TAKING A STAND—Bartender Latika Pamplin and Pittsburgh police officer Brenda Tate pose with signs on the Black Beauty Lounge’s windows, warning shoplifters never to come inside. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Within hours of the Hicks family opening their SHOP ‘n SAVE in the Hill District in the 1980s, boosters were selling cartloads of merchandise two blocks away. Add to that the employees “giving away” huge quantities of inventory and the store failed in short order; killing any chance of revitalizing the Hill for 30 years. The term “booster,” said Pittsburgh Police Spokesperson Diane Richard, is a professional shoplifter, as opposed to, say, a teenager taking a pack of gum.
PREDICTIONS—PNC VP and Market Analyst Mekael Teshome tells the African American Chamber of Commerce’s PowerBreakfast audience that he sees modest but positive economic growth ahead. (Photo by Christian Morrow) As an economist and assistant vice president at PNC, Mekael Teshome’s specialty is risk analysis. So it wasn’t unexpected that the economic forecast for the coming year he presented at the African American Chamber of Commerce’s October 18 PowerBreakfast was relatively conservative, but positive.
Luis Mendez, 23, a student at Miami Dade College, left, and Maurice Mike, 23, a student at Florida International University, right, wait in line at an internship job fair held by the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Marlins Park in Miami. The internships are paid, offer a wide range of job opportunities and begin in January 2014, lasting one year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) by Steve Hargreaves (CNN)—A job used to be the next step after a diploma. But now, young people aren’t in any rush to start working.
AT LAST—Linda Imani Barett celebrates finally being able to buy groceries in her neighborhood. (Photo by J.L. Martello) by Christian MorrowCourier Staff WriterApparently, waiting 30 years and one day for a new grocery store is too long for some Hill District residents. The day before its scheduled opening, Heldman Plaza SHOP ‘n SAVE operator Jeff Ross went to check on the store and found “shoppers” roaming the aisles.
2014 Mercedes Benz E Class Cabriolet by Dee Ann DurbinAP Auto Writer TROY, Mich. (AP) — Move over, silver. After more than a decade as the world’s favorite car color, silver is falling in popularity to white. PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up 3 percent from the prior year. Silver and black tied for second, with 18 percent each.
by Donna Brazile (CNN) — As Senate negotiators, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell huddle for another day to avoid the nation’s default this week, we’ll know in a few days if Congress — more accurately, House Republicans — will choose to plunge this nation into a second recession, possibly triggering a global financial meltdown, or agree to compromise.