Daily Archive: August 11, 2013



Obamas return for summer stay on Martha’s Vineyard

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave goodbye as they leave Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, en route to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for a family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Darlene SupervilleAssociated Press Writer EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama opened the first summer vacation of his second term Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard, trading Washington debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care overhaul for a hoped-for carefree week filled with golf, beach outings and hanging-out time with family and friends.



Usher to keep custody of his 2 young sons

R&B singer Usher, left, embraces ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond, after a judge dismissed an emergency request by Raymond seeking temporary custody of their two children, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) by Kate BrumbackAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — R&B singer Usher will hold on to primary custody of his two young sons. A judge in Atlanta on Friday dismissed an emergency request by Usher’s ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children.



Steelers offense needs work after preseason loss

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin leads his troops into battle against the New York Giants on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (Courier Photo/Julio Torres) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin isn’t about to blame his team’s lethargic 18-13 loss to the New York Giants in the preseason opener on the calendar. Tomlin knows the Steelers haven’t played a game in nearly eight months. He also doesn’t care. The way he figures it, committing seven penalties Saturday night, enduring couple of Keystone Kops moments on special teams and generating little offense has little to do with rust.



Religious family abandons US, gets lost at sea

Hannah Gastonguay, holding her baby Rahab, is followed by her husband Sean and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Ardith, as they disembark in the port city of San Antonio, Chile, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Las Ultimas Noticias) by Greg MooreAssociated Press Writer PHOENIX (AP) — A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.



‘Gentle giant’ at odds with Bowser’s violent past

This photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office shows Erbie Bowser after a previous arrest. (AP Photo/Dallas County Sheriff’s Office) by Uriel J. GarciaAssociated Press Writer DALLAS (AP) — Erbie Lee Bowser taught special education students and started a nonprofit that would provide clothing, tutoring and food for children. He entertained Dallas Mavericks’ fans with a goofy dance troupe. Friends and family members described him as a “gentle giant.” But the Texas man with an imposing 6-foot-7, 335-pound figure had a violent history, as court documents showed he’d threatened to kill his estranged wife and her sons.



William Lynch, former deputy NYC mayor, dies at 72

In this Dec. 28, 1991 New York City Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch, right, joins NYC Mayor David Dinkins, as Dinkins speaks to the media at the scene of a stampede at a rap celebrity basketball game at City College in New. (AP Photo/Joe Major, File) by Jake PearsonAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — William Lynch, a deputy to then-Mayor David Dinkins who for 40 years played an active role in city, state and national politics and was influential in Nelson Mandela’s historic visit, died Friday at age 72.



$50K offered for info in defaced Jackie Robinson statue

This undated image provided by the Brooklyn Cyclones shows a statue of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson at MCU Park in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on the statue outside Brooklyn’s minor league baseball stadium. A manager at MCU Park noticed the defacement Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Brooklyn Cyclones) NEW YORK (AP) — The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for defacing a statue of Jackie Robinson in New York with swastikas and hate speech is now $50,000.



Overdraft fees cost consumers $16.7 billion

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)—In recent years, many banks and credit unions have encouraged new checking account customers to accept two items: a debit card that replaces cash transactions and a “protection” known as overdraft coverage. Overdraft programs automatically pay for transactions not covered by available funds; the bank then repays itself the overdraft amount along with fees—often hefty ones—from the customer’s next deposit.



New ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ on BET

BOBBY JONES “Bobby Jones Gospel,” the longest running original series on cable television, began taping its 33rd season on July 26. For two consecutive weekends, gospel music legends like Pastor Shirley Caesar, The Rance Allen Group, Karen Clark Sheard, Richard Smallwood and new rising gospel music stars such as Jessica Reedy, Zie’l, Crystal Rucker, The Walls Family, The Singletons and more will take to the stage to celebrate the legacy of gospel music and the continuing success of the show.