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Reverend Dr. Brenda J. Gregg, pastor of Destiny of Faith Church, on the North Side, was celebrated on Sunday, June 9, in grand style; a banquet with the theme, "White Diamonds and Pearls," by her congregation and the leaders of her church.

It was for a grand occasion. Reverend Gregg was turning 75 years old.

Upwards of 150 participants were in attendance for the celebration, which began at morning service with the Rev. Dr. Richard W. Wingfield, of Unity Baptist Church in Braddock, as the preacher of the morning, standing in for Rev. Gregg. The morning service closed and transitioned to the lower level of the church where gatherers continued to enjoy their pastor being celebrated.

Pastor Gregg has and

continues to leave an indelible footprint in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, in Pittsburgh, and in the North Side community specifically. Michelle Tedder, who attended the celebration with her husband, Robert, a longtime acquaintance of Rev. Gregg, said he was "honored to be here...I've known Pastor Gregg most of my life, and her giving has always been the standout for me. How she was always open to give of herself. So glad this day is for her to receive."

Reverend Gregg's service in ministry includes many notable accomplishments. Along with pastoring three churches (Quinn West AME Zion Elizabeth, Bethel AME Monroeville, Greater Allen AME North Side), she was also employed as a senior administrator at UPMC Children's Hospital.

Presidential Debate disaster: CNN’s shameful spectacle

The first presidential debate of 2024 between President Joe Biden and criminally convicted former President Donald Trump was nothing short of a shameful display of unhinged and unchecked behavior. CNN, which declined to provide Black-owned media with any of the more than 800 credentials it passed out, enabled a boatload of misinformation and flat-out lies to pass through their airwaves like bad wind.

“Absolutely disgraceful that the CNN moderators refuse to fact-check Trump on anything,” said human rights activist and attorney Qasim Rashid. “This is journalistic malpractice, and it is decimating our democracy.”

Writer and attorney Olayemi Olurin tweeted, “It is a failure on CNN not to fact-check Trump’s lies, but the thing is… if Joe Biden were performing the way he’s supposed to in a debate, his answers would be the fact check. So, three things are true: Trump is lying his [butt] off, the mediator isn’t doing their job, and neither is Biden.”

Biden, whose campaign said he suffered from a cold during the debate, took some of his biggest shots at Trump after the former president refused to accept the results this fall regardless of who won. Trump said he would only accept the results “if it’s fair, legal, and good.”

“You’re a whiner,” Biden said. “When you lost the first time… you appealed and appealed to courts all across the country. Not one single court in America said any of your claims had any merit, state or local, none. But you continue to promote this lie about somehow, there’s all this misrepresentation, all this stealing. There’s no evidence of that at all. And I tell you what, I

doubt whether you’ll accept it, because you’re such a whiner. The idea if you lose again, you accepting anything? You can’t stand the loss. Something snapped in you when you lost last time.”

Without any rebuttal, Trump also incredulously asserted that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was primarily to blame for the violent uprising on January 6. The moderators then cut to a commercial. And that was just a tiny part of CNN’s massive failure. Meanwhile, at the People for American Way reception and debate watch party at the Wharf in D.C., attendees sighed and expressed anger at their television sets as Trump told lie after lie. Despite having two anchors and a mute button, the host network failed to challenge him. “The debate turned into a 90-minute Trump rally,” said Alice Wilkes of Northeast. “I waited and waited for the moderators to say something, or, at least, cut him off,” Wilkes said.

At Busboys & Poets on K Street in Northwest, where former lawmaker Nina Turner hosted a watch party, a packed house cheered as Biden called Trump “a sucker” and noted that he had “sex with a porn star” behind his wife’s back.

During the debate, Biden addressed questions about his age and stumbled when he tried to mock Trump’s fitness. “You can see he is 6-foot5 and only 223 pounds or 235 pounds… well, anyway,” Biden said. Later, he agreed to Trump’s challenge of a golf match on one condition: “If you carry your own bag.”

Several Black voters expressed disappointment in the way both candidates talked about Black people. “It’s like they forgot about Black people,” Byron Cooper of Southeast stated.

“Trump commuted some sentences and pardoned some drug dealers. That’s supposedly what he did for the Black community,” Cooper remarked. “Unfortunately, to some Black people, that’s enough, which is ridiculous because the guy is a stark raving racist.”

During the debate, Trump revived attacks on Biden and Democrats over the 1994 crime bill that disproportionately harmed African Americans. Neither Biden nor CNN failed to mention Trump calling for the execution of five Black and Brown teenagers who were innocent of sexually assaulting a White woman in Central Park. Biden did mention how Trump has called skinheads and White nationalists “good people.”

In his two-minute closing argument, Trump personally attacked Biden’s record abroad. “They don’t respect you throughout the world,” he said. Trump claimed he had the largest tax cut and the largest regulation cuts in history, but the country is now “exploding.” “We’re a failing nation, but it’s not going to be failing anymore,” he said. We’re going to make it great again.”

For his close, Biden noted, “We have made significant progress from the debacle President Trump left in his last term.” Biden then summarized some of his signature policies. In terms of the economy, he vowed not to raise taxes on anyone making under $400,000 a year and to continue his work to reduce health care and childcare costs and give families financial breathing room. “We’re going to continue to fight to bring down inflation and give people a break,” Biden said in closing.

This Week In Black History A Courier Staple

• JULY 3

1775—Prince Hall founds African Lodge Number One—the first Black lodge of Free Masons in the United States. Hall would become the pioneer builder of Black Masons in America. He was also a leading voice against slavery and for Black rights in the North.

1962—The first Black man permitted to play Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson, is named to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

• JULY 4

1922—Samuel L. Gravely is born. Gravely became the first African American admiral in the United States Navy and the first African American to command a U.S. warship. The Richmond, Va., native died in 2004 at the age of 82.

1972—College professor and activist Angela Davis is acquitted of charges that she assisted and conspired with the young men involved in a deadly 1970 shootout at the Marin County courthouse in California. The assault on the courthouse was an attempt to free imprisoned Black activist George Jackson. At least three people were killed during the escape attempt. Davis, a Birmingham, Ala., native who became a member of the Communist Party, spent 16 months in prison but on this day in 1972 she was found not guilty of all charges by an all-White San Jose, Calif., jury.

1973—Arna Bontemps dies at the age of 72 in Nashville, Tenn. Born in Louisiana, Bontemps became one of the key figures in the Black artistic and cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Bontemps was a prolific writer and poet.

• JULY 5

1872—The Republican Party National Convention takes place in Philadelphia with substantial representation from former Black slaves. At least three Blacks addressed the national political gathering. At this point in history, the Republicans were the nation’s most progressive party and attracted the allegiance of African Americans. Blacks would remain loyal to the Republicans until the 1930s. But by 1945 with the Republicans becoming increasingly conservative and attracted to the New Deal programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the vast majority of Blacks had switched to the Democrats.

1894—Black inventor G.W. Murray patents a fertilizer distributor, cotton chopper and a seed planter all on this day in 1894. Dr. John Carlos, the 1968 Bronze medalist in the 200m, spoke on a panel recently in Washington, DC about the connection between the struggle he and fellow Olympian Tommie Smith endured to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Robert Roberts/The Washington Informer)

1945—Track star John Carlos is born in Harlem, N.Y. Carlos and fellow sprinter Tommie Smith created an international sensation when they protested American racism by giving the “Black Power” clinched fist salute when accepting their medals at the 1968 Olympics.

1956—Although the actual decision may have been reached the previous day, a federal district court hands down a ruling declaring that Alabama laws requiring racial segregation in public transportation were unconstitutional. The decision, which was later confirmed by the United States Supreme Court, was the first major legal victory for the Civil Rights Movement. It grew out of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott sparked when Rosa Parks defied the law and custom by refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a White man. Although actually organized by Rev. E.D. Nixon, the Boycott would result in Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. becoming the nation’s most prominent civil rights leader.

• JULY 6

1853—The first novel written by an African American is published on this day. However, the novel had to be published in England because the author William Wells Brown was a fugitive slave. The novel was entitled “Clotel” or “The President’s Daughter” and may have been partially inspired by the then rumored relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and the slave Sally Hemmings. 1862—One of the most pioneering and militant Black journalists in Black American history is born. Ida B. Wells-Barnett came into the world on this day in Holly Springs, Miss. The legendary journalist was also a relentless anti-lynching crusader and a fighter for women’s right to vote. She even made a stand against one of the more insulting laws of Jim Crow segregation nearly 70 years before Rosa Parks. In 1884, she refused to give up her seat on a train to a White man and move to an already over-crowded smoking car. It took the conductor

and two other men to drag her off the train. She was among the group of Blacks and progressive Whites who helped establish the NAACP. When she was just 25 she established her lifelong attitude towards women being submissive to men declaring, “I will not begin at this late day by doing what my soul abhors: sugaring men, weak deceitful creatures, with flattery to retain them as escorts …” She died in Chicago in 1931.

1957—Althea Gibson becomes the first Black person (male or female) to win the singles championship at Wimbledon. Gibson was born in Silver, S.C., and grew up in Harlem, N.Y. She died in September 2003. She often said she was driven to success in life by an attitude she developed during childhood. She summarized that attitude as “I always wanted to be somebody.”

1971—Henry T. Sampson invents the “gamma electric cell.” His invention and other engineering accomplishments had wide-ranging applications, but he did not invent the cell phone as some histories suggest. The gamma-electric cell converted nuclear radiation from reactors into electricity without going through the heat process.

• JULY 7

1906—Baseball legend Satchel Paige is born in Mobile, Ala. He was one of 15 children born to John and Lula Paige. Paige first learned to pitch in a reform school where he had been sent at the age of 12 for shoplifting. He spent most of his career playing in the old Negro Baseball Leagues prior to the integration of Major League Baseball. He is generally recognized as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. Baseball great Joe DiMaggio once said Paige was “The best and fastest pitcher I ever faced.” Paige pitched his last game in 1965 at the age of 60 throwing three shutout innings. The great Satchel Paige died on June 8, 1982.

• JULY 8

1805—On this day in 1805, Bill Richmond becomes the first African American to gain international fame as a boxer when he defeated Jack Holmes in a 26-round bout in England. The son of escaped slaves from Georgia, Richmond was born in New York City in 1763. He did most of his fighting in Europe. Near the end of his boxing career, he married a rich woman and retired. He died in London in December 1829.

1914—Jazz great Billy Eckstine is born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was raised in Washington, D.C., where he began entering talent competitions at the age of 7. Eckstine would become one of the dominant Jazz singers during the era of the big bands. He has been described as “an exceptional singer who never failed to impress.” Eckstine died of a heart attack in 1993.

• JULY 9

1863—Eight Black regiments play a major role as Union troops capture Port Hudson in Louisiana. They had laid siege to the Confederate fortress since May 23. The victory, along with the July 4 capture of Vicksburg, Miss., gave U.S. forces control of the Mississippi River, cut the Confederate army in half and laid the foundation for ending the Civil War. The Civil War would drag on for another two years but the Confederate troops fighting to maintain slavery were never able to recover from the loss of Port Hudson.

1893—Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs the first successful open heart surgery in American history. He repaired a knife wound to the heart of one James Cornish. Cornish would go on to live for another 20 years. Williams established himself as one of the foremost African American surgeons in the history of this nation. In addition to the surgery, his achievements were many. Born in 1856 in Hollidaysburg, Pa., he was appointed surgeon general of Freedman’s (now Howard University) Hospital in Washington, D.C. He taught at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He was a surgeon at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and he founded Provident Hospital in Chicago where he trained many of the nation’s early Black doctors and nurses. Williams also co-founded the predominantly Black National Medical Association.

2009—Reports first emerge suggesting that Haiti was beginning to conquer its HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS, the official AIDS infection rate on the poverty-ridden Caribbean island for people ages 1549 was 2.2 percent—down from a high of nearly 8 percent in the 1980s. The decline was attributed to the closing of blood banks, where the poor sold their blood for money; the work of the Boston-based Partners in Health; and Haiti’s own GHESKIO clinic.

The City of Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth ‘Fusion Fest’ 2024


Ayra Starr is already a star

She's a big deal in the world of Afrobeats

In order for a musical genre to have staying power, there must be artists in the genre's early stages that are serious about succeeding. They must be serious about their craft. They must withstand those who may want the movement or genre to fail. They must be unique in their own way, and powerful when they perform in front of live audiences. This is how Hip-Hop grew. And this is exactly how the genre called "Afrobeats" has grown.

Afrobeats is described in Forbes magazine as “a broad West African music genre that mixes jazz, driving drums, reggae, pop and Hip-Hop.”

The artists that have helped make it mainstream include Rema, Burna Boy, Tyla, Davido, Wizkid, Tems, Asake, Tiwa Savage...

And an unapologetic 22-year-old who cares, but then again, doesn't care what you think, in Ayra Starr.

A lot of people have been and are currently going crazy about Starr, and that includes the Grammys. Starr, at the time barely old enough to legally drink in the U.S., was nominated earlier in 2024 for a Grammy for Best African Music Performance for her breakout song, "Rush." That song was released in September 2022 as part of her first studio album, "19 & Dangerous," the song and album vaulting her into the global spotlight. "People love the song so much and it's reaching new places, like the Philippines," Starr said in an interview with Billboard Magazine in May 2024. "They had to convince me to put that song out, because I wasn't sure (about it)," Starr said. "I put out different sounds all the time, but 'Rush' was very different from anything I had put out...everybody was like, 'Trust me, Ayra, just trust your team.' I said, 'OK, let's do it.' And when it came out, it blew up immediately."

She blew up like the 4th of July. In fact, Ayra Starr made history. She became the youngest African female artist to surpass 100 million views on a single YouTube video with "Rush," and those 100 million views came in just five days following the video's release. The video currently has more than 357 million views, but who's counting... Off the success of "Rush" and other songs that she released, Starr has found herself performing all over the world, including her own headline tour in 2023.

On May 30, 2024, Starr released her latest album, "The Year I Turned 21," featuring its first single, "Commas." Starr told Billboard Magazine that on the album, "The Ayra Starr I want to introduce is excellence. Sonically amazing. I feel like this album is unique because I've been evolving sonically." Starr added: "I feel like I've grown so much as a person, I can hear that in my music, from sonically, production wise, everything is just way better and it's just a more evolved" version of herself.

Ayra Starr, legal name Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, was born on June 14, 2002 in Cotonou, Benin. But she spent a lot of her early upbringing between two countries, Benin (known as Benin Republic) and Nigeria, which neighbor each other in West Africa. Starr recalled Nigeria as being more upbeat, more urban lifestyle, while Benin was more laid back. Before she became a teenager, she spent her time in the more conservative Nigerian city of Abuja. Her teen years were spent moreso in Lagos, Nigeria. Before she ever was "Ayra Starr" the international superstar, she hit the books. She graduated from Les Cours Sonou University (in Benin) and earned a degree in international relations and political science. The thing is, she graduated at an age that many Americans start college, as she was admitted to the university when she was only 14. It had to be done, she said, as her mother said she couldn't start a music career until she earned her college degree. She first had a modeling career after "university," as Starr calls it, but always knew her heart was in the music. But to make it in the world of music, one must stand out. Starr has proven that not only does she have the vocal abilities, but her dancing is effortless, she commands the stage, and her confidence oozes.

Ayra (pronounced "eyerah") Starr will be one of the featured performers at Afro Nation 2024, a huge, two-day festival that celebrates the Afrobeats genre with tens of thousands of its biggest fans. Afro Nation will once again be held in Detroit, Michigan, with the dates this year being Aug. 17-18, at Bedrock's Douglass Site. Other featured performers include Rema, Lil Wayne, Asake, Partynextdoor, Adekunle Gold, Kizz Daniel, Omah Lay, Shenseea, Amaarae, Detroit's own Kash Doll, King Promise and Ruger. On the Piano People Stage, scheduled featured artists include Scorpion Kings, Uncle Waffles, Musa Keys, DBN Gogo, Kelvin Momo, TXC, Kamo Mphela, 2WO-Bunnies, DJ Moma, Blakito, Donavan Glover and DJ Mobu. When Ayra Starr hits the stage, it's sure to be pandemonium. At this point, even at just age 22, Starr seems to be more than an artist. She has made a statement that Afrobeats is not just a man's sport. She's a role model already.

“I'm a voice for young girls around Africa— young Black girls," Starr told Teen Vogue. "That's one thing that makes me know I'm doing something right with my music...Now that I know my position, I know I can't slack. I'm here for a reason. I've been put here for a reason and I have to do what’s right for the people that are counting on me."


Pittsburgh Public Schools' CTE program continues to excel

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education program had another exceptional year, according to its leader, Angela Mike.

For years, the New Pittsburgh Courier has covered the ins and outs of the 17 CTE programs that are offered to PPS students. Everything from carpentry, automotive technology, cosmetology, and early childhood education

to RHVAC, information technology and a new program, emerging educators.

The celebration honoring the seniors’ achievements in CTE programs was held, May 2, at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Building on the South Side. Among those who attended and/ or gave remarks were Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, Pa. State Director of CTE Judd Pittman, PPS Superinten-

dent Dr. Wayne Walters, PPS Board of Directors President Gene Walker, and Mike. Through the CTE programs, students, upon graduating, often have the upper hand towards beginning their careers.


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Deadline: July 19, 2024.

A ‘Diamond and Pearl’ celebration for Rev. Brenda Gregg

Congregation throws elegant 75th birthday event for longtime pastor, community jewel

In 2010, Rev. Gregg was appointed to Presiding Elder of the Ohio Conference's Springfield/Xenia District of the AME Church. But she was called to return to Pittsburgh, and became pastor of Destiny of Faith Church, where she's been ever since.

During her almost four decades in the ministry of the Gospel, Rev. Gregg had a holistic philosophy towards service, and as such, her approach was manifested in all of her churches, as well as in the heart she had for serving the community. Under her tutelage, the Greater Allen After School Program began, along with the Greater Allen Christian Academy, which served children Pre-K to third grade. Reverend Gregg also founded Project Des-

tiny, an agency that serves families and children through many programs such as after-school, early learning centers, family and youth engagement, and Thrive 18, which connects residents to needed resources.

The bigger question these days could be, what hasn't Rev. Gregg done? Within the AME ministry, she traveled to South Africa and East Africa, serving health clinics on the continent and so much more. Her awards that she's garnered are plenty, including NAACP Pitts-

burgh Branch Pastor of The Year. And in 2023, she received the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department's first Violence Prevention Partner Award. The award fell under the department's STOP the Violence program.

“We're here to honor someone who really exemplifies violence prevention and has done, not just what a person should do, but far more than any person should have to in their community,” said Jay Gilmer, the STOP the Violence coordinator, to the Pittsburgh Post-Ga-


Along with God's word, Rev. Gregg's commitment to the health of her people, in the face of all the disparities that Black people face, has remained constant. She's determined to be part of the change necessary to bridge the gap and break down barriers in the health care for Black families. She currently serves as the cochair of the Faith Based Health Collaborative, connecting some 60 churches with mini-grants for health and wellness education.

"My mission in this area," Rev. Gregg told the Courier, "has always been to empower people when it comes to matters of their health; urge them to ask questions, get screened early and learn as much as they can. The church will always be the place for shared information, because it is the place where our people can be found, and can be reached, not only with soul-saving words, but also the important conversations that will ensure their health and well-being needs will be met. It

is a ministry that is all-inclusive."

Turning 75 this past June and having a celebration was more than just a look at her birthday, but also an inclusive recognition of the measure of her accomplishments.

"I owe it all to God," Rev. Gregg said, "who put me on this path and has kept me so far."

“But now thus saith the Lord that CREATED YOU, O Jacob and He that FORMED YOU, O Israel, FEAR NOT: for I have REDEEMED YOU, I have CALLED you by your NAME; YOU are MINE. When you pass through the WATERS, I will be with you: and through the RIVERS, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the FIRE, you shall not be burned; neither shall the FLAME kindle upon you.” - Isaiah 43:1-2

REV. WALKER SAYS: Our God created, formed, redeemed, called us and we are HIS. So no matter what we might be going through, God knows and He is with US, Stay in FAITH.


The City of Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth ‘Fusion Fest’ 2024

Former WPXI sports anchor

Jonas Chaney dies at 72

there, saluting the Monroeville men and women who risk their lives for others.

Jonas Chaney wasn’t into all the awards he had won over the years, he was embedded in the success and happiness of others.

Ironically, 19 years later, in February 2024, Chaney suffered a stroke. And it was the Monroeville first responders, the EMTs, who raced to his home and saved his life.

Chaney, in recent weeks, began to suffer more from the complications of the stroke, and he died on Sunday morning, June 23, at his Monroeville home, the New Pittsburgh Courier has learned. He was 72.

A private burial will take place in his hometown of Chicago. A public memorial service for Chaney will be held at Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, 2110 Andrews Dr., Wilkinsburg, on Sunday,

July 23. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial service. "He was extremely dedicated to his work, he was meticulous, very detail-oriented," his wife, Mary Adams Trujillo Chaney, told the Courier in an exclusive interview. "But his work wasn't simply broadcasting; he brought that same intensity to acting, that same intensity to deeply communicate whatever it was that he did. Not just communicate as in talking, but to deliver a message."

According to an obituary on Chaney, he began his professional journalism career at KAMU-TV (College Station, Tex.) as assistant news director. He then moved to KET (Kentucky Educational Television, Lexington) as a reporter and program host. His well-received series, "Sharing the Dream," featured interviews with historymakers Ben Hooks, Vernon Jordan, Jesse Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Alice

Walker, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, and many other notable figures. He then worked at WISHTV (Indianapolis) as an anchor/reporter and later as the community affairs director. In May 1985, Chaney made his final move to Pittsburgh, where he landed his dream job of weekend sports anchor for WPXI. During this time, he considered himself privileged to cover the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Chaney also served as host and producer for "All Things Considered" on WDUQ-FM (formerly 90.5) as well as American Urban Radio Networks, where he was once described as having “the voice of God as a young man.” Returning to WPXI in June 2005 as the station’s public affairs director, he worked there until his retirement in 2019. According to his obituary, in addition to being a working journalist, Chaney also taught writing, editing and produc-

tion at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Technical Institute (now Pittsburgh Technical College) and Texas A&M University. He was a beloved member of the Inroads—Pittsburgh team where he recruited, developed and facilitated training programs, and served as the community service director for student interns. Chaney was a gifted and award-winning actor with membership in the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, his obituary read. Chaney appeared in film and on TV including "Silence of the Lambs" (1984), "Iron Maze" (1988), NBC’s "Dark Wake," "What She Doesn’t Know," "Stuck With Each Other," "Blind Spot," "Alone in the Neon Jungle," CBS’ "For I have Sinned," ABC’s "Bride in Black," and "Criminal Justice" on HBO.

Chaney's theatrical onstage performances included "King Headley II,"

"Fences," "Home," "The Amen Corner," "Of Mice and Men," "Miss Evers’ Boys," "Black Nativity," "Love Song for Miss Lydia," "Big River," "Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello," "Her First American," "The Conjure Man Dies," and "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well." Kevin Pugh and Chaney were good friends. Pugh told the Courier he saw Chaney just a few days before he passed. They met in the '80s at WPXI when Pugh was a master operator.

"He was active physically," Pugh recalled about Chaney. "He loved to swim, ran track, worked out quite a bit. He loved music. He wrote music and recorded music that he wrote."

Jonas Chaney and Mary Adams Trujillo Chaney actually attended Kindergarten together in Evanston, Illinois. But it wasn't until nearly 50 years later, in 2003, that they knew they were made for each other. Chaney had

returned to the area to visit his mother and attend church. Mary Adams Trujillo Chaney attended the same church, and they ran into each other there. The two were married in 2007.

Chaney is survived by his wife, children Christopher David and Kara Anne, daughters by marriage Amber McClure, Lara Trujillo Webb, Gabriela Trujillo Williams, Anika Trujillo, and Siembra Trujillo, sister Loretta Hilliard, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

"He was very kind, and he was a very deep person," Mary Adams Trujillo Chaney told the Courier. "...It was very important to him that young, Black journalists could network with other people. Any doors he could open for anybody, he would. He tried to maintain a standard of professional excellence. He respected people."


Taxpayers to benefit from IRS program

Internal Revenue Service announced that its Direct File program will become a permanent option for federal tax returns starting in the 2025 tax season. Biden-Harris administration officials said the move follows a successful pilot program and positive feedback from a broad range of stakeholders.

The IRS plans to broaden Direct File’s availability to make more taxpayers eligible by 2025 and

tary Janet L. Yellen, who accepted. Werfel cited overwhelming user satisfaction and improved ease of filing taxes as critical reasons for the recommendation.

“The clear message is that many taxpayers across the nation want the IRS to provide more than one no-cost option for filing electronically,” Werfel said. “Starting with the 2025 filing season, the IRS will make Direct File a permanent option for filing federal tax returns. Giving taxpayers additional options strengthens the tax

beyond. Officials said the expansion includes examining ways to cover more tax situations and inviting all states to partner with the program. Further details on the expansion are expected ahead of 2025.

The decision stems from a highly successful pilot during the 2024 tax season, in which 140,803 taxpayers from 12 states used Direct File. The IRS collected and analyzed data from the pilot, held numerous meetings with stakeholders, and received feedback from users, state officials, and representatives across the tax landscape. Hundreds of organizations, over a hundred members of Congress, and potential future users provided input. While some stakeholders said they believe current free electronic filing options from third-party vendors suffice, the IRS found substantial support for Direct File.

Based on initial post-pilot analysis, the IRS determined that making Direct File permanent was viable.

Commissioner Danny Werfel recommended the move to Treasury Secre-

filing system. Adding Direct File to the menu of filing options fits squarely into our effort to make taxes as easy as possible for Americans, including saving time and money.”

Building on the pilot’s success, which targeted taxpayers with relatively simple tax situations in 12 states, the IRS is exploring ways to expand eligibility nationwide. For the 2025 filing season, the IRS will work with all states wishing to partner with Direct File, with no limit on participating states.

Several new states are expected to join the program. The IRS also plans to gradually expand the range of tax situations supported by Direct File. Over the coming years, officials said the goal is to accommodate the most common tax scenarios, focusing on those affecting working families. Announcements about new state partners and expanded eligibility are expected soon.

“User experience— both within the product and integration with state tax systems—

Most Americans face persistent challenges of saving for retirement, new survey reveals

A new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute reveals that while many Americans remain optimistic about their retirement years, they face significant hurdles when it comes to saving for retirement.

A striking finding from the survey is that most retired workers identify Social Security as their primary source of income, underscoring the widespread struggle with building sufficient retirement savings.

Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School for Social Research in New York, shed light on the enduring issues that Americans encounter as they plan for their retirement. “Half of people don’t have retirement accounts at work. And that’s been true for decades. So it’s not getting any better,” Ghilarducci told TheStreet. She emphasized that saving for retirement remains the most significant challenge. “But it’s close. It’s followed very closely by having to

decide where to invest. That’s followed closely by if you accumulate even $1 million, how to manage it. The challenges are simple: accumulation and investment. It’s the whole package, the do-it-yourself package, that is the biggest barrier to people’s retirement.”

Ghilarducci pointed out that this retirement planning dilemma is uniquely American.

“There’s no other country that does it this way that requires so much acumen, discipline, and

anxiety from its workers than the United States,” she said. This system places a heavy burden on individuals to navigate complex financial decisions with minimal support. The professor also criticized the role of employers in exacerbating this issue. She cited Amazon as an example, noting that the company has a business model that keeps warehouse workers for only six or seven months. “People are gig


Teen real estate broker already making six figures

Meet Shakira Scott, a 19-year-old African American teen real estate broker from Plaquemine, Louisiana, who has already earned six figures after just one year since starting her career. Her journey into the real estate industry began early with inspiration from her mom, who is also a real estate broker. Graduating high school at age 17, Shakira wasted no time diving into real estate. She took her pre-license real estate course while juggling her freshman year at Louisiana State University. Some questioned her decision,

asking why she didn’t wait until after college. But she was eager to start, seeing it as a path to generational wealth.

“I know what I want from life,” she told Fortune. “I kind of felt like why wait when the resources are here and I can do both. Now I have an earlier start than others would, and I’m glad I [made] that decision. It was stressful and it still is kind of stressful, but the good always outweighs the bad.”

At the age of 18, she earned her real estate license. However, she initially struggled to make

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine sent me a video detailing the story of Earl Crawley. After receiving the video, I have since shared his story in several speaking engagements that I’ve had over the years. His story is a story of inspiration and hope. It’s a story that states no matter how humble your beginnings are in life, you can do some amazing things.

As I was pondering on something to write about, it dawned on me that although I’ve spoken about Earl several times, I’ve never shared Earl’s story with those who read my column. You’re in for a treat. Meet Earl, the parking attendant who retired rich!

sales. In her first 2 months after getting licensed, she had zero sales. But in her third month, Shakira earned her first commission of $9,000 and has since gained momentum. Within a year, she’s already making six figures, consistently hitting the $10,000 mark each month.

“I’m not going to lie, when I got those first two commission checks, I kind of went crazy,” she said. “But after that, I was like, I’ve had my fun, now it’s time to just save and invest.” Beyond sales, Shakira is


an hour, with his annual income maxing out at around $20,000. Yet, he managed to amass a net worth of over half a million dollars. This feat, achieved on a parking lot wage, is nothing short of extraordinary.

For 44 years, Mr. Earl Crawley has been a fixture at a Baltimore parking lot, working diligently as an attendant. His modest booth, a simple green shack, is more than just a place to manage the parking lot—it doubles as an informal pulpit where he shares his financial wisdom. Despite earning a humble wage, people often turn to Mr. Earl for financial advice, a testament to his remarkable journey of resilience, wisdom and the power of investing. Mr. Earl’s earnings never exceeded $12

Earl’s financial education began early. At the tender age of 13, he worked at fruit stalls to help his family pay bills. His mother allowed him to keep a few quarters, teaching him the value of saving from a young age. This early lesson in financial discipline set the stage for his future endeavors. Remarkably, Earl is dyslexic—a condition that, in the 1950s, often rele-

The family made significant sacrifices, particularly when Earl and his wife, Beverly, decided to send their chil-


Regina Wilson takes over as ACBA President

The New Pittsburgh Courier has learned that Pittsburgh-area attorney Regina Wilson officially became the 116th President of the 5,500-member Allegheny County Bar Association on Monday, July 1. Her one-year term will end on June 30, 2025. She is the 12th woman—and just the third African American woman—to hold the position.

“The Allegheny County Bar Association is a home for me,” Wilson said. “I have been very involved with the ACBA in many capacities throughout my legal career. To now be in a position as President to give back to the organization that has meant so much to me is both exciting and humbling.”

Wilson is a Senior Conflicts Risk Assessment Lawyer in the Office of the General Counsel at K&L Gates. In this position, she assesses legal risk and provides recommendations to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with firmwide policies and procedures. She counsels lawyers in 48 worldwide offices on legal conflicts of interest issues, strategies and related business objectives of the firm. Wilson replaces Marla Presley, who completes her term on June 30.

“Regina has long been a tremendous asset for the ACBA and the entire legal profession in the

Pittsburgh region,” said Presley.

“She is going to excel as ACBA President. I’m proud to have Regina succeed me in this role, and I think I speak for everyone at the ACBA when I say that I’m excited about what’s ahead.”

Wilson said that nurturing a sense of “belonging” within the ACBA is her primary goal as president.

“The ACBA is the bar association for all of our members,” she said. “I want all of our members to not only feel welcome at the ACBA, but to feel they belong. I really want to focus on the five pillars of belonging: feeling welcomed, known, included, supported and connected. That’s why I’m calling on all of my fellow members to commit to being welcoming, getting to know their fellow members as individuals, being inclusive and providing support and connection, both professionally and personally.”

Increasing diversity within the Pittsburgh Legal Community and connecting the bar association and its members with the community are among Wilson’s other goals for her presidential term.

Wilson grew up in the Wilkinsburg and Penn Hills communities and attended The Ellis School in Shadyside. She currently lives in

Taxpayers to benefit

will continue to be the foundation for Direct File moving forward,”

Werfel said. “Accuracy and comprehensive tax credit uptake will be paramount concerns to ensure taxpayers file a correct return and get the refund they’re entitled to. Improving the tax filing experience and helping taxpayers meet their obligations as easily and quickly as possible will be our guiding principles.”

Officials stated that many taxpayers expressed a desire for no-cost filing options throughout the review process. Millions of taxpayers from non-pilot states visited the Direct File website or requested the service for their state.

Direct File will become a permanent option among the various filing methods available to taxpayers. The IRS said it’s not intended to replace other services offered by tax professionals or commercial software providers, who remain essential part-

ners with the agency. The IRS said it also continues its commitment to Free File Inc., having recently signed a fiveyear extension with the industry.

As the IRS expands Direct File, other free filing options will be enhanced, including the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program (TCE).

Post-pilot analysis identified three key conclusions supporting Direct File’s permanent establishment, including, high user satisfaction, a simplified tax filing experience, and a catalyst for digital transformation.

“We’re mindful that the most important decision we made during the pilot was to focus on executional certainty,” Werfel said. “We took the time to get it right. We will apply that same critical lesson for next year as we take a strategic approach to expanding Direct File’s availability and capabilities.”

Downtown Pittsburgh. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio

firm in Pittsburgh. She previously worked in the School and Municipal Law Practice group at Goeh ring Rutter & Boehm; she also served as a senior hearing committee member for District IV of the

Throughout reer, Wilson

pects of the ACBA. She served as the

President of the former Homer S. Brown Law Association and led that organization’s transition into becoming the Homer S. Brown Division of the ACBA. Ten years later, she again served as chair of the Homer S. Brown Division. She received the inaugural Homer S. Brown Division Young Leader Award.   Wilson also held key roles on the ACBA Board of Governors, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee and co-chaired the inaugural ACBA Ally Initiative cohort.

She also has held numerous leadership roles in the ACBA Young Lawyers Division, including serving as YLD Chair and as council member. She also chaired the ACBA Bar Leadership Committee, co-chaired the YLD Diversity Committee and the Children’s Holiday Party, and she served as a member of the YLD Public Service Committee. In 2018, she was named the ACBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer.

Throughout her legal career, Wilson has been significantly involved with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, where she has served on the Fellows Committee and the Attorneys Against Hunger Committee.

American Airlines CEO pledges to ‘rebuild trust’ after removal of Black passengers

In the wake of allegations of racial discrimination by three Black passengers, American Airlines CEO Robert Isom has committed to addressing and rectifying the incident.

In a letter sent to airline employees on Tuesday, Isom expressed his disappointment and outlined steps the airline will take to combat discrimination and rebuild trust.

The incident involved three Black passengers who were removed from a flight over complaints of “offensive body odor.” This led to a lawsuit filed in federal court last month, alleging racial discrimination.

The passengers, who were on a flight from Phoenix to New York, did not know each other and appeared to be the only Black individuals on the plane. The complaint noted that no mention of an offensive odor was made on a previous flight they took from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

Isom addressed the incident in his letter, stating, “I am incredibly disappointed by what happened on that flight and the breakdown

Challenges of saving for retirement

workers, contingent workers, and dependent workers,” Ghilarducci added, highlighting the instability and lack of benefits that come with such employment arrangements. Despite these challenges, Ghilarducci offered a potential solution to improve the outlook for Americans. She proposed integrating retirement savings more seamlessly with Social Security contributions. “Almost every -

body pays into Social Security,” Ghilarducci said. “So if we just had a system where for every Social Security credit earned, there was also a financial credit in a retirement account, we could solve the problem.” She added: “Right now, we rely on employers voluntarily sponsoring a 401(k), and then that’s not enough. And then the worker has to voluntarily decide to be in the 401(k), so it’s two decisions.”  While Americans are

hopeful about their retirement, the path to achieving financial security in their golden years is fraught with challenges. From the lack of workplace retirement accounts to the complexity of investment decisions, the current system demands a level of financial literacy and discipline that many find daunting.

of our procedures. We fell short of our commitments and failed our customers in this incident.” He announced that the employees involved would be placed on leave pending an investigation.

The lawsuit claims the passengers were discriminated against due to their race, with one of the plaintiffs, Emmanuel Jean Joseph, expressing the discomfort of being scrutinized by other passengers.

“I knew that as soon as I got on that plane, a sea of White faces were going to be looking at me and blaming me for their late flight of an hour,” Joseph told CBS News.

Another plaintiff, Xavier Veal, recorded the incident and shared his belief that if the situation had involved White passengers, it might not have occurred.

“We were discriminated against. The entire situation was racist,” Veal said. This incident is not isolated; the NAACP previously issued a travel advisory against American Airlines in 2017, citing racial discrimination concerns. Although the advisory was lifted eight months later

after the airline agreed to specific measures, the advisory council formed during that period was disbanded in 2023.

With continuing racial incidents, NAACP President Derrick Johnson warned of the potential reinstatement of the advisory.

After the recent lawsuit, Isom engaged in discussions with Johnson and other civil rights leaders. Isom’s letter detailed immediate actions the airline would take, including reinstating an advisory group focused on improving the travel experience for Black customers and enhancing oversight and reporting mechanisms.

In response to the incident and the feedback from the NAACP, American Airlines has committed to several measures: – Formation of an advisory group to focus on the travel experience for Black customers.

– Strengthened oversight and reporting mechanisms to ensure accountability.

– Encouragement for employees to report allegations of discrimination or bias.

– Implementation of em-

ployee training programs.

– Review of operational manuals and the institution of a long-term diversity plan.

“The NAACP is pleased to see American Airlines has taken initial steps to forge a path toward a more inclusive experience for all,” Johnson said in a statement to CBS News.  He added: “While it is unfortunately common for Black consumers to experience racism and discrimination at the hands of corporations, it is not common to see such swift, and decisive action,” Johnson said.  Isom emphasized the airline’s commitment to learning from this incident and working closely with civil rights organizations. “Be assured that we are steadfast in our commitment to working with the NAACP and other civil rights organizations to learn from this incident, listen to and rebuild trust with you, our team members, and our Black customers, and to delivering the best possible experience with American,” Islom wrote in the letter.

Teen real estate broker earns four figures

focused on giving back. She plans to develop properties in her hometown and educate others through e-books and social media. With a TikTok following of over 125,000, she shares not just glamour but also insights into her journey.

“When I first started, I was kind of like a ghost,” Shakira said. “I wasn’t doing any type of adver-

tisement, I wasn’t talking to anyone. I just kind of had my license and no one really knew. But once I came up with a good lead generation formula and stuck to it, things really changed for me.”

What’s more, Scott is balancing her real estate hustle with a marketing major at LSU. Despite some challenges, Scott finds fulfillment in helping clients realize their dreams.

“I want to be successful, I want to inspire other people, so they can see that age has nothing to do with your level of success,” Scott said. “If you want something, you can go and get it, and I just want to be that inspiration for people.”

Learn more about Shakira via her website at ShakRealtor.com

Also, be sure to follow them on Instagram @ ShakRealtor

Earl Crawley: From parking attendant to millionaire

dren to Catholic school. This decision meant additional financial strain, but Earl took on extra jobs to cover the tuition. His children recall him meticulously managing every penny, often giving them exact change for school lunches and always asking for the leftover cents. Despite these financial pressures, Earl never stopped saving. He began investing $25 each month into a mutual fund, a habit he maintained for 15 years. By the late 1970s, his disciplined saving had grown his net worth to $25,000. As his children grew older, Earl ventured into the stock market, humorously referring to it as “playing” the market. He started with one share of stock and gradually expanded his investments. Earl focused on bluechip stocks, purchasing shares in companies like IBM and Coca-Cola, which paid dividends. Instead of spending these dividends, he reinvested them, allowing his shares to grow and compound over time. This disciplined approach significantly increased his wealth over the years. Working in the heart of Baltimore’s financial district provided Earl with daily opportunities to interact with brokers, bankers, and lawyers. He listened intently to their advice, absorbing knowledge about mutual funds, blue-chip stocks, and the power of compound interest. Earl’s ability to listen and apply what he learned played a crucial role in his financial success. Today, Earl’s stock portfolio is valued at over half a million dollars. His house is fully paid off, and he carries no credit card debt. Earl’s financial journey is not just a story of successful investing, but also a testament to his character and determination. But Earl’s story doesn’t

end with his personal financial success. He is committed to paying it forward. Earl has started gifting shares from his portfolio to individuals like Brenda Thomas, who never imagined they could invest. Brenda now proudly owns 77 shares of Coca-Cola, thanks to Earl’s advice and generosity. This act of giving is part of Earl’s broader goal: he wants every member of his church to own stock and pass it down to their family members, creating a legacy of financial literacy and security. Reflecting on his journey, Earl attributes his success to his ability to listen and

act on advice. He believes his dyslexia was a blessing in disguise, helping him develop a keen sense of listening. “I always used to say I was the dumbest thing in school, but God gave me the gift to listen and act on it,” he says. Earl’s story is a powerful reminder that financial wisdom and success are accessible to everyone, regardless of their starting point. From his modest booth, Earl Crawley continues to inspire and guide others, preaching the gospel of investments and demonstrating that financial success is attainable through discipline, education, and

consistent action. His journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and the incredible impact of small, consistent steps over time. Earl Crawley’s life story exemplifies that with determination and sound financial habits, anyone can achieve financial stability and success. Earl is indeed a pearl! His story is amazing and impressive.


Guest Editorial

Seniors often isolated, ignored despite being society’s most precious

living commodity

America has come a long way since declaring its independence from England and establishing a new country based on such lofty ideals as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

But securing and living up to its initial promise of “justice for all” has not always been easy —and certainly not without pain and suffering, particularly for those fighting to cash the check written and signed by America’s Founding Fathers.

As freedom fights still occur, one population where prejudice continues is for older Americans.

When it comes to ageism, unlike racism or sexism, America still has a long way to go as we lag behind other leading countries on the planet.

In Japan, for example, citizens are revered for being older and wiser. In India, the elderly are cared for by their families, live in their children’s homes and are often acknowledged as the spokesperson for and head of the family. However, these ideals are not the custom in America.

A recent special produced by Scripps News assembled a seasoned group of business professionals who all agreed that the last acceptable form of prejudice in America is “age.” In fact, a poll conducted by AARP in January 2023 showed that 40 percent of Americans have experienced discrimination in the workplace.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor predicts that those 65 and older will soon represent the fastest growing group of Americans in the labor force. It’s unclear whether they will be working because they have to or because they want to. But experts say that working helps people remain healthier, maintain relationships and continue to feel a sense of usefulness.

On the other hand, those who are downsized, released or fired because of their age, have often lost their purpose in life and their identity —both of which they once enjoyed because of the job they held.

And, if you can believe it, by 2035, there will be more Americans 65 and over than those 18 and under for the first time in U.S. history.

Business leaders who examine the limits of human potential routinely suggest that age-diverse teams make better decisions. It makes sense because you have people with such a wide variety of experiences joining forces to solve or resolve a problem.

If that’s not enough, consider another fact that cannot be refuted: for the first time in U.S. history, the workforce is now composed of five generations.

Some workers may require a cane, longer breaks for lunch, chairs or desks that are easier on their backs—maybe even a larger computer screen with even larger fonts. But so what?

As older Americans continue to make up a larger and larger percentage of the population, we’d better make room for them in as many ways and in as many areas of society as possible.

We must not forget what the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) regularly declares: “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

(Reprinted from the Washington Informer)

Angel is still an angel!

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—A few days ago, Angel Reese finished a game with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  She tied Candace Parker for most consecutive double-doubles in a season.  She was the youngest player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to have nine consecutive double-doubles.  Now the average person might have no idea who Angel Reese is and why I am writing about a basketball player when I so often write about women who were civil and human rights subjects.

Well, even if you don’t like basketball, you do understand historically the difference in treatment for African American women and other women—especially White women.

If you don’t know who Angel Reese is, as a daughter of Louisiana, I know her from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I know her as a super star basketball player.  I know her as a young woman who earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations and minors in Communication Studies, Leadership Development and Psychology. In her two seasons at LSU, Angel was unstoppable, earning All-America honors both seasons.  While at LSU, she received all kinds of top awards.

Angel is now with the Chicago Sky. Just a few days ago Angel’s team won

over Caitlin Clark’s Indiana Fever team—a team Angel’s team won over the Indiana Fever by a score of 88-87.  The game came to be known as “The rookie battle between Reese and Clark.” Until that observation, the game was just a game between the Sky and the Fever.  After all, there were other young women playing and donated to the score of both teams. It’s obvious some of the critics want to promote a battle between Angel and Caitlin. Both young women are obviously great players, but being an African American woman, I can see the attempt by some to make Angel the “bad guy.”  She’s not.  Refuse to listen to the critics who are doing their best to put the young women up against each other and praise both for their talent! Angel has expressed her frustration with what she sees as preferential treatment toward Clark.  She said, “It feels like Caitlin gets all the attention and praise, while the rest of us work just as hard.”  My advice to Angel is, “Don’t allow

the disparate treatment to prevent you from doing your very best every time you go on the basketball court. Black women are accustomed to the disparate treatment no matter what we do, so just don’t worry about what is said in the media.  Just focus on doing what you do, and let the media do what they do.”

President Joe Biden spoke after he was rated badly in the Presidential debate a few days ago, but he didn’t quit.  He gave the best advice in North Carolina at a massive rally.  He said, “When you fall down, just get up.” In the eyes of those of us who know Angel and know how talented she is, will pull for her every time she goes on the court.  We don’t care about her critics. We love her, admire her and know she’ll be a true star in the WNBA! Among the women we know who love basketball also know great skill when we see it. Angel has got it and we are her eternal fan club! “There are young women across the world who see Angel and want to be like her. She’s the inspiration so many Black youth need. I pray that she’ll never stop being the real star she is. I know I’m a member of ‘Angel’s Fan Club.’”

It’s my wish that she never forgets the great influence she’s having on young people and that she’ll remind them of the urgency of voting.

Project 2025 is the new Southern Manifesto

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—“Project 25 is a radical, extreme, pro-authoritarianism plan pushed by conservatives who are desperate to take our country backwards. It is a movement led by far-right extremists that attacks our nation’s founding principles, such as our system of checks and balances, freedom of speech and of the press, and separation of church and state. These are the very principles that keep our country strong and make America the best nation on earth.”—U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu

Eliminating safe, legal abortion and effective contraception. Obliterating of the very mention of sexual orientation and gender identity, diversity, equity, and inclusion, reproductive health, and reproductive rights from every federal rule, regulation, contract, grant, or piece of legislation.  Replacing skilled civil servants with extremist partisan hacks. This is Project 2025, the new Southern Manifesto. It is almost certain to be America’s future if Donald Trump is elected to another term.

Drafted in response to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education and signed by 19 Senators and 82 Representatives from the South, the Southern Manifesto—officially titled “Declaration of Constitutional Principles”—was a vow to uphold racial segregation and White supremacy.

Project 2025 goes even further. It seeks to re-implement a rigid social hierarchy that oppresses not only people of color, but also women, non-Christians, the LGBTQ+ community, working families, and immigrants.

Key to this dystopian agenda is purging the government of nonpartisan civil servants who are loyal to the Constitution and replacing them with extremist partisan hacks loyal only to Trump.

A list of non-partisan government officials who might stand in the way of Trump’s agenda already is being compiled by a dark-money “slime machine,” the Associated Press revealed this week.

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—Could the “historic debate” between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump possibly live up to the hype?  CNN promoted it nonstop, and had analysis days before, and for hours before and after the actual 90-minute debate.  Despite the hype, neither candidate knocked the ball out of the park.  President Biden offered an uneven performance, with a slow and mumbling start, some strong and animated answers, and some garbled answers.  Folks like me desperately hoped to see the Biden the March 2024 State of the Union Address; instead, we got the Biden of the Trump commercials.  He didn’t fall up the stairs or off his bike, but he truly toppled off his game.  This was a high-stakes game for Biden, and unfortunately, he lost.  Should one debate performance determine the outcome of the election?  Probably not, but with millions watching, President Biden did not strengthen his campaign.  Indeed, the debate was painful to watch.  In fairness, Biden handlers said he was suffering from a cold, which may have impaired his performance.  Watching Biden was painful, and Trump was infuriating.  That man is a blatant liar, he repeats himself incessantly, he is rude, and he refused to answer questions repeatedly.  He kept talking about our “ruined” country, accused President Bident of “destroying” the country, lied about the open borders and immigrants, took credit for Biden policies (such as $35 insulin), and stirred up racial animus.  “They are taking Black jobs”, Trump

With the entire federal government under his direct control, Trump would be free to act on his vow to turn the Department of Justice into an instrument of retribution against his political adversaries.

The radical, repressive, and regressive regime previewed in Project 2025 includes:

• Dismantling the foundations of immigration policy, tearing families apart, turning away desperate refugees, and stripping away protections for Dreamers.

• Undermining climate change mitigation, environmental justice, and the transition to clean energy

• Eliminating racial justice initiatives and preserving advantages for White Americans, even perverting the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to “investigate and prosecute all state and local governments, institutions of higher education, corporations, and any other private employers” with diversity, equity, and inclusion policies.

• Gutting public education, wiping out Head Start and other support for low-income students, and withdrawing federal oversight of public schools.

• Slashing health care insurance, putting 18 million Americans at risk of losing coverage entirely, killing the drug price provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act and Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing conditions.

• Shutting down access to safe abortions, contraception, and other reproductive health care, putting women’s lives at risk.

• Deleting “sexual orientation and gender identity” from all federal rules, reinstating a transgender military ban, and limiting LGBTQ workplace discrimination protections.

railed, speaking of immigrants.   (By the way, what are “Black” jobs)?  He also claimed he never said “there are good people on both sides” when racists marched on Charlottesville.  He dithered in response to questions about abortion and rained negative comments on the President.  If I had a dollar for every time he said “worst”, I’d have enough for a nice lunch. Flash polls say Trump won the debate by a wide margin; I disagree.  Trump won on style; Biden won on substance.  Trump got his zingers in with his lies, calling Biden “the Manchurian candidate”, accusing him of taking money from China, and repeatedly calling him the “worst” President ever.   He also predictably called out Hunter Biden’s three felony convictions, but Biden had snappy clapback, calling out Trump’s convictions, the money he must pay E. Jean Carroll for sexual assault, and the Stormy Daniels relationship.  Biden says Mr. Trump has the morals of an alley cat (that was funny), and generally comported himself decently, if feebly.  Those who think Trump won this debate are looking at the undeniable optics.  Trump was a vigorous liar, while Biden was the less vigorous, even mumbling, policy expert.  Donald Trump is a worst liar than

Even the architects of Project 2025 understand that its grisly agenda appalls and disgusts a majority of Americans who would reject it in a free and fair election – just as they rejected Trump in 2020. But democracy prevailed then only because the Vice President and officials in the departments of Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security thwarted Trump’s attempted Trump coup.  If Trump manages to seize a second term, there won’t be anyone left in the federal government to stop him from undermining future election. There won’t be anyone left in the federal government to stop his most extreme proposals, like disassembling the Veterans Administration, allowing Russian spies to remain in the country, shooting racial justice protestors, deploying the military against migrants, kicking undocumented children out of schools, or dropping nuclear bombs into the eyes of hurricanes. The echoes of the Southern Manifesto’s in Project 2025 should come as no surprise, given the racist history of the Heritage Foundation, which spearheaded its production. The organization is rooted in the mid-1970s movement to protect racially segregated schools, waging it’s first public battle against multicultural textbooks —“n***er books,” as some opponents called them.

In fact, the coalition that developed Project 2025 includes at least nine SPLC-designated hate and antigovernment groups, including Alliance Defending Freedom, Center for Immigration Studies, and Moms for Liberty.

The original Southern Manifesto took aim at “outside meddlers” who sought racial justice. The new Southern Manifesto takes aim at “woke culture warriors.”  Trump’s allies say “woke” means as “the belief there are systemic injustices in American society and the need to address them.” We stand guilty as charged and gladly assume the mantle of “warriors” in the battle for equity, inclusion, and democracy.

Lillian Helman, the early twentieth century writer whose rival wrote that “every word she writes is a lie including “and” and “the”.  He lied about January 6.  He would not confirm that he would accept the results of the 2024 election.  As Biden cleverly pointed out, he has lied about his height and weight, and probably also about his golf handicap.  But Biden didn’t check all his lies, as he might have.  Sometimes he had time and the moderators had to say he had a few more seconds to make a point.   In contrast, while many did not expect Trump to keep his cool, the fact is that he mostly did, often speaking in calmer tones than he usually does.  I am among those who was surprised at Trump’s demeanor, but unsurprised his lies. Tens of millions of people watched the debacle that CNN described as an “historic” debate.  I walked away infuriated about the Trump lies and concerned about President Biden’s well-being.  And I walked away with questions.  Will there be a rematch?  Will Trump’s lies be fact checked and widely circulated?  Vice-President Kamala Harris did a great job by saying the President, “had a weak start but ended strong”.  Nice save.  But the raw truth is that for all his preparation, President Biden dropped several balls during this debate and missed opportunity to make important points.  Still, if we have the choice between a Liar-inChief and a Mumbler-in-Chief, I’ll take the mumbler every time. (Dr. Julianne Malveaux is a D.C.-based economist and author.)

Julianne Malveaux
Marc H. Morial

The Ten Commandments of Republican hypocrisy

Republican Governor Jeff Landry has signed a blatantly unconstitutional law requiring “the display of the Ten Commandments in every classroom in public, elementary, secondary, and post-education schools in the state of Louisiana.” The announcement didn’t go over well with the 10-year-old girl who fainted as the governor was speaking. Maybe she knew the Republicans were full of something other than the holy spirit. But convicted criminal and serial adulterer Donald Trump quickly chimed in. “Who likes the Ten Commandments?” Trump asked a crowd at a Saturday rally. The crowd roared. “Has anybody read this?” he asked. White evangelicals weaponize religious dogma to protect White supremacy. So, let’s look at how Republicans stack up on those commandments.

Number 1. You shall have no other gods before me. But Republicans have developed a bizarre cult-like worship of Donald Trump as a messianic figure in American politics. “I am the chosen one,” says the man facing three additional criminal trials in the coming months. Number 2. You shall not make any graven image. But Republicans are making golden statues to idolize Donald Trump. Number 3. You shall not use the Lord’s name in vain. Somebody forgot to tell Donald Trump. “If you don’t support me,” Trump said at a campaign rally, “you’re going to be so goddamn poor you’re not going to believe it.”

Number 4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. But when Trump was in office, it seems he never attended church—except for holidays, funerals, and photo ops. He was too busy golfing, tweeting, and attending parties instead.

Number 5. Honor your father and your mother. In 1927, Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in New York City. I’ll give him a pass on that commandment. Like father, like son.

Number 6. You shall not murder. “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody,” Trump once said, “and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” I don’t know if he’s done it, but he’s certainly thought about it. And Trump has no problem celebrating killers like Kyle Rittenhouse, the man who gunned down two Black Lives Matter protesters.

Number 7. You shall not commit adultery. Is there anybody in politics today who’s committed more adultery than Donald Trump? The man had an affair with a Playboy Playmate while his wife was pregnant. He was just ordered to pay $83 million for defaming a woman he sexually abused. And he was just convicted of 34 felonies after paying hush money to a porn star.

Number 8. You shall not steal. The guy stole money from the students of his fake university, ripped off his fake charity, and was just fined nearly half a billion dollars for business fraud. Number 9. You shall not lie. In four years as president, Trump told 30,000 lies in office. Do you know how efficient you have to be to tell that many lies in public in one term? That’s 21 lies a day. Trump is like the Tom Brady of lying. Even if he only slept three hours a night, that’s a lie every hour. And who knows how many lies he told in private?

Number 10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s property or your neighbor’s wife. In the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, Trump told Billy Bush that he once met a married woman and “moved on her like a bitch.”

By my count, Trump and the Republicans don’t follow nine of the Ten Commandments. I think they skipped most of those rules in Trump’s new $59.99 Bible. But to quote Trump, “How stupid are the people of the country” to buy a Bible from a guy who doesn’t go to church, never asked God for forgiveness, and can’t quote a Bible verse?

But their hypocrisy serves a purpose. Many White evangelicals weaponize religious dogma to protect White supremacy, while Black evangelicals tend to use religion to protect the oppressed. For many Black Christians, spirituality is not just a rulebook to impose on other people but a manual for liberation that grows out of the Black prophetic tradition—a tool for love, not a weapon of hate.

So, why are Republicans doing this?

They need an election-year diversion.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that Ten Commandments displays in public schools violate the Constitution, which says the government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Republicans know this, but they need an election-year diversion. They’re fighting against universal pre-K, free school lunches, a permanent child care tax credit, and protecting kids from school shootings, so they want to distract you with hot-button social issues like the Ten Commandments and transgender students instead of doing their jobs.

Louisiana ranks 48th out of 50 states in child well-being, and instead of fixing the schools, they’re banning books and requiring parental consent for students to have access to knowledge. But when it comes to having somebody else’s religion shoved down your throat, there is no parental consent for parents who are Muslim, Hindu, atheist, agnostic, or even Christians who believe in the old-fashioned separation of church and state.

So when that schoolgirl fainted during Jeff Landry’s self-congratulatory speech, that should have been a sign. Maybe God is trying to tell you something.

(Keith Boykin is a New York Times–bestselling author, TV and film producer, and former CNN political commentator.)

Rep. Jamaal Bowman faced the firing squad

Politics is the art of compromise. Activists, on the other hand, are uncompromising. What happens when an activist wins a seat in Congress but decides to stay an activist rather than become a politician? They do not survive long.

In 2020, the Justice Democrats recruited Jamaal Bowman, a 44-year-old Black man and former middle school principal who self-identified as a democratic-socialist, to run for Congress in New York’s 16th district against a 16-term incumbent whom the Justice Democrats viewed as disconnected from working-class issues.

The Justice Democrats, a progressive political action organization and caucus created in 2017, seeks to elect a “new type of democratic majority” to Congress. In 2018, the Justice Democrats fielded 79 progressive candidates in local, state, and federal elections, winning seven congressional seats. Four of the seven winners were Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, who became known as the “squad.”

Bowman had never held public office before, but he established a reputation as a charismatic grassroots activist who concentrated on issues that disproportionately impacted poor students of color.

Bowman’s defeat of the 16-term incumbent was an upset victory for the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. Bowman did not defeat the incumbent on key democratic issues. He didn’t need to. He simply rode a wave of outrage to Congress.

The Atlantic’s Elaine Godfrey put it best: Bowman’s victory occurred amid an unprecedented backdrop with little precedent. The police’s treatment of Black Americans triggered historic weeks of civil unrest, and Black Americans suffered and died at a disproportionate rate during the pandemic. The uprising directly fueled Bowman’s victory and generated significant enthusiasm, subsequently leading to the election of several other Black progressives. Their victories were the first electoral successes of the current protest movement.

During his victory speech, Bowman said, “Tonight, as we celebrate, we just don’t celebrate me as an individual. We celebrate this movement, a movement designed to push back against a system

that is literally killing us.” Bowman said his opponent used to call himself a thorn in Donald Trump’s side, but Trump’s biggest fear was a “Black man with power.”

Bowman soon attracted national recognition as a new member of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, which publicly opposed President Biden’s moderate policy ideas.

After President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress in 2021, Bowman gave “the progressive response.” Bowman argued for a more equitable American society. Bowman acknowledged that Biden’s economic policies were a start, but they weren’t beneficial enough.

Bowman made numerous appearances on national news programs, attacking both Republicans and moderate Democrats. He gained notoriety after getting into heated disagreements with colleagues in the legislative lobby, and in 2022, he was arrested at the Capitol for taking part in a voting rights demonstration.

Following Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, in which Hamas murdered citizens and took hostages, the United States House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution denouncing Hamas by a vote of 412-10. Bowman and the rest of the “squad” voted against the resolution. Instead of voting like a pragmatic politician who understood he could condemn Hamas and support Palestine’s right to self-determination, Bowman voted as an activist who conflated Hamas’s terrorist attack with the Palestinian right to “resist occupation.”

Pro-Palestine and anti-Zionist progressives across the United States praised Bowman’s uncompromising stance, but the 9 percent of Jews in Bowman’s district, who accounted for 20 percent of the vote, found it deeply disturbing.

Bowman later blasted Israel’s military

reaction as “genocide” and dismissed Israel’s claim that Hamas terrorists sexually assaulted Israeli women on October 7th as Zionist propaganda. These activist stances garnered the attention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a lobbying group whose mission is to encourage and persuade the United States government to enact specific policies that benefit Israel. AIPAC decided to use all of its financial resources to run campaign ads against Bowman.

After AIPAC’s negative ads aired, Bowman stopped running against his primary opponent and launched a campaign against the “Zionist lobby group” that was attempting to unseat a “Black man in power” who was critical of Israel.

AIPAC spent more than $14 million in ads against Bowman, the most they’ve ever spent on a congressional election. However, the majority of the ads AIPAC endorsed were not about Bowman’s criticism of Israel; rather, they demonstrated how frequently Bowman’s congressional vote differed from the Biden Administration, proving Bowman was on the activist left.

Bowman, as expected, lost the Democratic primary to George Latimer. During his concession speech, Bowman blamed his defeat on AIPAC and urged his supporters to be outraged.

According to journalist Jonathan S. Tobin, Bowman did not lose his race due to AIPAC. The pro-Israel lobby did not invest any funds in the race until a March poll revealed Bowman trailing [his opponent] by the same 17 percent margin—52 percent to 35 percent—that he ultimately lost in the election. The congressman’s problems stemmed from a basic conundrum: he was out of sync with the sentiments of his own constituents.

During a debate with Bowman, Latimer said, “When you work in a legislative body, you need to form coalitions with people … You can’t preach and scream at them on the steps of the Capitol.” Bowman took Latimer’s criticism personally, accusing him of perpetuating stereotypes of the “angry Black man” and insisting that voters understood his passion.

Bowman was wrong.

The voters understood that passion doesn’t get bills passed, and activists are ineffective congressmen.

More than skin deep

The brilliant Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, is frequently cited for her aphorism, “All my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk.”

Hurston was referencing the fact that some African Americans strongly rejected her views regarding how best to advance the race. Indeed, she believed that some were not interested in advancing the interests of Black folks at all. Notably, Hurston’s political views were heterodox—and often controversial. She was a conservative (or, perhaps, a libertarian) who was openly critical of certain civil rights positions that most African Americans warmly embraced.

I thought about Hurston earlier this week during a conversation that I had with a Black man who appeared to be a few years my senior (I say “appeared to be” because, well, “Black don’t crack”). I was having lunch with a colleague when the gentleman approached our table to share that he recognized me from my weekly column. Our conversation was brief, respectful, and interesting.

We quickly veered into politics, which was not surprising given that it’s a topic about which I write frequently.

Among other thoughts, the gentleman expressed distaste for Vice President Kamala Harris. In short, he is skeptical of her for at least a couple of reasons.

One is that she is biracial. Another is that her husband is not Black. “How can we trust her to really be for us when she isn’t married to one of us?” (I have come across this sentiment numerous times over the years—long before Vice President Harris came on the scene.)

I listened closely and then decided to challenge my new friend. I began by referencing the fact that South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is not married to anyone of any race. I then stated that

I would trust Harris over Scott on any day—twice on Sundays—regarding issues of racial justice. My friend considered my statement for a second. He then agreed. In my judgement, African Americans should think very carefully before concluding that the race of someone’s spouse or partner is a valid reason on which to base that person’s commitment to racial equity. I cannot conceive that the Rev. Dr. William Barber—who is the Martin Luther King Jr. of today— would be less of a titan in the struggle for Black equity if he were married to a White woman. On a related note, I would not trust Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas regarding racial equity even if he were married to Harriet Tubman. I’ll go even further. I’d take Jane Elliott or Tim Wise, both of whom are White, over Shaun King any day. Of course, the struggle for Black equity must be Afro-genic and Afro-led. However, it would be unwise not to welcome the allyship of others who have demonstrated by their words and actions that they are committed to our cause and are respectful of our leadership. I completely understand where my new friend (whose name I will not disclose) is coming from. Most African Americans experience at least mild

PTSD from merely living in our homeland. For example, a couple of months ago, American Airlines kicked off all the Black men on a flight because an attendant “smelled body odor.” There is not one chance in a trillion that such a scenario would ever have happen with White men. How can such racial “water boarding” incidents not leave an indelible mark on our individual and collective psyches?

Tragically, one effect of racial trauma is that it sometimes leads Black folks to create über emotional rankings of the “worthiness” of each other regarding our struggle. Spike Lee’s “School Daze” perfectly lays out certain facets of what I call the “Blacker than Thou Syndrome.” The fact is that I have known very lightskinned Black men and women who were completely “down for the cause.” I have also known others who were as Black as midnight, but who have no interest in what used to be called “uplifting the race.” It is profoundly disappointing that we still engage in such infighting. This divide-and-dominate strategy has been employed in America since the days that our ancestors were the property of human traffickers. It’s one thing to have principled debates about strategy (a la DuBois vs. Washington); it’s another to exclude others because of immutable characteristics or because they love someone who can’t do the Electric Slide. (Ok, that one is personal to me because I can’t dance. At all.)

In the end, there just aren’t enough of us in the first place. Thus, we can’t afford to lose—or to exclude—those who are committed and reliable warriors for justice.

Joe Biden and the First Lady spent Sunday at Camp David with their grandchildren after his debate performance. At the same time, the media and a growing chorus of Democrats speculate on the 81-year-old leaders’ future.

But Sen. Rafael Warnock (D-Ga.) sounded more like a preacher than a politician Sunday on Meet the Press as he defended Biden on a Sunday when the Atlanta Constitution joined several major news outlets to call for Biden not to run for re-election after his June 27 CNN debate performance was admittedly poor.

“As a pastor, there have been more than a few Sundays that I wished I had preached a better sermon,” Warnock said. “After the sermon, it was my job to embody the message.”

Warnock continued, “To show up for the people that I serve, and that is what Joe Biden has done his entire life,” Warnock said in an interview with NBC’s Laura Jarrett. “Over the last four years, he has been showing up for the American People…Joe Biden has demonstrated over the last four years the character and metal of

the man that he is. He is a life of public service baptized in sorrow. As for Trump How do you stand and lie every 90 seconds?”

The most vital voices calling for Biden not to run for re-election come from media outlets and lawmakers on Capitol Hill. At the same time, progressives and African American leaders remain committed to the President. Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Sunday on Face the Nation that he didn’t see President Biden getting out of the race despite his poor performance.

“I got a chance to see the President challenged; I have seen in him in times of trial,” said Moore, referring to the crisis when a ship collided into a Baltimore bridge, and he called Biden at 3:30 am.  “But when we get knocked down, we get back up.”

Political operative Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of the New Birth Baptist Church, said, “I’d rather have Joe Biden in a wheelchair than Donald Trump on both of his feet. There is too much focus on personality when it should be on policy.” Bryant said he and Rev. Freddi Haynes held a conference call with 100 Black preachers last weekend to sure up support for Biden. “As quiet as it is kept, Joe Biden did more to advance the Black community

than Barack Obama.”

Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition of Black Voter Participation, a non-partisan organization, said talk of Biden leaving the race is premature.   “The people voted for these two nominees. There is too much cynicism in this country. More seats are on the ballot than just who will be in the White House.” President Obama tweeted after the debate, “Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know. But this election is still a choice between someone who has fought for ordinary folks his entire life and someone who only cares about himself.” Obama tweeted, “Between someone who tells the truth; who knows right from wrong and will give it to the American people straight—and someone who lies through his teeth for his benefit. Last night didn’t change that, and it’s why so much is at stake in November.”

A more forceful Biden spoke in North Carolina the day after the debate, where he acknowledged that his debate performance didn’t go well. But he also said to wild applause, “I know when you get knocked down, you get back up!”


Allegheny, Pennsylvania, No. 02-24-03925. Joan A. Greene, Executor, 271 Voss Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102 or to TODD A. FULLER, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC., 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Estate of JANET L. HARRIS , deceased of Pittsburgh, PA, No. 03885 of 2024. Laura L. Reid, 1018 Valewood Rd, Towson, MD 21286 Executrix, or to c/o Philip J. Scolieri, Esquire, Scolieri Beam Law Group, P.C. Attys. 1207 Fifth Avenue, Suite 200 Bldg., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219

Estate of FRANCINE R. HYDE, Deceased of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Estate No. 02-24-03775, Michele Nigliazzo, Executor, 1037 Brookline Boulevard, Apt.2, Pittsburgh, PA 15226 or to ROBIN L. RARIE, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC. 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Estate of WILLIAM J. MUELLER, deceased of Bridgeville, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, No. 02-24-03923. Robert W. Mueller, Executor, 2555 Chapelwood Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 or to TODD A. FULLER, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC., 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Estate of MR. JEROLD STUART PEARL A/K/A JERRY S. PEARL, Deceased of 1230 East Avenue, Moon Township, PA, 15108, Estate No. 02-24-03517, Ms. Mary Christine, Executrix, c/o Max C. Feldman, Esquire and the Law Office of Max C. Feldman, 1322 Fifth Avenue, Corapolis, PA, 15108

Estate of CAROLYN PATRICIA JACKSON STANFIELD, A/K/A CAROLYN P. STANFIELD, A/K/A C. PATRICIA STANFIELD, Case No. 3884 of 2024. Robin L. Jackson appointed Executrix by Order dated June 13, 2024. Peter B. Lewis,Counsel, Neighborhood Legal Services, 928 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Estate of CHRISTINA MARGARET TACKA A/K/A M. CHRISTINA TACKA, Deceased of Bethel Park, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Estate No. 02-24-03776, Chester L. Tacka, Executor, 117 Slatewood Court, Bethel Park, PA 15102 or to ROBIN L. RARIE, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC., 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Estate of GERALD J. URIAH, Deceased of Carnegie, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Estate No. 02-24-03774, Candace L. Rave, Executor, 169 Union Street, Apt. B or to ROBIN L. RARIE, Atty; BRENLOVE & FULLER, LLC. 401 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017




The Professional Services Committee of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will hold a special meeting for general purposes on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. prevailing time, in the Trefz Board Room at its offices located at 3300 Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233. Official action on the Committee’s recommendations will take place at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors at a later date. The public may view the meeting via livestream by visiting www.alcosan.org.



The Green Committee of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority will hold a special meeting for general purposes on Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. prevailing time in the Trefz Board Room at its offices located at 3300 Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233. Official action on the Committee’s recommendations will take place at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors at a later date. The public may view the meeting via livestream by visiting www.alcosan.org.




Allies & Ross Management and Development Corporation (ARMDC) hereby requests proposals from qualified Firms or Individuals capable of providing the following service(s):

Request for Proposals (RFP) –Special Inspections for the Northview Midrise

RFP documents will be available no later than June 24, 2024. Copies of RFP documents are not available for in-person pickup. Firms interested in responding may obtain a copy of the RFP documents from the Business Opportunities Section of the HACP Website, www.hacp.org. Prospective Offerors may register as vendors on the website and download the documents free of charge.

A pre-submission meeting via audio conference will be held via Zoom on July 18, 2024, at 9:00 A.M. Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88932845576?pwd=NiR35m3ZbEcoPgrAaDU7rquURFrzPn.1

Meeting ID: 889 3284 5576

Passcode: 315576

The deadline for the final submission of written questions is August 1, 2024, at 9:00 A.M.

The deadline for submission of proposals is August 8, 2024, at 9:00 A.M. Proposals must be sent to:

Mr. James Harris – Chief Contracting Officer

Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 412 Boulevard of the Allies, 6th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will only be accepting physical proposals dropped off in person from 8:00 AM until the closing of 9:00 AM on August 8, 2024. Proposals may still be submitted electronically at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/request/kc0mTA7Qh1jC6UFGRBvd and can still be mailed via USPS at which time they will be Time and Date Stamped at 412 Boulevard of the Allies, 6th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH STRONGLY


Caster D. Binion, President & CEO

Allies & Ross Management and Development Corporation

HACP conducts business in accordance with all federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title VII, the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The PA Human Relations Act, etc. and does not discriminate against any individuals protected by these statutes.





Bids for the Eastmont Park Improvements Project will be received by Wilkins Township online via PennBID, until 10:00 AM local time on Wednesday, August 7, 2024, at which time the Bids received will be opened electronically and posted on PennBID’s website.

The Project generally consists of installing fencing and sports equipment and lining courts. Work will also include restoring all disturbed areas to original condition.

Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. All documents and solicitation details are available online at no cost on PennBID –www.PennBID.procureware.com

Bids shall be accepted online through the PennBID Program. Additional bidding requirements are found in Section 00 21 13, “Instructions to Bidders”, of the Bidding Documents. All bidders must submit bid security of a Certified Check or Bid Bond in the amount of 10% of the Base Bid. All bids shall be irrevocable for 60 days after the bid opening date as provided by the Act of November 26, 1978 (P.L. 1309, No. 317), as amended by the Act of December 12, 1994 (P.L. 1042, No. 142).


Sealed proposals shall be deposited at the Administration Building, Bellefield Entrance Lobby, 341 South Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213, on July 30, 2024, until 2:00 P.M., local prevailing time for:

Pgh. Obama 6-12 (Jr./Sr. High School) (*REBID*) Bleacher Demolition and UST Removal General Primes

Project Manual and Drawings will be available for purchase on June 30, 2024, at Modern Reproductions (412-488-7700), 127 McKean Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219 between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. The cost of the Project Manual Documents is non-refundable.

Project details and dates are described in each project manual.


The Allegheny County Department of Human Services recently issued a Request for Proposals for Conflict Counsel for Parents Involved in Child Dependency Cases. Due Date: 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 8, 2024. For more details and submission information, visit: https://solicitations.alleghenycounty. us/.

Erin Dalton Director

LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT INVITATION FOR BIDS: Three Rivers Communities, Inc. is requesting bids from qualified contractors for: CONTRACT: No. R23-066-02

ADAPTIVE RENOVATION of the ST. COLMAN SCHOOL into 26 apartments; Scope of Work includes historical preservation/restoration components. Bids will be received for all trades under one contract for General Construction. Each bid must be accompanied by a bid bond, certified check, or bank cashier’s check, payable to the Allegheny County Housing Authority in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the bid amount.

DOCUMENTS: Bid documents & specifications for consideration, will be available on/after Tuesday, July 2, 2024, on the Pittsburgh Builder’s Exchange, or the McGraw-Hill websites. Complete IFB Documents can be downloaded from the Housing Agency Marketplace: https://ha.internationaleprocurement. com/

FEE: No Charge for Emailed / Electronic Transfer documents.


SITE WALK THRU: Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 10:00AM EST (or by appt. 412-477-2464) at the former St. Colman School, 547 Hunter Street, Turtle Creek, PA 15145



The HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER will receive sealed bids, in duplicate, until 9:00 AM. (local time) on Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at the office of the Housing Authority of the County of Beaver, 1215 7th Avenue, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 10:00 AM for the Stair Replacement at Monacatootha Apartments, at Monacatootha Apartments 105 4th Street, Monaca, PA 15061. A fifteen percent (15%) bid bond is required for this project.Proposed forms of contract documents, including Plans and Specifications may be obtained from the Housing Authority of the County of Beaver by first mailing $100.00 in the form of a check made payable to the HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BEAVER 300 State Ave, Beaver, PA 15009 for each set of documents so obtained. An additional $10.00 is required if you want it mailed. DEPOSITS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. Plans and specifications will be available on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Please call to make arrangements for pick-up. (724) 775-1220 ext 2022.


OPPORTUNITY and Section 3 Compliance are required.

A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at Monacatootha Apartments, 105 4th Street, Monaca, PA 15061.



Sealed and separate bids will be received by the Township of Upper St. Clair, 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania until 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2024, and the BIDS will be publicly opened and read thereafter in the Township Building at the same address for the following: OLD FARM ROAD TRAIL RENOVATION PROJECT

Please refer to https://www.twpusc. org/business/bid_information. php, for details regarding specifications and Bidding requirements.

LINE: Monday, July 22, 2024, at 3:00PM EST

BIDS DUE: Wednesday July 31, 2024, at 10:00 AM EST at the Allegheny County Housing Authority (ACHA) Central Office, 301 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, PA 15136


Construction of elevator tower and entrance addition to existing congregate living facility for women. Also, interior finish upgrades, relocation of interior walls and roof and window replacement. A mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. EST, Tuesday, July, 9th, 2024, at the building site, 190 3rd Street, Beaver, PA 15009. The Women’s Center of Beaver County is requesting bids to be made and will award the contract as more thoroughly described in the Bid Form.

Bids will be received via email to: R. Darlene Thomas, Executive Director, Women’s Center of Beaver County, dthomas@womenscenterbc.org and Lisa Whitney, Managing Partner, eos Studio Arc, LLC, lwhitney@eos-studioarc.com until 3:00 p.m. EST, on Monday, July 29, 2024

Digital Plans, Specifications and Bid forms may be secured by prospective bidders from eos Studio Arc, LLC, lwhitney@eos-studioarc.com, 412-342-8338


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM AND ACCESS CONTROL FOR THE NORTHVIEW MIDRISE ARMDC RFP #2024-43 Allies & Ross Management and Development Corporation (ARMDC) hereby requests proposals from qualified Firms or Individuals capable of providing the following service(s): Request for Proposals (RFP) –Security Camera System and Access Control for the Northview Midrise RFP documents will be available on or about July 1, 2024. Copies of RFP documents are not available for in-person pickup. Firms interested in responding may obtain a copy of the RFP documents from the Business Opportunities Section of the HACP Website, www.hacp.org. Prospective Offerors may register as vendors on the website and download the documents free of charge. A pre-submission meeting via audio conference will be held via Zoom on July 25, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. Zoom Link: https://us06web. zoom.us/j/84300848349?pwd=f WPB233NMtD1hk6RPyoDf fawyUWBaD.1

Meeting ID: 843 0084 Passcode: 426247

The deadline for the final submission of written questions is August 8, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. The deadline for submission of proposals is August 15, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. Proposals must be sent to:

Mr. James Harris –Chief Contracting Officer DevMod@hacp.org Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh Procurement Department 412 Boulevard of the Allies, 6th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will only be accepting physical proposals dropped off in person from 8:00 AM until the closing of 11:00 AM on August 15, 2024. Proposals may still be submitted electronically at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/ request/slfzs0ZEhp45cpCVB5di and can still be mailed via USPS at which time they will be Time and Date Stamped at 412 Boulevard of the Allies 6th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH STRONGLY ENCOURAGES CERTIFIED MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES TO RESPOND TO THIS SOLICITATION.

Caster D. Binion, President & CEO Allies & Ross Management and Development Corporation HACP conducts business in accordance with all federal,


Notice is hereby given to the following persons, their heirs, successors or assigns, and to all persons whatsoever, that the City of

Pittsburgh, by John Miller, Assistant City Solicitor, 328 City County Building has petitioned the Court of Orders quieting title to the following tax acquired real estate, pursuant to Act No. 171, approved December 11, 1984.

GD –GD-24-006154 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Donald J. Carter a/k/a Donal Cogdell, John Carter, Susie Carter, Advance Mortgage Corporation, Federal National Mortgage Association, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Saloman Brothers Realty Corp, Grant Builders, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Intergra Bank, United States of America Department of Housing and Urban Development, National City Bank of PA Bank Successor in Interest to Equibank, Allegheny County Court

Records-Criminal Division, United States of America - Federal Tax Division, and the Unknown, Heirs, and Assigns of Donald J. Carter a/k/a Donal Cogdell, John Carter and Susie Carter; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Flowers Avenue. Block & Lot 56-C-46. 15th Ward


GD –GD-24-006164 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs The Estate of H.W. Gardner, aka H. Willard Gardner, William H. Gardner, Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, Internal Revenue Service, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of the Estate of H.W. Gardner, aka H. Willard Gardner, William H. Gardner; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Edith Street. Block & Lot 6-L-58. 19th Ward


GD –GD-24-006165 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Progressive Home Federal Savings and Loan Assocation, GLS Capital, INC., United States of America, ALCOSAN, PWSA, Grover C. Walker, Laraine V. Walker, and the Unknown, Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Grover C. Walker and Laraine V. Walker; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 618 Beltzhoover Ave. Block & Lot 14-J-162. 18th Ward


GD –GD-24-006296 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Regis V. Hall, PWSA, ALCOSAN, National Tax Funding, LP, Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Regis V. Hall; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents. Concerning the Following Property: Lincoln Avenue. Block & Lot 125-B-272. 12th Ward SUBJECT TO ALL ADDITIONAL EASEMENTS, ENCROACHMENTS, AGREEMENTS, ETC. OF RECORD. City File: Purple-3

GD –GD-24-006191 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Richardson Development Trust; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 324 Orchard Place. Block & Lot 14-K-106. 30th Ward


GD –GD-24-006194 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Mike Sestock, the Estate of Margaret Babinsky, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue-Ineheritance Tax Division, the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Mike Sestock and of the Estate of Margaret Babinsky,; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 1412 Eckert Street. Block & Lot 45-A-29. 27th Ward


GD –GD-24-006206 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs James Brown, Jr. and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of James Brown, Jr.; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Jefferson Street. Block & Lot 23-F-171. 25th Ward


GD –GD-24-006295 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Dara J. Witherspoon, Commonpoint Mortgage, ContiMortgage Corporation, Manufactorers & Traders Trust Company and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Dara J. Witherspoon; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Kilbourne Street. Block & Lot 56-G-309. 15th Ward


GD –GD-24-006214 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Renee Antoinette Trowery-Love, Associate Consumer Discount Services, Jordan Tax Service, PWSA, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Renee Antoinette Trowery-Love; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 6992 Lemmington Ave. Block & Lot 173-A-299. 12th Ward SUBJECT TO ALL ADDITIONAL EASEMENTS, ENCROACHMENTS, AGREEMENTS, ETC. OF RECORD. City File: Purple-4

GD – GD-24-006297 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Heirs of Adeline Zablo, PWSA, Jordan Tax Services; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 6611 Lyric Street. Block & Lot 124-R-305. 12th Ward


GD –GD-24-006220 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Mary Flanagan, Alexander J. Markis, Edward W. Kelly, Maurice Gordon, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Mary Flanagan, Alexander J. Markis, Edward W. Kelly, Maurice Gordon,; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Musgrave Street. Block & Lot 54-N-200. 15th Ward


GD –GD-24-006298 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Kelso Ernest Gordon and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Kelso Ernest Gordon; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Monticello Street. Block & Lot 174-F-122. 13th Ward


GD –GD-24-006299 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Daniel E. Shealey, PWSA, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Daniel E. Shealey; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 5166 Broad Street. Block & Lot 50-L-189. 10th Ward


GD –GD-24-006300 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Fred Trowery, James Hill, Lando Brooks, Gloria A. Brooks, GLS Capital Inc., National Tax Funding LLC., Caulis Negris LLC., and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Fred Trowery and James Hill and of Lando Brooks and of Gloria A. Brooks; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 1351 Montezuma Street. Block & Lot 173-E-102. 12th Ward SUBJECT TO ALL ADDITIONAL EASEMENTS, ENCROACHMENTS, AGREEMENTS, ETC. OF RECORD. City File: Purple 11

GD –GD-24-006662 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Alberta Parker, aka Alberta Roselyn Hampton Parker, aka Roselyn Hampton, aka Hampton Parker, Clarence Berberick, Edward B. Anderson, Michaeline Anderson, National Tax Funding L.P., GLS Capital Inc., PWSA, Allegheny County-Criminal Division, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Alberta Parker, and of Clarence Berberick, and of Edward B. Anderson, and of Michaeline Anderson; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents. Concerning the Following Property: 7039 Upland Street. Block & Lot 173-N-307. 13th Ward SUBJECT TO ALL ADDITIONAL EASEMENTS, ENCROACHMENTS, AGREEMENTS, ETC. OF RECORD. City File: Pink 1 GD –GD-24-006929

CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Scott W. Reisch and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Scott W. Reisch; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 7155 Idlewild Street. Block & Lot 174-E-220.


E. Daniels, Helen Daniels, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Robert E. Daniels and Helen Daniels; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Fairywood Street. Block & Lot 70-E-46. 28th Ward



Donald L. Wohlgemuth Jr., Julie M. Wohlgemuth, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Donald L. Wohl-

gemuth Jr. and Julie M. Wohlgemuth; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Perrysville Avenue. Block & Lot 46-F-122. 26th Ward



Theodora Walker, John C. Walker, John Walker, Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Theodora Walker, John C. Walker, John Walker; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents. Concerning the Following Property: Kedron Street. Block & Lot 125-D-143. 12th Ward


GD –GD-24-006676 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Ralph J. Opferman, Jr., John D. Weinhold, Elizabeth J. Weinhold, GLS Capital, Inc., ROJO Holdings, LLC with notice to Successors and Assigns, S&O Enterprise, with Notice to Successors and Assigns; United States of America, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of Ralph J. Opferman, Jr., and of John D. Weinhold, and of Elizabeth J. Weinhold; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents. Concerning the Following Property: 1232 Shadycrest Drive. Block & Lot 5-P-102. 20th Ward

SUBJECT TO ALL ADDITIONAL EASEMENTS, ENCROACHMENTS, AGREEMENTS, ETC. OF RECORD. City File: Pink 8 GD –GD-24-006466 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs William G. Jackson Jr., United States of America, National Tax Funding L.P., Caulis Negris LLC, PWSA, GLS Capital Inc., and the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Assigns of William Jackson, Jr.; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents. Concerning the Following Property: 1230 Woodland Avenue. Block & Lot 45-E-321. 27th Ward


GD –GD-24-006242 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs James Brennan; Carmella Gootee; GLS Capital; Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority; and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of James Brennan; Carmella Gootee; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 0 Saginaw Street. Block & Lot 42-D-198. 20th Ward SUBJECT TO ALL ADDITIONAL EASEMENTS, ENCROACHMENTS, AGREEMENTS, ETC. OF RECORD. City File: White 3

GD –GD-24-006245 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs James Brennan, John Minella and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of James Brennan and John Minella; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 0 Saginaw Street. Block & Lot 42-D-200. 20th Ward


GD –GD-24-006716 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Glenn J. Wack; PNC Bank, National Association; Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority; and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Glenn J. Wack; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents. Concerning the Following Property: 1950 Ley Street. Block

Elsie A. Butler; Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority and the Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Elsie A. Butler; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 10 S. Wheeler Street. Block & Lot 174-S-236. 13th

L.P.; Caulis Negris, LLC; GLS Capital, Inc.; Jordan Tax Service, Inc.; and the Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Ella C. Johnson; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Climax Street. Block & Lot 15-H-148. 18th Ward



Edward D. Scott; Patricia K. Scott; Commonwealth of PA Labor & Industry, PWSA, and the Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Edward D. Scott and Patricia K. Scott; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: N. Fairmount Street. Block & Lot 83-J-146. 11th Ward


GD –GD-24-006710 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs PWSA, ALCOSAN, Christopher N. Thorpe, Matthew J. Thorpe, Matthew W. Thorpe, Annik Enterprises, Peter H. Thomson, Esq, Matthew S. Thorpe, and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Christopher N. Thorpe, and of Matthew J. Thorpe, and of Matthew W. Thorpe, and of Annik Enterprises, and of Peter H. Thomson, Esq, and of Matthew S. Thorpe; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: Perrysville Avenue. Block & Lot 46-N-300. 25th Ward


GD –GD-24-006712 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Joseph Davis; Syretha Dawkins; and the Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of Joseph Davis and Syretha Dawkins; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 228 Stanhope Street. Block & Lot 43-R-110. 20th Ward


GD –GD-24-006440 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs John E. Rice; Christine B. Rice; Allegheny County Court Records-Criminal Division; PWSA; National Tax Funding L.P.; Allegheny County Sanitary Authority; and the Unknown Heirs, Successors, and Assigns of John E. Rice and Christine B. Rice; their heirs, successors, assigns and respondents.

Concerning the Following Property: 0 Paxico Street. Block & Lot 172-R-147. 12th Ward


GD –GD-24-006676 CITY OF PITTSBURGH Vs Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and Josephine Giaramita, Anthony Giaramita, and Carmela C. Giaramita, and their Heirs,



#1 Cochran Buick GMC, Inc. has one opening for Director – Customer Loyalty in Pittsburgh, PA to work closely with management & our growing Marketing & Brand team & leverage data science to identify customer needs & create customer segments to effectively grow revenue. Provide advice & guidance on CRM strategy that successfully engages & retains customers from purchase to repurchase. Collaborate w/VP & Chief Brand Officer in defining & establishing a vision, roadmaps, strategic plans, & procedures for creation & development of effective customer loyalty & engagement program using customer research & projected business impact. Participate in research & focus groups, conduct data analysis, & discern common themes & patterns within available customer feedback to fully understand the customer’s voice, & design, develop, & execute customer loyalty & engagement strategies. Advise management & staff in the development & execution of overall customer loyalty program, including personalization strategies, customer feedback tools, triggered user journeys, communications cadence, & efficient, user-friendly call routing protocols. Ensure program success & efficiency by partnering in resource discussions, training, content development, scripting, & survey creation. Local telecommuting allowed up to 2 days per week. Reqs: Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Commerce or related field. Must have 5 years exp. managing loyalty programs, CRM strategies, data segmentation, marketing automation & customer lifecycle journeys. Must be knowledgeable of: (1) Applying data science to measure & focus on business KPIs to effectively prioritize projects based on potential business impact; (2) Digital deployment of loyalty programs, including mobile app-based programs; & (3) Agile development practices, user experience & actionable customer needs statements. Send resumes to: Ms. Courtney Halle at challe@cochran.com with job title Director – Customer Loyalty in subject line.

Are you interested in helping to build the region’s newest music venue on the Lower Hill? Join PJ Dick and Turner Construction at a co-hosted in-person workforce career fair event on Wednesday July 10th, from 2-6 p.m. at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. Learn the path to joining the unions by networking with local representatives, pre-apprenticeship program mentors, and more. Visit https://pjdick.com/ subcontractor-opportunities or parcelemusicvenue.com for more information.

CO-TEACHER AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER Urban Academy Charter School is looking for a Co-Teacher and Special Education Teacher, grades K-5. Please send resume and all clearances to jobs@urbanacademypgh.org


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