Daily Archive: July 20, 2013

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Sports

Liriano’s control off, Pirates fall to Reds 5-3

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, right, avoids a collision with left fielder Starling Marte while catching a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds’ Jack Hannahan in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 19, 2013, in Cincinnati. McCutchen threw to first base to double off Devin Mesoraco. Cincinnati won 5-3. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) CINCINNATI (AP) – Nine days between starts was too much for Francisco Liriano. The left-hander lacked his usual control, resulting in his shortest outing of the season. Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double, and the Cincinnati Reds tightened the NL Central race by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Friday night.

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Metro

Zellous wins prestigious Jefferson award

TOP ACHIEVER—Jefferson Award winner Denise Zellous with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa. WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., congratulated Pittsburgh resident Denise Zellous, who was honored with the Jefferson Award, a prestigious recognition honoring community and public service. Zellous traveled to Washington with other Pennsylvania Jefferson Award winners for a day at the Capitol.

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Bulletin Board

More WIC changes offer more assistance

With new changes to the Women, Infant, Children program, now more families will be eligible for assistance. The Allegheny County Health Department announced this week that effective July 1; there will be an increase in income limits from 1.9 percent to 2.8 percent. As of May 31, WIC, a federally funded program for income and medically eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mother and children under the age of 5, served 16,000 individuals.

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Opinion

Jay-Z, Harry Belafonte is a MAN – Don’t you ever call him a “Boy”

HARRY BELEFONTE (AP Photo/Victoria Will/File) (YourBlackWorld.net) -I couldn’t help but notice that the rapper Jay-Z finally spoke up on his so-called beef with entertainment legend Harry Belafonte. Harry called out today’s entertainers, many of whom seem to avoid any and all uncomfortable controversy so they can max out their bank accounts. Beyond a few polite, neutered, politically docile charity events, most Black celebrities wear voluntary shackles and fail to realize that entertainment platforms are among the most powerful and influential in existence. As a result, too many celebs fill up their wallets and empty their souls, as their community sits back and suffers.

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Entertainment

Spencer in Oscar hunt again with ‘Fruitvale’

This June 17, 2013 file photo shows actress Octavia Spencer at The LA Film Festival’s gala screening of “Fruitvale Station” in Los Angeles. The film, released in select theaters last week and opening wide next weekend, tells the story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed Black man shot to death by a White police officer in a San Francisco train station on New Year’s Day, 2009. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision/AP, File) CANNES, France (AP) — Octavia Spencer almost passed on one of the most acclaimed movies of the year so far — “Fruitvale Station.” The film, released in select theaters last week and opening wide this weekend, tells the true story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man fatally shot by a white police officer in an Oakland, Calif., train station early on New Year’s Day, 2009. The officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months in prison.

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Sports

Steel Sensations: In 2013, which players will lead the troops into battle?

Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, poses for photographers, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in central London, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Pittsburgh Steelers will play against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London, on Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) It’s no secret that last season was deemed by many as a failure. An 8-8 finish in a year that had lofty expectations was a major disappointment for the players, coaches, ownership and of course the fans. There are many reasons the team underachieved in 2012; one of those reasons was a lack of leadership. Inside the locker room the team will have you believe that wasn’t the case but it’s hard to say otherwise. The Steelers started off strong and basically fell apart once Ben Roethlisberger was injured. A team with quality leadership wouldn’t allow that to happen.

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Business

Smartphones: The new necessity

CHERYL PEARSON-MCNEIL Does anyone remember what life was like before cell phones? Almost makes you wonder how in the world we were able to drive to unfamiliar places without our trusty GPS app, play those addictive games, take so many glamorous “selfies” to upload on your favorite social networks and much more. Seriously, how many of us nearly would hyperventilate from separation anxiety because we’ve left our phones at home? Or worse, in a car or a cab (this just recently happened to me). Our cell phones have become glued to our hips.