Daily Archive: August 21, 2013

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Business

Credit card debt drops to $850 billion

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)—In a recent report to Congress, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shared the progress accomplished in lowering the nation’s credit card debt. By the end of 2012, cardholder debt was lowered to $850 billion, a significant decrease from the 2008 peak period when consumers owed more than $1 trillion. Additionally, card delinquencies that peaked in 2009 at nearly 7 percent shrank to only 2.7 percent by the end of 2012, their lowest levels since 1994.

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Business

Business Calendar 8-21-13

The End of Illness AUG. 21—The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh will host “The End of Illness: A New Way to Look at Your Health” from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown. There will be a discussion about what health means and what it takes to achieve a long, vigorous life. Clark Industries and MARC USA will showcase their award-winning healthy workplace programs. This is for members of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. For more information, call Tara Gerek at 412-648-1389 or email tmgerek@katz.pitt.edu.

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Sports

Inside Conditions…Dorsett, others Triple ‘played’

AUBREY BRUCE Certain mythologies—whether derived from the Greek, Roman, Mayan, African or “Martian” cultures where oftentimes somewhere lurking in the background or standing blatantly in the foreground; chronicles of encounters with mutated dragons, serpents and many other “imaginary” or “substance induced” creatures—are often passed on from generation to generation. These monsters seem to have tormented the comfort of man for at least a millennium or two.

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Lifestyle

Church Circuit 8-21-13

Church Anniversary AUG. 23—First Baptist Church of Midland, 106 5th St., Midland, Pa., will host a 100th Church Anniversary Celebration Banquet at 5 p.m. at The Fez Banquet and Wedding Venue, 2312 Brodhead Rd., Aliquippa. The guest speaker will be Dr. Howard Washington of Second Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. A Homecoming Worship Service will take place on Aug. 25 at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 724-643-5342.

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Health

Getting vaccinated is important

What do many people consider one of the greatest public health accomplishments? It’s vaccines—a substance given, often as an injection, to keep people from getting certain diseases. Not long ago, diseases like measles, polio or whooping cough often disabled or killed young children and adults.

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Health

MMR Vaccine Shows No Direct Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders

In the U.S. before 1963, it was common for most children to get measles. Approximately 3 to 4 million cases of measles occurred each year. Most children developed measles by age six, and 95 percent of children before age 15. In 1963, the first licensed measles vaccine became available, and another version became available in 1968.

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National

A look at federal role in civil rights cases

Faye Byrd, right, participates in a “Justice for Trayvon” rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner) by Connie CassAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced “not guilty” in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get “justice for Trayvon,” insisted protesters angry about the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin. The call will resound again later this month through events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.