Daily Archive: December 6, 2012

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National

Obama warns Republicans in Congress over another debt ceiling fight in 2013

by David EspoAP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in days, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke by phone Wednesday about the “fiscal cliff” that threatens to knock the economy into recession, raising the prospect of fresh negotiations to prevent tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in with the new year. ISSUES WARNING TO GOP–President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the fiscal cliff at the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, in Washington, Dec. 5, 2012. The president warned Republicans not to create another fight over the nation’s debt ceiling, telling business leaders it’s “not a game that I will play.” (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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National

Another guilty plea in Mississippi pickup-truck hate-crime death

by Scott BronsteinCNN Special Investigations Unit (CNN) — A fourth man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of a Black man who was beaten by a gang of young Whites, then run over by a pickup truck driven by one of them in Mississippi in 2011. In a separate but related case, another Mississippi man admitted he was part of a group of Whites who carried out other racial attacks against African-Americans around the same time. James Craig Anderson (CNN Photo)

Entertainment

Oprah to interview creator, star of ‘Scandal’

by Kimberly C. RobertsFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–In the upcoming episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing at 9 p.m., Dec. 9 on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network, Winfrey sits down with Kerry Washington, star of the hot ABC drama “Scandal,” and series creator Shonda Rhimes, also the mastermind behind “Grey’s Anatomy.” LEADING LADY–Kerry Washington arrives at Los Angeles Confidential’s 10th Anniversary event at SupperClub on Dec. 1, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Entertainment

Is Rihanna making a bad decision?

by LZ GrandersonCNN Contributor (CNN) — Recently it has seemed that every other tweet or Instagram posted by pop star Rihanna taunts the public with an uncomfortable thought: Singer Chris Brown, the man who beat her so badly in 2009 that was she was almost unrecognizable, may once again be her lover. SUPERSTAR– This Nov. 7, 2012 photo shows singer Rihanna during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. Rihanna has signed on to executive produce the new series “Styled to Rock” for the Style network. The 10-episode series set to air in 2013 will give 12 aspiring designers, chosen by Rihanna, an opportunity to style A-list stars. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

Opinion

Blackonomics…Cashing in on the “Lootery”

(NNPA)–I remember when I was about 7 or 8 years of age, the two elderly ladies who lived downstairs from my family would give me a ladies’ handkerchief tied in a knot with some coins and a piece of paper inside. They would have me walk up the street and give it to another lady about two or three times a week. Of course, I would get a piece of candy or a nickel for doing so. Little did I know at the time that I was “playing the numbers” for them.