Daily Archive: August 30, 2013

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National

Jury weighs Ohio firefighter discrimination case

Mark Broach is interviewed outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Cincinnati, where a federal discrimination lawsuit he filed against Cincinnati last August is being heard. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) by Amanda Lee MyersAssociated Press Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jurors heard closing arguments in which attorneys invoked the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for equality Thursday before beginning to deliberate whether the city discriminated and retaliated against a Black fire lieutenant in what he called “a class case of institutional racism.”

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Entertainment

‘Man of Steel’ sequel to film in metro Detroit

by Breeanna Hare (CNN) — Michiganders looking for work might want to keep their eyes peeled for Superman. Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, which will star Brit actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, is slated to film in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan, the Michigan Film Office announced Thursday.

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Metro

March on Washington: Voices in the crowd from Beaver County

Michael Moye, children & mother, Jackie Moye at the March by Joby BrownFor New Pittsburgh CourierAt the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Attorney General Eric Holder, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressman John Lewis, Myrlie Evers Williams and nine year old Chicago student, Asean Johnson were keynote speakers commemorating the historic 1963 March.

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National

Fast-food workers stage largest protests yet

Shaniqua Davis, center, who works at a McDonald’s earning $7.25 an hour, speaks at a fast food workers’ protest outside a McDonald’s restaurant on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn listens, at right. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by Candice ChoiAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in dozens of U.S. cities walked off the job Thursday in their largest round of protests yet, saying they cannot get by on what they earn and must have higher wages.

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Business

How much is technology costing you?

How much do you spend on technology each month? Technology, and mobile devices in particular, can make your life easier, but they also add to your regular expenses. The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers some insights on technology spending and how to keep it in check. A big expense The cost of subscribing to digital services certainly adds up. According to a poll by the American Institute of CPAs, consumers spent an average of $166 each month to pay for things like cable TV, home Internet access, mobile phone service, and digital subscriptions–equal to 17 percent of their monthly rent or mortgage payment. Do you download apps, songs, or other products? The AICPA study found that Americans buy an average of five digital songs, five movies or TV shows, two apps, two games, and two eBooks per month. That adds another $38 every month on average. It’s not surprising that more than half of all Americans think that technology makes it easier to spend. How can you be sure that your technology spending doesn’t add up to some unpleasant surprises? CPAs offer several tips.

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Business

Low down payment builds family wealth

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)—In the midst of varying proposals for housing reform, civil rights leaders are publicly calling for lawmakers to keep mortgage lending affordable and accessible. A recent letter jointly signed by the NAACP, National Urban League, National Council of LaRaza, National Fair Housing Alliance, the Haas Institute’s John Powell, and the Center for Responsible Lending, reminded Capitol Hill lawmakers how low down payment mortgages enabled many low-wealth borrowers to become successful homeowners. “For decades, low down payment loans have been used with great success to promote sustainable homeownership, particularly for low-to-moderate income families and people of color,” wrote the leaders. “Furthermore, low down payment loans did not cause the current foreclosure crisis—irresponsible underwriting and toxic loan terms did.”

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Opinion

After the March on Washington

JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African-Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice. More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by busses, trains, and occasionally planes. They came despite the scourge of segregation, which meant that many who were driving had to carefully select the places they could stop and eat (actually most brought goodies from home) or relieve themselves. Despite obstacles, a quarter of a million people showed up in Washington, gathering peacefully and with dignity. As a result of the March, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 was passed with more than three-quarters of the House and Senate supporting both Acts.