Ashley N. Johnson - Courier Staff Writer



Duquesne child’s wish for Kennywood granted

Brayden Thompson poses with Kenny Kangaroo courtesy of Make-A-Wish, on June 30. (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello) While illness can be tough on adults, it’s even tougher on children, but one local organization is working to make sure that children with life threatening illnesses get a chance to forget about their illness and have their wishes come true.



No Black homicides in June…29 of 40 murders Black lives

KEEPING THE PEACE—City Council members stand with “Community Difference-Makers” and organizers of the “Juneteenth: Stop the Violence” event at the proclamation ceremony during the City Council meeting on June 24. For the first time in years, the numbers for Black homicides have stayed the same for two consecutive months. While June had two homicides, neither of them were Black individuals? Has the message of a zero tolerance for violence in the Black community, finally reached the right individuals? Has the community finally decided to take a united stand and say this behavior is unacceptable?



‘Talking while Black’: Community calls for action over teacher’s arrest, photographer’s harassment

CUFFED—Manchester Academy Charter School teacher Dennis Henderson and New Pittsburgh Courier photographer Rossano P. Stewart sit on the ground, after being handcuffed by a Pittsburgh police officer on Kelly Street in Homewood. (Photo by Elwin Green/Homewood Nation) Tensions in the community are running high and leaders are calling for action after a Pittsburgh teacher was arrested and a New Pittsburgh Courier photographer were handcuffed at a community meeting in Homewood by a police officer who many said overreacted and was too aggressive.



Foster Care: Problem homes don’t stop 4 college grads

KAYLNN AND KALYA KOHLMAN At age 12, Angela Campbell entered the foster care system after the issue of dealing with a family members’ mental illness in her home began to take a toll on her. After a series of shelters, group homes and even living with family, Campbell found some stability, got back into school, graduated from high school and went on to attend Bennett College, in North Carolina, where she, now 21, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work.



Cheerios ad sparks debate on interracial relationships

TERI AND CARL DASHFIELD The recent controversy over the new Cheerios commercial which features an interracial couple and their biracial daughter’s concern for her father’s heart health has stirred up a lot of emotion, causing the question to be asked, has society become more accepting of interracial relationships now than years before or is it still just as taboo?“I loved it (the commercial) and thought it was so cute,” said Teri Dashfield, of Ohio. “But the first thing I thought, besides how cute it was, is that Cheerios is going to get some flack. There are going to be some narrow-minded people being ugly. People need to get over it. It is adorable and it represents the changing face of our nation. I’m very happy Cheerios has not backed down.”



Stop the Violence focus of Juneteenth event

Almost a month after the senseless shooting deaths of 1-year-old Marcus White Jr., who was killed at an East Hills community picnic with his aunts; 16-year-old Delasia Detrieuille, who was killed in a housing complex when confronting two boys who allegedly had robbed her of a gun she was trying to sell earlier in the day; and John Haas, a jitney driver who was killed while picking up a charge in a McKeesport housing complex because his vehicle was mistaken for a rival gang member’s, the community will come together to take a stand against the acceptance of senseless violence in their neighborhoods at Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth Stop the Violence & Community Awareness Event on June 29 at Stage AE from 1-4 p.m.



29 of 38 homicides Black lives

The homicides of May 2013 were filled with tragedies, senseless violence, and a loud call to end the “no snitching” code of silence and the need for changes in our communities. Out of the 38 homicides, 29 were Black and 24 were Black men, which is the same as this time last year. In May 2012, 29 of the 37 homicides were Black.



Community outraged over toddler’s shooting death, Rayco declares ‘War’

RAYCO ‘WAR’ SAUNDERS (Courier Photo/William McBride) The shooting death of a 1-year-old boy at an East Hills cookout has left many in the community feeling outraged and fed up with the Black-on-Black violence. Early Tuesday evening, two females were injured and their nephew was killed when three men got out of a vehicle and opened fire into a crowd at a cookout in the 2300 block of East Hills Drive. The toddler, who has been identified as Marcus White Jr., 19 months, was taken to Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The two females, whose names still have not been released, were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, one, 19 years old, was listed in stable condition, the second, 20 years old with gunshot wounds to the chest and back, has been listed in critical condition. The women had taken White to the cookout. “My grandson is gone and he’s not coming back,” said Camille Smith, White’s grandmother. “He was an innocent baby. It was senseless.”



Many say Angelina Jolie’s actions were too extreme

ANGELINA JOLIE (AP Photo/File) Angelina Jolie is used to creating a buzz in the entertainment world, but now she has crossed over into the health care field with her recent announcement in a New York Times op-ed article. On May 14, in the op-ed “My Medical Choice,” Jolie announced that she had underwent a preventative double mastectomy after undergoing genetic testing and finding that she had a mutation of the BRCA 1 gene, which significantly increases her risk of developing breast cancer. In her op-ed, Jolie wrote, “My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average. Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.” Jolie underwent the mastectomy, which is the partial or complete surgical removal of one or both breasts, in her case both, then had reconstructive surgery.While many are praising her for her preventative measures, others disagree with her actions, calling them extreme.