Daily Archive: October 3, 2012

Business

Discover Card must ­refund $200 million for ‘deceptive’ marketing

(NNPA)—For the second time this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken strong enforcement steps against deceptive marketing practices. Through CFPB’s joint enforcement action with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., more than 3.5 million consumers with Discover Card accounts will receive approximately $200 million. Restitution will be awarded to all consumers who were charged for one or more add-on products between Dec. 1, 2007 and Aug. 31, 2011. Over that period, payment protection was marketed as a product that allows consumers to put their payments on hold for up to two years in the event of unemployment, hospitalization, or other qualifying life events.

Business

Business Calendar

IT Risk Dinner/Panel OCT. 4—The Association of Corporate Growth will host the “IT Risk & Social Media-Responding to a Crisis” Dinner/Panel Discussion from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. The panel will work through hypothetical data breach scenarios while offering insights on how to best approach challenging situations. They will touch on managing the situation, investigating the incident, evaluating legal and business risks, and handling the media. Registration is required. For more information, call Kelly Szejko at 412-253-7515 or email Kelly@acg.org.

Sports

Imani razzles and dazzles their way to a surprising 4-1 start

The Imani Christian Academy Saints have only been playing football for 2 years, and this is their first season in the WPIAL. The small East Hills High School wasn’t expected to win much this season, because of inexperience and low enrollment numbers—Imani has only 250 students in grades 1-12—many smaller Class A schools find themselves struggling to find enough bodies to fill the roster. KHARI HICKS, Imani Christian quarterback, threw 5 touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 40-17 win over Carlynton. But after losing their first game against Bishop Canevin the Saints went on a four game winning streak and are the quickest rising team in the WPIAL and a threat to win the title in years to come.

Sports

Inexperienced Brashear, Carrick meet for big matchup

Since their championship season in 2008, the Brashear program has produced Division I prospects and has been a participant in the City League playoffs each year. This summer, they joined forces with Langley, after it was shut down by the school board. But they’ve begun this season with a lowly 1-4 overall mark, and face a must win contest against struggling Carrick (0-2, 0-5). Head coach Rick Murphy is taking nothing for granted. “We have to start taking care of the football,” he said. “We’ve been making some really costly decisions and those have to stop if we’re going to be a competitive football team. We have to get that going, starting this week.”

Sports

Never miss your water…Till

Hey, hey, hey. No, yin and yang; this is not the alter ego of Bill Cosby, ‘Fat Albert speaking to you. This is one helluva relieved football scribe who is very, very glad that the “regular” refs are back patrolling the sidelines of the NFL. Oh, please tarry with me just for a “momento,” because there are a few voices or should I say a “chorale” of voices telling me all different sorts of things. One is being belligerent calling me a slew full of the names. One of the names that my “inner tenor” keeps whispering so low that it is barely audible is the name, hippo, hippo, hypocrite. I respond with a question. “Why are you calling me hypocrite, inner one?” The voice inside is getting louder now. “Well you see ‘peanut’, you and every man, woman, child who loves and covers the NFL keeps harping about the lack of quality of the now former NFL replacement officials.” I counter with, “What part of incompetent don’t you understand?” “Well for one thing I need to have a serious one on one conference with you. Do you have an hour or two?” “Oh sure,” I am thinking to myself, “I always have an hour or two to talk to myself; what’s up?”

Sports

Steelers close ranks after sluggish start

by Will Graves PITTSBURGH (AP)—Larry Foote is well-versed in the drill. Pittsburgh fans start with the hand-wringing every time the Steelers defense fails to look like its normal, intimidating self. All the sudden, the franchise morphs from veteran to just plain ancient—at least in the eyes of the public. It happened in 2009, when the Steelers slumped after their sixth Super Bowl title. It happened last fall after a slow 2-2 start had critics trumpeting Pittsburgh’s current run as a serious contender was “over.” TOUGH LOSS—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger walks off the field after a 34-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) So of course it’s happening now after a couple of uncharacteristic second-half meltdowns have put the Steelers in an early 1-2 hole heading into their bye week. It’s all Foote can do to keep from rolling his eyes.

Sports

Harrison, Polamalu practice for Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP)—The starting defense the Steelers thought they were getting when the season opened finally practiced together on Monday. There’s still no telling if the same 11 guys will suit up on Sunday against Philadelphia. JAMES HARRISON Injured stars James Harrison and Troy Polamalu were on the field as the Steelers (1-2) returned from their bye week. While Harrison remained vague about the chances his surgically repaired left knee will be ready to play for the first time this season, Polamalu is optimistic his strained right calf is no longer an issue.

Lifestyle

Prison ministry offers second chance to ex-offenders

by A.J. Ross Three years ago Steven Williams, 29, was behind bars facing charges of first degree murder. Today, Williams is out on parole after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for self-defense and is starting his life over with the help of a special ministry and support group at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side. PRISON TO WORK—Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene M. Harris presents Lindsay Hargrove, of Aftercare Jail/Prison Ministry, with a proclamation from the mayor’s office. (Photos by Gail Manker) “They keep it real, they keep it solid, they’re just trying to say listen we know a better way to live life,” Williams said. He was first introduced to the Aftercare Jail/Prison Ministry at ACAC during a parole class and has now been a part of the outreach program for the last seven months. With the help of ACAC, Williams has also been able to land a new job.

Lifestyle

First Black leadership team guides Dukes

The naming of scholar and social justice advocate Gretchen Givens Generett, PhD, as associate dean for graduate studies and research in Duquesne University’s School of Education forms what the University believes is its first African-American dean and associate dean team. GRETCHEN GENERETT Generett, who has spent the last decade researching and teaching on issues of professional development for teachers, educational leadership and identity, joins Dean Olga Welch, Susan Munson, PhD, associate dean for teacher education, and the department chairs in forming the School of Education’s Executive Committee.