Daily Archive: June 10, 2011


‘Raw Law’

There was no way you weren’t going to walk. You weren’t carrying. There was nothing on you, you weren’t armed, and the cops couldn’t catch you at something you weren’t doing. But you were there when it all went down, and you were arrested just the same. Now the only walk you’re doing is in leg irons. You got fifteen with six and you’re still wondering how it happened.


I starved myself because my fiancé called me fat!

Dear Gwendolyn: I was released from the hospital two weeks ago for starvation. This is the problem: Me and my fiancé set our wedding date for early fall. During the wedding planning I gained about 40 pounds. Now my fiancé wants to call off the wedding until I lose at least 50 lbs. I love him but I feel he should not put so much pressure on me. I don’t want to come down the aisle in a plus size gown, but something just doesn’t seem right for him to suggest it. What should I do?—Martha



Save your home from foreclosure

Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures are at an all time high. It’s shocking to review published statistics about millions of people who’ve fallen behind on their mortgage payments. It’s alarming to read stories about people whom you don’t know who are struggling to keep their home. It takes on an entirely different perspective when you meet face to face with real people who are on the brink of losing their home. In the last couple of months, I’ve personally talked to several people who are depressed and scared out of their minds because they’ve fallen behind on their mortgage and they cannot catch up. These are real people whom you see and mingle with everyday.


HUD launches campaign against housing fraud

According to the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, an estimated three million families have already lost their homes to foreclosure since 2007. But the worst may still be ahead; analysts now predict that as many as eight million more Americans could face foreclosure by 2012. With so many desperate homeowners looking for solutions, a new kind of consumer fraud has found a ready-made market. Families fighting for their homes and financial survival can be gullible to shady businesses that promise guaranteed mortgage modifications or a halt to foreclosures already in progress. Oftentimes, aggressive sales pitches to troubled homeowners claim that serious financial problems can go away as soon as payment of an advance fee is made. Other solicitations call for sharing personal financial information over the phone or online to quickly solve a housing dilemma.



:10 OK, for the next to the last time (’cause there will be another brother in jail…I’m just saying) The last problem a Black man has in jail is staying in shape. Plaxico Burress will be ready to play and every NFL Team will take a look at him. Just read the Michael Vick Story!! :09 A big shout out to Angela Harper a steady Overtime reader and still one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful and stylish women. Ya’ll remember, Angela used to set the tone and the Pittsburgh Entertainment scene. Keep Going Girl! BILL NEAL


Steelers Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson dead at 81

PITTSBURGH—Hall of Fame, and Steelers great running back John Henry Johnson died June 3. He was 81. The San Francisco 49ers said in a release that Johnson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 after a 14-season NFL career, died in Tracy, Calif. Johnson, a 6-2, 210-pound workhorse running back, spent 12 years in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers and a 13th season in the American Football League with the Houston Oilers. LEGENDS—Steelers great John Henry Johnson, left, with quarterback Bobby Layne, a fellow Hall of Famer, in 1962. Layne called Johnson “my bodyguard.” (AP Photo/File)


Sayers challenges NFL players to assist retirees

NOVI, Mich. (AP)—Gale Sayers sent a stern message to NFL players, challenging them to help those who paved the way. “Some players of today’s game think that they made the game what it is today. I beg to differ,” Sayers said last Friday night at an event hosted by the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. “The players who are playing today are standing on the shoulders of those who made the game what it is that played the game for peanuts. “If today’s players cannot help these players, shame on you.”



Honoring the ­graduate

I love to see young people moving on to the next phase of their lives. During the day, I’m in an area where I can see so many teens heading to the prom. If I’m close enough I tend to give the young ladies and gentlemen a compliment. For many this is the first time they have put on a tuxedo or a long gown. It seemed the girls were more elegant this year in gowns that were age appropriate. I work with several parents who have children that are graduating and attending the prom, I don’t know who is more excited, and my guess at this point would be the parents. If you know a young person that is graduating from high school or college give them a word of encouragement. This is a difficult time for youth. There are so many negatives in the world that they need as much positive influence as they can get. There are a lot of good kids and after watching the news, sometimes we tend to forget that.


DIABETES: Know your risk and what you can do

(ARA)—Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. This year, T-fal has joined the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes movement to educate and teach consumers about healthful eating. By following the simple steps below, families can better understand their risk and take the necessary steps to help combat this disease.


Who benefits most from weight-loss TV shows?

by Sandy Cohen LOS ANGELES (AP)—Despite all the “Biggest Loser”-type shows on TV, all the pounds shed by their contestants and all the weight-loss products purchased by viewers, America continues to be the Biggest Gainer. At least 10 weight-loss shows are airing these days, and on “The Biggest Loser” alone, this season’s three top finalists dropped a combined 365 pounds. Yet the rest of us are just getting chubbier, with obesity rates in the United States now the highest of any industrialized nation. In fact, more people are obese today than when “Loser” premiered in 2004. So why aren’t these reality shows helping in the fat fight?