Filing for bankruptcy

AP—The owner of a troubled Downtown Pittsburgh hotel has filed for bankruptcy.

The former Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday in Pittsburgh. The hotel owned by Shubh Hotels Pittsburgh LLC of Boca Raton, Fla., claims in the court filing that it has between $10 million and $50 million in assets and between $50 million and $100 million in debts.

The high-profile hotel that sits across from the city’s iconic Point State Park had been a Hilton until the hotel chain pulled its name from the building last week. Also, Black Rock Financial Management Inc. of New York City foreclosed on the hotel last week.


Trial postponed

The trial for two men accused of killing a North Side girl has been postponed until Nov. 15 so that the two men can get a mental health evaluation.

Michael Gist and Anthony Wilson are accused of killing 12-year-old Jolesa Barber when they shot through the door of the apartment she had been visiting Jan. 28.

According to the Post-Gazette, Wilson has a prior record of being diagnosed with a mental disease, but when he was evaluated the last three times since being at the Allegheny County Jail, he was found to be competent.


Infant mortality month

The Pittsburgh City Council, led by R. Daniel Lavelle, presented a proclamation stating September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month at their Sept. 7 meeting.

African-American, Hispanic and Native American babies are two to four times more likely to die before the age of one than other ethnicities. With awareness, the number of deaths will decrease.

Along with the proclamation, council will recognize the work of Healthy Start Inc. for their programs and work in reducing infant deaths and low birth rates.


Farmer’s market checks

The Allegheny County Department of Health is reminding participants of the WIC program to redeem checks for the Pennsylvania Farmer’s Market Nutrition program before Nov. 30, when the checks expire.

More that 10,000 participants received $20 checks to use to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We encourage families to take full advantage of the program and use all their checks for free produce and not let any go to waste,” county health director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon, said in a release.

Participants can visit the county’s website at or call 412-350-5801, to get a list of locations of participating Farmer’s Markets and of the fresh products that are available.


Amachi fundraiser

Amachi Pittsburgh has partnered with New York Times best selling author and television personality Chef Jeff Henderson to serve as the keynote speaker at their fundraiser that will take place Oct. 28 at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The event, “A Recipe for Discovery” will include various presentations and cooking demonstrations. Amachi Pittsburgh is a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and support for children of at least one parent who is incarcerated.

“At Amachi Pittsburgh, we are thrilled to feature Chef Jeff at our upcoming ‘Recipe for Discovery’ event,” Anna Hollis, executive director of Amachi Pittsburgh, said in a release. “Chef Jeff’s journey of hope and redemption aligns with the mission of our organization and will surely be a source of inspiration to all involved.”

Henderson is no stranger to a tough life. He ran a cocaine operation and was later arrested and served 10 years in prison. He turned his life around and became the first Black chef de cuisine at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. His life is the inspiration for the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 412-281-3752.

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