Daily Archive: February 3, 2010

Opinion

Mr. President, you are blocking the sun

It is said that when Alexander the Great visited the philosopher Diogenes he asked the wise man if there was anything he could do for him. Diogenes is said to have replied, “Yes. Stand a little less between me and the sun.” I thought of Diogenes as I read portions of the president’s speech from Cleveland, Ohio. The New York Times reports that the president used the word fight or some version of it more than 20 times.

Opinion

A good start for Obama, but much more to do

(NNPA)—After one year in office, America’s first Blackberry president has found that in the age of tweeting, texting and daily polling, there is no shortage of those eager to judge his performance based on fragments of information that may not always be accurate. We will resist the urge to join the fray. No grades from me for Mr. Obama. But that does not mean we have no opinion on his first year as president.

Entertainment

Local musician wins Lincoln Center honor

“Music has the power to bridge political, cultural, language and generational differences with audiences around the world,” said Maura M. Pally, acting assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. “Through music we can celebrate both cultural diversity and common ground.” It is with this in mind that Lincoln Center, in collaboration with the United States Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, began the Rhythm Road American Music Abroad program in 2005. This project annually identifies a number of bands from around the country who complete a rigorous application process. They audition in front of a select group of prominent musicians affiliated with Lincoln Center, as well as U.S. diplomats, and then wait to see if they are among the special few who are honored. CHEN LO AND THE LIBERATED—Family members from left: Kyle (DJ Scandales) Clinton, Chenits (Chen Lo) Pettigrew, Ken White and Pamela (Baassik) Jennett.

Entertainment

Out & About at Chocolate City

This week I visited the Hard Rock Café on the South Side of Pittsburgh, the Rex Theatre on the South Side, Matrix in Station Square, CJ’s in the Strip District, Chocolate City in Homewood, Corner Café on the South Side, Ava Lounge in East Liberty and Xentil in Greentree. My first stop was at the Hard Rock Café where Gene Stovall had an event called “Earth Wind and Fire vs. the Dave Matthews Band.” It featured Gene Stovall at his best, singing all the hits from the legendary R&B group, Earth, Wind & Fire while Ben Harper sang hits from the Dave Matthews Band. It was a great time for everyone who came out. Partying hard at Chocolate City in Homewood.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 4 ‘Raisin’ Kuntu Repertory Theatre presents “Raisin” at 8 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This is a musical baseD on the play “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, which tells the story of a family maturing while dealing with the sting of racism. The show will run through Feb. 6. For more information, call 412-394-3353 or visit http://www.proartstickets.org.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Devil’s Sanctuary’

Today’s 18-year-olds don’t remember a time before the Internet. Ronald Reagan was a trivia answer when they were born and Nelson Mandela was a free man. For these newly-minted adults, there has always been fighting in Iraq, but no Cold War. And though “Sesame Street” was part of their nursery, they never knew the Muppets creator. And what else are they missing because they “weren’t there?” Today’s 18-year-olds, like millions of other adults, didn’t witness a lot of hard history by virtue of late birth. But they can catch up on one subject by reading “Devil’s Sanctuary: An Eyewitness History of Mississippi Hate Crimes” by Alex A. Alston Jr. and James L. Dickerson. This book will fill in some gaps.

Entertainment

My fiancé is cheating, but I will marry him!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I am in the process of making preparations for my wedding in June. We have dated for six years. During those years I have caught him cheating on me at least 15 times or more. This is the problem: We have never lived together, but he often spends nights with me. His main place to stay is at his mother’s house. He doesn’t have a job because he was laid off six years ago. I do not have children by him.

Business

Wheatley pushes MWDBE

After a year’s worth of crisscrossing the state holding hearings on the lack of minority inclusion on various state contracts, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, has introduced a package of legislation aimed at increasing Minority- Women- and Disadvantaged-Business Enterprise inclusion in state jobs and building small business capacity. BUILDING BUSINESS— State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, announces the introduction of 10 House bills meant to increase participation by minority- and women-owned businesses on state contracts. “This package of legislation would ensure that small businesses and minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged-owned businesses across Pennsylvania would receive a fair share of the state work funded by the taxes they and their employees pay,” said Wheatley during a Jan. 26 announcement of the bill’s’ introduction.

Business

Obama pitches aid for struggling small businesses

by Darlene Superville WASHINGTON (AP)—President Barack Obama’s bid to sell his economic agenda and re-energize voters picks up in politically significant New Hampshire, where he will again promote an idea to free up money for small businesses that are hurting. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA Obama will travel to Nashua, N.H., to draw attention to a proposal highlighted in his State of the Union address last week: funneling $30 billion to local banks so they can lend small businesses money they need to grow their enterprises and create jobs.

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Business

Can you call it ‘rapid refund’ when it’s 365 days late?

Tax time is upon us. This is the time when Uncle Sam mandates that we reconcile taxes that were collected throughout the year by way of payroll withholdings and estimated payments to see what’s rightfully due to the IRS. Individuals have until April 15 to get their tax return prepared and their tax liability paid or suffer the consequences of penalties, interest and/or the wrath of the IRS. Many people are eagerly anticipating the largest lump sum check they’ll receive the entire year. This check is the result of a tax refund. If you’re expecting a large tax refund this year, I’m sure you can’t wait to get your W2s, 1099s and all applicable tax forms so that you can file your tax return and get access to your refund. After running up balances on credit cards and/or spending more than what was budgeted for during holidays, a tax refund or a tax rebate of any kind would be appreciated by all.