Daily Archive: October 15, 2010

Business

Your money never sleeps

In the movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” it is revealed that Gordon Gekko, played by Michael Douglas, had stashed $100 million in a Swiss bank account prior to going to prison. He later uses the money to restart his investment firm and reestablish his prominence on Wall Street. He had set money aside to fund a future goal and his money was working for him 24/7 even while he was in prison!

Business

Forgery, fraud and foreclosure lawsuits filed

by Cyril Josh Barker (NNPA)—Reports indicate that several lawsuits have been filed against big banks due to the mishandling of important lending documents. The mishap has resulted in the stopping of foreclosure proceedings and reviewing past evictions in 23 states. Banks that are being targeted in the lawsuits include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Ally Financial Inc., and GMAC Mortgage because of document verification issues, specifically, false signatures and documents. Tens of thousands of homeowners are being affected by the flaw.

Sports

Pirates interview Bo Porter for manager’s job

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Former Diamondbacks coach Bo Porter has interviewed for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ managerial job. Porter was hired by Arizona last winter as third base coach after five seasons on Florida’s coaching staff. He shifted to bench coach when Kirk Gibson took over as manager at midseason, but was one of four Arizona coaches not retained after the season ended. INTERVIEWS FOR PIRATES’ JOB—Former Diamondbacks third base coach Bo Porter speaks to Barry Enright. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Sports

Steelers should be better with Ben

by Alan RobinsonAssociated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t exceed their own expectations by going 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger. They certainly surprised a league that figured any team forced to start its No. 3 and No. 4 quarterbacks in September was in trouble. Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon didn’t play up to Roethlisberger’s level, but they kept the Steelers atop the AFC North and made certain their season wasn’t ruined by the time Roethlisberger returned from his four-game suspension. GETTING READY—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, left, stands with quarterback Byron Leftwich during passing drills at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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Lifestyle

Family dinner

Back in the old days we had family dinners. On Sundays Baby Boomers would sit down to a hearty three-course meal. The meals that stood out the most were the roast beef, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and homemade rolls. I had to snap the beans and my father would mash the potatoes because he could really handle that potato masher. Some days we would have pork chops and fried apples or ham and au gratin potatoes and peas. A salad was part of the meal and back then my favorite dressing was French or daddy would make a dressing out of Miracle Whip and a little sugar. He would then mix that with the lettuce, tomato and cucumber. My mom loved to make Jell-O molds for dessert. We each had an assigned seat at the dining room table. To this day when I go to my mother’s house I sit in my same seat.

Lifestyle

Cookoff is Right on TRAC

The 11th Annual Dave Thomas Celebrity Cookoff to benefit Three Rivers Adoption Council (TRAC) was smoking. On Sept. 21 Benihana Japanese Steak House was closed to the public for the annual cookoff featuring celebrity chefs from the worlds of sports, media, business, government, arts and entertainment. THE COOKS WERE CUTE—Tene Croom (AURN) and Kimberly Easton. Many of the cooks were old pros at chopping and flipping shrimp, steak and veggies. Others were novices to welding the sharp knives and forks but the guests knew they were there for a good cause and didn’t mind the delay in their meals.

Lifestyle

OASIS reaches into community for more Black participation

For 24 years, which they are celebrating this month, OASIS has been catering to the adult community with their organization located in more than 20 cities, including Pittsburgh, which is the only location in Pennsylvania. OASIS, like their mission states, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals aged 50 and older through lifelong learning and service. “We are a well-rounded organization. There are a number of organizations that focus on one piece of the pie, and we focus on so much more. And the volunteers we have here are the stars of OASIS,” said Gail Weisberg, executive director of the Pittsburgh chapter of OASIS. “We are a product of the community and my goal is to enhance and grow the organization. We offer educational and volunteer opportunities, along with cultural experiences.” WITH THE PROGRAM—Gail Weisberg discusses OASIS and its plans for the future. (photo by J.L. Martello)

Generation Y

Preparing for college

It’s college-preparation season, and many families are worried about sending their sons or daughters to college for a myriad of reasons—not the least of which is fearing that he or she will make some bad decisions. If you are that parent or guardian, rest assured, says La Roche College psychology professor Janet Gates, Ph.D. This phase is “about spending time with your child and explaining expectations about college,” not adding angst to an already stressful time.

Generation Y

Furby reaching higher

“Be all you can be” is a slogan of the U.S. Army and that is exactly what veteran Michael Furby has done. Years after completing high school at Woodland Hills and tours of duty in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Reserves, and the U.S. National Guard, Furby was looking for a civilian job. He stepped into the Career Link in Johnstown, Pa., and discovered that he qualified for the Job Corps under the veteran’s disability waiver. His whole life turned around. MICHAEL FURBY