Daily Archive: October 24, 2013



This Week In Black History 10-23-13

Week of October 23-29 October 23 1775—The Continental Congress approves a resolution barring free Blacks from the army fighting for American independence from England. The resolution came even though many free Blacks were already fighting in the war. The motive behind the resolution came from Southern slave colonies which feared that by fighting in the war for American independence, Blacks would also demand an end to slavery.



Healthcare.gov failures surface at Hill hearing

Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI listens at left as Andy Slavitt, representing QSSI’s parent company, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government’s health care websites. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen OhlemacherAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The leading contractors on the Obama administration’s troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live.



Memphis Tri-State Defender gets new ownership

Publisher and President Bernal E. Smith II has engineered a deal that brings local ownership to the TSD. (Photo: Warren Roseborough) For the first time in its storied 62-year history, the Memphis Tri-State Defender will be both locally owned and operated. Following an extended period of discussion and negotiations, Real Times Media, Inc. (RTM) has agreed to sell the assets of Tri-State Defender, Inc. (TSD) to BEST Media Properties, Inc., a Tennessee Corporation established by current TSD President and Publisher, Bernal E. Smith II.



Shop ‘n Save on the Hill Grand Opening pics

DELORES MOSELEY, from the Hill District, said, ”It took a long time coming and I hope we can keep it ‘cause God knows we need this. I’m tired of getting jitneys and getting rides to way out where.” EUGENE McCARTHY, from the Hill, said, “If there was one thing I would say is that they did a good job in here, I love it and I hope it stays.” SHAFFE SCOTT, from the Hill, said, “It’s good and I think it real convenient for us and we don’t have to go to the South Side or any other side of town. It’s well needed and it’s been a long time since we needed it and I’m happy it’s here finally. If this wasn’t here I would be going to the Bottom Dollar in the North Hills and I love it, but now I’m going to love SHOP ‘n SAVE.” ANGELA BURKS, from the Hill, said, “It’s very enlightening and I enjoy working with people. I would be going to the South Side to go shopping.”


Inside Conditions…Raven ‘stalled’

AUBREY BRUCE Yep uh huh. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. In these fiery days of not drinking too much Lipton tea and risk being a “tea party” sympathizer; or aligning yourself with outgoing Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, you might be at risk for having your travels mapped or your phone tapped. Who knows and who cares? As long as the “affordable care act” remains affordable I am with it, you digg. The Baltimore Ravens flew into the “Burgh”last Sunday fresh off of a Super Bowl victory, “jawls” and chest still puffed out thinking that regardless of their current won-loss record that their fellow AFC cronies were still going to have a significant amount of fear and trepidation saturating their psyches when faced with the possibility of playing the reigning Super Bowl “Chumps” oops, I meant Champs. But alas, it seems as if the Ravens and Steelers organizations must have been “Skyping” on a “regalah” basis in regards to how to dismantle emerging franchises just to save a few paltry rubles.



Teshome gives business forecast to Chamber

PREDICTIONS—PNC VP and Market Analyst Mekael Teshome tells the African American Chamber of Commerce’s PowerBreakfast audience that he sees modest but positive economic growth ahead. (Photo by Christian Morrow) As an economist and assistant vice president at PNC, Mekael Teshome’s specialty is risk analysis. So it wasn’t unexpected that the economic forecast for the coming year he presented at the African American Chamber of Commerce’s October 18 PowerBreakfast was relatively conservative, but positive.



Grambling football dispute draws attention to cuts

In this Nov. 24, 2012, file photo, Grambling State coach Doug Williams reacts after a play against Southern University during the Bayou Classic college football game in New Orleans. Grambling players ended their boycott after speaking with former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to, “Go out there and play football.” (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) by Melinda DeslatteAssociated Press Writer BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A nearly weeklong boycott by the Grambling State University’s football team including forfeiting its game at Jackson State has made more people aware of the campus’s financial struggles and drummed up interest from donors around the country, Grambling’s president said Tuesday.