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Black male success model grant to Robert Morris

With an unemployment rate of more than 14 percent for African-Americans, almost twice the national average, and reports that Black men are far less likely to graduate from high school or even attend college, Robert Morris University is committed to turning around the statistics.

With a $900,000 grant from the Heinz Endowment, the

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

Black diabetes deaths double that of Whites

Almost 19 percent of all African-Americans in the country are living with diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, but twice as many African-Americans are dying as Whites.

This disparity is closely linked to disparities in healthcare and also increased rates of obesity in the Black community. Nationwide,

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

Black school directors react to teacher cuts

When the Pittsburgh School Board voted to lay off nearly 300 teachers July 25, the vote was a unanimous 6-0, even if directors Mark Brentley, Sharene Shealey and Regina Holley had attended it would not have made a difference.

The furloughs, it is hoped, will save the district more than $42 million through the next two years. Even so,

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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh

Schenley supporters still fighting

When the Pittsburgh Board of Education voted to close the iconic Schenley High School in 2008, it claimed an extensive asbestos problem would have cost nearly $100 million, making renovation of the structure economically infeasible.

NOWHERE TO GO—Sports trophies and sweatshirts that were still piled in an office at Schenley High
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  • Written by The New Pittsburgh Courier
  • Category: Pittsburgh