Daily Archive: October 26, 2013

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Entertainment

Legendary actress Diahann Carroll honored at House of Flowers dinner

Diahann Caroll attends the “House of Flowers” dinner honoring her and AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the home of Tracey Edmonds on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — At 78-years-old Diahann Carroll keeps a sense of humor. “I don’t think I realize what the passage of time really means until people talk about things that I did in the ’50s and I wonder ‘Who the hell are they talking about?,’” the actress, singer and Golden Globe-winner said while being honored at a House of Flowers dinner last Saturday evening. Beverly Johnson, Angela Bassett, Regina King and Anika Noni Rose were in attendance to applaud Carroll and fellow honoree Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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People

Black actor: NYC Macy’s stopped me because of race

NEW YORK (AP) — A Black actor on the HBO drama series “Treme” said Friday he was stopped by police because of his race while shopping at Macy’s — the third discrimination allegation made this week by a black shopper against a department store. Robert Brown, who sued Macy’s in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, said in his lawsuit he was detained by police at the flagship Herald Square store on June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud.

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Entertainment

MTV to premiere series on app

This photo provided by MTV shows the cast of the new series “Wait ‘Til Next Year,” which will debut exclusively via the MTV mobile application before it appears on air. (AP Photo/MTV) by David BauderAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — MTV is releasing a full season of a new series about a luckless high school football team on its mobile application Friday, a week before the first episode is shown on television. It appears to be a new milestone in the fast-moving world of technology changing traditional television content, much like when Netflix made an entire season of “House of Cards” available at once through the streaming service. MTV made its free app available on iPhones, iPads, iPods and the Xbox 360 in June, and nearly 2 million have been downloaded.

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Health

Improving health literacy online and in libraries

PROVIDING INFORMATION—David Smith, center, with Independence Blue Cross (IBC) discusses the opening health insurance exchange and provides information on health care reform to George Allen Oct. 1, 2013, at IBC’s mobile education and enrollment center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Everyone should have reliable resources to make informed health decisions. If you are interested in locating health information that you can trust, try using MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus is a free Web site offered by the National Institutes of Health. The National Library of Medicine produces this site, using easy-to-understand information. The site has reliable, updated information about diseases, health conditions and general wellness tips.

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People

Ruben Studdard could be ‘The Biggest Loser’

This image released by NBC shows Ruben Studdard on “The Biggest Loser,” in Calbasas, Calif. Studdard, the season two winner of “American Idol” is the 15th season’s heaviest contestant at 462 pounds. “The Biggest Loser” returned Oct. 8 at 8 p.m on NBC. (AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton/NBC) by Michael McGeeFor New Pittsburgh Courier(NNPA)—In the decade since Ruben Studdard won the top prize on American Idol, he has garnered great success. He has recorded five albums—with a sixth on the way, toured the world and has seen his recordings go gold and platinum. During this time, the 35-year-old Studdard has also packed on extra weight, currently topping the scale at 462 pounds. Along with the extra pounds, he suffers from high blood pressure and sleep apnea, a condition that causes long pauses in his breaths while he is asleep.

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Sports

Seeing red? For some, Cardinals fatigue has set in

In this May 2, 1963, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals’ Stan Musial sits in the clubhouse after he tied Babe Ruth’s extra-base-hit record, against the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis. Fans of Cardinals great Stan Musial will get a chance to own a piece of his personal collection _ items ranging from game-worn jerseys to championship rings to harmonicas _ through an online auction that’s now under way. Musial died in January at age 92. (AP Photo/File) by Jim SalterAssociated Press Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Who wouldn’t love a baseball team from the quaint Heartland, the team that produced gentlemanly Stan Musial and fans so friendly they sometimes cheer opposing players? Apparently, a growing legion.

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Opinion

Patience, Obamacare will work

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, self-employed photographer Michael Weaver works the sidelines of a high school football game in Jerseyville, Ill. It took him about a week and a half, but Weaver kept going back to the healthcare.gov website until he opened an account and applied for a tax credit that will reduce his health care premiums. “We need to stop the arguing and move forward to make it work,” he says. In his mid-50s, with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, but otherwise good health, Weaver said those conditions made it hard for him to get coverage previously. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas) by Sally Kohn (CNN) — You know what’s relatively easy? Fixing a website. You know what’s really hard? Ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for every single American and improving our broken health care system in the process. In the back-and-forth about the Obamacare exchange websites, let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal of health care reform — a goal that, even with the exchanges problems, we are steadily achieving.

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Business

Should you buy or lease your car?

If you’re thinking of replacing your car, you may be wondering if you should lease or buy your next vehicle. Leasing used to be commonplace only for businesses because of the tax write-off. Now, with deals like zero money down, low monthly payments, or zero percent interest, leasing has become a popular option among the general public.