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An undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History) by Jeffrey CollinsAssociated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a 14-year-old Black boy executed in 1944 for killing two White girls are asking a South Carolina judge to take the unheard-of move of granting him a new trial in hopes he will be cleared of the charges. George Stinney was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society that wanted revenge for the beating deaths of two girls, ages 11 and 7, according to the lawsuit filed last month on Stinney’s behalf in Clarendon County.
ENJOYING THE FINISHED PROJECT—From left: Micci Hutterer, Caren Miller, Edward Rawson, Charles Kikrsey, Charles Smith, Portia Hornick and Berry Breene pose in front of the mural. Moving the Lives of Kids (MLK Mural) created a new mural at 2852 Penn Ave., in the Strip District, in partnership with Neighbors in the Strip, and with a group of Pittsburgh youth who were paid to participate as part of their summer job experience through the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.
NURTURING THE EARTH WITH LOVE—Terren Holiday, 15 of Terren’s Lawn Service displays his floral artwork during the Young Entrepreneur Business Expo. The recent Young Entrepreneur Business Expo provided the young entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell, promote their services, and showcase their business ideas as well as to network with some of the region’s top business executives. Baked goods, jewelry, herbal creams, natural lipstick, landscaping and photography services were a few of the businesses on display during the Entrepreneuring Youth Igniting Possibilities and George W. Tippins Regional Business Competition Awards 2013 event.
ACCOUNTING AWARENESS—Counselor Erika Mangual works with brothers, Joziah Council and Jesse Council, from Beaver Area High School. (Photo by J.L. Martello) According to the United States Bureau of Labor, the mean salary for accountants and auditors around the country is $71,040 per year. This statistic is a key motivator for the African-American students enrolled in Point Park’s Accounting Career Awareness Program, a one-week summer camp for minority students interested in exploring careers in accounting and finance.
College student Francois Louis, 20, poses for a photo in Davie, Fla. Louis can’t remember the last time he went to the doctor and gets by on over the counter medication or health remedies whenever he’s sick. He’d love to be able to the doctor and have a check-up, but says it’s just too expensive on his salary of less than $15,000 a year. For millions of unemployed and underemployed twenty-somethings, many who are still living at home in the wake of a recession, health care has been out of reach. Now sweeping federal health laws are promising make coverage more affordable, but the big question remains, will it be affordable enough? (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) by Kelli KennedyAssociated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn’t been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money. Even after the federal health overhaul takes full effect next year, the 24-year-old said he will probably decide to pay the $100 penalty for those who skirt the law’s requirement that all Americans purchase coverage.
MISS EBONY AND HER COURT—The 2013 Miss Ebony Teenage Taylor Whitley, center, with flowers and crown and her court, from left: Zyaire Fisher, London Pipkins, Katherine Logan and Kayla Castleberry.
Students celebrate their recent graduation from the Year Up intensive training program (BlackNews.com) — Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Their program emphasizes academic and professional rigor, setting expectations high for quality of work and professional behavior. A strong structure guides students through the steps necessary for achieving success in the classroom and the workplace.