Author: The Associated Press

URA board backs community in Penguins deal


Citing language that would have prevented community groups from objecting to the Pittsburgh Penguins development plans for the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District, several URA board members nearly killed the amended agreement the city had forged with the team to get development moving.

Walton named new president of Cheyney University

AARON WALTON takes over as president of Cheyney University on a permanent basis.

Last week, the board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted to make interim president, and longtime Pittsburgh resident, Aaron Walton, president of Cheyney University, the financially-troubled HBCU near Philadelphia.

BETTY COPELAND BREAKS THE BARRIER …She’ll become Bridgeville’s first Black female mayor

BETTY COPELAND, winner of the Nov. 7 mayoral election. She’ll be sworn into office on Jan. 2, 2018.

Though her late husband had served on the borough council, Betty Copeland never thought of running for office, until earlier this year when she was talked into running for mayor of Bridgeville, at age 83.

Did Democratic Party do enough for Woodruff? …More support could have landed ex-Steeler a victory in Nov. 7 election


Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff seemingly had everything needed to oust interim Republican Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy from the vacant seat she’d been appointed to by Gov. Tom Wolf last year. He seemingly had everything needed to become the first African American elected to the Supreme Court since Robert C. Nix Jr.

Middle Hill Development and ‘Teenie’ Harris Center open

LIONEL HARRIS addresses the crowd during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Teenie Harris Center, Nov. 1. Lionel is the son of the famed Pittsburgh Courier photographer. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

Housing Authority has vouchers for displaced residents…Few people are aware of the vouchers

TODD GRIFFIN, with his daughter Makeela, are current Homewood residents, but they may be forced to move soon. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

In mid-October, when Todd Griffin first learned that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had revoked his landlord’s eligibility for the Section 8 subsidy program, all he was told was that he would have to move from his Homewood apartment—in 60 days.

62 of 89 homicides Black lives …Seven October homicides in Allegheny County

In October, six people were murdered in Allegheny County, and another from West Virginia died in a local hospital after her fiancée set her on fire. That perpetrator is in custody, as are three others. But that leaves three cases with, as yet, no known culprit. In seven of October’s homicides, six of the victims were Black.

Dr. Hacker says crack epidemic ‘did not get same health focus’ as opioid crisis

KAREN HACKER, MD, Director, Allegheny County Health Department


In the 1990s when crack cocaine use—and the attendant violence perpetrated by rival dealers—skyrocketed in Pittsburgh’s Black communities, the official government response was new laws, more police and longer jail sentences for possession of crack than powder.

‘Tamiko Stanley Day’ in Pittsburgh Oct. 29


She was instrumental in driving city diversity forward

Tamiko Stanley, who moved the City of Pittsburgh’s workforce toward greater racial diversity under former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, will be honored for her work with the declaration of Oct. 29 as “Tamiko Stanley Day.”

URA authorizes $51 million for Hill, North Side affordable homes

People walk along Bedford Avenue near the Bedford Hill Apartments in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. City officials are looking to expand Pittsburgh’s affordable housing stock with an affordable housing trust fund. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Developer Bob Mistick was all smiles during last week’s Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh board meeting, and will be for some time.