Daily Archive: November 7, 2013

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International

Mandela movie opens this month in South Africa

In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, British actor Idris Elba, second from right, who stars as Nelson Mandela, poses with Ndleka Mandela, grand daughter of former president Nelson Mandela, right, and Sazizwe Dlamini Manaway, left, grand daughter of Mandela, and wife of justice minister Jeff Radebe Brigette Radebe, second from left, at the South African premier of the film Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom, in Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press WriterJOHANNESBURG (AP)—Nelson Mandela was amused by the elaborate makeup process a British actor went through to play him in a film based on his autobiography, the movie’s producer said last Saturday of a special screening for the former South African president last year. “Is that me?” Anant Singh, the South African producer of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” recalled a smiling Mandela as saying when he saw a picture of actor Idris Elba as an elderly version of the man who spent 27 years in jail under White minority rule. After he was freed, Mandela led South Africa through a difficult transition to its first racially inclusive elections in 1994, a historic event that propelled him to the presidency and inspired many around the world.

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Health

Obama’s health law finally gets real for America

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee member Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., questions Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, as she testified before the committee’s hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. At right is Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON (AP)—Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama’s health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know. With a cranky federal website complicating access to new coverage and some consumers being notified their existing plans are going away, the potential for winners and losers is creating anxiety and confusion.

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Opinion

Stand your ground against thieves

ULISH CARTER The impact of shoplifting, boosters, or employee theft can have on the Black community is critical. Whether a community grows or not is dependent on the success or failure of the businesses in that community. And theft whether we believe it or not has a great impact on the success of those businesses. Having worked retail for nearly 15 years as a store manager of one of the largest electronic chains in the country, as well as owning my own business, I understand the impact of theft.

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Sports

USO wins City behind elite talent

CELEBRATING A CHAMPIONSHIP—USO team members celebrate as Head Coach Lou Berry presents the City League Championship trophy to them after they defeated Allderdice 33-20 in the City League Championship game. (Photos by William McBride) USO (9-0) punched its ticket to the PIAA State playoffs with a 33-20 win over Allderdice (5-5) in the City League championship game Saturday at Cupples Stadium. The Eagles used all three phases of the game—offense, defense and special teams—in their victory over the Dragons to keep their unblemished record and state title hopes alive.

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Business

County executive informs women business owners

SHARING A MOMENT—Donna M. Baxter, newly elected president of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh and longtime member, Jo Ann Forrester thanks their guest speaker Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald for his participation in their monthly affair. (Photos by Diane Daniels) More than 50 entrepreneurs, well known business leaders and business service providers were on hand during the recent National Association of Women Business Owners Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Breakfast with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Those that show up, go up,” said Donna M. Baxter as she conducted her first official welcome as the groups’ 2013-2015 president. “Knowledge is power and this is just one of many informative sessions NAWBO will host.”

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Lifestyle

Meet Justin Scott Parr

THE AUTHOR—Justin Scott Parr (Photos by Debbie Norrell) The Little African Women meet the first Saturday of every month at the Homewood Library from 2 to 4 p.m. The participants of the group are young females between the ages of 9 and 11. On Oct. 5, they presented Justin Scott Parr, author of “Sage Carrington, Eighth-Grade Science Sleuth.” Parr has strong Pittsburgh roots; his mom Leslie was raised in Pittsburgh and Carrington is her maiden name. The sleuth’s first name means wise.