Daily Archive: May 8, 2013

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Health

Some hospitals charge vastly more for same care

HHS SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Connie Cass and Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals within the same city sometimes charge tens of thousands of dollars more for the same procedures, according to figures the government released for the first time Wednesday. The federal list sheds new light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get the care somewhere else.

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Entertainment

Pittsburgh area teen wins August Wilson Monologue Competition w/Video

WINNERS–This May 6, 2013 photo shows, front row from left, second-place winner Pablo Lopez from Los Angeles, overall winner Tambi Gxuluwe from Pittsburgh and third-place winner Branndin Phillips-Laramore from Chicago, winners of the 5th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Gustavo Monroy) by Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP) — A 17-year-old from the Pittsburgh area has won the fifth annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, performing a section of the playwright’s “King Hedley II” with powerful skill.

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Metro

Lost painting brings $750K in found money to schools

‘WORK OF ART’–Superintendent Linda Lane stands beside valuable piece of art. (Photo/Pittsburgh Public Schools) PITTSBURGH (AP) — A painting that Pittsburgh Public Schools officials lost for 80 years has brought $750,000 in found money to the cash-strapped school district.

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National

In rural McDowell County W.Va., schools rethink their role

LEARNING–Shaevon Boyd, a third grader at Southside K-8 School in War, W.Va., works on a reading assignment during an after school program on May 7. The school located in McDowell County, an area overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, and teacher shortages, provides after school access to computers, tutoring, recreation and a meal. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) by Philip Elliott WAR, W.Va. (AP) — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia’s southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without a teacher because leaders couldn’t recruit enough educators.

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People

Dating advice from Chris Brown and Rihanna

Rihanna and Chris Brown re-united in 2012 after their infamous split in 2009. (AP Photo) by Breeanna Hare (CNN) — Chris Brown and Rihanna have gone from publicly canoodling to tweeting about the harsh reality of romance in less than three months.

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Opinion

Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s trip to Cuba isn’t the problem, the embargo is

SANDRA GUZMÁN by Sandra Guzmán (CNN) — When does a romantic anniversary trip with your hubby to celebrate five years of marital bliss become an international kerfuffle, complete with calls for you to be prosecuted for treason? Well, when it’s Cuba, where Americans are banned from traveling to for tourism, thanks to one of the most enduring embargoes in the history of mankind.