Daily Archive: June 20, 2013


Growing your small business

Small businesses are the backbone of America’s economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the nation’s 23 million small businesses account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales and 64 percent of all net new jobs. Some successful small businesses, however, make the leap and become big businesses.



Overdraft fees still a problem

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)—A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that overdraft fees continue to pose high risks to consumers, despite recent regulatory changes. The report focuses on the dreaded overdraft charge, the fees banks and credit unions collect for covering customer transactions that exceed checking account balances.



Lifestyles Report…Big brother IS watching

DEBBIE NORRELL Congratulations!! Up to $5,000 overnight for Debbie Norrell. This is just one of the spam emails that I received last week. Each day my spam folder is full of fraudulent emails; some of them are even from me. Late last year I received a phone call from a man alleging to be from Microsoft. He said my computer had a virus and he wanted me to log on to my laptop and he would guide me from there. It was a scam. I just read on a Federal Trade Commission website that some of these fraudsters have been captured. Here is what the FTC had to say:



Father, son acquitted in NY of sex trafficking

Vincent George Jr., left, and Vincent George Sr., listen to closing arguments in a courtroom in New York. The father and son who acknowledged they were pimps were acquitted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 of sex trafficking charges after several prostitutes testified they were treated well. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by Tom Hays NEW YORK (AP) — A judge who heard prostitutes testify that a father-and-son pimp team made them feel like family cleared the two men of sex trafficking charges Wednesday. The men’s supporters in the Manhattan courtroom cheered the verdict, but the gallery fell silent when Judge Ruth Pickholtz announced convictions against Vincent George Sr. and Vincent George Jr. on charges they laundered millions of dollars through music recording and car service businesses. The pair showed no emotion aside from slight smiles as they were led back to jail in handcuffs. George Sr., 56, and his son, 35, had faced possible 25-year terms on sex trafficking charges accusing them of abusing and manipulating the women for profit. They still could get up to 15 years at sentencing on July 8 for the money laundering conviction.



Body found near Patriot’s home was homicide victim

In this Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reacts during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) by Bridget Murphy BOSTON (AP) — A man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s home had been killed, a prosecutor said Wednesday. The state medical examiner identified the man as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and ruled he was a homicide victim, Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter’s office said. Lloyd’s family said he was a semi-pro football player with a connection to Hernandez, whose home was searched by police. Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, had said earlier police had told her the body was that of her son, who played for the Boston Bandits.



PNC’s Marsha Jones: Trailblazer of diversity in financial services 

MARSHA JONES by John ArtaleFor New Pittsburgh Courier When Marsha Jones, executive vice president and chief diversity officer at PNC, started her career in financial services three decades ago, she was a trailblazer. Every one of Jones’ sales management executive positions have been a milestone for African-American women in the financial services industry. “There are countless experiences throughout my career where you notice that something needs to be changed, you ask why it is the way it is, and how you can make it better. You then proceed on a path to do that,” Jones said.



Italy’s first back minister receives death threats

Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kashetu Kyenge listens to a question during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, June 19. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) by Nicole Winfield ROME (AP) — Italy’s first Black Cabinet minister is facing Internet death threats before a visit to a region known for its anti-immigrant political base. But Cecile Kyenge says she’s not afraid and challenged Italians to respond to such intimidation themselves to prove that Italy isn’t racist. Kyenge, a Congolese-born doctor who has lived in Italy since 1983, has been the target of racist diatribes ever since she was named integration minister in April. She has been called “Congolese monkey,” and a member of a “bonga bonga government.”



Connecticut’s first female African-American judge suspended for late decisions

JUDGE E. CURTISSA R. COFIELD by Dave Collins HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A state judge was suspended without pay for 30 business days after admitting Wednesday that she was late in issuing child welfare rulings, some of which were more than nine months overdue and delayed placement and adoption proceedings. The suspension approved by the state Judicial Review Council was the second discipline in four years against Judge E. Curtissa R. Cofield, who oversees Juvenile Court cases in New Britain. In 2009, she was suspended for eight months after being accused of drunken driving and using racial slurs while arguing with police after her car struck a parked state police cruiser.