Daily Archive: May 6, 2011

Entertainment

Roommate is a user!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Six months ago, I met a girl who was having a hard time. She told me that she was trying to complete her college education and needed a roommate. At the time, I was living in my parents’ basement. They had renovated it and gave me my privacy. I should have stayed there. But, I met this girl and wanted to help her.

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Business

Time to share the ‘truth’ about timeshares

Well over 10 years ago while vacationing in Florida, I was given an offer that I could not refuse. “Come to this free 2-hour seminar and you’ll get 2 free tickets to Disney World and 2 free tickets to Universal Studios.” Back then tickets to both Disney World and Universal Studios were approximately $60 per ticket. I’m a sucker for free stuff. I was one of the first people in line at the seminar. It turned out that this was no seminar. It was a high-pressure sales environment for timeshares. At the time, I had no earthly idea what a timeshare was. All I knew was that the sales representative wanted me to pay $15,000 for the right to have access to a condo for one week out of the year, every year. Even back then with absolutely no knowledge of timeshares, I thought this was one of the silliest concepts ever conceived. Today, I know it is.

Business

For many its gas—food or rent

by Jennifer BihmFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Cleo Reynolds mumbled a few expletives as he watched the digital numbers on the Shell station gas pump. Unleaded was $4.15 last week and as he watched the price move up rather quickly; it seemed disproportionate to the slower moving numbers that showed the amount of gas he was getting. For a split second, he seemed taken aback at being asked his feelings on the amount of money he was paying for gas. Then, leaning back against his SUV, arms folded, unlit cigarette dangling from his lips, he began his tirade. He was against paying $10.65 for a little over 2 gallons in his SUV that particular day and more so about the more than $100 he ends up paying weekly that allows him six days of driving. The Inglewood resident makes a daily trip to Los Angeles where his wife works, he told L.A. Watts Times.

Sports

Overtime

:10 Hello… Hello…Wait hold on a minute. Phone call for “Laden”, phone call for “bin Laden”, phone call for bin Laden… “Bin” you here… Hey “Laden” you wanted on the phone man!! Hello, he ain’t here, who? Ok I’ll tell him. Hey Bobby, tell bin Laden some dude named “Barack” called! :09 If you had Memphis and the “Zack-Man” and the Atlanta Hawks still standing at this point of the NBA Finals…you-are-Lie-ing… and you know it. Shut up man! BILL NEAL :08 I am stealing a page from Brotha Ash here but I was hanging out with future Judge Leah Williams Duncan and her fabulous family “Ma Williams”, Magic Mike, and the crew. over at Young Bros. on North Side. Great time and really great chicken. Good luck Leah!

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Lifestyle

Born leader, born American

I was somewhat insulted that “our” royal couple, the leader of the free world, was not invited to the royal wedding, aren’t they dignitaries? Elton John and his wife/husband were there. I know Elton had a relationship with Princess Diana and he is British. But come to think of it, President Obama and the first lady probably would have been a distraction. I was just reading a Facebook message from a friend, it stated that England was united for a wedding and the USA was divided over a birth certificate.

Lifestyle

What a bash!

The exit poll taken April 16 as more than 300 left the most recent BASH (Black Association of South Hills for Women) Annual luncheon that supports their scholarship program, said, “A Celebration in Song,” was a tremendous hit. ROBERTA BURKE & COMPANY (Photo by Gail Manker) The ladies and gents attending at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpointe were impressed by the variety of vendors: A Women’s Touch Fashions, Burkes & Burkes, Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh, Ethnic Designs by Susan, Inspired by You, Mary Kay, Miche Handbags, Patsy’s Glass, Three Rivers Adoption Council and Traci Lynn Jewelry. Everyone was wowed by the talent of songstress Roberta Burke, who is a singer, writer and producer. Burke, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, along with some ­fellow CMU friends and her back up band took the crowd from Motown to LA leaving everyone wanting more.

Health

Taking back our children’s health

by Floyd J. MalveauxFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—More than 10 million children are sitting on the sidelines of kid-hood. Many have low expectations for everyday life. Their parents and caregivers—especially those in urban areas—watch as their children miss out on playing outside, struggle to get a good night sleep and fall behind at school. For these families, everyday routines are interrupted by doctor’s visits and trips to the E.R. What is the culprit that slips into the lives of these families, that strips away the very makings of childhood, and leaves behind fear and anxiety in its wake?