Daily Archive: October 26, 2012


Romney continues campaign of lies

(NNPA)—As we have seen during three presidential debates and in his campaign speeches, Mitt Romney will say anything—even when he knows it is untrue—in his effort to dislodge President Obama from the White House. Romney charged in the second presidential debate that “it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.” Obama denied it, urging Romney to “Get the transcript.”


Review: Technology helps with fitness goals

by Michael Felberbaum RICHMOND, Va. (AP)—Many of us know firsthand that losing weight and staying fit can be tough. For me, I started a journey a little over a year ago to get in better shape before my 30th birthday. While diet and exercise were the ultimate keys to my success, technology played an important role in keeping me accountable, tracking my progress and making my workouts more effective. BODY SCALE—The Withings WiFi Body Scale not only measures your weight, body fat, lean muscle and Body Mass Index, but it also connects to the Internet so you can keep track of your measurements through its website or an iPhone app (iPad and Android versions are coming soon). (AP Photo/Withings)


Feds fund neighborhoods

Two languishing development projects in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty and Hill District communities are now closer to completion thanks to an influx of federal funding. Joined by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pittsburgh, and community representatives at an Oct. 17 press conference, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced $1.6 million in Community Economic Development Grants had been approved for the former YMCA building in East Liberty and the Shop ‘N Save grocery in the Hill.


Suit: Doctors mistakenly declared Chicago boy dead

CHICAGO (AP)—The parents of an 8-year-old boy who has had severe brain damage for years have sued a Chicago hospital, alleging that doctors pronounced their son dead, keeping him off his ventilator for hours, even though relatives continued to insist that the boy’s eyes and body were still moving. DELAY—The parents of Jaylen Dorsey allege that nearly five hours passed before staff agreed to perform a cardiac ultrasound, which showed the boy’s heart was beating. The lawsuit filed last week by Sheena Lane and Pink Dorsey on behalf of their son, Jaylen Dorsey, accuses Mercy Hospital and Medical Center of negligence in the February incident and alleges that nearly five hours passed before staff agreed to perform a cardiac ultrasound, which showed Jaylen Dorsey’s heart was beating.


Al Qaeda is far from dead

(NNPA)—It was a great moment when our military brought Osama Bin Laden to justice. President Obama had three opportunities before this to whack the leader of 9/11 but his advisers, including Vice President Joe Biden and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett convinced him not to do it for the fear of failure. But leaders must dare to be great; caution should not be considered in daring, great action. So, on the fourth opportunity the president did what he was elected to do. He ignored these naysayers and gave our Navy Seals the green light. Justice was indeed served. That was good.


Are we failing our children?

There are an unbelievable number of horrific incidents taking place in our communities across this nation. There are definitely too many occurring here where we live in Allegheny County. We make comparisons such as portraying these perpetrators as modern extensions of the KKK. A number of these people are the offspring of crack parents; they have no sense of right or wrong. I have heard and read where a great number of these misguided people state, “they have nothing to live for and jail nor death frightens them.” They carry guns and talk that tough guy talk and they do intimidate numbers of people, rightfully so.


Cover To Cover…‘The Courage to Hope’

Some days, you get a little bit of exercise. You hear a good story, and you pounce on it. You spin it to make it funny, bend the facts for more entertainment, and jump to conclusions to make it interesting. The truth might get stretched but when you’re running a good tale, who cares? Someone does – especially if it’s about to ruin their life. In the new book “The Courage to Hope” by Shirley Sherrod (with Catherine Whitney), you’ll read about one such event.


All Star salute to Murphy

Some of Hollywood’s biggest names will turn out to toast their friend for “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” the first-ever televised tribute to the comedic superstar. The celebrity lineup features many of Murphy’s peers and co-stars including: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Brett Ratner, Charlie Murphy, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Martin Lawrence. “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will tape on Nov. 3 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on Nov. 14.


Could Obama’s struggles with White voters cost him the election?

by Halimah Abdullah WASHINGTON (CNN)—The nation’s first Black president could be in danger of becoming a “one-termer” if he can’t convince enough White voters that he deserves another four years in the Oval Office. SHARING A LAUGH—President Barack Obama jokes with host Jay Leno in-between segments of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank, Calif., on Oct. 24. (The White House Photo/ Pete Souza) For weeks, he’s hovered around 40 percent of White voter support—a level that Democratic presidential candidates have struggled with in the recent past and one that analysts believe Barack Obama must maintain in order to win. At the same time, he has to encourage minority voters to go to the polls and capture 80 percent of their support.