Daily Archive: September 19, 2013

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Metro

Obamacare enrollment begins Oct. 1

Gov. Tom Corbett announces that he will seek federal Medicaid expansion money to extend health insurance to an estimated 520,000 working-age adults, although he also outlined a list of conditions under which he would accept the money, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Harrisburg, Pa. Corbett made the announcement in a news conference at Harrisburg Hospital, flanked by aides, supporters and personnel from the hospital and PinnacleHealth. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) Though congress has exempted itself, the judiciary branch and executive branches of the federal government, and the president have unilaterally postponed its mandate for businesses to provide employee coverage for one year, beginning Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act requires that all individuals purchase health insurance.

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Opinion

Ted Cruz loves arch-racist Jesse Helms

LEE A. DANIELS (NNPA)—In office just nine months, Ted Cruz, the junior Republican Senator from Texas, has already established himself as that body’s most divisive force since the witch-hunting, 1950s demagogue, Joe McCarthy.

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Lifestyle

Bev Smith Challenge, The Marketplace

PANELISTS—From left: Deborah Bartlett, GEMS RADIO, Nassau, Bahamas; Debbie Norrell; Bev Smith, The Bev Smith Show; Brenda Waters, KDKA-TV; Tanya Hart, AURN; and Ola Jackson, ONYX Woman Network. (Photos by Debbie Norrell) One of the highlights of the Challenge To African American Women presented by Bev Smith was the “Bev Smith Marketplace.” On Aug. 28-31 the four-day conference was in full swing. But any conference veteran knows that a good conference is about the shopping. Attendees who travel from out of state are always looking for something different and unique to take back home.

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Opinion

I got your back: Kudos to Amanda Green Hawkins and Connie Parker

ULISH CARTER Kudos go out to Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins for making a stand and NAACP Pittsburgh Unit President Connie Parker for having her back. Amanda stuck by her guns and didn’t back down from the big powerful Rivers Casino. The result was that there really was a problem of the Rivers’ security over reacting when there was a large group of Blacks, especially Black males. And she made sure they faced and dealt with this problem and didn’t just wash it over as Black folks being paranoid, by calling an incident racist when it wasn’t. Lets’ face it folks, most White people get nervous when there’s a large group of Blacks, especially if they aren’t in suits and ties, and they are males. But let’s be for real; so do Black folks. Shooting, fighting, killing and being rowdy by a few Blacks has closed a lot of places. But that’s no reason all Blacks shouldn’t be able to have parties or social events in public non-Black venues. Of course there’s always one or two who are going to make it tough for us all. But like the president of the bikers club said, just let the head people know and they can take care of the problem. Don’t punish all for the actions of a few.

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Sports

Former heavyweight champion Norton dies

In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File) by Tim DahlbergAP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — One point on one card, a couple of points on some others. Ken Norton fought the greats, but the decisions he needed to be great never seemed to go his way. He busted Muhammad Ali’s jaw to hand him only his second defeat. But he lost two narrow decisions to Ali the next two times they’d meet, including their final 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium. And after he lost by just one point to Larry Holmes in their 1978 heavyweight title fight, Norton’s career was all but over. “Kenny was a good, good fighter. He beat a lot of guys,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who covered many of Norton’s fights for The Associated Press. “He gave Ali fits because Ali let him fight coming forward instead of making him back up.”