Daily Archive: October 3, 2013



Novelist Tom Clancy a master of military thrillers

This undated file image provided by Paramount Studios shows a scene from “The Hunt for Red October” starring, from left, Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and Scott Glenn. The film is based on the book by Tom Clancy. (AP Photo/Paramount Studios) LOS ANGELES (AP) — With CIA analyst Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy created a character that spoke to audiences from both page and screen, representing the changing mood of a country facing growing geopolitical challenges. “Thrillers, like all art, are always a reflection of the culture,” said fellow author Brad Meltzer. “No one captured that Cold War fear — and that uniquely American perspective— like Clancy. Jack Ryan wasn’t just a character. He was us. He was every American in those days when we were a push-of-the-button away from nuclear war.” Clancy brought such realism and attention to detail to his novels that in 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, a military official suspected the author of having access to classified material.



This Week In Black History 10-2-13

Week of Oct. 2-8 October 2 1800—Nat Turner is born on this day in South Hampton, Va. The spiritually inspired Turner would organize and carry out one of the deadliest slave revolts in American history. His rebellion led to the deaths of 57 Whites including men, women and children.



North Hills Ebony Women say welcome

GREETINGS—Marisol Valentin and Diane Koram (Photos by Debbie Norrell) On Sunday the North Hills Ebony Women (NHEW) held their 34th Annual Membership Tea at the lovely home of Carol Groves in Gibsonia, Pa. The group is made of ladies from in and out of the state of Pennsylvania.



Phil Petite, dedicated civil servant dies suddenly

PHIL PETITE By Christian MorrowCourier Staff WriterPhillipe R. Petite, long-time office manager for Pittsburgh’s Equal Opportunity Review Commission died during the evening of Sept. 30. The cause was congestive heart failure. He was 62. But he was much more than a conscientious civil servant.



The real lesson of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

America just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s great “I Have a Dream” speech. Everyone says that they “love” Dr. King (now), but the media did notice that no top Republican Party leaders attended any of the main anniversary events. Maybe it was this line of Dr. King ’s that they don’t like: “I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification…”



Government shutdown harder on Black workers

Cabinet members look on Monday as Obama discusses government shutdown (White House Photo by David Lienemann). WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, especially under de jure segregation, Blacks, who comprise 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up 17.7 percent of the federal workforce. Overall, people of color represent 34 percent of the federal workforce. Latinos are 8 percent of government workers, Asians are 5.8 percent, Native Americans are 2.1 percent and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders are .40 percent of federal employees. People of color are 37 percent of the U.S. population, a figure projected to grow to 43.3 percent as soon as 2025 and 57 percent by 2060.



Mother seeks justice for son’s injuries

Phillip w/ Mom, sisters, and daughter (Causes.com Photo) After more than a year of no action and unanswered questions involving the incident that resulted in her son being paralyzed, Kelly McKenzie is demanding action from the Westmoreland County district attorney and access to the case information.



Film tells story of Muhammad Ali’s draft fight

In this June 19, 1967 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has a “no comment” as he is confronted by newsmen as he leaves the Federal Building in Houston during a recess in his trial for refusing induction to the army. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky, File) by Tim DahlbergAP Sports Columnist He is now so much a part of the nation’s social fabric that it’s hard to comprehend a time when Muhammad Ali was more reviled than revered. Barely past the opening credits of a new documentary about Ali, though, we get a glimpse of how many Americans felt about him during a tumultuous time in the country’s history.