Daily Archive: November 10, 2013

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Opinion

Blackonomics…Selling out and buying in

JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—During the enslavement period of Africans in America, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Virginia. It was the legal act of freeing a slave for “good deeds,” as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who saved the life of a White master or his property, invented something from which a slave master could make a profit, or “snitched” on a fellow slave who was planning a slave rebellion or to run away. Let’s assume that’s where the term “selling out” came from. Three hundred years later, Black folks are still dealing with sell-outs, but I think we should take a different look at this issue. Selling out is a very negative term, especially among Black folks; but for those who sell-out, it seems to be a very profitable term. Some of our prominent Black spokespersons are very well off financially because they sold out. They started out as strong Black advocates and activists, and now they are nothing more than sycophants for various causes, political parties, businesses, and politicians.

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Business

Free FICO credit scores coming to millions

Millions of Americans will soon be able to access their FICO credit scores for free. FICO scores are used by nearly every major lender to assess the creditworthiness of credit card and loan applicants. But these scores are mostly invisible to consumers, unless you go to FICO’s website and sign up for a subscription of $14.95 per month—a service you need to cancel within 10 days if you don’t want to be charged anything. That’s going to change, however.

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People

Actor Anthony Mackie arrested in NYC on DWI charge

In this April 22, 2103 file photo, Anthony Mackie arrives at the LA Premiere of “Pain and Gain” at the TCL Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Anthony Mackie has been arrested in New York City on a driving while intoxicated charge.

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Entertainment

‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ tour cities

Nathaniel Stampley, will lead the national tour of the musical “Porgy and Bess,” that kicks off a 14-state tour this weekend in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates) The national tour schedule for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” 11/10-12/8: San Francisco, The Golden Gate Theatre 12/10-12/22: Dallas, The Winspear Opera House 12/25-12/29: Washington, D.C., The National Theatre

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Sports

Mazeroski memorabilia auction rakes in $1.7M

This photo provided by Hunt’s Auctions on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, shows Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski’s 1960 World Series Game 7 home uniform. (AP Photo/Hunt’s Auctions) PITTSBURGH (AP) – The uniform that Bill Mazeroski wore when he hit a walk-off home run for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the final game of the 1960 World Series has a new owner after an auction of the Hall of Famer’s memorabilia.

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Business

IRS warns of new phone scam

by Blake EllisFor New Pittsburgh CourierCNNMoney.com—Taxpayers, beware: Fraudsters impersonating IRS agents are calling people across the country demanding they pay taxes that they don’t even owe. The IRS warned of this “pervasive” scam on Thursday, saying it has been identified in nearly every state. Innocent taxpayers—often immigrants—are answering their phones only to be informed they owe money to the IRS and need to pay it immediately by either loading money on a prepaid card or sending it via a wire transfer. If they argue or refuse to pay, scammers will threaten to arrest or deport them, or suspend their business or driver’s license.

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Sports

Pitt rallies, upsets No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21

Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs the ball past Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – James Conner ran for two short touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 9:36 remaining as Pittsburgh upset No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21 Saturday night. Tom Savage passed for 243 yards and two scores to Devin Street as the Panthers (5-4) took advantage of some sloppy play by the Fighting Irish (7-3) to end Notre Dame’s four-game winning streak.

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International

Philippine typhoon death toll could reach 10,000

A resident passes by toppled car outside an airport terminal after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) by Jim GomezAssociated Press Writer TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from one of the strongest storms on record that ravaged the central Philippine city of Tacloban could reach 10,000 people, officials said Sunday after the extent of massive devastation became apparent and horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees. Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla late Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths in the province, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings. The governor’s figure was based on reports from village officials in areas where Typhoon Haiyan slammed Friday. Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000.” Tacloban is the Leyte provincial capital of 200,000 people and the biggest city on Leyte Island. About 300-400 bodies have already been recovered, Lim said. A mass burial was planned Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban.

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Health

Trans fat doesn’t stir much ‘nanny state’ debate

This May 31, 2012 file photo shows a man leaveing a 7-Eleven store with a Double Gulp drink, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) by Connie CassAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — They are among our most personal daily decisions: what to eat or drink. Maybe what to inhale. Now that the government’s banning trans fat, does that mean it’s revving up to take away our choice to consume all sorts of other unhealthy stuff? What about salt? Soda? Cigarettes?