Daily Archive: November 8, 2013



McClendon finally lands managerial job in Seattle

New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, right, shakes hands with general manager Jack Zduriencik as they pose with a jersey at a news conference introducing McClendon on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Seattle. McClendon spent eight seasons as a coach waiting for another opportunity to be a major league manager after his stint in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) SEATTLE (AP) — Lloyd McClendon wanted to be in Seattle three years ago, when he finished as a runner-up to Eric Wedge for the Mariners’ managerial opening. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik was impressed that every time he crossed paths with McClendon in the time that passed, there was no sulking or no hard feelings about losing out.



Person of interest arrested in barbershop slayings

Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) by Corey WilliamsAssociated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — A convicted felon who was wearing body armor when police arrested him in a Detroit suburb will be questioned in an investigation into the fatal shooting of three men in a back gambling room of an east side barbershop. Detroit Police Chief James Craig described the man as a person of interest in Wednesday evening’s shooting at Al’s Barber Shop that left six other people wounded. Speaking at a Thursday news conference at police headquarters, Craig said the bloodshed may have stemmed from an ongoing feud.



Detroit mayor-elect says he resents focus on race

Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan listens during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Detroit, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos by Corey Williams Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s mayor-elect said Wednesday that far too much had been made of his skin color during a successful campaign that will make him the predominantly Black city’s first White mayor in four decades. Appearing at his first news conference as mayor-elect, Mike Duggan said he would meet over the next two days with Michigan’s governor and Detroit’s current leaders, including the state-appointed emergency manager who currently controls the cash-strapped city’s checkbook.



The myth of a federal government out of control

GEORGE CURRY (NNPA)—The Republican push to reduce the federal deficit solely through spending cuts is based on mythology rather than fact. That was clearly demonstrated by a series of reports issued recently by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In a report issued Oct. 28, CBPP stated, “As a new budget conference committee seeks agreement on spending and tax priorities for the next decade, some policymakers and commentators who believe that future deficit reduction must come solely from spending cuts will likely repeat the claim that the federal government is exploding in size. The data do not support such a claim.



Nation’s housing recovery far from equal

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)—With the annual holiday season approaching, many across the country will soon be celebrating with families and loved ones. Many such gatherings will toast the season and its blessings. But for families still troubled by delinquent mortgages and foreclosures, this time of year has another meaning. These consumers are wondering if they will have a home this holiday season. Although September 2013 marked the 23rd consecutive monthly drop in the nation’s foreclosures, approximately 902,000 homes remained in some state of foreclosure.



Gateway Medical Society celebrates 50 years, mentors program

MENTEES TO BECOME DOCTORS (Photos by J.L. Martello) Gateway Medical Society held its 50th year celebration gala recently where it honored outstanding doctors and spotlighted the youth mentees aspiring to be doctors. Gateway Medical Society was formed 50 years ago by Pittsburgh physicians Dr. Earl B. Smith, Dr. Oswald Nickens and Dr. Charles Booker.



What’s in a signature?

DEBBIE NORRELL With the proliferation of hand-held credit or debit card payment devices popping up in retail establishments, signing with your finger has become the new norm says Creditcards.com. But few can master a genuine signature with a fingertip on such a tiny screen. Are these squiggly, and often illegible, digital signatures really legally binding? The answer is a resounding “yes.” A fingertip signature is just as binding as an ink one. “A signature is a mark affixed to a record showing a person’s intent,” says John Levy, executive vice president of IMM, which provides electronic signature and document solutions.



Small Seeds celebrates 14 years of serving families

FAMILIES SERVED—Front, from left: Shelly Thompson, Jacqueline Grace, April Townsend, Darwin Dillard and Jaumair Garland. Back row, from left: Delrico Walker, Rochelle Felder, Troy Miles, Sharael Alston and Keisha Wise. In an evening of tribute, recognition, celebration and gratitude, The Small Seeds Development Inc. celebrated 14 years of empowering families and impacting communities. The banquet was held on top of Mt. Washington at the LeMont Restaurant. The room held the perfect ambiance, as the windows all around revealed the breathtaking view of picturesque downtown Pittsburgh. Attendees enjoyed a sumptuous meal of Crabcakes, Medallions of beef, roasted potatoes, green beans garnished in lemon and a dessert of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.



NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston appears at New Hazlett Theater

RANDY WESTON National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Randy Weston performed in Pittsburgh on Oct. 26, in the fall installment of Kente Arts Alliance’s Africa Calling Series. Weston appeared with his African Rhythms Quintet featuring: Randy Weston (piano); TK Blue (reeds & flute); Alex Blake (bass); Neil Clarke (percussion) and Robert Trowers (trombone). This much anticipated concert took place at the New Hazlett Theater, on the North Side.



Jazz Generations introduces young musicians to jazz

YOUNG PLAYERS—Playing with the band from left: Leila Quiroce, 13; Alyssa Brinza, 12; and K’aij Gomez, 11. (Photos by J.L. Martello) The year-long Jazz Generations project at the Father Ryan Center in McKees Rocks got underway Oct. 7 with resident artist Maggie Johnson introducing local young musicians to instrumentation, meter and rhythms unique to various jazz stylings.