Pittsburgh Bureau Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Earl Wimbush, 21, from Bloomfield, for the death of a 23-year-old male and the shooting of a second victim. Timothy Bottoms was found with a gunshot wound to the torso by officers who responded to a call of a male shot in the 5300 block of Cornwall. Individuals in a crowd tried to give aid, but Bottoms was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital where authorities said he is in stable condition. It is still unknown what charges Wimbush will face. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161. Callers may remain anonymous.
AP—Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will propose a 1 percent tax on tuition at colleges and universities in the city as part of the city’s operating budget. Ravenstahl was scheduled to introduce his $452 million proposed budget to City Council on Monday. The proposed college education privilege tax would be paid by students who attend post-secondary schools in the city, which includes colleges, universities, art, business and culinary schools. Ravenstahl says those students use city services. Ravenstahl says the tax would raise about $16 million a year. He wants to use the money to plug a $15 million hole in the city’s annual budget, with the rest going to help the struggling Carnegie Library system, which the city helps fund.
New board members
Carlow University has named two local prominent African-Americans that have been added to their board. The university announced Nov. 5 that they have named Jackie Dixon and Inez K. Miles to their board of trustees. Dixon is the director of government relations for Giant Eagle Inc. and Miles is the vice president of Citizens Bank. Both women have served on several boards and were one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Women of Excellence. Carlow is the first women-centered university in Pennsylvania and is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary. Also, Sala Udin, president of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership will replace Saleem Ghubril as the new chair of the board of directors of A+ Schools, a local community organization that advocates the improvement of public education. Ghubril, the executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, will serve as immediate past president of the board’s executive committee.
A local lounge on the South Side has partnered with a youth program to make a better holiday season for underprivileged young people in Pittsburgh. On Nov. 27 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., Dolce Lounge & Restaurant on East Carson Street will collect unwrapped gifts for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Youth Program. Guests who bring a gift will receive a voucher for a free drink of their choice. Officers of the program and Diane Richard of the Police Information Office will deliver the collected gifts Dec. 24. Anyone with questions can contact Officer Gary Rupert at 412-323-7824. Also officers from the Zone 3 Police Station will partner with Folino’s Restaurant, Tom’s Diner and volunteers from the Brashear and South Side Rotary Associations to deliver Thanksgiving meals to the elderly, needy and homeless through their “Get Stuffed with Love 2009” program. They will visit senior centers, high rises and residences. Officers will begin passing food out at 8:30 a.m. and there will be a free dinner served at 2 p.m. at the Brashear Association on Sarah Street. Donations are being accepted. For more information, call the Zone 3 Station at 412-488-8326.
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 longtime 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, African-American collections at the History Center, at 412-454-6391 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.