Monthly Archive: August 2013



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.



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.



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.



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.”



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.



Johnny Halftime: Manziel to sit 1st half of opener

In this April 13, 2013, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) stands on the sideline during the first half of the Aggies’ Maroon & White spring NCAA college football game at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren,, File) by Kriestie RiekenAP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Johnny Football has done it again. Facing another problem that could have derailed his football career, Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has evaded serious punishment one more time.



Brokerage giant Merrill Lynch commits to change in record discrimination settlement

In this Aug. 27, 2013 photo, George McReynolds, who was the lead plaintiff in a racial bias law suit against Merrill Lynch in 2005, is shown at his home in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Christopher Berkey) by Michael Tarm Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — As part of its $160 million proposed discrimination settlement with Black financial advisers, Merrill Lynch has agreed to make sweeping changes that “may well change the landscape of Wall Street,” attorneys said Thursday in court filings.



Byrd impressive in debut, Pirates top Brewers 7-1

Marlon Byrd hits a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 7-1.(AP Photo/Don Wright) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer, and the Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 on Wednesday night. Byrd, acquired along with catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hit his 22nd homer of the season into the bushes in center field in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak.