Daily Archive: October 4, 2013



Asthma Institute increases Black outreach

DEEP BREATH—Catherine Vitari gives Jackie Dixon a spirometry test. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Blacks were 20 percent more likely to have asthma than Whites in 2011. Additionally, in 2009, Blacks were three times more likely to die from asthma related causes than Whites.



Black consumer power still matters

CHERYL PEARSON-MCNEIL (NNPA)—It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-Consumer 2013 Report. This is Nielsen and the NNPA’s third comprehensive, in-depth report on African-American consumers. I along with Cloves Campbell, chairman of the NNPA; Rev. Jacques DeGraff who is the co-chair of Nielsen’s External African-American Advisory Council, officially released the report at a press conference during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.



Are the Walmart prices worth it?

ROSALIND BREWER is president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores, Inc. (NNPA)—If you don’t know about it, there is an ongoing fight between the Walmart and the union movement. The political battle being played out in Washington, D.C. is over the “living wage bill.” But that is just the latest ploy in a longer war in years to come between the retail giant and America’s primarily-Black, Democratic-and-union-controlled urban enclaves.



Lifestyles Report…No ­glamour in travel

DEBBIE NORRELL Traveling used to look glamorous to me. I guess when you are watching a movie or reading a novel it all sounds so interesting, so intriguing. Do you remember seeing people going to the airport dressed to kill? The flight attendant catered to your every need and you had plenty of room for your legs and arms. I used to envy people that traveled for a living and I’m sure there are some people who still envy that bunch.



Homeownership key issue of Hill meeting

COMMUNITY ­DEVELOPMENT—Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle spoke to Hill District residents at a recent meeting. The last time the lower Hill District underwent massive redevelopment, it forever changed the Hill District. That’s why District 6 City Councilman Daniel Lavelle, and community leader Marimba Milliones are working to engage Hill District residents in the planning process for the former Civic Arena site once connected to their neighborhood.



Beltran HR keys Cards’ rout of Pirates in Game 1

Carlos Beltran, right, is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning of Game 1 of baseball’s National League division series on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.



NY SUV driver’s wife: We were in ‘grave danger’

Christopher Cruz, right, appears in criminal court with his lawyer H. Benjamin Perez in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — The driver of an SUV involved in a bloody weekend confrontation with a throng of motorcyclists was put in “grave danger” and feared for the life of his family when he drove through the crowd, striking a biker on the street, his wife said Thursday.