Daily Archive: July 18, 2013



Forbes: Downey Jr. Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, “The Rock” finishes fifth

Susan Downey and Robert Downey, Jr. on the red carpet at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.(CNN Photo/Tim Hart) by Breeanna Hare (CNN) — A position previously held by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise now belongs to Robert Downey Jr. The “Iron Man” star is at the top of Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, having earned an estimated $75 million between June 2012 and June 2013.



Senators ready to restore lower college loan rates

President Barack Obama’s listens to the audience’s response to his question during a Rose Garden event at the White House with college students, where Obama called on Congress to keep federally subsidized student loans rates from doubling on July 1. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are ready to offer students a better deal on their college loans this fall, but future classes could see higher interest rates.



Happy Birthday ‘Madiba’…Mandela ‘steadily improving’ on 95th birthday

Lebani Sirinje, a Zimbabwean artist paints a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. Many South African artists and graphic designers are celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday who remains hospitalized as hit condition improves Thursday July 18, 2013.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File) JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president’s health was improving after fears that he was close to death during ongoing hospital treatment.



Bomber as rock star? Rolling Stone cover outrage

In this magazine cover image released by Wenner Media, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the Aug. 1, 2013 issue of “Rolling Stone.” (AP Photo/Wenner Media)BOSTON (AP) — A Rolling Stone cover story featuring a glamorous photo of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is generating controversy, with several retailers including CVS and Walgreens announcing Wednesday that they will not carry the issue.



Only three Blacks in class of 22 police grads

TIM STEVENS, founder of the Black Political Empowerment Project The newest class of Pittsburgh Police Academy graduates who will be assigned to work in Zones 2 and 5, which include Black neighborhoods like the Hill District, Homewood and Larimer, boast a grand total of three African-Americans, two males and one female.



‘Penn Hills’ best kept secret’ expands to East Liberty

A PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—Manager of the Penn Hill Creamy Creations and More, Dorothy M. Gorman and owner, Rhonda Rector-Rankin, take a minute to relax in the quiet space. Good conversation, food, entertainment, fun activities and creative ambiance are all a part of the experience of Creamy Creations and More located at 144B Jefferson Rd., in Penn Hills. It is Penn Hills’ best kept secret, according to its owner Rhonda Rector-Rankin.



Obama should lead fight to revive Voting Rights Act

JESSE JACKSON (NNPA)—President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled by the Supreme Court’s recent decision. All celebrate the 1965 Act as the most consequential civil rights legislation of the past century. Its passage was central to the building of the New South, opening the way to attracting foreign investment in auto factories, creating CNN, hosting the Super Bowl, even electing presidents. One afflicted with a poisoned heart is often blind to its effects. The South learned only after the civil rights legislation that segregation was blighting its own potential.



Riverhounds and Orlando City Lions finish in a scoreless draw at Highmark Stadium

Goalkeepers Gilstrap and Kempin have stellar performances Pittsburgh—On a humid night in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Orlando City Lions end in a scoreless draw at Highmark Stadium. Despite receiving consistent pressure inside their penalty areas, Riverhounds goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap and Lions goalkeeper Jon Kempin would not concede a goal in the match, resulting in standout performances by both. The Riverhounds outshot the Lions 13-12, while the Lions tallied twelve corners to the Riverhounds three.