Daily Archive: November 8, 2012

Business

PA gives billions to companies, gets little back, studies say

by Leah Samuel PublicSource—A new company comes to Pennsylvania, adds 250 jobs and keeps the personal income taxes taken out of workers’ paychecks instead of handing them over to the state. POTTER COUNTY PLANT That’s the economic incentive deal recently approved in Harrisburg for companies that come to Pennsylvania. It’s one that several groups here say is unnecessary.

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Opinion

Obama unstoppable: America’s first Black president wins second term

by Bankole Thompson The 2012 presidential election will go down in the annals of history as the most important referendum on the American presidency where the nation’s first Black president, Barack Obama, met his critics and die-hard opposition and prevailed for a second term in office. BANKOLE THOMPSON In essence, the message that voters sent Nov. 6 to the whole world is that this nation, a microcosm of varying cultures and truly a melting pot, is bigger than the small loyal opposition that tried at all costs to demonize Barack Obama and attempted to make him not only a political bogeyman but also an anti-religious symbol and a racial punching bag.

National

World reaction to Barack Obama’s victory

(AP)—President Barack Obama’s re-election in the United States elicited strong feelings—from optimism to skepticism—around the world. A sampling of global reaction: “As a mother and as a grandmother who raises boy children, I think that the symbolism of having a Black man occupy the highest office is something that can make my children very aspirational to know that this is possible, you know, in their lifetime.”—Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela WORLD WATCHES—Indian students react to results on television networks during an event organized by the U.S. embassy at the landmark Imperial Hotel in New Delhi, India, Nov. 7. (AP Photo Kevin Frayer)

National

Ravens LB Ayanbadejo approves of gay marriage vote

by David Ginsburg OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)—Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was delighted to learn that the majority of Maryland voters shared his opinion on same sex marriage. “I’m so stoked. It’s like I woke up and it’s Christmas,” Ayanbadejo said Wednesday, one day after gay marriage in the state was approved at the ballot box by a narrow margin. ADVOCATE—Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, center, stands with openly gay Maryland state Delegate Mary Washington, right, as his son Amadeus, 1, and Amadeus’ mother Natalee Uzcategui, left, stand nearby during a Monday Night Football watching party to raise money for Marylanders for Marriage Equality in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) Baltimore’s locker room reflects society, so not all of Ayanbadejo’s teammates shared his enthusiasm about the historic decision.

National

Pot votes in 2 states challenge US drug war

by Kristen Wyatt DENVER (AP)—First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people. Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than a costly, failed U.S. drug war have their chance to prove it, as Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow pot for recreational use.

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Business

Real Times Media inks licensing agreement with CNN

Real Times Media, parent company of the New Pittsburgh Courier, recently closed on a licensing agreement with CNN News Source to exchange news and information for use in its print and digital properties. The relationship includes text-based news and or information content related to: HIRAM JACKSON • News items, related to the day’s top domestic stories, i.e. breaking news, spot news, politics, etc.

Entertainment

Lady Gaga donates $1M to Red Cross for Sandy

NEW YORK (AP)—Lady Gaga is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy. The New York-born singer posted on her blog Wednesday that she is pledging the money on behalf of her parents and sister. She also said she “would not be the woman or artist that I am today” if it weren’t for places like the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn. GIVING BACK—In this Oct. 1 photo, Lady Gaga arrives at the Versace atelier in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno/File)