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Poverty rate declines, number of poor unchanged


WASHINGTON – (PRNews) – The nation's poverty rate was 15.5 percent in 2013, down from 16.0 percent in 2012, according to the supplemental poverty measure released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2013 rate was higher than the official measure of 14.5 percent, but similarly declined from the corresponding rate in 2012.

Meanwhile, 48.7 million were below the poverty line in 2013 according to the supplemental poverty measure, not statistically different from the number in 2012. In 2013, 45.3 million were poor using the official definition released last month in Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013.

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The a cappella choir of Wiley College to perform


The a cappella choir of Wiley College will be in concert this fall at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., at 10 a.m. during the church’s morning worship service, and again at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60 South Parkway East, at 4 p.m. for George Washington Carver High School. The tour begins Nov. 9.

This is the 5th annual concert benefiting the high school. The evening program will honor the Carver Class of ’64, which will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. Also, as an extra added highlight this year, Carver’s contributions to Stax Records, along with some special guests, will be recognized.


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Small-business owners deserve a vacation

Money Matters

Less than half of small-business owners said they would take a summer vacation lasting at least one week in 2013. Many self-employed individuals are reluctant to take time off because they worry about disappointing clients, missing opportunities, or losing income while they are away.

Unfortunately, working too hard and waiting too long between vacations may not be good for your health or the future of your business. One long-term cardiovascular study reported a link between frequent vacations and longer, healthier lives, and another found that men who skipped vacations for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks than those who took at least one week off from work each year.

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Derek Jeter: Real deal, real class



Have you stopped to think lately about how totally used and abused the words “real” and “reality” are on things and people that aren’t? The spate of television shows with misnomers of the “real” this and that as well as “reality” shows of every ilk do not fool the public. They know better.

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun   


“The Best of Me” (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, brief profanity and some drug use) Romance drama based on the Nicholas Sparks best-seller of the same name and revolving around the reunion of a couple of high school sweethearts (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) for the first time in years when they return to their hometown for a friend’s funeral. With Liana Liberato, Luke Bracey and Caroline Goodall.   

“The Book of Life” (PG for mild action, rude humor, mature themes and scary images) Animated adventure about a young man (Diego Luna) who finds himself torn between fulfilling his family’s expectations and following his heart. Ensemble voice cast featuring Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman and Cheech.

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