Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, left, runs with the ball before being brought down by Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, 22, during the NFL football game against at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) by Dennis Waszak Jr.AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are in stunningly rare territory. They’re winless through four games and off to their worst start since 1968, leaving them searching for answers. Ben Roethlisberger even declared the Steelers one of the league’s sorriest team after their last game two weeks ago.
Daily Archive: October 13, 2013
This photo released by Sony – Columbia Pictures shows, from left, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Mahat Ali, in a scene from the film, “Captain Phillips,” releasing in the US on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The amateur actors of Somali descent from Minneapolis made their film debut acting as Somali pirates alongside the two-time Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks. (AP Photo/Copyright Sony – Columbia Pictures, Jasin Boland) Like many other movie critics, I’m falling in line to say “Captain Phillips” is one of this year’s best movies. Captain Phillips, based on a true story from 2009 headlines, is an action-packed tale of a group of Somali pirates who takeover a US container ship, MV Maersk Alabama. Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) is on a tight schedule to deliver 17,000 tons of cargo to Kenya. Ignoring several advisories to stay clear of the Somalia coast, Phillips still managed to get on the radar of 4 Somali pirates. Led by a frail, focused Muse (Barkhad Abd), the African bandits took the 20-person crew and ship hostage looking for riches and gold. When the heist comes up short, the armed men take veteran seaman Phillips instead.
Tom Hanks, director Paul Greengrass, and Captain Richard Phillips, pose for photographers as they walk the red carpet at a screening for the movie “Captain Phillips” at the Newseum, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) by Adam GoldmanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After U.S. Navy SEAL snipers conducted a dramatic rescue in 2009 that freed a cargo ship captain being held by pirates, $30,000 disappeared from a lifeboat, triggering an investigation that questioned the integrity of the commandos.
by Jessica GreskoAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups with ties to the 1950s R&B group The Clovers who had been fighting over the use of the band’s name have come to an agreement.
Actress Freida Pinto attends a screening of “The Fifth Estate” hosted by the the Cinema Society with Vanity Fair & Richard Mille on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indian actress Freida Pinto urged the world on the International Day of the Girl Child to ensure that 66 million girls who are not in school today get an education.
GLORIOUS REBIRTH CHOIR On Sept. 29 at Laketon Height Church, Glorious Rebirth held a concert for their high school choir teacher and mentor, Birdie Nichols, who came back home to Pittsburgh for this big event. She has not been in her home town for several years.
AWARDEES—The NAACP McKeesport Unit recently hosted their Freedom Fund Dinner at the Westwood Golf Club in West Mifflin. Above, the awardees with NAACP President Ocie…
GRADS AND TEACHERS—From left: Glenna Williams, Orissa El, instructor Sue Ellen Kenitz, Jim Mours and Napolena Chester. The Life’s Work of Western PA Connections program…
LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK This week’s column is the result of a visit to Allegheny County criminal court. I am totally familiar with the court system and have been for more than 40 years, but it never ceases to anger me. As I sat and waited for a friend of mine, I witnessed more than 10 young Black men being escorted through the hallways shackled hand and foot. Two of them knew me and said, “Hi, Mr. Hop.” I almost responded by asking them how they were doing, but then it dawned on me, how did it look like they were doing? I have no idea what these people were charged with and in all probability most of them could be guilty.
JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—My 20 years as a columnist for NNPA would not be complete without an article about five persons whom I hold in high esteem, five persons from whom I have learned about sacrifice, commitment, dedication, honor, and character; and five persons who hold a special place in most if not all of our hearts and minds. They are Marcus, Medgar, Malcolm, Martin, and Maynard. No last names necessary, right?