Daily Archive: May 17, 2013



‘Scandal’ finale viewing party leaves fans wanting more

Vernard Alexander, the “Networking King” of Pittsburgh and fans of the hit TV show Scandal at 2nd Time Around in Homewood. (Photos by Ashley G. Woodson) PITTSBURGH–While many all over the country watched the season finale of “Scandal” from their homes, locally, fans gathered together at 7101 2nd Time Around in Homewood for Vernard Alexander’s “Scandal Party” for what they called the most anticipated season finale since “Who Shot J.R.?” in 1980.



Pittsburgh zoo unveils new tiger cub to public

This photo provided by the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium shows the new Amur tiger cub in a restricted area at the zoo. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Paul A. Selvaggio)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are showing off their new Amur tiger cub to the public, though the 6-week-old cat can only be seen on a video monitor for now.



‘Social Welfare’ group runs ads against Gov. Corbett. But who are they?

A still from an advertisement paid for by Pennsylvanians for Accountability. by Bill Heltzel Pennsylvanians for Accountability runs television ads that accuse Gov. Tom Corbett of playing a shell game with the state. But what game is the Pittsburgh advocacy group itself playing? It refuses to name its officers and directors. It conceals its funders. It uses a mail drop for an address.



City of Detroit is financially ‘insolvent’

This combination of file photos shows Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, right, as he announced Tuesday, May 15, in Detroit that he would not seek a second term. Mike Duggan, left on March 31, 2004, former chief executive of the Detroit Medical Center, and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, center on May 5, have said they will run for mayor of the financially troubled city. (AP Photo/File) by Chris Isidore The Detroit city government is weeks away from running out of the cash it needs to operate, according to an initial report from the emergency manager overseeing its finances. The report from Kevyn Orr, the bankruptcy attorney appointed by the state in March, lays out a bleak financial position for the city. “The city has effectively exhausted its ability to borrow,” he writes in the report, adding that the city “is clearly insolvent.”



The end of America’s dominance

WILLIAM REED (NNPA)—The sequester is but a bump on the road to America’s real ruin. For those who don’t know, the U.S. is no longer “the greatest nation.” Nor does it even make the list of the 10 most prosperous countries in the world. Whether Black or White, middle to upper class, urban, rural or suburban, most Americans operate under the assumption that the U.S. still ranks as No. 1 in the world. Yes, the U.S. remains the world’s largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly entrepreneurial climate.


New Wall Street threat to homeownership

by Stella J. Adams (NNPA)—Private-equity firms, hedge funds and other Wall Street investors are seeking to develop a Real Estate Owned (REO)– to- Rent Securitization Market with the blessing of the FED and FHFA. A year ago, the Federal Reserve Board issued a policy statement on rental of REO owned by the banks they supervise and allowed the banks to rent REO properties without requiring them to demonstrate continuous efforts to market the properties. Last fall, FHFA initiated a “pilot” REO bulk sale program in urban markets across the nation. This munificence by the federal regulators will change the course of America’s future and signals the abandonment of homeownership as a pathway to prosperity.



Cover To Cover…‘Do I Look Like an ATM?’

Your child has caught some bug that’s going around. He has a terminal case of The Gimmes, and he’s not getting any better. It’s “gimme that” and “buy me this” all day long. It’s gimmegimmegimme, usually accompanied by whining, pleading, and a maddening inability to understand the word “no.” The Gimmes are enough to make any parent crazy. They make you wish there was some sort of doctor who had some sort of shot to prevent it. But there isn’t – so why not read “Do I Look Like an ATM?” by Sabrina Lamb instead?