Daily Archive: November 9, 2013



Panthers crush Savannah State 88-55 in opener

Savannah State’s Alante Fenner (1) shoots behind Pittsburgh’s Derrick Randall (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derrick Randall spent two seasons killing time on the bench at Rutgers. Finally on the court at Pittsburgh, the junior center didn’t waste a chance to make an impression. Thrust into the starting lineup when senior Talib Zanna was suspended one game for a violation of team rules, Randall posted career highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Panthers eased by Savannah State 88-55 in the season opener Friday night.



Peduto announces formation of executive team

The new executive team for mayor elect Bill Peduto: (from left to right) Guy Costa, chief operatiions officer; chief administration officer, Debbie Lestitian; solicitor, Lourdes Sanchez Ridge; major in waiting Bill Peduto; chief education and neighborhood reinvestment officer, Curtiss E. Porter; Valerie McDonald-Roberts, chief urban affairs officer; chief of staff, Kevin Acklin; and Debra Lam, chief innovation and performance officer. Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced a complete restructuring of the Mayor’s Office that will include the most talented and diverse Mayoral cabinet in Pittsburgh’s history. The Executive Team announcement was coupled with the launch of the Peduto Transition Committee website — http://www.ournewpittsburgh.com — where you can find bios of team members as well as descriptions of their new job responsibilities starting in January. The transition website also includes a link to the Talent City website where — starting in mid-November — residents can apply for employment or appointments within the Peduto Administration.



Tony Dorsett struggles with memory loss, personality changes

Former University of Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Steve Almasy and Eliott C. McLaughlin (CNN) — Tony Dorsett recalls a 1984 game against the Philadelphia Eagles when he was streaking up the field and an opposing player slammed into him. One helmet plowed into another. Dorsett’s head snapped back, his helmet was knocked askew. “He blew me up,” Dorsett told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t remember the second half of that game, but I do remember that hit.” Dorsett compared the hit to a freight train hitting a Volkswagen.



Home Depot apologizes for racist tweet

Home Depot was under fire on Thursday for sending out a racist tweet which angered many online and resulted in an employee fired. (Twitter/image) NEW YORK (AP) — Home improvement maker Home Depot Inc. on Thursday apologized for a tweet that showed a picture of two African-American drummers with a person in a gorilla mask in between them and asked: “Which drummer is not like the others?” The tweet, from Home Depot’s official Twitter account, @HomeDepot, was part of a “College Gameday” college football promotion on ESPN. It was quickly pulled, but not before people took screen shots of it and it was widely circulated on social media. NBC and CNBC, among others, reported on the Tweet.



Local rapper releases latest CD after deep depression

VILLAIN 151 Pittsburgh has born its share of successful rappers. From Wiz Khalifa to Mac Miller, in the last decade the Steel City has become a reputable hip-hop city. Anthony “Villain 151” Sisco, 30, released his last album, “The Long Road Home,” on Nov. 5. “The Long Road Home” is an understatement, for it took Villain 151 two years to complete the project. In 2011, when he initially began recording the album, Villain 151 was depressed upon returning home from a Washington D.C relocation. Self-medicating with alcohol to cope with his reluctant return, Villain 151 realized he had to cease production, so he could create the album with a clear mind. “I was depressed when I wrote the first half of this album and you can actually hear it in some of the songs,” said the Pittsburgh rapper.



LaBelle son testifies for bodyguard in Texas trial

Singer Patti LaBelle leaves the courtroom after testifying at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguard Efram Holmes on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran) HOUSTON (AP) — The son of singer Patti LaBelle told a Texas jury on Friday that he was hit in the face by a man at a Houston airport terminal after the man shouted racial slurs at his mother. Zuri Edwards testified in the misdemeanor assault trial of his mother’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, 45, who hit Richard King at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.



US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown

In this May 30, 2013, photo, job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, file) by Christopher RugaberAP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy may be sturdier than many had assumed. Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday. And they did a lot more hiring in August and September than previously thought.