Daily Archive: October 24, 2013



NAACP: New exams block graduation

CONNIE PARKER Calling it a “present day form of Eugenics” 45 NAACP branches from Erie to Easton and from McKeesport to Mercer, have signed on to a letter calling on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education to end the newly enacted requirement for high school seniors to pass the Keystone Examinations in order to graduate.



Celebrating Billy Porter

MY BIGGEST FAN—Cloerinda Jean Johnson Porter Ford with son, Billy Porter On Monday nights Broadway is dark. That means there are no performances on the Great White Way in New York City. But the lights were shining bright Sept. 30 in Pittsburgh for the Tony Award-winning Pittsburgh native Billy Porter.



‘Thanks to all’ as Hill District Shop ‘n Save opens

LEGACY—Onlookers celebrate the Hill District’s oldest resident, 105-year-old Lillian Allen, as she cuts the ribbon officially opening the Heldman Plaza SHOP ‘n SAVE. The list of everyone who pushed to help turn the idea of a Hill District grocery store into the reality of the Heldman Plaza SHOP ‘n SAVE market would probably include everyone in the 15219 zip code at one point or another.



Why young people are saying ‘no’ to the workforce

Luis Mendez, 23, a student at Miami Dade College, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, a student at Florida International University, right, wait in line at an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Marlins Park in Miami. The internships are paid, offer a wide range of job opportunities and begin in January 2014, lasting one year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) by Steve Hargreaves (CNN)—A job used to be the next step after a diploma. But now, young people aren’t in any rush to start working.



First full service grocery in 30 years. Will history repeat itself?

ULISH CARTER There’s a new SHOP ‘n SAVE full service grocery store in the Hill District for the first time in 30 years. But despite all the celebrating going on now the big question is, will this store continue to be a beacon of light for the Hill and other Black communities throughout the country 10 years from now? First let’s give out kudos and congratulations to all the people who worked so very hard to get this store in the Hill. Especially Evan Frazier and the Hill House, and Carl Redwood, the URA, Mayor Ravenstahl, Jake Wheatley, Sala Udin and many, many more.



In Marvel’s ‘Iron Man,’ family’s secrets unravel

This image provided by Marvel shows the cover of “Iron Man” No. 17, out Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 in comic shops. (AP Photo/Marvel) by Matt MooreAP Entertainment Writer Tony Stark’s always been a man of many talents for whom surprise is a rare thing. But the avenging philanthropic billionaire — better known for the high-tech armor he wears as Iron Man — is about to find himself felled by not one, but two, family secrets that has him questioning his place in the world and why the reality of his origin was kept from him.



Hawaii surfer throws punches to escape shark

A boogie boarder rides a wave at “The Wedge,” a spot located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A 25-year-old Hawaii surfer and former boxer went toe-to-fin with a shark off Kauai and survived.



How Kanye popped the question

In this Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian arrive to attend Givenchy’s ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection in Paris. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer, file) by Mesfin FekaduAP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kardashian’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged.