Daily Archive: November 9, 2013



Column: Miami case about conformity, not toughness

In this Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) by Paul NewberryAP Sports Columnist To his Miami Dolphins teammates, Jonathan Martin came across as someone who needed “toughening up.” But what does that mean, exactly, when you’re talking about a 6-foot-4, 320-pound guy who already had proven he was tough enough to play a violent, brutal sport at the highest level?



At The Finish Line 11-8…Where Only the Truth Matters

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) tries to break free from the grasp of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) The truth is . . . and I mean the devil awful truth, the Pittsburgh Steelers . . . your Pittsburgh Steelers, are a bad team. Just a bad team. Not only because “Big Ben” gives the ball away twice a game (and “they” don’t want to talk about it) or the bad “O”-Line or the bad “D”-Line or the bad secondary or the bad punter and the poor coaching . . . Haley leading the list there; it’s also because it’s set up that way. Free agency, salary caps and poor drafting gives every team this state of affairs. Just look at the Super Bowl champion Ravens!



Your late fees are waived: Blockbuster closes

This March 17, 2010, file photo, shows a closing Blockbuster stores in Racine, Wis. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Scott Anderson, File) by Todd Leopold (CNN) — “Be kind, please rewind,” the signs used to say in video stores, urging customers to return their rented VHS tapes spooled back to the beginning. If only Blockbuster could rewind back to the 1990s.


Pittsburghers travel to Haiti to help country

THE STREETS OF HAITI (Photo by Sonya Toler) by Sonya M. TolerFor New Pittsburgh CourierThe faith and spirit of the people of Haiti are stronger than ever as the island nation continues to rebuild. It was January 12, 2010 when a catastrophic earthquake took the lives of an estimated 300,000 people, toppled or damaged 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings, and focused the world’s attention on Haiti. Pittsburgh has been involved with efforts helping to empower Haitians long before the natural disaster nearly four years ago. Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti is one such organization founded in 1983 by Leon D. Pamphile,PhD. At the time, Pamphile was merely trying to do what countless numbers of Haitians continue to do: find a way to bring resources to his country that would empower others.



Redskins: More than a name

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—I was once told that the only bad thing about being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it. So it is with democracy; you have to have the freedom to disagree to prove that it works. This brings me to the issue of the Washington Redskins. They are one of the oldest teams in the National Football League. Lately, they have come under unrelenting pressure from certain quarters to change their storied name from the Redskins. Some are suggesting that the name is offensive to Native American. The Oneida Indian tribe has been at the forefront of this controversy.


Cover To Cover…‘The Sweetest Hallelujah’

by Terri SchlichenmeyerFor New Pittsburgh CourierYour best friend knows everything she needs to know. She knows your secrets, and the dreams you hold. She chases away your insecurities, your sorrows are her burdens, your joy is her triumph. Your best friend knows your heart, and loves you better for it. And in the new book “The Sweetest Hallelujah” by Elaine Hussey, a friendship that starts with a secret ends with a forever bond.