Daily Archive: June 3, 2011

Entertainment

Cover to Cover…‘Sojourner Truth’

When it comes to arguing, nobody’s better than you. You argue about bedtime, mealtime, and bathtime. You argue with your brother or sister. Some people might call you sassy. Others might say you’re dissing them. But at school, they call it “debate,” and that’s where you learned that respectful arguing is as old as America. It’s also your best chance to change what’s wrong.

Entertainment

I bought my husband an Alay Toy!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I have been married for 10 years and we have eight children. I love my husband and don’t want to lose him. Last summer my siblings and I sold some family property left to us by our grandparents. With my portion of the funds, I purchased a brand new shiny red convertible for my husband. Now, people are calling me a fool because he has been seen riding other women.

Business

Serving mammon

(NNPA)—“Thousands of contractors who got stimulus money to do such things as build roads and provide social services owe more than $750 million in back taxes, a federal investigation has found.” This is the lead point in an article written by Jennifer Liberto for CNN Money. The article goes on to say, “More than $24 billion in stimulus money went to some 3,700 contractors who still owe the federal government taxes, according to the report released Tuesday by the General Accountability Office, Congress’ watchdog agency.” Do you remember the highway signs that bragged about stimulus money being used to put America to work through “recovery and reinvestment”? Yeah, right! So much for that charade. Billions of dollars paid out to contractors to rebuild roads, few if any Black contractors, at least in my neck of the woods, and now we see that many of them cheated the government out of payroll and corporate income taxes. Stimulus? For whom? Did you get a stimulus yet?

Business

Queen Latifah partners with HSN

by Dorothy Rowley (NNPA)—Rapper-turned-A-list actress—and now entrepreneur—Queen Latifah has launched a partnership with the Home Shopping Network, which will showcase an exclusive line of apparel and accessories for women of all sizes. The New Jersey native’s venture with the shopping giant offers clothing items under $100, with leather outerwear and bags ranging between $170 and $300. QUEEN LATIFAH The line debuts in late August and will also feature a variety of other products including leggings, jeans, and clip-on hair extensions, according to the Huffington Post.

Business

Fixed mortgage rates fall to 2011 lows

by Janna Herron NEW YORK (AP)—Fixed mortgage rates hit the lowest point of the year for the third straight week. Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.60 percent from 4.61 percent. That’s the lowest point since mid-December. The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinance option, slipped to 3.78 percent from 3.80 percent. That marked the lowest level since late November. Rates have fallen for six weeks in a row. They tend to track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which crept lower this week on worries over Europe’s ongoing debt crisis.

Sports

At 38, Kidd oldest guard to start in NBA finals

by Jame AronAP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP)—After all the assists, steals, 3-pointers and triple-doubles, Jason Kidd has an easier path to his next entry in the NBA record book. All he has to do is show up. Kidd will become the oldest guard to start a game in an NBA finals when the Dallas Mavericks face the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. VETERAN LEDERSHIP—Dallas Mavericks’ Jason Kidd, left, shoots as teammate Dirk Nowitzki, right, watches during an NBA Finals basketball practice Monday, May 30, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Sports

Who will win NBA title, Miami or Dallas?

by Stephen D. Riley and Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Sequels usually aren’t as good as the original, but the 2011 NBA Finals should be an exception. The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a championship series for the second time since 2006, and this time around there’s a lot more star power on both rosters. Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, with center Shaquille O’Neal as his teammate, outperformed Mavs star forward Dirk Nowitzki to win the 2006 championship, but now Wade has 2-time MVP LeBron James and All-Star Chris Bosh as running mates. SHARING A LAUGH—Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, jokes with teammate LeBron James during a practice session May 30, in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Sports

Ike Taylor: Pittsburgh is ‘like home to me’

by George HenryAssociated Press Writer BUFORD, Ga. (AP)—Cornerback Ike Taylor says he doesn’t mind the uncertainty of free agency in the NFL lockout. Taylor said Thursday he isn’t worried about his next contract, though the two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers said that Pittsburgh is “like home.” UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT—Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor leaves a practice field after a workout, May 26, in Buford, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sports

OVERTIME

:10 Thank you Vet’s for all you do. “Heroes make the sun rise in the morning…Heroes make the stars shine bright at night.” :9 And the winner is…Mr. Roy Betters for the best Top Ten Greatest NBA Players of all time: 1. Wilt Chamberlain 2. Bill Russell 3. Kareem Abdul Jabbar 4. Michael Jordan 5. Magic Johnson 6. Oscar Robertson 7. Kobe Bryant 8. Larry Bird 9. Hakeem Olajwon 10. Bob Pettit BILL NEAL