Daily Archive: November 8, 2013



Jury finds retaliation in 1st of 4 Iowa bias trial

In this April 17, 2013 file photo, plaintiffs, from left, Charles Zanders, Tereasa Jefferson, Beverly Couch and Wilbur Devine Jr., look on during a news conference about a racial bias class action lawsuit against the state of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by David PittAssociated Press Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Thursday awarded a Black woman $130,000, finding that Iowa Workforce Development officials retaliated against her after she filed a racial discrimination complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The jury found Dorothea Polk, 52, was the subject of retaliation when she was fired from her mail clerk job in 2006.



Homeless man naps in Omni William Penn presidential suite

Mug shot of Jeffery Watson who was arrested in Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel for Theft of Services and Criminal Trespass when he was found asleep in the presidential suite. (Photo Credit: Pittsburgh police) by Haimy Assefa and Kristina Sgueglia (CNN) — Jeffery Watson napped in the comfort of a $2,500 presidential suite at Pittsburgh’s stately Omni William Penn Hotel, which has hosted movie stars, leaders of industry, and every U.S. president from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama.



Arafat’s mysterious death becomes a whodunit

In this May 31, 2002 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File) by John HeilprinAssociated Press Writer RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Yasser Arafat’s mysterious 2004 death turned into a whodunit Thursday after Swiss scientists who examined his remains said the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned with radioactive polonium.



McCutchen wonders what might have been for Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) by John PerrottoAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter. The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.



New $14 million mixed-income development rises in East Liberty

LIBERTY RISING—Developers and community leaders break ground for a new mixed-income apartment building, l-r: James Eby, Mike Doyle, Bart Mitchell, Luke Ravenstahl, Ed Gainey and Beverly Bates. (Photo by J.L. Martello.) For years the 160 public housing units of the East Mall high-rise straddled Penn Avenue like the Colossus of Rhodes, an unfriendly 17-story titan further isolating a once vibrant East Liberty from adjacent city neighborhoods. Though it and its two fellow pubic housing high-rises were finally demolished in 2005, one of East Mall’s footprints remained–until now.On Nov. 4, officials broke ground for the new $14 million, mixed-income East Liberty Place South, which will bring 52 apartments and 11,000 square feet of retail space to Penn Avenue.



Unmasking White racism

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—In 1896, “Lyrics of Lowly Life,” a collection of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poetry, was published. Although his poem was specifically focused on African-American people, in this 21st Century, it is apropos to many. He recognizes the pain many feel about their inability to be “themselves” and if we fast-forward to today, he addresses the masks they wear because they want to hide from themselves. The poem reads: “We wear the mask that grins and lies; That hides our cheeks and shades our eyes; This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile; And mouth with myriad subtleties.



Can I fall in love with my cousin?

ALMA GILL Dear Alma, I was married for 20 years and have two grown children. I met my husband when he was best friends with a male cousin of mine. After we graduated high school, my cousin left to join the Army. We called and stayed in touch at first, but later the calls were fewer and fewer. Over the years, life took over and time passed; we’d see each other only at a few family gatherings. My husband and I grew apart and are now divorced. My cousin is retired now and living in another state. His wife recently died and I traveled to attend her funeral. Since the funeral, my cousin and I have been talking on the phone, texting and emailing each other, promising to stay in touch and become close like we were before. I don’t know why or how, but I have very strong feelings for him. I know he doesn’t feel the same way that I do, and I feel terrible about this, but I can’t get him off my mind. We understand each other, and he is exactly what I’ve always looked for in a man. It seems we fit like a puzzle. Can you fall in love with your cousin?—Wanda