Tag: Recreation and leisure

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Entertainment

Blues museum to call St. Louis home, sweet home

A woman pushes a stroller past the site of the National Blues Museum, set to open next year, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) by Alan Scher ZagierAssociated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Die-hard music lovers, casual fans and globe-trotting tourists readily embrace Chicago as the home of the blues, spurred in large part by the Great Migration northward of Southern Blacks in the early and mid-20th century. Robert Johnson, the genre’s godfather, famously sang of “Sweet Home Chicago,” and the Chicago Blues Festival draws more than 100,000 people each summer. But come next year, the National Blues Museum won’t find a home in Chicago, but in a rival Midwest city 300 miles to the south.

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National

Furloughed workers pinching pennies, volunteering

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) by Russ BynumAssociated Press They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war. And all of them have one thing in common: They were sent home on unpaid furlough last week after a political standoff between the president and Congress forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. More than 800,000 federal workers were affected at first, though the Pentagon has since recalled most of its idled 350,000 employees.

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Business

Antique dealer strives to preserve history, forge the past

THE ART OF NAILS—Gerald Stevenson relishes the artwork of Dingbat, a local nail artist. Gerald Stevenson has an eye for fine assets. More than 30 years ago, before he moved to New Jersey and began a career in the antique business, he worked with youth and men dealing with addiction. Populations of people that after time like antiques develop to have significant value. Forty years later offering a wealth of knowledge and charisma, Stevenson, known as one of the best antique dealers in the country, is operating an antique company in his home town; the Pittsburgh Antique Company.

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National

Fox anchor apologizes after Obama gaffe

Fox News Channel anchor Anna Kooiman by David BauderAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News Channel anchor apologized for falsely saying that President Barack Obama had offered to pay for the operation of a museum of Muslim culture “out of his own pocket” during the government shutdown.

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Business

The Wheel Mill in Homewood, a great place to ride

by Phillip Martin For New Pittsburgh Courier Bright lights, the smell of freshly cut wood and a smiling Mike Potoczny great you as you enter The Wheel Mill, Pittsburgh’s first indoor bike park located on Hamilton Ave in Homewood. Danielle Spells, 25, of Homewood says, “I was walking around with my son James when I spotted the building and went in for a tour.” Cameron Grivin, 15, from Shaler says, “I just enjoy hanging out here with friends.” Also visiting the park was Jake Young, 16, from Troy Hill. “I was told about the Wheel Mill by some friends. I love it here.”

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Opinion

10% of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, accompanied by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, express their frustration after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of the defund “Obamacare” language as crafted by House Republicans, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (CNN) — Our Congress sucks. This is truly one of the few things we agree on. In fact, a new CNN poll released earlier this week found that Congress has only a 10% approval rating. When you think that 10% of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job, you have to ask yourself one question: Who are these people?! (Imagine this asked with true Jerry Seinfeld-esque exasperation.)

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National

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.

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Entertainment

Amusement park giant buys Harlem Globetrotters

Special K Daley of the Harlem Globetrotters dunks the ball in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File) PHOENIX (AP) — Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. has acquired Harlem Globetrotters International Inc. from Shamrock Capital Advisors. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

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National

Government powers down; blame trading in capital

A National Park Service employee posts a sign reading “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed” on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by David Espo and Donna CassataAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes “the more families will be hurt.” Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs. Ominously, there were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “This is now all together,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill..

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National

Mo. State Fair bans rodeo clown who mocked Obama [VIDEO]

This photo provided by Jameson Hsieh shows a clown wearing a mask intended to look like President Obama at the Missouri State Fair. The announcer asked the crowd if anyone wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull,” according to a spectator. “So then everybody screamed. … They just went wild,” said Perry Beam, who attended the rodeo at the State Fair in Sedalia on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jameson Hsieh) by David LiebAssociated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Fair on Monday imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose depiction of President Barack Obama getting charged by a bull was widely criticized by Democratic and Republican officials alike.