Monthly Archive: September 2011

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Opinion

Maxine Waters and Obama: ‘Frenemies’ til the end

Every year I attend the Congressional Black Caucus Convention in Washington, D.C. and use the conversations, the networking and the panels as a way to gauge just what the political elites in the Black community are feeling about President Obama (or Bush before him) as well as the mood of the activist class heading into the new election year. Every year it’s a different story, in ’08 people were just thrilled, and Obama gave a rousing pre-election speech. In ’09 the passion was there as the crowd was furious about the rise of the Tea Party movement and anti-Obama town hall rants. In 2010 the behavior was somewhat muted which reflected the poor turnout in the mid-term election. This year however there seems to be a real tension brewing and it’s not clear if it will all be good by the next election.

Opinion

9/11 Postscript

September 11 marked the tenth anniversary of the al-Qaeda orchestrated and violent attacks on the United States of America. Under the leadership and influence of Osama Bin Laden, 19 men commandeered four commercial airplanes and used them as explosive projectiles. The targets were clear: financial centers, military leadership and political leadership.

Entertainment

‘If Sons, Then Heirs’

You never got Grandma’s recipe book. You didn’t get Grandpa’s favorite pocketknife, either, and that little knick-knack you loved—a china reminder of childhood—went to a cousin who cherished it, too. But that’s okay. While you never inherited tangible things from your grandparents—no favored bowl or lucky coin—they left you better legacies: strength, knowledge, and a sense of who you are.

Sports

OVERTIME

:10—You know some of you amaze me. The Steelers lose, you complain. The Steelers win, you complain. What do you people want? Yes little Johnny, a win is a win is a win! :09—Just a thought. When’s the last time you’ve seen kids playing kickball or dodgeball or volleyball or for that matter pick-up baseball with no adults. Call me “old school” and I am …but that’s an important missing ingredient for building good kids and guess what, it’s our fault! BILL NEAL :08—93.7 The Fan, sports talk radio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and only two Black voices. Actually, just one and a half because one guy just reports.

Business

MBCC announces Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce charter

Mayor George Heartwell welcomed the local group that was officially founded in July with 37 charter members and Patrick Miles, Jr. as President and CEO. Ken Harris, MBCC’s President and CEO, heralded the local Black chamber as the first in the city of Grand Rapids and as the first in MBCC’s effort to launch organizations in each urban area within the state of Michigan. PATRICK A MILES JR. is president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Black Chamber

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Business

Investing is a plan, not a product

I’m often asked questions such as, “what’s a good stock to pick” or “how is the stock market doing.” These questions are generally followed up with statements such as, “I don’t invest because I know very little about stocks” or “I don’t invest because I’m afraid I will lose all of my hard earned money.” These are legitimate concerns. One should know however that America has the largest, richest economy in the world. Although it’s true that any investment you make is subject to risk that involves a possible loss of the money invested, a balanced mix of investment products will help to offset potential losses.

Sports

Central Catholics ‘Giant Killer’ Jones-Moore knocks out Woodland Hills

At 5’6, Damion Jones-Moore has his share of doubters. He’s been told that he is too short, too small and not fast enough to play big-time college football. And he just continues to give a rude awakening to all the nay-sayers. Jones-Moore ran through Woodland Hills (3-1, 1-1) defense for 133-yards, three touchdowns and led visiting Central Catholic (4-0, 2-0) to a lopsided 31-13 victory Sept. 23 at the Wolvarena. Damion Jones-Moore (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez/File) “I worked hard this off season,” said Jones-Moore. “I worked on the little things. I want to be a great runner. A great route runner and a great blocker.” On the game’s first play Central quarterback Perry Hills connected with fellow Maryland-bound teammate Anthony Nixon for a 70-yard touchdown. However, the play was called back because of a penalty.

Business

Spring buying boosts U.S. home prices

by Derek KravitzAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)—Home prices rose for a fourth straight month in most major U.S. cities in July, buoyed by the peak buying season. But the housing market remains depressed, and prices are expected to decline in the coming months. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index released Tuesday showed home prices increased in July from June in 17 of the 20 cities tracked.

Sports

Defending champs Perry climb into second in City League

by Malik Vincent The doormat in front of Perry’s locker room doesn’t say ‘home sweet some’, though it should. Perry (2-0, 2-2) has won its two games within the league, despite two losses to nonconference North Hills and Fort Hill, MD. The latest was 14-12 survival of North Side foe Oliver at Cupples Stadium on Sept. 23. It could be the last regular season game between the two, as the Pittsburgh Board of Education is slated to close the school (Oliver) at the end of this school year. “It’s always a great North Side rivalry,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “The (tight margin of victory) is what we expected.” Oliver (0-3, 0-4) opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run by LeAndre Harrison in the first quarter.