Daily Archive: November 20, 2012

National

Obama’s education agenda dominated by loose ends

by Josh LedermanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s education agenda for next four years may look less like real reform and more like tying up loose ends, experts say, with practical budget issues and an age-old power struggle between Congress and the administration getting in the way. MEETING WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS– This May 4, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama, center, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, right, meeting with students and their parents at Washington-Lee high school in Arlington, Va. From left are, Brendan Craig, Kezia Truesdale, Amirah Delwin, Rina Castaneda, Elma Molina, and Tim Craig. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

National

New push for most in US to get at least 1 HIV test

by Laureen NeergaardAP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks. Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once — not just people considered at high risk for the virus, an independent panel that sets screening guidelines proposed Monday. This June 27, 2012 file photo shows a patient using an oral test for HIV, inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, in southeast Washington. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

National

Documentary says inmate involved in Simpson case

by Tamara LushAssociated Press Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A documentary about an inmate on Florida’s death row says the convicted killer might have been involved in the murder of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend. The Investigation Discovery show, “My Brother the Serial Killer,” will air Wednesday. SENTENCING HEARING–In this Dec. 5, 2008, photo, O.J. Simpson, left, and his lawyer Yale Galanter appear during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Pool/AP Photo/Isaac Brekken/File)

Lifestyle

The rise of fashion in Pittsburgh

by E. Gaines Out of the shadows of a vibrant fashion scene that thrived a few decades ago, fashion in Pittsburgh is officially back! Upon our arrival to Pittsburgh about ten years ago, there was not much electricity or spark when it came to the fashion community. There was a presence from recognized former models and people of fashion that included Debbie Norrell, Michelle Goodman, Bill Neal and others that were still bearing fashion fruitage. The Talent Agencies of trade in town were The Talent Group and Docherty. (Model Nicole Hines,Photo by Emage, Design by Lana Neumeyer)

Business

5 tips to steer clear of debt in holiday shopping

by Dave CarpenterAP Personal Finance Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Black Friday deals are starting early this year, and that means more pressure to spend spend spend. As the holiday shopping season expands and retailers make impulse buys ever-easier via smartphone and otherwise, consumers have to be extra-disciplined to avoid money trouble. BLACK FRIDAY APP—Macy’s Customers can view Black Friday specials on their mobile device, create personal shopping lists they can edit and share. Customers will also be sent notifications on unadvertised specials while they’re in the store on Black Friday. Also, the app will let them know exactly where the specials are located at each of the locations so shoppers don’t have to be running around aimlessly to find them. And if you can’t find the item you want, they can click on the “buy” button. (AP Photo/Macy’s)

Entertainment

Rubio breaks it down: Pitbull is no Eminem

by Ashley Killough (CNN) — Since winning his U.S. Senate seat in 2010, Marco Rubio of Florida has frequently weighed in on immigration, education and the economy. But the 42-year-old freshman lawmaker apparently has a lot to say about another topic: Rap music. MARCO RUBIO

Opinion

Blackonomics…Falling off the Fiscal Cliff

Will we jump from the cliff? Congress and the president will determine whether we fall, jump, or back away from the cliff. While I trust they will get together and make the right decision, I think we should be prepared for the worst case scenario. How do we prepare? First of all, learn what the fiscal cliff and its implications are for your personal economy. Too often we put ourselves in a position of having to react to things that have taken place while we were sleep, literally and figuratively. We had better stay awake on this one, folks.