Fri04182014

Pittsburgh history showcased at national conference

Last week the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History convened in Pittsburgh for their 97th annual convention. While the national conference, which was last hosted in Pittsburgh in 2004, drew notable historians from across the country, it also shed light on the depth of African-American history within the city of three

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Fulfilling the Promise... City graduation rate on the rise

Celebrating the work of its first four-year graduates, the Pittsburgh Promise released its annual report that highlighted increased graduation rates in city schools and greater college retention rates for Promise scholars.

The Promise report, released Sept. 27 at sponsor American Eagle Outfitters’ offices on the South Side, shows the p

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Judge halts Voter ID law

After several days of testimony and strong direction from the State Supreme Court, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson reversed himself and approved an injunction of the state’s voter ID law.

It will not be in effect for the November General Election, though it may after January.

Last month Simpson denied the injunction sought

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Pittsburgh Public School District slow in reducing racial disparities

Complaint made 20 years ago, little progress made

At the Sept. 26 legislative meeting of the Pittsburgh Public School District, the Board of Directors voted to extend a memorandum of understanding with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for the continued monitoring of the District’s effort to improve achievement for A

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64 of 79 homicides Black lives

With three months left in the year 2012, Allegheny County has reached 79 homicides at the end of September, making it a deadlier year than 2011, which ended with 73 homicides. That glimmer of hope shown at the beginning of the year that the anti-violence message was finally sinking in, has now turned into fear of what will happen to our

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