Man sentenced

Last Tuesday a Lawrenceville man was sentenced for the March 2007 killing of an 18-year-old outside of the Cotton Club on Webster Avenue in the Hill District.

Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus sentenced Kevin D. Coaston, 32, to eight-and-a-half to 20 years in prison for killing Jerrell Everett. Coaston was found guilty, in July at a non-jury trial, of third-degree homicide. During his trial witnesses testified to seeing him shoot Everett and running away with the gun.

After the Everett’s family made statements, the judge handed down his sentence. Coaston will also serve five years on probation after his prison sentence is completed.

A piece of history

As a part of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, the Senator John Heinz History Center is collecting information for their 2010 exhibit, “America’s Best Weekly: A Century of the Pittsburgh Courier,” and looking to interview former employees and long time publication subscribers.

The Courier has been the leading African-American weekly newspaper and continues to cover issues that are relevant to the African-American Community. There were more than 400 employees at one time. Those with any information or looking to be a part of the exhibition can call Samuel W. Black, curator of the African-American collections at the History Center, at 42-454-6391 or email

Celebrity spokesperson

Verizon will feature Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark as their celebrity spokesperson for their Man Cave Makeover contest, which will award an individual a $10,000 high tech electronics package, which will include one year of Verizon’s FiOS TV and Internet services; a 40’’ LCD HDTV; a Blue Ray home theatre system, a PC notebook and more.

“Everyone deserves a Man Cave, Mom Cave, Kid Cave or a Family Cave Makeover,” Mark Adams, director of marketing for Verizon’s Mid Atlantic region, said in a release. “Verizon wants to offer FiOS fans a place where they can experience FiOS, unwind, be entertained, and reconnect with family and friends.”

Interested individuals must send a video or photograph explaining why they deserve a Man Cave. They can submit their entries online or by attending local event that will feature designated booths to record their submissions. The contest is from now until Nov. 30 and individuals must be Pennsylvania residents, 18 years or older.

The second place prize is lunch with Ryan Clark and the third is a digital prize. For more of the contest rules and a list of where to enter, visit http://www.noplacelikefios,com/mancave,

Foundation awards

Steelers family

The Bus Stops Here Foundation, created by former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis, will honor the Rooney Family with the Jerome Bettis Humanitarian Awards at their “Caring for Kids” event on Oct. 15 at Heinz Field.

The Rooney’s will be honored for their civic leadership and their numerous charitable contributions to Pittsburgh’s communities.

The evening will be emceed by WPXI Sports anchor Alby Oxenriter and will include a live and silent auction, cocktails, dinner and entertainment by DJ Nate the Phat Barber. All of the proceeds from the evening will go to the foundation, which works to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children.

Diversity conference

The Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will explore how actions and attitudes impact others and how having a diverse and inclusive environment ultimately effects economic development in the region during their Diversity/Inclusiveness Conference Oct. 22 at PNC Park.

The conference will feature Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer for UPMC, as the moderator of the morning plenary session,“Diversity and Inclusion:  A Business and Economic Imperative;” keynote Speaker, Melvin J. Gravely III, Ph.D; and topics such as, Metric, Cultural Competency, ResearchTrends, Sustainability and more.

To get more information or register for the conference, email

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