Daily Archive: December 7, 2012


Pittsburghers give and take from Atlanta conference

Pittsburgh was well represented during the National Entrepreneurship Education Forum recently held in Atlanta, Ga. In its thirtieth year, the conference was a product of the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. The theme of the three-day event was Dream Big…Nurture the Entrepreneurial Spirit. PITTSBURGH IN THE HOUSE—Alice Williams and Tina Stevenson representing the Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence gain knowledge in the ATL. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) In her third year of attending, Alice Williams, executive director of Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence said the conference demonstrates how various states value the significance of youth entrepreneurship. “Pennsylvania operates differently, their focus is workforce development.” Attending this year as a workshop presenter she said her presentation MOMpreneurs—Mothership Your Business, outlined how children can be introduced to the concept of business ownership at a young age.



Redefining conventional financial wisdom

When I first began writing a financial column, I would end almost every column with conventional financial wisdom that’s been past down from generation to generation—pay yourself first, live below your means and use credit wisely. This would be good advice if these concepts were taught and embraced during our high school years. For shortly after we graduate from high school many of us are shackled down with credit card debt, student loans, car loans, furniture loans and IOU’s from close friends and family before we even know what hit us. Adding insult to injury, these liabilities are incurred before we have a stable job or stable source of income to repay them. We start off our adult life deep in the hole and we wonder why the little man can’t get ahead.


Pitt to meet Mississippi in Compass Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Pittsburgh is making its third straight trip to the BBVA Compass Bowl, facing a resurgent Mississippi team. The Panthers and Rebels will meet on Jan. 5 in a matchup of 6-6 Big East and Southeastern Conference teams which are led by first-year coaches. 1,000 YARD RUSHER—Pitt running back Ray Graham (1) goes over the goal line for a touchdown during the first quarter against South Florida Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Allie…Allie…Allie…The Greatest of All Time

No, not that Ali, but the achievements and accomplishments are no less amazing. This is Charles “Buddy” Allie of whom I speak. Allie is quite possibly one of the most dominant USA Masters Track and Field Champions in Pittsburgh, nationally, and for that matter, the world. Having just turned the young age of “65,” Allie rejoiced at a grand celebration at the Radisson hotel atop a brand new “Harley,” which he sprung for himself, that brought the house down for his three hundred plus family and friends in attendance. MASTERS CHAMPION—Charles “Buddy” Allie, right, wins the World Masters Championship in Sacremento, Calif. in July 2011. He finished first in the 100 meters in the 60-64 age group. (Courtesy Photo)



:10 The Clairton Bears, “60 in a row and still counting,” now both a state and national record and who knows if or when it may ever come to a stop. It’s not just the on-the-field achievements, but do you understand the desire, determination and dedication it takes off the field to put yourself in position to accomplish that feat? Simply un-be-lieve-able!! BILL NEAL


Fall Fashion Fantasy

Perhaps you have read about Le Maison Du Paix (The House of Peace) Bed & Breakfast in Penn Hills but you haven’t had the opportunity to visit. On Oct. 27 dozens took advantage of “A Fall Fashion Fantasy & Jazz Performance” presented by Champion Enterprises and Five Star Corporation. Guests were invited to wear a sophisticated Halloween mask to the affair and during the evening revelers enjoyed not only a jazz performance by the legendary Kenny Blake, but a jazz lesson as he told the crowd all they every wanted to know about the instruments that he plays. THE GREETERS—Day Gilmore, Alia Carter and Bill Thompson, owner, Le Maison Du Paix


As pot goes proper, a history of weed in America

by Gene Johnson SEATTLE (AP) — The grass is no greener. But, finally, it’s legal — at least somewhere in America. It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana. SATCHMO WAS EARLY POT ADVOCATE: In this March 12, 1941, file photo, Louis Armstrong, wearing a Brooklyn College sweater, performs on the campus in New York as the school honored him with the degree “Doctor of Swing.” Armstrong, a lifelong fan and defender of the drug he called “gage,” was arrested in California in 1930 and given a six-month suspended sentence for pot possession. “It relaxes you, makes you forget all the bad things that happen to a Negro,” he once said. In the 1950s, he urged legalization in a letter to President Eisenhower. On the occasion of “Legalization Day,” Dec. 6, when Washington’s new law takes effect, AP takes a look back at the cultural and legal status of the “evil weed” in American history. (AP Photo/File) Washington state and Colorado voted to legalize and regulate its recreational use last month. But before that, the plant, renowned since ancient times for its strong fibers, medical use and mind-altering properties, was a staple crop of the colonies, an “assassin of youth,” a counterculture emblem and a widely accepted — if often abused — medicine.


NY court OKs $1M school racial harassment award

by Larry Neumeister NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest awards ever issued for racial harassment in high school — $1 million — was upheld Monday by a federal appeals panel that said it was fair for a jury to conclude a school district should have done more to stop demeaning, threatening and violent conduct directed at a student.


Who will replace DeMint? Scott rises to top of list

by Peter Hamby Washington (CNN) — On the list of people who might be appointed to fill departing Sen. Jim DeMint’s Senate seat, there’s Rep. Tim Scott and everyone else. DeMint announced Thursday he is leaving the Senate to take over the conservative Heritage Foundation, a decision that’s shaking up carefully plotted lines of succession in South Carolina politics. FRONT-RUNNER–Tim Scott, R-S.C., was elected in 2010 to the US House of Representatives. (Photo/Tim Scott for Congress)