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City Briefs: 7/25/01

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

CITY POLICE
COURT SIDES WITH OFFICER

In nearly 30 years as a Pittsburgh police officer, Patrick Logan was involved in seven shootouts, was stabbed three times and had fractures of his skull, face, arm and wrist.

In 1993, a suspect's point-blank shot narrowly missed his head, and Logan and other officers shot the suspect, Maneia "Stoney" Bey, to death. Afterward, a street gang put a $50,000 bounty on Logan's life.

In 1997 and 1998, Logan was assaulted four separate times in a six-month span.

Business as usual for a police officer?

No, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges has ruled.

The panel last week ruled in favor of Logan's disability claim, rejecting the city's argument that what Logan experienced was all in a day's work for a cop.

Logan in October 1998 filed for full disability benefits, claiming he suffered from work-related anxiety attacks, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder. An arbitrator ruled in his favor; the city appealed to Commonwealth Court.

"The essential issue ... is whether there are ever any working conditions that can be considered abnormal for a police officer, given the highly stressful nature of a police officer's daily work life; we believe there may be, and that this is such a case," President Judge Joseph T. Doyle wrote.

DOWNTOWN
REST OF NEW GARAGE OPEN

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has announced that all floors of its 1,249-space First Avenue Garage are now open.

David Onorato, director of parking services, reminded drivers who park at the Monongahela Wharf to consider the garage when construction closes the wharf for about 36 months before year's end.

Parking is $8 a day at the First Avenue Garage compared with $6 at the Mon Wharf, but $160-a-month leases are available.

By the end of the year, the Port Authority hopes to open its new FirstSide Station on the light-rail line, which will have a direct pedestrian connection to the parking garage, and commuters will be able to ride the subway for free.

U. OF PITTSBURGH
RACIAL BIAS CHARGED

A Delaware woman who received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh has sued the university, saying she wasn't hired as an assistant dean because she's a black woman.

Edith J. White, who got her doctorate in engineering in 1997, says a vice provost asked her in 1998 if she were interested in a leadership role for black students in the school of engineering.

In 1999, she applied for the dual position of assistant dean of diversity for the school and a faculty position in chemical engineering. When she interviewed, four Pitt officials who were making the hiring decision made racist or sexist comments, she said.

She said one told her Pitt didn't need diversity and another said the engineering school didn't need black professors. She said a department chairman told her he was a racist and believed that women should be "barefoot and pregnant," and a dean said local black students "want to get far away from their ghetto neighborhoods, so they leave Pittsburgh."

White, whose attorney said she was the first black woman to earn an engineering doctorate from Pitt, said the school in February 2000 hired a man who was less qualified.

The suit asks that White be hired for the position with the pay she would have received, plus unspecified damages.

NORTH SIDE
CRIME TOPIC OF TALKS

The North Side Institutional Church of God in Christ has invited Eugene Rivers, co-director of the National Ten-Point Leadership Foundation in Boston, to speak on stopping urban crime. The church is across from the spot where four men were ambushed June 27. Two of the men died, one was wounded and one is being sought.

Rivers, a former gang member and Harvard graduate, will speak from 8 to 10:30 a.m. today at the church, 1200 California Ave.

COUNCIL ON EDUCATION
DIRECTORS, OFFICERS ELECTED

The Pittsburgh Council on Public Education has elected Lisa Lopez Levers and Beverly A. McGrath to its board of directors. Levers is an assistant professor of counselor education at Duquesne University. McGrath is assistant vice president of human resources at UPMC St. Margaret.

Susan Downs Pettigrew was elected president of the organization.



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