Daily Archive: September 14, 2012

Opinion

No vision, no life

The closing of the offices of One Vision, One Life, the long running violence prevention and intervention program of Allegheny County is a serious setback and detriment to urban communities throughout the Pittsburgh region. For years, under the leadership of Richard Garland and others such as the late El Gray, One Vision, One Life provided much needed street level and neighborhood based violence prevention and intervention services. Not only did the organization help to settle disputes among and between inner-city groups and individuals but provided services such as workforce development, educational, mental health referrals and safe housing.

Opinion

Embarrassed to be citizen of PA

Dear Editor: I never thought that there would come a time when I would be embarrassed to say that I was a citizen of Pennsylvania. That time has now come with the enforcement of the Voter ID Law. In a recent court hearing to overturn the Voter ID Law, the spokesperson for the State could cite no instances of voter fraud. The Republican Judge then ruled to uphold the Voter ID Law.

Entertainment

‘A Golden Voice’

Some people can sing like angels. They can lift their voices in such a way that makes you absolutely sure you’re hearing heaven. With words, they can make you cry or dance. Some people can run faster than sound. Others can wiggle their noses or ears. Some have a way with babies or dogs, know how to turn sugar into cupcakes, or can do magic with numbers.

Entertainment

I’m too pretty to be mistreated!

(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn:I was dating a man who recently cheated on me. Well, I don’t know if he was cheating, but I was told he is dating another woman. I made it my business to see her. I don’t know how he could choose her and drop me. She’s fat and looks stinky. I was also told that this other woman is intimidated by me because I’m pretty. Well, it goes beyond pretty—I’m extremely pretty.

DamonCarrBox

Business

The mortgage tax deception

I recently received mortgage solicitations in the mail from two different companies on the same day. As a player in the mortgage industry I like to see what my competition is doing. As a result I analyze all mortgage related marketing material that comes across my desk. For some reason both mail pieces were super hyper in selling their potential customer on the idea of the mortgage tax deductions. Both mail pieces expounded on the idea that by utilizing your home to finance various goals you will in effect reduce your tax bill. Ironically, as I was reading various financial publications I subscribe to, I came across an article written by a financial advisor who was illustrating the benefit of making minimum payments on mortgages while investing all you can in various investment vehicles. This financial consultant reasoned that since interest rates on mortgages were averaging 6 percent and that long-term investment vehicles were averaging 12 percent you are in effect netting a 6 percent return.

Business

‘Chocolate City’ melts into Neapolitian

(NNPA)—Every since Washington was carved from two slaveholding states in 1791, it has been a special place for Blacks. Nowadays, most Black Americans know the nation’s capital by the moniker “Chocolate City.” By the 1960s “Chocolate City” was the center for “Black Power” in America. The “most important city in the world.” D.C. was a symbol of pride and power for African-Americans advancing in lifestyles and “power positions.” The country should be on the alert that now that Washington is no longer considered a “Chocolate City” and other cities are likely to follow suit.

Business

Consumers cut credit card use for 2nd month

by C. S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP)—Americans cut back on their credit card use in July for the second straight month, suggesting many remain cautious in the face of high unemployment and slow growth. Total consumer borrowing dipped $3.3 billion in July from June to a seasonally adjusted $2.705 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. The drop in credit card debt offset a small rise in a measure of auto and student loans.

Business

HP’s cost cutting drive to dump 2,000 more workers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to cut about 2,000 more jobs than it had previously announced as CEO Meg Whitman tries to turn the company around. In a regulatory filing Monday, the computer and printer maker said it will eliminate 29,000 jobs by October 2014, up from the 27,000 cuts it announced in May when HP employed about 350,000 people. The company, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., didn’t explain why it had raised the number. The revision comes amid signs that the already slumping personal computer market may weaken even further as an increasing number of sleek smartphones and tablet computers win over consumers.

Sports

Tulane player stable after surgery on spine

by Emily Wagster Pettus TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Loved ones and teammates of a Tulane University football player who fractured his spine while making a tackle will face an agonizing wait to learn how serious the injury is and whether it will leave him paralyzed. Senior safety Devon Walker was in stable condition and recovering in an intensive-care unit after a three-hour surgery to stabilize his spine at St. Francis Hospital, said Dr. Greg Stewart, Tulane’s director of sports medicine. DEVON WALKER(AP Photo/Tulane University) “These kind of injuries take 24, 48, sometimes 72 hours to fully declare themselves,” Stewart said before the surgery. “We don’t know what the long-term implications and outcomes are going to be.”

Sports

City League Roundup… Living Large: Patrick Ferguson has the frame and hopes for his senior season

When Allderdice senior running back Patrick Ferguson entered camp this season, he came in with peak confidence for the upcoming season. But that wasn’t the only thing that was elevated. “I looked at him and noticed that he’d picked up some weight,” head coach Jerry Haslett said. “Indeed, he’d weighed in at 260 pounds.” PATRICK FERGUSON At 6-feet-1 Ferguson—a four-year starter for Allderdice (1-1)— admitted he’d been indulging.