This photo provided by PRNewsfoto shows the cast of “Fat Albert”. Lou Scheimer, who founded the Filmation animation studio that produced Saturday morning cartoons including “Fat Albert” and “The Archie Show,” has died. (AP Photo/ PRNewsfoto,Bounce TV) LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lou Scheimer, who founded the Filmation animation studio that produced Saturday morning cartoons including “Fat Albert” and “The Archie Show,” has died. He was 84. The Pittsburgh native behind the cartoon powerhouse died on Thursday, two days before his 85th birthday, Scheimer’s wife Mary Ann said on Sunday.
Daily Archive: October 21, 2013
Le’Veon Bell (26) enters Heinz Field through the smoke at the beginning of the game against the Baltimore Ravenson Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Bell ran for a season-high 93 yards on 19 carries. (AP Photo/Don Wright) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – The faces of one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries may be changing. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel insists the intensity is not. Considering the final minutes of Pittsburgh’s 19-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, it’s hard to argue.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte (Courier File Photo) by Rose Arce NEW YORK (CNN) — Harry Belafonte, one of the nation’s most prominent African-American performers and social activists, is suing the children of the nation’s pre-eminent civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The battle between the families of civil rights titans, over three documents, is detailed in a federal court lawsuit Belafonte filed against Bernice King, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III.
The BASF petrochemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas, was recently renovated so it could use shale gas to make plastic. (Photo by Reid R. Fraiser/The Allegheny Front) by Reid R. Frazier Allegheny Front PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Standing beneath a tangle of pipes, ductwork, and grated catwalks at BASF’s massive ethylene unit in this small refining city on the Gulf Coast, Andy Miller pointed to a large metal box a few feet above his head. Inside, a fire burning at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit produced an industrial-scale whine. “If you look up into this little peephole, you’ll be able to see some of the firing,” Miller said. The orange glow is just one sign of an historic transformation occurring in the U.S. chemical industry and stretching from Western Pennsylvania to the Texas coast. The plant was recently modified to pipe ethane—a key component found in natural gas, especially in shale formations—through its furnaces. The plant can make more than two billion of pounds a year of ethylene, a key component of plastic that’s used in everything from diapers to antifreeze to plastic bags. This is where the building blocks for those products begin, said Miller, a manager for BASF. “It starts here.” Miller’s plant is one of several around the country that have expanded to take advantage of shale gas. In addition, six brand new “world-scale” crackers — where ethane is ‘cracked’ to separate out the ethylene — are slated for construction in Texas and Louisiana. Royal Dutch Shell has proposed building a cracker plant in Western Pennsylvania, in the heart of the ethane-rich Marcellus Shale. It would be the first ethane cracker of its size in the Appalachian region. The company has a land option for a property in Monaca, Pa., in Beaver County and has recently solicited bids for contracts from local ethane producers while it evaluates the site. The state has promised more than $1 billion in tax breaks over 25 years to the project, which Shell said could provide up to 10,000 jobs at the height of construction.
Nicki Minaj launches her fashion line at KMART on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP) by Nicole EvattAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren’t always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn’t mind. At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is “understandable,” but she insists it’s “not about being a designer.” The “Starships” rapper says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear.
Jermaine Jackson performs with The Jacksons on their Unity Tour 2012 at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP, File) Jackson dynasty matriarch, Katherine Jackson is reportedly hopping mad that her son Jermaine is in debt to the rafters, yet he just purchased a $160,000 Ferrari sports car.
by Steve HolseyFor New Pittsburgh Courier When it comes to tight four-part harmony, it is doubtful that any group could surpass Take 6, the a capella group that is in the midst of celebrating their 25th anniversary. They put their extraordinary vocal talent on display Oct. 11 at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, North Side.