Author: The Associated Press

Community mourns the loss of three innocent victims of Homewood house fire

BALLOONS are placed at the home where Sandra Carter Douglas, Shamira Staten and her 4-year-old daughter Chy’enne Manning died in a house fire that officers say was intentionally set, Dec. 20. (Photo by Rob Taylor Jr.)

Overshadowing the darkness of the charred rubble and the blown-out windows were the glowing candles, the helium-filled princess balloons, and the smiling teddy bears.

Hey… What’s a ‘Yowie?’ …Fashion designer Kiya Tomlin teams with Ford to make popular Steelers fan accessory

KIYA TOMLIN, arriving to the Rock Steelers Style annual event, Oct. 20, in the Ford Expedition.

Everyone’s asking, “What’s a Yowie?”

Simply put, it’s a multi-functional, unisex fashion accessory favored by sports fans, such as Pittsburgh Steelers fans. One can wear it as a bandana, wristband, head wrap, scarf, sleeve, or anything else one can imagine.

BREAKING HER SILENCE …PPS teacher Janice Watkins recalls alleged attack by student’s mother

JANICE WATKINS recently set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for medical expenses after she was allegedly attacked by the mother of a student at Pittsburgh King PreK-8.

It was an ambush, a fight. One that, according to Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher Janice Watkins, “felt like…forever.”

City League Football—only 2 teams remain

KESHAWN TOWSOND of Brashear, a prime-time player for the Bulls as they face Allderdice, Nov. 4, for the City League championship.

Top seed Allderdice battles Brashear for the title, Nov. 4 at 2:15 p.m.

One school has won the Pittsburgh City League High School football title two of the last three years.

For these ‘Old Timers,’ competitive basketball never stops

ALLEGHENY OLD TIMERS head coach Al Smith, middle, with players Marlin Kimbrew and Floyd Means. (Photo by Rob Taylor Jr.)

MCKEESPORT—The “Old Timers”—a term of endearment for these basketball stars who flooded basketball gymns across the Pittsburgh area this past weekend, providing a competitive, yet respectful product for all to witness.

Ex-Steeler Santonio Holmes hosts bowling event for kids with Sickle Cell disease

SANTONIO HOLMES, top left, and current Steeler Roosevelt Nix, right, with some of the youth at Holmes’ celebrity bowling event, Oct. 10. (Photo by Tationna Smalley)

No one’s really sure who won the Santonio Holmes celebrity bowling event at AMF Noble Manor Lanes in the West End, Oct. 10.

It’s back! …Courier’s ‘Men of Excellence’ Awards 2017 (Nominate a ‘Man of Excellence’ now!)

Click on image to fill out nomination form.


Andy Williams famously sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

Little did people know that he was referring to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “Men of Excellence” Awards…

Making music that’s ‘Good For You’


Shady Side Academy grads ‘The Keymakers’ release debut single

Their sound is “dynamic,” and “evolving.”

They’re the Keymakers, brothers Jerome and Justin Barnes. But when they’re in music-making mode, or performing for fans, they’re known as Rome Alexander (Jerome) and Producer Rederic (Justin).

AHA to discuss stroke preventive measures at Sept. 16 luncheon


Nearly half of all African American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, and African Americans have nearly twice the risk for a first-ever stroke than Caucasians, resulting in a much higher death rate from stroke.

USO against The World …The entire City League is coming after the defending champion Wildcats

USO PLAYERS Damon Macklin, Kenneth Pipkins and Dorian Jackson look to lead the Wildcats to a second-straight City League championship. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)

USO head coach Lou Berry knows the entire Pittsburgh City League is coming for his Wildcats. After all, they are the defending City League champions.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Iverson brings brighter outlook for schools

DR. LINDA IVERSON, second from right, touts improvements in the Wilkinsburg school district, at a Back to School event, Aug. 23 (Photo by John Ford)

It’s the first week of school for roughly 550 students in the two Wilkinsburg elementary schools, and superintendent Dr. Linda Iverson says her district is turning the corner.