Daily Archive: October 9, 2013

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National

This Week In Black History 10-9-13

WILT CHAMBERLAIN Week of Oct. 9-15 October 9 1806—Benjamin Banneker dies in Ellicott Mills, Md., at age 74. Banneker was a brilliant mathematician with a great memory and is credited with completing the layout and design of Washington, D.C.

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Metro

Community Calendar 10-9-13

Let’s Talk About It OCT. 10—Kings Not Kids will host “Let’s Talk About It!” Part 3 at 8 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Improv, 166 E. Bridge St., Homestead. This is a show formatted for mature adults to talk candidly on relationship related subjects. The featured participants will be Vanessa Doss, Carlotta Zachary, Kevin Ellerbe, Deon Smalley, Greg Lovelace, comedian White Mike and DJ Chevy of Square1Nation. For more information, call 412-623-9467 or visit http://www.kingsnotkids.org.

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Entertainment

Arts & Culture calendar 10-9-13

Thursday 10 Jazz Jam CJ’s Restaurant & Lounge presents “The Roger Humphries & RH Factor Jazz Jam Session” at 8 p.m. at 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. There will be live jazz and fun every Thursday night. Must be 30 years or older and there is a dress code that will be enforced. No tennis shoes, sweats, or athletic gear. For more information, call 412-642-2377.

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Opinion

The federal shutdown is very personal

BILL FLETCHER (NNPA)—In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector: the American Federation of Government Employees. But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted. With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us think almost nothing about them until and unless we have a problem that forces us into the federal system, be that Social Security, worker rights, food safety, or any number of other issues. We get so used to the services provided by federal workers that many of us actually believe that these matters are being performed automatically. I would go further and suggest that some of us seem to believe that it is being done through magic.

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Business

Credit CARD Act saves consumers billions

CHARLENE CROWELL (NNPA)–With 71 percent of consumers having at least one credit card, new research findings from two different sources show that the Credit CARD Act, enacted in 2009, is working. The only difference between the reports is just how much consumers are benefitting. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the total cost of credit declined by two percentage points between 2008 and 2012, with borrowers saving $4 billion in fees that would have been charged if not for the new law.