Tag: Heinz Endowments

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Pittsburgh may break new ground for Black male education

C. MATTHEW HAWKINS Whenever people get together to discuss the academic achievement of Black American males they usually end up with a litany of failure that seems to defy solutions. Over the past five years, however there is a new trend in the research on Black males and schooling. Pittsburgh, for a number of reasons, may find itself at the forefront of new methods to improve the effectiveness of schools and communities in engaging young Black males. Pittsburghers got a glimpse of where this might be headed during a community conversation that took place at the August Wilson Center on June 20th. The conversation featured a sneak preview of a documentary that took fourteen years to make, titled “American Promise”.

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Dollar Bank donates $2M ‘White Elephant” to Homewood Renaissance Association

REV. EUGENE BLACKWELL by Christian MorrowCourier Staff WriterIn 2008, work was completed on what was to be a new Family Dollar store on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood. But the company refused delivery of the structure, and it has remained vacant for five years. Now, not without a touch of poetic irony, that “white elephant” might serve as a catalyst for rebuilding the community. During a June 18 press conference, the Homewood Renaissance Association announced that despite purchase offers, Dollar Bank has donated the $2 million structure to serve as a new community center and the anchor of a multi-initiative effort to rebuild North Homewood.

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Report faults Heinz Endowments head for gas ties

A large drilling rig sits outside the Covelli Center with some of the Youngstown, Ohio skyline in the background. Officials say drilling in Ohio’s Utica shale region nearly doubled the output of oil and natural gas there since 2011, although some industry experts remain cautious about the long-term potential for production. (AP Photo/Mark Stahl, File) by Kevin Begos PITTSBURGH (AP) — The head of an influential charity is being criticized for his ties to the oil and gas industry, but some experts say the allegations are misguided. The Public Accountability Initiative, a liberal-leaning group that investigates corporations and businesses, released a report last week claiming that Robert Vagt, the president of Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments, hadn’t fully disclosed his ties to the oil and gas industry and his current membership on the board of Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc., the largest operator of natural gas pipelines in the U.S. The report also criticized the Endowments, which are separate from the giant food company, for providing funding for the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which works with the gas drilling industry to reduce pollution.