Daily Archive: September 2, 2011


Cover To Cover…‘Fail Up’

Everything must be perfect. At least that’s the way it seems. You have no margin for error in this economy, no second chances, no room for mistakes. If you want to keep your job, you get it right or you don’t get it at all. No pressure, huh? Being the fallible human that you are, though, mistakes and failures are inevitable at some point or other—so why not use them? Start by reading “Fail Up” by Tavis Smiley and find out how going wrong can be so right. As the oldest of ten children growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, Tavis Smiley was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. Young Smiley particularly loved to listen to the fighter’s trash-talk, figuring that if it worked for Ali, that it should work with fools in fifth grade. That it didn’t was Smiley’s first lesson in reaching for success.


My contractor was a con!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: Last winter I experienced roof damage to my house. Because my insurance deductible was more than the cost of repair, I did not file a claim. Instead, I sought the service of a contractor. I did not have him sign a contract. When the job was completed, I paid him cash in full. Two weeks later he returned drunk, using profanity and swearing that I never paid him. It was a frightening ordeal. Since my mother taught us to pay a fool, again he was paid.



How much income will you need during retirement?

When you think of your life in retirement you imagine yourself traveling the world, spending quality time with family and friends, pursuing simple pleasures, and living the life of ease and luxury. With the children gone and various bills paid, it’s easy to assume that you’ll have sufficient income coming in to maintain your desired standard of living during retirement. The lifestyle of the majority of senior citizens is anything but a life of ease and luxury. After 30 years of working hard, raising a family, and trying to maintain a quality standard of living, the thing that’s always procrastinated and oftentimes neglected is retirement planning. Creating your desired retirement lifestyle is going to take more than wishful thinking and groundless assumptions. It’s going to take proactive planning and purposeful execution.


Contracts to buy homes fell in July

by Derek Kravitz WASHINGTON (AP)—The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in July, further evidence that the depressed housing market remains a drag on the economy. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its index of sales agreements fell 1.3 percent in July to a reading of 89.7. A reading of 100 is considered healthy by economists. The last time the index reached that level was in April 2010, the final month that buyers could qualify for a federal tax credit. Contract signings are usually a reliable indicator of where the housing market is headed. There’s typically a one- to two-month lag between a sales contract and a completed deal.



:10 How come no one’s talking about Vjay Singh and Phil Nicholson not winning any golf tournaments. And where’s that European cat that was going to be the next greatest ever? GET OFF Tiger’s back. I ‘m just saying. BILL NEAL


Robert Morris men knock off Pitt while women top Niagara in soccer

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.—The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Robert Morris University on Friday at North Athletic Complex. The contest was the season opener for both squads. Sophomore transfer Nico Wrobel (Berlin, Germany) notched the Panthers’ lone score, a penalty kick goal in the 61st minute. GO AHEAD GOAL—Prince Samuels, left, of Robert Morris battles to get by Pitt’s Robert Iledare. Samuels scored one goal in the Colonials 2-1 win over the Panthers.


Exuberant Brown delivers as Steelers beat Falcons

by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Antonio Brown’s youthful exuberance cost the Pittsburgh Steelers 15 yards on Saturday night. If the second-year wideout keeps producing the way he did in a 34-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons, they can live with the growing pains. NEW FAN FAVORITE—Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) points to the cheering fans as he breaks away for a 77-yard touchdown during the second quarter. (Courier Photo/John Pablo Duran)


Steelers seek supremacy in AFC

by Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Sports Writer (AP)—The Steelers were a team in flux a year ago, their star quarterback about to sit out a four-game suspension. Ben Roethlisberger returned after Pittsburgh went 3-1, leading the team to its third AFC championship in six seasons. Now the bitter taste of a Super Bowl loss to Green Bay and a controversy-filled offseason have the Steelers itching to defend their AFC title. After keeping the core of their roster together, they’re loaded to make another run.


ESPN sparks controversy, asking ‘What if Michael Vick were White?’

(NNPA)—Popular sports giant ESPN drew the ire of fans last week after it ran an online article headlined “What if Michael Vick Were White?” on the front page of its football section. The article, which featured a re-digitalized picture of Vick with a White face, was quickly removed before being reposted Aug. 24. The story was written by Toure, a New York-based writer. WHAT?IF?—This illustration of Michael Vick as a White person featured in September’s edition of ESPN The Magazine is sparking controversy and debate about the role of race in football. (Courtesy Image/Photo Illustration by D’arcy Hyde for ESPN The Magazine)



A hot mess

When are people going to learn that recording your actions is going to get you in trouble especially when you decide to take the videotape on the “Dr. Phil” show? Yes I’m talking about the mother who put hot sauce in her adopted son’s mouth because he lied and then put him in a cold shower. I’m curious what type of punishment she is dishing out to her biological seven. I saw this episode of “Dr. Phil” and seem to remember the issue being a lot deeper than punishment. The segment featured a home movie of the mom, Jessica Beagley, punishing her son for getting in trouble at school and lying about it. Also I would like to add that the mom responded to a request for unusual ways of punishment. In confessional-style explanations, Beagley provided commentary, saying she had tried other methods of discipline, including time outs, and spankings, but to no avail. “He’ll turn and look at you like, ‘Is that all you’ve got?’” Beagley said. In the hood he would get a beat down just for that look.