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Briefs: Police seek drive-by shooting suspects

| Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006

Pittsburgh police Wednesday were looking for two people involved in a drive-by shooting Tuesday that injured one man in the North Side.

Corey Brown, 23, of Manchester, who was shot in the leg, remained in serious condition yesterday at Allegheny General Hospital, North Side. He was shot about 3 p.m. Tuesday while sitting in a Dodge Durango at the intersection of Allegheny and Western avenues, police said.

A passenger in a white Mercury Grand Marquis fired several shots into the Durango before the Marquis sped off, police said. Two men inside the Durango with Brown ran from the scene but were found a short time later and interviewed by police. They were not charged.

Businessman to challenge Walko

A Brighton Heights cleaning company owner said on Wednesday he will challenge state Rep. Don Walko, D-North Side, in the Democratic primary.

Chuck Geiger, 62, said he was inspired to run for the 20th District post by the PaCleanSweep protest over the pay raise the Legislature voted for itself last year and later repealed. Walko voted in favor of the pay raise. Geiger said his campaign will push for cuts in state spending and legislative perks. "We have to cut the size of the Legislature," he said.

Mark Purcell, a former Ross commissioner and unsuccessful candidate last year for Allegheny County Council, also has said he will oppose Walko in the Democratic primary.

Rosa Parks discussion scheduled

The public is invited to a discussion about Rosa Parks as Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center kicks off Black History Month on Saturday, which would have been the 93rd birthday of the late civil rights icon.

"A Tribute to Rosa Parks: The Movement Continues," is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at the center, 701 North Homewood Ave., Homewood.

The session will include a screening of a segment of the movie "Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks" and a discussion featuring educators from CCAC and Carlow University. Parks, known as the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" for sparking the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 in Alabama, died in October.

For more information about the event, contact Rick Adams at 412-580-8084.

World Bank adviser to speak at Pitt

Judith E. Henmann, a World Bank adviser, will present "Including the Voices of Disabled People in the International Development Agenda" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Teplitz Memorial Court Room in the University of Pittsburgh's Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

She was appointed the World Bank's first adviser on disability and development in June 2002. Before that, she served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary for the Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Her talk is part of The Thornburg Family Lecture Series in Disability Law and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

South Side
Oliver Bath House changing hours Sunday

Oliver Bath House on the South Side is adjusting its operating hours for Sunday in observance of Super Bowl Sunday.

The pool, at 38 S. 10th St., will close at 5:30 p.m., with adult lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. and open swim from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Regular operating hours will resume Monday. For details, call the Oliver Bath House at 412-488-8380 or visit

Allegheny County
Literacy group seeks volunteers to teach

The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council needs volunteers to teach basic literacy and English as a second language to adult students throughout Allegheny County.

There will be a workshop from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 13, 14, 20 and 21 at the Brentwood Library, 3501 Brownsville Road, for volunteers wishing to tutor basic literacy. Another workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 and 18 at the Regional Enterprise Tower, 425 Sixth Ave., Downtown, for volunteers wishing to tutor non-native English speakers in English as a second language. A workshop will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 28 and 30 at a location to be announced for volunteers who have taken the Basic Literacy workshop and are interested in being math tutors.

Advance registration is required. Call Peggi at 412-661-7323, ext. 113, or visit on the Web.

Mon Valley
West Mifflin
Jabbour plans to run for Ruffing's House seat

Allegheny Councilman C.L. "Jay" Jabbour announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination for the state House of Representatives seat held by Rep. Kenneth Ruffing, D-West Mifflin.

Jabbour, also of West Mifflin, said he is running for the 38th District post to "win back the trust of the voters" upset because of the Legislature's "ill-advised attempt" to hike the pay of lawmakers and other officials last year. Ruffing voted in favor of the pay raise, which the Legislature later repealed.

Jabbour said he will resign his County Council post in accordance with a home-rule charter provision that prohibits council members from being candidates for other offices. Four other Democrats -- Kim Carradine, Bill Kortz, Donna Lee Diener and Jason Thompson -- also have said they will challenge Ruffing.

Stars to sign autographs during sports auction

The Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania is conducting its 12th annual Sports Memorabilia Auction from 1 to 4 p.m. March 12 at the North Park Clubhouse, 5301 Ranalli Drive, Richland.

Local athletes will attend and sign free autographs.

Tickets include a buffet and live music. Live and silent auctions will feature items autographed by Ben Roethlisberger, Sidney Crosby, Jason Bay and Mario Lemieux. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets for children 10 and younger are $5. For details or to order tickets, call 412-566-1545.

Western Pennsylvania
National City sponsors essay contest for kids

National City, with support from Bynums Advertising Service; Radio Disney, WWCS, 540 AM; and University of Pittsburgh two-time Olympic champion Roger Kingdom, is sponsoring the 14th annual African American Essay Contest.

Invitations have been sent to schools, churches and community organizations for students ages 6 through 18 to write an essay about what African American Olympic athlete they admire the most and why. First-place winners will receive $500 from National City and a $500 check for their sponsoring organization

Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 28.

For details or to request an entry form, call 412-644-6254 or visit on the Web.

Blair County
U.S. judge won't block plans to close center

A federal judge won't block the state's plans to close the Altoona Center, a home for 90 people with severe mental retardation.

Doing so would be improper federal interference in state policy, U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson said in a ruling this week. State officials say closing the center will save money. People with relatives there want it to remain open.

"The situation is not a healthy one for the people in the Altoona Center, who have made their home there for so long," said Richard Overdorf, of Johnstown, whose stepson is a resident. "They don't have much chance at adjusting." An appeal is possible but would be costly, he said.

The state plans to move residents to the state-owned Ebensburg Center or group homes.

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