Daily Archive: March 9, 2012

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Opinion

Romney’s foot- in-mouth disease

(NNPA)—Mitt Romney may have made have moved closer to wrapping up the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday but he can’t seem to move his foot away from his mouth whenever he goes off script. Throughout this campaign, the former Massachusetts governor has been his worst enemy as he struggles to connect with average voters. Here are some examples: April 25, 2011—In an op-ed in the Manchester Union Leader, Romney accused President Obama of going on “one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.”

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Latasha and the Little Red Tornado’

“The babysitter’s here!” When you were a little kid, those three words sometimes meant fun. Mom and Dad were heading out, leaving you in the care of someone responsible and older who let you eat snacks you usually couldn’t have, watch TV you usually weren’t allowed to see, and stay up way past your bedtime. It was almost like having a mini-vacation. But now that you’re getting bigger, you wish you could babysit yourself because you’re certainly no baby. But in the new book “Latasha and the Little Red Tornado” by Michael Scotto, illustrated by Evette Gabriel, a young girl learns that responsibility comes with growing up.

Entertainment

Garland helps Disney create magic on ice

Jermel Garland sums up his five years as a Disney employee as amazing and the current show, “Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic” as magical. “This show is great to see. It showcases Disney’s magic over the past 100 years. We have Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Mulan, and the Lion King. Everyone loves Disney and everyone has their favorite characters,” said Garland, 26, who hails from Chicago. JAMEL GARLAND “Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic” is produced by Feld Entertainment, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Theatrical. The show features ice skaters dressed as more than 60 of Disney’s most popular cartoon characters from 18 shows.

Entertainment

I?wish to be pretty like other girls!

Dear Gwendolyn: I am 16 and just beginning to date. My mother is a product of ‘not dating’ until the age of 16, although I had no desire to date until now. Therefore, waiting was not a problem. I have been to several parties with my girlfriends and they were all asked to dance by a boy, but I had no offers. That bothered me until I looked into my mirror and dis­covered I was not pretty like the other girls—­Janice

Business

Medical bills can wreck credit, even when paid off

by Carla K. Johnson CHICAGO (AP)—Mike and Laura Park thought their credit record was spotless. The Texas couple wanted to take advantage of low interest rates, so they put their house on the market and talked to a lender about a mortgage on a bigger home in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Their credit report contained a shocker: A $200 medical bill had been sent to a collection agency. Although since paid, it still lowered their credit scores by about 100 points, and it means they’ll have to pay a discount point to get the best interest rate. Cost to them: $2,500.

Sports

OVERTIME

BILL NEAL :10 Let’s get right back to it. Right here and right now!! I am not letting this go and neither is the New Pittsburgh Courier. We’re calling on all responsible adults to do the responsible thing. Please explain to your young men that the idea of wearing your pants off your “butt” comes from prison inmates of a “certain persuasion” wanting to let other prisoners of interest know that they’re available for some late night cell block hugs and kisses…If you know what I mean?! Is that what you want your child to represent? C’mon Black people, let’s get them pants up. Self-respect starts at home!

Sports

Walker-Kimbrough scores 35 to lead Hopewell girls to AAA title

Despite an injured right hand, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough led Hopewell (24-2) to a 50-34 victory against South Park (22-3) to win the Class AAA title at the Palumbo Center. Walker-Kimbrough scored 35 points, one more than the entire South Park team, and plans to keep shooting down the competition. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Hopewell puts up a shot against South Park, Walker-Kimbrough scored 35 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had 5 blocked shots to lead the Vikings to a 50-34 win in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game. (Courier Photos/William McBride) The 5-foot-11 junior guard ranks alongside Gateway’s Destiny Brown, a Baylor recruit, as the top two players in the WPIAL.

Sports

Vincentian sneaks past North Catholic to win Class A title

The Defending champion North Catholic Trojanettes (20-6) is a name that speaks for itself—She is the Queen of WPIAL basketball and whenever she goes down it is a larger than life victory. The Trojanettes are the winners of 16 WPIAL championships and were dominating Vincentian (25-1) for most of the game. North Catholic was up by seven late in the fourth quarter when Vincentian went on an 11-0 run, that was aided by the officials, to win their fifth title, 54-50, in the past 13 years.