Daily Archive: October 17, 2013



Abuse survivors tell their stories to save lives

SURVIVOR—Lauren reflects on her abusive past that turned her into a survivor. (Photo courtesy of Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh) For 10 years, everyday was a fight for Lauren’s life. It all began at the age of 18 when she began dating her now ex-boyfriend and the father of her child. Little things would trigger changes in his mood. At first he was shoving, then he escalated to choking and trying different maneuvers to get her to pass out, but never punching or anything that would leave marks. She experienced trips to different emergency rooms or urgent care facilities after the fact, but it was one incident in 2011 that was her wake-up call.



A pronounced rise for Ejiiofor in ’12 Years’

This Sept. 14, 2013 photo shows British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor from the film “12 Years A Slave,” in New York. Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery in this pre-Civil War drama. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP) by Jake CoyleAP Entertainment Writer TORONTO (AP) — Chiwetel Ejiofor arrived, he thought, prepared for the first day of shooting “12 Years a Slave.” To play Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and who later chronicled his experience in a book, Ejiofor had studied Northup’s memoir, visited plantations and learned how to, as Northup did, play the violin. But all that work could scarcely ready him for the intense reality of performing a slave’s labor in a Louisiana summer.



No buses Downtown, not really

CONGESTION—Riders from the city’s East End clog Smithfield Street as they exit one of Port Authority’s P1 express buses, which though twice the size of regular buses are full at rush hour.(Photo by J.L. Martello.) Fifty years ago, the powers that be decided it would be great to turn East Liberty, then the fourth largest business district in the state, into a walking mall by removing all the cars and buses. The result was Penn Circle, which diverted all traffic around the central business district and made no provisions for parking, and also cut off access to the neighborhood from Highland Avenue and Centre Avenue.



Time to throw my bum out of Congress?

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., February 12, 2013. (Photo by Lawrence Jackson/The White House) by Paul SteinhauserCNN Political Editor (CNN) — It’s conventional wisdom: Americans don’t like Congress. But when it comes time to vote, they usually don’t throw their lawmaker out of office. However, new polls indicate that times and perceptions about “throwing the bums out” may be changing.



Condoleezza Rice joins playoff committee as ‘student of game’

In this Oct. 10, 2010, file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice laughs after autographing a football following her visit with the Cleveland Browns coaches and players at the team’s NFL football training facility in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) by Ralph D. RusoAP College Football Writer The most scrutinized committee in sports has been set. The members say they’ll need thick skin, plenty of time and the ability to leave their loyalties behind to pick the four teams that will play for college football’s national title next year. They say they are ready for the pressure.



Steelers LB Spence finally back on the field

In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence (51) is tended to by trainers after he was injured in the fourth quarter of their NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File) by Will GracesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sean Spence had to look. He didn’t really have a choice if he wanted to move forward with the kind of healing that can’t be addressed with a brace or a wad of tape. Handed a photograph of the moment that changed his career and his life, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker tried not to get nauseous. He nearly failed.



Courier wins big in PNA competition

Courier full-time staff pictured (seated) Ashley Johnson, Eric Gaines, Ulish Carter (standing) Rebecca Nuttall, Kathleen Yocum, Kathleen Neely, Brenda Hill, Rod Doss, Stephan Broadus; (not pictured) Joan Alli, Allison Palm, Debbie Vargus, Christian Morrow Not only is the New Pittsburgh Courier America’s Best Weekly, but it is also Pennsylvania’s Best Weekly.



City Council pushes moratorium on school closings and evaluations

STARTING A CONVERSATION—Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith introduces legislation that asks the school board to stop closing schools and to junk its teacher rating system. By introducing legislation calling for a moratorium on city school closings, City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith said she wanted to “start a conversation.” She did that.