Daily Archive: November 11, 2013

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Metro

Wagner holds door open for gov bid

Jack Wagner (Courier Photo/J.L.Martello/File) HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner says he’ll announce by the end of this year whether he plans to seek the Democratic nomination to run for governor in 2014.

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International

US envoy was inspired by South African struggle

US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard is photographed during an interview with a local newspaper in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader’s simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.

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Opinion

Don Lemon responds to ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ commentary reaction

CNN anchor Don Lemon. (Courtesy Photo) (NNPA)–CNN anchor Don Lemon was demonized on social media for a Nov. 5 commentary that seemed supportive of New York’s racially discriminatory “stop-and-frisk” policy. But on Nov. 6 he told Richard Prince’s Journal-isms that his remarks were “grossly misinterpreted” and declared, “I am not supporting stop-and-frisk.”

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Entertainment

Cast of ‘Porgy and Bess’ excited for national tour

Nathaniel Stampley, will lead the national tour of the musical “Porgy and Bess,” that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates) by Mark KennedyAP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Nathaniel Stampley ached to make the role of Porgy his own in the celebrated 2012 Broadway revival of “Porgy and Bess.” Instead, he kept dying. Stampley was an understudy for Norm Lewis in the title role and bided his time by playing the small role of Robbins in the revamped version of the Gershwin classic. Robbins is killed with a cotton hook in a fight after a dice game on page 15 of the script.

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Lifestyle

Autism Speaks at Chefs Create Pittsburgh 2013

Elise The Diva Chef and Lynn Swann I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the inaugural Chefs create event for the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks, held at the Fairmont hotel downtown. Fourteen chefs featured small bites inspired by an individual on the Autism Spectrum. The event kicked off with cocktail hour accompanied with complimentary hors de oeuvres. There was also opportunity to participate in a silent auction and to win raffle prizes, one of which was an autographed jersey and photo with Steelers hall of famer, and honorary chairperson Lynn Swann.

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National

Booker goes to Washington a celebrity and senator

In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) by Katie ZezimaAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. Senate passed a bill to ban job discrimination against gay and transgender people, its newest member’s first impulse was to yell with joy. Then he remembered where he was. Instead, Cory Booker reached into his pocket for his phone.

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National

New leadership style coming to NYC City Hall

New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray exit Methodist Hospital after visiting a patient in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Jonathan LemireAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio does not just offer a sharp contrast to the policies of predecessor Michael Bloomberg — he will run the nation’s largest city with a very different leadership style: a hands-on approach that draws upon two decades in politics, with significant input from his poet-activist wife. “I think it’s fair to say the most important voice in my life is Chirlane McCray,” de Blasio said this week after a landslide victory that made him the city’s first Democratic mayor since 1989. “In terms of a formal role, in terms of what kind of specific issues she may focus on, that will take some time to work out.”