man who turned in a backpack he found filled with more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks is a “statement to everyone in America,” says the Virginia man who started the drive. In just over two days, more than $91,000 has been donated to the fund for Glen James.



Sickle Cell Disease: ‘A Perfect Storm’

Jourdan Dunn brings awareness to sickle cell disease. The supermodel’s son Riley was diagnosed with the disease, an inherited, noncontagious blood disorder most common in people of Afro-Carribean or African descent. Jourdan intends to use her status as a famous model to help garner more support for the Sickle Cell Society, which she strongly supports. Sickle cell disease (SCD)—many of us have heard of it. Chances are, many of us also know someone who has it. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:



Queen Latifah debuts daytime talk show with record-setting ratings

This undated publicity photo released by Sony Pictures Television shows Will Smith, left, with Queen Latifah, on “The Queen Latifah Show,” where he also serves as executive producer. The singer-actress’ new daytime talk show debuted Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television) Queen Latifah returned to daytime television on Monday with ratings so strong that they actually made history. The syndicated talk show premiered with audience figures that made it highest-rated talk show premiere since Dr. Oz bowed in 2009.



Washington celebrates diversity at pre-Emmy party

From left, actors Joe Morton and Kerry Washington arrive at the 65th Emmy Awards Nomination Celebration at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP) by Derrik J. LangAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before celebrating the Emmys, Kerry Washington and other TV insiders took a moment to toast diversity.



Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved….Sickle Cell Disease

ESTHER BUSH These pages focus on health disparities in the Pittsburgh region. They provide important health information, as well as information about research opportunities and community resources. All articles can also be accessed online at the New Pittsburgh Courier Web site. The monthly series is a partnership of the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute—CTSI), the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and the UPMC Center for Inclusion.



Promoter moves forward with Strip District complaint

WILLIAM MARSHALL It has been nearly one year since event promoter William Marshall was denied access to Luke Wholey’s Restaurant & Entertainment Complex, the site where he planned to host a Charity Halloween Costume Party & Steeler Game Afterparty last October. While Marshall had signed a contract and agreement for use of the venue, Wholey told him two days prior to the event that it could no longer be held at his venue.



Hawkins and Parker back on PAT board

AMANDA GREEN HAWKINS AND CONNIE PARKER The day after the New Pittsburgh Courier asked NAACP Pittsburgh Unit President and PennDOT Community Relations Coordinator Connie Parker about her status as a former Port Authority Board director, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald nominated her again.



Q&A: Rick Ross on Reebok, Jay-Z, acting and music

In this Sept. 29, 2012 file photo, Rick Ross performs at the BET Hip-Hop Honors at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta. (Photo by John Amis/Invision/AP, File) by Johnathan Landrum Jr.Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Even though Rick Ross lost his deal with Reebok this year, the Miami-based rapper continues to sport and promote the sneaker brand. “I’m still supporting Reebok. I’m still wearing Reebok,” he said in an interview last week. “It’s nothing more than that. I’ve been wearing Reebok my whole life. …Still got nothing but love for Reebok.”



Starbucks’ progressive ways draw fire on guns

Starbucks’ corporate headquarters is seen in this Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 file photo taken, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) by Candice ChoiAP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks has always set itself apart by taking strong positions on progressive political issues. Now that reputation has landed the company in the middle of the heated national debate over gun laws.