Daily Archive: November 4, 2011

Opinion

Library helps keep kids off the streets

Dear Editor: When we consider the many reasons for having a strong library system in Pittsburgh, public safety isn’t usually among the first to come to mind. But as a Pittsburgh police officer who was recently injured in the line of duty, I cannot emphasize the importance enough.

Entertainment

Magic Man Hamilton instills life lessons in kids

Las Vegas-based magician, John Hamilton believes that each and every child he encounters has the ability to make their dreams come true. “Each and every one of you can make your dreams come true if you pay attention, work hard, have determination and focus. No one is going to take it away from you,” said Hamilton to an auditorium of about 250 fifth and sixth graders at the Clairton Educational Center. KID LESSONS—Children ­listen closely to John Hamilton’s life lessons between magic tricks. He used magic tricks to drive his life lessons home. One trick involved Hamilton “turning” a student into a “rabbit” while another trick involved a student clucking like a chicken and “laying” an egg.

Entertainment

‘Breast Cancer’

Though you tried, there was really no way you could ignore it. The first time your fingertips spotted the lump, you were sure it was nothing. Just a little abnormality beneath the skin, probably one of those weird things everybody’s body does now and then. But the lump was there the next time, and the next, and you couldn’t ignore it anymore. With a big lump in your throat (ironic, huh?) you saw your doctor and got the diagnosis you dreaded.

Entertainment

I can’t hold a woman.  What’s wrong?

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn: I am 52 years old and I stay depressed all the time. This is the problem: I become disgusted when I break-up with a woman. I don’t know what is wrong with me. The last relationship I had lasted six months. Before that the relationship I had lasted two years and before that—well, I don’t remember. All I know is that while my friends were getting married, I was breaking up.

Business

Power to the people

I’ve got some great news for you. And it flies in the face of the steady stream of negative stories and statistics you’re consistently bombarded with about African-Americans. But here it is: African-Americans are an economic force to be reckoned with, spending more than $967 billion a year. With a buying power that is expected to reach $1.1 trillion annually by 2015, if African-Americans were a country, we’d be the 16th largest country in the world—bigger than Turkey, Australia and Taiwan. That is the conclusion of The State of the African-American Consumer Report, a groundbreaking, first-of-its kind report developed by Niel­sen in collaboration with the NNPA, a 71-year-old federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers throughout the United States. It is the first time Nielsen has ever consolidated all of the buying and consumer behavior about Blacks into one publication. And oh boy does it tell a story.

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Business

Wealth disparities likely to grow

(NNPA)—A widening gap between the mega-rich and the rest of society, documented in a recent congressional study, is likely to create even larger economic disparities between African-Americans and Whites. The Congressional Budget Office issued a report that stated: “For the 1 percent with the highest income, average real after-tax household income grew by 275 percent between 1979 and 2007.” By contrast, 60 percent of the population in the middle of the income scale (the 21st through 80th percentiles), the growth in average real after-tax household income was just under 40 percent. For the 20 percent with the lowest income, their after-tax income grew by only 18 percent over that same period. The 47-page CBO report is titled, “Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.” It showed that the share of after-tax household income for the top 1 percent more than doubled over the period studied, rising from nearly 8 percent in 1979 to 17 percent in 2007.

Business

Studies challenge wisdom of GOP candidates’ plans

by Charles Babington WASHINGTON (AP)—Key proposals from the Republican presidential candidates might make for good campaign fodder. But independent analyses raise serious questions about those plans and their ability to cure the nation’s ills in two vital areas, the economy and housing. Consider proposed cuts in taxes and regulation, which nearly every GOP candidate is pushing in the name of creating jobs. The initiatives seem to ignore surveys in which employers cite far bigger impediments to increased hiring, chiefly slack consumer demand.

Sports

OVERTIME

:10 The scores are in…FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY … “13”…dictators and tyrants “0!” So Muammar Gaddafi, when you went to Dictator and Tyrant School didn’t they teach you the final chapter? If not it should go like this: No. 1 Keep you a bag full of money at the castle back door, No. 2 When the freedom fighters and liberators are on the front lawn it’s time to roll!; and No. 3 The hell with them 99 virgins and streets of gold in Heaven. Get your “right now women” grab your money and be gone or they are going to find you… hiding in a hole in the floor of a hut or a sewage pipe on the side of the road. BILL NEAL

Sports

Pitt’s Graham, Saddler out for the year with injuries

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee in the first quarter of last Wednesday’s 35-20 win over Connecticut. The school said Oct. 27 that Graham, the Big East’s leading rusher, will need surgery to repair the knee. Graham was averaging 134 yards a game for the Panthers but crumpled to the ground just as he was tackled at midfield on Pitt’s first possession against UConn. BRIGHT SPOT—Pitt’s Drew Carswell (Sto-Rox) had 3 catches for 45 yards in the Panthers 35-20 win over Connecticut. (Courier Photo/William McBride) Graham clutched his right knee as he laid on the Heinz Field turf then punched an equipment table as trainers tended to him on the sideline. He was quickly taken off the field on a cart.